My Conversation With David Hildebrand For U.S. Senate
What is the difference between single-payer healthcare, medicare for all, and universal healthcare, and what is your vision for healthcare in America?
Single-Payer Healthcare and Medicare for All are both currently being used to describe a system where healthcare insurance companies are replaced by a system where the government operates as the financier of the healthcare system through taxation. This system would cover everyone despite ability to pay, and cut costs through bargaining power between the state and healthcare providers and prescription drug manufacturers.
Universal healthcare is a cop-out to define "coverage" for all that requires everyone to buy private insurance under the current system. I support the single-payer approach.
Thank you. Does fracking contribute enough to American industry to forgo its environmental impact?
No, I am for banning fracking and moving toward 100% renewable energy by 2035. No fossil fuel usage is beneficial.
Many self-described progressive candidates are now using the ambiguous phrase "corporate-free", while essentially benefiting from the same donors and system. What does "corporate-free" mean to your campaign?
For my campaign, corporate-free means not taking money from corporations directly, not receiving the benefit of a Super-Pac, and not taking money through independent donations from "industry leaders." I take it a step further, however. I believe candidates who benefit from exclusive coverage by news corporations are receiving in-kind donations that are benefiting their campaigns, while not being reported. Democracy matters.
So can it then be assumed that you support a Congressional overturn of Citizen's United?
Yes, but that isn't enough. There are many loopholes in election laws that existed before Citizens United. These loopholes are often overlooked by candidates. Currently, a candidate running for U.S. Senate can accept 5,000 from a corporate PAC directly to their campaign. Ending Citizens United will not do anything to stop this. We need Publicly Funded elections that disallow all corporate donations.
What should be done with the snowballing addiction crisis (of more than just opioids), and the pharmaceutical companies complicit in it?
We must go after pharmaceutical companies pushing unnecessary prescriptions in general, and opioids specifically. Legal ramifications and fines need to be serious enough for future dissuasion of these illicit activities. We must also legalize marijuana on the federal level to have another option to replace addiction to opioids with a harmless substitute.
Recently, the Democrats in both the House and The Senate voted to expand the military's budget by $100,000,000,000. As a Democrat, would you vote with your Party here?
No. I was appalled, as many were, that several Democrats that call themselves "Progressive" voted for war funding at all, let alone an increase to what was requested by the Trump administration. Sadly, I was not surprised. Several of these Corporate Democrats have voted numerous times against the people and with their donors and Republicans. I am running as a Democrat for strategic reasons and to help the DemEnter movement take over the party in California.
Thank you for clarifying that. I've (and millions have) become increasingly disgusted with the Party. As a side note though, it was 89% of House Dems, and comparable in the Senate. No minor faction of the Party.
As have I. I was only referring to the ones who label themselves "Progressive." We are well aware of how many others vote on these issues. Sadly, this label is very effective at tricking voters.
Don't forget, be a "progressive who gets things done", like destroy brown communities, and topple democracies. But I digress... lol
We will never forget.
Do you think that polling places will be disperse and accessible on the 5th?
No. I am concerned that we keep altering our voting systems, which makes it confusing for many voters. In 5 counties, all voters are now sent their ballots and they can choose to mail them in or drop them off. Sacramento county is one of these counties. Many voters return their ballots in the mail, but many want to go to the polling place to drop them off. In these counties, those polling places are far fewer, and further, leaving residents without permanent transportation without options. This system will likely be statewide in 2020, when we will also see a changed primary date to March, 3 months earlier than voters are used to. As much as these new options are helpful, they also breed confusion.
I see; And should we anticipate any deliberate shenanigans by the DNC on election day?
We should always anticipate shenanigans. Many were already played in the endorsement processes earlier this year, where we saw candidates not up for election, or termed out, move their appointed delegates around the state to protect their establishment cohort. Kevin de Leon was part of this process. He moved 19 appointed delegates to Sacramento to shield Richard Pan from our progressive replacement. To say we are upset with de Leon's actions would be an understatement. It is important to point out that these delegates were not from our area, and did not represent us. It was a slap in the face to democracy.
Wow, I remember looking into his campaign, though. He isn't a bulwark of leftist thought. lol
Not at all.
Ok, I did want to ask you one more thing if I could... What is a "human right"? We have heard, especially during this administration much usage of this phrasing, but Flint does not have potable water, and the homeless wander the streets. "What is a human right"?
The right to have the necessities others take for granted due to their wealth. This includes clean water, but includes shelter, food, medical care including mental health and dental, a job that pays a fair wage, an education, a pension and the ability to retire by 62, etc.
Well spoken. Thank you for your time this evening! Good luck with your election on June 5th...