Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Called for the removal of private health insurance to set up the program "Medicare for All" ("Medicare for All"). Some moderate Democrats, including a Good Medical editorialist, warned the party. against embracing such a platform, especially while campaigning against President Trump.
Harris is one of the biggest advocates for Medicare for all, especially at Capitol Hill, where she co-sponsored a bill with Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. However, after reiterating his support for the program at a CNN public meeting earlier this week, Harris was questioned about those currently benefiting from a health insurance plan through corporations. private.
"So, for people who love their insurance, they can not keep it?", Asked CNN presenter Jake Tapper.
"Well, listen. The idea is that everyone has access to medical care and that you do not have to go through an insurance company, that he gives you his approval, that you go through the paperwork, any delay that may be necessary, "replied Harris. . "Eliminate all that. Let's move on."
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His remarks prompted a response from Good Medical columnist Megan McArdle, who argued that if Harris and other Democrats adopted the Medicare for All program, he could offer Trump a second term.
McArdle cites polls that "Medicare for All" is popular at first glance, but also believes that voters likely to oppose the program feel it if that means higher taxes and the end of private insurance.
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"There is a certain freedom to have Trump as an opponent – he is so hated in many neighborhoods of the electorate that you can offer just about anything and still be fairly certain of those votes. however, not quite certain, "McArdle wrote," If you force the suburbs to choose between having a pretentious imitator at the White House and sacrificing their health insurance coverage … or paying higher taxes … or a lot of other disturbing things that progressives want to do … well, maybe they decide that troglodyte is the lesser of two evils. "
"Democratic politicians like Harris seem to have the courage to take the plunge. The question is how voters in the Democratic primary will bet: on a boring centrist who will never even try to realize the drastic change that so many of them yearn for, or on the panting progressivist who could accidentally deliver them another four years of Donald Trump, she concludes.