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The nation’s top Medicare official said on ‘Fox & Friends’ Wednesday that Democrats’ “Medicare-for-all” proposal amounts to “the biggest threat to the American health care system,” claiming the policy would lead to worse care and longer wait times.

“I’ve been saying that Medicare-for-all is the biggest threat to the American health care system,” Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma said. “What we’re talking about is stripping people of their private health insurance, forcing them into a government-run program.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., unveiled his latest Medicare-for-all plan last week — legislation that was endorsed by other 2020 Democratic hopefuls Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. A similar bill has been introduced in the House.

Such plans would abolish almost all private coverage. Proponents have said such plans would give access to health care to all, recognizing it as a human right.

Some estimates put the 10-year cost of the plan at more than $32 trillion. Sanders said at a Fox News town hall on Monday that it would mean many Americans would “pay more in taxes.” But he also argued the plan’s costs would replace premiums and deductibles already being paid by American families, claiming many would pay less in the end.

“I am concerned about the debt. That’s a legitimate concern,” Sanders said. “But we pay for what we are proposing. In terms of Medicare for All, we are paying for that by eliminating as I said before, deductibles and premiums. We are going to save the average American family money.”

An informal poll of the audience on Monday showed most in attendance indicating they could support such a plan.

But Verma noted that socialized health care systems in other countries have problems of their own — including long wait times and poor care — leading citizens to travel to the U.S. for drugs and care they can’t access at home.

“So this is a bureaucracy that’s going to be making decisions about everybody’s healthcare, what kind of benefits they can have, what kind of medications that they can have access to,” she said. “And if we look at other socialized countries that have tried this approach, what do we see there? Long wait times, poor quality health care and that’s why those people are flying to the United States to get their health care.”

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“The reality is we’re having problems today paying for the Medicare program and the trustees have warned about solvency, so adding more people to the program is only going to exacerbate it,” she said.

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The plan has also seen skepticism from Democrats in Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in February that “Medicare-for-all” may not be “as good a benefit as the Affordable Care Act.”

“It doesn’t have catastrophic [coverage] — you have to go buy it. It doesn’t have dental. It’s not as good as the plans that you can buy under the Affordable Care Act,” she told Rolling Stone in an interview. “So I say to them, come in with your ideas, but understand that we’re either gonna have to improve Medicare — for all, including seniors — or else people are not gonna get what they think they’re gonna get. … And by the way, how’s it gonna be paid for?”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., newly unveiled ‘Medicare-for-all’ plan, backed by a host of other 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, would open the door to giving health care to illegal immigrants — a marked left-wing departure from past proposals for healthcare reform.

The legislation, unveiled by Sanders this week, and signed onto by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., does not speak directly about immigrants but refers to covering U.S. “residents” instead.

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Both Sanders’ bill in the Senate, and a corresponding House bill introduced by Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., would extend coverage to every U.S. resident — a shift from the Affordable Care Act, which limited benefits to citizens, nationals and “lawfully present” immigrants. The House bill also prohibits the government from denying benefits because of “citizenship status.”

While the Health and Human Services Secretary is given the task of defining residency, the federal government is tasked with taking steps to ensuring that “every person in the United States has access to health care, The Washington Examiner notes.

Sanders told CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe, that his bill “guarantees, like every other major country on Earth, health care to every man, woman and child in this country.”

He told The Washington Post: “My plan would cover every U.S. resident.”

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Such provisions are not new for Sanders, who has in the past pushed plans that would not exclude those in the country illegally. But it does mark a change for the 2020 field as a whole, which has moved dramatically to the left. Sanders’ bill would also mostly abolish private health insurance. Some estimates put the cost up to $32 trillion over the next decade.

Neither the House nor the Senate bill is likely to be made law while Republicans control the Senate and the White House. Republicans would almost certainly oppose either bill as a bloc, but even on the Democratic side, the plan could face significant resistance.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in February that Medicare-for-all” may not be “as good a benefit as the Affordable Care Act.”

