Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 2

Channel: Fox News
Published: 01/27/2020

Pete Buttigieg talks the economy and foreign policy during a Fox News town hall. Watch the rest of the town hall here: Part one: Part three: Part four: FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business

And we're back now with our town hall at their feet. Buddha, jed's, julie, morneau, is our next questioner and she wants to ask you mayor about health care philly. So one of the core pieces of the aca are the subsidies provided to help make insurance affordable for the average pete, with recent changes to legislation and revenue sources for the subsidies, no law that no longer existing. What would ...
you do to keep the cost of policies down while medicare for all who want it is being implemented? Yes, so this is one of the reasons why we've got to pay attention to the whole system. There'S a big debate going on about which coverage plan is best. Of course, i think mine medicare for all who wanted its best. We'Ve also got a look at the cost side. Now. One thing that we can do is deliver a quality public plan where the premiums never go above eight and a half percent of your income and that's part of the design of my plan, and that's why i think most people will choose it in the end. I just trust people to choose it on their own. We also need to make sure that we're prepared to fund the subsidies that make health care affordable, whether it's under the aca, in my vision for all americans - and that means we can't be afraid to talk about revenue. Now there are two steps you can take.

That would fund the entirety of what i'm proposing in health care for ten years. Just two things you got to do. One of them is roll back. The trump corporate tax cuts, which i think most of us think, is the right thing to do, and the other one is such a common-sense move that it's kind of astonishing. It hasn't happened already and that is to finally allow medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs with the drug companies. If we do that, there is enough revenue to maintain those subsidies you're asking about, and we should mayer you talked about being, at least relatively speaking, a moderate, a centrist, particularly in comparison to some of your opponents in this race, like bernie sanders and elizabeth warren, and In fact, right now, your fundraising, very much against bernie sanders by saying he could win here in iowa and if he does, he can't beat donald trump and you believe you can. We look, though, at all of your domestic proposals, and we want to put them up on the screen. We added them up a trillion dollars for child care and college aid and affordable housing. Two trillion dollars to address climate change, one and a half trillion to pay for medicare for all who want it and then, when you add that up to all of your other plans, it comes to 5. 7 million or trillion dollars, rather in new spending question. What'S moderate about that? Well, it's the right thing to do and i suppose it's moderate in the sense that most americans want us to take those steps now costs a fraction of what some of my competitors in this primary are proposing the health care piece alone. Folks can't seem to agree whether it's twenty trillion or 40 trillion i've figured out a way to do it.

That is affordable now, five point: seven trillion dollars is not a small amount of money, but i'm also committing that everything that i propose is paid for that. The sum total of all the things i've offered up in this campaign will at worst be deficit-neutral and ultimately will actually reduce the deficit, and i think it's time for my party to be a little more comfortable, owning the issue of the deficit, because, even though i'm The youngest person running for president, i'm old enough to remember when republicans talked about the deficit, all the time only for this president to have a trillion dollar deficit on his watch, mostly as a consequence of these giant tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. If we make these common-sense moves around corporate tax cuts around negotiating drug prices around things like closing the loopholes that allow people to park their profits elsewhere, dealing with the fact that a company like amazon on billions of dollars in profits pays exactly zero in taxes. We can pay for all of the things i'm proposing and unlike tax cuts on the wealthiest, the investments that i'm proposing actually do pay for themselves. That'S why we have federal investment in infrastructure, health and education. It is affordable compared to doing nothing for sure, especially when it comes to climate mary. You may want to listen to this next question because giuliana martinez giuliana, where are you stand up, is already a president which you are not yet. Oh, she is the student she's. The student body president at dort university in sioux center julianne your question during the des moines debate earlier this month. You mentioned that democrats have a better track record than republicans do when it comes to tackling debt in america. You also went on to say that you would support money being thrown towards education, childcare and the environment. How are you going to increase government spending while also decreasing national debt? Great, madam president, let me unpack a little bit of what i was just mentioning, because there's this idea out there that we couldn't possibly make the investments we need to without tax levels, that put pressure on the economy and it's just not true the kinds of reforms That i'm talking about are about making sure that corporations in the wealthiest pay their fair share.

