Harris faces attacks from Biden, Bennet and Gabbard on health plan

Harris faces attacks from Biden, Bennet and Gabbard on health plan
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisStates respond with force amid another night of protests Protesters knock down White House security barricades as tensions mount over Floyd's death The Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil MORE (D-Calif.) took flak over her health care plan from former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points Biden: 'We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us' MORE as well as Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWarren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in Senate Democrat introduces bill to protect food supply Congress headed toward unemployment showdown MORE (D-Colo.) during the second Democratic presidential debate Wednesday.

Harris's plan calls for a transition to expand coverage into "Medicare for All" over 10 years by keeping a limited role for private insurance, similar to current Medicare Advantage plans. Her plan has been slammed by moderates like Biden and Bennet, as well as supporters of Medicare for All.

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Gabbard took a swipe at Harris, who said her plan was endorsed by former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebeilus, who helped the Affordable Care Act become law under former President Obama.

Gabbard said that Sebelius works for a Medicare Advantage company and accused Harris of having insurance companies write her plan.

"If we’re seeking to reform our health system, we need to shut off Big Insurance and Big Pharma," Gabbard said. 

Bennet also attacked Harris over her plan’s phasing out of private insurance, saying it would ban an entire industry.

Harris kept her attacks focused on Biden, who has been the mot vocal critic of her plan since it was released Monday. 

Biden focused on the costs and repeatedly said his health plan would cost far less than the Medicare for All supported by Harris. 

"My plan costs $750 billion, not $30 trillion," Biden said.