When confronted by one of her own supporters about her habitual lack of specificity, Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren responded by spouting a bunch of nonspecific mumbo jumbo that didn’t actually answer the supporter’s question.
The supporter, a retired teacher from the senator’s own home state of Massachusetts, asked her at a rally in New Hampshire on Wednesday specifically about her apparent refusal to provide any specifics regarding her radical healthcare proposal.
“I have a lot of friends and neighbors and colleagues who have a tremendous amount of respect and support for you, but the question that comes up, over and over and over again, is the specificity of healthcare reform,” the supporter said. “[B]ecause of the difference between our nation and many others, many feel you can’t go the same route and funding as, say Canada … And some of us are happy with the health insurance we have, so we came up here looking for more specifics on your healthcare financing plan.”
In response, Warren rambled and rambled and rambled without offering a single specific detail about her Medicare-for-All proposal.
Listen to the first half of her word salad below:
Some of the rambling tales she recounted did, however, seem to indicate what she really thinks. For instance, she spoke of an elderly couple who approached her at a rally once and told her how they’d loved their insurance up until they got ill.
“I meet people like this all the time … So I gotta say, when people tell me how much they love their health insurance, I gotta ask them how sick they’ve been,” she said.
Without actually explicitly saying it, the senator seemed to strongly suggest that under her plan, those Americans who like their current health insurance plan won’t get to keep it. Why won’t they get to keep it? Because she believes her plan is better for them.
“Because our health insurance companies … they got a basic business model, and the business model is to rake in as much as you can in premiums — anyone in here in the last five years seen your premiums go up if you have private health insurance? — and pay out as little as you can in return,” she continued. “Raise the deductibles, raise the co-pays, just keep that going.”
She neglected to mention that all of this has been happening because of — not in spite of — the healthcare law signed into law by former President Barack Hussein Obama in 2010 and officially rolled out across the states three years later.
“[T]he typical 2019 plan sold through the HealthCare.gov exchange will still likely cost more than twice as much as the average individual market plan in 2013, the year before most Obamacare provisions went into effect,” Sally C. Pipes of the 40-year-old Pacific Research Institute pointed out in a column almost exactly a year ago.
“Until Obamacare’s incoherent rules and regulations are loosened, there will be no sustained relief for everyday Americans. Hefty premium increases are the new normal,” she added before going into a more specific analysis of the data.
“Americans who shopped for Obamacare-compliant coverage off the exchanges fared just as poorly as those who watched rates soar on the exchanges,” she wrote. “The average individual market plan sold through eHealth, an online insurance marketplace, cost $197 per month in 2013. In 2018, the average plan on eHealth was $440 per month — a 123 percent increase.”
Listen to the second half of Warren’s rambling below:
The only time she offered any specifics was when she spoke about the profits earned by health care insurance companies.
“The insurance companies last year alone, after they paid all of their expenses, after they paid all of their employees, after they paid millions of dollars to their executives, after they paid for the big glass office towers, they made $20 billion in profit, and every single dollar in profit came from them saying one word, ‘no,’ to the coverage you need,” she said.
But she neglected to note the specifics of claim denials. The specifics, as determined by analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, show that of those whose claims were denied in 2017, only 0.5 percent chose to appeal the decision. This suggests that most claims that are denied are either non-emergency claims or even perhaps fraudulent claims.
This lack of specificity is nothing new for Warren. It’s been part of her entire political career, from her refusing to specify just how much Native American blood she possesses to her refusing to admit that her health care proposal would cause taxes to skyrocket.
In fact, what she said at the New Hampshire rally Wednesday didn’t even mark the first time she’d dodged a question about whether or not she intends to eliminate the private health care insurance market.
In response to news of her latest dodge, social media users pounced:
A Warren supporter asks Warren how she is going to pay for M4A. The crowd clapped because they want to know too & after 5 minutes of talking she said she is still working on the numbers! She looks defensive here even at her own event! Not a great answer!https://t.co/vzXnoDh9Un
— Pete’s Scary Alter Ego!!! ?? (@destroyurego) October 31, 2019
She wants to be a president so much until she has to hide it from her supporters. Like a caption who refuses to tell her crews that they don’t have enough foods to go all the way to their journey and think she can find foods somewhere else later without knowing where.
— Support4Pete (@Wag4Pete) October 31, 2019
I’m glad people are starting to see this. Warren was in my top 3…..but her policies dont add up and there are a ton of holes in them….I’m hoping people really read her policies and understand them fully before they cast their votes.
— Shhhhkott??️??❄✊?? (@skotwalk72) October 31, 2019
When your go to applause line is “I have a plan for that” and you don’t have a plan to pay for your signature policy, I think you do look a little bit like a phony. She better have an answer before the next debate or Pete will confront her again!
— Pete’s Scary Alter Ego!!! ?? (@destroyurego) October 31, 2019
She has two weeks to come up with a plan or she is going to be *hammered* at the next debate.
— Joshua Nave (@politi_geek) October 31, 2019
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