Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Sanders Campaign: Biden 'Flat Out Lied' About Our Health Care Plan

Sanders Campaign: Biden 'Flat Out Lied' About Our Health Care Plan

"When you talk about "Medicare for All"...and I realize many people are unhappy with their private insurance, but it's hard to imagine 180 million people giving up their private insurance", Hickenlooper said.

US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, pushing an ambitious "Medicare for All" health plan that has split Democratic White House contenders, will urge his rivals on Wednesday to reject campaign donations from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Which means that for all the feisty back-and-forth about health care policy, almost all of the Democrats running for president appear to agree on at least one thing: Obamacare isn't working.

Fox News host Sean Hannity has accepted the push-up challenge that Joe Biden issued to President Donald Trump, offering to sub it for the president.

On Tuesday morning's edition of CNN's New Day, the subject of Biden's recently-unveiled health care plan, and concurrent criticism of Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan, came up. They echo what Obama said countless times when he was making the case to pass his signature healthcare law in 2009 and 2010, popularly known as Obamacare.

"I believe we have to protect and build on Obamacare", Biden said in the video. "Not so radical really, after all".

The speech comes at a time when Sanders is facing increasing pressure from other Democrats in the top tier of polling and fundraising: most notably, Massachusetts Sen.

Nine years after the Affordable Care Act was passed, Americans are still more likely to support than oppose the law, 48% to 30%, according to an April poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, though a sizable share doesn't take either side. You know, I mean jokingly. "Medicare goes away as you know it", Biden told the crowd at the AARP event.

Sanders' speech at George Washington University came as he is seeking to breathe new life into his campaign ahead of the second presidential debate later this month. "How do you think we ..."

He also raised the prospect that some people could see temporary gaps in coverage, a notion that Sanders has bristled at and called "obviously absurd".

The fight over health care is a proxy for the broader ideological battle in the Democratic Party with Sanders on one end and Biden on the other.

"We are exhausted of getting ripped off", he said.

Yesterday, the former vice president debuted a new health care plan, which would expand subsidies in the program while creating a new government-run health insurance plan-a "public option"-that would be available inside the exchanges".

Yet with the exception of Biden, the moderates are languishing far back in polls, leaving the former vice president to capitalize on the dividing lines and promising that he will do what Obama couldn't. The public is even more supportive of a government health insurance plan that can be bought instead of a private insurance plan: 53% express support, compared with just 17% who oppose; 29% are neither in favor nor opposed.

If anything, the dynamics illustrate Democrats' overall leftward shift on health care.

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet greeted Biden's proposal with a reminder that he's been pushing a public option on Capitol Hill.

At the same time, Kamala Harris did another interview with CNN on this subject.

The two most recent editions of Sanders' legislation include a four-year transition period, which would go into effect only after the bill was signed and a process set in place.

The end goal here for progressives is to eliminate private insurance altogether, an objective which has been articulated by Sanders, Warren, and Harris alike, among others.

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