TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — The August 4 primary election is about three weeks away. Leading up to the election, we will be getting answers from the candidates on topics that Kansans care about, including affordable healthcare.
Access to affordable healthcare continues to be a challenge for countless Americans. The healthcare discussion has become a divisive issue in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, as well as both chambers on the state level.
Many democrats are pushing for a public health insurance option, this would be health insurance provided by the federal government rather than a private insurer. Some believe that a public option should be just that, an option alongside private insurance; others believe all healthcare should be public. Republicans are against the idea, including the four U.S. Senate candidates from Kansas.
We asked the candidates what their plan was for healthcare in the U.S. Read their full, unedited responses below:
“I don’t believe in a public option for everyone, that’s basically a fancy way of saying ‘socialized medicine’. We’ve seen in America that prices go lower whenever there’s competition and in the areas where prices are extremely high right now, it’s because of a lack of competition. […]
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