Cover Story 5 News India Times January 11, 2019 – that’s all you need to know gender. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 50 million Americans could be rejected for coverage by health insurers if the A.C.A. were to dis- appear,” Harris wrote. “At the same time, people in their mid- 20s would get kicked off their parents’ plans. Lifetime caps could come back. Out- of-pocket costs would no longer be capped. The expansion of Medicaid in dozens of states could be reversed. The human toll would be unthinkable, with some experts estimating that 20,000 to 100,000 people could die each year. “We must fight with everything we have to avert this catastrophe. And as we do so, let’s also accept the truth that even with the Affordable Care Act intact, our health care system still needs fixing. Let’s acknowledge that there are nearly 30 mil- lion Americans who still don’t have health insurance. And there are plenty more who have insurance but can’t actually afford the rising cost of health care.” Harris writes: “I believe that health care should be a right, but the reality is that it is still a privilege in this country. We need that to change. When someone gets sick, there is already so much else to deal with: the physical pain for the patient, the emo- tional pain for the family. There is often a sense of desperation — of helplessness — as we grapple with the fear of the unknown. Medical procedures already have risks. Prescription drugs already have side effects. Financial anxiety should not be one of them.” Harris also writes, poignantly of the loss of her mother, which also highlights her proud heritage: “And though I miss her every day, I carry her with me wherever I go. I think of the battles she fought, the val- ues she taught me, her commitment to improve health care for us all. There is no title or honor on earth I’ll treasure more than to say I am Shyamala Gopalan Harris’s daughter. As I continue the battle for a better health care system, I do so in her name.” However, Harris has plenty of obstacles and hurdles to clear before her nomination is water tight. The Roll Call reported that Harris’ fellow Democrat Senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, said Thursday that she would support former Vice President Joe Biden, over her, in a presidential race. “I love Kamala. But this is a different kind of thing,” Feinstein said, after she praised Biden, and was asked of support for her fellow Senator Harris. While Feinstein’s endorsement of Biden would have miffed Harris, she would be more concerned by a scathing opinion by the Editorial Board of theWall Street Journal on January 3. It reprimanded Harris for what it deemed as taking the party away from its roots, acceptance of Catholics. “We’re still a year from the 2020 presi- dential primaries, but Senator Kamala Harris is already showing America how far the Democratic Party has strayed from its roots,” it noted, after her controversial manner of questioning Trump’s nominee for a federal district court in Nebraska, Brian Buescher, who is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization. “Ms. Harris’s embrace of religious intol- erance is especially significant because in two years she could be the next U.S. President. What does it say about today’s Democrats that no one in the party of Al Smith and JFK sees fit to rebuke her?” the editorial said. Harris also got the dubious honor of being named the ‘2018 Porker of the Year’ by the Citizens Against GovernmentWaste, which seeks out candidates who they fath- om guilty of promoting patently flawed policies, defending wasteful boondoggles, and pushing a big-spending agenda. Harris was chosen for “proposing a bill that would subsidize rent with taxpayer dollars. Her bill would have encouraged the same behaviors that led to the student loan bub- ble.” The Tax Foundation concluded that Harris’s plan, “would fail to address the root causes of the high cost of housing. Instead, it would wind up benefiting land- lords, not significantly improving the lives of renters, and carrying a hefty price tag.” University of Georgia economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman wrote, “Instead of the Rent Relief Act, we could call it the Landlord Enrichment and Taxpayer Fleecing Act.” Even if she were to ignore these initial hiccups on the road to glory, Harris might well take note of a letter published in the San Francisco Chronicle, from a reader who admires her, and has a warning for her. “I am writing to ask Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., not to run for president in 2020. I think she is an admirable woman, and I am delighted to have someone with her intelligence and political viewpoint as our California senator. However, the idea that she would abandon us after less than half her first term is alarming. We need her as our senator, and we deserve to have her in that office for at least a full term. “Besides, I shudder to think what the Trump base, the Russians, and the fringe right-wing trolls would do in attacking her as a liberal woman of color. I don’t know if the country could take this on top of the years of Trump,” the letter concluded. TULSI GABBARD The young and attractive Gabbard, 37, who was born in American Samoa, was one of the first female combat veterans to join Congress and was a supporter of the 2016 presidential bid