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Biden versus Sanders: Top 2020 contenders snipe over healthcare policy


Added 07-18-19 08:10:07am EST - “Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and rival Bernie Sanders are wagi...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Biden versus Sanders: Top 2020 contenders snipe over healthcare policy”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and rival Bernie Sanders are waging a public battle this week over universal healthcare, staking out competing turf on an issue that has become the most divisive in the party’s primary campaign.

The sniping between the two White House contenders, highlighted on Wednesday when Sanders delivered a defense of his ambitious “Medicare for All” plan, has split Democrats and forced other candidates to choose sides on an issue certain to play prominently in next year’s general election race.

The different approaches reflect the tension in a Democratic Party torn between progressives like Sanders seeking major systemic changes and moderates like Biden who want a more pragmatic approach - and the concerns about which approach would be a winner against Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020.

Biden, vice president for eight years under former President Barack Obama, said a $750 billion plan he introduced on Monday would strengthen Obama’s landmark healthcare law known as Obamacare and include an option for a paid government-run plan.

Medicare is the government insurance plan for the elderly and Sanders wants to shift Americans into a Medicare-based, single-payer system that largely eliminates private insurance.

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