Intercept Bureau Chief: Culinary Union concerns over "Medicare for All" are faulty

Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief for the Intercept Ryan Grim told Hill.TV Friday morning that the Nevada Culinary Workers Union’s concerns over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' MORE’s (I-Vt.) “Medicare for All” bill show faulty reasoning and possibly that there is "something else going on there." 

In a tweet Thursday, Grim addressed the culinary union and remarked on the likelihood that Sanders's Medicare for All bill would be passed in Congress.

He said that even if Sanders is elected, the votes aren’t there in the House and Senate to completely abolish private health insurance. He pointed to a provision in Sanders bill that requires employers to transfer funds previously used in private health insurance to other benefits. 

Grim then suggested to Hill.TV that maybe it is not the healthcare policy itself that the union is concerned with. 

“That’s so incoherent that it suggests that something else is going on here,” he said. “Maybe it’s not about Bernie Sanders taking away your healthcare, something else is happening.”

“My point is if you’re a voter, and your concern is that you’re going to lose your healthcare because Bernie Sanders is elected, find some other concern, life will get better for you in particular,” Grim added. 

Though the Vermont independent has a history of endorsements from labor unions, the influential Nevada Culinary Workers Union said they wouldn’t endorse any candidate, but took particular issue with Sanders because of his Medicare for All policy, which seeks to ban private health insurance. 

Union representatives said that the group fought hard to acquire healthcare for their workers. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg unveils billboards to troll Trump ahead of campaign stops John Legend joining Warren in South Carolina next week: report MORE (D-Mass.) has also supported Medicare for All, though her plan includes a transition period. 

Grim also noted that while the policy is bold, it may be a bargaining tactic to make headway on giving people access to healthcare. He reiterated a point that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' MORE has mentioned in an interview with the Huffington Post, in which lawmakers or candidates ask for more than they can expect to come out with during negotiations. 

“Campaigns are not necessarily the start of negotiations, it’s where you build your leverage for the negotiations,” Grim said. “Campaign messaging is about messaging to the public what the values are.”