Harris clarifies debate answer on eliminating private insurance


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'.

"I am not for taking private insurance away", Ryan said on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures", adding, "We can not be a party that goes into a general election taking private health insurance away from union members in some of these states that negotiated pretty good health care plans for themselves". She then spent months waffling on the issue, explaining that she would actually like to keep private insurance. But some favor a government-run public option, such as one that would be offered on the exchanges set up under the 2010 health care law, while others are calling for a single-payer system that would end most private insurance. 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. But it's Bernie Sanders' chance to show he's the one who understands today's Democratic Party.

Ian Sams, a spokesman for Harris's campaign, told CQ Roll Call that Harris had always supported the plan laid out in the Senate bill.

Harris said she thought the question was whether she'd be in favor of getting rid of her own private insurance plan and has insisted that supplemental private insurance would still be available under Medicare for All. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

"Medicare for All - in my vision of Medicare for All, it entails internal most insurance coverage where folks can contain supplemental insurance coverage", she educated NBC's Vaughn Hillyard after the controversy. Over the course of the two-night debates, only three candidates said, outright, that they should support Medicare-for-all if elected: Sanders, Sen.

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So in a very precise sense, yes, Holt asked the candidates about abolishing "their private health insurance", but it seemed to be meant to illustrate support for government-backed health insurance replacing private insurance. She backs a government-sponsored Medicare-for-All approach and criticised those who say it is not politically feasible. Who of us have not had that situation where you have to wait for approval and the doctor says, 'I don't know if your insurance company is going to cover this'. I am a proponent of Medicare for All.

But some candidates have stumbled when pressed about the best way to get there, and how we would transition away from private insurance.

Medicare-for-all is the plan that she believes will solve the problem and get all Americans covered. Cory Booker (N.J.), former housing secretary Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) and Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), along with de Blasio, Delaney, Klobuchar and Warren.

"The question was would you be willing to give up your private insurance..." How about taking care of American Citizens first!?