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 SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum 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 GillibrandBooker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women 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 WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (D-Mass.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York Post hits de Blasio with front-page 'obituary' for 2020 campaign Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding Uber sues New York City to void 'cruising cap' limit MORE were the only ones to raise their hands.