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Smith to Focus on Health Care If Elected to Senate

Sen. Tina Smith plans to continue looking for solutions to stem the rapidly rising cost of health insurance if she’s elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018. Smith was appointed to the Senate in January after Sen. Al Franken resigned.

“When you ask Minnesotans whether they think there ought to be one health insurance program everybody can participate in where there’s universal health coverage, people really like that like that idea,” Smith said in an interview recorded for At Issue. “Now you have to find out how to get there.”

Smith also denied criticism from some Republicans that her primary focus in the Senate has been trying to obstruct President Donald Trump’s agenda. She says she always tries to find common ground with Republicans, including the president.

“When President Trump came out and said he thought that we should crack down on China for cheating in trade, and was really hurting Minnesota’s Iron Range, I thought that he did the right thing,” she said. “I called on him to do that.”

You can see the entire interview with Smith on At Issue at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

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