Warren says we’ve all been thinking about health insurance companies

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made one of the most salient points about healthcare at tonight’s Democratic presidential debate.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden were volleying back-and-forth on the issue of how to pay for universal healthcare—and whether people could keep their health insurance providers—when Warren dropped this dime: “I’ve never met anyone who liked their health insurance company.”

Warren added that while she’d met people who like their healthcare providers, doctors, nurses, etc., nobody sings the praises of the companies that provide coverage based on a schedule of benefits that would’ve confounded Alan Turing, despite that being a common refrain from opponents of Medicare for all. 

The internet cheered.

While some noted that people who actually have health insurance that doesn’t suck do approve of their carriers, or made bizarre arguments for protecting health insurance companies’ bottom lines, the overall mood was “yes, finally.”

The healthcare debate has dominated much of the 2020 presidential campaign, with Warren and Biden carrying the standard for universal coverage.

Warren was the first on the Democratic stage to voice what many Americans feel about health insurance in the most recent era of rising deductibles, confounding coverage plans, and out-of-network denials.

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Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.