Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris vowed to eliminate all private health care insurance if she is elected to the White House in a CNN town hall in Des Moines on Monday night.
Asked if those who like their current health care insurance could keep it under her “Medicare for All” plan, Harris said they could not, but that under her plan they would instead have healthcare without any delays.
“The idea is that everyone gets access to medical care,” Harris said. “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 among us has not had that situation? Where you got to wait for approval, and the doctor says, 'Well I don't know if your insurance company is going to cover this.' Let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on."
Fox News reported that her comments appear to support not merely expanding Medicare, but calling for single-payer health insurance, something that experts say would costs tens of trillions of dollars over a decade.
The town hall was Harris' first public appearance in Iowa since announcing her candidacy last week, and she staked out a set of progressive policy positions, as well as emphasizing the importance of leadership, according to CNN
"It's very important that anyone who presents themselves as a leader, and wants to be a leader, will speak like a leader, and that means speaking with integrity - speaking the truth," Harris said. "And speaking in a way that expresses and indicates some level of interest and concern in people other than one's self."
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