Harris clarifies debate answer on eliminating private insurance

Henrietta Brewer
June 30, 2019

The battle over healthcare began when the candidates were asked to raise their hands if they support eliminating private health insurance.

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. There are certainly many takeaways from the debates, and key among these is the continuing erosion of support for private health insurance on the left. The senator is a co-sponsor of Sanders' bill, however had done with out taking a transparent draw as a candidate on whether or no longer she'd check to ban internal most insurance coverage plans from competing with Medicare.

On the most basic level, this is something like the third go-around of her having to clarify and facing questions on where is your position on Medicare for All where is the line and where do you stand. Holt meant the word to refer to all Americans enrolled in insurance through their jobs. "But under Medicare for All, in my vision of it, we would actually extend benefits". Warren is confident about her powers of persuasion, but it's hard to foresee her winning the argument for government health care.


"For fogeys that strengthen Medicare for All, that you must quiet be fascinating to complete the greed of the neatly being insurance coverage and pharmaceutical industries", he acknowledged. At a town hall in January, she said she would be willing to eliminate private health insurance. 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'.

'Let's eliminate all of that.

"The idea is that everyone gets access to medical care and you don't have to go through the process of going through an insurance company", she said.

Former Vice President Joe Biden pushed back on Medicare for All, however, instead voicing support for preserving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - also known as "Obamacare" - the healthcare reform law enacted in 2010 when he served under President Barack Obama. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), as well as the "Medicare X" plan championed by Sens. "It was in the context of saying let's get rid of all the bureaucracy". 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. "I'd accept tacos in the meantime", Harris's communication director, Chris Harris, tweeted in response to the criticism. I think that this is a place where maybe this is a conversation going on in the Washington bubbles a little outside of the step of what we're hearing in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. And I believe the best way to get there is Medicare-for-all.

"All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare".

That hand was Joe Biden's.

Debate moderators asked the same question Thursday of the first 10 Democrats to tangle in Miami. "That candidate was then-Sen".


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