"The good news is that before running for the presidency in 2016, this idea was considered a crazy and crazy idea," Sanders told Wolf Blitzer Monday at a CNN town hall. "Today, a significant majority of the population supports this concept."
But at CNN's town hall on Monday night, Sanders made it clear that he had no plans to protect his position. Here is the key exchange between Sanders and Blitzer:
BLITZER: Senator, let's talk about Medicare for All, because about half of Americans, as you know, are insured by their employer plans. According to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of people with private health insurance plans, like their plans. They think their plans are good.
Will these people be able to keep their health insurance plan, their private plan …?
BLITZER: … by their employers, if there is a Medicare for All program that you approve?
SANDERS: What are they going to do – what will change in their plans, that is the color of their map. So, instead of having a Blue Cross Blue Shield card, instead of having a UnitedHealth Insurance card, they will have a Medicare card. This health insurance card will allow them, Wolf, to go to the doctor of their choice. If they go to the doctor, they are happy. No matter which hospital they want.
But what else do you know? They will not pay any private insurance premium. If they are older, we will expand Medicare benefits to cover dental care, which is not the case for the elderly, hearing aids and eyewear. There will be comprehensive health care. People can go to the doctor, dentist or hospital of their choice.
BLITZER: So, if they like their health insurance plan, they will not be able to keep their health insurance plan?
SANDERS: Wolf, no one – this case to love your health insurance plan, as employers change every year – people like their doctors. They like hospitals. They love the care that they receive. Our bill, in fact, right now, if you follow a particular program, you may not be able to see the doctor you want. Our program will allow you the freedom of choice.
The question now to all race participants who do not call Sanders is: how do they react? Signing as a cosponsor of the Senate a bill that will never see the light of day – the Republican majority does not raise it – is very different from running for president to support a program that would get rid of all private insurance in the country and would be very expensive.
We have already seen some sort of Harris cover, or maybe not! – his position. At a CNN City Hall last month, here's how Harris answered the "Medicare for All" question:
"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 Who among us has not experienced this situation, where we 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 this. . "
"As anger grew, a Harris adviser announced Tuesday that the candidate would also be open to more moderate health reform plans, which would preserve the industry, launched by other congressional Democrats. represents a compromise position likely to anger "Medicare for supporters of All All, who consider that the elimination of private health insurance is essential to implement their comprehensive reform."
Harris's campaign rejected the idea that she was covering, explaining that although her goal was "Medicare for all", she was also in favor of other legislation aimed at increasing the number of people covered.
The difference between Sanders' position and the one I think is that of Harris is: Sanders believes that "Medicare for All" is the only feasible way to right the wrongs of the current health care system. And these half-measures – like the one Harris supports, which she supports – do not really bring the country to the difficult but necessary solution to get rid of the private insurance sector.
In other words, Harris considers that the fight for the future of the health care industry in the country is a proposal "both / and". Sanders sees him as a "or / or".
This difference could be critical as the main battle heats up. Health care is already becoming one of the central fights of the primary and general elections of 2020 and it is clear that Sanders, at least, is doing everything to please with regard to "Medicare for All".