Kamala Harris was one of the two candidates who raised their hands when they asked them in the Thursday evening debate if they got rid of private health insurance, but the California senator said on Friday he did not understand the matter. Harris told MSNBC "Morning Joe" when asked if she would work to remove private health insurance in favor of Medicare for All if she was elected president.
But in her subsequent responses, she struggles to clarify her position on the role of private insurance in her plan, something that has become a model in recent months, as Democratic Party candidates are trying to focus on political issues on the political implications of Medicare for All.
In general, Harris is consistent in its position: it supports a single payer of the Medicare for All Act by Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Who will place all Americans on a more generous Medicare version, but also will explicitly ban any private plan that offers such coverage.
discussing the plan, however, Harris is bristling on the idea that the Sanders Bill will ban private insurance, saying it will still allow for "extra" insurance.
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Asked about the discrepancy in the debate, Harris said he interprets the debate question that was asked both
"The question was whether you would give up your private insurance for
During the first night of the Miami debate, moderator Lester Holt asked," Many people who look at home, have health insurance through their employer.
Only senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio lifted their hands.
In Warren's case, it was an important moment. The Senator is a co-sponsor of the Sanders Bill but has avoided taking a clear position as a candidate for whether to seek a ban on private insurance plans to compete with Medicare. As she seemed clear in her responses during the debate, she is now fully on board with Sanders' approach.
During the debate on Thursday, Hall again asked the same question but formulated it differently. the question of health care last night that has caused many discussions, as you know, "Holt said. – We'll do it again now. Many people who look at home have health insurance through their employer. Who will remove their health insurance here in favor of a government plan? "
Only Sanders and Harris have lifted their hands. so much so that the NBC News tracking issue on the topic includes the "Medicare for All but …" category for candidates who publicly praised or sponsored a single payer offer but who put alternative approaches to the campaign.
Senses. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New Jersey's Cory Booker, for example, call for a more intense approach during the campaign that keeps existing private insurance as a way to Medicare for All, even when they sponsor Sanders
Most of the Democratic sphere stopped in front of a single payer instead of choosing a government insurance option to compete with private insurance plans. Republicans have signaled that they are planning to make the Sanders Bill – and in particular its treatment of existing private plans – a key part of its 2020 message, raising the bets of the initial debate.
"If you support Medicare for All, you must be prepared to put an end to the greed of the health and pharmaceutical industry," he said. "It means boldly transforming our dysfunctional system by stopping the use of private health insurance, except to cover non-essential care such as cosmetic surgery, and that means ensuring healthcare for all through Medicare without any bonuses, without deduction and without pay." The statement does not mention any of the other candidates by name.
The debate was not the first time Harris had presented mixed messages on the subject.
When asked in the CNN City Hall in January, whether he intends to get rid of it from the existing cover, Harris said, "The idea is that everyone gets access to medical care, and you do not have to go through the process going through an insurance company by giving you approval, going through the documentation, all
"Let's get rid of all this. Let's go on, "she said.
In May, she told CNN she meant" all bureaucracy and waste, not insurance. "" I know it's interpreted like that. If you watch the tape, I think you will see that there are obviously many interpretations of what I said, "she told Jake Tapper.