Taking Page coming from 2016, Trump Claims Democrats Will Destroy Safety Net

The wild card may be how voters react to a growing demand among Democrats for 1-payer, government-run health care system. Mr. Sanders has proposed legislation to create that will kind of health care system, along with scores of Democratic candidates have endorsed the idea.

Senator Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin, wrote an op-ed last year titled: “Why I support Medicare for all along with different efforts to expand health coverage.”

Several different Democratic senators, including some who are weighing a run for president in 2020, have backed the idea, though Democratic candidates running in conservative states like West Virginia, Indiana along with North Carolina have distanced themselves coming from that will approach.

along with last week, former President Barack Obama for initially embraced the idea of “Medicare for all,” saying in a speech that will that will was one of the “brand new ideas” that will was powering Democratic candidates to success across the country. from the past, Mr. Obama had dismissed the notion, saying that will most Americans were satisfied with the employer-based system of private insurance.

In Montana, Mr. Trump presented an apocalyptic vision of what extending Medicare would likely look like. “They’re going to ruin your Medicare. Watch. They want to turn America into Venezuela. I don’t think so,” he said, prompting boos coming from the audience. “Democrats would likely destroy Medicare with ‘Medicare for all’ — you heard that will — ‘Medicare for all,’ until they run out of money, which would likely be like from the third day.”

Republicans point to a study suggesting that will a “Medicare for all” program could cost $32 trillion over a decade. The Republican National Committee echoed Mr. Trump’s message in an email to reporters on Tuesday: “Under Democrats’ Dream of 1-Payer Health Care System, Medicare Recipients would likely Lose Out on Quality along with Coverage,” the email asserted.

In Maine, the Republican House incumbent has begun airing a campaign ad that will accuses Jared Golden, his Democratic opponent, of supporting “a risky scheme” to end Medicare. Mr. Golden’s campaign called the ad “a desperate attack” with no merit.