White House hopeful and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership LGBT film festival to premiere documentary about Pete Buttigieg MORE on Wednesday released a new ad in Iowa highlighting his health care plan as the issue continues to be one that divides the Democratic primary field.
The ad, which highlights support for Buttigieg’s “Medicare for All Who Want It” proposal, will run on both digital and television platforms in the Hawkeye State. Buttigieg’s presidential campaign told The Hill the ad purchase was a “substantial statewide buy.”
“Medicare for All That Want It is very important. We have to have people have the choice to keep their private health insurance or to go on the Medicare plan,” one Iowa Democrat says in the ad.
“He seems sensible. Not going to promise something that he cannot deliver,” adds another.
The issue of health care has emerged as a top fault line within the crowded 2020 Democratic primary field, with the candidates fighting over how far government care should go in covering Americans.
Buttigieg and several other candidates, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris MORE (D-Calif.), have introduced plans to offer a public plan to Americans while allowing them to remain on their private insurance if they choose. Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass.) have introduced their own plans to institute a single-payer system that would eliminate private insurance.
Buttigieg has ripped the plans that would cancel citizens’ private insurance plans in the past, noting that some employees have negotiated with their employers to gain their coverage.
“I think the best approach is to make this Medicare option available to everybody, but not command everybody to adopt it,” Buttigieg said last month. “There are a lot of labor union members who have negotiated very good health plans that are part of their compensation, and I don’t think they want to be forced into a plan they don’t know.”
Buttigieg has doubled down on his efforts in Iowa as polls have showed him surging in the state.
His campaign released another ad in the state last week highlighting national unity.
“Buttigieg is emerging as a top pick for a wide variety of Iowa Democrats,” Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said. “While he has made nominally bigger gains among older caucusgoers, you really can’t pigeonhole his support to one particular group. He is doing well with voters regardless of education or ideology.”