Sanders, Harris only Dem debaters to favor eliminating private health insurance

Sanders, Harris only Dem debaters to favor eliminating private health insurance
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Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change MORE (D-Calif.) were the only candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday to say they would eliminate private health insurance as part of their health care reform plans. 

Asked by NBC moderator Lester Holt who is in favor of eliminating private health insurance in favor of a single-payer, government-run health plan like "Medicare for All," Sanders and Harris raised their hands. 

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We will “tell insurance companies and the drug companies their day is gone, that health care is a human right, not something to make huge profits off of,” Sanders said. 

Harris and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (D-N.Y.) are both co-sponsors of Sanders’s Medicare for All bill in the Senate, but Gillibrand did not raise her hand. 

Gillibrand said the quickest way to get to universal health care, where all Americans have insurance, is to let people “buy in” to the Medicare program. 

“I believe we need to get to universal health care as a right, not a privilege, to single payer. The quickest way you get there is you create competition with the insurers,” she said. 

Holt asked the same question of the Democratic presidential candidates who participated in Tuesday’s debate. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country The American disease and death bowls MORE (D-Mass.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Thousands take to New York streets in solidarity after anti-Semitic attacks MORE were the only ones to raise their hands.