of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She was first elected to the House in 2012, becoming the first Hindu member of Congress, and was sworn into office with her hand on the Bhagavad Gita. Gabbard also previously served as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, but conservative hawks love her too because she's an Iraq war veteran who criticized President Barack Obama on foreign policy. The Honolulu Civil Beat reported that Gabbard has expressed loyalty to a “guru dev” or “spiritual master” named Chris Butler. Gabbard, who announced her interest in the presidential race on MSNBC's "Hardball", said: “I'm concerned about the direction of the country.” That’s something a lot of voters can empathize with, espe- cially with the ongoing government shut- down and a possible recession looming in the horizon, though the job numbers have shown robust growth. TheWashington Post reported that dur- ing stops in New Hampshire, Gabbard reportedly highlighted her support for a single-payer Medicare-for-all health-care bill and her efforts to reduce the influence of money in politics, among other policies. That position is the same as Sanders, and critics have pointed out that it wouldn’t make sense for her to run against Sanders. In an interview to the Associated Press last month, Gabbard, who went on a limb by meeting the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in 2017, said US wars in the Middle East have destabilized the region, made the US less safe and cost thousands of American lives, At the same time, terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group are stronger than before the September 11 terrorist attacks, she said. “Those who have been setting our country’s foreign policy are lost,” Gabbard said, placing blame on both Democrats and Republicans. “Our policies have been without clear objective or purpose for some time. And it’s cost our country, and it’s cost the world, dearly.” When it comes to domestic issues, Gabbard stands out for doing 180-degree turns on abortion and gay marriage, noted AP. In 2004, the then-state representative urged Hawaii voters to support a federal constitutional amendment to ban same- sex marriages nationwide. She was worried gay marriages licensed in Massachusetts would be deemed valid in Hawaii. Eight years later, while running for Congress, Gabbard said she would work toward requiring the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage. She also metamorphosed from being anti-abortion to in favor of abortion rights. The Honolulu Civil Beat reported that in Gabbard’s view the most important mean- ing of ‘aloha’ is love, something she said she explains frequently back in Washington, D.C., and as she travels the country. She said she views aloha as the solution to what ails the nation, a force that moti- vates people to take action for “the well being of others.” Gabbard would need plenty of ‘aloha’ from both Democrat and Republicans if she hopes to achieve her aspirations. By taking both liberal and conservative views, with a balanced perspective, she would make for a good VP pick too. NIKKI HALEY The skillful Haley, who managed to stay abreast of Trump’s ire and resigned grace- fully, described to NBC News how she leveraged Trump's personality: “I got the job done by being truthful but also by let- ting him be unpredictable and not show- ing our cards.” Haley showed her diplomatic acumen and lofty political aspirations in her last appearance at the United Nations, before she stepped down on January 1, 2018, where her speech clearly established that she didn’t want to be on the wrong side of Trump, and not having blame attached to her own self. Reuters reported that Haley during a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East gave no details of exactly what was in the long-awaited, unpublished plan to broken peace between Israel and Palestinians. It’s a plan prepared by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and it was widely expected that Haley would reveal the plan before she left the UN. It’s this adroit sidestepping and deflec- tion of thorny and controversial issues that has earned Haley accolades and admira- tion in her stint with the Trump adminis- tration. The NewYork Times reported that Haley has been mentioned as a potential running mate for Trump in the 2020 election, a move that could improve the ticket’s popu- larity among women voters. Trump has also reportedly asked his aides if they thought Pence was still loyal to him. Haley, on her part, made it clear after her resigna- tion that she would support Trump in his re-election bid. Haley, however, has not backed away from ribbing Trump. At a charity fundraiser in NewYork after she announced her resig- nation, Haley made some jokes at the pres- ident’s expense, reported The State. “When the president found out that I was Indian American, he asked me if I was from the same tribe as ElizabethWarren,” Haley told the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in October, to guffaws from the audience. For now, though, Haley is moving to NewYork, and has plans to write a book, on her experience of working at the UN. All that may change this year, though, if she starts to campaign and do fundraisers for Trump. What are the odds of Harris vs. Haley in 2020, or 2024? Pretty good, one can safely bet. Continued From Page 4 Nikki Haley TheWashington Post Tulsi Gabbard Year Of Women