Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party

Democratic strategist Colin Rogero said Friday that issues like “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal expose a “generational gap” within the Democratic Party.

"The Green New Deal and Medicare for All [are] widely popular with younger generations and working class,” Rogero, a partner at political consulting firm 76 Words, told Hill.TV.

“And then when you get into the white liberal establishment, they’re like, ‘No, I’m more focused on beating Trump,'" he continued.

"We’ll see in the primary where we actually end up."

Rogero’s comments come after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report MORE downplayed enthusiasm for Medicare for All among Democrats, claiming that the majority of the party was not supportive of the policy idea.

"I don’t think the bulk of the enthusiasm in the Democratic Party is for Medicare for All," Biden said Tuesday in Iowa.

Biden made similar remarks during an interview with “Axios on HBO,” saying the “party’s not there at all” on the progressive policy proposal.

"You all thought that what happened was the party moved extremely to the left after Hillary. AOC was a new party. She's a bright, wonderful person. But where's the party?" Biden told Axios's Mike Allen.

Medicare for All has been one of the major dividing lines between progressive candidates, such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren has expressed interest in being Biden's Treasury secretary: report The Democrats' 50 state strategy never reached rural America What a Biden administration should look like MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Oct. 29: Where Trump and Biden will be campaigning MORE (I-Vt.), and more centrist ones like Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhat a Biden administration should look like Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress MORE (D).

Biden been repeatedly warned against moving towards a Medicare for All system that does away with private health insurance, calling it unrealistic, and has instead proposed a plan that would expand the the Affordable Care Act.

Under Biden’s proposal, people would have the option to select a government plan or use private insurance.

Biden has also clashed with Buttigieg over the issue, accusing him earlier this week of stealing his health care policy idea.

Buttigieg responded by saying his campaign had pitched the plan months before Biden formally entered the race. 

—Tess Bonn