Harris is n ow in the political crosshairs on her effort to recover from her hand being up for Medicare-for-all excluding private insurance….
She has offered up a plan that is a NOT what she agreed to when Lester Holt asked her about healthcare in the first debate, and she’s getting flack for her idea of what should be…
Sen. Kamala Harris waded into the fight over the future of American health care on Monday morning — and promptly got pummeled by Democratic presidential rivals to her left and her right.
Officials with Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign slammed Harris’ vision of “Medicare for All,” which includes a place for private insurers and would take a decade to phase in, as “terrible policy” and “terrible politics.” Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign charged Harris with flip-flopping on her support for Sanders’ Medicare for All bill while still proposing a plan that would “unravel the hard-won Affordable Care Act that the Trump Administration is trying to undo right now.”
“This new, have-it-every-which-way approach pushes the extremely challenging implementation of the Medicare for All part of this plan ten years into the future, meaning it would not occur on the watch of even a two-term administration,” said Kate Bedingfield, a Biden deputy campaign manager. “The result? A Bernie Sanders-lite Medicare for All and a refusal to be straight with the American middle class, who would have a large tax increase forced on them with this plan.”
Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir, meanwhile, accused Harris of “walking away” from Medicare for All” and privatizing Medicare.
“Because you’ve got, in her mind, an introduction of even more insurance companies who can operate within the parameters of traditional Medicare,” Shakir said in an interview. “And that of course introduces more corporate greed and more profiteering within Medicare, and that only leads to bad outcomes. We know that.”….
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