WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- With Sen. Elizabeth Warren leading the polls, she became the target of the other candidates questioning her “Medicare for All” plan.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar called Warren’s plan a pipe dream and questioned who would be paying for it. “The difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something you can actually get done.”
Amy Klobuchar challenges Elizabeth Warren on healthcare at the #DemDebate: "I appreciate Elizabeth's work. But again, the difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you can actually get done."https://t.co/PRWL3USwvQ pic.twitter.com/oYrHEnA0Tq— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 16, 2019
“At least Bernie’s being honest here,” Klobuchar says. “I’m sorry, Elizabeth.”
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg also questioned the plan saying to Warren, “I don’t understand why you believe the only way to deliver affordable insurance to everybody is to obliterate private plans.”
Warren defended her plan saying costs would go down for hard-working middle class families. But she would not say how Medicare for All would be paid for.
Meanwhile, Sen. Kamala Harris questioned why the group hadn’t discussed reproductive healthcare to applause.
“This is the sixth debate we have had in this presidential cycle. Not one word with all of these discussions about health care, on women’s access to health care. It’s outrageous.”
"Women should not be the only ones taking up this cause and this fight,” Sen. Cory Booker later said. “It’s not just because women are our daughters and our friends and our wives. It’s because women are people. People deserve to control their own bodies.”