Julián Castro Explains His Health Care Vision to Ady Barkan | Uncovered | NowThis


Ady’s been a real inspiration in a time when, in our country, we need inspiration of leading this resistance to this Trump administration. But more importantly than that, fighting for something, especially for everybody in this country to be able to get good health care, so that we understand that health care is a human right. Hello, y’all. Hi. How are you? Welcome. Hi, good to see you. Rachael? Hi, I’m Rachael. So nice to meet you. Thank you for coming. Hi, what’s your name? Carl. Great to meet you. Good to meet you, Ady. Welcome to Santa Barbara. Thank you. This is the first time I’ve been here. It’s good to meet you. Yeah, it’s a nice place. I want to show some photos of us from before. This our Columbia graduation. Is that Columbia? I was gonna say, yeah, I recognized it. Yeah. Who’s in that one? Baby Carl. Baby Carl, yeah. So this was just a few weeks
before Ady was diagnosed— actually, we were at a friend’s
wedding in Northern California. during During—when Ady was protesting against the Republican tax bill in December 2017. And that was also right around when he started using a wheelchair, so it’s been, you know, a
pretty steady progression since then Daddy! Yeah. Yeah. Daddy. Ok, bud. Should we go outside
and let Abba and Julián talk a little bit? I have to say, as a movement organizer, I really admire the work your mother did. You watched her build La Raza Unida as a
political activist and help win real power for people in marginalized communities. Yeah. You have said she was a defining influence on you. Can you talk a little bit about that? What you learned growing up going to organizing meetings and watching your mom fight for justice. I’m very proud of my mom I’m convinced that if my mom had not
been involved the way that she was, that my brother Joaquin and I probably wouldn’t have gotten into politics, into public service. When my brother and I were growing up, my mom would drag us to meetings,
and to speeches, and to rallies, and we’d be waiting for 3 hours while the
adults talked in the other room about organizing. And at the time, I hated it. My mother, when she was active, her and her generation, they always had a greater hope for their kids. So the other thing that I learned was that
your victories don’t always come right away. As you know, I would like to focus the
bulk of our discussion today on health care. It is obvious that our health care system is in crisis. Millions are uninsured. This system is not working for anybody unless, of course, you are a pharmaceutical or
insurance executive. I am curious: Does anyone in your family have personal experience with the health care crisis that way? Yeah, you know I grew up with a grandmother had Type 2 diabetes, but the godsend was that she had Medicare. We had some ability to be able to
afford the health care that she needed. I’ve also had relatives that were out of a job, that couldn’t afford medication, couldn’t afford to go see the doctor. And then I compare that to my grandmother, and that’s why, you know, I believe that we need to build out our
health care system around Medicare— to make it available to everybody who wants to be on it. I want to show you a video. It was recorded by Matt, who lives in New York, and his mother Cokie, who is a registered nurse. Their story is a harrowing one, and yet, it’s an experience that’s become all too common in this country. As a teenager, I was rationing my insulin, managing my diabetes that way, and I ended up passing out, and my roommates— sorry—they, they carried me to the hospital. I said, ‘Don’t take me to the emergency room. I can’t afford to pay for it.’ ’Cause I didn’t even have money for insulin, so I was like, how am I supposed to pay
for an emergency room bill? If Matthew had had access to insulin
when he was 19, 20, 21, it would’ve been much cheaper
than him going into the hospital. He— and all these patients that I’ve taken care of— would greatly benefit from Medicare for All. As Republicans try to figure out how to take away people’s care and give more money to to the insurance companies, Democrats are debating different paths forward. What would your approach be as president, and what bill would you ask Congress to send you? My approach—I see it as an approach that’s built off of Medicare with, basically, a private option. So that ultimately, that everybody will be,
essentially, on a Medicare-based system. If somebody has a solid health insurance plan, private health insurance plan, that you’re gonna have some time period
where they’re able to hold on to that. But I believe, in the competition between those two, that ultimately, we’re going to get to a
point of a system that’s based off of Medicare. I have ‘good’ private insurance, but it doesn’t cover long-term care, so now we are scrounging to pay a crazy
$9,000 [a] month for 24-hour care. This is why I support Medicare for All. I think that— that the example of your insurance is a
very appropriate cautionary tale about the shortcomings of private health insurance. Because I think that a lot of people don’t foresee that they may find themselves in a
situation because I think that they’re gonna need certain type of coverage, or they believe under the plan that it would be there, and then it’s denied. So we need to make sure that, to the
extent there is any private health insurance, that that private health insurance
actually is solid and strong. A recent survey found that a majority of
all voters supported Medicare for All and the phaseout of private plans if they
can keep their doctor and hospital. Do you agree that people like their
doctors and not their private insurance plans? Oh, I agree, I agree, yeah. I think the relationship that people have is
with their doctor, not with their private health insurance
plan—I agree with that. And I think that it—it means that we need
to strengthen reimbursement rates, particularly to doctors in rural communities, for instance, to ensure that physicians are
able to keep that relationship with their patient and be there for their patient. You have stated numerous times that you
believe undocumented immigrants should get the health care they need. How would you make that a reality as president, especially given the new public charge rule and other laws that prevent undocumented immigrants from getting necessary health care? I think there are two steps. Number one is immediately, the administration would begin to undo
the rules that were implemented by Health and Human Services or any of
the other departments on public charge. And then secondly, as we do health care legislation, we’re gonna need to include that an
undocumented immigrant would be able to avail himself or herself of health care. But I do believe that we’re gonna have a
Democratic president, a Democratic Senate, and Democratic House at 12:01 pm
on January 20, 2021. And that if the decision is between
making sure that everybody has good health care or this 60-vote filibuster rule, I’m gonna choose getting health care to everybody, including making sure that undocumented immigrants are able to get the care that they need, even as we put them on a pathway to citizenship. Thank You Secretary Castro, since my diagnosis, I
have been thinking a lot about my legacy. I hope that people in my life remember
me as someone who advanced the cause of justice. How do you want to be remembered? It’s weird for me to think about a legacy,
but I hope that people will remember me as somebody that tried to do good for
other people, tried to help other people. I believe that that’s a good word, that we
should go into politics, into public service, to help people. And I hope at the end of my public
service, that people will say that I helped a lot of people. Thank you for what you said, and thank you again so much for coming here. I have enjoyed the conversation and truly believe your voice is one the American people need to hear. Thank you very much. It has been a privilege to meet you.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Castro words healthcare very carefully. He's not Medicare for all. He says healthcare for who wants it. So you're not guaranteeing healthcare. And he likes the competition between private and government healthcare. Private healthcare will keep prices low until government healthcare fails then they Jack up the price when there's no more competition and we're right back with the monopoly on healthcare we're in now. This is why we need to eliminate private healthcare. Government healthcare won't deny you, no deductibles, no co pays and no premiums. Medicare for all is better healthcare.

  2. fox news and the republicans are not going to let us have medicare for all,because it will hurt their billionaire donor money they get, that support their million dollar salaries

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