Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Health Care

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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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Andrew Yang

Through a Medicare for All system, we can ensure that all Americans receive the healthcare they deserve. Not only will this raise the quality of life for all Americans, but, by increasing access to preventive care, it will bring overall healthcare costs down.

Source: Campaign Website

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Steve Bullock

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Beto O'Rourke

Guaranteed, high-quality universal healthcare for every single American.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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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is proposing a universal health care plan, BetterCare, that will provide high-quality care to everyone and replace our outdated system of employer-sponsored insurance.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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Bill Weld

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Tulsi Gabbard

While the Affordable Care Act was a step towards insuring roughly 20 million Americans, many issues remain with the Affordable Care Act, including escalating costs and high copayments/deductibles.

Source: Vote Tulsi Website

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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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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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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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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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Jay Inslee

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Marianne Williamson

One hundred percent pro-choice.

Source: PBS

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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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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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Donald Trump

Gave states permission to place work requirements on recipients of Medicaid, the government’s health care program for low-income people.

Source: PBS

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Kirsten Gillibrand

Health care should be a right for everyone in this country, not just a privilege for those who can afford it. Kirsten supports Medicare for All, and she wrote the Senate’s transition plan to get there from our current private insurance system. She defended against Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act and has fought to protect health coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Universal health care has to include access to mental health care and the full range of reproductive health care, reduce prescription drug costs, and support addiction treatment.

Source: Campaign Website

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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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Bill de Blasio

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

Source: pbs

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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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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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John Hickenlooper

In Colorado, we expanded access to reproductive health to every woman in the state. We expanded the number of clinics. We reduced teenage pregnancy by 54% and teenage abortions by 64%. The program saved the people of Colorado about $70 million over 5 years. As president I would use my influence to eliminate spreading false information about abortion, relying on science instead to rely on facts. If I am president, you will see a magnificent expansion of Title X funds to make sure that all women get access to their full reproductive rights.Source: We Decide Forum (June 2019)

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Mike Gravel

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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

For 47 years, since Roe-vs-Wade we have relied on the courts to protect us. But we have been on defense. It's not working. About 3/4 of the people in this country support Roe-vs-Wade. I think the laws of this country should reflect the values of the people in this country. So I say it's time to go on offense with Roe-vs-Wade. It's not enough to rely on the courts. We need to pass a law that makes Roe-vs-Wade the law of the land.Source: We Decide Forum (June 2019)

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Kamala Harris

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. No politician should be able to tell a woman what she should do with her body.

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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