In light of the recent limelight and antics of the Democrat Party, it is easy to assume that all of them are just plumb crazy anymore and there isn’t half a brain between them all. However, what Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just said is living proof that sanity does exist among the party, even if it is all too often squashed into oblivion.
In a recent phone interview with Vice News, he had some rather harsh things to say about the way his party is going and, in particular, some of the policies presidential candidates are pushing for.
One of the proposals most candidates have agreed upon is Medicare for All. But Reid doesn’t think this a wise use of his party’s time. When asked if he thought the issue would cause problems for the to-be Democratic nominee, he said, “Of course it would be.”
He firstly mentions his concerns that it ever be accepted, saying, “How are you going to get it passed?”
And he continued with, “I think that we should focus on improving Obamacare. We can do that – without bringing something that would be much harder to sell.”
Finally, it sounds as though someone has some idea of logic here.
“Improving Obamacare: people understand that. They would appreciate that. It locks in many important things.”
Unlike many in Washington, Reid sees that most people are concerned about what a policy like Medicare for all could mean for them. Furthermore, people overall like their employer-based health care insurance.
And as apparent by Senator Kamala Harris’ recent flip-flop in position on this, other Democrats are starting to see the reason of this as well. Most of them started out in favor of the proposal, but as candidates have begun traveling the states to places like Iowa and New Hampshire, they are seeing a people who, overall, aren’t willing to trade in a completely new system for one that is still working for them.
Many candidates, except for Bernie Sanders, have begun distancing themselves from the policy.
It’s the old adage ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ And it sticks. The system in place now works for much of America. So why replace it with something that calls for far more questions than answers.
Furthermore, Reid recognizes that there are problems with Obamacare and that those should be fixed for the people. Not just to gain votes and see who can prove to be more radical than the others within the field.
But Medicare for All isn’t the only issue he thinks should be dropped by his party.
Immigration reform is another significant part of many White House hopeful’s campaigns, but one that Reid says proves that they have their priorities all out of whack.
According to him, “There are so many more important things to do. Decriminalizing border crossing is not something that should be at the top of the list.” In fact, he says, “It should be way, way down at the bottom of the list.”
And he is right. There are far more critical issues to deal with right now, such as the economy or international trade, just to name a few.
Reid also notes that it, like Medicare for All, isn’t something America wants or even needs right now. He says, “People want a fair immigration system. They don’t want an open-door invitation for everybody to come at once.”
And he says that anyone who uses this policy to become the Democratic nominee will have problems as a result.
Currently, candidates Julian Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke are support open-border policies.
It seems that what Reid is trying to tell his party members is that they will only win if they propose solutions that the people actually want and need. They have to be realistic. And the polls show that.
Just look at former Vice President Joe Biden for the proof. He is currently the frontrunner in the polls in just about every demographic. And for good reason.
He is much more center-leaning that his opponents and apparently much more in tune with what the constituents want. Instead of taking a strong stand for decriminalization or Medicare for All, he has chosen to try and fix what we have already. And apparently, it’s working for him, with most of his opponents being labeled as too radical or far left on issues of great importance.