Delaney calls 'Medicare for All' 'political suicide' for Democrats

White House hopeful John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE called “Medicare for All” political suicide for Democrats in an op-ed Thursday, urging members of his party not to campaign on the health care policy.

“Medicare-for-all is bad policy for the country and bad politics for the Democratic Party. The Democratic nomination for president shouldn’t go to anyone who supports it, and Medicare-for-all shouldn’t be in the party’s 2020 platform,” the former Maryland congressman who frequently polls near 1 percent nationally wrote in The Washington Post.


“It is political suicide. If the Democratic Party emerges as the party that closed hospitals and made millions of people shift out of a health-care plan they like, the electoral cost will be severe,” Delaney continued.

Delaney’s op-ed comes days after he slammed Medicare for All at the California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco over the weekend.

“Medicare for All may sound good, but it’s actually not good policy nor is it good politics,” he told the liberal voters to a chorus of boos.

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperGun control group rolls out first round of Senate endorsements The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ Hickenlooper ethics questions open him up to attack MORE (D) was also booed for blasting Medicare for All during the event.

Fellow 2020 contender Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSome realistic solutions for income inequality Democratic senators kneel during moment of silence for George Floyd 21 senators urge Pentagon against military use to curb nationwide protests MORE (D-Colo.) has previously taken heat for criticizing the health care proposal.

A significant portion of the 24 2020 candidates have shown support for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) Medicare for All proposal that he first championed during his 2016 presidential campaign.

The House version of Medicare for All, sponsored by Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBiden’s right, we need policing reform now – the House should quickly take up his call to action Defense bill turns into proxy battle over Floyd protests Top progressive lawmaker unveils bill requiring national police training standards MORE (D-Wash.), has 110 Democratic co-sponsors.

The Senate version sponsored by Sanders is backed by 14 senators, including four who are running for president.

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