With the next presidential election a little over one year out, candidate hopefuls are already on their stumps, making promises of change for the better. One such individual is Kamala Harris, who is taking up the mantle of former candidate Bernie Sanders and pushing his agenda of “Medicare for All.”
The suggested form of health care that Harris, and formerly Sanders, is proposing is one that promises to extend benefits offered by the Affordable Care Act, put in place by former president Barack Obama. President Trump and his fellow Republicans have more than made their opinion of opposition to the possible legislation.
Harris, D-California, was the first Senator to openly support Sander’s proposed “Medicare For All” when he presented it back in August 2017. In a speech she gave, which was to officially announce her intent to join in the 2020 campaign, Harris emphasized: “health care is a fundamental right.” She went on to promise and vow that she would support her constituency by bringing “Medicare For All.”
What this all boils down to, in a nutshell, is that Harris’ true agenda is the total elimination of private health care for an estimated 150 million Americans. When asked by Jake Tapper, of CNN, if an individual liked their current health care program, would they be able to keep it—she replied that they would not. However, she stated the trade-off was no delays with health care.
Taking all her statements into consideration, Harris a firm supporter of the concept of a solitary single-player concept for health care rather than fixing or even expanding the current Medicare system in place. This is a somewhat dramatic embrace of the exact proposals previous made by Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent out of Vermont.
In an attempt to justify her brazen position on the subject, Harris reiterated that with her plan everyone would essentially have access to medical care. At the same time, individuals wouldn’t have to endure the process of finding an insurance company, getting approved, filling out paperwork, or all the delays that this process may incur.
She reminds us that no one of us hasn’t had to go through the litany of red tape. Situations where your doctor knows you need the procedure, but the care is stalled because the doctor isn’t sure if the individual's insurance will cover it. So then starts the waiting game for approval, when in some cases of the care time is of the essence.
Harris simply states: “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Should we adopt the national policy of “Medicare For All”—private health care for none?