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Andrew Yang on Healthcare: Does He Support Medicare For All or a Public Option?



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Leon Powe
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Leon Powe

Weak on Single Payer. Medicare for All is worth a lot more than $1000 a month. Mike gave Yang an out and Yang still argued about keeping insurance companies longer, showing he is not a singer payer proponent and weighs insurance companies more than the over 600,000 people who go bankrupt a year due to medical bills and the over 40,000 people a year who die due to a lack of healthcare.

Morenito Moreno
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Morenito Moreno

I knew this guy was faking the funk, not really for Medicare for all, doesn't want to raise taxes on the rich and big corporations, wants deregulations… he's trying to trick people with UBI but he sounds more and more like a libertarian Trojan horse

ubernaffa
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ubernaffa

Superb interview. Why do we have to rely on YouTube channels to hold politicians to account? Much as I like Yang, this just isn't good enough. Bernie is the only candidate worth his salt.

Josh Calhov
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Josh Calhov

Is this a Medicare Buy in or gov funded generally by taxes and other things? Because if it’s buy in the quality and price depends much on who signs in so I don’t agree with buy in at all.

Phoenix Clouden
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Phoenix Clouden

Thank you for this interview Mike. I wasn't sure on Yang before. Now I definitely know, he doesn't have my vote.

Diego Benalcázar
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Diego Benalcázar

Yeah. Yang is very weak on this point and this is the most trascendental point. Sounded like a politican that tells you what you want to hear.

End Political Corruption
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End Political Corruption

Yang doesn't seem well versed on this subject and winds up spitting out a word salad of incongruent policy options.
BTW, note that a public option alone does not get us closer to Medicare for All because, as the ACA is currently written, this would only be available on the exchanges and hence not available to the majority of Americans, who get their health insurance through employment. Currently, if your employer provides insurance, you may not shop on the exchanges. Therefore additional changes are required to truly bring this option to the majority of Americans.

Xavier Lamar
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Xavier Lamar

What is the problem with a public option.

IoOrganism
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IoOrganism

This is how you do a progressive interview! I have a lot of respect for Jimmy Dore but his Yang interviews were just him berating Andrew and not offering any solutions, It was too combative. Andrew's a nerd (said with love), He's a data driven candidate. I'm sure that if informed, about these bullsh*t political games by corporatist, he'd change his strategy. People need to stop demonizing Yang because he isn't perfectly politically literate (Obama was and he still got his @ss handed to him). Compassion, intelligence, integrity and strength are what we need to focus on.Someone that can't be… Read more »

Matthew Sayler
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Matthew Sayler

Keeping his feet to the fire Mike. That was great!

DamuEmran
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DamuEmran

I would love to take public option over what we got right now. I would take it in a heartbeat.

indigo Gloves Tech
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indigo Gloves Tech

Mike-you have to start calling this guy out like Beto and Mayor Pete, Yang is a fake progressive.

indigo Gloves Tech
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indigo Gloves Tech

this makes me pass hard on Yang. He is NOT for single payer.

Karen Hancock
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Karen Hancock

Thank you, Mike, for this interview! This is one more candidate that I can eliminate from considering for the presidency. Bernie is still number one, with Tulsi Gabbard, number two.

DRDR3ADSA
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DRDR3ADSA

You should have challenged him when he said he doesn't want to make private insurance illegal. M4A DOES NOT DO THIS. Yang knows this and is lying or he's very very ignorant. Not sure which is worse

IcarianX
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IcarianX

Great interview Mike!
Yang seems to be in the same camp as Elisabeth Warren here. Not super excited… He's definitely better than the corporate dems, and if he is the nominee, I will support him in the general, but Bernie, Gravel and Tulsi so far have better policy platforms.
Tier 1: Bernie, Gravel, (Tulsi with some reservations) – fully support
Tier 2: Elisabeth Warren and Andrew Yang – will support in the general, but not the primary
Tier 3: Everybody else – Hard pass.

