Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., offered a full-throated endorsement of a “Medicare for all” healthcare plan and called for the elimination of all private health insurance in the U.S.
“We need to have Medicare for all,” Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, said in response to a question on whether she would cut private insurers out of the American healthcare system at a CNN town hall in Iowa Monday night.
When pressed by CNN’s Jake Tapper on if those people who enjoy their insurance could keep it, Harris said that it was time to “eliminate” all private health insurance.
“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 all the paperwork, all of the delay that may require,” Harris said. “Who of all us have not had that situation where you have to wait for approval and the doctor says, ‘I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this.'”
“Let’s eliminate all of that,” she added. “Let’s move on.”
Harris is a co-signer of the Medicare for All Act authored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is likely to jump in the presidential race in the coming weeks or months.