Harris clarifies private insurance stance: 'No, no' I don't think it should be eliminated

Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' MORE said Friday she doesn't support eliminating private insurance, appearing to backtrack from the position she took in the Democratic debate. 

Asked in an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday if she believed private insurance should be eliminated in the U.S., she said: "No, no. I do not."

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Harris raised her hand Thursday night when the panel was asked by moderator Lester Holt who supported eliminating private insurance in favor of a government-run health care plan.

 

Harris and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Trump Spanish-language ad equates progressives, socialists Biden's tax plan may not add up MORE (I-Vt.) were the only candidates on the stage to raise their hands, but Harris said Friday she misunderstood the question.

"The question was would you give up your private insurance for that option and I said yes," Harris said Friday. 

"You heard it differently than others then," a "Morning Joe" panelist replied. 

"Probably, because that's what I heard," she said.

Harris has waffled on the issue of private insurance for months.

She's a co-sponsor of Sanders’s “Medicare for All” bill, which would make it illegal for private companies to offer plans that cover the same benefits as the government’s.

Sanders’s plan would cover every medically necessary service, including dental, vision and long-term care for people with disabilities. That would leave little room for private insurers to cover anything except cosmetic surgery, Sanders said on MSNBC in April.

Harris has seized on this technicality in the past to argue that Medicare for All wouldn't eliminate private insurance and that "supplemental coverage" would still exist.

"I am supportive of Medicare for all, and under Medicare for all policy, private insurance would certainly exist for supplemental coverage," she said on CBS Friday.

Excluding Harris, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks Overnight Defense: Embattled Pentagon policy nominee withdraws, gets appointment to deputy policy job | Marines, sailor killed in California training accident identified | Governors call for extension of funding for Guard's coronavirus response MORE (D-Mass.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioFear first, education last? MSNBC contributor Maya Wiley departs network to explore New York mayoral run NYPD has arrested at least eight for vandalizing Black Lives Matter memorial MORE, along with Sanders, were the only candidates to say during the Democratic primary debates that they support eliminating private insurance in favor of a government run plan.

This story was last updated at 6:01 p.m.