Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) took some heat from an elderly Iowa woman on Monday, when the voter scolded Harris and told her to “leave our health care alone.”
What are the details?
According to Fox News, Harris was speaking with residents at the Bickford Senior Living Center in Muscatine when 91-year-old Roberta Jewell summoned the candidate over to her by saying, “Can I ask you a question? I understand that you are advocating health care for everyone.”
“Yes, ma’am,” Harris replied.
“Who’s going to pay for it?” Mrs. Jewell asked.
“Well, we’re going to pay for it,” Harris responded, “because right now, let me tell you something, we’re all paying for health care for everyone, and it’s in an emergency room.”
“No, we’re not,” Mrs. Jewell said, before telling Harris in no uncertain terms: “Leave our health care alone. We don’t want you to mess with it.”
The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra posted the clip to his Twitter feed, relaying part of the conversation:
Harris has proposed a Medicare for All health care framework, and says she would still allow private insurers to co-exist under her system. Unlike other 2020 candidates, Harris has not put a price tag on her plan, which has drawn criticism and skepticism from her opponents and pundits alike.
For comparison, Newsweek reported that White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for All plan carries an estimate price tag of $32 trillion.
Harris’ plan would be implemented over a ten-year period, and she says over that span she would raise $2 trillion by taxing stock trades, bond trades, and derivative transactions.