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David Sirota on why Warren is shifting on Medicare for All

David Sirota, editor-at-large of Jacobin, said on Hill.TV's "Rising" Friday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is shifting her view on Medicare for All in an effort to poise herself as an ideal running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. 

Sirota's comments come after Politico reported that Warren said at a University of Chicago's Institute of Politics webinar that right now the government needs to be "strengthening the Affordable Care Act" (ACA) and "eventually" get to a single-payer system.

Warren was one of two progressive candidates in the crowded Democratic primary who were in favor of universal health care via the Medicare for All proposal.

"The [ACA] is about propping up the private health insurance industry, Medicare for All is about saying private health insurance companies should not be between you and your physician; those are fundamentally different visions," Sirota said. "If your focus right now in the middle of a pandemic is first and foremost on the ACA and saying 'Lets put Medicare for All on the back burner,' you're clearly making a pivot."