Top Democrat defends 'Medicare for All' after Pelosi's critical remarks

House Budget Committee Chairman John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Kentucky Democrat: McConnell's agenda driven by 'power without a purpose' MORE (D-Ky.) on Monday defended "Medicare for All" after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLouisiana governor wins re-election Dynamic scoring: Forward-thinking budgeting practices to grow our economy Pelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' MORE (D-Calif.) said she was "not a big fan" of the health care proposal backed by progressives.

“The electorate is becoming a much different electorate than even five years ago,” Yarmuth, who is a co-sponsor of Medicare for All legislation, told Hill.TV. “The electorate is becoming much younger, much more liberal and those voters are going to speak out.”

Yarmuth also predicted that the 2020 election would be less "policy-focused" and more of a "referendum" on Trump.

Pelosi has previously declined to endorse Medicare for All, arguing that its price tag and elimination of private insurance may not be popular with voters.

Yarmuth said he understood where Pelosi was coming from on the issue, noting that the 2010 Affordable Care Act was a major legislative achievement for her during the Obama administration.

“Her legacy is the Affordable Care Act and I think she’d like to see that at least solidified and generally acknowledged as being a successful approach before she goes to Medicare for All,” he said.

Medicare for All has become a point of contention within the Democratic Party, particularly among White House hopefuls.

Much of the disagreement has focused on cost, including whether the proposal would raise taxes on the middle class. One of the leading proponents of the legislation, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE (D-Mass.), addressed the cost issue last week by releasing further details, which said would not include higher or new taxes on middle class households.

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