A Democratic presidential candidate who dared question the wisdom of Medicare for All was soundly rejected by California Democrats and condemned by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for his stance, according to The Hill.
Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) told attendees at the California Democratic Convention that, even though he supports universal health care, he doesn’t believe Medicare for All is the way to get there. His comments were met with long and loud boos.
“We as Democrats need to build an economy that works,” Delaney said. The audience was still with him at this point, until he said, “Medicare for All may sound good, but it’s actually not good policy nor is it good politics. I’m telling you.”
The boos from the gathered Democrats were so persistent that Delaney had to pause his remarks for a time, repeatedly attempting to temper the disapproval by asserting that “we should have universal health care” as he tried to cut through the noise.
His next comment didn’t make them any happier.
“We should have universal health care, but it shouldn’t be the kind of health care that kicks 150 million Americans off their health care,” Delaney continued. “That’s not smart policy. I want everyone to have health care, but it’s got to be a plan that works for every American.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who stands to have significant influence in the 2020 primary, suggested that Delaney should be eliminated from contention for the nomination.
“Since there’s so many people running for President (& not enough for Senate), instead of obsessing over who’s a ‘frontrunner,’ maybe we can start w some general eliminations,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “This awful, untrue line got boo’ed for a full minute. John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away.”