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 DelaneyWhat are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? Delaney to take message to Iowa voters on Sunday with infomercial Bloomberg run should push Warren to the center — but won't 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 SandersButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings 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 HarrisBiden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Democratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement MORE (D-Calif.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroCastro unveils sweeping disability plan Saagar Enjeti rips Buttigieg for praising Obama after misquote Buttigieg praises Obama after Los Angeles Times corrects misquote MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Following school shooting, Biden speaks out: 'We have to protect these kids' 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 BlasioDeval Patrick enters 2020 race De Blasio slams Bloomberg run for president: He 'epitomizes the status quo' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings 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.”