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  • >> THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US

  • THIS AFTERNOON FOR "NOW THIS" IN

  • A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENTIAL

  • CANDIDATE ANDREW YANG FRESH OFF

  • THE POLK COUNTY STEAK FRY STAGE,

  • I AM SUE DINSDALE THE EXECUTIVE

  • DIRECTOR OF IOWA CITIZEN ACTION

  • NETWORK AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING

  • WITH THE MAIN STREET ALLIANCE

  • FOR ABOUT THE LAST 11 YEARS.

  • AND IT'S SO PERFECT THAT WE ARE

  • HAVING IT HERE IN THIS SPOT.

  • BECAUSE ONE DAY WHEN I WAS

  • STARTING TO ORGANIZE AND FIND

  • SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND WE

  • WERE ORGANIZING AROUND

  • HEALTHCARE, I WALKED BY A LITTLE

  • SHOP ABOUT A BLOCK AWAY AND

  • THERE WAS A T-SHIRT IN THE

  • WINDOW THAT SAID AMERICA.

  • ONLY THE INSURED SURVIVE.

  • SO I WENT IN AND VISITED WITH

  • THE OWNER, MIKE DRAPER.

  • AND ENDED UP FACILITATING A TRIP

  • FOR HIM TO D.C. TO TESTIFY

  • BEFORE CONGRESS.

  • >> GOOD FOR YOU.

  • >> ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF

  • HEALTHCARE FOR SMALL BUSINESS

  • OWNERS.

  • SO THAT IS THE FOCUS OF OUR

  • CONVERSATION TODAY.

  • WE MIT HIT ON A FEW OTHER TOPICS

  • TOOK BUT WE'LL START WITH SOME

  • HEALTHCARE QUESTIONS.

  • >> THAT'S AN EXPERIENCE I CAN

  • RELATE TO VERY DIRECTLY.

  • I RAN A SMALL BUSINESS AND

  • HEALTHCARE WAS ONE OUR BIGGEST

  • EXPENSES.

  • THE WORST PART ABOUT IF IS ALL

  • OF THE INCENTIVES ATTACHED TO IT

  • WERE VERY MUCH THE OPPOSITE WHAT

  • WHAT YOU WOULD WANTS.

  • WHERE IF YOU TIRED SOMEONE YOU

  • HAD TO FACTOR IN HEALTHCARE

  • EXPENSES.

  • IF YOU HAD TO CONSIDER WHETHER

  • SOMEONE WAS A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE

  • OR A CONTRACTOR, ALL OF A SUDDEN

  • WHEN THEY TURNED TO FULL-TIME

  • EMPLOYEE THEIR HEALTHCARE

  • EXPENSES WOULD BE MUCH, MUCH

  • HIGHER.

  • WHICH IS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT

  • YOU WANT YOU WOULD LIKE TO

  • ENCOURAGE A BUSINESSLIKE MINE TO

  • HIGHER PEOPLE.

  • AND THE PRICES ONLY WENT IN ONE

  • DIRECTION, EVER.

  • YOU NEVER GET GOOD NEWS.

  • GOOD NEWS YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE

  • IS CHEAPER.

  • WHY HAVE WE NEVER ACTUALLY HEARD

  • THAT?

  • AND PERHAPS THE WORST PART, WAS

  • THAT YOU HAD TO HAVE PERIODIC

  • REALLY DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

  • WITH YOUR STAFF.

  • >> RIGHT.

  • >> BECAUSE YOU ARE LIKE, HEY,

  • GUYS, INSURANCE COSTS WENT UP

  • AGAIN, SO WE ARE GOING TO COVER

  • THIS, BUT WE WANT LIKE YOU TO

  • COVER THIS.

  • AND LIKE, YOU KNOW, SO THAT

  • STINKS.

  • AND THEN WHEN WE HAD TO ACTUALLY

  • CHANGE COVERAGE, THEN IT BECAME

  • THIS MASSIVE PROCESS BECAUSE

  • PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY HAVE VERY

  • STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT THEIR

  • HEALTHCARE COVERAGE.

  • AND THERE WAS A BIG PART OF ME

  • THAT JUST THOUGHT HOW RIDICULOUS

  • IS THIS?

  • LIKE I AM RUNNING A BUSINESS, IN

  • MY CASE IT WAS AN EDUCATION

  • BUSINESS, I SHOULD NOT BE LIKE

  • GIVING MYSELF BRAIN DAMAGE

  • TRYING TO FIGURE OUT ALL THESE

  • INSURANCE PLANS.

