FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – Last night at the first Democratic primary debate, John Delaney highlighted the need for a universal health care system that preserves private insurance options, unlike the current Medicare-for-All bill in the Senate. On “The View” this morning, co-host Sunny Hostin agreed, saying “I think I’m in Delaney’s camp which is, if you enjoy your private insurance and you can afford it and you like it, why can’t you keep that? But those that can’t afford it, why can’t then those people have Medicare? Why can’t you have both options? If it isn’t broken, then leave it alone, don’t fix that, but fix the broken parts.”
The clip can be viewed online here.
At last night’s debate, Delaney highlighted his universal health care plan, BetterCare, which gives all Americans health insurance as a basic human right but preserves private options. Delaney’s answer is transcribed below and can be viewed online here.
“… 100 million Americans say they like their private health insurance, by the way. It should be noted that 100 million Americans — I mean, I think we should be the party that keeps what’s working and fixes what’s broken
“I think we should be the party that keeps what’s working and fixes what’s broken. I mean doesn’t that make sense? We should give everyone in this country health care as a basic human right for free. Full stop. But we should also give them the option to buy private insurance. Why do we have to stand for taking away something from people?
“Also its bad policy. If you go to every hospital in this country and you ask them one question, which is how would it have been for you last year if every one of your bills were paid at the Medicare rate? Every single hospital administrator said they would close. And the Medicare for All bill requires payments to stay at current Medicare rates.
“So to some extent we’re basically supporting a bill that will have every hospital closed. I mean my dad was a union electrician, right, I actually grew up in a working-class family, he loved the health care that the IBEW gave him and I just always think about my dad and anything I would do from a policy perspective he’d look at me and he’d say good job John for getting healthcare for every American, but why are you taking my healthcare away.”