Developing now, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019
DISSENSION AMONG DEMS? - Despite criticism by some Democrats of the "Medicare for all" plan embraced by 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez insists his party is united ... In an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier on "Special Report," Perez said there is "no philosophical debate" among Democrats that universal health care is necessary. However, he conceded there is no consensus on how to achieve that goal. "The Democratic primary will have a debate about how do we get from 90 percent coverage to 100 percent coverage," Perez said. "There are some who advocate for 'Medicare for All,' there are some who will advocate for a market-based approach."
Perez's comments came one day after Sen. Harris, D-Calif., turned heads at a town hall event by embracing a "Medicare for All" plan that would eliminate not only the private health insurance industry, but also hospital waiting times. While freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., threw her support behind Harris' plan, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, a lifelong Democrat who is seriously considering running a run for president as an independent, called the proposal unrealistic and un-American. Some critics have warned that the emergence of Harris and Ocasio-Cortez shows that Democrats are shifting too far left and risk alienating moderates and independent voters.