Michael BennetU.S. Senator
Michael Bennet is a three-term U.S. Senator from Colorado. Previously, he was managing director of an investment company, and superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
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Has proposed creation of a federal public option that would co-exist with employer-sponsored and other private insurance, with the goal of reaching universal health coverage.
Was part of the bipartisan group that negotiated a comprehensive immigration reform proposal in 2013 that would have legalized undocumented immigrants, including DREAMers, who met certain criteria. The bill passed the Senate but was not brought up for a vote in the House. Supports immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and protections for DREAMers.
Supports taking urgent action to address the climate crisis by dramatically reducing emissions in industry, conserving land and natural resources, and investing in infrastructure. Does not endorse the Green New Deal.
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Bennet asserted that a Democrat who supports Medicare for All cannot win in Colorado. Bennet opposes this plan and instead supports a plan to offer a public option that also allows people to retain their private insurance.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Bennet described his record as a leader who helped draft comprehensive immigration reform. The legislation included a path to citizenship, border security measures, and protections for Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Bennet reaffirmed his support for universal healthcare that provides a public option but does not eliminate private insurance. He also says he opposes decriminalizing border crossings because “every country in world [should have] a secure border."
“It’s shameful that we don’t have universal health care in America. And it’s shameful that Mitch McConnell has blocked action and Donald Trump has stripped coverage away from millions. This should not be the reality Americans have to endure.”
“I don’t think we can make our economy work for everyone until we seriously reaffirm our commitment to public education. And that means investing in K-12 schools nationwide and raising teacher pay to treat them like the professionals they are.”
Bennet’s plan to fight climate change calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. His plan would require utilities to offer “zero-emissions energy to every household and business,” a national conservation program, and a “Climate Bank” to promote private investment.
Bennet supports a plan called Medicare-X that would provide a public option, “an insurance plan that would be available on the exchange for people to buy if they had no insurance or didn’t like their private insurance.” This plan would also give the federal government authority to negotiate for lower drug prices.
Bennet supports “Medicare X”, a healthcare plan that would allow families to choose whether they want private insurance coverage or a public healthcare option. He believes that’s the best way to move toward universal healthcare.