During a recent softball interview with ABC News' David Muir, Kamala claimed that, no, she does not want to eliminate private healthcare. She even went so far as to falsely claim that she has never opposed private healthcare, despite being on record as wanting to eliminate it.
"And, in fact, that my plan, when I was running, was that we would not eliminate private insurance," Kamala told Muir, adding that, "And Joe and I...," before being cut off by Muir who asked Kamala point-blank:
"Even though you signed on for Medicare for All?" to which Kamala responded with what Zero Hedge describes as "a whiplash-inducing pivot."
"I signed on to that. I signed on to a number of bills that were about great ideas to fix the problem," Kamala is quoted as saying. "I want to fix the problem. And Joe has a plan to fix the problem, and I'm fully supportive of it."
"I ask you this because you have pressure from the Left, you have pressure from the center, you're trying to appeal to Republicans, and so on sort of the evolution on the issues when you talk about health care that you see eye to eye – do you see a day where private insurance would go away as you once proposed?" Muir further asked, to which Kamala responded simply with:
How Kamala can claim that she never opposed private health insurance is mind-boggling in light of the fact that she publicly announced back in 2017 that she would co-sponsor a single-payer healthcare bill proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The underlying intent of Bernie's "Medicare for All" proposal was to abolish private health insurance, it turns out, and everyone who was paying attention at the time is fully aware of this.
There were concerns, as you may recall, about the economic impact of eliminating private healthcare, which employs at least half a million people and currently covers some 250 million Americans – a majority of them. Roughly one trillion dollars in revenue is also created from private health insurance.
Besides Kamala, Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York also signed on to Bernie's "Medicare for All" bill, as did Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren.
"The concept, in broad strokes, appeals to many Democratic voters," The New York Times reported back in 2019.
"But overall support diminishes by a third or more when people are told that the plan would involve eliminating private insurance, raising taxes, or requiring waits to obtain medical care, according to surveys from the Kaiser Family Foundation."
During a debate that took place that same year, Kamala also raised her hand when the question was asked, "Who here would abolish [employer-provided] health insurance in favor of a government-run plan?"
"Kamala Harris wants to end private health insurance, a new Democratic litmus test," NBC News reported immediately following this debate.
In Kamala's own words, the only way for everyone to get access to medical care is to eliminate private insurance, or what she described as having "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. Let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on."
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