Harris says her health care plan is 'superior' to Warren's

Harris says her health care plan is 'superior' to Warren's
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Vice President Harris receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine MORE (Calif.) said Thursday that she thinks her health care plan is “superior” to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Tim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat MORE’s (D-Mass.) “Medicare for All” plan.

During an interview on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," Harris said she doesn’t need to point out any of the inconsistencies in Warren’s Medicare for All funding plan because her own health care plan is better anyway.

“I am so convinced that my plan is superior to that plan that I don’t really feel the need to do that,” Harris said. “I am really convinced, and I know that we have done the work on my plan."

"I am not going to take away people’s choice about having a public or a private plan, I am going to give people a transition that allows folks like organized labor to actually renegotiate their contract," she continued.

Warren last week released a plan for how to pay for Medicare for All that would not include any direct tax increases on the middle class. Warren has been under pressure from rivals including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE to explain how she would cover the large cost of her plan. 

Biden’s campaign has been knocking Warren’s estimates ever since she released her payment plan, arguing that it really would result in a middle-class tax increase, and accusing her of lowballing the cost.

Medicare for All has been one of the major dividing lines between progressives such as Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhat the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Business groups prepare for lobbying push against minimum wage Schumer: Senate could pave way for reconciliation on COVID relief next week MORE (I-Vt.) and more moderate candidates like Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Vaccination goals for 2021 Exclusive 'Lucky' excerpt: Vow of Black woman on Supreme Court was Biden turning point MORE

Harris originally supported the Warren and Sanders-style vision of Medicare for All, but has since changed her mind. Her plan instead seeks to move to universal health coverage while retaining a role for private insurance. Private companies would administer Medicare Advantage-type plans funded by the government. 

When asked how her plan differs from Warren’s, Harris talked about choice, and said she will not increase middle-class taxes.

“I’m not taking away people’s private plan options,” Harris said, noting that “I supported Medicare for All at the beginning of the process, and I heard from people. And they said, 'We want choice.' ”