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  • Kamala Harris furiously backpedals over eliminating private health insurance

    Kamala Harris furiously backpedals over eliminating private health insurance

    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) slick-talked her way around the topic of eliminating private health insurance, after she received gentle pushback from ABC News' David Muir over her false claim that she doesn't want to eliminate private health insurance.

    H/T: Zero Hedge

    "Even though you signed on for Medicare for All?" Muir interjected - to which Harris performed a whiplash-inducing pivot.

    "I signed on to that. I signed on to a number of bills that were about great ideas to fix the problem," she replied. "I want to fix the problem. And Joe has a plan to fix the problem, and I’m fully supportive of it."

    Harris was “the first Democrat to announce she’ll co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health care bill when it’s introduced in September,” CNN reported in 2017.

    The New York Times reported in March 2019:

    At the heart of the “Medicare for all” proposals championed by Senator Bernie Sanders and many Democrats is a revolutionary idea: Abolish private health insurance. …

    But doing away with an entire industry would also be profoundly disruptive. The private health insurance business employs at least a half a million people, covers about 250 million Americans, and generates roughly a trillion dollars in revenues. Its companies’ stocks are a staple of the mutual funds that make up millions of Americans’ retirement savings. …

    Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts co-sponsored Mr. Sanders’s bill in the last Congress. …

    The concept, in broad strokes, appeals to many Democratic voters. But overall support diminishes by a third or more when people are told that the plan would involve eliminating private insurance, raising taxes, or requiring waits to obtain medical care, according to surveys from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    FLASHBACK: Watch Kamala Harris' ever evolving position on eliminating private insurance below.

    Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

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