'Every American is entitled to health care': Sen. Bernie Sanders

Kenny Tucker
July 1, 2019

Elizabeth Warren, who along with Sanders is closest to front-runner former Vice President Joe Biden in polling, said she's with Sanders in wanting to end private insurance.

Sen. Bernie Sanders chafed at generational attacks against the older Democratic candidates on the debate stage on Thursday night, saying the digs struck him as "ageism".

Host Jake Tapper asked her to clarify, pointing out that the Medicare for All bill that Harris co-sponsored with Sen.

"100 million Americans say they like their private health insurance, by the way".

The question was similar to what was asked on Wednesday night to the other candidates: "Who here would abolish their private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan?"

Harris and Sanders were the only two to raise their hands.

"The question was would you give up YOUR private insurance for that option and I said yes", the senator from California said in an interview with MSNBC on Friday.

But former U.S. Representative John Delaney, an outspoken critic of Medicare for All who supports a universal healthcare approach that includes private insurance, said Democrats should not throw away a system that some Americans are happy with. "Yes, I'm with Bernie on Medicare for All", she said.

'We would actually extend benefits.

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Health care has emerged as a divisive issue among the 2020 presidential hopefuls, with candidates split between supporting Medicare-for-all or keeping health care private.

'Oh, not the insurance companies?' Tapper asked.

Add in what happened Thursday night and Harris morning backtrack and Harris either looks like she's unsure of her position or she can't understand basic questions.

"The quiz was as soon as, would you quit your internal most insurance coverage for that risk, and I acknowledged yes", Harris acknowledged.

Harris has been forced to clarify her position on private medical insurance before. In January, she seemed to say that she believed it was necessary to "eliminate all of that" when speaking about the "process of going through an insurance company", during a CNN town hall, essentially arguing private insurance needed to be abolished.

'Let's eliminate all of that. "If she is the nominee, they get to talk about her taking away your doctor and health-care plan and about how rural hospitals will close (due to low reimbursement rates)". She's been very clear.

Within hours her campaign was telling CNN that she was 'open to the more moderate health reform plans, which would preserve the industry, being floated by other congressional Democrats'.

'It was in the context of saying, "Let's get rid of all the bureaucracy". And I always just think about my dad in anything that I do from a policy perspective. Taking part in the second night of the debate, Biden said that the fastest way to ensure that all Americans had access to healthcare is "to build on what we did".

Debate moderators asked the same question Thursday of the first 10 Democrats to tangle in Miami.

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