The crowded Democratic presidential nomination contest can only be described as a mess, with its candidates offering irresponsible, giveaway proposals that would plunge our nation into decades of debt.

Radical left-wing candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts soared to become one of President Trump’s chief challengers with a proposal called “Medicare for All.”

Worst of all, many voters are buying into her giveaway plan, regardless of the fiscal disaster it would inflict on our nation, its national security and the U.S. economy.

“A trio of polls ... showed a majority of Americans support Medicare for All, but offered conflicting signals about whether the health care overhaul could hurt the party in the November 2020 general election,” Reuters reported Wednesday.

“In polling data made public Wednesday, the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation said 53% of Americans favored Medicare for All,” the news service stated.

Not all of the Democratic candidates support Medicare for All, and Warren has endured criticism from more centrist rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden.

The proposal’s biggest problem is that it “would eventually eliminate most private insurance in favor of a government-run plan,” Reuters said.

Biden and several moderate Democratic candidates (if any Democrat can be called “moderate”) are including a “public option” which would offer a government plan that would compete with private plans instead of replacing it.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is one of the candidates embracing Biden’s plan.

If Warren’s socialist, health-care nationalization plan — and its idea of putting private health insurance out of business — doesn’t disturb you, it should.

Talk to one of our veterans who can tell you many tales of the poor treatment they have received at many of our VA hospitals.

It isn’t widely known, but there is a movement afoot by liberal extremists to turn our private health-care insurance plans over to the government, and it’s gathering support.

The nonprofit Progressive Change Campaign Coalition, which has endorsed Warren, announced its own poll this week, which found that 66% of registered voters nationally, and 63% in battleground states, embrace Medicare for All.

The Reuters story suggests that “many Americans are still fuzzy on Medicare for All’s details.”

“Democrats took control of the House in 2018 powered by victories in moderate districts that were largely credited to the party’s disciplined messaging on health care,” the story reminded voters.

“Democratic candidates focused on Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, thereby eliminating protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions,” Reuters reported.

In the last Democratic candidate debate, Reuters noted, Warren “was attacked ... for refusing to say whether her proposal would raise middle-class taxes.”

Not all Democratic leaders support Warren’s plan.

A number of party leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have cautioned their party that its support for Medicare for All could lose swing voters next year.

A Kaiser voter survey released Tuesday in battleground states that included Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan showed that more than 60% of swing voters said it was a bad idea.

Warren’s numbers were flying high earlier this year, but she’s been on the skids ever since, according to Charlie Cook, the brains behind the widely read Cook Political Report.

“In early summer, Elizabeth Warren’s poll numbers were on the rise in both Iowa and New Hampshire. By mid- to late September, national polling started moving in the same direction. But over the last couple of weeks, her numbers have flattened and even dropped,” he wrote last week.

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Donald Lambro has been covering Washington politics for more than 50 years as a reporter, editor and commentator.

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