Democratic presidential primary candidate and Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper that she would be “opposed to any policy” that would deny health care under Medicare-for-All to any resident, legally here or not.
While giving a Sunday interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Harris — one of the 21 Democrats vying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election — was pressed about her support a Medicare-for-All proposal that would extend coverage to “any resident,” including illegal immigrants in the U.S. Medicare-for-All is a program championed by her primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Harris responded by saying that she was “opposed to any policy” that would prevent a person in the U.S. — here legally or not — from using taxpayer-funded public health care.
“Let me just be very clear about this: I am opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access to public safety, public education, or public health. Period.”
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Harris’s comments expand on her previous backing of Sanders’s Medicare-for-All proposal.
As IJR Blue previously reported, Harris declared her full backing of Medicare-for-All, saying that health care was a “right,” not a “privilege.”
“What we know is that to live in a civil society, to be true to the ideals and the spirit of who we say we are as a country, we have to appreciate and understand that access to health care is a — should not be thought of as a privilege. It should be understood to be a right.”
After Harris announced her backing of the plan, Dr. Marc Siegel spoke out against the proposal, slamming it as a plan that could take “a wrecking ball to private insurance” and stating that access to care would be worse under Medicare-for-All, as IJR Red noted.