Gov. Inslee: We Can Impose Universal Health Care Without Banning Private Health Plans

‘And right now we need to embrace the things that we can have to move towards universal health care’

EXCERPT:

INSLEE: “Well, I support moving to universal health care and —“
HARLOW: “But specifically —“
INSLEE: “-- doing the things that we’ve done in our state. I’m getting to that.” (Laughter) [crosstalk]
HARLOW: “-- specifically, would you be OK with eliminating private insurance?”
INSLEE: “I don’t think it’s necessary. And right now we need to embrace the things that we can have to move towards universal health care; like a public option which we’re embracing in my state. Like integrating physical and mental health. Like allowing earlier buy-in and an option of Medicare for those who want to enter into the program, like reducing the age in Medicare. These are all things we can do without eliminating private insurance carriers --“
HARLOW: “OK.”
INSLEE: “-- right now. And I’m glad that we’re going to have a candidate I believe ultimately to push that ball.”

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