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

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Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (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. 

{mosads}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 Gillibrand (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 Warren (D-Mass.) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were the only ones to raise their hands. 

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