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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 SandersIn defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris calls nurse on Thanksgiving to express gratitude in fight against COVID-19 Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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 GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' 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 WarrenThomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks MORE (D-Mass.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMacy's will still hold Thanksgiving Day Parade amid pandemic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday New York City to add COVID-19 checkpoints at bridges, crossings MORE were the only ones to raise their hands.