Kamala Harris Backs Single-Payer, 'Medicare for All'

Kamala Harris Backs Single-Payer, 'Medicare for All'

Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris using stardom to fundraise for Senate Dems: report Dem senator: Trump disclosed more to the Russians than Americans Calif. Senate candidate "dabs" at debate MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday for signing on to co-sponsor his upcoming bill to replace America's healthcare system with a single-payer Medicare-for-all system.

While defending the current healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, Mr Sanders declared earlier this year that the way forward in the long-term was a "Medicare-for-all" single-payer system - a federally administered programme that would abolish the role of private insurers in basic healthcare coverage.

Harris' revelation is a win for left-leaning activists in two key ways. Let's make healthcare a right, not a privilege.

"I intend to co-sponsor the "Medicare for All" bill because it's just the right thing to do", she announced during a town hall meeting in California.

Harris told reporters afterward, according to video captured by The Sacramento Bee: "All people should have access to affordable health care".

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"It's not just about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense just from a fiscal standpoint", she added. Elizabeth Warren and New York Sen.

"As a concept, I'm completely in support of single pay", she said and added that "we've got to work out the details, and the details matter on that".

Sanders quickly responded to Harris on Twitter, saying "Thank you @KamalaHarris for your support".

Medicare for all, or a universal system, has always been the long-term health care goal for Democrats.

Outside the town hall, some who identified themselves as strong Harris supporters carried signs endorsing a shelved California Senate proposal to create a universal, single-payer system for the state. "But count on Bernie 100% to actually follow through", said RoseAnn DeMoro, the executive director of National Nurses United, the first major union to back Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. "I want to hear an actual articulation of the principles of single payer from these candidates, including that the insurance industry has no role".

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