John Delaney: Bernie Sanders "Hijacked The Good Name Of Medicare" With Medicare For All Proposal

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2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney joins Margaret Brennan to discuss his campaign, immigration, and health care. Delaney said many Democratic candidates have "outsourced" their health care plan to Bernie Sanders.

"They’ve hijacked the good name of Medicare and applied it to a law that will cause upheaval in our healthcare system," he said about "Medicare For All" proposals. "Senator Warren, so many of these people have outsourced their health care plan to Bernie Sanders, right? Because this is Bernie Sanders's plan. And it will take private insurance away from more than half of the country and they will reject that if we run on that."





MARGARET BRENNAN: Health care is your signature issue, as I know. And in the last debate, you said "Medicare-for-All" is not good policy and it's not good politics.

DELANEY: Yes.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But more than eight of the candidates of the 24 or 25 now, support this. Are- are voters just being misled by your fellow Democratic candidates?

DELANEY: Yeah, I think they're wrong. I mean, look at so many of the candidates, Senator Warren, so many of these people have outsourced their health care plan to Bernie Sanders, right? Because this is Bernie Sanders's plan. And it will take private insurance away from more than half of the country and they will reject that if we run on that. It will- it will also reduce quality and access in our health care system because Medicare doesn't reimburse sufficiently to keep all the hospitals--

MARGARET BRENNAN: You were--

DELANEY: --and providers.

MARGARET BRENNAN: --booed on the debate stage when you raised this, though, so--

DELANEY: I understand that.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So, it does seem popular at least with people who vote in primaries.

DELANEY: But here's the thing. "Medicare-for-All" is a great slogan. They've hijacked the good name of Medicare and applied it to a law that will cause upheaval in our health care system and I- I was the first person to actually talk about this. Now we're seeing the debate change on this issue as people start to realize. My plan which is called "Better Care" is a universal health care plan. Every single American gets health care as a basic right of citizenship for free. But I preserve options if people want to opt out and keep their private insurance. They can if they want to buy supplemental plans. They can. It's a much better way to create a universal health care system.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And non-citizens?

DELANEY: Non-citizens are not covered by my "Better Care" plan, but under my immigration reform they will have legal status. While they- while they wait con a path to citizenship which would allow them to then be covered.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to--

DELANEY: If you take immigration and health care together you kind of see how we can start solving these problems.

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