Where Does Democratic VP Candidate Kamala Harris Really Stand on Healthcare?

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Joe Biden has chosen his running mate for the 2020 Presidential election, and it’s Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif). Harris is a former California attorney general and district attorney, and is a Democratic Senator for California. 

So what is her stance on healthcare and Medicare for All?

In past Democratic debates when Harris was a candidate for President, she and Joe Biden disagreed on healthcare issues. 

Harris was criticized for wavering on Medicare for All during the Presidential debates. At one point in June, she raised her hand as wanting to do away with private insurance altogether, then later backtracked on that stance. 

Harris’s healthcare stance

In general, Harris has been a proponent for a hybrid system, with Medicare available to all but private insurance also an option. Her Medicare for All plan included a 10-year phase-in to Medicare covering everyone, as part of a single-payer system, with private insurers still being able to compete within the system. Funds would be gleaned from capital gains taxes, taxing families making $100,000 or more, and a small tax on Wall Street stock and bond transactions. 

Biden’s healthcare stance

Biden’s plan, on the other hand, is to expand the Affordable Care Act and make it stronger. According to The Washington Post, his plan “would also cap every American’s health-care premiums at 8.5 percent of their income and effectively lower deductibles and co-payments. Biden recently said he also wants to lower the Medicare enrollment age by five years, to 60.” Biden also plans to tackle the problem of sky-high prescription drug prices.

Now that Biden and Harris are running mates, she might have to take a more moderate stance, or they will have to work to compromise on certain issues.

Harris was one of the first Democrats to sign onto Bernie Sanders’ single-payer bill in 2017. Harris has advocated for her bill called the LIFT the Middle Class Act, which would pay middle class families monthly up to $3,000 a year for singles and $6,000 for married couples. 

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