Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday that she does not support eliminating private health insurance, after she and Sen. Same rules. But the Democrats' second back-to back debate is fueled by star power - including former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and Vermont Sen. 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. Only two candidates - Sanders, obvi, and Harris - raised their hands.
She went on to clarify that she's a proponent of Medicare-for-all, but that private insurance can supplement that coverage. I'm supportive of Medicare for All.
'We would actually extend benefits.
Friday she misinterpreted a question during Thursday evening's 2020 Democrat presidential debate about abolishing private health insurance. But he says they'd still spend less on health care under his system than they do today through the private insurance system.
At some level of the first night of the controversy in Miami, moderator Lester Holt asked, "Many folks searching at at house contain neatly being insurance coverage coverage thru their employer". 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. Harris, a former California attorney general, also drew endorsements in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC, as well as in her home state, her campaign said.
Campaign spokeswoman Lily Adams said the debate marked the third-largest fundraising day of Harris' campaign.
The controversy was as soon as no longer the first time Harris has delivered blended messages on the topic. It's very hard to imagine that Harris was caught totally off guard by the same question being asked of her - or thought that what was being asked was something more nuanced than "Do you want to get rid of all private health insurance?" But some candidates have stumbled when pressed about the best way to get there, and how we would transition away from private insurance. "And the doctor says, 'Well, I don't know if your insurance company's gonna cover this?'" Harris said in January during a CNN town hall.
"Warren might think she can talk the public into it, but the other side gets a chance to talk too, and the history of using the bully pulpit to move public opinion is short and discouraging", New York's Jonathan Chait wrote. Neither did the 10 candidates who NBC asked the same question the previous night.
Harris' answer - particularly the "let's eliminate all of that" portion - was widely reported as her coming out in favor of jettisoning the private healthcare industry entirely.