"Are you going to raise the middle class taxes?"
"For years, Washington politicians have allowed the pharmaceutical industry, giant insurance companies, and powerful hospital systems to profit off of people when they are at their sickest and most vulnerable", Buttigieg said in a statement. "If you prefer a public plan like Medicare - like I think most Americans will - you can choose it".
Colbert called the proposal the "most radical thing" in Warren's platform and asked her: "How are you going to pay for it?"
Warren raised eyebrows earlier this week during her appearance on "The Late Show" when host Stephen Colbert pressed her on whether there would be a tax hike on the middle class. But she absolutely, positively refuses to admit that taxes will go up, dodging the question clumsily every time she's asked.
"They are going to pay more".
The plan, $1.5 trillion over a decade would be paid for, according to the campaign, by cost savings and reforming the corporate tax code so that bigger corporations pay their fair share.
"So, here's how we're going to do this", Warren responded.
Fearful rumblings of a potential Elizabeth Warren presidency are growing louder by the day on Wall Street, and hedge fund titan Leon Cooperman said this week he's afraid of a move too far left in the country's political landscape, which could hurt the economy and stock market.
"But, here's the thing", Warren started before Colbert interrupted. For whatever reason, she's decided health care is one area where she needs no "plan" because Sanders has already proposed what needs to be done. We fight for total human rights, and that's Medicare-for-all. Biden has said his proposal would cost roughly $740 billion over a decade.
But she's got enough momentum to draw increasing attacks from a range of rivals. Also, yes your taxes will go up. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. "I'm with Bernie", Warren has said a few times in recent months when asked about her vision for the American health care system.
"Rather than flipping a switch and kicking nearly 160 million Americans off their private insurance, including 20 million seniors already choosing private plans within Medicare, my plan lets Americans keep a private plan if they want to", Buttigieg wrote.
Warren's non-answer also stands in contrast to her fellow Medicare-for-all supporter on the debate stage, Sen.
"Isn't "Medicare for All" like public school?" asked Colbert.