Democratic Senator Michael Bennet said on Thursday that Bernie Sanders is wrong to propose a Medicare plan that eliminates the role of private insurers, less than a month after the Colorado politician announced his presidential campaign, according to The Hill.
“Now, Bernie is proposing: If you like your insurance, we’re going to take it away from you,” said Bennet speaking at a CNN townhall. “Bernie’s wrong to propose it. I think what we should do is give American people a choice.”
The Colorado Senator supports"Medicare X," a plan that would allow citizens of any age to enroll in Medicare, but which would allow them to keep their insurer if they would like to do so. The proposal is “Medicare for All, if you want it," said Bennet.
Bennet connected his recent prostate cancer diagnosis, announced in April, to his support for universal health care."I feel awfully lucky that I had health insurance. It did cost $92,000, and if my family hadn't been insured, it would have been a disaster for us -- and it would have been a real disaster for most American families," he said.
The politician is the seventh Senator to announce a candidacy for the upcoming election, and one of close to 20 people competing for the Democratic nomination in 2020.