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closing the “Charleston loophole,” and passing my bill to close the “boyfriend loophole.” Right now federal law says if you’re convicted of abusing your wife, you can’t get a gun; if it’s your girlfriend, you can. My bill to close the boyfriend loophole has passed the House of Representatives and has been blocked by Republicans in the Senate -- it’s time to get it done. For too long, those who side with the NRA have blocked necessary reforms that save lives. I went to the White House and sat across the table from him to make a case for gun safety laws after Parkland. I kept track. Nine times he said he wanted universal background checks. Then the next day, he met with the NRA and folded. As your President, I won’t fold. Senator Amy Klobuchar   speaks at Zach Wahls The recent mass shootings were also disturbing reminders of fundraising event this the rise in hate in this country. I have been taking on hate crimes past July. GoGuide and combating hate since I was the Hennepin County Attorney. file photo. Because of my work on this issue as County Attorney, I was invited to the White House when President Bill Clinton proposed the Matthew Shepard federal hate crimes bill. In the Senate, I have continued to be a leader when it comes to taking on hate. And as President, I will end the hateful rhetoric that has become all too routine during the Trump Administration, and I will prioritize combating hate-motivated violence and domestic terrorism, including against the LGBTQ community.   Healthcare is another critical issue. Please tell us about your plan to improve and make our healthcare system better for all?  Too many Americans struggle to pay for health care and their prescription drugs. I believe the Affordable Care Act is a beginning, not an end, and we need to make changes on both the state and federal level to bring down health care costs. That includes bringing down the cost of health care for everyone by putting a non-profit public option in place that allows people to buy into affordable health insurance coverage through Medicare or Medicaid.   I have fought the Trump Administration’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, LGBTQ people who were denied coverage had nowhere to turn, people living with HIV/AIDS couldn’t afford the prescription drugs they needed, and transgender people were flat-out denied care. We can’t let the Trump Administration take us backwards.   When people are sick, their focus should be on getting better, rather than on how they can afford their prescriptions, yet drug prices are an increasing burden across our country. I have been a strong advocate for tackling the high costs of prescription drugs, leading proposals to lift the ban on Medicare negotiations for prescription drugs, allow personal importation of safe drugs from countries like Canada, and stop pharmaceutical companies from blocking less-expensive generics. And as President, I’ll get this done.   Is there anything more you would like to share with the GoGuide readers about your platform for President?

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September 2019 GoGuide Magazine  

Workplace Equality issue with Senator Amy Klobuchar interview as part of ongoing GoGuide Election Guide

September 2019 GoGuide Magazine  

Workplace Equality issue with Senator Amy Klobuchar interview as part of ongoing GoGuide Election Guide