When it comes to Medicare for All, long-shot Democratic presidential candidate, John Delaney does not support it. He is a former congressman from Maryland who has decided to attend the California Democratic Convention alongside the other two dozen presidential candidates. But when liberals heard that Delaney did not support the idea of giving free health care to every single American, they were outraged and demanded he withdraws his name in the race for the president in 2020.
The person leading this call to resign is New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She has been a vocal supporter for giving health care to every American, regardless of their status of wealth and success. That means instead of families shelling out a thousand dollars or more every month for health insurance, health care would be an American right.
Delaney announced his intention to run for president back in mid-2017. However, he has never gotten much support in the polls. While he appeared in California, Delaney criticized the concept of Medicare for All as “not good policy.”
As the audience heard Delaney views on restricting the availability of health care for average people, he was booed. Ocasio-Cortez, popularly known as AOC, jumped on the bandwagon on asked Delaney to kindly remove his name from the primary ballot since he no longer has a chance of getting the Democratic party nomination with views like that.
“Since there’s so many people running for President (& not enough for Senate), instead of obsessing over who’s a ‘frontrunner,’ maybe we can start w some general eliminations. This awful, untrue line got boo’ed for a full minute. John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away,” she tweeted Sunday.
Because Delaney subscribes to the mentality that all publicity is good publicity, an adage popularized by President Trump, he jumped on the popularity of AOC and replied back to her, writing:
“Hey @AOC, we have the same goal, universal healthcare for everyone, we just have different ways of getting there. Healthcare is the #1 issue for voters, so let’s debate the way forward. Any show of your choosing. Healthcare is too important for tweets, we need real discussion,” he tweeted.
With 4.3 million followers on Twitter, AOC has a mighty support group behind her. Delaney, on the other hand, only has 21,000 followers. He used his chance in the spotlight to get some recognition for his largely unknown name.
Delaney followed up his rebuke of AOC with another statement released to The Hill.
“The only person Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez helped with her tweet about Congressman Delaney was Donald Trump,” he wrote. “If Democrats are serious about beating the President at the ballot box, we need less political grandstanding and more truth-telling from the Bernie wing of the party. 2016 should have taught us that if we allow this primary to become a popularity contest on Twitter rather than a debate of ideas in the public square, the country will lose. We’ve seen this playbook before, and it ends with a second term for Donald Trump.”
What do you think about AOC’s call for Delaney to “sashay away?”
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