Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is takingsome heat for backtracking on her opinion on private healthcare insurance the Democratic debate on Thursday.
As IJR Red noted, Harris has taken a confusing position on the issue in the past, having flip-flopped on whether she’d nix private insurance options after initially getting backlash for the idea. However, during the debate, she backtracked again when the candidates were asked if they would abolish private insurance.
Watch her raise her hand:
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) June 28, 2019
After the debate, she was called out for flipping on the issue once again, yet Harris claimed it was because she did not hear the question correctly and took it to mean that she wanted to give up her own insurance.
Watch Harris’ clarification:
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 28, 2019
After her backtrack, some on social media called Harris out for her confusing position on the issue.
Some weren’t buying her excuse:
Kamala Harris executed a planned, fully choreographed hit on an already vulnerable and doddering Biden. When it got more complex—eliminating private insurance (“oh, I didn’t mean that!”)—she flipped and flopped.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 28, 2019
Kamala has been ALL OVER
CNN town hall: “Lets eliminate all that!”
May: “that’s not what I meant” https://t.co/NVPeszQo8P
Last night: raises hand to end private insurance
Right after: ha ha.. I thought you meant my OWN private health insurance!https://t.co/1eCnfEO4Hz
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 28, 2019
But then she said that only “supplemental insurance” would be available to Americans. Translation: you wouldn’t be able to keep your plan.
The muddle gets worse. https://t.co/ZZtVHBumVP
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) June 28, 2019
Others called her out for her confusing position changes:
Kamala Harris's recurring two-step on private insurance is just strange.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) June 28, 2019
this is the second time she’s flip flopped on this https://t.co/4Kyx9DFTWy
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) June 28, 2019
Some even pointed out that she actually cosponsors a bill eliminating private insurance:
From Sanders' Medicare for All bill (Harris is a co-sponsor):
"Beginning on the effective date … it shall be unlawful for—
(1) a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act"https://t.co/O2Hwrc6mtv pic.twitter.com/PCE7mELwjE
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) June 28, 2019
This isn't, like, the hugest deal in the whole world but…come on. It was not a confusing question – and she's a co-sponsor of the Sanders bill to do exactly this! https://t.co/VDcSGu4IbZ
— Jeffrey Young (@JeffYoung) June 28, 2019
Despite publicly claiming she opposes eliminating private insurance, it is true that Harris is a co-sponsor of fellow presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) “Medicare for All” bill — which would do just that by making private insurance options illegal. It remains to be seen how she’ll answer the question next time.