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Kamala Harris reveals a different type of Medicare for All

By Nicholas Sakelaris
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., revealed her Medicare for All plan. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., revealed her Medicare for All plan. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

July 29 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris revealed her Medicare for All plan Monday that she said will fix a broken system while preserving private insurance companies.

The senator from California's plan differs from the other progressive presidential candidates who would eliminate private insurance.

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"We will allow private insurers to offer Medicare plans as part of this system that adhere to strict Medicare requirements on costs and benefits," Harris wrote in a blog posted to Medium. "Medicare will set the rules of the road for these plans, including price and quality and private insurance companies will play by those rules, not the other way around."

The reveal comes as Democrats get ready for the next round of presidential debates on Tuesday and Wednesday. Harris will likely be asked more questions about her health care plan.

In her blog, Harris said she learned firsthand how complicated health care can be when her mother battled colon cancer. She's since talked with seniors, union members, young people, caregivers and parents. She said health care should be a right not a privilege.

"No panicked parent should hold a sick child while worrying about an expensive hospital bill," Harris said. "No senior should have to cut their pill in half just to make ends meet. Right now, the American health care system is a patchwork of plans, providers and costs that have left people frustrated, powerless and insurance companies in charge."

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She said 7 million people lost their insurance coverage during President Donald Trump's presidency and another 21 million risk losing coverage if the Affordable Care Act is overturned in the courts.

"The first thing the next Democratic president must do is end these senseless attacks on Obamacare," Harris said.

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