There’s flip-flopping and then there’s FLIP-FLOPPING!! The latter is where a politician articulates a platform, then changes his position almost in the same breath. Examples of the latter are rare because they make a candidate look really weak. To learn exactly how weak, check on Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris’s poll standings a few days from now.
Going into Monday’s CNN town hall, Harris was an acknowledged frontrunner in the crowded Democratic field of contenders for the party’s presidential nomination. Despite her having expressed “openess” to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist agenda a few weeks ago, voters had not heard Harris’s justification for adopting the absurdly expensive “Medicare for All” pipe dream until Monday when she said (at 0:43 in the video that follows):
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 — let’s eliminate all that.
Anyone who has been paying attention to the decades-old debate over socialized medicine knows that it is precisely under universal care that that bureaucracy — the endless paperwork, the long wait times — occur.
Harris apparently has not been paying attention, but two individuals who have are billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Howard Schultz, both of whom ridiculed Harris for her position on this bit of socialist idiocy. Schultz even quipped, “What will she shut down next: the coffee industry?”
It took Harris exactly one day to “moderate” her position. Via CNN:
[A] Harris adviser on Tuesday signaled that the candidate would also be open to the more moderate health reform plans, which would preserve the industry, being floated by other congressional Democrats. It represents a compromise position that risks angering “Medicare-for-all” proponents, who view eliminating private health insurance as key to enacting their comprehensive reform.