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In a new plan aimed at improving health care access for rural America, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Friday proposed waiving visa requirements to attract immigrant doctors, increasing telehealth services by expanding high speed internet and creating a new office within the Department of Health and Human Services.

"The fact is if you live in a rural part of our country, you are more likely to get sicker and die younger than people living in cities," the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate wrote in the plan. "That is wrong."

Buttigieg is one of many Democratic candidates to release policy plans aimed at rural America this week, as many of them spend time in Iowa this weekend.

Rural Americans are often at a disadvantage when it comes to access to health care, some times having to travel very far to seek the medical care they need. Friday's proposal is one part of Buttigieg's policies focused on rural America. He plans to release more proposals next week.

In the health care plan, Buttigieg called for protecting the Affordable Care Act "from Republican attacks," and implementing his proposal for "Medicare for all who want it," which would create a public option while maintaining the private insurance industry.

Buttigieg also proposes hiring immigrant doctors to work in rural communities by expanding "the Conrad 30," a program that waives a visa requirement "that foreign doctors return to their home country for two years before re-entering the United States to work." This would allow doctors to work in underserved or rural communities in that time, according to Buttigieg's plan. He would also double the size of the program and allow for spouses of visa holders to gain employment authorization. The plan also calls for eliminating the cap on another type of visa to ensure that immigrant doctors who work in underserved areas for five years can obtain a green card.

Care for veterans, minorities and pregnant women in rural communities also are highlighted in the plan. Buttigieg plans to reduce maternal mortality rates by funding pre-maternity homes and offering subsidies for housing and transportation. Details also include expanding Medicaid coverage for one-year post-partum. Currently, Medicaid typically only covers 60 days of post-partum care.

For those Americans unable to travel to seek medical care, Buttigieg proposed expanding telehealth, which allows doctors to treat patients through video conference. The lack of rural broadband has made this practice a challenge, but Buttigieg has proposed expanding high speed internet and broadband across the country by the end of his first term, an issue he plans to expand upon in another upcoming proposal for rural communities. He will also double the funding for the FCC Rural Health Care Program to $1 billion including to "make it easier for a doctor in one state to virtually treat a patient in another by amending licensure for virtual care programs."

Communities with health disparities who come up with creative plans for targeted investments will be designated Health Equity Zones or HEZs, the plan details. This program will be run by a new Office of Health Equity and Justice (OHEJ) within the Department of Health and Human Services. "HEZs will receive financial and technical resources to help reduce or eliminate high priority local health disparities," the plan states.

Link to article: https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/08/09/politics/pete-buttigieg-rural-health-care-plan/index.html

Link to the plan: https://peteforamerica.com/rural-health

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Suck it.  :vegas:

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SEANGT

If you just...gave everyone 100% health coverage then people in rural communities, who are also often poor, would be a larger market for hospitals and they would probably open more health care locations closer to rural communities. ....Also could inspire more telehealth stuff for the same reasons. 

I like the visa stuff to get more professionals in the field - we will probably face a shortage of doctors if we aren't already. 

Overall though, seems like another health plan that focuses on compromises and what he thinks he can pass rather than what our system should actually be like. 

I'll remind everyone that presidents don't write laws anyway -- all they do is bring people together to negotiate. I'd rather come to the table with 100% coverage under single-payer medicare than start out with a compromise like most candidates want. 

Also I stan Warren, Bernie is good but tends to ignore race issues & women's issues because he believes his democratic socialist programs will lift everyone and do enough. I disagree. We need a fierce advocate for abortion rights, womens rights, and that stands up against racism. 

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imnotyourbabe10

Thank you for the post and insight on Buttigeig's latest moves.  I know we don't see eye to eye but I appreciate your summary!  I have to agree with SEANGT above me, though.

My contention and why I've supported Bernie so long is that not only is Bernie consistent on the issues over the years (not to say Buttigeig hasn't been) and has been fighting the good fight, so to speak, there has been a great deal of "Stop Sanders" Democrats as described in this article (and Buttigeig is part of them).

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/16/us/politics/bernie-sanders-democratic-party.html?fbclid=IwAR2S5_hs8Zq8QLNyAWADTIFDnfdCaFpxRUdIo6wDWOb8oSb-8-xTwhBB7XY

"The matter of What To Do About Bernie and the larger imperative of party unity has, for example, hovered over a series of previously undisclosed Democratic dinners in New York and Washington organized by the longtime party financier Bernard Schwartz. The gatherings have included scores from the moderate or center-left wing of the party, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader; former Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., himself a presidential candidate; and the president of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden."

It's just hard watching people show support on social media for Buttigeig just because he's gay (I've seen it on Facebook, not really on GGD though!) or just because he is from Indiana (I grew up in South Bend).  But your post highlights the other issues that aren't so black and white.  Thank you! :vegas:

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LibraLove
44 minutes ago, imnotyourbabe10 said:

"The matter of What To Do About Bernie and the larger imperative of party unity has, for example, hovered over a series of previously undisclosed Democratic dinners in New York and Washington organized by the longtime party financier Bernard Schwartz. The gatherings have included scores from the moderate or center-left wing of the party, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader; former Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., himself a presidential candidate; and the president of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden."

