(The Hill) Peter Sullivan 11/06/19 06:00 AM Senate Democrats are distancing themselves from Sen. Elizabeth Warrens (D-Mass.) Medicare for All" plan casting doubt on whether it could pass even if she does win the presidency. Warren rolled out her proposal for Medicare for All last week instantly fanning the flames of a raging debate among the Democratic presidential contenders over the idea. But even if Warren wins the presidency and Democrats take back the Senate next year her proposal would still face long odds of actually being enacted given objections among many senators of her own party. Some Democratic senators on Tuesday said flatly that they would not vote for Warrens plan if she were president in 2021. No I wouldnt; Ive said consistently that I am not for Medicare for All" said Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) who faces a tough reelection race next year. A victory by Jones would greatly help Democrats reach a Senate majority. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said not as I understand it" when asked if he would vote for Warrens plan. The proposed elimination of private insurance and its trillions of dollars in tax hikes are prime reasons Democrats cite for rejecting her approach. Many Democratic senators said they prefer an optional government-run insurance plan known as a public option more along the lines of what former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg are proposing. Im not about to take away private insurance from the union members who have worked so hard to negotiate for it" Menendez said.
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