Setting the Record Straight: Carolyn Long Supports $32 trillion “Medicare for All”, Repealing Southwest Washington Tax Cuts


VANCOUVER – Jaime Herrera Beutler’s campaign today confirmed that congressional candidate Carolyn Long has repeatedly pledged to vote for the government takeover of the U.S. health care system known as “Medicare for All” and overturn the entire tax cut bill benefitting 90% of Southwest Washington residents.

“Carolyn Long has praised and pledged to vote for a $32 trillion ‘Medicare for all’ plan not once, but repeatedly.  She has also pledged to overturn the entire federal tax cut bill that is saving Southwest Washington families $2,300 per year – repeatedly,” said Jaime for Congress campaign manager Parker Truax. “Despite her attempts to waffle on these positions at today’s debate in Woodland, her prior statements speak for themselves: Carolyn Long would vote to raise taxes on Southwest Washington families and wreck our health care system while bankrupting Medicare’s finances and ending that vital program as we know it.”

Long opposes the tax cuts and would repeal the whole bill:

  • January 24 on KXRW Unfiltered Radio, when asked about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, aka the tax cut bill:

Long: “So, I hate the entire bill, I’d like to throw it all out.”

Long: “I would not have voted for that bill, and if I could repeal that bill, I would.”

Question: “The tax cuts have put more money into peoples’ paychecks for people around the country. We’re seeing the GDP at, what, 4% or over 4%. Knowing that now, would you have voted for or against that tax bill if you would’ve been in Congress?”

Long: “Oh, I would have voted against it.”

Long supports “Medicare for All” once Democrats control the U.S. House:

“Long said she would vote for a so-called “Medicare for All” bill if Democrats win back control of the House…”

Question: “With your incremental approach, do you ever see yourself supporting a Medicare for All type healthcare program?”

Long: “Absolutely. Absolutely.”

Long: “Then I think people would get comfortable with a government run insurance. I think one of the great barriers is that people don’t understand it because of its complexity. But they are also fearful of a government plan, which is what happened with the ACA, because they thought government was going to control who they could see. A public option would get us a little bit closer to expanded care. Then at some point we have to start talking about single payer.”


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