Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) said Friday that the elimination of private health insurance is an "urgent goal".
In the podcast "Lovett or Leave It," Gillibrand was asked if the removal of private insurance should be a goal – even urgent – of the Democratic Party.
"One of the most recent debates we've had recently is what happens to private insurance, should the removal of private insurance, as we know it, be a democratic goal? that this is an urgent goal? " asked podcast host Jon Lovett, former speechwriter for Presidents Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
"Oh yes, it's a goal, an urgent goal," replied Gillibrand. "But let me explain. I launched "Medicare for All" in 2006 in my two-to-one Republican District in upstate New York. And because I heard this message, it's because I listened first. "What are you worried about, what are you worried about," and they massively replied, "I am worried about access to health care."
Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), One of Gillibrand's many opponents in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidency, called last month for the elimination of private health insurance plans. While talking about his support for "Medicare for all", Harris revealed that his plan would eliminate the private insurance market.
"Well, listen, the idea is that everyone has access to medical care, and you will not have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, getting them approved, going through the paperwork Which of us has not had this situation where you have to wait for approval, and the doctor says, "Well, I do not know if your insurance company will cover that." Let's eliminate all that, let's move on, "said Harris.
This debate divided democrats on the question of whether "Medicare for all" requires the elimination of the private insurance sector.