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MSNBC praises Warren’s newly-unveiled plan to pay for Medicare-for-all

MSNBC has welcomed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recently released plan to pay for her Medicare-for-all health care system. The network described the Massachusetts senator’s plan as the “ultimate clapback” to detractors.

The story: Warren unveiled her plan on Friday, which will cost $52 trillion over ten years. The senator argues she would not raise taxes on the middle-class to pay for her proposal. “We don’t need to raise taxes on the middle class by one penny to finance Medicare for All,” Warren says in her plan.

She reiterated the claim in a tweet following the release of her plan.

“Today, I’m releasing my plan to pay for #MedicareForAll. Here’s the headline: My plan won’t raise taxes one penny on middle-class families. In fact, we’ll return about $11 TRILLION to the American people. That’s bigger than the biggest tax cut in our history,” Warren asserted.

Warren has repeatedly been pressed on whether she plans to impose tax hikes on middle-class Americans to pay for her ambitious plan.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said her “unrealistic plan” would leave only two options: “even further increase taxes on the middle class or break her commitment to these promised benefits.”

“The mathematical gymnastics in this plan are all geared towards hiding a simple truth from voters: it’s impossible to pay for Medicare for All without middle class tax increases,” Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement.

MSNBC praised Warren’s revelation that she won’t raise taxes on the middle-class as “the ultimate clapback to her critics.”

“She is just out on her plan for paying for Medicare-for-all, capping her press release with the ultimate clapback to her critics in a tweet confirming, ‘my plan won’t raise taxes one penny on middle-class families,” said MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson.

NBC’s Ali Vitali also lauded the senator’s plan, telling Jackson, “I never thought I would be describing a policy paper as hotly anticipated, but here we are in 2019 learning new things every day.”

She continued: “You just look at the politics of this moment, Hallie. You call it the ‘ultimate clapback,’ and really it is because it allows Warren to come off her heels and start going on offense on this question of A: what her health care plan means for the middle class, but B: then how she’s going to pay for it,” Vitali explained. “In this plan she says something interesting. She says, ‘We need plans, not slogans.’ That’s clearly a challenge to the rest of the field to A: show their work, how they want to pay for their own health care plans and B: come at her, challenge her on these because she put the numbers right in front of us.”

So how will they pay for it? The proposal plans for costs to be covered with a combination of existing federal and state spending on Medicare and other health care, taxes on employers, the very rich, and large corporations, and cost-cutting in other places.

Worth noting: While Warren’s plan may not directly raise rates on middle-class taxpayers, it does include a sort of a payroll tax increase on employers, which some economists have argued can negatively affect workers by having their salaries reduced, according to Fox News.

photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore