Kamala Harris: ‘Inhumane’ to Not Require Everyone to Use Medicare

‘Access to health care should not be thought of as a privilege’

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HARRIS: “I believe the solution -- and I actually feel very strongly about this -- is that we need to have Medicare for all. That's just the bottom line. And I'll say this, and this is I think why you're also asking this question. What we know is that to live in a civil society, to be true to the ideals and the spirit of who we say we are as a country, we have to appreciate and understand that access to health care should not be thought of as a privilege. It should be understood to be a right. It should be understood to be something that all people should be entitled to so that they can live a productive life, so they can have dignity. And having a system that makes a difference in terms of who receives what based on your income is unconscionable. It is cruel. And in many situations that I have witnessed, inhumane. I have talked about my personal experience of my mother, who passed away many years ago, and going through the health care system with her. And she had -- she had the benefit of having Medicare, but not everybody does. It is inhumane. It is inhumane to make people go through a system where they cannot literally receive the benefit of what medical science can offer because some insurance company has decided it doesn't meet their bottom line in terms of their profit motivation. That is inhumane.”

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