Klobuchar on 'Medicare for All': 'While Bernie wrote the bill, I read the bill'

Klobuchar on 'Medicare for All': 'While Bernie wrote the bill, I read the bill'
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats will not beat Trump without moderate policy ideas Harris revamps campaign presence in Iowa Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues MORE (Minn.) took a shot at fellow contender Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Krystal Ball calls on Sanders to follow Yang's lead on war on drugs Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all MORE (I-Vt.) over his “Medicare for All” plan Thursday night.

During the Democrats' third primary debate in Houston, Sanders repeated his line that he understands Medicare for All because he "wrote the damn bill."


“While Bernie wrote the bill, I read the bill,” said Klobuchar, who is more of a centrist than some of the leading 2020 primary contenders.

“On page eight of the bill, it says that we will no longer have private insurance as we know it.” 

Klobuchar opposes Medicare for All because it would replace private insurance with a health care system run by the government.

“I don’t think it’s a bold idea. I think it’s a bad idea,” she said.

She instead supports a public option, a government-run plan that would compete with private insurance companies.

That aligns her with the Democratic front-runner, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Trump whistleblower complaint involves Ukraine: report MORE, who also supports a public option.