Beto O’Rourke on If He’d Support Bernie Sanders’ Plan to Wipe Out All Medical Debt: ‘Perhaps’
BASH: "Let’s change topics to what we’re going to see in 11 days, the next democratic debate. You’re one of ten who made the debate stage. One of the key issues of course will be health care. Senator Sanders floated a plan this weekend that would cancel $81 billion in existing past due medical debt. Is that something you could support?"
O'ROURKE: "Perhaps, yeah. There’s no reason that you should go into bankruptcy or not be able to make that payment on a prescription medication that will save your life. The first order of business is to enroll everyone in Medicare who is not insured today, they should be able to enroll in Medicare. Those who have employer sponsored insurance that works for them, members of unions who fought for health care plan that they like for themselves and their families, they should be able to keep that as well. And then those who have accrued that medical debt, if we can help them as well, let’s do that. I think the goal should be universal guaranteed high quality care, primary care, mental health care, and every woman making her own decision about her own body and having access to care."