U.S. Democrat Harris clarifies: she won't ban private health insurance


"The question was, would you give up your private insurance for that [public] option, and I said yes, ' she told 'Morning Joe" hosts on MSNBC.

Harris agreed that is what she heard, and added, "I am supportive of a Medicare for All policy, and under a Medicare for All policy, private insurance would certainly exist for supplemental coverage".

But it's not the first time that Harris has been forced to clarify - and walk back - a comment on supporting Medicare-for-all.

She went on to clarify that she's a proponent of Medicare-for-all, but that private insurance can supplement that coverage.

Ian Sams, a spokesman for Harris's campaign, told CQ Roll Call that Harris had always supported the plan laid out in the Senate bill.

"Let us all be very clear about this".

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'. Warren conceded that there are "political reasons" for not supporting government health care, but she didn't say what they are.

At a CNN town hall in January, Harris said she supported Sen.

"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 the paperwork, all of the delay that may require - who of us has not had that situation where you've gotta wait for approval?"

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?" Cory Booker (N.J.), former housing secretary Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) and Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), along with de Blasio, Delaney, Klobuchar and Warren.

"I'm in support of Medicare for all".

Traveling in Asia for a G20 summit, Trump knocked the Democratic presidential hopefuls on Thursday for pledging to cover healthcare for immigrants who live in the United States after coming to the country illegally.

It was one of several moments that left the 76-year-old Biden, who entered the night as his party's fragile front-runner, on the defensive as he worked to convince voters across America that he's still in touch with the Democratic Party of 2020 - and best-positioned to deny President Donald Trump a second term.

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