Elizabeth Warren: Public Option/Single Payer Health Care


I wanted to ask about health care again. (Warren: ok.) But I wanted to ask about what the Democrats were going to fight for for health care. The Affordable Care Act was a good bill. I think it did a lot, but it was from a Republican governor from Massachusetts. And it was created by the Heritage Foundation. Do you think that Democrats should try and fight for more progressive health care like a public option or even single payer? Warren: Yes. [applause] And I don’t want to just give Kevin a one-word answer. He’ll feel cheated here, right? His number got drawn. But I actually want to make a real point around this, and that is the Democrats did everything they could nationally to try to make it a bipartisan bill. And it is true: the Democrats took a Heritage Foundation idea. They said something even advanced by a Republican governor here in Massachusetts and had gotten off the ground and we had some testing for it and we’ve seen how it worked. We took bazillion amendments and made changes. And how much Republicans support did we get for that? Like none. Right? At the end of the day? So my view on this is when it’s time to take a step back and to say so what is the right way to do health care in America? I think that’s when it’s time to put it all on the table. Not just small adjustments to what we’ve got here, although I’m glad to do those. That’s where we can go right now. But I think it’s time to put it all on the table and to talk about the options that will actually deliver the best possible health care at the lowest possible price for all of America. That’s what going to do. So I like what you’ve got, Kevin. I like it.

Daniel Yohans

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