Sen. Warren has been steadily losing support in the polls for a number of reasons, many of her supporters don’t believe that forcing people off of private health insurance is a good idea.
To that end, Sen. Warren has backed down on her Medicare for All stance, claiming that there will be a “trial period” so people who like it can try it out. Sen. Warren is also doing her best to emphasize the word “choice” when discussing her plan so that people don’t realize that it’s a government power move.
The Massachusetts senator is is defending her new stance, stating that it was “always part of the plan” to have a transition period where people can try out Medicare for All before it becomes the law of the land. However, the statement is an odd one given the fact that she never mentioned such a transition period until now. But with real primary contests coming up, times have changed, and the senator is clearly pandering to the people whose votes she needs.
Both former Vice-President Joe Bide and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have effectively hammered Sen. Warren on her Medicare for All proposal, making it clear to Americans that there is no way to pay for it without raising taxes on the middle class. Democrat backing for Medicare for All has tanked even after Sen. Warren released a plan for paying for her costly proposal. At the same time, Sen. Warren is losing ground in early primary states which are composed largely of voters who aren’t willing to embrace full government control over healthcare.
Ironically, Sen. Warren’s new emphasis on “choice” and “transition” isn’t doing her campaign much good. Most recent polls show that Sen. Warren is polling in third place behind former VP Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. It would seem that her pledge to “ease people” into Medicare for All by showing everyone how great it is isn’t winning over votes.
Many moderate Democrats are turning to former VP Joe Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg as both candidates offer a healthcare plan that doesn’t drastically raise taxes or require massive government involvement. At the same time, many far-left progressives who embraced Sen. Warren’s eagerness to eliminate private health insurance options for hundreds of millions of people are disappointed. It is quite possible that at least some of these voters can be credited for Sen. Sanders’ recent rise in the polls as his campaign has flourished even as Sen. Warren’s has floundered.
Medicare for All is a catchy campaign slogan, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren certainly put it to good use, assuring progressive voters that she would provide free healthcare to every single person living in the United States. However, many people started to wake up to the fact that there is really no such thing as a “free” government program. Someone, somewhere has to pay for it. Sen. Warren’s initial refusal to offer detailed information about paying for her plan did her campaign more harm than good. The fact that she released a totally unrealistic plan later on exposed the fact that Sen. Warren only cares about getting what she wants.
While it remains to be seen if wary voters will embrace Sen. Warren now that she is championing “healthcare choice,” the odds are that she will continue going down even as her rivals rise in local and national polls.