Sanders responds to Warren's 'Medicare for All' funding plan 

 

After Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released her "Medicare for All" funding plan last week, one of her rivals, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., claimed his funding strategy is more progressive, ABC News reports. 

Mr. Sanders wrote the Medicare for All bill Ms. Warren supports, but the candidates have proposed different funding mechanisms.  

"The function of healthcare is to provide healthcare to all people, not to make $100 billion in profits for the insurance companies and the drug companies. So, Elizabeth Warren and I agree on that. We do disagree on how you fund it. I think the approach that [I] have, in fact, will be much more progressive in terms of protecting the financial well-being of middle-income families," Mr. Sanders told ABC News

Mr. Sanders took issue largely with Ms. Warren's "employer Medicare contribution," which would generate $9 trillion. He says the contribution will have a negative effect on jobs, as opposed to his 7.5 percent payroll tax. 

Ms. Warren countered this criticism, saying employers will pay slightly less than they currently pay under the ACA for employee health insurance. 

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