The 10 leading Democratic candidates focused heavily on health care and gun control Thursday in the first debate where they have all been on the same stage. There were also a few sharp jabs exchanged by candidates, in particular, when Julián Castro harshly accused Joe Biden of contradicting himself and questioned whether his memory was faltering. "Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago," he asked. He later slammed Biden for embracing his role in the Obama administration only when it was convenient.Although Biden was targeted the most during the debate for his policies, other candidates chastised Castro for his manner of questioning Biden. "This reminds everybody of what they cannot stand about Washington," Buttigieg chided Castro."That's called an election, Pete," Castro retorted.Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders engaged in a spirited debate about health insurance, which is high on the list of concerns of Democratic voters. Biden's brought up cost. He pitted … [Read more...] about Democrats clash on health care and immigration in third debate
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Beth LeBlanc and Leonard N. Fleming The Detroit News Published 9:08 PM EDT Jul 30, 2019 Developing coverage from the Democratic debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit: Health care a top issue U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders lamented over the state of health care in the United States, an issue that was swept up in the next question from moderators who quizzed candidates on their stances on Medicare for All. "Let’s be clear what this debate is about," said Sanders, who has advocated for such a system. "Nobody can defend the dysfunctionality of the current system." Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper argued against abruptly transitioning everyone to a public health care option, noting Americans are used to having options. "It would be an evolution, not a revolution," he said. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushed back on Hickenlooper's gradual transition to a public health care option. "We have tried this experiment with our insurance system," but … [Read more...] about Live: Dems clash on health care at Detroit debate
If you take Minnesota political leaders at their word, they’re committed to making health care more accessible and affordable. Here’s a recent sampling: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz: “We cannot let ideology get in the way of stopping this state from providing basic health care to all its citizens.” Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka: “I want Minnesota to be the state that actually solves health care.” Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman: “We are ready to make health care more affordable and we look forward to working with Republicans to get a deal we can all support at the end of session.” But the political reality is much more complicated. Lawmakers spent the past week detailing their various health care policy and spending proposals as they moved through committees and floor votes. And when it comes to the way Republicans and Democrats want to make health care more accessible and affordable, they remain far apart. … [Read more...] about Republicans and Democrats want to ‘fix health care.’ Will disagreements over how, stymie their work?
President Donald Trump's decision to revive the fight over the Affordable Care Act has stirred a political and policy debate among Republicans on how best to approach the divisive issue heading into the 2020 election. Failing to repeal and replace the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, is one of the biggest shortcomings of the president's first term. It left Republicans with a broken campaign promise, dismal approval ratings and a narrative they haven't been able to shake — that they don't support protecting those with pre-existing medical conditions from high-cost care. In some races, it cost Republican seats last fall, flipping House control to Democrats. For Trump, the reset he wants is clear. "The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care," he said on Capitol Hill. "You watch!" But among Republican senators, there's reluctance to embrace Trump's new priority. Usually tight-lipped Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was given little advance notice … [Read more...] about GOP Scrambles to Deal With Trump’s Decision on Health Care
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on Friday sidestepped the issue of whether he’s running for president, but he did address a number of issues that a presidential candidate might.The Colorado Democrat spoke during the Hot Issues in Health Conference on Friday, sponsored by the Colorado Health Institute, and also talked with reporters.Bennet’s topics included Medicare X, a bill he is sponsoring with fellow Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. He said the measure would provide rural Coloradans with new options for health care.He also touched on the 2020 census (he’s against the question about citizenship proposed by the Trump administration) and the Supreme Court's landmark 2010 Citizens United decision on campaign finance (which he said has changed the political dialogue to one controlled by billionaires).As for education, and the fact that tight budgets are forcing some Colorado school districts to cut down to four days a week, the former Denver Public Schools … [Read more...] about Bennet on health care, education, climate — and his presidential ambitions