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Sanders Continues To Defend His Medicare For All Plan In Indianola

Clay Masters
Sen. Bernie Sanders takes the stage at the Kent Campus Center at Simpson College in Indianola on December 8, 2019.

Many of the Democratic presidential candidates were in Iowa over the weekend. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders ended a four-day swing through the state with a town hall in Indianola Sunday. Sanders said his Medicare For All proposal will be better for middle class Americans than his Democratic competitors.

“So, for all my critics who don’t want to take on the healthcare industry you go tell your constituents that Bernie’s proposal will cost the average American worker $1,200 a year,” Sanders told the crowd. “Their proposal will cost $12,000 dollars a year. I think we got the better deal here.”

Sanders spent much of the town hall taking questions from the audience.

Natalie Harwood from Windsor Heights was there. She says she and her spouse caucused for the Vermont Senator four years ago, and while they started the year undecided, they’ll support him again in 2020.

“On every issue that matters, other candidates equivocate on it, cave on it, walk comments back,” Harwood said, specifically mentioning Medicare for All. “It doesn’t really feel like [other candidates] understand what we’re facing.”

Harwood says healthcare is one of her top issues in the presidential race. The Iowa caucuses are February 3, 2020.

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.