Kamala Harris walked back her support for eliminating private health insurance Friday, a day after she raised her hand during a Democratic presidential primary debate to indicate she supported getting rid of it. On MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Harris said she does not want to abolish private health insurance.
The Democratic presidential hopeful has a topsy-turvy history when it comes to her plan for government-run health care, having seemingly changed her mind a few times on whether private insurance companies would be permitted to operate under her version of a Medicare for All proposal.
Harris and Sanders were the only two to raise their hands.
Sanders pushed back against Harris' walking back of her original indication, issuing a statement Sunday about committing to the elimination of private health 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.
Like the 10 candidates in the first Democratic debate on Wednesday night, the contenders on Thursday disagreed over the best way to boost access to healthcare insurance coverage.
The California Democrat said that she had interpreted the question to mean, "Would you be willing to give up your private insurance?"
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Ms. Warren, a leader of the party's progressive wing who has been surging in opinion polls, said private insurance was taking advantage of Americans. "What the American people have got to decide is one simple question: 'Do we create a health care system, guaranteeing health care for all people without insurance companies and drug companies making huge profits and distorting health care in America?' That is the issue". But until now, Sanders has continued to outflank her on health care.
"We asked a quiz about neatly being care closing night that spurred a bunch of dialogue, as you know", Holt acknowledged.
"Probably", Harris said. "That's what I heard".
"I wish he would sit down with a dictatorship in Saudi Arabia, bringing Iran into this country, and tell those people that we are sick and exhausted of spending trillions of dollars because they keep going to war against each other", Sanders said.
In January, Harris participated in a televised town hall for CNN. "If she is the nominee, they get to talk about her taking away your doctor and health-care plan and about how rural hospitals will close (due to low reimbursement rates)".
"That means boldly transforming our dysfunctional system by ending the use of private health insurance" Sanders wrote. "So we're feeling very good, especially about the response that we're seeing from the early states", she told CNN.
Sanders said the Medicare-for-all push ahead of the 2020 election is long overdue and reiterated his frequent accusation that the US should be embarrassed for not offering its citizens guaranteed health coverage.