I know how to create jobs. We need a short-term strategy which is to put money in the pockets of workers with the earned income tax credit, raising the minimum wage, and creating family leave, and then we need to have a long-term strategy to make sure this country is competitive and we're creating jobs everywhere in this country.
Rep. Beto O'ROURKE: No. Our plan says that if you're insufficiently insured, we enroll you in Medicare. But if your health care plan works for you and your family, you're able to keep it.
Mayor Bill DE BLASIO: You've got to start by acknowledging the system is not working for people. Why are you defending private insurance?
Rep. John DELANEY: 100 million Americans say they like their private health insurance. 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?
NYC Mayor DeBlasio: You hear folks say there's not enough money. What I say to them is there's plenty of money in this country.
Q: Do you agree?
Rep. Delaney: We need to make sure everyone has a living wage. I've called for a doubling of the earned income tax credit, raising the minimum wage, and creating paid family leave. That will create a situation where people actually have a living wage. Then we've got to fix our education system.
Delaney: I guess there's always a first. This president, who is lawless, should not be above the law. But I will tell you, the one thing when you're out doing as much campaigning as I've done, this is not the number-one issue the American people ask us about. They want to know what we're going to do for health care, how we're going to lower pharmaceutical prices, how we're going to build infrastructure, what we're going to do to create jobs in their communities. These kind of kitchen-table, pocket-book issues are actually what most Americans care about. They never ask about the Mueller Report.
The above quotations are from NBC News, "Decision 2020," the Democratic candidates debate,|
live from the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, Florida, June 26-27, 2019..
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