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Kamala Harris Clashes with Bernie Sanders Over ‘Medicare for all’

Sen Kamala Harris, D-California was one of the original cosponsors of Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” bill. Medicare for All would take away all private insurance from Americans who have it and force them to accept a government-run healthcare system, much as it exists in Great Britain and Canada. Now, as the Daily Beast reports, Harris is having second thoughts.

“At a fundraiser in the Hamptons this weekend, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) told wealthy donors she has ‘not been comfortable’ with the Medicare-for-All proposal pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of her leading rivals in the primary.

“’I think almost every member of the United States Senate who’s running for president and many others, have signed on to a variety of plans in the Senate. And I have done the same,’ Harris said, according to remarks provided by her campaign. ‘[A]ll of them are good ideas, which is why I support them. And I support Medicare for All. But as you may have noticed, over the course of the many months, I’ve not been comfortable with Bernie’s plan, the Medicare for all plan.’”

Harris’ campaign claims that her sudden discomfort is not a matter of political calculation. She is starting to have some reservations about how the concept might work, or not according to one’s point of view. Of course, as the Daily Beast story suggests, Harris is hearing about Medicare for All from real, informed voters, such as the 91-year-old lady who demanded that she stop trying to mess with her healthcare. Since she is now running for president, she has been starting to wonder whether or not the idea of government-run health care is a political loser, especially in the general election. Harris now endorses a private option for healthcare, albeit one that is heavily regulated by the government.

Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, is not pleased. He took to Twitter, the great social media platform for the great and small to express their displeasure and let Harris have it.

“I don’t go to the Hamptons to raise money from billionaires. If I ever visited there, I would tell them the same thing I have said for the last 30 years: We must pass a Medicare for All system to guarantee affordable health care for all, not just for those who can afford it.”

It should be noted that despite Sanders’ barb about going to the Hamptons to raise money from billionaires, most of the other Democrats are headed to that playground of the rich with hat in hand. Besides Sanders, only Sen. Elizabeth Warren. D-Mass is making a show of snubbing the wealthy. Warren’s reliance on small donors is, so far, paying off, netting her about $19 million for the second quarter.

Harris, as noted for her visit to the Hamptons, is courting the big money people. She was even obliged to say that she “believes in capitalism,” a statement that surely counts as heresy for the out and proud “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders.

Harris, as it turns out, is not the only candidate who is having second thoughts about Medicare for All. The Washington Post notes that several others, mainly second-tier candidates, are also backing away from a total government takeover of healthcare.

“The Democratic senator from California is hardly alone. The idea of Medicare-for-all — a unified government health program that would take over the basic function of private insurance — became a liberal litmus test at the outset of the presidential campaign, distinguishing Democratic contenders who cast themselves as bold visionaries from more moderate pragmatists.

But in recent months, amid polling that shows concern among voters about ending private insurance, several of the Democratic hopefuls have shifted their positions or their tone, moderating full-throated endorsement of Medicare-for-all and adopting ideas for allowing private insurance in some form.”

The disquiet comes from the fact that right now Democrats poll better on healthcare than Republicans. The reason, most analysts suggest, is that the GOP has not articulated a coherent, free-market vision that provides healthcare to as many people as possible. Obamacare may have been a disaster, but it counts as something with what one cannot fight with nothing.

Medicare for All might prove to be an electoral loser, according to the Post’s analysis. The Republicans can paint it as an attempt by Democrats to take away peoples’ private health insurance which, media spin aside, most Americans are happy with. Harris has made this calculation and is back peddling. Sanders is sticking with his principles and is going full bore socialist. Which approach will prevail has yet to be seen.

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  30. Harris will say absolutely ANYTHING to get elected. She is a liar. Will NEVER be president as she can’t be trusted for a second.

  31. Who care what Harris and Bernie thinks or wants ! Trump is easily going to win the election a total waste of time and money for all Democrats plain .

  32. Obviously Kamala Harris will SAY or DO anything for power….just ask SF Mayor Willie Brown…..Kamala still needs to be held accountable for her ancestors owning of black SLAVES..

  33. American people dont want a whore and a liar for our President we had the lying muslim obama for 8 years so we dont need this bitch.

  34. WE DO NOT WANT MEDICARE FOR ALL. She should be on Medicare without any backup (secondary) as many are.
    She actually should have her salary cut and there are many Democrats that should have their salary cut. If they had to live like most of us, many “cuts” would not be presented. It is our right to pick our Doctor and to be able to see that Doctor asap
    not have to wait until the government ok’s it. This is stupid and unfair. The ones that work and have paid into Medicare
    certainly do not deserve this. Social Security should be refunded. How can anyone think they can use money we put in for a certain thing and then they pull it out and put an IOU in. UNFAIR and plain showing the older folks they do not mean a thing to them.

  35. Surrrrre…Like Kamala OR Bernie are going to wait in line to see a doctor? 26 weeks waiting for surgery? NOT.

  36. nothing but a lying whore she is

  37. No matter how you try to word it, it’s FLIP FLOPPING. There’s a lot of that going on! One day she’s for something and the next day, she’s not.

  38. Kamala harris got her clock cleaned a few days ago visiting a nursing home.
    One woman told her to keep her hands off her health insurance.
    She will flip any way to get a vote.
    She is my least favorite running, I would trust Bill DeBalzo NY Mayor more than I would trust Harris.

  39. Kamala harris got her clock cleaned a few days ago visiting a nursing home.
    One woman told her to keep her hands off her health insurance.
    She will flip any way to get a vote.
    She is my least favorite running, I would trust Bill DeBalzo NY Mayor more than I would trust Harriw.

  40. Medicare for all is (what I hope) to be the “unraveling” of the Left Wing Socialist agenda run by the Democrats. It is a HORRIBLY bad idea, as ALL Socialist ideas are (ESPECIALLY Socialized medicine) and it NEEDS TO BE STOPPED (look at San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Baltimore, etc.). America is NOT a Socialist nation (it is NOT spelled with a “K”) and this is NOT as our God Fearing Forefathers envisioned. Healthcare is NOT a right but a state of being by which everyone must take this responsibility for themselves for their OWN health. It is NOT my responsibility to keep you healthy. It is too expensive and IT DOESN’T work. This is why other Socialist run nations run to the U.S. for medical help . . . Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  41. Isn’t she “JUST” presidential material!!!

  42. HEY camel A, WHY DON’T YOU FLIP YOURSELF OFF A LARGE CLIFF? DO EVERYONE A FAVOR! We are SICK of STUPIDITY and IGNORANCE!

  43. Kamilla Harris hates Christians, especially Catholics. Want proof? Check the papers of Kavenaugh hearings.

  44. Kamala Harris is like a chameleon, she changes with her surroundings. Just look at the state of California, it is a great example of the type of life she wants to provide to everyone in this country. I grew up and graduated in San Francisco which was a great city to grow up in. Now I am 64 and disgusted that the Democrats have ruined not only San Francisco but the entire state from Los Angeles to Sacramento and it is still spreading.

  45. She is NOT even eligible to be POTUS since she is NOT a Natural Born Citizen as both her parents were NOT US Citizens at the time of her birth according to our US Constitution, Article 1, Section 2

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