INDIANOLA, Iowa – Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on Sunday that she will release a plan to fund "Medicare for All" in the coming weeks and bend to left and right critics who have criticized her for not describe how she would pay for a single payer healthcare system.
Mrs. Warren has become known for his high stack of political plans, after offering dozens of proposals on a large number of topics. But when it comes to health care, she has not been similar, and her refusal to say whether she would raise the middle-class tax to help fund "Medicare for All" has drawn sharp criticism from some of her Democratic rivals.
ms. Warren's repeated refusal to directly answer that question was in sharp contrast to how she has talked about other policy areas – provided long, detailed plans and explained how she would create a wealth tax for the wealthiest Americans to fund other major proposals such as student depreciation and universal childcare.
When it comes to health care, Warren has aligned himself with one of his top rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, saying at the June debate phase, "I'm with Bernie on Medicare for all." Sanders has openly acknowledged that taxes would increase for the middle class, something Warren has been reluctant to acknowledge despite repeated questions from the news media.
Instead, Ms. Warren has tried to update the issue of the total costs that families would face under her plan. She has said that the costs would go up for wealthy people and large companies, but would go down for middle-class families.
"I will not enter into a bill that does not lower the costs for middle-class families," she said at last week's debate.
Mrs. Warren's campaign had previously said she was looking at "revenue alternatives" to pay for Medicare for everyone. But she has not offered details, and her lack of specificity has offered an opening for her opponents to criticize her.
Last month, Mayor Pete Buttigieg from South Bend, Ind. Ms. Warren "extremely avoidant" on the subject, and at last week's debate he pressed the point further after Warren again refused to directly answer whether she would raise the middle-class tax.
"We heard it tonight," Mr. Buttigieg said, "A yes-or-no question that didn't get a yes-or-no answer. Look, that's why people here in the Midwest are so frustrated with Washington in general and Capitol Hill in particular. Your signature, Senator, is to have a plan for everything – except this. "
Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota offered similar criticism." At least Bernie is honest here and says how he will pay for this and that taxes will go up, "she said she at the debate. "And I'm sorry, Elizabeth, but you haven't said that, and I think we owe it to the American people to tell us where to send the invoice."