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“It doesn’t have catastrophic [coverage] — you have to go buy it. It doesn’t have dental. It’s not as good as the plans that you can buy under the Affordable Care Act,” she told Rolling Stone in an interview. “So I say to them, come in with your ideas, but understand that we’re either gonna have to improve Medicare — for all, including seniors — or else people are not gonna get what they think they’re gonna get,” she said. “And by the way, how’s it gonna be paid for?”

As to the broader concept of a single-payer plan, she put the cost at $30 trillion and asked: “Now, how do you pay for that?”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., expressed skepticism this week, saying it was just one of several proposals the party is considering: “Different Democrats have different ways to get there.”

But the pushback from Democratic leadership has not stopped the shift left by both House freshmen and 2020 presidential candidates, particularly on the thorny topic of illegal immigration.

Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has called for illegal immigration to be treated as a civil, rather than a criminal matter. Meanwhile Gillibrand, as part of her call for “comprehensive immigration reform,” suggested that she wants to expand Social Security to those in the country illegally.

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“First, we need comprehensive immigration reform,” she said last month in Iowa. “If you are in this country now you must have the right to pay into Social Security, to pay your taxes, to pay into the local school system and to have a pathway to citizenship. That must happen.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to present a united Democratic Party on Friday as lawmakers closed out a Washington-area retreat, despite suggestions that she is grappling with her own version of the “Tea Party” that roiled the Republican Party establishment during the Obama years.

Pelosi told reporters after the Democratic Caucus’ policy retreat in Virginia that it was a “very substantive, unifying, energizing” conference.

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“This was an ‘alleluia,’ a cause for celebration for what it means in the lives of the American people,” she said.

But since reclaiming the gavel in January, the California Democrat has been forced to spend much of her time putting out fires from her party’s left flank as it pushes policies such as reparations for black Americans, ‘Medicare-for-all’ and the Green New Deal. She is currently facing another revolt against a bipartisan budget measure to increase spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies, with critics on the left objecting to the increases for the military.

Amid a string of such confrontations, Melissa DeRosa, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide, reportedly told a crowd on Thursday that a new Tea Party is forming on the left.

“We saw this play out in the Tea Party, and I feel like at the time the Democratic Party sort of stood on the other side and said, ‘They’re destroying themselves. How do they not see what they are doing? This is crazy! But fine, they can destroy themselves; it’s to our betterment,'” DeRosa said, according to Crain’s. “And I think a version of that is happening right now on the Democratic side.”

On the Republican side, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he sympathized with Pelosi.

“I was almost tempted to call up my friend the speaker and say, ‘Congratulations, you’ve got a Freedom Caucus on your hands,'” he told reporters Thursday, referring to the conservative faction aligned in part with the Tea Party movement.

For her part, Pelosi has dismissed the idea that Democrats are divided, scolding reporters on Thursday: “You guys have it all wrong.”

“We have such a unified caucus. But it serves your purpose to say we’re seething,” she said, according to Roll Call. “You’re on the wrong track. But you can waste your time on that while we go forward with what we’re going to do for the American people.”

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But as she uttered those words, another controversy was brewing from the freshman class of the party as Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was criticized for describing 9/11 as “some people did something.” Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., rallied to Omar’s side as she faced fierce criticism from Republicans for the remarks.

On Friday, speaking at the end of the Democratic Caucus meeting, Pelosi indicated when asked about the controversy that she’d be speaking to Omar about the issue, saying her policy is to “call them in before I call them out.”

The 9/11 controversy comes a month after Omar suggested that supporters of Israel were pushing for U.S. politicians to declare “allegiance” to that nation. The comments resulted in a broad resolution against bigotry that did not mention Omar by name, leading to accusations that party leaders allowed the text to be watered down under pressure.

But Democrats have also had difficulty forming a message on hot-topic issues like immigration where, amid activists and some 2020 hopefuls calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), lawmakers have struggled to come up with a solution to the crisis at the border other than opposing President Trump’s controversial policies.

The Washington Post reported that at this week’s retreat, a “session on the issue organized by liberal members largely focused on how to reduce enforcement and detention.”

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But legislative plans currently do not include border security measures.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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As the Democratic Party tacks increasingly left on immigration, some key figures are moving to reset the rhetoric in their own ranks — with Sen. Bernie Sanders taking a stand against “open borders” policies and former President Barack Obama highlighting the importance of immigrants assimilating into their host nation’s culture.

