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Amy Klobuchar: "I Think There's A Better Way" To Lower Healthcare Costs Than Medicare For All

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Oon CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar "it is not" good enough that Elizabeth Warren is reviewing revenue options following criticism of her plan to pay "Medicare for All."

"I have a better way, a way that will insure more people and bring premiums down. And that's with the nonprofit public option," she said. "And it doesn't trash Obamacare. It builds on Obamacare. And I think you have to show how you are going to pay for things."

TAPPER: So, let me ask you.

You joined Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who I just talked to, in criticizing Senator Warren on the debate stage for, in your view and his view, not being fully honest about how she intends to pay for Medicare for all.

Senator Warren's campaign has since said that she's -- quote -- "reviewing the revenue options" suggested by the 2016 Bernie campaign, along with other revenue options" -- unquote.

Is that good enough for you?

KLOBUCHAR: No, it is not.

I have made very clear how I'm going to pay for everything that I have put out there. I think that's important, because we have got a president that's added trillions of dollars to the debt, on the shoulders of our kids. And I think we need to make the case.

And as I said at the debate stage, I just think I have a better way, a way that will insure more people and bring premiums down. And that's with the nonprofit public option.

And it doesn't trash Obamacare. It builds on Obamacare. And I think you have to show how you are going to pay for things. And that was the point.

And I don't think any one person that stage has a monopoly on good ideas. And that seems to be what she's said through these debates. And I thought it was really important to make that point for the people of the country and our primary voters. There's another way.

And one other thing I wanted to add as I was listening to your interview with the mayor is that that bill has been very clear from the beginning. On page eight, it says that it will dismantle our current insurance system. It says that 149 million people will be kicked off their current insurance. That's what it says.

And Senator Sanders has been very honest about that. But I think we have to be honest about that. All the people in the Senate that was on the that stage and others who have said they supported it, they signed on to that.

I got a lot of pressure to sign on to it. I read it, and I decided there was a better way and a different way to do it.

TAPPER: So, you're...

KLOBUCHAR: I just look people in the...

(CROSSTALK)

TAPPER: Just -- I just -- you're suggesting that Mayor Pete Buttigieg, having endorsed Medicare for all in that tweet that I referred to in 2018, is not being honest today; is that what you're suggesting?

KLOBUCHAR: What I'm saying is, people need to look at these bills and understand what they're looking at.

And I don't know if he ever looked at the bill. But the bill has always said that, and that's the bill that's been the one that Senator Sanders has led in the U.S. Senate.

And like I said, I think there's a better way. I made the decision. And this happens all the time. You get pressure from a lot of people to do things in Washington.

And this president, President Trump, has been folding to all kinds of pressure. He gets a call from Erdogan, and what does he do? He puts the Kurds out to slaughter. He gets a call from Vladimir Putin, and what does he do? He says that he doesn't believe that Russia invaded our election.

He gets a call from, like -- someone does -- from the pharmaceutical companies, and he doesn't do anything to take on pharma.

I think we need a president that stands up to that kind of pressure, that does what they think is right. It doesn't mean that everyone agrees with you, but that's what I do. That's what I have done throughout my time in Washington.

And I think that the American people are looking for that kind of grit.



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