Published: Tue, July 30, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Kamala Harris reveals a different type of Medicare for All

Kamala Harris reveals a different type of Medicare for All

Sen. Kamala D. Harris announced her version of Medicare-for-all Monday, and in so doing reshaped her stance on one of the more divisive issues of the Democratic presidential primary with a plan that would allow those who want to keep their private coverage to do so, provided those insurers offer plans that adhere to the same regulations as the government-offered Medicare option.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Vermont Sen. Unlike Sanders, who would curtail their participation nearly entirely, Harris would allow corporate plans to offer competing Medicare plans, modeled on the Medicare Advantage plans available for older Americans now.

On Twitter, Shakir said the proposal represents another phase of Harris's "gradual backdown from Medicare for All".

But Harris would still eliminate the majority of private coverage as we know it. Employer-sponsored health care plans, which now cover more than 150 million Americans, would be allowed only if they were certified as Medicare plans.

"The result? A "Bernie Sanders lite" Medicare for All and a refusal to be straight with the American middle class, who would have a large tax increase forced on them with this plan". Bernie Sanders of Vermont - the plan by the California Democrat would not completely eliminate the private insurance now used by hundreds of millions of Americans. In her first CNN town hall appearance, Harris was asked about the bureaucracy and shortcomings of private insurance and said, "Let's do away with all that". She said she'd also tax offshore corporate income the same way domestic corporate income is taxed. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and noted that she likes some of the senator's options for how to pay for his plan, including an income-based premium paid by employers, higher taxes on the wealthy and taxing capital gains at the same rates as ordinary income.

"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".

Sanders said this month that the sweeping overhaul of the USA health system he envisions could cost up to $40 trillion over a decade, and he has said that one option for paying for part of that hefty price would be a 4% tax hike on families making more than $29,000 each year.

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"To pay for this specific change, I would tax Wall Street stock trades", Harris wrote in her plan.

"This new, have-it-every-which-way approach pushes the extremely challenging implementation of the Medicare for All part of this plan 10 years into the future, meaning it would not occur on the watch of even a two-term administration", said Biden's deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield.

Many Americans like the coverage they have.

Harris, an ex-prosecutor who has been criticized for opposing some criminal justice reforms while attorney general of California, rolled out a $60 billion plan for black higher education. She now calls for abolishing it in 10 years.

"To get all Americans covered by health insurance, where cost is not a barrier, we need innovative ideas like this", Sebelius said. Harris has argued that she was a staunch defender of the Affordable Care Act in the face of Republican challenges, and that her plan is simply building on President Barack Obama's plan.

Midway through his career as an electrician, Bob Newton watched as his yearly health care costs went up and anxious if he would be able to cover the copays on his annual doctors' visits. They aren't going to have any deductibles. Harris didn't specify how much revenue would be raised in the scenario she's proposing. And, of course: could it pass Congress? Kamala Harris, who went after Biden during the June debate for not supporting federal busing orders as a means of desegregation when he was in the U.S. Senate in the 1970s, prefacing her comments by saying, "I do not believe you are a racist". She would like to introduce more insurance companies into Medicare. A former academic who has devoted much of her life to strengthening protections for working Americans, Warren has always been an outspoken supporter of unions.

It also tees up a debate with Biden over how to pay for her plan. "Come on, what is this, a fantasy world?"

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