Sen. Michael Bennet: Medicare For All Is A "Bad Opening Offer"


Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joins 'Meet the Press' to talk about where Democrats are heading during government funding negotiations and about his own 2020 presidential ambitions. He said a "Medicare For All" plan, which has the support of many other Democratic 2020 candidates, "seems like a bad opening offer."

"Remember when President Obama said, ‘If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.' And then a few people in America actually lost their insurance because of the way that the plan worked. Now what the Democrats are saying is, 'If you like your insurance, we’re going to take it away from you,' from 180 million people that get their insurance from their employer and like it, where 20 million Americans who are on Medicare Advantage, and love it. That seems like a bad opening offer for me," Bennet said.

Instead, Bennet suggested a proposal he put forward with Sen Tim Kaine called "Medicare X," which creates a public option.

"It helps finish the work of Obamacare," he said. "And it says to America, 'If you want to be in a public plan, you can choose to be in a public plan. If you want to keep your insurance, you can keep your insurance.'"

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