“I worry sometimes when, as we think about how to deal with the immigration issue, we think that any moves towards assimilation of the existing newcomers to the existing culture is somehow a betrayal or a denial of people’s heritage or what have you,” Obama said at a town hall event in Berlin on Saturday, before arguing that “if you’re going to have a coherent, cohesive society then everybody has to have some agreed upon rules, and there’s gonna have to be some accommodations that everybody makes, and that includes the people who are newcomers.”

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Obama also defended the importance of immigrants learning their host nation’s language.

“Should we want to encourage newcomers to learn the language of the country they are moving to? Of course. Does that mean they can never use their own language? No. Of course, it doesn’t mean that,” he said. “But it’s not racist to say, ‘Ah, if you’re going to be here, then you should learn the language of the country you just arrived at.'”

While no top Democrat has explicitly argued against immigrants assimilating into U.S., Obama’s comments reflect an increasing wariness that progressives may be reflexively labeling mainstream views on immigration as racist — as some 2020 Democrats embrace far-reaching positions such as extending Social Security for illegal immigrants and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Obama also warned against creating a “circular firing squad” where progressives take aim at allies who have “strayed from purity on the issues.”

Obama’s remarks come amid an escalating border crisis and as President Trump pushes to secure the border amid a surge of migrants seeking asylum. Democrats have opposed a number of Trump proposals, especially his call for a wall at the southern border as well as changes to make it harder to claim asylum.

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Democrats say they are in favor of border security, but they oppose Trump’s more hardline policies. However, some 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have mulled tearing down existing border fencing if they were elected, while 2020 hopeful Julian Castro recently called for illegal immigration to be treated as a civil, not a criminal, offense.

In response to the opposition from Democrats, Trump has called them “the party of open borders, drugs and crime” and appears set to carry that message into the 2020 campaign.

But Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is on the party’s left on most issues and is a front-runner in the 2020 presidential primary race, has rejected the “open borders” label, saying such a policy is grossly unrealistic.

“If you open the borders, there’s a lot of poverty in this world, and you’re going to have people from all over the world,” he said in response to a question in Oskaloosa, Iowa. “And I don’t think that’s something that we can do at this point. Can’t do it.”

Sanders did say that he is in favor of “comprehensive immigration reform,” versions of which generally involve a “path to citizenship” for people already in the country illegally.

It isn’t Sanders’ first rejection of “open borders” policies and could foreshadow a potential fight with other primary candidates if they push for such policies. In 2015, he made comments to Vox that, in 2019, may sound out of place for a democratic socialist.

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“Open borders? That’s a Koch brothers proposal,” he said, referring to the conservative billionaire businessmen known for their political activism. “That’s a right-wing proposal which says essentially there is no United States.”

When the interviewer said it would make the global poor richer, Sanders responded sharply: “And it would make everyone in American poorer and you’re doing away with the concept of the nation state and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that.”

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Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, told Fox News on Tuesday that if Democrats continue to push an anti-capitalism message they will likely lose the 2020 election.

“I think behind this ‘let’s tax the rich’ theme is an assumption that giving more money to government and politicians works,” Fiorina told America’s Newsroom. “It demonstrably doesn’t work. The government has been getting more money every year for 50 years. It’s one of the reasons people are so frustrated with politics. The problems seem to fester whether it’s immigration or healthcare or deficits.”

Fiorina says she wrote her new book “Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential,” to help people who feel “helpless and powerless and frustrated by the fact that problems just fester all around them.”

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Fiorina added that she agrees with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who says America has “a small crisis of capitalism” and that businesses and business leaders must do more for their employees and their communities.

“I also believe that as a conservative, that power concentrated is power abused and we have too much power concentrated in some companies,” she said. “I would also say that when government gets in and tries to fix it, that’s not always capitalism. Technology is the least regulated industry in the world… the most competitive industry in the world and it delivers incredible innovation year after year at lower and lower prices.”

