Vermont Senator and 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders is making a lot of big promises in hopes of becoming the next president.
Free college, free housing, and the Sanders crown-jewel… ‘Medicare for All.’
Sanders plans on funding his agenda with massive tax increases, and he thinks he has the support of his fellow Democrats.
But not so fast!
According to a report from Newsmax, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped short of throwing his weight behind Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan Thursday, calling it one of several proposals his party is advancing to strengthen health care.
Schumer, D-N.Y., made the comments to reporters a day after Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, rolled out his latest version of the measure.
Sanders’ package is supported by many liberals and several other presidential contenders,
But many moderates fear it's an easy target for Republicans to characterize as socialist and a pathway to huge tax increases… and that’s what has Schumer balking at Sanders’ plan.
Health care seems likely to be a major issue in next year's presidential and congressional elections.
Asked about Sanders' plan, Schumer said Democrats are united in improving health care, lowering costs and creating universal coverage.
"Different Democrats have different ways to get there," Schumer said.
Sanders' 100-page bill would replace job-based and private health insurance with a government-run system providing coverage for all. There would be no premiums or deductibles and only minimal copays for certain services.
Sanders did not estimate his measure's cost, which others have projected at well into the TRILLONS of dollars. He listed a menu of potential ways to pay for his bill but not specified which he would choose.
Schumer cited several more modest proposals by other Democratic senators and said, "We are united on moving health care forward."
But if Sanders can’t get glowing support from the Senate’s top Democrat, what chance do any of his radical policies stand?