Army combat veteran Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a Democratic presidential candidate, told Bold TV that both parties have supported foreign wars that divert vital funds for health care at home.
“We’ve spent $6 to 8 trillion on these regime change wars since 9/11 alone, which doesn’t even include how much more we’ll be spending on taking care of our men and women when they come home and they lay down the uniform and providing those services to them. Those are trillions of dollars that are being taken out of our pockets, they’re being taken out of our communities, our ability to be able to invest in things like health care, like fixing our crumbling infrastructure,” Gabbard told Bold TV’s David Grasso. “You’ll hear a lot of other candidates in this race talking about all these different programs that they want to put forward to deal with these domestic issues. But they’re not talking about how our foreign policy and the cost of war is central to our ability to be able to have the resources to invest in serving those needs of the American people.”
Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has spoken in support of universal health care, but unlike Senator Bernie Sanders, Gabbard said she sees room for private insurance.
“If we look at the heart of the problem here–which is a greedy corporate-driven system that’s leaving people who are sick in need of care behind–then we can say how do we find a solution?” Gabbard told Bold TV. “So having a Medicare-for-all type solution would make it so that if you’re sick and you’re in need of care, you’re able to get the level of care that you need, regardless of whether you have a lot of money in your pocket or no money in your pocket at all. Providing that basic level of care to people in this country.”
Health care reform and improved infrastructure are two areas that both Republicans and Democrats agree need major overhaul, but where Gabbard said she strays from both packs is her views on financing these programs.
“We’ve had leaders from both political parties leading this destructive regime change war policy that’s been so costly on our men and women in uniform,” Gabbard said. “I’m a soldier, I served over 16 years in the Army National Guard. Been deployed twice to the Middle East and seen firsthand the high human cost of war. This has been costly not only for our troops and our veterans and military families, but it’s taken a huge toll on the American people.”
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