The superstar junior senator from California is at it again! Kamala Harris (D) is co-sponsoring Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health care bill. CNN reports, in fact, that Sen. Harris is the first Democrat to sign on. She made the announcement at a town hall meeting in Oakland on Wednesday night. The bill will be introduced in September.
Sen. Harris has expressed her support for single-payer system, both from the point of view of what is morally right and what makes sense fiscally. “This is about understanding, again, that health care should be a right, not a privilege. And it’s also about being smart. It is so much better that people have meaningful access to affordable health care at every stage of life, from birth on,” Sen. Harris said. “Because the alternative is that we as taxpayers otherwise are paying huge amounts of money for them to get their health care in an emergency room. So it’s not only about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense from a fiscal standpoint, or if you want to talk about it as a return on investment for taxpayers.”
With her tough questions at Senate intelligence committee hearings and her continuous move towards a progressive agenda, Sen. Kamala Harris has become a favorite in the Democratic Party. Some have even started a push for her to run for president in 2020. She made the list of Newsweek’s A Woman President? The Dream Lives on with Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Others Who Could Run in 2020.
Sen. Harris served as the 32nd Attorney General of California and replaced outgoing Democratic senator Barbara Boxer in 2016. She is on the Budget, Environmental and Public Works, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Intelligence Committees. She is also a member of the Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Caucus for Women’s Issues.