Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential elections entered their first primary debate last Wednesday night, June 26, 2019. Following their debate on national television, news sites report that members clashed over different views over health insurance.
Participants who joined the Wednesday night debate include Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Congressman Tim Ryan. Other individuals present for the debate include Governor Jay Inslee, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Obama housing secretary Julian Castro, and former Congressman John Delaney. The main topics revolved around healthcare and immigration policies.
Other Democrats – including Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden – will hold their debate come Thursday night, states BBC.
Standing the Ground
According to CNBC, both Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio maintained their ground, saying they wanted to eliminate private insurance. Of the 10 participants, these two Democratic candidates were the only ones who stood their ground when asked about eradicating private insurance in the country.
The primary solution highlighted by Senator Warren is Medicare for All, stating she sided with Bernie Sanders with this issue. BBC reports that loud cheers of approval emitted from the crow as she said, “There are a lot of politicians who say, ‘oh, it’s just not possible’ …what they’re really telling you is, they just won’t fight for it.”
Warren further states that “healthcare is a basic human right and I will continue to fight for basic human rights.” Mayor De Blasio also voiced his support.
The 8 other Democrats maintained their approval for private health insurance. Instead of completely throwing out the current policies observed in the country, the remaining participants added their own option.
Delaney said to “fixed what’s broken,” while Senator Amy Klobuchar mentioned that President Donald Trump failed to remain true on his promise of lowering drug process in the country.