- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner faced off against his fellow Democratic rivals in a debate Tuesday, vowing a single-payer health care system for the city’s residents, The Blaze first reported.

“Health care is such an important job creator in New York City, it’s perhaps the largest,” Mr. Weiner said. “This is one of the reasons I’ve proposed a single-payer health care system for New York. You not only have low skilled jobs in health care, you have medium-skilled jobs in healthcare, and you have very very high-skilled jobs. And those can’t be outsourced. But we’ve seen 13 hospitals close, others that are on the precipice of closing because [current Mayor Michael Bloomberg] has done precious little to change that.”

“I understand health care,” he continued. “I’m going to fight for a single-payer system for the city that’s going to keep our $15 billion dollars worth of healthcare resources here at home, hiring local people, not giving 20 percent of it to insurance companies to take elsewhere. Healthcare is the key to jobs in New York City and with me, you’re gonna get that.”

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