Sherrod Brown: Medicare for all not ‘practical’
Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDemocrats ask Fed to probe Trump’s Deutsche Bank ties Democrats ask Fed to probe Trump’s Deutsche Bank ties On The Money: Trump hits Mexico with new tariffs over immigration | White House starts clock on approval for new NAFTA | Third House Republican blocks disaster aid bill MORE (D-Ohio) took a shot at some of his fellow Democrats on Friday, saying that “Medicare for all” is not a practical idea.
“I know most of the Democratic primary candidates are all talking about Medicare for all. I think instead we should do Medicare at 55,” Brown said.
Brown, who may run for president himself, spoke during a roundtable discussion with the Clear Lake Chamber Of Commerce in Iowa.
“If someone has lost her job at [age] 58 or his plant closes at 62, he should be able to buy into Medicare early. It will cost a little bit more, but to me that’s about helping people now … it’s something we might be able to get through Congress,” Brown said.
Medicare for all has been gaining traction among many progressive Democratic candidates like Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisIowa Poll: Most likely caucus goers wish several or most candidates would drop out Iowa Poll: Most likely caucus goers wish several or most candidates would drop out Kylie Jenner scolded for throwing ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ dress-up party MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Dems pick walkout songs at annual Iowa celebration 2020 Dems pick walkout songs at annual Iowa celebration Democrats hope some presidential candidates drop out — and run for Senate MORE (N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren calls on top DOJ antitrust official to recuse himself from tech probes Iowa Poll: Most likely caucus goers wish several or most candidates would drop out Iowa Poll: Most likely caucus goers wish several or most candidates would drop out MORE (Mass.), and some on the left view support for such legislation as a litmus test.
Brown is not historically opposed to Medicare for all as an aspiration, but he said he would rather focus on what’s practical.
“I’m not going to come and make a lot of promises like President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop Armed Services Republican plots push for 0B defense budget Amash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance Amash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance MORE did … I’m going to talk about what’s practical and what we can make happen. And if that makes me different from the other candidates so be it,” he said.
Brown is one of the primary sponsors of “Medicare at 55” legislation in the Senate, a moderate alternative to Medicare for all that was pushed by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGun seller that stocked up anticipating 2016 Clinton victory files Chapter 11: report Gun seller that stocked up anticipating 2016 Clinton victory files Chapter 11: report Biden camp blasts ‘baseless lies’ about his health MORE when she ran for president in 2016.
Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMSNBC host presses GOP lawmaker on why he didn’t read Mueller report Impeachment will reelect Trump Impeachment will reelect Trump MORE also proposed expanding Medicare in 1998 by allowing certain workers between the ages of 55 and 65 to buy Medicare.
Brown also helped write the “public option” into ObamaCare, but the provision was removed before the law was passed.
Brown has increasingly been seen as a presidential candidate since his reelection victory in November, when he easily won another term in a state that voted for President Trump in the 2016 election.
The Ohioan has been cast as a Democrat who could win states in the industrial heartland that the party lost to Trump in 2016, such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.