According to the Washington Post, Democratic presidential candidates like Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, and even Elizabeth Warren, are beginning to walk back their early enthusiastic endorsement of Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all bill.
More defections from Sanders plan should be forthcoming in the coming weeks, as reality begins to dawn on these Dems that their radical socialist projects are outside the mainstream.
But mind you, they still want some sort of public option—that is, socialism lite—alongside private insurance, which they hope Americans will eventually see as the cheaper option–“better coverage at a lower price,” according to Sanders.
Cheaper yes, but not better; and cheaper because he and his fellow socialists are going to tax the hell out of the rich to pay for their public option.
Americans I hope will not be deceived by this pivot to pragmatism. My instincts tell me that it is insincere. The candidates saw the polls and decided that giving the appearance of reneging on Medicare-for-all would keep their campaigns alive.
Except for candidates like Joe Delaney and maybe two others, if any of the original co-sponsors of the Sanders’ bill were to win the presidency, you can bet the public option would soon become the only option.