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 Devi HarrisJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' film will be honored with congressional gold medals MORE (Calif.) said Thursday that she thinks her health care plan is “superior” to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race 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.

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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 BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete 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.

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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.' ”