Warren talks health care, infrastructure, values at Mahaiwe

GREAT BARRINGTON — Speaking to an overflowing Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for her 30th town hall, and expecting a significant election year for the country, Sen. Elizabeth Warren stayed on message: Where we spend shows what we value, and voters should elect Democrats, because Republican leaders choose tax cuts to the wealthy over essential services for all Americans.

“It’s real clear the difference between us: Republicans are fine if tens of millions of Americans lose their access to health care,” Warren said. “They’re fine if people with pre-existing conditions are discriminated against and can’t afford health care. They’re fine if Medicare gets cut, if Medicaid gets cut. It’s not their problem because they can go out, and buy it for themselves. Well Democrats believe health care is a basic human right.”

Warren is up for re-election this November to a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate. She said Democrats should fight for seats up and down the ballot, as national Democrats try to take a majorities in Congress, where both houses are now controlled by Republicans. And local seats matter too, she said. Massachusetts’ Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is also up for re-election this year.

“I think we should all be in these fights up and down the ballot: gubernatorial offices matter, you be they do, statehouses matter, Secretary of State matters. We’re learning that all of this counts. We have to be in this fight all the way.”

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