WASHINGTON (GrayDC) Democratic Colorado Senator Michael Bennet just beat prostate cancer—and now he is fighting a new battle, as he looks to win the White House.
Democratic Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) just beat prostate cancer and now he's fighting a new battle, as he looks to win the White House. (Source: Gray DC)
He is in his 10th year as a U.S. Senator, but his career spanned more than politics.
Bennet served as the Superintendent for Denver Public Schools…and managed an investment company that fixes failing companies. Through the years, he also worked closely with former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, now one of his competitors in the race for the Democratic nomination.
“I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I mean, nobody likes to be diagnosed with cancer. I can tell you, it’s scary. But I was lucky. I had health insurance,” said Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), a Democratic presidential candidate.
Bennet says getting care shouldn’t be about luck. His solution is a program called Medicare X, a more moderate proposal compared to the Medicare-for-All concept many of his Democratic competitors are pushing. It would give people the option to buy lower cost government healthcare or keep private insurance through their employer.
“Finish the work of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, create a true public option so you and I can make the right decision for ourselves and for our families,” said Bennet.
In a one-on-one interview, Bennet lays out ambitious goals for tackling climate change, providing paid family leave and creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. His most passionate pocket book issue—he plans to nearly double the child tax credit for families with young kids, and offer a 50 percent bump for those with older children.
“It would be the most constructive thing that’s been done for the middle class in this country in a generation,” said Bennet.
We wanted to know how Bennet plans to finance that plan.
“I’ve said that it should be paid for. But I haven’t said what the paid fors are because I don’t want to negotiate against myself,” said Bennet.
Bennet says his policies come down to helping families from all different backgrounds build a better future, a focus that stems from his own roots. His mother is a Holocaust survivor, his father’s family came to the U-S on the Mayflower.
“I was once asked in the second grade, we were asked to line up to whose family had been here the most recent, whose family had been here the longest and I was the answer to both questions. In a way, that’s a very American story,” said Bennet.
Bennet is leaning on that story and his relatively moderate policies to carry him to victory in 2020.
Bennet has not secured a spot yet in the first Democratic presidential debate, but he is on the bubble. The first debates are set for June 26th and 27th in Miami.
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