Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

07/17/2019 03:00 | 17

Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was a distant second with 15%, followed by California Senator Kamala Harris at 13%.

As Common Dreams reported on Monday, Matt Bruenig of the People's Policy Project estimated that Biden's healthcare plan would lead to the deaths of 125,000 people in the first decade by leaving millions uninsured.

Biden gave an interview to MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, who asked him about how he intends to deal with Trump when the president "doesn't play fair".

Biden hopes his positioning as Obamacare's chief defender will remind voters of his work alongside former President Barack Obama, who remains popular among Democrats. "And I that's why I think, what I'm proposing - and we can do it - is to keep Obamacare, restore the cuts that have been made, and add a public option", Biden said during an event in Dover, New Hampshire.

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks at a campaign stop, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Londonderry, N.H. We should be building from what we have. "I don't know why we'd get rid of what in fact was working and move to something totally new".

President Donald Trump trails the top Democratic contenders in hypothetical matchups, according to the national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll's first ballot tests of the 2020 general election. "But I mean, I mean, it's a flat racist attack". The health care system is still hard to navigate, meaning many consumers struggle to get the care they need in a timely fashion, make sense of medical bills and understand insurance plans filled with abstruse cost calculations and bureaucratic jargon. "They still are. But I'm surprised that so many Democrats are running on getting rid of it", he said.

The Sanders campaign's chart, sent to the press late Monday, came after Biden told an audience of around 200 Iowa seniors that, under Medicare for All, "Medicare as you know it goes away"-a line that quickly drew comparisons to President Donald Trump's claim previous year that Medicare for All would lead to "Medicare for none".

Mr Sanders will deliver a health care speech on Wednesday and is already hitting back at Mr Biden.

Congressional Republicans for years tried unsuccessfully to repeal the government health care program.

"I traveled all over the country to fight the repeal of Obamacare", Sanders tweeted Monday. "I'm about what I'm for, not what they're for", he said. The policy would have required health insurers to pass on billions of dollars in rebates they receive from drugmakers to Medicare patients. He said while he understands the appeal of a "Medicaid for All" plan, like that advocated by candidate Bernie Sanders, it doesn't make sense to abandon the ACA.

At the least, the 2020 campaign dynamics illustrate Democrats' overall leftward shift on health care. But ObamaCare's been severely weakened since GOP President Trump succeeded Obama in the White House.


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