Harry Reid on 'Medicare for All': 'Not a chance in hell it would pass'

Harry Reid on 'Medicare for All': 'Not a chance in hell it would pass'
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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill Kamala Harris to young Black women at conference: 'I want you to be ambitious' Obama calls filibuster 'Jim Crow relic,' backs new Voting Rights Act bill MORE (D-Nev.) criticized Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Trump's personality is as much a problem as his performance Sierra Club endorses Biden for president  MORE's (I-Vt.) signature "Medicare for All" health care plan ahead of Wednesday night's Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas.

While Reid said during an interview with ABC News's Rick Klein that he thinks "the world of Bernie Sanders," he called the progressive senator's health care plan "impractical."

"There’s not a chance in hell it would pass," Reid said in the podcast interview.

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Reid has spoken out about Medicare for All in the past, telling Vice last year he didn't think the plan could pass and that Democrats should instead focus on strengthening the Affordable Care Act.

The longtime senator also spoke highly of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly On The Money: Administration defends Trump executive orders | CBO reports skyrocketing deficit | Government pauses Kodak loan pending review Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE (D-Mass.), who has touted a version of Medicare for All, and remarked about former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEverytown on the NRA lawsuit: 'Come November, we're going to make sure they're out of power, too' Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Meme group joins with Lincoln Project in new campaign against Trump MORE, who will make his debut in the Democratic presidential primary debates in Las Vegas.

"One of the things that I feel very good about is that I discovered Elizabeth Warren, brought her to Washington when we had the Wall Street collapse," Reid said. "She became head of the oversight committee and did a really good job ... so I think the world of Elizabeth Warren."

Of Bloomberg, Reid said: "He has, like a lot of candidates, a lot of warts and pimples."

"But the one thing I have to say about him is no one in the country has done more in climate and guns than he has. So I respect him if for no other reason, those two things that he's done I think have been wonderful," Reid added.

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Reid admitted in the ABC interview that he does have a favorite among the remaining candidates but refused to make an endorsement, saying that he preferred to "stay out of it."

"I want the caucus to go unhindered by anything that I'm doing wrong," he said.

Sanders, Warren and Bloomberg will join three other candidates on the debate stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas as the candidates battle for support ahead of the Nevada caucuses on Saturday.