During a recent CNN town hall, the 2020 Democrat hopeful Kamala Harris made a call to “eliminate” all of the private healthcare insurance, expressing her approval of “Medicare for all,” which drew criticism.
As IJR Red reported, the Democrat senator, who announced her run in the 2020 presidential election, was asked by CNN host Jake Tapper about Americans keeping their current coverage under “Medicare for all.”
“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. 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,” Harris added. “Let’s move on.”
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In which Jake asks Kamala Harris whether people would be able to keep their private insurance, if they prefer, under Medicare For All system — and she rejects that. "Let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on." pic.twitter.com/A1AY2TOT4g
— Rebecca Buck (@RebeccaBuck) January 29, 2019
The former Starbucks CEO is among those who are criticizing Harris for her statement on “eliminating” private health care, calling it “not American.”
“That’s not correct. That’s not American,” Howard Schultz said during a CBS News interview. “What’s next? What industry are we going to abolish next? The coffee industry?”
RNC spokesperson Steve Guest also criticized Harris telling Fox News she showed “American voters how radical and out of step she is.”
“Her full embrace of socialized medicine would completely eliminate your private health care plan, even if you like it,” Guest added.
Additionally, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told IJR Harris’ call is part of the “crazy left,” adding, “and it’s unfortunate that more and more Democrats are embracing these radical political positions.”
“[Harris] wants to replace it instead with government-controlled health care, which inevitably results in scarcity and rationing and long wait times,” Cruz said. “That would be a terrible outcome for the American people.”
This isn’t Harris’ only controversial statement she made during the CNN town hall, as she made it “very clear” that she won’t vote for border wall funding “under any circumstances,” even with President Donald Trump’s compromise of protecting DACA recipients, as IJR Red reported.