Harry Reid: Medicare for All and Open Borders Could Doom Democrats’ Presidential Chances

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Michael Tennant
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid says Democrats are jeopardizing their party’s prospects of retaking the White House by embracing “Medicare for All” and open borders.

In an interview with Vice News, Reid, who retired in 2017 after sustaining injuries in a fall, suggested his fellow Democrats moderate their stances on these issues to something approaching the party’s positions of just a few years ago.

Asked if he thought supporting Medicare for All, a single-payer national healthcare system, would be problematic in the 2020 general election, Reid responded, “Of course it would be. How are you going to get it passed?” Unless Democrats retain control of the House of Representatives and take both the Senate and the presidency, such a bill would almost certainly be shot down.

Instead of pushing Medicare for All, Reid said, “I think that we should focus on improving ObamaCare. We can do that — without bringing something that would be much harder to sell.”

“Improving ObamaCare: People understand that. They would appreciate that. It locks in many important things,” Reid maintained.

Given that Americans do understand ObamaCare and have consistently opposed it — even now, it is not supported by a majority of the public, according to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) tracking poll — perhaps they wouldn’t appreciate “improving” it. Or maybe their idea of improving it is repealing it, as Congress and President Donald Trump have partially done.

Still, Reid is probably right that Medicare for All is electoral poison: KFF also found that 51 percent of Americans oppose single-payer healthcare. Nevertheless, much of the Democratic presidential field, including Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), has signed onto the unconstitutional proposal. Former Vice President Joe Biden, on the other hand, has taken Reid’s position.

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