Pelosi Throws Shade On Sanders’ Single-Payer Plan And Vow To Raise Taxes

AP

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) threw shade on some major elements of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential platform, even as she suggested to reporters at a Democratic congressional summit in Baltimore that she wasn’t choosing sides in the party’s primary.

“We’re not running on any platform of raising taxes,” Pelosi said Wednesday, according to CNN, referring to Sanders’ plan to raise taxes to pay for a single-payer model health care overhaul.

She said the single-payer model was once “a very popular idea,” but argued, “It’s no use having a conversation about something that’s not going to happen.”

She dismissed questions that a nomination of Sanders would have a negative down-the-ticket effect for other Democratic races, as some Dem lawmakers have stated. Pelosi also praised Sanders for “enlarging the universe of people who are paying attention to the election.”

“We hope that he will bring them to the polls in November to support the Democratic nominee,” Pelosi said.

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