Senator Kamala Harris was all in for Obamacare and a public option for health insurance. Then, after her campaign started seeing the field veer left, they had her come out in her first public statement as a candidate by denouncing all health insurance. The following month, she reversed that reversal in an interview with Jake Tapper.
It’s a new month and the winds of change are blowing all over Kamala again. At last night’s Democratic debate, she came out in favor of abolishing all private health insurance. For those keeping score, that’s three reversals in which she was against it before she was for it before she was against it. And now she’s for it.
This is likely going to be her stance going forward, which gives her strength in the Democratic primary process and very clear weakness in the general election. Despite the apparent leftward lurch of people who are sitting around waiting to take polls, the notion of forcing 150 million or so people to switch health insurance plans to a government-run solution is too far for the average voter.
Republicans need to lock the Democrats down on this issue. They need to hope and pray for Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or any of the other Medicare-for-All candidates to win the nomination because it would be the tangible beast they can broadcast to the masses. They already have the illegal immigrant issue in their corner, but not universally. Socialism is a big deal, but is still a disembodied specter to many Americans who simply don’t fully understand what it would entail. But healthcare and the threat of having to go through the government-mandated process of changing everything people have grown accustomed to over the years is very real to voters.
And they won’t want it, not as long as the Republican messaging on the topic is strong and honest.
Generally speaking, she had the best debate of any candidate either night. And this is good news for the President, who would love to take on Harris in the general election. She brings intersectionality and nothing else to the table.
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