We don't have to go back to the levels of taxes that we had in the 50s and 60s, although it's worth mentioning that our economy grew pretty well back then too, all we have to do is have the tax code actually makes sense and when we do, When we make these investments, something like early childhood education, something like making sure we got the kind of infrastructure that our country deserves. Instead of crumbling roads and bridges, making sure that broadband is getting out to rural areas and then we pay attention to our digital infrastructure and, of course, preventing a climate catastrophe that is already starting to show its face in our communities. That is an investment in the future. It will pay for itself and we'll be really glad. We did it in the years to come next question from wade steinke on foreign policy. Wait! Hello, me repeat, thank you for being here today. My question is: how would you balance pulling us out of the middle east versus maintaining commitments to our allies in the region? Well, that's always been an important issue and it just got a lot more important because of the president steps that have destabilized a region that was already one of the most volatile in the world. Here'S what we got to do it starts by recognizing that we don't have to choose between endless war and completely disappearing from the world stage. What we've got to do is decide what our priorities are and raise the bar for the use of force. Think about what was happening in syria in northern syria, you had a tiny handful of people, some highly specialized intelligence and special operations, personnel holding the line they didn't take responsibility for turning syria into switzerland. Their job was to make sure that the worst things were prevented and when the president pulled the rug out from that, we saw the effect we've seen the effects of the decision to have that strike in iraq. That has complicated an already complicated situation both with iraq and, of course, moved us closer to the brink of war with iran.

What we need to do is build up, not tear up our international partnerships, because american lives depend on our relationships with our allies, and we shouldn't be doing any of this alone. We shouldn't have to be doing any of this alone, because at our best, america is standing for things like democracy and human rights and stability that are not just american values. They'Re human values that are shared around the world and, frankly part of our strategic edge is that we've stand for those things, but it only works if we're authentically living up to them. And that starts right at home, because how can we be a force for stability and human rights and democracy and freedom abroad? If our own president is echoing the vocabulary of dictators, saying that, for example, unfavorable coverage is the work of the enemy of the people? We got to get our own house in order and then we will be in a much better position for global leadership mayor. Let'S, let's play this out in real time, and i don't even know if you know this, but there has been a rocket attack tonight on the us embassy in baghdad. They believes it was not the iranians but iranian-backed militias they hit the embassy. We know, according to us officials, there were no fatalities, we don't know yet whether or not there were any casualties but again a rocket attack on the us embassy in baghdad by iranian-backed militias. What does president budaj do in this moment? What questions are you asking? What steps are you taking? First, we have to take steps to make sure that us personnel are safe and we have to look at a proportional response or preventive actions to make sure this can't happen again and we should be coordinating with our allies in order to make sure that that safety Is enhanced as we move forward look? These are not the kinds of conflicts that we were used to a decade or a generation ago. We'Re talking about complicated dynamics with with proxy fighting with different kinds of players, sometimes hard to even tell where something came from, and that's the world that the next president is going to have to manage. But the other thing is that we've got to manage that with a view to the people, the humans, the americans, who were impacted. That'S why it was so disturbing to hear the president seemed to brush away the traumatic brain injuries of the americans, who were injured by the iranian missile attack in iraq. We'Re talking about somebody who, as a privileged son of a multi-millionaire, faked, an injury in order to avoid serving goes on to become the president and minimizes the real injuries of those who did.

This is exactly why someone like donald trump has no business anywhere near the situation room, because you have to be able to make these decisions with the perspective of those who have their lives on the line, every minute that they are in the middle east or in The region anyway, we have to take a break here when we come back, we'll hear from more voters about were the big issues on their minds like climate change and abort [ music, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ applause, ],.

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