House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is worried about whether 2020 Democratic candidates are on the right track in terms of their policy proposals, to defeat President Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election.
Pelosi told Bloomberg on Nov. 1 that some of the socialist proposals advocated by candidates such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal might gain support from voters in liberal districts, but probably wont work for voters in Midwestern states.
“What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan,” Pelosi told the media outlet.
Her concerns reflect the views of several prominent Democrats who say some of the candidates proposals could hurt the prospects of the party winning in the general election. In August, former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said in an interview that he believes some of the 2020 candidates policies on healthcare and immigration might be too extreme and frighten voters away.
Pelosi said for candidates to win they must appeal to voters by showing them why they should be president.
“Show them whats in your heart, your hopes and dreams,” she said. “Its not about you. Its about them.”
While speaking on Bloombergs “Balance of Power,” Pelosi said she was “not a big fan” of the Medicare for All plan proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and endorsed by many Democratic candidates, including occasional frontrunner Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
“Im not a big fan of Medicare for All. I mean, I welcome the debate. I think that we should have healthcare for all,” Pelosi told host David Westin.
She expressed favor for the Affordable Care Act, a plan she helped pass with former President Barack Obama, saying that its benefits are better than Medicares. But she said in order to respect other points of view, Congress had invited advocates of the Medicare plan to testify in several committees.
“But [Medicare for All] is expensive. Who pays is very important and what are the benefits that come in there. So, I would think that hopefully, as we emerge into the election year, the mantra will be more healthcare for all Americans because there is a comfort level that some people have with their current private insurance that they have,” she said.
Her comments come a day after Warren released her version of the Medicare for All plans detailing how much it would cost and her proposals on funding it. The plan is expected to significantly raise government spending and give the government a monopoly in the healthcare insurance industry.
Warrens plan would provide insurance for every person in America but would cost taxpayers $52 trillion over 10 years. She proposed that the money to fund the proposal would come from existing federal spendiRead More – Source