The $52 trillion Medicare for All plan that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently released would remove some 149 million Americans from their current healthcare plans, fellow 2020 contender Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said.
“Shes pushing for a policy that I dont agree with and would kick 149 million Americans off of their health care in just four years—their current health care. That is a fact, it says it on page 8 of the bill, of the Sanders/Warren bill,” she said during an appearance on CNNs “State of the Union.”
“That being said, I think theres a better way, with one big bold idea, and that is by having a competitive nonprofit option that can compete with the insurance companies, and bring the prices down,” Klobuchar added.
“I also think that we need to take on the pharmaceutical companies in a big way. Work that Ive done with Sen. [Bernie] Sanders. And that means bringing in less expensive drugs from other countries, that means allowing and unleashing Medicare to negotiate and getting rid of that prohibition that says they cant. I lead that bill and I will get that done as president.”
Klobuchar said that she wouldnt call either Warren or Sanders an “elitist,” referring to a recent attack made against Warren by former Vice President Joe Biden.
“There is no monopoly on good ideas. And thats a point I would make about Sen. Warrens and Sen. Sanderss proposals. I would not call them elitist,” she said.
But the Minnesota senator has attacked the Medicare for All proposals on a number of occasions, joining others in attacking Warren during the last Democratic presidential debate.
Klobuchar alleged that Warren hadnt been honest about the costs of the healthcare program and the way 149 million people would be kicked off of their healthcare plans under Medicare for All.
After Warren responded by referring to her many plans, Klobuchar said, “The difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something we can actually get done.”
Warren later released her Medicare for All plan, which calls for trillions in new taxes and tax hikes.