Joe Biden launched a defense of Obamacare on Wednesday prior to the second democratic presidential debate, thereby closing the universal healthcare plans of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Biden named his healthcare plan as the & # 39; fastest and most effective way to achieve universal coverage at less than 1/30 of the cost of Medicare for All & # 39; – the plan recommended by Warren and Sanders – by protecting & building on Obamacare instead of a new system. & # 39;
The former vice president did not name Warren and Sanders by name, but & # 39; Medicare for All & # 39; is their distinctive healthcare plan, which dominated the first part of Tuesday's democratic debate, where the candidates fought the best option.
Joe Biden defended Obamacare prior to Wednesday's Democratic debate
Biden thereby trapped Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren's universal health plans; the two fired heavily in Tuesday night's debate about their Medicare for All plan
Biden also spoke about health care for him personally, and wrote about his sons Beau and Hunter, which he saw above with him and Jill on the opening day in 2009
Warren and Sanders – the leading liberals in the fight for the Democratic nomination – took a lot of fire for their support for universal health care – with rivals who labeled it impractical and too expensive. Amy Klobuchar pointed out that she offered proposals based on reality & # 39 ;.
The former vice president, who is the famous & # 39; big deal & # 39; When President Barack Obama mentioned the Affordable Care Act in law, he argued that it would take too long to set up a new health care system.
& # 39; Time is precious and families with health problems and rising medical bills cannot wait until we start a full overhaul of our health care system, including the elimination of Obamacare, and the elimination of your private insurance after a transition period, & # 39 he wrote in one op-ed for CNN.
Biden, who is expected to be the main target on Wednesday evening, started his defense early are op-ed, touting how healthcare is personal to him.
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The former vice-president talked about the personal struggle with health care that his family had endured after his first wife and daughter died in a car accident in 1972 that also injured his sons Hunter and Beau. Later the family had to deal with the diagnosis of brain cancer at Beau Biden, from whom he died in 2015.
& # 39; This is personal to me. This is why I fight. I deeply believe that health care is a right for everyone – not a privilege for the few, & Biden wrote.
His plan would allow Americans to keep their private insurance plan if they chose or participate in a public option.
& # 39; My plan to protect and build on the ACA gives people the opportunity to choose what is best for them. If you are not insured or your insurance company is not doing well by you, then you should have the option to purchase from a public option such as Medicare, & he wrote.
Various democratic opponents prefer a health plan that allows people to keep their private insurance coverage if they choose, while offering a public option.
Healthcare, race, immigration and climate change are among the many topics that are expected to be discussed Wednesday evening when 10 Democratic contenders enter the Fox Theater for the second round of the second presidential debate.
Biden is central with Kamala Harris and Cory Booker next to him.
The health care issue began Tuesday's democratic debate when Sanders and Warren came under fire from the rest of the stage, accusing them of harming Democrats' chances of defeating President Donald Trump with their unrealistic liberal policies.
Elizabeth Warren and John Delaney struggled with health care Tuesday night
Bernie Sanders and Tim Ryan also argued about Medicare for All
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, a dark horse in the race, warned against & # 39; fairytale & # 39; progressives who make & # 39; impossible promises that disable independent voters and re-elect Trump & # 39 ;.
Warren, an idealistic crusader, lost her temper.
& # 39; I don't understand why anyone makes every effort to stand up for the president of the United States, just to talk about what we really can't do and what we shouldn't fight for, & # 39; she exclaimed.
Warren and Sanders, fighting each other for support under the party's progressive wing, worked together to defend their universal health care proposal against their more moderate rivals on Tuesday night.
Sanders exploded in Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who disagreed with his claim that the & # 39; Medicare for All & # 39; plans circulating on Capitol Hill are wide enough to surround every American and those illegally in the country.
& # 39; Medicare for All is extensive, it covers all healthcare needs for the elderly. It will finally include dental care, hearing aids and glasses, & Sanders said.
& # 39; You don't know that, & # 39; Ryan fell in.
& # 39; I know! & # 39; Sanders shot back. & # 39; I wrote the damn bill! & # 39;
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