It’s no mystery that Presidential candidates voice their stances on major issues throughout campaigns. Today more than ever, there is no question that healthcare is at the forefront of the topics discussed throughout the race for the highest seat by both Democratic and Republican candidates.
Since January, a flurry of Democratic Senators have stepped up to enter the race for President. They collectively want Trump out, and sincerely want in. In the crowded 2020 club, each candidate must distinguish themselves from the group by having hard stances on major issues. So far, each candidate facing Trump in 2020 has been open to expanding healthcare coverage.
Healthcare has been an ongoing discussion throughout the candidates’ political lives. For example, Bernie Sanders does not play when it comes to his stance on Medicare for All. His views, being the most left, can either be a hit or miss for the other Democratic candidates running against him for office. Some stand by Sanders’ pitch for a Medicare for All system- others are a bit more shy of the subject.
Here are the most notable blue candidates and their healthcare stances so far from most left to right:
Warren, Senator of Massachusetts, historically supported her fellow, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in his proposal for a ‘Medicare for All’ bill in 2017. Similar to Sanders, on her campaign website, Warren openly shares her vision for a tax on the wealthy to help fund a Medicare for All vision. Uniquely, Warren introduced her plans to create a universal childcare coverage act, that would allow for children across the U.S. to have better and cheaper access to care with the hopes of decreasing health risks with the aging process.
Harris, Senator of California, also supported Sanders in his 2017 proposal for a Medicare for All bill. However, since her announcement to run for President, Harris has not directly shared her support for introducing Medicare for All. Instead, she has been vocal on her vision to end private health insurance.
“The idea is that everyone gets access to medical care, and you don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require,” Harris said in a report by CNN.
She remains left enough to rile up progressive voters but maybe even right enough for the more conservative dems to find a reason to vote for her.
Booker, Senator of New Jersey also supported the 2017 bill proposed by Sanders. However, Booker has been completely avoiding the subject in his public appearances so far. He openly acknowledges that he signed the bill in 2017, however he has shared his intent to remain “realistic” in his goals.
“Medicare for All is great, but if we can’t get that, but if we can extend Medicare down to age 55 … that’s going to create such an effect on the whole system that’s going to make it better,” Booker said in a report by the Washington Post.
Booker understands that the development of a Medicare for All system will not only take time– but an insane amount of cash.
Stay tuned for more updates.