Bennet: Warren 'not being honest about' her 'Medicare for All' plan

Bennet: Warren 'not being honest about' her 'Medicare for All' plan
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Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' Senate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency Next crisis, keep people working and give them raises MORE (D-Colo.), a long-shot White House hopeful, called out one of the 2020 Democratic primary’s leading candidates, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Democratic senators ask inspector general to investigate IRS use of location tracking service MORE (D-Mass.), accusing her of trying to dodge unpleasant facts about her "Medicare for All" health care plan.

“I think she’s not being honest about her plan, and I think her plan — which costs $33 trillion — is the equivalent of 70 percent of all the taxes that the federal government will collect over the next 10 years,” Bennet said Monday on CNN. 

“I mean it is a massive increase in taxes to this country and it hasn't been explained to the American people. It’s a sound bite,” he added.

Bennet accused Warren of “lying” about her Medicare for All proposal by not detailing how she will finance it. 

The plan for universal health care was originally backed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power Bernie Sanders: 'This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome MORE (I-Vt.), another primary candidate, who authored the bill in the Senate. Sanders has said that taxes will go up for middle-class Americans, but that overall costs will go down as Americans won’t be paying for out-of-pocket medical costs under the single-payer system.

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Warren has not said if middle-class taxes will go up. 

“I’ve been saying that for months, that everybody except Bernie is lying about Bernie's plan,” Bennet said. 

Warren was criticized over the same accusation of evading an answer on how she’ll finance the plan during last week’s debate in Ohio. Bennet was not on the debate stage. He did not meet the Democratic National Committee threshold to qualify for the last two debates. 

Warren said Sunday at a campaign rally in Iowa that she will be releasing her plan, including how it would be financed, in a few weeks.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBillionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice MORE hit Warren over her lack of a plan during the debate. 

Buttigieg entered the race as a supporter of Medicare for All, but has since walked back his support and switched to his so-called Medicare for all who want it option.

Other Senate Democrats now seeking the party nomination, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHundreds of lawyers from nation's oldest African American sorority join effort to fight voter suppression Biden picks up endorsement from progressive climate group 350 Action 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing MORE (Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility MORE (N.J.), backed Sanders’s bill in the Senate, but have since softened their rhetoric on the single-payer plan.