Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Courtesy of the U.S. Senate

The centerpiece in Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal for the presidency is a Medicare for All plan, sans private options and tax increases on the middle class. Instead, the plan would generate funds through a 10-year transition period, administrative reform and hefty taxes on the wealthy. However, businesses that already offer generous health coverage to their employees would get burned by her plan, which has raised ire among those that might otherwise support a universal health care system. 

Out of $60,049,476 that Warren raised so far in the 2020 elections:

  • $1,328,377 has been linked to the Health sector
  • $555,635 has been linked to health professionals
  • $417,302 has been linked to hospitals/nursing homes
  • Kaiser Permanente is one of her top contributors, donating $55,006
[Source: OpenSecrets]

 

Her Record

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill to create Medicare for All in the 116th Congress. Warren signed on as a co-sponsor. 

Among the key drug price transparency legislation introduced in Senate this term, Harris signed as a cosponsor to the Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices Act of 2019. She did not sign onto the C-THRU, SPIKE, nor RxCAP bills.  

This term, she also introduced legislation that would compel insurers to provide mental health benefits alongside health coverage in the interim between a potential M4A system. 

From her website

“Under my plan, Medicare for All will cover the full list of benefits outlined in the Medicare for All Act, including long-term care, audio, vision, dental, and mental health benefits. My plan will cover every single person in the U.S., and includes common-sense payment reforms that make Medicare for All possible without spending any more money overall than we spend now….Under this new system –

  • “Every person in America – all 331 million people – will have full health coverage, and coverage for long-term care.
  • “Everybody gets the doctors and the treatments they need, when they need them. No more restrictive provider networks, no more insurance companies denying coverage for prescribed treatments, and no more going broke over medical bills.
  • “The $11 trillion in household insurance and out-of-pocket expenses projected under our current system goes right back into the pockets of America’s working people. And we make up the difference with targeted spending cuts, new taxes on giant corporations and the richest 1% of Americans, and by cracking down on tax evasion and fraud. Not one penny in middle-class tax increases.”