After taking a number of seemingly contradictory positions on the problem in latest months, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) confirmed Thursday she helps abolishing non-public medical insurance in favor of a government-run well being care program for all People.
Harris joined fellow Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in elevating her hand on stage on the first 2020 presidential debate in Miami when all of the candidates had been requested by moderators to point their assist for winding down most non-public insurance coverage in favor of “Medicare for All.”
On Wednesday, the primary half of the two-night debate, with 10 different Democratic candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio indicated they’d additionally assist abolishing non-public medical insurance.
The query about Medicare for All had tripped up Harris at a January city corridor hosted by CNN, when she first appeared to name for the elimination of personal medical insurance.
“Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on,” Harris mentioned, a line Republicans rapidly highlighted of their efforts to paint her as an excessive candidate.
However at one other CNN city corridor in April, Harris maintained that below Sanders’ invoice, non-public insurance coverage corporations would really nonetheless be capable of supply some insurance policies.
“There would still be access to supplemental insurance,” Harris mentioned.
Harris tried to clear up the matter throughout one other interview in May with CNN’s Jake Tapper, sustaining that she didn’t intend to name for abolishing all insurance coverage corporations in January, at the same time as she reaffirmed her assist for Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal.
“What I meant is, let’s get rid of the bureaucracy,” Harris mentioned of the January city corridor. When Tapper famous Sanders’ proposal would eradicate non-public medical insurance, Harris once more maintained: “No, no, no, no, it does not get rid of insurance. It does not get rid of insurance.”
The idea of Medicare for All is extensively supported by Democratic voters, although many don’t appear to grasp precisely how it will work. Two-thirds of Democratic voters assume that individuals with employer protection might maintain on to their insurance policies below Medicare for All, in response to a latest research by the Henry J. Kaiser Household Basis.
In actuality, Sanders’ proposal would prohibit the sale of personal insurance coverage that’s “duplicative” of what the federal government plan would supply, as HuffPost’s Jonathan Cohn wrote earlier this month:
That will successfully wipe out present employer insurance policies. Personal insurers might nonetheless supply supplemental plans, however solely to pay for extras, like beauty surgical procedure and premium hospital rooms, that the federal government plan didn’t cowl.
Public opinion concerning Medicare for All adjustments relying on how it’s described to voters. When respondents in a single latest ballot heard that Medicare for All would eradicate non-public insurance coverage, for instance, assist dropped dramatically, with simply 37% favoring it and 58% opposing.
Republicans accused Harris of flip-flopping over the matter on Thursday.
“So Kamala Harris was for eliminating private insurance before she was against it before she was for it. Got it,” tweeted Republican Nationwide Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens.
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