Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Health Care

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Seth Moulton

We fight in 2020 because this election is about our basic human rights.... The right to get the healthcare we need without having to start a go-fund-me and having to beg for life-saving medicines on the Internet.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Bill de Blasio

De Blasio believes everyone should be guaranteed the right to health care, including undocumented immigrants. He has repeatedly called for a national single-payer healthcare plan.

Source: pbs

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Steve Bullock

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Jay Inslee

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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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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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Pete Buttigieg

We know that you are not free if you don't have healthcare and are afraid to start a small business.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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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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Mark Sanford

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Joe Walsh

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mike Gravel

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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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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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Bill Weld

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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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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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Joe Biden

We need to save and build upon the Affordable Care Act, not jettison it. 20 million people are covered that weren't before. Over 130 million people with pre-existing conditions. I was never prouder any other day than when we got done what no other president could do. And folks, we have to finish the job. Under my plan you will be able to buy into a public option like medicare. And if you don't have the money you will automatically be enrolled in that.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Marianne Williamson

One hundred percent pro-choice.

Source: PBS

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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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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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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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