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 HarrisEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? MORE (Calif.) said Thursday that she thinks her health care plan is “superior” to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill 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 BidenSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' 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 SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) and more moderate candidates like Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession 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.' ”