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Big, structural change? More like big, structural incrementalism.
That’s what some progressives are saying about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who walked back her Medicare for All plan on Friday by announcing that she won’t fully install a national single-payer health program until her third year in office.
Policy - Warren - Months - Campaign - Trail
It’s a different policy than what Warren has spent months on the campaign trail stumping for — and a plan she’s heavily criticized her Democratic primary opponents for supporting. She now sounds a lot more like Pete Buttigieg — and gasp — Joe Biden.
And the backlash among young progressives has already begun, with leftists painting Warren as insincere and unprincipled.
Proposal - Mirrors - Herring—any - Cliche - Warren
“Her latest proposal ... is smoke and mirrors, a red herring—any cliche you like. It looks as if Warren’s feet of clay have returned, and that this proposal merely allows her to continue to claim that she supports Medicare for All,” Libby Watson wrote in The New Republic.
“[The proposal] is a clearer indication that she has settled for the public option, like most of the rest of the field,” she continued.
Pages - Jacobin - Bible - Socialists - Supporter
In the pages of Jacobin, a bible for young democratic socialists and vocal supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, writer Carl Beijer called Warren’s proposal “practically tailor-made to divide, depress, marginalize, and exhaust any political will for single payer before we've even begun the final fight.”
“Doing this in stages creates a political danger and an opening for opponents to prevent further progress,” Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, told the Washington Post. “The longer the rollout, the more political risk.”
Campaign - Aids - Biden - Buttigieg - Warren
Even campaign aids to Biden and Buttigieg have criticized Warren’s flip-flop.
Under Warren’s new plan, she would commit only to a series of reforms to the health care system led by executive order, which would include increasing Medicare availability for people of certain age...
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