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On Monday morning, former vice president Joe Biden released the health care plan for his 2020 presidential campaign. The plan comes ahead of a single-payer health plan speech by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) scheduled for Wednesday.
Biden’s plan includes several noteworthy omissions. For instance, it does not include any reference to health coverage for foreign citizens illegally present in the United States. That exclusion seems rather surprising, given both Democrats’ embrace of health benefits for those unlawfully present in last month’s debate, and Biden’s repeated references to the issue.
Campaign - Staff - Politico - Immigrants - Obamacare
Campaign staff told Politico that they would allow illegal immigrants to purchase Obamacare exchange coverage without access to federal subsidies, but Biden’s website contains not a word about that concept—an implicit admission that using taxpayer dollars to subsidize health care for those unlawfully present holds less popular appeal than liberal Democrats first thought.
Biden said later on Monday that illegally present foreign citizens should have access to “public health clinics if they’re sick,” but not health insurance. He also claimed that last month’s debate format did not give him enough time to explain his position.
Biden - Plan - Similarities - Sanders - Sanders
Overall, however, Biden’s plan includes many similarities to Sanders’. While both Sanders and Biden want to draw contrasts on health care—Sanders to attack Biden as beholden to corporate interests, and Biden to attack Sanders for wanting to demolish Obamacare—their plans contain far more similarities than differences.
Sanders’ bill would, as the American people have gradually learned this year, make private insurance “unlawful,” taking coverage away from approximately 300 million Americans. Biden’s plan specifically attacks single payer on this count, for “starting from scratch and getting rid of private insurance.”
Comments - AARP - Monday - Afternoon - Biden
In comments before AARP on Monday afternoon, Biden went so far as to bring up Obamacare’s foremost broken promise to highlight the distinction between his plan and Sanders’. Biden, like Obama before him,...
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