Google News 09/13: The Democratic candidates line up for their 3rd debate

A surprisingly focused and policy-based exchange

Farid Alsabeh


The path to the highly-anticipated 2020 general elections continued last night as 10 Democratic primary candidates took the stage in Houston, Texas to make their case to the American public. The stakes are high: there will perhaps never be another opportunity to run against a president as controversial as Donald Trump, a fact that significantly bolsters each hopeful nominee’s chances of winning.

Thankfully, though, bashing Trump wasn’t such a high priority for any of the candidates last night. Anti-Trump rhetoric is useful — after all, there’s widespread discontent with his administration — but it can’t be relied on too much as a substitute for an actual position. Besides, at a certain point we as viewers will get tired of hearing stale complaints about Trump’s character and policies — if nothing else, because those are such easy targets.

Instead, what we witnessed last night was a policy-centered debate that showcased the emerging trends and distinctions within the Democratic party. In today’s Google News article we’ll review these policy points and explore just who the Democrats are trying to reach.

Health care takes the spotlight

It’s natural that health care should be a major topic for Democrats. All the ingredients are there for an impassioned liberal cause: a struggling group of mostly working-class people, an elite class of insurance and pharmaceutical companies who are profiting from the status quo, and the egalitarian promise of ‘universal coverage’.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the candidates with the most radical vision for health care: they seek to eliminate the private insurance market entirely, replacing it with a Medicare-for-all system. Under this program, all Americans would have full coverage for most treatments, with reimbursement rates being set by the Department of Health and Human Services on a yearly basis.

The cost for providing free care to every American is just as high as you’d think: $30 trillion over the course of a decade, by some estimates. Here, Sanders and Warren take different approaches. Sanders is quite…