Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there'

Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there'
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCalls for police reform sparks divisions in Congress Schumer calls on McConnell to schedule vote on law enforcement reform bill before July 4 This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic MORE (D-N.J.), a 2020 White House hopeful, defended his middle ground approach to universal health care Sunday. 

NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddDemings: 'We are long overdue for every law enforcement agency in our nation to review itself' DC mayor: 'I think that the president has a responsibility to help calm the nation' Atlanta mayor: 'We know the frustration is still there' despite calmer Saturday protests MORE said Booker seems to be trying to "bridge a divide" between former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Majority 'sympathetic' to protesters, disapprove of Trump's response In a year like no other, we'll hold the election of our lifetime The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Biden wins DC primary Warren asks Pentagon IG to probe military role in Trump's protest response MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins DC primary Biden wins Montana primary Biden wins New Mexico primary MORE (I-Vt.) the three top candidates in the race. 

"Yeah, look. I can't stand these people that say these bright lanes. For me, I feel it when I talk to really good people on that stage that I know, that there is a unifying message here that, look, we are a nation with a savagely broken health care system. Not the guy that's trying to take it away that's in the White House right now," Booker said on Meet the Press.

"We've seen since Obama Affordable Care Act number uninsured  in this country go down significantly. We're the party that's trying to say, 'Everybody should have health insurance.' We're going to fight to get there. We can put the ideal out there but walk and chew gum at the same time. In other words, not sacrifice progress for purity."

Booker's health care proposal falls between what the top candidates are proposing. While he advocates for a goal of achieving "Medicare for All," he doesn't go so far as Warren and Sanders in calling to eliminate private insurance companies. 

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It's similar to approaches other candidates, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Calls for police reform sparks divisions in Congress Harris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op' MORE who like Booker signed onto Sanders' Medicare for All bill, have taken during the primary.