Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Health Care

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Marianne Williamson

Greater government investment in programs aimed at reducing patient overcharges and environmental toxins and diseases.

Source: PBS

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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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Elizabeth Warren

Understand what it means to chip away at abortion access. It doesn't mean women won't get abortions - it just means poor women won't get abortions. It means young women won't get abortions. It just means women who have 3 kids and can't take 3 days off work to travel to another state won't get abortions.Source: We Decide Forum (June 2019)

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Mark Sanford

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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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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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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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Tulsi Gabbard

All Americans should have access to affordable healthcare through Medicare or a public option.

Source: Vote Tulsi Website

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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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Pete Buttigieg

No one should fear seeking medical treatment because they fear that it could lead to deportation... ever. Universal healthcare should mean everyone, including anyone from any immigration status.Source: We Decide Forum (June 2019)

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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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Joe Walsh

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John Delaney

Most of all, we need a president who is committed to creating universal healthcare in the United States of America, where everyone gets healthcare as a basic right of citizenship. No American should be worried about whether they can pay for their insulin, or worry about their children's healthcare, or worry that when they make a decision about healthcare they may be signing up to bankrupt themselves. My plan, Better Care, gives every American healthcare as a right, it invests in communities and insures that we have high-quality healthcare. It puts money against basic research so we can cure cancer and cure Alzheimers. And it gives the American people what they want, which is choices. That is the best way forward on universal health care.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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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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Joe Biden

We should defend and build upon the Affordable Care Act to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care. And, we should dedicate the full force of our nation’s expertise and resources to tackle our greatest public health challenges, including cancer, opioid addiction, and mental health.

Source: Campaign Website

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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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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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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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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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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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Steve Bullock

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Mike Gravel

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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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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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Bill Weld

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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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Bill de Blasio

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

Source: pbs

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