Libertarian candidate promotes free-market solutions to both health care and pandemic response

GREENVILLE, S.C.; October 18, 2020—  Libertarian presidential candidate Dr. Jo Jorgensen, for whom voters in all 50 states (plus D.C.) can cast their ballot on Nov. 3, is kicking off the week rallying voters and campaign volunteers in the Volunteer State. If elected, she plans to make America into “one giant Switzerland—armed and neutral,” and to ensure that health care will be readily available, at dramatically lower costs, by adopting a truly free market model. 

Dr. Jorgensen pointed out that today’s health-care system is not actually operating as a free market, because politicians have been interfering in it for decades. 

“They micromanage your doctors, limit access to care, and inflate prices. Republicans want insurance companies to do it; Democrats want government bureaucrats to do it. But there’s a better way,” said Jorgensen. “If you could know the price of a visit, or surgery, or medication, providers would have to compete on price, as they do with cars, or contact lenses, or any other free-market industry. They’d offer customer service—not more paperwork. The cost of care would drop 75 percent.” She added that this past spring, if the bureaucracy at the FDA had freed private companies to develop more COVID-19 testing kits, sooner, far fewer individuals and businesses would have been suffering under needless quarantines and shutdowns.

On Sunday afternoon in Chattanooga, Jorgensen is holding a luncheon with contributors, followed by a rally with voters and supporters. She then travels to Knoxville for a rally and more media interviews on Monday, concluding her campaign bus tour.

Jorgensen’s campaign stops in Tennessee feature Libertarian Party leaders and down-ballot candidates, include media availability and are scheduled as follows (subject to change; times are shown in local time zone):

Sunday, October 18; Chattanooga
2–4 P.M.: VIP luncheon (ticketed event): Crabtree Farms, 1000 East 30th Street
5:45–7 P.M.: Campaign rally: Crabtree Farms, 1000 East 30th Street
Monday, October 19; Knoxville
5:30 P.M.– 7 P.M.: Campaign rally: Lakeshore Park, 6410 S. Northshore Drive

Dr. Jorgensen’s vice-presidential running mate, Jeremy “Spike” Cohen, has been stumping in Texas over the weekend, and on Monday will be meeting supporters in San Antonio. For a full list of the candidates’ upcoming campaign events, visit Jo20.com/events.

Media advisory: Rain or shine! The candidates will have media availability at most tour stops. A mult box will be available at the rallies, although no risers. Personal distancing protocols will be followed; the campaign will provide hand sanitizer and masks. 

For questions or to schedule an interview with Dr. Jorgensen during her Tennessee campaign stops, contact: 

·     Chattanooga; Sun., Oct. 18: Rachael Torrance, Jorgensen–Cohen Tennessee media coordinator, via e-mailat [email protected], or by phone at (931) 284-8064

·     Knoxville; Mon., Oct. 19: Kenna Porter, Jorgensen–Cohen events director, via e-mailat K[email protected], or by phone at (615) 482-6482