Harris dominated her nine Democratic rivals on Thursday night's debate stage, confronting front-runner Joe Biden on race and calling his remarks about working with segregationist senators hurtful.
Thursday night's debate moment in Miami generated one other curiosity: a third hand that rose slowly after Harris and sanders shot theirs up with authority on the question of whether to "abolish" private plans. "I'd accept tacos in the meantime", Harris's communication director, Chris Harris, tweeted in response to the criticism. Most Americans would have a new insurer - the federal government - and many would find the health insurance stocks in their retirement portfolios much less valuable.
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A free-for-all followed, with multiple candidates trying to weigh in on the issue of which generation should next lead the country.
"Medicare for All - in my vision of Medicare for All, it entails internal most insurance coverage where folks can contain supplemental insurance coverage", she educated NBC's Vaughn Hillyard after the controversy.
However, on Friday, Harris said she misinterpreted the question. A poll released this month by the left-leaning Navigator Research firm found that 47 percent of registered voters would support a Medicare for All program that would provide Medicare to all Americans and eventually eliminate all private insurance, while 73 percent said they would support a Medicare for All program that allowed people to buy into Medicare but would allow people to maintain their private insurance. She clarified she wants a pathway to single-payer, but believes private health insurance should continued to cover people in the interim, which her campaign referred to as "Medicare for more". She's been on a bill for a long time now, Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill, that obviously preserves the options of supplemental private insurance for folks that need it.
While Medicare for All polls well in general, voters have different definitions of the idea and polls show the public is wary of eliminating private insurance.
We asked a question about health care last night that spurred a lot of discussion, as you know. Only two candidates raised their hands: NY mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA.
Campaign spokeswoman Lily Adams said the debate marked the third-largest fundraising day of Harris' campaign. "I think she's been very clear today, as she's been asked about it". We're going to do it again now. For example, vision care, dental care, hearing aids, which now are not covered, ' she said.
At a CNN town hall in January, Harris said she supported Sen. I'm supportive of Medicare for All.
Speaking on the first night of the debate, Warren said that one of the biggest reasons families go broke is because of medical bills, even among those who have health insurance.
'It was in the context of saying, "Let's get rid of all the bureaucracy".
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