Warren 'fully committed' to 'Medicare for All'

Warren 'fully committed' to 'Medicare for All'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Buttigieg surrogate on candidate's past consulting work: 'I don't think it matters' Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges MORE (D-Mass.), a 2020 White House hopeful, reportedly said Saturday that she remains “fully committed” to "Medicare for All" after her implementation plan drew criticism.

“My commitment to Medicare for All is all the way,” Warren told reporters in Iowa, according to The Associated Press. She also defended provisions of her plan that call for building on existing health care programs before implementing Medicare for All because “people need help right now.”

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Warren’s more centrist Democratic 2020 competitors, Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Top Zelensky aide refutes Sondland testimony The great AI debate: What candidates are (finally) saying about artificial intelligence MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Tulsi Gabbard reacts to Afghanistan report, calls out Pete Buttigieg's McKinsey work Buttigieg surrogate on candidate's past consulting work: 'I don't think it matters' MORE, criticized her plan, which would allow Americans to buy into a public option in its initial phase, similar to plans issued by Biden and Buttigieg themselves. Biden’s campaign accused Warren of “muddying the waters” while Buttigieg’s campaign called it “transparently political.”

“Look, I’ve shown how we can do this without raising middle class taxes by 1 penny. I’ve shown how we can do this to get help immediately for people,” Warren said on Saturday, the AP noted. “It’s all laid out, it’s all on the website.”

Warren also drew a distinction between her proposal and Biden’s and Buttigieg’s, saying “mine is about actually giving people Medicare for All that is going to be full health care coverage.”

Under her proposal, a full Medicare for All program would not be implemented until years into a Warren presidency, but Warren denied that the timeline rolled out Friday was an acknowledgement that passing such a measure would be an uphill struggle.

Warren told reporters on Saturday she saw an “intense need … for relief, so my plan is first to do the things that as president I’ll be able to do on my own,” according to the AP.

“When we’ve got tens of millions of people in the system, we’ve got lots of allies in the system,” she added. “We’ll transition to Medicare for All.”