Delaney: Medicare For All proponents have 'hijacked the good name of Medicare'

Delaney: Medicare For All proponents have 'hijacked the good name of Medicare'

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage MORE (D-Md.) on Sunday blasted his fellow Democratic presidential candidates’ support of Medicare for All proposals, saying the voters “will reject” them.

“This is [Sen.] Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' MORE’s [I-Vt.] plan, it will take private insurance away from half the people in this country,” Delaney said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” adding that Democrats who support such proposals have “outsourced” health care policy to the Vermont senator.

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“They’ve hijacked the good name of Medicare and applied it to a law that will cause upheaval in our health care system,” he added. “Now we’re seeing the debate change on this issue as people start to realize.”

Several 2020 White House contenders have expressed support for Medicare for All, including Sanders, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE (D-Calif.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroBiden slams Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, backs protesters Julián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Mass.).

Candidates have been cagier on whether they support eliminating private insurance, with Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D) saying they would favor such a move and Harris initially expressing support but later backtracking.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) took a similar stance to Delaney’s in the first Democratic presidential debate in June, saying that while he supports allowing anyone who chooses to join Medicare, “I think the choice is fundamental.”