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Joe Biden Draws Line Against Progressives on Health Care With New Proposal

17 July 2019

During a sit-down interview with MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden responded to President Donald Trump's handling of the United States-Mexico border.

The former vice president would "stand up to abuse of power by prescription drug corporations if elected", according to his website. "Your children deserve the exact same opportunities every other child in America is entitled to", the former vice president told voters as he unveiled his plan, which the Biden campaign notes is focused on building rural communities from within.

The measure would enable Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices, allow the importation of prescription drugs from overseas and increase the value of tax credits to lower premiums and extend coverage to more Americans. He called the existing ban on the federal government negotiating with manufacturers an "outrageous exception".

Biden's plan takes the Affordable Care Act as its foundational principle and builds from there.

Biden's plan proposes to cap drug price increases at the rate of inflation, and create a health department review board that would link the cost of specialty drugs to their average prices in other nations.

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Joe Biden talks to Fox News after the Des Moines Register forum.

The platform makes little mention of patents and intellectual property - an area of drug pricing policy that has been controversial for Biden. Biden said families that make between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty line may receive a tax credit to reduce how much they have to pay for insurance.

"I think it is a beginning and the way you start and the way you move to universal health care", Klobuchar said in the first debate. The Vermont senator insists his plan would be a net financial benefit for most households and rejects any suggestion that he hasn't supported the Affordable Care Act.

Asked about the potential for a push-up contest, Sen.

On a call with reporters on Sunday, campaign staff stressed that Biden wouldn't settle for a watered-down compromise as president and that his plan would help 97 percent of Americans get health coverage.

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Biden isn't the only public-option advocate running for president.

Such a plan - "Medicare for All" alongside private health insurance - has received support from Reps. Health care reform was a prominent issue in the 2008 election cycle, and the passage of Obamacare in 2010 brought sweeping changes to the nation's health system.

"At the end of the day", Sanders tweeted, "you've either got to be on the side of the people or the side of the health insurance companies".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have offered full-throated support for Sanders' "Medicare for All" proposal, which would eliminate private health insurance.

Some Democratic White House hopefuls are joining Biden in advocating for the public option, arguing it will be hard to go much further. "I'd like to get people the option: If you like your health care plan, or your employer-based plan, you can keep it", Biden said.

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Joe Biden Draws Line Against Progressives on Health Care With New Proposal