During the debate on Thursday, the 10 candidates were asked to raise their hands if they would eliminate private insurance to implement Medicare for all. Sen. But the next day, speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Harris backtracked and said she only supports Sanders' single-payer, government-run insurance plan, but not the elimination of private insurance. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., are co-sponsors of Sanders' Medicare for All bill in the Senate, Gillibrand did not, saying the quickest way to get to universal healthcare is to let people "buy in" to the Medicare program.
The 20 Democratic presidential candidates on stage in Miami last week broadly agree on many issues, including that President Trump has to go, the strong economy benefits only the "wealthy", abortion on demand is sacrosanct and government-run programs are a must. Only U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and de Blasio did so, but they quickly challenged the other eight candidates on stage. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, for example, said that a government-sponsored plan would create healthy competition in the insurance market, while Sen.
When asked in a CNN metropolis hall in January if she supposed to build away with unique coverage, Harris acknowledged, "The premise is that all and sundry will get uncover entry to to medical care, and you build no longer contain to struggle thru the assignment of going thru an insurance coverage company, having them give you approval, going thru the paperwork, the total delay that can require". That means boldly transforming our dysfunctional system by ending the use of private health insurance, except to cover non-essential care like cosmetic surgeries.More news: Police Arrest Mastermind of Shooting That Injured David Ortiz
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But it's not the first time that Harris has been forced to clarify - and walk back - a comment on supporting Medicare-for-all.
"What the American people have got to decide is one simple question, do we create a healthcare system, guaranteeing healthcare for all people without insurance companies and drug companies making huge profits and distorting healthcare in America?" But the second would be to note that there was real debate among mainstream Democratic candidates about whether or not private health insurance should continue to exist at all. But until now, Sanders has continued to outflank her on health care.
"We need more changes in our health care system, you talk about a public option, many people will not be able to afford a public option", Sanders said. I'm telling you what the transcript says. "We're going to attain all of it over again now". "I think she's been very clear today, as she's been asked about it". It's to bring in as many dollars as they can in premiums and to pay out as few dollars as possible for your health care. More than 250 million Americans have a private health insurance plan that they like and want to keep. "Let's get all of the waste",' she said in May. Harris replied that she didn't "think that was right", saying that there would still be access to "supplemental insurance".