Ledyard King and Jason Lalijee
Published 10:58 PM EDT Jun 26, 2019
Polling around 1 percent, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is trying to get noticed.
In the first part of the Democratic presidential debate Wednesday, De Blasio cut off former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke as they were talking about health coverage. It was the first tense moment between candidates during the debate.
Here’s the exchange:
O’Rourke: “If you can’t afford your premiums, we enroll you in Medicare, but If you are a member of a union that negotiated for a healthcare plan that you like because it works for you and your family, you are able to keep it …”
Moderator Lester Holt: “Would you replace private insurance?”
O’Rourke: “No. I think the choice is fundamental …”
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At this point, De Blasio interrupts: “Private insurance is not working for tens of millions of Americans when you talk about the co-pays… the premiums, the out of pocket expenses, it’s not working.”
O’Rourke: “They can choose Medicare …”
At that point, both were talking over each other giving former Maryland Rep. John Delaney to step in.
“I think we should be the party that keeps what’s working and fixes what’s broken,” Delaney said.