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HYPOCRISY ALERT: Mayor Pete Doesn’t Offer His Staff Health Care

"All of the other campaigns the leading Democrats are providing health care coverage to their workers..."

By NTK Staff | 05.09.2019 @11:18am

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s (D-IN) presidential campaign is the only major Democratic campaign not offering its staff health care coverage despite Buttigieg’s position that “health care is freedom,” a hypocrisy which MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” highlighted on Thursday.

NBC News reported on Thursday that “the upstart Democratic presidential candidate isn’t providing health care coverage to any of his own campaign workers,” and instead is “providing a monthly stipend to workers to buy insurance on their own through the Obamacare exchanges.”

“All of the other campaigns, the leading Democrats, are providing health care coverage to their workers,” NBC News’ Josh Lederman reported on “Morning Joe.” Meanwhile, Buttigieg has been barnstorming the country, talking “about how important healthcare is,” he added.

According to NBC News:

Federal Election Commission records show Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign made an $87,000 payment to United Healthcare in March. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaigns have made payments to Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Sen. Cory Booker’s staff has coverage through Aetna.

The campaigns of former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris said they, too, are providing health coverage to their staffers. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ staffers have even unionized — a first for a presidential campaign — ratifying a contract Wednesday that includes not only health care but “broad coverage for mental health care services.”

Lederman then went on to say that this reporting illustrates the new level of scrutiny that Buttigieg is now going to come under “now that he’s playing with the big boys and girls.”

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