  • AND I SHOULD NOT BE HAVING THESE

  • CONVERSATIONS WITH MY WORKERS

  • THAT END UP BEING VERY PERSONAL.

  • SOME OF THEM HAVE HEALTH

  • SITUATIONS SOME HAVE FAMILY

  • MEMBERS, SOME ARE FAMILY

  • PLANNING MODE, ET CETERA, ET

  • CETERA.

  • AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, THIS

  • ENTIRE SET OF OBLIGATIONS

  • FALLING ON EMPLOYER THIS IS WAY

  • IS NOT WHAT WE SHOULD WANT AS A

  • COUNTRY.

  • BECAUSE WE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING

  • BUSINESSES TO HIRE PEOPLE RIGHT

  • AND LEFT.

  • >> EXACT.

  • >> I TO TREAT THEM WELL, TO GIVE

  • THEM BENEFITS, WE SHOULD BE

  • ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO CHANGE

  • JOBS AND START NEW BUSINESS FIST

  • THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT.

  • RIGHT NOW OUR HEALTH INSURANCE

  • SYSTEM KEEPS PEOPLE LOCKED IN

  • PLACE THERE IS A TECHNICAL

  • ECONOMIC TOMORROW FOR IT.

  • IT'S CALLED JOB LOCK.

  • THERE ARE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

  • IN JOB LOCK RIGHT NOW.

  • WHERE THEY ARE ON THE FENCE TOO

  • FAST WHETHER THIS IS WHAT THEY

  • SHOULD BE DOING, BUT THEN THEY

  • THINK, WELL, I CAN'T LEAVE

  • BECAUSE OF MY HEALTHCARE.

  • HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW SOMEONE IN

  • THAT SITUATION OR YOURSELF?

  • WE ALL DO.

  • I AM ALL FOR PEOPLE STAYING PUT

  • IN THAT'S WHERE THEY BELONG.

  • BUT I'M NOT FOR PEOPLE STAYING

  • PUT BECAUSE STILL LIKE THEY WERE

  • NO CHOICE.

  • ECONOMY WIDE AND SOCIETY AT THIS

  • WIDE DYNAMISM IS A POSITIVE

  • THING.

  • PEOPLE STARTING NEW BUSINESS IS

  • HIS INCREDIBLY POSITIVE THING

  • AND I AM 100 PERCENT SURE THAT

  • OUR HEALTHCARE COSTS RIGHT NOW

  • ARE STIFLING PEOPLE FROM

  • STARTING BUSINESSES IN MANY

  • CONTEXT HERE AND IOWA.

  • >> AND WE DO FIND THAT WHEN WE

  • TALK TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

  • AROUND THE STATE, IT'S A BIG

  • ISSUE.

  • IT'S THE BIGGEST ISSUE FOR THEM.

  • >> IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

  • KEEPS PEOPLE FROM TAKING A RISK

  • AND STARTING IS A BUSINESS.

  • AN SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE THAT

  • IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT.

  • THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS

  • ADD IN ANOTHER FACTOR OF

  • DIFFICULTY AND COST AND ANXIETY

  • AND I FRANKLY EVERYBODY

  • RELATIONSHIP STRESS.

  • WHERE IF YOU ARE A PERSON WHO --

  • LIKE I AM MARRIED AND HAVE TWO

  • KIDS, IF YOU DECIDE TO MAKE THAT

  • CHANGE, THAT'S NOT JUST YOU YOU

  • HAVE TO TURN TO YOUR FAMILY AND

  • PARTNER, SAYING HEY, I WANT TO

  • START THIS BUSINESS BUT WE RELY

  • UPON MY JOB FOR HEALTHCARE

  • COVERAGE, SO HOW ABOUT WE CUT

  • BACK ON THAT.

  • OR HOW ABOUT WE FIND SOME OTHER

  • WAY.

  • THESE CONVERSATIONS HAPPEN EVERY

  • DAY.

  • IMAGINE IF IT WAS A DIFFERENT

  • CONVERSATION HEY, I WANT TO

  • START THIS BUSINESS AND

  • HEALTHCARE WAS PROVIDED BY OUR

  • GOVERNMENT.

  • IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR AND YOU

  • WOULD GET RID OF THIS GIANT

  • OBSTACLE.

