Democratic Presidential Candidate Al Sharpton Discusses Health Care on NPR ‘Morning Edition’
As part of a series of interviews with Democratic presidential candidates, NPR's "Morning Edition" today interviewed the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York about his support for universal health care and a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a right to health care. Sharpton said, "I'm for universal health care, but it starts on the premise that we should have a constitutional right. If Charlton Heston can have a constitutional right to carry a rifle, why can't grandma have a constitutional right to health care?" Sharpton also said the pharmaceutical and medical services industries should be "governed by a constitutional commitment to give Americans those rights." He said that under his plan, universal health care would be funded by the federal government. "[C]learly in the United States government budget we have the funds to guarantee health care and to regulate health services and medicine," Sharpton said (Edwards, "Morning Edition," NPR, 6/13). The full segment is available in RealPlayer online.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.