Buttigieg knocks Warren on 'my way or the highway' health care plan

Buttigieg knocks Warren on 'my way or the highway' health care plan
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South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden rolls out group of deputy secretary nominees On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE on Sunday criticized a health care plan by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day MORE (D-Mass.), a fellow 2020 White House hopeful, as a “my way or the highway idea.”

“What is just not true is that hers is the only solution. This 'my way or the highway' idea. That either you’re for kicking everybody off their private plans in four years or you’re for business as usual, it’s just not true,” Buttigieg said  on ABC’s “This Week.”


“The way I would do it, you get to keep your private plan if you want to,” he added.

Buttigieg supports a “Medicare for all who want it” plan while Warren supports “Medicare for All.” The Massachusetts senator unveiled the details of her plan last week.

Asked on Sunday about Medicare for All, which is also supported by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.), Buttigieg said he thinks it “could very well be the long-run destination.” 

But he added that people should get to choose it.

“Let’s put this out there and see if it’s really the best plan for everybody. I think it will be the best plan, but I’m not willing to assume that it is the right plan for you...and order you to take it,” he said.

“If it’s the right plan, then everybody will move to it,” the presidential hopeful added.

The Hill has reached out to the Warren campaign for comment.

She has previously defended the health care plan, saying, “Democrats are not going to win by repeating Republican talking points and by dusting off the points of view of the giant insurance companies and the giant drug companies who don’t want to see any change in the law that will bite into their profits.”

Buttigieg and Warren are among more than a dozen people running for president in 2020.