Lanhee Chen: Kamala Harris Wants to Eliminate Private Health Insurance

Liberal California Senator Kamala Harris made a splash last week when she launched her campaign for president.  The signature idea she plans to run on?  A single-payer, government-run health care system called Medicare-for-all.

It all sounds great until you realize what it means for your health care and mine.  Put simply, if you like your health care plan, say goodbye to it.  In her own words, she said of private health insurance: “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”

So, let’s be clear about what she means.  Medicare-for-all would take away the health care that 150 million American workers rely on, and replace it with a liberal pipe-dream that will result in the rationing of care, higher taxes, and lower the quality of care.

Our health care system is still too expensive and inaccessible for far too many Americans. But completely replacing it with a socialist-style health reform isn’t the right answer.