Sen. Kamala Harris is a vocal proponent for Medicare for All, expanding on the Affordable Care Act, but tempered with a private option for workers to retain their workplace insurance. Her M4A plan would involve a slower, 10-year transition than Sen. Bernie Sanders’s proposal. Harris has since distanced herself from her colleague in Vermont, though she promoted his proposals and was the first to sponsor Sanders’s plan in Congress in 2017. She further aims for a tough stance on opioid makers, while expanding access to women’s health care, particularly responding to racial disparities in coverage.  

Out of $36,458,035 that Harris raised so far in the 2020 elections:

  • $1,226,124 has been linked to the Health sector
  • $590,033 has been linked to health professionals
  • $279,743 has been linked to hospitals/nursing homes
  • Kaiser Permanente is one of her biggest contributors, donating $89,654
[Source: OpenSecrets]

 

Her Record

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill to create Medicare for All in the 116th Congress. Harris signed on as a co-sponsor. 

Among the key drug price transparency legislation introduced in Senate this term, Harris signed as a cosponsor to the Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices Act of 2019. She did not sign onto the C-THRU, SPIKE, nor RxCAP bills. 

From Her Website

Kamala’s plan for Medicare for All expands on the progress made under Obamacare, immediately offers an improved Medicare buy-in, and transitions the country to a Medicare system we are all in so that we can take on insurance and drug companies. Her plan will reduce costs, keep options for public or private Medicare plans, and ensure a smooth transition.

Affordable health care also means lowering the cost of prescription drugs by taking on pharmaceutical manufacturers and private insurance companies. That’s what Kamala has done throughout her career. As Attorney General, she won a more than $320 million settlement from insurance companies that defrauded elderly Californians and people with disabilities. As president, Kamala will continue the fight. She’ll prosecute opioid makers profiting from the health crisis they’ve helped cause, allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper prescription prices, and shut the revolving door between pharmaceutical companies and our government.

Kamala also believes health care will never be a universal right unless we fight back against the constant attacks on women’s health care. That’s why, as Attorney General, Kamala led a coalition of 16 states to urge the Supreme Court to protect women’s access to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and, as Senator, fought back against President Trump’s attempts to repeal the law. As president, Kamala will nominate judges who know Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, protect Planned Parenthood from Republican attempts to defund essential health services, and address racial disparities in maternal health care. Reproductive rights are protected by the Constitution and Kamala will keep fighting until those rights are protected and guaranteed in every state.