Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Joe Biden slams 'Medicare for All' in new health insurance proposal

The Sanders campaign said his pledge not to accept health insurance and pharma money would cover donations above $200 from drug and health insurance industry lobbyists, executives and political action committees.

The speech comes as Sanders is slipping in some public polling and is trying to gain traction in a crowded Democratic field.

Four other White House candidates in the U.S. Senate - Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of MA - also support the proposal, which has become one of the main points of contention in the Democratic race to select a nominee to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in 2020.

"Vice President Biden supports repealing the Hyde Amendment because health care is a right that should not be dependent on one's zip code or income", the campaign declared. Not to be left out of the senior athletics competition, Bernie Sanders also challenged the President to a mile-long run.

However, the former vice president said that he doesn't plan to "get down in the dirt" with Trump because that's "the only place he knows how to fight". "Under Biden's plan, this broken and fractured system would be maintained".

Bernie Sanders will vigorously defend his signature "Medicare for All" proposal on Wednesday and hit back at his critics who say his push amounts to both bad politics and bad policy.

"The idea that I'd be intimidated by Donald Trump", Biden said with a look that suggested that notion would be foolish.

The Washington Examiner's Phillip Klein called Biden's plan "Obamacare on steroids", determining that it would "dramatically increase the price tag of Obamacare and likely erode employer insurance". It would also create a government-run public-insurance option allowing people to buy health insurance that competes with private health plans and expand Medicaid in states that haven't done so already with around 2.5 million Americans able to qualify.

Recently, Biden has even said that his reputation as a "gaffe machine" would be to his benefit in a match-up against Trump, because his sometimes-mangled off-the-cuff remarks show his authenticity.

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He argued Medicare for All "means getting rid of Obamacare".

The Vilsacks did not formally endorse Biden's campaign for president.

"I'd just say there's lots of ways to get to my ultimate goal which is everybody in this country having health care", Booker said. Come on man. How many push-ups do you want to do here, pal?

He called Biden's criticism "absurd" and openly questioned which side Biden and others who oppose Medicare for All were on.

"I think it's the quickest, most reasonable, rational and best way to get to universal coverage", Biden said earlier this afternoon at a forum sponsored by AARP Iowa and The Des Moines Register. Sanders' message, boiled down: If you like your health care plan, that's too bad.

The dynamics illustrate Democrats' overall leftward shift on health care.

Klobuchar, like Biden, supports adding a public option to the Affordable Care Act.

The article opens with the statement, "Justin Krebs, a campaign director with MoveOn, isn't interested in hearing pundits debate which 2020 Democratic candidate is the most 'electable'". The New Hampshire primary is still 211 days away and there's any number of things could happen between now and ten to change the nature of the race.

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