Kamala Harris to Michael Bennet: Stop Using Republican Talking Points On Health Care

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) accused Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) of using "Republican talking points" when addressing the price Medicare-for-all would be for taxpayers. From night two of the Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN:

JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Thank you, Secretary Castro. Senator Harris, Senator Bennet had suggested that you support banning employer based health insurance. Is that true?



HARRIS: Well first of all, with all due respect to my friend, Michael Bennet, my plan does not offer anything that is illegal. What it does is it separates the employer from healthcare, meaning that where you work will not be a -- where -- the kind of healthcare you get will not be a function of where you work.

I have me met so many Americans who stick to a job that they do not like, where they are not prospering simply because they need the healthcare that that employer provides. It’s time that we separate employers from the kind of healthcare people get and under my plan; we do that as it relates to the insurance and the pharmaceutical companies ….

TAPPER: Thank you, Senator.

HARRIS: Who will not be called in and who will not be taken to task by Senator Biden or Senator Bennet’s plan …

TAPPER: Thank you, Senator.

HARRIS: We will do that.

TAPPER: Senator Bennet, I want to bring you back.

BENNET: Senator Harris is my friend as well, but I have to say if we can’t admit -- if we can’t admit tonight what’s in the plan, which is banning employer based insurance, we’re not going to be able to admit that when Donald Trump is accusing democrats of doing that as well.

We need to be honest about what’s in this plan. It bans employer based insurance and taxes the middle class to the tune of $30 trillion. Do you know how much that is? That is 70 percent of what the government will collect in taxes over the next 10 years.

TAPPER: Thank you, Senator.

BENNET: We don’t need to do that.

(CROSSTALK)

We can have a public option to have universal healthcare in this country.

TAPPER: I do want to bring in Senator Harris because he just suggested you were not being honest.

HARRIS: He -- we cannot keep with the Republican talking points on this. You got to stop. The reality is that - what -- under my Medicare for All plan, yes, employers are not going to be able to dictate the kind of healthcare that their employees get. They will be able to make that decision.

Private insurance companies and private carriers, if they comply by our rules and play by our rules, will be able to offer those employees healthcare coverage under a private Medicare plan or they can have the option of a public Medicare plan. But it is misleading to suggest that employees want what their employer is offering only. They want choice and my plan gives that to them.

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