Harry Reid on 'Medicare for All': 'Not a chance in hell it would pass'

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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid says he’s cancer free White House gets jolt from strong jobs report Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump MORE (D-Nev.) criticized Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) signature “Medicare for All” health care plan ahead of Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas.

While Reid said during an interview with ABC News’s Rick Klein that he thinks “the world of Bernie Sanders,” he called the progressive senator’s health care plan “impractical.”

“There’s not a chance in hell it would pass,” Reid said in the podcast interview.


Reid has spoken out about Medicare for All in the past, telling Vice last year he didn’t think the plan could pass and that Democrats should instead focus on strengthening the Affordable Care Act.

The longtime senator also spoke highly of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), who has touted a version of Medicare for All, and remarked about former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE, who will make his debut in the Democratic presidential primary debates in Las Vegas.

“One of the things that I feel very good about is that I discovered Elizabeth Warren, brought her to Washington when we had the Wall Street collapse,” Reid said. “She became head of the oversight committee and did a really good job … so I think the world of Elizabeth Warren.”

Of Bloomberg, Reid said: “He has, like a lot of candidates, a lot of warts and pimples.”

“But the one thing I have to say about him is no one in the country has done more in climate and guns than he has. So I respect him if for no other reason, those two things that he’s done I think have been wonderful,” Reid added.


Reid admitted in the ABC interview that he does have a favorite among the remaining candidates but refused to make an endorsement, saying that he preferred to “stay out of it.”

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“I want the caucus to go unhindered by anything that I’m doing wrong,” he said.

Sanders, Warren and Bloomberg will join three other candidates on the debate stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas as the candidates battle for support ahead of the Nevada caucuses on Saturday.

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