Mayor Pete Drops Ad Attacking Bernie and Warren’s Medicare for All as ‘Infringing on Freedom’ Hours Before Debate


South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has released an ad attacking the “Medicare for All” proposals favored by rivals Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), possibly foreshadowing Buttigieig’s strategy for Tuesday night’s debate.

On Monday night, Pete for America posted a minute-long digital ad — entitled “Makes More Sense” — extolling the virtues of Buttigieg’s “Medicare for All Who Want It” plan, and featuring some tough commentary on Sanders’ and Warren’s plans.

In one clip, CNN analyst Joe Lockhart name-checks both of Buttigieg’s rivals, saying “Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren believe that we have to force ourselves into Medicare for all, where private insurance is abolished, there are 160 million Americans to get their insurance from their employer.”

Another clip features national political reporter Josh Lederman saying that Buttigieg is “trying to focus on choice not infringing on people’s freedom to make that decision voluntarily.”

Buttigieg is correct that the Sanders and Warren plans would eliminate private health insurance for everything that Medicare for All covers, which is pretty much everything that private health insurance covers.

But Buttigieg’s plan, while it would greatly expand access to coverage, would not necessarily cover everyone. People who “forgo coverage through their employer because it’s too expensive will be able to enroll in the public option,” but could still opt not to.

The ad comes hours before Buttigieg is set to take the debate stage with Warren and Sanders, and after Buttigieg took a shot at both candidates for eschewing high-dollar fundraisers by saying ““We’re not going to beat Trump with pocket change.”

Buttigieg has also taken heat from several other candidates for referring to former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s mandatory assault weapons buyback proposal as “confiscation.”

All of this could make for a very interesting debate night for Mayor Pete.

Watch the ad above, via Pete for America.

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