Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia sat down with Maria Polletta, Arizona Republic reporter, on Thursday for a live interview to help Arizonans gain better insight on Garcia’s policies and what his administration would look like if voted into office.
Running up against Republican incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey, the interview by azcentral touched on topics concerning Arizona’s education system, homelessness, affordable housing, sustainability, the prison system, substance abuse and healthcare.
The Arizona Republic had intended to air an hour-long between Garcia and Gov. Ducey, but the Governor’s representatives declined the invitation. Watch the full live interview at azcentral.
When asked about healthcare, Garcia expressed the challenges Arizonan’s face meeting continuously increasing healthcare costs, while also trying to meet the costs of their daily lives. “It breaks my heart,” he said, “it’s heartbreaking to see people have to go to crowdfunding websites for example to have to raise money for medical expenses.”
Garcia then scrutinized Gov. Doug Ducey’s efforts to “take away the healthcare of Arizona,” saying he encouraged John McCain’s support of the motion to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Garcia said,
I believe that to focus on Arizonans and the quality of life here, we need to work hard for affordable, accessible healthcare in Arizona.
During the interview he talked about bills in play at the legislature that support his support for the expansion of Medicaid to act as a “safety net,” allowing healthy individuals or individuals with ACA subsidies to “buy in.”
The interview then tackled a topic of controversy in current political rhetoric, especially around campaign season–abortion. When asked if limitations should be placed on abortion rights, Garcia responded by saying, “we are in a situation right now where we are seeing a threat to women’s reproductive health and decisions and choices that we haven’t had in a very long time… some real historic threats.”
He then stated:
As governor, I will veto every single bill that comes to my desk that restricts a woman’s right to her own reproductive healthcare decisions, and I believe that is important for Arizona to understand
Further criticizing Gov. Ducey, Garcia attributed the state’s transformation into the “most anti-choice state in the country” to his administration.
Tying in substance abuse with the current prison system and how inmates are being rehabilitated drew an uncanny parallel to the points discussed in the ongoing lawsuit, Parsons v. Ryan.
There is where I believe the state and particularly rehabilitation and treatment has an important role to play.
The full interview is available on azcentral’s site.