Harris' remarks in support of eliminating the private insurance industry-which her team has since walked back-during a CNN town hall earlier this week intensified an ongoing national conversation about what Medicare for All would actually look like and how the transformative policy might be implemented.
"Well listen, 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", said Senator Harris. "Who of us has not had that situation, where you've got to wait for approval, and the doctor says, well, I don't know if your insurance company is going to cover this?"
When Tapper asked her about for-profit health care insurers, Harris replied, "Let's eliminate all of that".
The self-described "lifelong Democrat" told CBS news show 60 Minutes that he will run as a "centrist independent outside of the two-party system".
Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/NewscomIn its traditional form, a single-payer health care system would effectively outlaw private health insurance as we know it.
The first-term senator from California called insurance companies "inhumane" and said health care should be a right - not a privilege - for every American.
Republican colleague of Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, all support a single-payer plan.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will raise money for her presidential campaign in Los Angeles this weekend, making her the first of 2020's presidential contenders to schedule a formal fundraiser with the city's deep-pocketed base of donors. Much of the rest is through employer health insurance plans and individual health insurance and payments by patients. Former Vice President Joe Biden hasn't explicitly endorsed a type of Medicare for All proposal.
But another billionaire businessman, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, strongly urged Schultz to halt his independent antics. By Tuesday morning, former Starbucks boss Howard Schultz was piling on and fellow billionaire potential presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of NY, was dismissing the entire plan as a fiscally ruinous pipe dream. Harris said at CNN's town hall she supports eliminating private health insurance.
"This is a classic case of the bumper sticker preceding the policy paper", says Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Only 22 percent of respondents to the poll indicated that a candidate's support for universal medical care would make them "less likely" to vote for that person. "All hell breaks loose".
A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that 56 percent of people in the USA like the idea overall.
However, critics are saying the proposal would eliminate freedoms and liberties for Americans.
But as Harris appears to have discovered, most people don't see it that way. But the entire point of single-payer, which is to say the entire point of Sanders-style Medicare for All, is disruption on a massive scale.
Jennings added he sees "no appetite for small incremental change, but there is a difference in how aggressive you can be in addressing these issues".