Biden campaign pushes back on Sanders' call to reject donations from insurers, drug makers

Biden campaign pushes back on Sanders' call to reject donations from insurers, drug makers
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Joe Biden's campaign pushed back after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWTO faces renewed scrutiny amid omicron threat Overnight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Abortion access for 65M women at stake Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan MORE's (I-Vt.) called on 2020 campaigns to reject contributions from health insurance and drug companies, which was seen as a dig aimed at the former vice president. 

Sanders, without naming any specific campaign, made the demand Wednesday in a speech defending his "Medicare for All" plan, which Biden has harshly criticized. 

Biden's campaign issued a response later on Wednesday, without specifically citing Sanders.

"Vice President BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE fought to get the biggest reform to our health care system in a generation done, so insurance companies know where he stands — and based on their reaction yesterday to his health care plan, we're not expecting too many contributions," Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said in a statement. 

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Sanders' call to reject campaign contributions was seen as a dig at Biden, who has previously held large-dollar fundraisers with wealthy contributors from the health care industry.

Biden's healthcare proposal would not support a Medicare for All plan, but rather seeks to protect and build upon ObamaCare. 

Other top-tier primary candidates including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden cannot allow his domestic fumbles to transfer to the world stage Joe Manchin should embrace paid leave — now The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends disappointing jobs report MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls on big banks to follow Capital One in ditching overdraft fees Crypto firm top executives to testify before Congress Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection MORE (D-Mass.) embrace a Medicare for All plan. 

Biden has said Medicare for All would take coverage away from seniors, a claim that Sanders said on Wednesday is not true. 

The Sanders campaign tweeted a video accusing Biden of "lying about Medicare for All" ahead of his Wednesday speech where he made the pledge. 

“We won’t mention his name, but it might be a former vice president of the United States,” Sanders said in the video. 

“Look, I think it’s important that we have a health care debate on the facts and not on fear-mongering.”