DPCC Co-Chair Cartwright: Democrats Are Fighting for Health Care

Jun 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Matt Cartwright, Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC to discuss Democrats’ For The People agenda. Democrats are fighting to lower health care costs, raise incomes by rebuilding America, and clean up corruption in Washington. Below are excerpts from the interview. Click here to watch the video.

"You heard it yourself right there in Wilkes-Barre, [Pennsylvania] where you did a town hall, people were not talking about impeachment, they were talking about the kitchen table issues that affect them and their families and their daily lives. That’s what the Democrats have been focused on. [On] health care, we passed out of the House, House Bill 987, [that will] make generic drugs cheaper and easier to acquire. We passed also as part of that bill [a measure that] outlaws junk insurance plans. This is what people at home are talking about. I realize impeachment is, you know, interesting and flashy and it's the bright shiny object, but we focus on what's important to the people at home...”

“If you want to bollocks up an impeachment, if you want to get it wrong, we saw them do that in the late 1990s. They got ahead of public sentiment. They got ahead of what the evidence showed and they went ahead and they impeached Bill Clinton and they paid for that for a generation. It created moveon.org. You know, let's move on from Bill Clinton’s private life and Republicans paid dearly for that for a generation. Why would you want to go down that same path?”

“I think what we're doing is, you know, we're being deliberate about it. We’re getting the facts out and we're going to see– if the American people want us to go down that path and I think that is the responsible–that's the sensible, that is the measured thing to do in this case.”