Gil Cisneros, a Democrat running for Congress in the traditionally conservative enclave of California’s Orange County, is backing off his support for single-payer style healthcare reforms in the general election after supporting them during the primary race.

When the race to replace retiring representative Ed Royce (R., Calif.) was getting started in August 2017, the Orange County Register reported that every Democratic primary candidate in the race, including Cisneros, supported Medicare for all, although they all noted "it will take time to make such a transition."

In the same article, Cisneros mentioned his support for Sen. Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential race. Sanders has backed a Medicare-for-all plan that would costs $32.6 trillion over 10 years, requiring historic tax increases, according to the libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia.

During a May 7, 2018, NextGen America forum featuring Democratic Congressional candidates, Cisneros readily raised his hand when asked if he supports a single-payer health care system. He also raised his hand to show that he backed California's decision to become a sanctuary state and didn't raise his hand when asked if he supports local police coordinating with ICE.

"I think you all passed with flying colors," the moderator remarked after the Q&A session. "Good work, team."