IcarianX
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IcarianX

Btw, Yang's argument and reasoning on MC4A is the same as Elisabeth Warren's in the Young Turks interview she did.

Nikki 90125
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Nikki 90125

Props to Mike for not losing it with 'Chuckles Yang' when questioning about M4All versus Public Option. I don't care that Yang's worried about insurance companies all going out of business at once. He didn't seem like he's given the topic much actual thought or research. Mike shouldn't have to tell Yang about the M4All polling, and for a guy who is supposedly a great businessman, Mike shouldn't have to explain to Yang basic negotiation technique. Yang's laughing made me want to smack him… I have Stage 4 Renal Disease, my husband has Type 1 insulin dependent Diabetes, and our… Read more »

Abigail Brickler
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Abigail Brickler

Private health insurance is immoral. Everyone has a right to medical, dental, & vision. Private companies can cover boob jobs.

RealGuy24
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RealGuy24

I want a public option and a private option. What if the people on those policies do not want medicare? Are they going to be FORCED into medicare? Remember, if you control the money which flows into an industry, you control the industry.

Shaun Vargas
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Shaun Vargas

He admits on Ben Shapiro's show that he's not for Medicare for All, he states there's got to be some skin in the game on an individual level because some people are hypochondriacs saying dumb crap like that he's lost my interest I'm still with Bernie!! and if they cheat him Tulsi..

Comrade1312
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Comrade1312

I don't think your response in the end got through to Yang at all. he is open to changing his opinions

pixel fairy
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pixel fairy

what exactly is wrong with having a public option?

Rave
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Rave

Glad to see rebuttals in the comments defending Yang's practicality in his proposed transition. He is absolutely for Medicare for All. He's just not stupid enough to bash his head against a defensive wall he would CREATE by strictly attempting to outlaw the private sector.

Yang's strength is in how ruthlessly reasonable and efficient his policies are, such that he can get almost anyone in any arena to agree with him. If he starts pushing black or white, David vs Goliath policies, he absolutely loses his greatest asset.

John D A
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John D A

My God, Yang really is as dumb as a box of rocks. How can be so out of touch?

Elizabeth's Music and Arts
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Elizabeth's Music and Arts

I have mixed feelings on this upgraded M4A answer from Yang. I'm glad he fully supports ending our reliance on private medical insurance but… Also, wtf he hasn't read the M4A bill?!?!

Shiv Saxena
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Shiv Saxena

Fantastic interview. Subscribed

Kong Kong
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Kong Kong

so you think you have found the holy grail? fundamentalists on the left can be the worse friends

Kenneth Huang
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Kenneth Huang

I generally have a favorable opinion of Andrew Yang but boy did he bungle his responses to Mike here. He seems seriously out of his depth and his nervous laughter accentuates how ill-versed he is on the subject of Medicare for All. I don't think he's actually opposed to Medicare for All for ideological or political reasons (like the moderate Democratic candidates pretending to support Medicare for All are); I think he simply doesn't know enough about the subject. Hopefully this interview will push him to more clearly and unambiguously support Medicare for All and help him prepare better answers… Read more »

Luis Ruiz
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Luis Ruiz

So essentially his plan is to phase out private insurers instead of switching to single payer overnight?

Joshua Negrete
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Joshua Negrete

Andrew yang wants a 1,000 ubi because most Americans have zero in saving and living paycheck to paycheck and cant handle a unexpected bill. As far as the $15 dollar minimum wage hes not for a federal increase, he has said repeatedly hes for states/local governments raising it up to that if they want because a federal increase across the board at that level causes problems and the states/local will know much more how to go about it more effectively. He supports unions and by giving every worker 1,000 dollars to fall back on hes probably the biggest supporter of… Read more »

Jp Delapaz
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Jp Delapaz

Damn it Andrew. You're my #1 choice right now, but the public choice shit is not what we need. Medicare for all is the answer. I made previous comments where I defended your position as a way to get votes and then push med for all but it seems i was wrong. This sounds like your own position.