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Fiorina had a controversial record as CEO. During her tenure at HP between 1999 and 2005, the company struggled under her management and eventually she was fired by the board.

Fiorina, who lost her bid for the GOP nomination in an extremely crowded field, also weighed in on the crowded Democratic field vying for the presidency.

“We have become way too obsessed with politics and what goes on in Washington,” she said. “We’ve become observers…bystanders…we sort of look at all this political toxicity and the political campaign back and forth and think it’s going to fix things for us.”

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Fiorina also believes Attorney General William Barr, who testified before the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday, should make the full Mueller report public.

“Barr hasn’t been transparent enough. …In any circumstance, when people don’t know what’s going on, they assume the worst. Never the best,” she said.

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Former President Barack Obama said on Saturday that he is worried that progressives are creating a “circular firing squad” as prospective Democratic presidential candidates race to the left on a number of hot topic issues ahead of the 2020 election.

“The way we structure democracy requires you to take into account people who don’t agree with you,” he said at an Obama Foundation town hall event in Berlin, according to The New York Post. “And that by definition means you’re not going to get 100 percent of what you want.”

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“One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives … we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‘circular firing squad’ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them has strayed from purity on the issues,” he said.

Obama’s remarks come as freshman House Democrats such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., have pushed once-fringe positions on Medicare-for-all, the Green New Deal and reparations for slavery. In turn, 2020 presidential hopefuls have also taken some of those positions.

In that climate, candidates have come under criticism for their past stances from activists. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was forced this week to address remarks he made in 2015 when he said that “all lives matter” — which some activists say is a counterslogan to the “black lives matter” slogan

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., meanwhile has been hit by controversy over her past as a prosecutor. A scathing op-ed published in January in The New York Times, written by law professor Lara Bazelon, has kickstarted renewed scrutiny.

Bazelon says Harris previously “fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors.”

Bazelon further suggested that Harris should “apologize to the wrongfully convicted people she has fought to keep in prison and to do what she can to make sure they get justice” or otherwise make clear she has “radically broken from her past.”

Former vice president under Obama, Joe Biden, meanwhile has faced criticism for inappropriate past physical contact with women, as well a a 1993 speech on crime in which he warned of “predators on our streets”

“They are beyond the pale many of those people, beyond the pale,” Biden continued. “And it’s a sad commentary on society. We have no choice but to take them out of society.”

The latter was reminiscent of heat 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took from activists for her description of some gang members as “superpredators” in 1996.

Obama himself may not escape criticism in the election cycle. His signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act, is quickly being eclipsed by calls from Democrats for single-payer and Medicare-for-all plans. Meanwhile, a number of Democrats have said they are open to reparations for black Americans for slavery — something that Obama opposed when he was in office.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called Friday for “examining and pursuing an agenda of reparations” as part of a lengthy list of proposals delivered before an Al Sharpton-sponsored conference in New York — touting a controversial policy that’s increasingly gained support from the 2020 field of Democratic presidential candidates.

Speaking about her cornerstone Green New Deal, which would entail a massive government-led overhaul of the economy and U.S. energy usage, the freshman Democrat also said the plan does not “shy away from bold conversations of health care, housing and education as human rights, of living wages and dignified work, of policy that isn’t just drafted with the next election in mind but also with the next generation in mind.”

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She told the crowd at the National Action Network convention that such a generational attitude was the “underpinning” of a list of policies that include health care for all, free public college — and reparations to black Americans for slavery.

“That is the moral political and economic underpinning of making bold investments and dignified jobs because that is the necessary plan to fix the pipes in Flint [Michigan] and clean the air in the South Bronx, and create unionized energy jobs for transitioning workers in Appalachia and West Virginia, for single-payer health care and Medicare-for-all and tuition-free public colleges and universities to prepare our nation for the future, and for the end of mass incarceration, the war on drugs, examining and pursuing an agenda of reparations and fixing the opioid crisis too,” she said.

2020 presidential candidates including Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro have all come out in favor of some form of reparations for black Americans.

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The embrace of such a controversial proposal indicates a shift further to the left by the Democratic Party. Former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., previously came out against reparations.

