in the vicinityVideoBiden are demanding answers, like Sanders, Warren, plan on paying for ‘Medicare for All’ plans
Political analyst Ron Meyer and democratic strategist Jason Nichols respond to the democratic debate.
The former Vice-President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have night, their debate on the health care after their spat during the Thursday, the democratic debate, with Biden accusing Sanders, effectively handing over Americans, Biden accused of a pay cut, and Sanders, the distortion of the socialist, the “Medicare for all” plan.
“I do not doubt the motives of the two leaders on the issue of Medicare-for-all. I don’t doubt your motives,” Biden said in Houston on Friday during the discussion, Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., “but it will cost about $3.4 trillion dollars per year to Medicare funds. $3.4 trillion in the year.
“This is double the entire Federal budget, you will save interest on the debt. And so how do you do that without increasing the taxes? There are not enough taxes, to cut-elimination of tax breaks for the rich-there is not enough there to get you there,” he added.
Biden, the frontrunner, has the criticism of several candidates to build on the Affordable Care Act rather as a plea for a larger, single-payer program like Medicare-for-all.
BIDEN MOCKED SANDERS: “FOR A SOCIALIST, YOU HAVE A LOT MORE CONFIDENCE IN CORPORATE AMERICA THAN I’
On Friday, the Sanders campaign, Biden the “dishonest accused of” attacks and the promotion of the health of the economy in the narrative on the Problem.
“It is disappointing, Joe Biden, is in accordance with the deceptions and falsehoods of the health care industry … Joe Biden is the love for the insurance industry and the outrageously high premiums, co-payments and out-of may-pocket costs, you are free of charge to us. Most Americans don’t know it,” a campaign statement read.
During a campaign stop in Nevada Friday, Sanders is back to his refrain, reiterated that health is a human right, and that Medicare-for-all every man, woman and child in the country would cover. It requires no premiums, no deductibles and no out-of-pocket costs, and Medicare for such things as dental care, hearing AIDS, and home health care would expand.”
“Apparently the Vice President thinks it is just wonderful for people to pay $1,000 per month just for health care premiums,” he said at the town hall meeting in Carson City. “With a deductible of $4,000 or $5,000 or more — no problem. The highest pay prices in the world for prescription drugs — not a problem. Well, I think the problems are.”
“It is not a very radical idea, because in one form or another it exists in all countries of the world, including Canada,” said Sanders. “Is it free? No. It is financed from the General Fund in a progressive manner.”
Later in the event, Sanders heard how a 58-year-old Navy veteran with Huntington’s disease, the senator said he planned to kill himself after the loss of his health, care, and racking up $139,000 in medical expenses.
SANDERS LAUGHS OUT LOUD AT BIDEN’S ‘HUMOROUS’ CLAIM THAT HE IS TOO TRUSTING OF ‘CORPORATE AMERICA’
Sanders replied: “no, you are,” and promised a meeting with the man in private after the event, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review.
The scrap between Biden and Sanders is a microcosm of a broader debate within the Democratic party. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has championed progressive proposals and took on a more aggressive, anti-corporate tone, as Biden has.
If you saw the two on Thursday, Biden tried to mock Sanders’ anti-corporate image with the accusation, to trust him, the employer too much in his “Medicare for all” proposal. Biden argued that employers, who now pay a share of workers ‘ premiums, the bag would be that the money raised instead of on the workers, if the government were to cover all health care costs.
“Let me tell you something, for a socialist, you have said a lot more confidence in corporate America than me,” Biden.
Sanders later, this statement laughed in an interview with Fox News after the debate.
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“One of us voted for the Wall Street bailout that was Biden, by the way. One of us is the devastating trade agreements, which were sponsored by corporate America, agreed-that was Biden. One of us voted for a bankruptcy bill that was pushed, Biden was of the banks,” he said.
To say “so, that Bernie Sanders is sympathetic to the corporate elite, I think, is rather humorous.”
Fox News’ Madeleine Rivera, Brooke Singman, Charles Creitz, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.