Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, who last week announced her intentions to run for the Democrat nomination for President in 2020, has called for all private health insurance to be "eliminated" and replaced with a Medicaid system for all, during a speech in Iowa.
At the CNN Town Hall event, Harris also defended some of the actions she took while Attorney-General in California, according to the Daily Mail.
Speaking to a receptive audience of Iowa Democrats, Harris argued that the American people deserved to be able to access healthcare without all the bureaucracy involved with going through your insurance provider first.
"We need to have Medicare for all," she asserted. "That's just the bottom line. The idea is that everyone gets access to medical care, and you don't have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require."
Her conclusion was that private insurers should no longer be part of the American healthcare system. "Let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on," Harris declared.
Inevitably, the Republican Party were quick to leap on her comments as further evidence that the Democrats want to move to a system they describe as socialized medicine.
A spokesman for the Republican Party, Michael Ahrens, tweeted a scathing putdown on Harris' comments.