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Mon Apr 1, 2019, 02:33 PM

Klobuchar on ABC This Week with Jonathan Karl

KARL: So, what do you make of that, Senator Sanders saying he doesn't want to protect Obamacare?

KLOBUCHAR: Iím open to looking at Senator Sandersí proposal, but I am someone that wants to see immediate change and help people to afford their health care. So what I would suggest is first of all, all out opposition to the administrationís plan to kick people off their health care. And then you see the Affordable Care Act as a beginning and not an end. So what can you do? Well first of all, you can put in cost sharing reinsurance immediately, which is shown in many states, including red states to bring down premiums for people.

Then as president, I would immediately put in a public option proposal to Congress and that could be for Medicaid or Medicare. But that is also a way to get to our goal of universal health care coverage. And then finally pharmaceutical prices have skyrocketed, simple drugs like insulin, diabetics not able to afford them because itís $1,200 a month for something that used to be $18 a vial. And so taking on the pharmaceutical companies by saying you know what, no, you donít own Washington even though you have two lobbyists for every member of Congress. You donít own Washington. And so I would make sure that we have negotiations for prices under Medicare, that we bring in less expensive drugs from places like Canada and that we stop the practice where big pharma pays off their competitors to keep their products off the market.

KARL: You came out with a big plan on infrastructure, you said it is your top priority. Why infrastructure over healthcare or immigration or any of the other Ė other issues? Why-- infrastructure?

KLOBUCHAR: It is not infrastructure over healthcare, we can do two things at once, and to me infrastructure is an economic need. Infrastructure means things like making sure that we have drinking water that is safe in Flint. It means making sure those floods in Iowa, that we have a levy system that works and that weíve got Ė we have protection for our famers. It means a transit system that works. It means roads and bridges. We literally right now I am about a mile away from where that bridge fell down in the middle of the Mississippi River, that was because we werenít putting enough money into our infrastructure. And so this is an economic need for our country, the president has kept saying he wants to do something about it but itís a mirage. Heís never really put together the coalition or the funding to get it done. I have the funding, Iíve shown how I can get this plan done, and as president I will get it done.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-31-19-acting-white-house-chief/story?id=62056926 and scroll down, past nasty Mulvney.

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