Want 'to see immediate change and help people to afford their health care': Klobuchar

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins "This Week" to discuss her 2020 campaign priorities, including infrastructure and health care reform.
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Transcript for Want 'to see immediate change and help people to afford their health care': Klobuchar
There are more than a dozen Democrats officially vying for the chance to take on president trump in 2020. One of them, senator senator Amy klobuchar of Minnesota. Thank you for joining us, senator klobuchar. I want to start with the justice department saying that they're going to release the Mueller report in the coming weeks. One thing we already know about the report, because it was directly quoted in Barr's letter, you know, talking about the principal findings is this, the investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities. You obviously, I know, want to see the full report. But do you have any reason to doubt that principal conclusion? And that's the big one, that there was no collusion between the trump campaign and the Russians. I want to see the report. All we have is a four-page summary and I think the major reason that we need to see the report right now, in addition to getting all of the details, is to know what we should do to protect our elections and to protect our democracy going into 2020. In the report, they definitively in the four-page letter, Barr definitively said that we know that Russia tried to hack into our elections, they did hack into campaigns -- that they spread propaganda, that's 300, 400 pages of this. We immediate to see. I want to pass my bipartisan bill to get backup paper ballots, want to make sure we have audits of our elections. Holding those social media companies responsible so they tell us what these ads are and these are all things that we can do right now. That report is going to a major way to convince my colleagues to move ahead on security of our nation. Lot of things thrown at this report. You got the public, over 80% of them in a poll just taken yesterday that say they want to see this full report. I'm glad they're going to release it. I hope they don't redact major portions that will stop us from being able to understand what happened. Certainly a much more to learn but we do know directly from Mueller, his words, quoted exactly, that he found no evidence of a conspiracy between members of the campaign or the president and the Russia government, do you accept that conclusion? Fully understanding you want to see much more, but do you accept that conclusion from the special counsel? Jonathan, I'm a former prosecutor and I believe in looking at evidence. I don't have the report. I think it is important that the justice department announce that they're going to give us the report and then I can make that assessment myself. I think the main thing here is, the public wants to see the report, 420 members of the house of representatives unanimously voted they want to let's see the report. But the other thing we have seen being out there in Iowa, being in New Hampshire, being in south Carolina, and in Omaha this last weekend, is that people also are most alarmed not only by the chaos that we're seeing in our justice system but what they're most alarmed about is just this week the president's justice department announced they're going to repeal the affordable care act. Which means, people will be kicked off their insurance for pre-existing conditions. Condition tar to what Mr. Mulvaney just said. While I do get random questions here and there about the Mueller report at town hall meetings, honestly what I really hear about is, economics and people concern about their livelihood for their family and most significantly, are they going to lose their health care? Let's talk about health care. Nancy Pelosi came out with the house Democrats' plan to preserve and shore-up the affordable care act. But Bernie Sanders had an you have a similar plan in the senate. But Bernie Sanders had an interesting take on this idea of protecting and shoring up Obamacare. Do you support legislation that the house produced today? I support the single-payer program -- You don't support that incremental reform? No. What do you make of that senator Sanders saying he doesn't want to protect Obamacare? I'm open at looking at senator Sanders' proposal. But I am someone that wants to see immediate change and help people to afford their health care. So, what I would suggest is, first of all, all-out opposition to the administration's plan to kick people off their health care. Then you see the affordable care act as a beginning and not the end. So, what can you do? First of all, you can put in cautionary reassurance immediately, shown in many states including red states to bring down premiums for people. Then as president, I'd immediately put in a public option proposal to congress and that could be for medicaid or medicare. Then, finally, pharmaceutical prices have skyrocketed. Simple drugs like insulin, diabetics not able to afford them. Because it's 1200 a month for something that used to be 8 -- so, taking on the pharmaceutical companies by saying, you know what, no, you don't own Washington even though you have two lobbyists for every member of congress. You don't own Washington. I'd make sure that we have negotiations for prices under medicare, that we bring in less expensive drugs from Canada. You came out with a big plan on infrastructure, you said it's your top priority. Why infrastructure over health care or immigration? Or any of the other issues. It's not infrastructure over health care, Jonathan, I have been out a lot on the campaign trail a lot as you can see. It's not infrastructure over we can do two things at once. To me, infrastructure is an economic need. Infrastructures mean things like making sure we have drinking water that is safe in Flint. It means making sure those floods in Iowa we have a levee system that works and we have protection for our farmers. It means a transit system that works, it means roads and bridges. Literally, I'm about a mile away from where that bridge fell down in the middle of Mississippi river, that was because we weren't putting enough money into our infrastructure. This is an economic problem for our country. The president has never really put together the coalition or the funding to get it down. I have the funding. As president, I'll get it done. You want to raise the corporate tax rate, which the Republicans just cut, that might be a heavy lift. But let me ask you -- Look at what they did, Jonathan, they went down to 21% and every point, even to put it at 25%, which is a significant decrease from where it was, we would bring in $400 billion to pay for roads, bridges and schools. That's a lot of money. Or, how about the way they did the overseas income? Instead of taking an average rate, they took an average rate instead of having assessing for each country. Guess what that means, going back to each country, $150 billion in savings. All of these benefits went to the wealthy instead of the people that have their house 2 1/2 miles away from a river who now have been flooded and lost everything in their lives. That's a problem in this country, that's a value statement. I want to ask you about the new allegations against former vice president Biden. He's facing an allegation from a former democratic candidate who he campaigned for in 2014, who said that Biden kissed her on the back of her head. Put his hands on her shoulder and quote, I had never experienced anything so blatantly inappropriate and unnerving before. He was there to promote me as the right person for the lieutenant governor job. Instead he made he feel uneasy, gross and confused. Former vice president Biden is out with a statement this morning, he says in many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort and not once did I believe I acted inappropriately. It's suggested that I did so. I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention. So, what do you make of these allegations? Is this the kind of thing that could be disqualifying for Biden? I have not read her interview but I know the vice president. He addressed it there in that statement. He'll continue to address it if he decides to get into this race. He's also one who has said in situations like this is that the default is to believe the woman, the accuser, do you believe Lucy flores? I have no reason not to believe her, Jonathan. And I think we know from campaigns and from politics that people raise issues and address them and that's what he'll have to do with the voters if he gets into the ration. Okay, also you're a former prosecutor, I want to ask you before you go about the jussie smollett case. Charges dropped. Former prosecutor, what do you make of it? I don't understand why the prosecutors could not explain why they did what they did. I don't think anything prevents them. They brought these charges. It's a major public case in which major resources are expended. I would agree with the mayor here. It makes no sense to me. You have an obligation when you represent the public to explain what you're doing. They made a decision to bring those charges and they made a decision to make those charges public. Then they need to describe why they decided to go the other way and they didn't do that. I think that leaves the public hanging. One of the reasons I'm running for president. I think we need people to understand what you're going to do, stop the chaos and just be clear with people and get things done. Whether it's criminal charge or getting an infrastructure plan. Let's be honest with people, look them in the eye, tell them what you're going to do. That's what I've done my whole life. All right, senator Amy klobuchar, thank you for joining us on "This week." Thank you.

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