In 2012, the Massachusetts Democrat said, when she was first running for Senate, that she opposed single-payer
Liberal firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told the Wall Street Journal that she believes it’s “time” for single-payer health care in the United States.
Blocking the GOP rollback of provisions in the Affordable Care Act, Ms. Warren said, is not enough. She said Democrats on the ballot in the next two federal elections should back a national single-payer health-care plan.
“President Obama tried to move us forward with health-care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” she said during an interview in her Senate office last week. “Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer.”
A single-payer health care system would shift the coverage of health care costs from private insurance companies to the federal government.
In March, Warren said her support for single-payer would “depend on whether Democrats could find Republican lawmakers willing to help fix the Affordable Care Act passed under Obama.”
But Warren had already come out in support of single-payer back in 2008. In her book, “Health At Risk,” she wrote:
“We approach the health care debates from a single perspective: maintaining the financial stability of families confronting illness or injury. The most obvious solution would be universal single-payer health care. This would allow people to get the care they need – without risking bankruptcy to pay for it.”
But when Warren ran for Senate in 2012, she backed away from her strong single-payer advocacy. In an interview on NECN, Warren said she believed Democrats should “stay within what’s possible” and not try for too much.
Five years later, Warren seems more than ready to dive into a national debate about government-run health care.
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