Sen. Elizabeth Warren's "Medicare for All" plan will cost more money than Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security combined, but she's not leveling with the public about what her major agenda item in her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination will cost the American public, Sen. John Barrasso, who is also a physician, said Wednesday.
"What we know now through the Urban Institute, it would cost $34 trillion," the Wyoming Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "At least Bernie Sanders is being honest about it. He said if you're a family earning more than $29,000 a year your taxes are going to go up. Elizabeth Warren won't level with the American people and share that information with all of us."
Warren, D-Mass., has been pressed several times about whether taxes would go up for the middle class to pay for her plan, and Barrasso said that it's impossible mathematically for universal coverage to be offered.
"What we do know for sure is they'll take health insurance away from the 180 million people in this country who already have earned it and get it through work," said Barrasso. "We also know they will provide health insurance for illegal immigrants, people who are in the country illegally. These are not popular programs with the American people."
Barrasso said that Democrats should be working with Republicans to do what the American people want, which is to lower the cost of healthcare.
"We do that through price transparency so people know the cost of things," said Barrasso. "We do it by lowering the cost of prescription drugs. We do it by eliminating these surprise medical bills and Democrats ought to be working with us in a collaborative way to find solutions that the American public really wants and would benefit by."
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