  • RIGHT NOW, ONE OF THE -- THERE

  • ARE SO MANY STATISTICS IN

  • AMERICA THAT ARE TO ME VERY,

  • VERY DISCOURAGING.

  • BUT ONE OF THEM IS THAT THE

  • RATES OF BUSINESS FORMATION AND

  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP ARE AT

  • MULTI-DECK EIGHT LOWS IN THE

  • COUNTRY.

  • SO WE TALK ABOUT AMERICA AS A

  • HOME OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP, BUT WE

  • ARE MAKING IT MUCH, MUCH HARDER

  • FOR PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY START

  • BUSINESSES AND THIS IS DOUBLY

  • TRUE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

  • IF YOU LOOK AT BUSINESS

  • FORMATION RATES FOR YOUNGER

  • AMERICANS, THEY ARE ALSO AT ALL

  • TIME OR HISTORIC LOWS AND

  • SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO TURN

  • AROUND.

  • >> VERY GOOD.

  • WELL, WE HAVE A GREAT GROUP OF

  • PEOPLE HERE AND I KNOW THEY HAVE

  • LOTS OF QUESTIONS FOR YOU.

  • SO WOULD YOU LIKE TO START.

  • >> YEAH.

  • I AM KYLIE ROSE A STUDENT AT

  • DRAKE UNIVERSITY.

  • AND IT'S MY SENIOR YEAR, AND

  • SOMETHING THAT I JUST NOTICED AS

  • A YOUNG WOMAN IS THAT THERE IS

  • NOT A LOT OF ACCESS TO BASIC

  • CONTRACEPTIVE CARE, ESPECIALLY

  • IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES.

  • MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS HOW AS

  • PRESIDENT WOULD YOU MAKE BASIC

  • CONTRACEPTION MORE AVAILABLE?

  • >> I AM IN MEDICARE FOR ALL CAMP

  • THAT WE NEED A QUALITY PUBLIC

  • OPTION.

  • AND IF YOU HAD A PUBLIC OPTION,

  • I AM NOT IN THE CAMP THAT YOU

  • SHOULD GET RID OF ALL PRIVATE

  • INSURERS IMMEDIATELY.

  • THE GOAL OF THE PUBLIC OPTION

  • SHOULD BE TO DEMONSTRATE IT'S A

  • SUPERIOR OPTION TO WHAT ELSE IS

  • OUT THERE BASED ON COST AND

  • COVERAGE AND EFFICACY.

  • BUT IF YOU HAD A PUBLIC OPTION,

  • ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT YOU

  • WOULD BE DOING IS MAKING BASIC

  • CON EXTRA ACCEPT TIFF CARE

  • AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO WANTS

  • IT.

  • AND I SAY THIS WITH 100 PERCENT

  • QUALITY CONTRA SEVEN TIFF CONTRA

  • YOU ARE HELPING WOMEN MAKE PLANS

  • ABOUT THEIR PROFESSIONAL LIVES

  • AND CAREERS AND THAT ACTUALLY

  • ADDS A LOT TO YOUR ECONOMIC

  • PRODUCTIVITY.

  • WOMEN ARE IN MY MIND THE

  • GREATEST UNDER APPRECIATED AND

  • UNTAPPED RESOURCE HERE IN THIS

  • COUNTRY.

  • AND YOU THINK IT'S LIKE, WHAT DO

  • YOU MEAN?

  • WOMEN ARE ALREADY -- NO, THEY

  • ARE NOT.

  • I AM TOTALLY SURE OF THIS

  • BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN THE

  • OBSTACLES PRESENTS TO WOMEN

  • TRYING TO START BUSINESSES BUSID

  • HAVING QUALITY CONTRACEPTIVE

  • CARE SHOULD NOT BE AN OBSTACLE

  • AT ALL.

  • IT WOULD PAY FOR ITSELF MANY,

  • MANY TIMES OVER.

  • >> KIND OF FOLLOWING ALONG OWE

  • THAT LINE.

  • A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOICE WHAT

  • HAPPENED WITH HER BODY, ARE

  • YOU --

  • >> I AM FOR WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE

  • RIGHTS AS FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN

  • RIGHTS.

  • I THINK IT'S EMBARRASSING THAT

  • MALE LEGISLATORS HAVE AN OPINION

  • ON THIS.

  • WE SHOULD JUST LEAVE THE ROOM