One of the few candidates to emphasize housing in his campaign, Julián Castro has focused workplace and social programs. He supports Medicare for All with a private option for workers who receive high levels of coverage from their place of employment. Castro also intends to cover all mental health care and specialized programs within M4A, and is additionally campaigning to improve access to rural and underserved communities.
Castro started a scene in the September debate by accusing Joe Biden of contradicting himself, and arguing his health care plan would cover significantly more Americans than Biden’s due to the enrollment method. But a Politifact analysis argues the distinction would not greatly impact the number of people enrolled.
Out of the $7,503,011 that Castro has raised so far in the 2020 elections:
- $240,280 has been linked to the Health sector
- $153,617 has been linked to health professionals
- $47,788 has been linked to hospitals/nursing homes
- Community Family Medicine is one of his top contributors, donating $10,375
In a somewhat related case, Castro has been criticized for social welfare services provided during his tenure as HUD Secretary. The Center for Popular Democracy demonstrated that 98% of mortgages through the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program went to Wall Street at deep cuts, rather than homeowners seeking relief.