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Kirsten Gillibrand; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan; and author Marianne Williamson.

The proposal offers new clarity on the role of private insurers, which Harris had been muddled about in the past. Kamala Harris on Monday unveiled a plan to push the country towards a government-backed Medicare-for-all healthcare system over the next decade. Additionally, a candidate attacked by name by another candidate will be given 30 seconds to respond, and maybe most importantly a candidate who consistently interrupts will have his or her time reduced.

The plan represents a pivot for Harris, who has previously said she supported Sen.

Aides who have worked with her over the years note that she has methodically prepped for these moments - either on the debate stage or in a US Senate hearing room - by diving into her briefing books, and then working her way down to an outline of each issue as she crafts what she thinks would be the most effective argument.

"Instead of completely replacing private coverage with a government-run, single-payer system based on traditional Medicare", the New York Times reported, "Ms. Harris would allow people to choose plans modeled on Medicare Advantage, which would be run not by the government but by private insurers". Ms. Harris' plan exempts households making below $100,000 and incudes a higher income threshold for families living in high-cost areas, according to CNN.

"To pay for this specific change, I would tax Wall Street stock trades at 0.2%, bond trades at 0.1%, and derivative transactions at 0.002%".

Harris attempts to manage transition worries by providing for a 10-year transition, in contrast to the four-year changeover called for by the Sanders plan.

51% of Democrats say Biden has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump, with 10% for Sanders and 8% each for Harris and Warren.

According to Sanders, the government takeover of the USA health care sector could cost up to $40 trillion over a decade.

The 10-year transition also allows her to hide the true cost of the plan.

RoseAnn DeMoro, a Sanders supporter and former executive director of National Nurses United, called Harris's plan "an insurance market masquerading as a health plan".


Ian Sams, a spokesman for Harris, dismissed Shakir's charges about increased costs under Harris' plan as "so factually inaccurate I don't even know where to begin".

"To get all Americans covered by health insurance, where cost is not a barrier, we need innovative ideas like this", Sebelius said.

She shows a touch of superstition by always making sure there is pizza during debate prep, because that's been her team's tradition throughout all of her campaigns. They aren't going to have any deductibles.

Harris is still in better shape than she was before the debates, but she's now 16 points behind Biden instead of looking like she's on the verge of overtaking him.

Splinter's Libby Watson argued in an analysis of Harris's plan Monday that there "should be no role for profit in the healthcare system, and the level of profit that insurance companies now enjoy-the top insurers raked in more than $7 billion in profits in just one quarter last year-is obscene". In January, in response to a question at a CNN town hall about private insurance, she said she wanted to "eliminate all of that".

Warren is also a proponent of Medicare for All, and said at the last debate that private insurance should essentially be done away with. She has previously appeared to suggest that she supported abolishing private insurance, later clarifying that she doesn't.

"During NBC's debate, where a different drawing formula was used, Warren was the only top five candidate on the first night of debates, while Biden, Buttigieg, Harris and Sanders were all on the second night".

Biden, 76, has acknowledged he was ill-prepared to counter the brickbats against him in the opening debate.

"To their credit, the Sanders campaign has been honest that the only way to enact Medicare for All without substantially raising taxes on the middle class would require "unicorns" and 'magic wands, '" she said.

In their last debate match up, Harris attacked Biden harshly over his past opposition to federally mandated busing.

A total of 20 candidates will participate in the DNC's second debate this week.

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