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 KlobucharPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism Warren on winning over male voters: I was told to 'smile more' MORE (Minn.) took a shot at fellow contender Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report 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 BidenFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment Biden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running MORE, who also supports a public option.