Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Health Care

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Bill de Blasio

De Blasio has criticized laws across the country that put restrictions on abortion.

Source: pbs

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Seth Moulton

We fight in 2020 because this election is about our basic human rights.... The right for women to make their own decisions about their own bodies with their own doctors without a male politician – or an unworthy Supreme Court Justice standing in the way.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Pete Buttigieg

We know that you are not free if your reproductive health is being dictated by male politicians.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Michael Bennet

I've put forward a plan for universal health care that gives every American the choice to make the best choice for themselves and their family.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Bill Weld

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Joe Walsh

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Julián Castro

If we want to be the healthiest nation on earth then we need a different health care system. I want ot strengthen medicare for the people who are on it, and then make sure that it's available to everybody who wants it.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Donald Trump

The 2017 tax overhaul eliminated Obamacare’s individual mandate. The Trump administration also ended subsidies to help low-income people afford health insurance, and cut payments to insurance companies to cover sick patients.

Source: PBS

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Tom Steyer

He helped beat big tobacco companies and forced them to pay their share of healthcare costs for the harm their products have caused.

Source: Candidate Website

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Tim Ryan

Healthcare is a right — not a privilege. I helped pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which allowed millions to be able to afford and receive coverage for the first time in their lives. We have a long way to go and that is just the fact. Monthly premiums are still too expensive, prescription drug prices continue to rise, and our life expectancy continues to drop year after year. I believe the first and most immediate step needs to be the creation of a public option that allows Americans to buy into Medicare without eliminating private health insurance options.

Source: Candidate Website

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Andrew Yang

By providing holistic healthcare to all our citizens, we’ll drastically increase the average quality of life, extend life expectancy, and treat issues that often go untreated. We’ll also be able to bring costs under control and outcomes up, as most other industrialized nations have.

Source: Campaign Website

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John Delaney

John Delaney believes that health care is a fundamental right. He is proposing a universal health care plan, BetterCare, that will provide high-quality care to everyone and replace our outdated system of employer-sponsored insurance.

Source: Candidate Website

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Cory Booker

We are for every American having access to healthcare.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Jay Inslee

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Kamala Harris

We are not treating people equally in our healthcare system if they do not have money, ant that's what we are talking about when we are talking about Title X, we are talking about women who go to a place that is supplemented by federal dollars and we want to make sure that no woman is deprived of access to the same health care as anyone else.Source: We Decide Forum (June 2019)

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Amy Klobuchar

Amy supports universal health care for all Americans, and she believes the quickest way to get there is through a public option that expands Medicare or Medicaid. She supports changes to the Affordable Care Act to help bring down costs to consumers including providing cost-sharing reductions, making it easier for states to put reinsurance in place, and continuing to implement delivery system reform. And she’s been fighting her whole life to bring down the cost of prescription drugs.

Source: Candidate Website

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Wayne Messam

I believe access to healthcare is a civil right. I support plans to expand Medicare to cover the uninsured. I also believe in choice. If you like you private or employer provided plan, you should keep it. If you don’t, bring your premiums over to the gov’t provided plan.

Source: Candidate Website

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Tulsi Gabbard

It is unacceptable that one in ten of South Carolinians remain uninsured, that you have longer wait times in emergency rooms and higher rates of diabetes than many other states in this country. As your president, I will crack down on big pharma and big insurance who extort the sick, putting their profits above the health of our people. I will work with you to get Medicare for all and ensure that every person in this country gets the care that they need.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Kirsten Gillibrand

A woman’s right to make personal health decisions is nonnegotiable. In the face of relentless attacks from this administration and its allies in Congress, Kirsten has unfailingly stood up to protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion, birth control, and health care at Planned Parenthood. She has vowed to overturn President Trump’s domestic gag rule—which prevents doctors from giving their patients information about the full range of reproductive health care—on day one of her presidency.

Source: Campaign Website

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Marianne Williamson

Supports universal health care coverage.

Source: PBS

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Bernie Sanders

If we believe in medicare for all as a human right, we must take on the power of the insurance industry. If we belive that we must cute the price of prescription drugs in half, then we must take on the greed the pharmaceutical industry.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Mark Sanford

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Beto O'Rourke

We can give every American and every business the choice to enroll in Medicare without eliminating plans that many Americans like for their families because they work for their families.

Source: Candidate Website

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Eric Swalwell

Too many Americans still find themselves having to choose between paying rent or paying medical bills, between buying food or buying prescriptions – and nobody should have to rely on a GoFundMe or a collection jar because they’ve fallen ill. Americans need a healthcare guarantee: If you’re sick, you’ll be seen by a doctor, and if you’re seen, you’ll never go broke because of it. We also must make a huge public investment in finding cures in our lifetime for the diseases that ail us, from Alzheimer’s to ALS to cancer.

Source: Campaign Website

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Elizabeth Warren

We get rid of the Hyde amendment, and we put some real teeth into Title X and get rid of the gag rule. And we make sure Planned Parenthood stays fully funded. We also defend basic healthcare for everyone. And for me that means we have medicare for all for all of our people - access for everyone.Source: We Decide Forum (June 2019)

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John Hickenlooper

In Colorado, we achieved near to universal healthcare coverage. When I am president, healthcare will be a right and not a privilege. We will create a real public option.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Joe Biden

I call it ARPA-H to fund research and take all the technology we have and focus on solving problems that are within our reach like the Biden Cancer Initiative and the moonshot.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Steve Bullock

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Mike Gravel

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Joe Sestak

Healthcare is a deeply personal issue for me. My daughter was first diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 4, but the quality care that the American people provided my family through the military gave her a chance to beat the disease. When Alex’s cancer came back last year, more than a decade later, we were fortunate to have the same medical heroes who had saved her once, save her again — including a doctor who came out of retirement to perform the intricate brain surgery. I’m running for President so that one day soon all Americans will be able to feel the same sense of gratitude and good fortune my family feels when we think of my daughter’s care and treatment. We must finally make healthcare a right, not a privilege.

Source: Candidate Website

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