The Washington Post compiled a database of what each Democratc candidate thinks on health care — nearly every candidate supports creating a public option to expand health care coverage, but the field is more divided on other issues, like whether the federal government should produce and sell generic drugs to decrease the costs of medication.
Many candidates also appeared at a Planned Parenthood forum in South Carolina this week, where they discussed another hot button health care issue — abortion.
NPR reporter Sarah McCammon spoke to voter Lyric Swinton, who said that she’s looking for candidates to be uncompromising on access to abortion.
I think that maybe sometime in the past there might’ve been room for [compromise], but not anymore. I think that because so many of our rights are under attack and so many of the ideals that our party holds near and dear are under attack, there’s no room for any gray area.
We also spoke last week about the rising cost of insulin. One of our guests, Lija Greenseid, told us that she spends $14,000 per year on the medication for her daughter’s type-1 diabetes. “There are no choices,” Greenseid said. “Until, hopefully, someday there’s a cure, we will be paying those prices to keep her alive.”
Produced by Stacia Brown.
James Capretta, Resident fellow and Milton Friedman chair, American Enterprise Institute; former associate director at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush
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