(16 Jul 2019) Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model.
The former vice president has spent the past several weeks highlighting his support for the health care law often called “Obamacare.” He told voters in Iowa that he was “against any Republican (and) any Democrat who wants to scrap” the law. He’s also talked of “building on” Obamacare.
He released a proposal Monday to add a “public option” to the 2010 health care overhaul, with expanded coverage paid for by tax increases on the wealthiest Americans. Returning to Iowa, he touted the public option as “the quickest … most rational way to get universal coverage.” A sudden transition to “Medicare for All,” he said, “is kind of risky.”
On Monday, Biden also said one of the reasons Democrats won the House of Representatives in 2018 was that voters wanted to defend Obamacare from Republican efforts to repeal it.
Biden also used an appearance at the home of former Iowa Governor and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to blast President Trump, saying even Trump’s supporters never speak positively about the President’s character.
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