Sanders, at the same event Ocasio-Cortez was attending, said Friday that if he were president and Congress passed a bill creating a commission to study the issue, he would sign it, according to The Hill. Both former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper also said they would sign the bill.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, introducing the bill in January, said that “the impact of slavery and its vestiges continues to affect African Americans and indeed all Americans in communities throughout our nation.”

She explained that the measure — formally known as the ‘Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act’ — would examine the “institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies.”

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The bill currently has more than 30 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and, last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would support the legislation.

Those who have come out in favor of reparations have so far been vague about what exactly it is they would support. Harris suggested to The Grio that this could include a generic tax credit to families making under $100,000. Warren was prepared to go a step further, though, and told reporters in February that reparations for Native Americans should be “part of the conversation” as well.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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House Republicans are forming an “Anti-Socialism Caucus” to “defend individual liberty & free markets” and push back against the leftward drift of some in the Democratic Party.

“Just received approval from the House for the formation of the Anti-Socialism Caucus,” Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, tweeted Thursday. “This caucus will defend individual liberty & free markets and highlight the dark history of socialism.”

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In a press release last month, Stewart said the purpose of the caucus is to inform lawmakers and the public of the dangers of the left-wing ideology and to act “as a bulwark to stop the advancement of socialist policies and legislation.”

“So much time has passed from the fall of the Iron Curtain that many have internalized — or never experienced — Socialism’s ultimate price. If we fail to recall those dangerous times, the primitive appeal of socialism will advance and infect our institutions,” Stewart warned.

The caucus’ formation comes as Democratic lawmakers have increasingly embraced socialist ideas and principles.

Ideas such as “Medicare-for-all” and the Green New Deal — a massive government intervention to combat climate change and income inequality — have quickly gone from fringe ideas to litmus tests for Democratic presidential candidates. Meanwhile, self-described “democratic socialists” like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., have floated tax rates as high as 70 percent for rich Americans.

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In January, a Fox News poll found that 40 percent of Democrats think it would be a “good thing” for the U.S. to move toward socialism and move away from capitalism. Only 34 percent said that would be a “bad thing.”

The situation has predictably faced fierce opposition from Republicans.

“Under the guise of Medicare-for-all and a Green New Deal, Democrats are embracing the same tired economic theories that have impoverished nations and stifled the liberties of millions over the past century,” Vice President Pence told a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) audience outside Washington last month. “That system is socialism.”

“Democrat lawmakers are now embracing socialism,” President Trump said in his speech to the conference. “They want to replace individual rights with total government domination.”

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It has also seen resistance from some Democrats, too, wary about the party embracing such a radical ideology.

“I am offended by this whole conversation about socialism,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., said during the BakerHostetler conference in Washington on Tuesday, according to The Washington Examiner. “The idea that in the greatest democracy, the greatest capitalist system in the world, we’re having casual conversation about socialism, offends me.”

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He’s a lifelong Democrat, but Howard Schultz is taking direct aim at his own party these days as he mulls an independent run for the White House.

While he doesn’t shy from attacking Republican President Trump, Schultz has reserved some of his harshest criticism for Democrats, in Congress and on the 2020 trail, drifting further and further left. He sees this as his opening as well — evidence that the electorate could use a center-lane presidential candidate.

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“Americans are not going to embrace socialism,” Schultz said last month at the South by Southwest conference and festival in Austin, Texas.

Pointing to many of the leading contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Schultz said Tuesday on “Fox and Friends” that they’re “people who are well-intentioned, love the country, but they’re out of touch with these kind of policies that in my view that are not realistic.”

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It’s far from the first time the billionaire and former longtime chairman and CEO of Starbucks has painted the Democratic White House hopefuls as too far to the left. He’s repeatedly warned that they’ll blow next year’s election against Trump by embracing extreme positions that he says are “never going to happen.”

“Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others are proposing to try and defeat Donald Trump with a far extreme proposal,” he stressed at South by Southwest.

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And last month, when moderate Democrat and fellow billionaire Mike Bloomberg decided against launching a campaign for the Democratic nomination, Schultz didn’t waste an opportunity to highlight that there’s no room anymore for a centrist in the Democratic Party.

