Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE said Friday she doesn’t support eliminating private insurance, appearing to backtrack from the position she took in the Democratic debate.
Asked in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday if she believed private insurance should be eliminated in the U.S., she said: “No, no. I do not.”
Harris raised her hand Thursday night when the panel was asked by moderator Lester Holt who supported eliminating private insurance in favor of a government-run health care plan.
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Harris and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) were the only candidates on the stage to raise their hands, but Harris said Friday she misunderstood the question.
“The question was would you give up your private insurance for that option and I said yes,” Harris said Friday.
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“You heard it differently than others then,” a “Morning Joe” panelist replied.
“Probably, because that’s what I heard,” she said.
Harris has waffled on the issue of private insurance for months.
She’s a co-sponsor of Sanders’s “Medicare for All” bill, which would make it illegal for private companies to offer plans that cover the same benefits as the government’s.
Sanders’s plan would cover every medically necessary service, including dental, vision and long-term care for people with disabilities. That would leave little room for private insurers to cover anything except cosmetic surgery, Sanders said on MSNBC in April.
Harris has seized on this technicality in the past to argue that Medicare for All wouldn’t eliminate private insurance and that “supplemental coverage” would still exist.
“I am supportive of Medicare for all, and under Medicare for all policy, private insurance would certainly exist for supplemental coverage,” she said on CBS Friday.
Excluding Harris, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE, along with Sanders, were the only candidates to say during the Democratic primary debates that they support eliminating private insurance in favor of a government run plan.
This story was last updated at 6:01 p.m.