Democratic presidential primary contender, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, said Sunday he supports the Obamacare healthcare model, but also favors a “public option” — a government-run heath insurance agency.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Ryan said Democrats need to rally around “issues we can unify around and pass” if they want to retake the White House, suggesting healthcare as an example.
“I want more people to have more affordable coverage,” he said. “I want there to be some kind of public option where middle class people who work hard and play by the rules can get some help so they're not getting squeezed by the pharmaceutical companies and the health care companies.”
“And so what does that look like after it goes through the process? It ended up with the Affordable Care Act, so I voted for it,” he said. “I also supported the public option in the Affordable Care Act but we couldn't get it done. I'm saying let's move the ball forward. President Trump and the Republicans right now want to kick people off of healthcare. That's going in the wrong direction.”
Ryan said his other presidential platform priority is “creating an industrial policy in the United States.”
“We are getting our clocks cleaned by China right now when it comes to electric vehicles, when it comes to solar panels, when it comes to additive manufacturing,” he said.
“These are areas that are growing significantly and for electric vehicles there's two million electric vehicle cars now, there's going to be 30 million in 2030. Who's going to make those cars? I want us to be making those cars in the industrial Midwest in America.”
He added it will involve “public-private partnerships.”
“The old coal community, steel communities, rubber and auto communities that have lost jobs the last 30 years, there's been no plan to help those communities at all. That's going to be a priority for me and we're gonna get it done.”
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