Presidential hopefuls talk health care at AARP forum


MARSHALLTOWN, VERMEER AND
BONDURANT COMING UP AFTER QUICK
CHECK WITH MAX IN THE STUDIO. MAX: AND YOUR COMMITMENT 2020
NEWS, AT LEAST DATE PRESIDENTIAL
CANDIDATES ARE MAKING-STOPS HERE
IN IOWA THIS WEEKEND. TODAY SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN,
FORMER REPRESENTATIVE BETO
O’ROURKE, AUTHOR MARIANNE
WILLIAMSON AND BUSINESSMAN
ANDREW YANG ARE HERE. THEY EACH SPOKE AT AN AARP FORUM
IN SIOUX CITY THIS AFTERNOON. THEIR BIG FOCUS HAS BEEN HEALTH
CARE.>>THE PROBLEM WE’VE GOT RIGHT
NOW IN THE UNITED STATES IS THAT
THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE
SUCKING VALUE OUT OF OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR IS HOW WE
GET MAXIMUM COVERAGE OF ALL OUR
HEALTH CARE COSTS AT THE MINIMUM
PRICE FOR EVERYONE.>>I BELIEVE THAT THE OPTION IS
THE BEST. I WANT TO BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE,
I DON’T WANT TO BE AN AGENT OF
CHAOS. AND I’M AFRAID IF WE GO IN THERE
AND THINK, LIKE MEDICARE FOR
, ALL, GET RID OF PRIVATE
INSURANCE RIGHT AWAY ETC, I’M
AFRAID THE BRAKES WILL LOCK.>>THE GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN
GUARANTEED, HIGH-QUALITY
UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. , THAT MEANS YOU CAN AFFORD YOUR
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, YOU
CAN SEE A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER,
MENTAL HEALTH CARE IS DELIVERED
BY A WORLD-CLASS PROVIDER OR AN
OUTPATIENT FACILITY NOT AS IN , THE CASE IN IOWA AND IN TEXAS
FAR TOO OFTEN. ,>>THE WAY YOU GET THE DRUG
PRICES DOWN IS FIRST YOU GIVE
THE GOVERNMENT THE AUTHORITY TO
NEGOTIATE LOWER PRICES, THAT
SEEMS STRAIGHT FORWARD THAT
SEEMS OBVIOUS, WHATEVER REASON WE DON’T DO IT. THE SECOND THING IS YOU SAY TO
, DRUG COMPANIES LOOK, YOU CAN
NOT STICK IT TO AMERICANS AT A
LEVEL DIFFERENT THAN YOU’RE
CHARGING OTHER COUNTRIES. MA

Danny Hutson

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