Rep. McAdams opposes proposals for free education and healthcare

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (ABC4 News) – A Democratic presidential candidate is getting a lot of attention for her plan to tax the rich to pay for services for others.

Utah’s most prominent Democrat says he’s not buying it.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren wants the White House, and she says one of her top priorities is to rebuild the middle class.

“I know there’s a lot that’s broken in America, but I want to focus on one thing in particular. And, that is that we’ve got a government right now that works great, works fabulously, works terrifically for those at the top,” she said at a campaign stop in Nevada.

Her solution, according to her website, is an ultra-millionaire tax on America’s 75,000 richest families.

She says it would produce trillions to cover Medicare for all, tuition-free colleges and universities and forgive student loan debt.

We took those proposals to the only Democrat in Utah’s Congressional Delegation.

“I don’t support just a free-for-all,” said Representative Ben McAdams, (D) Utah.

Representative McAdams says there are serious problems with both systems that Congress needs to address.

Mainly, making both more affordable and accessible.

But, he doesn’t support Medicare for all.

“We’ve got to address some of the problems with this system and improve the system we’ve got, and not throw out the system we have today for something that inevitably will have problems as well,” he said.

He says free education isn’t feasible or desirable, speaking from experience.

He says he worked three to four jobs at a time to get through school and lived frugally to keep the loans as low as possible through law school.

“Part of life is sacrifice, and commitment, and hard work and that’s important,” McAdams said.

McAdams says he’s still working hard to pay off his loans and says that’s the responsible thing to do.

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