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 BookerRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy O'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter 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 ToddRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions MORE said Booker seems to be trying to "bridge a divide" between former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption 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 HarrisRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' MORE who like Booker signed onto Sanders' Medicare for All bill, have taken during the primary.