Amy Klobuchar hits hard against Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan at 3rd Dem debate

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., came out swinging against the progressive plan to provide government health insurance for all Americans – and what has become a campaign mantra for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

“While Bernie wrote the bill, I read the bill,” Klobuchar fired at Sanders, arguing that the plan would remove millions of Americans off their private health insurance. "And on page eight – on page eight of the bill it says that we will no longer have private insurance as we know it."

“I don’t think that’s a bold idea, I think it’s a bad idea,” she continued.

The line was a response to Sanders' oft-repeated line that he "wrote the damn bill" that would move to a Medicare-for-All health insurance system.

Health care, and the fight over whether to make adjustments to Obamacare or to scrap it for additional government coverage, has dominated the opening moments of virtually every Democratic primary debate this year – and it has widely split the field.

Klobuchar has said she wants to build on the Affordable Care Act, and does not support the Medicare for All plan. She favors a universal health care system that would include a public option, but not mandate it.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Democratic debate: Klobuchar slams Sanders' Medicare for All plan