'Absolutely Nothing to Offer': Beto's Answer on Medicare For All at CNN Town Hall Angers Progressives

September 13, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Democratic presidential primary candidate Beto O’Rourke went on CNN for a town hall Tuesday evening in an attempt to breathe some life into his struggling campaign, but all he did was earn the ire of progressives after delivering a less than ambitious answer to a question on Medicare for All. 

O’Rourke declined to endorse the popular policy by host Dana Bash as a follow up to a question from the audience on drug prices. Bash asked the former Texas congressman why he supports the Medicare for America plan put forth by Democratic Reps. Rose DeLauro (Conn.) and Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) instead of Medicare for All. 

“They don’t have time for us to get to the perfect solution,” O’Rourke said, referring to audience member Diane Kolmer, whose struggles with the disease multliple sclerosis prompted her to ask about healthcare, and a man O’Rourke claimed to have met named “Joey.”

“If we were to start from scratch, maybe we would start with a single payer,” added O’Rourke, “but we’ve got to work with the system that we have here today.”

O’Rourke’s perceived prevarication on healthcare generated sharp criticism from the left. 

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