Sen. Kamala Harris energized the “Medicare for all” movement earlier this week by announcing her plans to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The 54-year-old California Democrat has drawn attacks from some other Democrats, based in allegations that she was unfair to people accused of committing crimes when she served as the district attorney for the city and the county of San Francisco, and then as the attorney general for California.
But Harris has sided with the more liberal wing of the Democratic party since Aug. 30, 2017, when she endorsed the “Medicare for all” bill introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent. Sanders’ Medicare for all bill would prohibit the sale of traditional commercial health insurance and eliminate the market for traditional supplemental health insurance products.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., another top candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has also endorsed the Medicare for all concept.
Kaiser Medicare-for-All Polling Data
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released new survey data — based on a sample of 1,190 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, who were interviewed by telephone from Jan. 9 through Jan. 14 — showing that U.S. adult support for “Medicare for all” looks strong, but partly because many voters think that “Medicare for all” means universal health coverage, not the kind of completely government-run, single-payer health system proposed by Sanders.
Kaiser analysts found that 56% of the survey participants said they favor having a “national health plan, sometimes called Medicare-for-all,” and that 71% said they would favor a Medicare-for-all plan that would “guarantee health insurance as a right for all Americans.”
About 67% said they would favor a plan that would “eliminate all health insurance premiums and reduce out-of-pocket health care costs for most Americans.”