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Bernie Sanders Torches Kamala Harris After She Flip-Flops On Health Care: I Didn’t ‘Raise Money From Billionaires’

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Justin Caruso Contributor

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders went after California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris on Monday after she flip-flopped on her support for a “Medicare for All” plan.

“I don’t go to the Hamptons to raise money from billionaires. If I ever visited there, I would tell them the same thing I have said for the last 30 years: We must pass a Medicare for All system to guarantee affordable health care for all, not just for those who can afford it,” Sanders said in a social media post.

The 2020 candidate has been a consistent supporter of a single-payer health care system that would eliminate private insurance. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders Says ‘Health Care For All’ Will Require Tax Increases)

During a recent event in Iowa, Sanders told a worker that he would “absolutely” take away his union health care plan.

“Wouldn’t the Medicare health care plan…wouldn’t that take away our right to bargain for our — our medical benefits?” the man asked.

“Yeah, absolutely it would. It’s not a bad thing,” Sanders responded. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders: Medicare For All Would ‘Absolutely’ Cover Illegal Immigrants)

Kamala Harris earned Sanders’ ire after she recently told a group of supporters that she was not “comfortable” with supporting a Bernie-style health care system.

“I have not been comfortable with Bernie’s plan,” she told a group of big-money donors in the Hamptons over the weekend. She previously supported his plan.

In 2017, she cosponsored the Medicare for All bill, saying, “It’s not just about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense just from a fiscal standpoint.”