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Kamala Harris Unveils ‘Medicare for All’ Plan That Preserves Private Insurance

Kamala Harris Unveils ‘Medicare for All’ Plan That Preserves Private Insurance”

Kamala Harris released her Medicare for all plan Monday ahead of the second round of Democratic debates scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sanders' plan calls for a transition period of four years.

A deputy campaign manager for Vice President Joe Biden's campaign on Monday criticized Harris' approach to Medicare for All, citing the fact that she wavered on key issues and her refusal to admit that taxes would likely have to rise for the middle class. After that, employers could participate in the government-run Medicare plan or offer their workers a private plan certified by Medicare.

"Right now, the American health care system is a patchwork of plans, providers and costs that have left people frustrated, powerless and insurance companies in charge", Ms Harris said in the post. I find the people who say they are for Medicare for All but are not going to tax the middle class because you don't need to do that?- come on.

As soon as the plan is passed, anyone who wants it would be able to buy in to Medicare, a similar setup to the immediate buy-in Sanders outlines. 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.

Later, at the first Democratic debates last month, Harris and Sanders were the only candidates to raise their hands when asked whether they would abolish private insurance.

Harris also spotlighted that her plan allows private insurers to offer Medicare plans "that adhere to strict Medicare requirements" as part of the system she's proposing. Though Harris said she wants her version to clear certain "benchmarks", she did not immediately identify what those benchmarks would be. "If not, they have to get out". His bill proposes a four-year transition, while the leading House single-payer bill would make the change in just two years. During this transition, we will automatically enroll newborns and the uninsured into this new and improved Medicare system, give all doctors time to get into the system, and provide a commonsense path for employers, employees, the underinsured, and others on federally-designated programs, such as Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act exchanges, to transition.

During the transition, employers could continue to offer private coverage to employees, but could also shift to paying for a Medicare plan. Harris's plan would put all Americans into Medicare over a 10-year transition period while allowing the participation of private insurance plans under a set of rules. "You have to find $30 to $40 trillion somewhere". She referred to Harris' plan as a "Bernie Sanders-lite Medicare for All". The proposal, like Sanders', would allow the government to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies in order to curb rising medication costs.

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Mr. Sanders said their function is not to present excellent care, but "to deny promises when they can" and "to make as significantly revenue as they possibly can".

"I think these are good options, especially making the top 1% and corporations pay their fair share through a more progressive income, payroll, and estate tax", Harris wrote.

"To their credit, the Sanders campaign has been honest that the only way to enact Medicare for All without substantially raising taxes on the middle class would require "unicorns" and 'magic wands, '" she said.

To pay for this specific commitment, she would impose a new Wall Street trade tax - taxing stock trades at 0.2%, bond trades at 0.1%, and derivative transactions at 0.002% - and end foreign tax shelters by taxing offshore corporate income at the same rate as domestic corporate income. She believes this would bring in more than $2 trillion over 10 years.

The chief difference between the Sanders and Harris plans is which taxpayers will foot the bill. Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) she co-sponsored in the U.S. Senate. "Folding to the interests of the health insurance industry is both bad policy and bad politics".

Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a pro-single-payer group, said that he was "heartened" that more Democrats were moving to favor a plan that would achieve universal coverage, but that the Harris plan "leaves a lot to be desired". "Americans can then choose whether to stay in the public Medicare plan or opt-into a private Medicare plan".

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