Kamala Harris announces Medicare-for-all plan that doesn't eliminate private insurers

Kamala Harris announces Medicare-for-all plan that doesn't eliminate private insurers

Sarah Kliff of The New York Times said the Harris plan has parallels in other wealthy, industrialized nations. She said health care should be a right not a privilege.

Forceful single-payer advocates such as Sen. This preserves the options that seniors have today and expands options to all Americans, while also telling insurance companies they don't run the show.

"The Harris plan is a carefully designed transition to Medicare for All", said health care expert Topher Spiro. Kamala Harris' (D-Calif.) Medicare for all plan. In Iowa, multiple voters asked Harris about the jobs that would be lost in the private insurance sector should Medicare-for-all mandate public coverage.

The measure would also allow people to purchase supplemental insurance to cover care that isn't publicly reimbursed, as long as commercial plans meet the care standards of the government plan. The plan also would allay concerns about the loss of jobs in private insurance, which could continue to exist. "Under my plan, no one will lose access to insurance during a transition". Bernie Sanders's bill now in Congress would grant everyone coverage from the federal government and abolish private insurance (Medicare for All).

"Essentially, we would allow private insurance to offer a plan in the Medicare system, but they will be subject to strict requirements to ensure it lowers costs and expands services", she wrote in the Medium post. It says in effect: "We have a mandate to get everyone affordable health care and put people over profits - but we don't need to tear down the things people have and they like in order to do it". All newborns and uninsured Americans would be enrolled immediately.

"No panicked parent should hold a sick child while worrying about an expensive hospital bill", Harris said. After a 10-year transition period (more on that below), employers could still offer insurance, according to her campaign. Sanders would increasetaxes on the middle class through a 4% income premium on families earning $29,000 and higher.

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Kamala Harris released her proposal for 'Medicare for All' on Monday, which details a comprehensive 10-year healthcare reformation, subsidizing households making under $100,000 and taxing corporations to pay for this undertaking. "That's why I propose that we exempt households making below $100,000, along with a higher income threshold for middle-class families living in high-cost areas".

After a ten-year transition, "every American will be a part of this new Medicare system. Health care is personal to people and we should make sure we get it right". For instance, support rises to three quarters if respondents hear that a public option would provide more choice on the Obamacare exchanges or that it would help drive down costs because private insurers would have to compete. She did not say whether patients would have to pay any cost sharing or premiums.

Harris has consistently struggled to describe how she would handle private health insurance.

"I look at this issue through a fairly simple prism: each night, millions of Americans wake up at 3 o'clock in the morning anxious about some aspect of their health care", Harris continued on Medium. Harris later said she misheard the question, and thought she was answering the question of whether she would give up her own private insurance in favor of Medicare-for-all. Instead, she drew criticism from rivals across the political spectrum. "There is perhaps no more complicated or more personal issue for Americans than health care".

In a split with Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All's chief architect and a fellow White House hopeful, Harris said she envisions a role for private insurers as long as they follow the government's rules. 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. Among the unanswered questions in Harris' plan: How much will the plan ultimately cost, and will those tax hikes cover it?