Presidential hopeful for 2020 Elizabeth Warren laid out her plan for universal child care Tuesday based on funds from what she called an ultra-millionaire tax.
The Democrat U.S. Senator employed a Twitter thread complete with a video story in rolling out her plan for universal childcare.
When my kids were little, I struggled to find good, reliable, and affordable child care. It felt like an impossible task then – and it still is for many families. That’s why I’m proposing a new plan for #UniversalChildCare. pic.twitter.com/95soeZa5wx
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 19, 2019
“My plan for #UniversalChildCare would build off the success of Head Start to create a network of high-quality childcare options,” wrote Warren. “Federal funding would guarantee every family has access to high-quality, affordable care for kids from birth to kindergarten.”
Warren’s plan claims families would pay no more than seven percent of their income toward child expenses, according to TIME.
“In many states, child care is more expensive than in-state college tuition,” Warren continued in the Tuesday thread. “Under my plan for #UniversalChildCare, child care would be free for nearly nine million kids. And no family would pay more than 7% of their income for child care.”
“My #UltraMillionaireTax on America’s wealthiest families could fund #UniversalChildCare, giving millions of kids a leg up,” she stated. “And by offering parents more options to balance work and family, we could also help boost our economy.”
“Whether you have kids, grandkids, or no kids at all – America’s children are our country’s future. That means we have an interest, and a responsibility, to invest in them,” wrote Warren. “Let’s start by making #UniversalChildCare a reality.”
Sen. Warren has already backed a Medicare for All bill sponsored by fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Other 2020 backers of the bill include Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Sen. Cory Booker. She told Bloomberg Television that her goal is “affordable health care for every American,” according to the New York Times.
She stopped short in that interview of advocating eliminating private health insurance all together in favor of a single-payer system. There was not a specific “issue” section for healthcare on Warren’s campaign website as of Tuesday afternoon.