“Mike Bloomberg governed from the center with big ideas, pragmatism and common sense. In an era of paralysis and dysfunction, he’s an exception,” Schultz tweeted as he pointed to Bloomberg’s tenure as New York City mayor. “I’ve long said there isn’t room for centrist moderation in either party and it appears Mr. Bloomberg has come to the same conclusion.”

Schultz specifically has ravaged some of the policy proposals being pushed by the 2020 Democrats, from “Medicare for all” to the Green New Deal.

“The Green New Deal is fantasy,” Schultz told Maria Bartiromo last week on Fox Business Network. “There are well-intentioned people that are trying to do good things, but let’s not throw things against the wall that they themselves know are not going to stick.”

The sweeping proposal which was introduced in Congress in February aims to transform the country’s economy to combat climate change – while enacting a host of new welfare programs. The resolution, which has become a litmus test for the Democratic presidential contenders, has offered Republicans political ammunition as they ramp up their attacks on the Democrats hoping to oust Trump from the Oval Office in 2020.

When it comes to Medicare for all, which would establish a universal single-payer health care system from coast to coast, Schultz describes the proposal as “unaffordable.”

“The Democrats are now saying, ‘Medicare-for-all.’ That’s their solution, which is basically a $33 trillion number, which would take 180 million Americans off of the insurance that’s provided by their employer, wipe out the insurance industry. It’s not realistic,” Schultz argued earlier this week in an interview with Yahoo Finance.

Schultz supported the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, but argues that it can be fixed and improved. His prescription is to bring the government, big business and the pharmaceutical and insurance industries all to the table and hammer out a remedy.

Schultz’s painting of the 2020 Democrats as too far to the left may resonate with general election voters.

Fifty-seven percent of registered voters in a Fox News Poll in February had a positive opinion of capitalism. But only 25 percent viewed socialism the same way.

“Despite the prominence of socialistic ideas and policy proposals in recent weeks, Americans are favorable toward the merits of the capitalistic system,” said Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Democrat Chris Anderson.

Schultz explained on “Fox and Friends” that if he launches a presidential campaign, he’ll run “on a centrist position of character, morality, and getting our house in order.”

Schultz will be featured at a Fox News Town Hall live on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The event will be moderated by Fox News’ Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

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Democratic socialists are making a power play in Chicago.

After Tuesday’s runoff elections, a total of four – and possibly five – democratic socialists have won seats for alderman on the city council. This marks the highest number of elected socialists the Second City has had since the 1910s.

Upstart Andre Vasquez beat out Ald. Patrick O’Connor, who serves as outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s floor leader and the head of the city’s Finance Committee.

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“Take a look around the room, we did this!” Vasquez said, according to local news reports. “Every person who knocked on a door and made a phone call … that’s what got us the win tonight.”

Along with Vasquez, Byron Sigcho-Lopez – a democratic socialist and public policy researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago – won his runoff in the 25th Ward after longtime Ald. Danny Solis didn’t seek reelection.

A third democratic socialist candidate, Rosanna Rodriguez-Sanchez, is currently locked in a tight race with longtime Ald. Deb Mell – trailing Mell by only a few dozen votes. Mell is hoping that the mail ballots will help her retain her seat.

The victories for the democratic socialists on Tuesday come after two other candidates aligned with them won alderman seats back in February.

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa won his reelection bid two months ago and democratic socialist Daniel La Spata upset incumbent Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno to take Chicago’s 1st Ward.

“The oligarchs are shaking in their boots tonight,” Ramirez-Rosa, who defeated challenger Amanda Yu Dieterich in Chicago’s 35th, said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “Our continued organizing and movement-building over the last four years is paying dividends. And it appears to be a total transformation of political power at City Hall from the bottom up.”

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Despite the gains the democratic socialists hope to make in Chicago, they will be far from the majority on the council. The Chicago City Council has 50 aldermen. Nearly all are Democrats, with only one Republican and one independent currently serving.

Still, the organization’s success in Chicago highlights the gains the DSA has made in the last few years, especially among younger voters. Aside from the impact of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential run in 2016, DSA members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., were elected to the U.S. House last year.

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