Amy Klobuchar to Jay Inslee: The Women On This Stage Fought Pretty Hard For The Right To Choose

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar took a dig at Gov. Jay Inslee after his passionate statement on abortion rights during the first presidential debate Wednesday in Miami.

HOLT: I want to move back, if I can, to Congresswoman Gabbard...
 
(CROSSTALK)
 
WARREN: ... point, though, and that is that the insurance companies last year alone sucked $23 billion in profits out of the health care system, $23 billion. And that doesn't count the money that was paid to executives, the money that was spent lobbying Washington.
 
We have a giant industry that wants our health care system to stay the way it is, because it's not working for families, but it's sure as heck working for them.
 
(CROSSTALK)
 
WARREN: It's time for us to make families come first.
 
INSLEE: It should not be an option in the United States of America for any insurance company to deny a woman coverage for their exercise of their right of choice.
 
(APPLAUSE)
 
And I am the only candidate here who has passed a law protecting a woman's right of reproductive health in health insurance, and I'm the only candidate who has passed a public option. And I respect everybody's goals and plans here, but we do have one candidate that's actually advanced the ball. And we've got to have access for everyone. I've done it as a public option.
 
HOLT: Your time...
 
(CROSSTALK)
 
HOLT: Senator Klobuchar, I want to get you...
 
(APPLAUSE)
 
(UNKNOWN): That's a false claim.
 
HOLT: I am fascinated by this. Senator -- Senator Klobuchar?
 
KLOBUCHAR: I just want to say, there's three women up here that have fought pretty hard for a woman's right to choose. I'll start with that.
 
(APPLAUSE)
 
And then I just want to make very clear, I think we share the goal of universal health care. And the idea I put out there, the public option, which the governor was just talking about, this idea is that you use Medicare or Medicaid without any insurance companies involved, you can do it either way. And the estimates are 13 million people would see a reduction in their premiums, 12 more million people would get covered.
 
So I think it is a beginning and the way you start and the way you move to universal health care.



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