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."
MUST WATCH: Kamala Harris saying that banning 180 MILLION Americans private health insurance is "a great idea." pic.twitter.com/oImpqnaeZ2— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) August 24, 2020
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.
Kamala Harris said she supported the socialist Medicare for All plan to outlaw private health insurance because “It’s simply the moral and ethical thing to do.”— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 24, 2020
Now she says its just one of many “good ideas” she supported.
What a phony. pic.twitter.com/jhe3onryim
Harris was the first co-sponsor of Bernie's billhttps://t.co/lO6ERi30B4— Warren4Ever/MSNBC Sucks (@chhelenach) August 24, 2020
Kamala Harris wants Wall Street to pick up the tab for her ‘Medicare For All’ plan— Modern_Rock (@modern_rock) August 23, 2020
Harris says her plan — including taxing stock trades at 0.2%, bond trades at 0.1% and derivative transactions at 0.002% — would raise “well over $2 trillion” over 10 yearshttps://t.co/wcuXOwIadm
.@JoeBiden’s radical VP pick @KamalaHarris wants to abolish private health insurance and support massive tax hikes on hardworking Americans. Americans cannot afford the Biden-Harris Agenda. pic.twitter.com/Y6sHKEkxEZ— NCGOP (@NCGOP) August 23, 2020
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