Neera Tanden is a parasite. CAP is explicitly created and funded to kneecap the progressive agenda, especially Senator Sanders.

We should not be compromising with Republicans in the first place. All they do is drag legislation and this country to the right, and if you start from the center, it goes down hill fast from there. I would rather shoot for the stars and land on the moon with M4A than shoot for the clouds and land in a garbage dump. I do agree with expanding broadband to rural areas - that needs to be done.

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Sid

That's cute but not Medicare for all :huntyga:

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1 hour ago, SEANGT said:

If you just...gave everyone 100% health coverage then people in rural communities, who are also often poor, would be a larger market for hospitals and they would probably open more health care locations closer to rural communities. ....Also could inspire more telehealth stuff for the same reasons. 

I like the visa stuff to get more professionals in the field - we will probably face a shortage of doctors if we aren't already. 

Overall though, seems like another health plan that focuses on compromises and what he thinks he can pass rather than what our system should actually be like. 

I'll remind everyone that presidents don't write laws anyway -- all they do is bring people together to negotiate. I'd rather come to the table with 100% coverage under single-payer medicare than start out with a compromise like most candidates want. 

Also I stan Warren, Bernie is good but tends to ignore race issues & women's issues because he believes his democratic socialist programs will lift everyone and do enough. I disagree. We need a fierce advocate for abortion rights, womens rights, and that stands up against racism. 

100% insurance coverage won’t do anything as far as opening non-hospital healthcare in rural communities. We’ve seen this is rural regions where coverage is nearly universal. 

Healthcare wont be solved by just more insurance — this plan understands that. 

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OG Gaga Stan
1 hour ago, SEANGT said:

Bernie is good but tends to ignore race issues & women's issues because he believes his democratic socialist programs will lift everyone and do enough. I disagree. We need a fierce advocate for abortion rights, womens rights, and that stands up against racism. 

That... isn't even remotely true. :awkney:

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OG Gaga Stan
1 minute ago, rumours said:

@OG Gaga Stan handing out sad reacts like Oprah hands out cars

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We need no.png back so I don't have to. :saladga:

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SEANGT
2 hours ago, OG Gaga Stan said:

That... isn't even remotely true. :awkney:

asked about reparations: talks about medicare for all. I get the point, it will help people of color and help close the wealth gap. But it's not a good answer. 

abortion rights: medicare for all will cover abortion. 

It's like....you can do more. you can get more specific. 

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LibraLove
8 minutes ago, SEANGT said:

asked about reparations: talks about medicare for all. I get the point, it will help people of color and help close the wealth gap. But it's not a good answer. 

abortion rights: medicare for all will cover abortion. 

It's like....you can do more. you can get more specific. 

Just writing a check a is not going to do anything nor would it ever pass - even Democrats would vote against it. There are far more underlying issues. Black people in the US don't have equal healthcare coverage, lower life expectancy, black women have a higher mortality rate during birth, black people don't get the same shot at education as white people, etc. He has said this and he has answered this. He has given more substantial answers to this question (which is used to discredit him more than others to the black community) than other Democratic Candidates (why hasn't segregationist coddling Joe Biden been asked this?).

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4 minutes ago, SEANGT said:

asked about reparations: talks about medicare for all. I get the point, it will help people of color and help close the wealth gap. But it's not a good answer. 

abortion rights: medicare for all will cover abortion. 

It's like....you can do more. you can get more specific. 

I'm not going to go back and forth on this because I don't want to boost this thread for no reason, but Sanders has spoken out on the need to defend Roe v. Wade over and over again over the entirety of his political career, including the last few days. He has a perfect score from Planned Parenthood, which is part of the reason why Gloria Steinem named him an "honorary woman" back in the 90s:

His record on abortion rights is relatively unimpeachable. Ignoring his political record and history of advocacy and attempting to extrapolate some sort of comprehensive read on him from a debate answer is a little ridiculous, especially given his political history and current advocacy. 

Absolutely none of the candidates for president are acceptable on reparations. Sanders endorsed Warren's reparations proposal in a town hall back a month ago, but her plan isn't actually reparations at all. Investing in minority-majority and underprivileged areas isn't reparations. Direct payment to the descendants of American slaves is reparations. No one in the Democratic field is even remotely close to endorsing actual reparations, which is a serious problem.

If you want to hear specific remarks from him on race, structural white supremacy, and exploitation, listen to literally any of his stump speeches. If you want to compare Sanders and Warren's policy proposals, Sanders student debt cancellation proposal would shrink the racial wealth-gap from 12:1 to 5:1, whereas Warren's means-tested approach barely scratches the surface of the issue by eliminating only a fraction of a student's debt only if they make under a certain amount a year. 

If we want to look at their ideological records, we could look to the fact that Sanders was busy being arrested while protesting segregated housing on his college campus while Warren was a young Republican (she voted Republican until she was in her 30s or 40s). This notion that Sanders doesn't emphasize racial, gendered, or sexual liberation in his fight against inequity has always been ridiculous, and it's often parroted by fans of other candidates who know next to nothing about his political record. Look him up! He's not at all what you seem to think he is. 

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