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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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden rolls out group of deputy secretary nominees On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE (D), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroOVERNIGHT ENERGY: McEachin signals interest in Biden administration environment role | Haaland, eyed for Interior, stresses need for Native American representation | Haaland backers ask Udall to step aside in bid for Interior post Julian Castro announces relaunch of 'Adios Trump!' shirts to raise money for young immigrants Sanders says Democrats should have given more speaking time to progressives MORE and Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Booker: It would be 'constitutionally dangerous' not to conduct full Trump impeachment trial MORE (D-N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag Howard University's marching band to escort Harris at inauguration MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day 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.