4 healthcare quotes from the November Democratic debate

The healthcare discussion was brief during the Nov. 20 Democratic debate, with the conversation instead focusing more on foreign policy, social issues and the future of democracy.

After a day of impeachment hearings, defeating President Donald Trump was also a much talked about issue. Healthcare clocked in as the seventh most talked about topic, according to Bloomberg, in a departure from the other debates, which have given healthcare policy the most air time

Here are four soundbites from the discussion last night on healthcare:

1. "The reason I insist on 'Medicare for All Who Want It' is that that is something that as a governing strategy we can unify the American people around … without the divisive step of ordering people onto it whether they want to or not," said Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is running on a public-option healthcare plan.

2. "When people have had a chance to feel it and taste it and live with it, we're going to vote and we're going to want Medicare for All," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., referring to her recently released plan to delay the introduction of a Medicare for All bill until her third year in office, after creating a public option and transitioning more people into a publicly run healthcare plan.

3. "I wrote the damn bill," Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reminded voters. "In the first week of my administration, we will introduce Medicare for All."

4. "[Medicare for All] couldn't pass the United States Senate right now with Democrats. It couldn't pass the House. [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] is one of those people who doesn't think it makes sense," said former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also in favor of improving on the ACA and adding a public option.


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