Sanders responds to Biden's criticism of health care plan: 'Of course he's wrong'

Sanders responds to Biden's criticism of health care plan: 'Of course he's wrong'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHow can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally MORE (I-Vt.) responded on Tuesday to 2020 presidential rival Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE's criticism of his health care proposal, calling the former vice president "wrong."

In an interview with The Washington Post, Sanders called Biden's critique of his "Medicare for All" plan "absurd." He also knocked Biden's proposed plan. 

“Times change, and we have got to go further,” Sanders said.

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“Of course he’s wrong,” he added of Biden's proposal, and said he would like to continue to debate the former vice president on the matter. 

Biden on Monday unveiled a health care plan that would not lead to a Medicare for All system but would allow the purchase of a public health insurance option like Medicare.  

“I understand the appeal of Medicare for All, but folks supporting it should be clear that it means getting rid of ObamaCare, and I’m not for that,” Biden said in a video on the plan. “I know how hard it is to get that passed. I watched it. Starting over makes no sense to me at all.”   

Sanders, for whom Medicare for All has been a signature issue, also tweeted Monday criticizing Biden's proposal. 

"At the end of the day, you’ve either got to be on the side of the people or the side of the health insurance companies," he wrote. "I know which side I’m on."

Biden and Sanders are both running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Biden has consistently been the front-runner in polling, while Sanders, who was once solidly in second place, has slipped in recent weeks.