When pressed on Sunday by CNN’s Jake Tapper about her clear-cut assertion back in January that all private insurance should be eliminated, Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris tried repeatedly to spin, spin, spin, but instead wound up running in circles like a hamster.
The discussion on CNN’s “State of the Union” began with Tapper recalling the exact words that Harris had uttered out of her mouth during a CNN-hosted town hall event four months ago.
“You said on stage with me in January that when it comes to private insurance, ‘Let’s eliminate all all of that. Let’s move on,'” he said, only to hear Harris say “yes” … in agreement?
“Now you later said, ‘We don’t need to get rid of all private insurance.’ So which is it exactly?” he added.
And that’s when the spinning began.
“I support ‘Medicare for All,’ but I really do need to clear up what happened on that stage,” she said. “It was in the context of saying let’s get rid of all the bureaucracy.”
When asked specifically during the CNN town hall whether she supported a bill proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders that would eliminate all private insurance, she seemed to suggest she did.
“Well, listen, the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care. And you don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require,” she said.
“Who among us has not had that situation? Where you got to wait for approval, and the doctor says, ‘Well I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this.’”
“Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on,” she added.
Less than 24 hours after the town hall, she tried to backtrack by issuing a statement to CNN through one of her advisers claiming that she was also open to “moderate health reform plans,” as CNN put it, that would allow the private healthcare marketplace to still remain.
Dovetailing back to the discussion Sunday, Tapper replied by asking, “Oh, not the insurance companies?”
“No, that’s not what I meant, I know it was interpreted that way. What I mean was let’s get rid of the bureaucracy,” Harris tried spinning yet again.
“But the bill gets rid of insurance,” Tapper rightly noted.
There’s no way to spin that. Even The New York Times has admitted as much.
“At the heart of the ‘Medicare for all’ proposals championed by Senator Bernie Sanders and many Democrats is a revolutionary idea: Abolish private health insurance,” the outlet reported in March. “Proponents want to sweep away our complex, confusing, profit-driven mess of a health care system and start fresh with a single government-run insurer that would cover everyone.”
Yet stunningly enough, Harris even tried to spin this.
“No, no. It does not get rid of insurance, it does not get rid of insurance,” she maintained, adding that Sanders’ bill would still keep so-called “supplemental insurance.”
“Right, for, cosmetic surgery, but for all …,” Tapper tried replying.
“So it doesn’t get rid of all insurance!” Harris interjected.
“Okay it doesn’t get rid of all insurance, but for all essential health care benefits,” the CNN host added, the point being that Sanders’ “Medicare for All” would nevertheless get rid of all other insurance.
“But why. Ask the question why. The answer to that question is because Medicare for all, and the vision of what it will be includes an expansion of coverage,” the 2020 contender replied.
And there it was. First she nodded “yes” in seeming agreement when Tapper restated her own words verbatim. Then she denied being in support of eliminating all private insurance. And finally, after being pressed repeatedly, she issued an argument (the one above) in defense of eliminating private insurance.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is basically her in action — metaphorically speaking:
The discussion continued with Tapper pointing out that union members aren’t too keen on giving up the lavish healthcare insurance plans they’ve negotiated with their employers.
In response, Harris spun yet another web.
“I completely agree with those members of organized labor who have negotiated for plans and have, in those negotiation processes, often given up what could have been higher wages in exchange for a higher coverage for healthcare. We have to address that,” she said.
Last but not least, the CNN host noted that the latest iteration of Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan calls for extending taxpayer-funded healthcare to illegal aliens.
When asked if she supports granting illegals free healthcare, Harris spun her final web by not answering the question and instead spitting rhetoric about everybody deserving healthcare.
“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,” she said.
Ladies and gentlemen, this too is basically her in action:
All she did throughout the interview was run in circles and spin, spin, spin. Not once during the discussion did she provide any candid response. It was all political speak.
This, incidentally, is one of the reasons why President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, despite being expected by everybody to lose. Throughout his campaign and ever since, he’s spoken candidly on every issue, from illegal immigration to “Medicare for All.”
Case in point: When Sanders first unveiled his radical plan, the president bluntly blasted it as a “curse.”
Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single payer healthcare plan – a curse on the U.S. & its people…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
…I told Republicans to approve healthcare fast or this would happen. But don’t worry, I will veto because I love our country & its people.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
Like or love him, at least he doesn’t run in circles and spin, spin, spin.
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