Kamala Harris backs single-payer health care, then backtracks

Grant Boone
June 30, 2019

By Friday morning, however, she was insisting she misheard the question.

NBC News anchor Lester Holt had framed the question on Thursday in a way that gives Harris some wiggle-room.

Holt had posed the question, "Many people watching at home have health insurance through their employer". 'Who here would abolish their private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan?'

Harris and her campaign have been quick to clarify that. Meanwhile, despite the fact that Medicare and Medicaid pay for the majority of all hospital services, overall hospital margins remain strong, averaging 8 percent, due to high rates for private insurance. For example, vision care, dental care, hearing aids, which now are not covered, ' she said.

Some studies have suggested that a socialized "Medicare For All" system would eliminate private insurance over a four-year glidepath.

Sen. Kamala Harris clarifies her position on eliminating private insurance in the USA, following her response at #DemDebate.

During a January town hall event, she told CNN anchor Jake Tapper that she proposes making sure 'everyone gets access to medical care, and you don't have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require'. And the idea I put out there, the public option, ... is that you use Medicare or Medicaid without any insurance companies involved, you can do it either way. "Let's eliminate all of that, let's move on". After all, going from "if you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan" to advocating for no more private health insurance in just shy of a decade is pretty astounding-and politically risky.

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Democrats see healthcare as central to their efforts to win back the White House and build on gains in congressional races in 2020 after Republican President Donald Trump chipped away at his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act. And under a Medicare for all policy, private insurance would certainly exist for supplemental coverage... we would actually extend benefits. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), as well as the "Medicare X" plan championed by Sens.

"Let's uncover rid of all of that. Let's get all of the waste",' she said in May. They get in their vehicle and they drive and they are sitting in the parking lot outside of the emergency room looking at the sliding glass doors with their hand on the forehead of their child knowing if they walk through the sliding glass doors even though they have insurance, they will be out a $5,000 deductible when they walk through the doors.

'No. That's not what I meant.

"The quiz was as soon as, would you quit your internal most insurance coverage for that risk, and I acknowledged yes", Harris acknowledged.

In May, Harris walked her statement back, telling Tapper "That's not what I meant!" And I believe the best way to get there is Medicare-for-all.

"I think that's kind of ageism to tell you the truth", Sanders, who is 77, responded when a journalist asked about the "generational argument being made by one of your younger rivals".

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