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Kamala Harris Backtracks on Abolishing Private Health Insurance

Kamala Harris Backtracks on Abolishing Private Health Insurance

“said she misunderstood the question and believed it was about whether she, personally, would give up her private plan in favor of Medicare”

https://youtu.be/mTTK8Bt6BCM

During the second Democrat debate on Thursday night, the candidates were asked to raise their hand if their plan for healthcare would eliminate private health insurance in favor of a government-run option. Harris raised her hand.

Now she is claiming that she misheard the question.

Dan Merica reports at CNN:

Kamala Harris says she misinterpreted question on abolishing private insurance

California Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday that she misinterpreted a question about abolishing private health insurance at Thursday night’s 2020 Democratic debate, despite the fact that she raised her hand when asked if she would eliminate it.

NBC’s Lester Holt asked for the 10 candidates on stage to raise their hands if their health care plans would “abolish their private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan?”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Harris were the only two candidates who put their hands up, but Harris said Friday she does not support getting rid of all private insurance.

The California Democrat said she misunderstood the question and believed it was about whether she, personally, would give up her private plan in favor of Medicare.

“So, the question was would you be willing to give up your private insurance,” Harris said on “CBS This Morning.” When a host pointed out that is not how it was asked, Harris said, “That is certainly what I heard.”

“I am supportive of a Medicare for All policy, and under a Medicare for All policy, private insurance would certainly exist for supplemental coverage,” she added on CBS.

Harris later told MSNBC that she does not support abolishing private insurance. “No, I do not,” she said.

“The question was would you give up your private insurance for that option and I said yes,” she noted, continuing with her answer about supplemental care.

This video is cued to begin at the 5:06 mark. Just press play:

This directly contradicts what Harris said on this topic during a CNN town hall event in January.

Philip Klein reported at the Washington Examiner:

Kamala Harris gambles that kicking 177 million people off of their private insurance is good politics

When a few million people stood to lose insurance that they liked under former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, it created one of the biggest political crises of his presidency. Now five years later, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a leading presidential candidate, is openly calling for getting rid of private insurance, which currently covers 177 million people. Have politics changed that drastically in just a half of a decade?

Harris made the comments during a CNN town hall style interview in response to a question from Jake Tapper, who pressed her on what her support for national healthcare, which she describes as “Medicare for all,” would mean for those who had private insurance that they liked.

“Listen, the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care and you don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through all the paperwork, all of the delay that may require,” Harris said. “Who of all us have not had that situation where you have to wait for approval and the doctor says, ‘I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this?'”

She continued, “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”

Here’s the video:

Someone at the Harris campaign must have looked at some very bad polling on this subject.

Featured image via YouTube.

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Comments

2smartforlibs | June 29, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Liberal playbook I’m for it until I’m against it.

She lied with her not “understanding” the question. While her politics are garbage, she isn’t that stupid.

She heard the push back from the Propaganda team and they are all crying over the medical insurance push of these National Socialists. She heard Mahar ripping into the number of idiots riding the clown car and his saying Trump would win against these losers. They were all lock step just like they always are, so she now is wanting to separate from the pack.

If you think for one second these National Socialists have any intention of letting a power grab of the people by gaining control of healthcare under the government, then you are sadly mistaken. Always look for their proposals of what they want to do, think about how it can control the masses, then you begin to understand the true working of their minds. It’s frightening how everything they focus on is to limit our freedom (even the LGBTXYZ brigade they claim to support is only for making them a voting block for their own power. Just like the blacks, they will get nothing but keep marching lock step with the Democrats because they pretend it makes them acceptable.

Her attack against Biden then using it to launch a fund raising campaign with already made T-shirts. She is a nasty and dark minded POS there is noting redeeming about her. She is a nasty, wile, hate filled leftist who only wants to control you cradle to grave.

It did look like she misunderstood. I am no fan of this opportunist, but all the debaters were on a hair trigger and she was particularly distracted with her planned Biden take down (with a lie, no less). Since when did riding an ordinary school bus like we all did be symptomatic of racism?

healthguyfsu | June 29, 2019 at 1:22 pm

Kamala never met a situation she didn’t like to manipulate.

I found her immediate interjection into the race question that was not directed at her insulting and pandersome to the SJWs. Is anyone surprised that she wouldn’t wait until the question came to her, so she could get a hot take moment on camera?

NavyMustang | June 29, 2019 at 1:54 pm

“said she misunderstood the question and believed it was about whether she, personally, would give up her private plan in favor of Medicare”

So, she’s saying she would go on Medicare for All?

Yeah, sure she would.

but Harris said Friday she does not support getting rid of all private insurance.

Well, of course not—not all. Congress will exclude itself from anything it inflicts on the rest of us, as usual. So her insurance will be safe, as well as subsidized.

She wants to keep some health care private…..specifically hers.

LIIIIIIES.

Goodness, just imagine what would happen if she misheard the need to launch a nuclear strike.

Liar. She backsteps like this all the time. There’s an interview Jake Tapper did in May. He asked Harris some questions, she replied, and then he asked her some follow-up questions. Harris backtracked on her answers, and then responded in a different way. This is her MO.

She gave a lewinski to the right pollster, and got advice in kind.

“Listen, the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care and you don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through all the paperwork, all of the delay that may require,”

That is patently retarded. She’s saying that people on Medicare don’t have to get referrals or wait for approval? And that it’s somehow going to be more efficient when the government is suddenly responsible for 180 million more people’s claims?

Pull the other leg.

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