Harris announces modified Medicare for All

Sen. Kamala Harris' version of Medicare for All would allow those who want to keep their private coverage to do so, provided those insurers offer plans that adhere to the same rules as the government-offered Medicare option.

The plan represents a pivot for Harris, who has previously said she supported Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan, which would effectively eliminate the private health insurance market. Harris is still arguing for a more expansive Medicare plan than many of her competitors have proposed, one that would reduce the need for supplemental insurance by extending coverage to vision, dental, hearing aids and mental health services.— The Washington Post

Klobuchar aims to improve care for seniors

To improve care for senior citizens, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has a plan to lower prescription drug costs, strengthen retirement funds and Social Security benefits, and invest in long-term treatments.

Klobuchar's plan would expand resources for caregivers of those with chronic conditions like Alzheimer's disease, letting patients stay in their homes longer. It would expand Medicare-covered services for Alzheimer's, fund greater research and changes to public health infrastructure, and improve mental health care through depression treatment and suicide prevention efforts.

To secure retirement opportunities, Klobuchar would lift the Social Security payroll cap, create a portable personal savings account requiring a minimum employer contribution and push to let retirees keep their earned pensions. — Politico

Harris, Inslee propose climate-saving measures

Two Democrats running for president, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, have released climate plans aimed at ensuring communities already facing exceptionally large amounts of pollution don't get saddled with any more.

Harris' proposal requires Congress to assess how potential environmental legislation could impact poorer communities and calls for a similar review of climaterelated regulations from the executive branch. It also would establish a new Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Accountability to bring those communities into the rulemaking process. A proposal from Inslee, who has focused his 2020 campaign on climate change, called for the creation of a new Justice Department office to aggressively pursue "maximum civil and criminal penalties under environmental law." He also promised to put at least 40 percent of federal investments in clean energy toward communities "facing greater burdens of pollution, income inequality and climate impacts."— The Washington Post

Warren wants clarity in negotiating trade deals

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to open the discussions on international trade deals to public comment and limit U.S. trading partners to countries that meet human rights and environmental standards.

Trade is among the few issues that scramble traditional partisan lines, with centrist Democrats and Republicans largely supporting trade deals while more populist-oriented figures in both parties oppose many of them. Warren has long been skeptical of trade deals.

In her plan, Warren seeks to focus the accords on labor, environmental and consumer interests and de-emphasize corporate priorities.— The Washington Post

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