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Tapper Challenges Swalwell on Medicare Bill He Cosponors But Doesn't Fully Support


Added 04-14-19 05:20:03pm EST - “CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday challenged Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) for being a co-sponsor of the Medicare for All bill, despite not supporting the elimination of private health insurance plans.?” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Tapper Challenges Swalwell on Bill He Cosponors But Doesn't Support”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday challenged Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) for being a cosponsor of the Medicare for All bill, despite not supporting the elimination of private health insurance plans.

"You're a co-sponsor of the Medicare for All bill in the House, which says, quote, it shall be unlawful for a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this act,' Tapper said. "Yet you said on Thursday that you don't support an end to private health insurance in this country, so are you supporting a bill you don't fully agree with?"

Swalwell, who announced earlier this week that he is running for president, said that he supports the bill, but would strike the portion that would eliminate private health insurance plans, saying that he would "allow people to keep plans that they like."

"Union members like to keep their union plan. Employers may offer a better plan. I think it's very much in our DNA to have choice, so I will support that," Swalwell said. "The other part of my plan, Jake, is to invest in and find cures in our lifetime. I don't want the debate to be only about coverage because I think one of the best things we do as Americans is to seek and find cures."

Tapper pushed back and asked him why he is cosponsoring a bill that he doesn't agree with, noting how the bill would essentially do away with private health insurance.

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