What Michigan voters want to hear from Democratic presidential debate candidates

July 28, 2019

Detroit Free Press

Kathleen Gray

From immigration and health care to racial equality and supporting small businesses, the concerns of typical Michiganders, who are planning to watch the debates and are still deciding who will get their vote during the March 10 presidential primary in the state, are both big and small. They have as much to do with policy as with the presidency of Donald Trump, the Republican who won Michigan by a mere 10,704 votes in 2016.

And for many, according to a survey taken last week by the Detroit Regional Chamber, voters want the candidates to stick to the political center.

The survey showed, by a margin of 57%-39%, Michiganders oppose building a wall at the southern border, but favor other forms of border security. A strong majority of 78% favor a path to citizenship for Dreamers, the children of immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, and another 54% believe there should be a pathway to undocumented immigrants who haven’t committed any major crimes. They also favor free college tuition, and a 40%-32% plurality believe tariffs on cars made in foreign countries are hurting the auto industry. By a 40%-24% margin, the people surveyed opposed Medicare for all and 51% opposed getting rid of private insurance in favor of Medicare for all.

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Sanders in Canada: U.S. drug prices ‘an embarrassment’

July 28, 2019

The Detroit News

Jonathan Oosting 

The FDA is hoping a new congressional mandate to regulate medication like insulin as “biologics” rather than a drug could encourage production of “biosimilar competition” and lower-cost versions.

Sanders is a leading advocate for a nationalized health care proposal known as Medicare for All that would eliminate private insurance in favor of a single-payer government system. He said the plan would cap yearly prescription drug bills at $200 and drive down costs by using Medicare to negotiate with drug companies.

The proposal appears relatively popular with Democratic primary voters, but Michigan general election voters oppose the strict Medicare for All plan by a margin of 52%-37%, according to a July 17-20 poll conducted by Glengariff Group Inc. and commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Republican President Donald Trump has bashed Medicare for All, arguing it is a “radical socialist” idea that would cause taxes to “skyrocket” and could jeopardize the traditional health insurance program for seniors.

Sanders has introduced Senate legislation that seeks to reduce prescription drug prices by giving the federal government power to authorize generic versions of name-brand medication if pharmaceutical companies charge more than the median price in five other major industrialized countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.

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