Democrat Harris clarifies: she won't ban private health insurance

Mike Segar  Reuters

Mike Segar Reuters

NBC News anchor Lester Holt had framed the question on Thursday in a way that gives Harris some wiggle-room.

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 has backed Sanders' Medicare-For-All bill that would largely eliminate private insurance and shift all Americans into a government-run healthcare plan that Republicans have criticized as too costly.

Campaign spokeswoman Lily Adams said the debate marked the best fundraising day since Harris launched her campaign at a January rally in Oakland, California. Holt meant the word to refer to all Americans enrolled in insurance through their jobs. She added, "So I think it is a beginning and the way you start and the way you move to universal health care". She now says that the question that she was answering was about her own insurance.

'We would actually extend benefits. 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.

Some studies have suggested that a socialized "Medicare For All" system would eliminate private insurance over a four-year glidepath. In January, during a CNN town hall, she voiced support for a single-payer system.

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'Let's eliminate all of that. "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".

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.

"No", Harris educated MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked if she'd work to abolish internal most neatly being insurance coverage in settle on of "Medicare for All" if elected president. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), as well as the "Medicare X" plan championed by Sens.

They were followed on Thursday night by former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.), author Marianne Williamson and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, as well as Bennet, Biden, Buttigieg, Gillibrand, Harris and Sanders. "It was in the context of saying let's get rid of all the bureaucracy". She backs a government-sponsored Medicare-for-All approach and criticised those who say it is not politically feasible.

'No. That's not what I meant. I know it was interpreted that way, ' Harris replied. And the reality of how this affects real people is captured in a story that many of us heard and I will paraphrase.

"I think that's kind of ageism to tell you the truth", Sanders, who is 77, responded when a journalist asked about the "generational argument being made by one of your younger rivals".

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