Health care, foreign policy, climate change and guns were among the topics discussed this week in a Daily Herald endorsement interview with candidates running to represent the 9th Congressional District.
The race pits longtime Democratic incumbent Jan Schakowsky against Republican challenger Sargis Sangari.
Schakowsky said she is proud of her role in the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act.
“I believe that every American, every person in the United States, should have the right — not the privilege — the right to health care, affordable accessible health care,” she said.
She said she supports adding a public option, allowing people to choose “a Medicare-like option when they go onto the exchange” to sign up for insurance.
Said Sangari, a retired Army lieutenant colonel: “I was never a fan of the ACA. I thought it was just large government. I don’t think it was well thought out. But with that said, the constituents in my district like it.”
He said he would work to keep what works and get rid of what doesn’t.
Addressing the standing of the U.S. on the world stage, Schakowsky bemoaned President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord and withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, as well as his criticism of the World Health Organization. She also said Trump has enabled authoritarian regimes.
“So for most of my adult life, the United States was looked to as a beacon of democracy, a country that would lead in negotiations, that would make alliances around the world to create more peace, and I think that that has actually disappeared.”
Sangari — who is still active in foreign affairs through the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement,…
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