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Kamala Backpedals On Private Health Insurance

Kamala Harris was a little TOO honest about her plans for nationalizing health care… and now she’s in damage control mode.

Where Obama famously lied with his line ‘if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor’ and if you like your plan you can keep it, Kamala reached even further saying she would dispose of health plans altogether.

That IS, after all, what the left really means when they talk about single-payer, right? So what’s the big deal with being bluntly honest about what your big agenda is?

Well, suddenly Socialism is looking less like a friendly helping hand from the government and more like centralized control and Soviet bread lines.

Even CNN was reporting the screw-up, albeit in more friendly terms:

By stating she would eliminate private insurers as a necessary part of implementing “Medicare-for-all,” California Sen. Kamala Harris during a CNN town hall Monday night sent a shockwave through the national health care debate.

Harris’ comments underscored the extent to which a move to single payer would radically overhaul the current system and, in frankly addressing one of the transition’s most politically difficult steps, stepped directly into her critics’ crosshairs.

Republicans attacked Harris within minutes of her remarks, tweeting that she “says she wants to eliminate private insurance even if you like your plan.” By Tuesday morning, former Starbucks boss Howard Schultz was piling on and fellow billionaire potential presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, was dismissing the entire plan as a fiscally ruinous pipe dream.
As the furor grew, a Harris adviser on Tuesday signaled that the candidate would also be open to the more moderate health reform plans, which would preserve the industry, being floated by other congressional Democrats. It represents a compromise position that risks angering “Medicare-for-all” proponents, who view eliminating private health insurance as key to enacting their comprehensive reform.
Source: CNN

With Venezuela blazing as a shining beacon about all the perils inherent in the Socialist Solutions, she’s doubling down anyway.

Both the adviser and Harris national press secretary Ian Sams said her willingness to consider alternate routes to a single payer system should not cast doubt on her commitment to the policy.

“Medicare-for-all is the plan that she believes will solve the problem and get all Americans covered. Period,” Sams told CNN. “She has co-sponsored other pieces of legislation that she sees as a path to getting us there, but this is the plan she is running on.”
Source: CNN

Even friendlies on the Left — like Dick Durbin, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and Bloomberg have shot it down.

Nevertheless, against all sound reason, she persisted… she’s just willing to get there by whatever means is palatable to the public — so long as she gets there eventually.

“I believe the solution — and I actually feel very strongly about this — is that we need to have Medicare-for-all,” she said. “That’s just the bottom line.”
Harris then spoke about her mother and the benefits of Medicare, a point she has made repeatedly and wrote about in a New York Times op-ed, and called the current order “inhumane” for making “people go through a system where they cannot literally receive the benefit of what medical science can offer because some insurance company has decided it doesn’t meet their bottom line in terms of their profit motivation.”

When pressed by town hall host Jake Tapper over whether she would be willing to eliminate private health insurance as part of creating that new single payer system, Harris stood firm.

“Who of us has not had that situation, where you’ve got to wait for approval (for medical care) and the doctor says, well, I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this?,” Harris said. “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”

Well, if nothing else, at least we can thank her for being up-front about her agenda to nationalize America. Most leftists — even those who agree with here — are reluctant to say the quiet part out loud.

For the record — Cuba and Venezuela have ‘free’ health care. What does the vaunted ‘free’ Cuban health care look like? It is ‘free’ but free still costs something. In this case, the forfeiture of all Cuban industry to pay for it. Here’s one observer’s description of what using their system looks like:

To end, I will just say that nurses need to ask patients (who bring their own) to lend them their thermometer or  blood pressure cuff to take everyone else’s temperature and blood pressure because they don’t have any at the hospital to do this. Next to my mother, there was an 88-year-old woman with ischemia, who needed a special need for a drip and my father had to go out on the street to get her one.

On the other hand, my wife has gallstones which torment her with pain, but it’s still not a life or death urgency so she still hasn’t been operated. She has to look after our small daughter like this. She received the diagnosis in November and she was only put on the surgeon’s operations list in January. It’s been five months now and she still isn’t anywhere near being operated. Her complementary tests have expired and she needs to do them again. When she did them, there weren’t any needles so I had to go out and find them outside. I have no words. Source: Havana Times

HEY BERNIE FANS: Venezuela’s Socialized Medicine Threatens Life of Baby Boy

Have you seen the heart-rending stories where cancer treatment is being sold on the black market, and Venezuelans? Have you seen the BBC footage of their hospitals? If someone comes with a cardiac arrest, they die. We have nothing to treat them. Even their defibrillators do not work. Their supplies drawers are not low… they are legitimately empty. Everything is gone.  — read more here.

Maybe you dismiss that as ‘third world’ problems, and not problems with the Socialist Health care. Here’s the UK:

The problem with government health care is how very quickly it stops being about CARE and starts being about CONTROL.

That dirty little secret the left won’t talk about is a quote from one of our stories on the Tragic bureaucratic failures that lead directly to the needless death of Alfie Evans.

In case you don’t think it can happen here… it could. All too easily.

If you’re having trouble imagining that possibility, just take the failures that have plagued the VA since forever… and replicate them at a national level.

You could look up the Fraser Institute’s latest study on wait times in Canada. Or you could just watch this Canadian doctor drop tell Bernie Sanders the ‘Inconvenient Truth’ on his radio show:

That’s one helluva truthbomb!

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Wes Walker

Wes Walker is the author of "Blueprint For a Government that Doesn't Suck". He has been lighting up since its inception in July of 2012. Follow on twitter: @Republicanuck