2020 Democrats sit for interviews with health care activist

2020 Democrats sit for interviews with health care activist

A slate of Democrats running for president in 2020 are sitting down for interviews with activist Ady Barkan to discuss health care policies as the party’s presidential primary heats up.

Barkan, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2016 and has garnered social media fame with his activism fighting for more affordable health insurance, said the current primary is not engendering substantial discussions or plans on the topic.

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“For the last three years, I’ve been fighting our representatives in Washington to replace our unjust, predatory and discriminatory health care system with coverage that protects the American people,” he said in a video. “But the composed speeches, the empty one-liners and stilted debates haven’t given us better health care.” 

Be A Hero, Barkan’s advocacy group, added in a statement that the new series is intended to “foster personal, unguarded moments between a dying father and those vying for the most powerful office in the country.”

The series, titled “Uncovered: Health Care Conversations with Ady Barkan,” is a collaboration among Be A Hero, NowThis News and Crooked Media.

The candidates confirmed for interviews thus far are South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden 9-year-old asks Buttigieg how to be strong and tell people he is gay too MORE (D), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroThe Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg to face off with rivals at Nevada debate How the media fall in and out of love with candidates Key Latino group endorses Sanders ahead of Nevada caucuses MORE and Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announces tumor on kidney, will undergo treatment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dem anxiety grows ahead of Super Tuesday House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates Sanders is a risk, not a winner House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Buttigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey MORE (D-Mass.).

Health care has emerged as a chief flashpoint in the Democratic primary, with the crowded field debating the merits of a “Medicare for All” system versus a longer transition to universal coverage via an expansion of the Affordable Care Act.