Wednesday on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said in her health care plan “you can keep your doctor,” echoing former President Barack Obama’s broken promise on the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.
When asked if she supports Medicare for all with supplemental insurance, Harris said, “I do.”
wait a minute, now…
[…] But the substantive absurdity of Harris’s health-care position is less puzzling than its political incoherence. It would be one thing for Harris to cynically embrace the popular aspects of Medicare for All, while disavowing the unpopular provisions that make those goodies possible. She wouldn’t be the first presidential candidate to campaign on a beautiful lie. But that isn’t what she’s doing. Rather, she is effectively taking ownership of an unpopular, peripheral feature of Sanders’s plan (the elimination of duplicative private insurance), while disavowing an unpopular provision that is fundamental to his vision for single-payer (broad-based tax increases to replace private-insurance premiums).
There is no political logic to occupying this patch of middle ground.