Senator Michael Bennet appeared on Morning Joe. When asked the usual question for that platform, "Do you support Medicare for All," he was ready with an answer. NO. And then he shamefully used Right Wing talking points to disparage it.
Sen. Michael Bennet using ACA Right Wing Talking Points
It is clear that Bennet's answers were well rehearsed. He did not hesitate to answer the question as did John Hickenlooper who made a fool of himself as he got the answer to "are you a Capitalist?" wrong before he stumbled into a mostly right answer.
So which Right Wing Talking points did Bennet use against Medicare for All?
- It would take insurance away from 180 million Americans: FALSE - Everyone would be insured and in the aggregate, it would be better insurance since there would be no deductibles, co-pays, etc.
- It would take insurance away from every labor union in America. FALSE - Same as above.
- It would cost 30 trillion dollars. MISLEADING - While taxes will go up, premiums, copays, and deductibles go away ensuring that most who pay insurance today will have more income in their pockets.
- It is a government takeover of healthcare: FALSE - Hospitals, doctors, drug makers all remain in the private and non-profit sectors. This is the most egregious statement because it is the most polarizing. And making that association as a Democrat increases the weaponized payload from Republicans.
Michael Benet should no better. In fact, it is clear he is smart so he does know better. He could have said he does not support Medicare for All but supports improving Obamacare. If they followed up with why he could have said that the transition would be difficult and may be lengthy and Americans need relief now. Instead, he chose words to damage Medicare for All.
Michael Bennet will not be the Democratic nominee for president. But he has ensured that his Right Wing talking points will be used against the winner.