In an attempt to gain support from the constituents who don’t approve of her performance as a United States Senator, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) visited various towns in Massachusetts in an attempt to connect with communities that voted for Donald Trump in the presidential election. She continued her rain dance about how the middle class cannot possess any power unless they are well-connected while also talking about how Washington is to blame for the many issues that exist in areas outside of the Greater Boston Area.
Warren also spent a considerable amount of time discussing the American Health Care Act (AHCA), colloquially known as Trumpcare. Even though Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has since pulled out the Senate’s version following opposition from Republicans, Warren believes that the Democrats need to push toward single-payer health care. Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Warren stated:
President Obama tried to move us forward with health-care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts. Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer.
Warren also suggested that the Democratic Party run on a more progressive platform rather than trying to moderate themselves with specific branches of the Republican Party. This includes an increased minimum wage, social security expansion, and tightening regulations on the financial industry.
Single-payer health care in the United States would be just as disastrous as the current crisis with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Peter Hegseth stated in a Prager University video in April that despite the VA’s budget doubling since 2009 and hiring 100,000 new people in the past decade, wait times have increased, some VA facilities had thousands of backlogged appointments, and people died waiting for care. While Warren and many progressive Democrats believe that allowing the government to put more money into the health care system will solve its issues, the same has not been the case for the VA.