Buttigieg touts Medicare plan in new Iowa ad

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE’s campaign touts his “Medicare for all who want it” plan in a new ad released in Iowa. 

The South Bend, Ind., mayor draws a contrast between his plan and the “Medicare for All” plans proposed by progressive Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) in the 30-second television spot. 


“First, my plan gives everybody access to Medicare. Everybody,” Buttigieg says in the ad. “But, if you’re happy with the private insurance you’ve got my plan would let you stick with it — if you want. Now, others say it’s Medicare for All or nothing. I approve this message to say, the choice should be yours.” 

The ad highlights the ongoing debate on how Democrats move ahead on the issue of health care after a groundswell of House candidates successfully campaigned on the issue in 2018, in part leading to the party’s majority in the lower chamber. 

Sanders and Warren’s Medicare for All plans have been a top issue in the debates, with the progressive senators pushing to replace private health insurance with a single plan run by the government. 

Buttigieg criticized Warren last week for not saying whether her health care plan would raise middle-class taxes, calling her “evasive” on the issue. 

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“Senator Warren is known for being straightforward and was extremely evasive when asked that question, and we’ve seen that repeatedly,” Buttigieg said last Thursday during an interview on CNN. 

Warren has said that overall costs would drop for those in the middle class because Medicare for All would eliminate the premiums, deductibles, and copays many people currently pay for their insurance plans.