Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on health care, changes to be made in Democratic Party

Gillibrand sat down with the co-hosts of the "The View" to discuss how health care can be improved, the Democratic Party, women's role in government and more.
7:09 | 05/08/17

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New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been one of the loudest and most outspoken critics of the new administration. You know, I don't even know what to say. Except for, please welcome the fabulous and very forward thinking, senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Here's my question. So as you know with all bill that is come out, there is always something that we can tweak and make better. What was wrong with what they call Obamacare, and what could we have done just to tweak it to make it better for folks in your opinion? As I have traveled around upstate New York, some of the things they loved was covering kids, making sure you get coverage for pre-existing conditions, not getting charged because you're a woman. Not getting dropped the day you're pregnant. Those really matter. But the issue is it's too expensive. For a middle-class family, it's taking too much of their income, for a small business. You could have a not for profit public income you can buy into. Like medicare. It would be there for you, and create competition in the system. It would not have that fat profit that is mandatory for any other for-profit company, and you have something less expensive that covers most things.( Do you think that will happen? You should fight for it. Yes. We should absolutely fight for medicare. It would make a huge difference, I think, to many new yorkers who just want to have basic care, and they can't afford what's being offered. You know, women stand a lot to lose here as you mentioned, but when you look at the photo of the people that are deciding, and working on this bill, look at the 13 senators. They are all men. Do any of them have -- All men, all Republicans. Do any of them have female genitalia? Are we missing something? White men. Does that concern you when you see that? It does. It does, because women do have a lot to lose. We were discriminated against without Obamacare. We were charged more. Being a mom was considered a pre-existing condition for some people. The fact we would be charged more because we're women, and we might get pregnant, and when we are pregnant, that was considered a pre-existing condition. We have a lot to lose, and it's offensive, and it's troubling. How does that happen though? People vote for it. It's one of the reasons why I started a political action committee asking women to run for office, and asking other women to support them, asking women to be heard and have mored a Vo Kats. If you had 51% of women in congress, we wouldn't be debating whether we should have access to contraception or be charged for health care, or whether we should have a national paid leave plan. All the issues, women would understand they are fundamental to our economy. They are fundamental to families, and we wouldn't have to fight so hard for these basic rights. We are fighting, and congresswomen all over the place are getting a lot of flak, with congressman reed, I think in Idaho. Pretty much everywhere. Let's look at the tape and see what happened there. You are mandating people on medicaid, except dying. No. That line is so indefensible. Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care. Okay. First of all -- All right, y'all. It's all right. Some people said he was talking about emergency rooms. A lot of people die there too, by the way. A lot of people interpreted that as a sweeping generalization. Few don't have access to medical treatment, you're not going to soo survive. I know a man who was a healthy business owner, and he had a horrible infection in his heart. Emergency open heart surgery, and without health care, he wouldn't have been able to afford it, and he would die if he didn't have access to keep him alive. How do people get away with making stupid statements? I don't think we are. The grassroots is making a huge difference in this country. They pushed back on trumpcare, and they will doo it again, and what has been offer second-degree so harmful and toxic to so many people, and people say, it won't happen to my family. I want my kids covered. It will not pass in the senate. It will not. It will not. Hillary Clinton is back in the news again. She did an event, and the way she answered some of the questions, people felt she was reluctant to take personal responsibility. I was one of the people that felt that way for the loss in the election, heavily blaming Comey and Russia. Her presentation in this way, does this help or hurt the party? Because I think people are looking for her to say, we didn't do proper groundwork, and we're making changes. The democratic party is fixing this for next time, and she is not giving it to them. I don't think it's about the party. I think it's about the people. And I have been traveling all across my state, and what Democrats need to do to win is listen a lot more, and work harder to represent the people, and they need know we're fighting for them, but I think what's happening today is really remarkable. How many people were at the women's March? How many people marched? I marched. It was an extraordinary moment your nation's history. People marched all over the globe. Men, women, and children. Whether it was women's reproductive freedom, black lives matter, or clean air, clean water, and it was an intersectional moment and intersectional March, and what's happening now is the grassroots is driving the solutions. You won't find the answers from Washington, or one leader. It's going to be regular people standing up, demanding what's right, fighting for what they believe in, and that is the future of democratic politics and all politics. You just said that beautifully though, but I think -- do you think it would be beneficial for when she is asked those kinds of questions? People see her as a leader in the party, and many people were excited for her to win, and they want acknowledgment. She said it. What do you want her to do? I think Hillary Clinton has done an extraordinary thing. She has continued to inspire women and girls around the globe to want to lead. So actually stand up, and Emily's list has confirmed it. 11,000 women have called them up and said, I want to run. I want you to train me. What she has done, it's done something hard to put yourself out there, and run for president and fight for something she believes in. She has created this role model for all of us, that all of our voices matter, and each one of us has a role the play. We can fight the fight that matters most to us, and I'm grateful for her leadership. It's up to us. It's up to us to take the baton. We have to fight the next fight. You know, that's why we love her. And we're going to talk some

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