Is Medicare For All Possible?
A: The decision to pursue Medicare for all is a choice every single country in the world except America makes. It is not an impossible task. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, we had the opportunity to enact Medicare for all in the House, and a cost analysis led the Congressional Budget Office to conclude that such a system would save the United States hundreds of billions of dollars annually.
Q: How would you describe the current state of our health care system?
A: The system is absolutely broken. When we talk about the reasons why we need Medicare for all, we can't say it's because we're dissatisfied with the health care system. We're dissatisfied with the health care system because of the system. It is a system that has profited off of sickness, off of disease, off of crisis. It is a system that has profited off of people being unable to afford care, and that's why we have to make a fundamental transformation.
Q: What is your vision of what the health care system in the U.S. should look like?
A: I believe that health care must be recognized as a right, and not a privilege. I believe we need to have a system that is publicly financed, and that is based on the prevention of illness, rather than the subsidization of illness.
Q: How important will Medicare for all be to your campaign?
A: It's fundamental to what we're talking about doing. If we can't guarantee that every single person in this country is able to see a doctor when they need to, that every single person in this country is able to go to the hospital when they need to, then we have failed as a society. We will have abandoned our neighbors and our friends when they're sick. We will have abandoned our children when they are injured or ill. And that is not the kind of society that I think we should have. I think we should have a society in which every single person is able to see a doctor when they need to, and to go to a hospital when they need to.
Q: Will you aggressively push for Medicare for all?
A: We're going to aggressively pursue Medicare for all, and we're not going to stop until we achieve it.
Q: Where do you think the U.S. should be on the issue of climate change?
A: I think we should be leading the world. We are the richest country in the history of the world. We are responsible for a large percentage of the carbon emissions. We need to be leading the world, not just in terms of our carbon footprint, but also in terms of our innovation.
Q: Where do you stand on the Green New Deal?
A: The Green New Deal is a very important issue that the American people are demanding. We have to be very clear that we need to shift to 100% renewable energy and we need to do it in a way that is fair and equitable and shared by all.
A: I'm 100% behind the Green New Deal, and I have been for a very long time. When we talk about climate change, we're talking about the survival of our species. We're talking about the survival of our planet. This is not a political issue, it's a moral issue. We need to be talking about it in that way.
Q: What is your position on the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court Decision?
A: I am with the majority of Americans who believe that this decision should be overturned.
Q: What is your position on the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court Decision?
A: I think this is a decision that's been reaffirmed by the American people. It is a decision that should be left to the individual states, and it is a decision that shows the Supreme Court can be a force for good when it comes to civil rights.
Q: Where do you stand on the current gun laws in the U.S.?
A: I think we need to be doing everything we can to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and to keep guns out of the hands of potential terrorists. I think we need to bring an end to the idea, which is very prevalent in the NRA, that every single one of us is responsible for protecting ourselves with a gun. I think we need to do everything we can to make sure that guns are not being trafficked to people who may use them to commit violence. We need to be talking about common sense gun safety in a way that does not undermine the Second Amendment or the rights of law abiding gun owners.
Q: What is your position on abortion?
A: I'm pro-choice, and I was raised by a mother that was pro-choice.
Q: If you're elected, what would be your first major legislative move?
A: Our first major legislative move would be to make sure that we made sure that we had the infrastructure in place for Medicare for all.
Q: In a recent interview, you said, "We need to make sure that we recognize that health care is a human right." But what if a woman wants to choose an abortion?
A: I respect the fact that every woman has to make this decision. It's a decision that can have a profound effect on someone's life, and again, it has to be a decision that she's making with as much information as possible.
Q: What is your position on the Democratic Party being pro-choice?
A: I believe that Democrats must stand up for the ability of a woman to make her own decisions about her own body.
Q: What is your stance on the Green New Deal?
A: I support the Green New Deal. I believe that we need to aggressively pursue a path that will completely eliminate the carbon footprint of the United States by 2050.
Q: What would you say to workers who