Sen. Klobuchar rolls out her 20202 campaign agenda

By Jeff Stein | Washington Post

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is running for president on a policy agenda of lowering prescription drug costs, expanded savings accounts to help people save for their educations, and a slew of internet-related policies, including expanding rural broadband and tougher privacy laws, according to aides to the senator.

Klobuchar, who has withheld her support from the more liberal proposals made by Democratic lawmakers, will also push for automatically registering all eligible voters, an overhaul of election security, and committing the United States to the Paris agreement to combat climate change, aides said.

Klobuchar’s campaign announcement was complicated by multiple reports of allegations about her treatment of Senate staff. But she has won praise from more centrist Democrats and even some Republicans on her campaign launch. A report in The Daily Beast on Monday also highlighted Klobuchar’s “tough on crime” approach as a prosecutor from 1999 to 2007 that included an aggressive crackdown on crime.

“[Klobuchar] is very realistic about the difficulties in legislating, and goes out of her way to find bipartisan support for her initiatives,” said Gene Kimmelman, president and CEO of Public Knowledge, a consumer protection advocacy group. “The drawback is that [her policies] are not the headline-catcher, but are often important incremental reform.”

Here’s a look at the policy agenda Klobuchar is hoping will power her to the White House in 2020.

Prescription drug reform. Spending on prescription drugs per person in the United States has ballooned from $90 in 1960 to $1,025 in 2017, according to Kaiser Family Foundation data. Specialty drug costs in the U.S. can be as high as $475,000 or even $800,000. More than half the country believes bringing down prescription drug prices should be a “top priority” for Congress and President Donald Trump, with 72 percent saying pharmaceutical companies have too much influence, …read more

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