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 ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE (D), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroDemocrats must not give in to self-fulfilling defeatism Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration MORE and Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Bass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign CNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee MORE (D-N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple Biden 'profoundly disappointed' after voting rights push fails in Senate Madame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Briahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service Trump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple 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.