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Presidential candidate speaks with local voters

Presidential candidate John Delaney speaks in Meredith during a breakfast hosted by the Gilford-Meredith Democrats. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
April 17, 2019
MEREDITH — Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney spoke about his ideas for bipartisanship, healthcare reform, addressing climate change, and many other topics during a local meet and greet.

Delaney spoke with local residents during a breakfast at the Meredith Community Center hosted by the Gilford-Meredith Democrats.

Delaney is a former entrepreneur who served six years as as representative in Congress for Maryland's 6th District, opting not to serve another term so he could focus on a presidential run.

Bipartisanship and civil discussion of differences are major priorities for Delaney.

"You deserve and your kids...deserve to live in a country where the things we disagree with each other on are debatable with truth (and) honor," Delaney said.

He said the current political climate is one of division and entertainment that has been perpetuated by the current president. Delaney said the president should take an oath swearing to not divide the people.

Delaney said every three months the president should have a debate with Congress for three hours on national television and has called for President Trump to do this.

He said the world has greatly changed with the advance of technology and globalization, a change that has helped millions but hasn't been advantageous to everyone. Delaney said 80 percent of the money to start companies in the country has mostly gone to only 50 counties. This has resulted in economic issues in those outside areas with many communities in more rural areas emptying out and businesses closing down.

Another major issue is the environment and climate change. Delaney said he wants to strengthen the EPA and rely less on individual states to make environmental decisions. He said a number of states do not have their own strong environmental agencies.

He introduced a carbon bill in the House that received bipartisan support but failed. Delaney said he will plan to implement a carbon tax and bolster renewable energy. He also wants to see more work done with technology that removes carbon from the air and turns it into a commodity that can be sold.

Delaney has a plan for a universal healthcare system that includes both government support and options for private insurance. Delaney said he would keep Medicare as it is for people over 65 and also create a basic healthcare system using the 800 providers in the Medicare network that would be a right for people ages 65 and under. This plan will cost $5 trillion and be paid for with $1 trillion from ACA subsidies and $4 trillion from eliminating the corporate deductible on healthcare.

People would have the option of purchasing supplemental insurance plans, this way risk would be shared across the country and not by smaller areas as the Affordable Care Act is organized now.

"American people do not want to be told you have one option and it's a government plan," Delaney said.

Delaney also supports pre-K education for every child ages 0-3. He said studies have shown poor children know a third of the words other children know by the time they reach kindergarten.

He also wants to create a national service program for high school graduates with options to go into the military, go into community service, be part of a Climate Corps to help citizens with sustainability, or work in general community infrastructure such as work on parks and federal buildings. Participation in this program would provide money for post-secondary education.

Another focus that him and his wife April have had is managing technology and artificial intelligence. He said while technology has been a major force, one thing that needs to be addressed is how technology can be made addictive for youths.

Delaney said he does support universal gun background checks, restrictions on assault rifles, and red flag lists. On immigration he supported the 2013 bipartisan bill for money for boarder security, fixed visas, and a path to citizenship program. He spoke with a number of women at a detention center in Texas. After hearing their stories on the hostility in Honduras he said he understands why families left the country for a safer place. Delaney said he wants to put Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) back into law.

He supports the Trans Pacific Partnership with other Asian countries to help curb China's economic strength. Delaney will also aim to reverse the ban on transgender people serving in the military.

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