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Bennet slams Warren's Medicare for All plan: 'This isn't going to happen'

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats: Minimum wage isn't the only issue facing parliamentarian Democrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs Overnight Health Care: Biden officials announce funding to track virus variants | Senate Dems unveil public option proposal | White House: Teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen MORE (D-Colo.) slammed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE's (D-Mass.) "Medicare for All" proposal on Friday, saying the plan is not believable.  

“Voters are sick and tired of politicians promising them things that they know they can’t deliver," Bennet said in a statement. "Warren's new numbers are simply not believable and have been contradicted by experts. Regardless of whether it's $21 trillion or $31 trillion, this isn't going to happen, and the American people need health care."

Warren released her highly anticipated Medicare for All proposal on Thursday after pressure from her Democratic presidential rivals. 

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Warren's plan does not include a tax hike on the middle class, unlike her progressive rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.), who has said tax hikes are needed to help pay for the program.

Warren said that the plan will be paid for by redirecting some funds from states to help fund Medicare. The senator also revealed that the plan would cost an extra $20.5 trillion in new federal spending over 10 years, a lower estimate than the $34 trillion in new spending the Urban Institute had said would be needed.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE's campaign also took aim at Warren's plan in a statement, saying it hid the truth from voters on raising middle-class tax cuts. 

"The mathematical gymnastics in this plan are all geared towards hiding a simple truth from voters: it's impossible to pay for Medicare for All without middle-class tax increases," Biden's communications director, Kate Bedingfield, said in a statement.