Sherrod Brown: 'Terrible mistake' for Democratic nominee to support 'Medicare for All'

Sherrod Brown: 'Terrible mistake' for Democratic nominee to support 'Medicare for All'
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Democrats release report alleging Trump admin undermined fair housing policies Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Emboldened Democrats haggle over 2021 agenda MORE (D-Ohio) took a shot at progressive Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday, telling CNN that it would be a “terrible mistake” if the Democratic nominee supported “Medicare for All.”

Brown is not historically opposed to Medicare for All as an aspiration, but in the past he has said he would rather focus on what’s practical and can help people in the short term. He wants candidates to focus on improving ObamaCare, rather than promoting an idea that could turn off moderate voters.

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Brown’s comments come ahead of the Democratic debate Tuesday night in his home state, where health care is expected to be a major focus, and candidates will likely face questions about their support for Medicare for All. 

The policy has been a source of contention among Democrats running for president. While Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Bernie Sanders warns of 'nightmare scenario' if Trump refuses election results Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHarris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda Judd Gregg: The Kamala threat — the Californiaization of America GOP set to release controversial Biden report MORE (D-Mass.) support the plan, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE and other moderates oppose it, arguing it would eliminate choice for Americans who prefer private health insurance. 

Brown is a self-proclaimed progressive, and earlier this year sparked speculation about a possible White House run. 

He has called for expanding Medicare to people 50 years and older, and is also one of the primary sponsors of “Medicare at 55” legislation in the Senate, a moderate alternative to Medicare for all that was pushed by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot Poll: 51 percent of voters want to abolish the electoral college MORE when she ran for president in 2016.  

Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonChelsea Clinton: Trump isn't building public confidence in a vaccine Hillary Clinton launching podcast this month GOP brushes back charges of hypocrisy in Supreme Court fight MORE also proposed expanding Medicare in 1998 by allowing certain workers between the ages of 55 and 65 to buy the service.  

Brown also helped write the “public option” into ObamaCare, but the provision was removed before the law was passed.