Sanders to Tim Ryan: 'I do know that, I wrote the damn bill'
White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Beto O’Rourke leads 2020 Democrats in Texas by 3 points, followed by Biden Coalition to air anti-Medicare for All ads during Democratic debates Marianne Williamson: I am not a ‘wacky new-age nutcase’ MORE (I-Vt.) rebuked his presidential opponent Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill’s Morning Report – Crunch time for 2020 Democrats in Detroit debate 2020 Democrats renew calls for gun reform after Gilroy shooting Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch MORE (D-Ohio) after Ryan questioned how comprehensive his “Medicare for All” platform would be.
Sanders maintained that his Medicare for All platform would offer more comprehensive health care coverage for people who would eventually lose their private plans, noting that it would include dental and vision plans for seniors as well as other facets, to which Ryan responded “You don’t know that, Bernie.”
“I do know that, I wrote the damn bill,” Sanders fired back to applause, referencing the Medicare for All bill he’s introduced in the Senate.
The exchange was part of a longer, fiery debate among the field about the federal government’s role in providing health care, with Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Beto O’Rourke leads 2020 Democrats in Texas by 3 points, followed by Biden Coalition to air anti-Medicare for All ads during Democratic debates Marianne Williamson: I am not a ‘wacky new-age nutcase’ MORE (D-Mass) supporting a Medicare for All platform
But several moderates touted different plans that would allow Americans to keep private insurance and either expand the Affordable Care Act or include a public option to supplement private plans.
“Why do we got to be the party of taking something away from people?” former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Crunch time for 2020 Democrats in Detroit debate Advice for Democrats’ next debate: Double down on dignity Delaney releases plan to require national service MORE (D-Md.), a staunch centrist, asked during the debate.
Polling has showed that health care has emerged as a top issue for Democratic voters, though what should be the solution to rising premiums and scant coverage has produced a sharp divide within the primary field.
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