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Sanders rips Biden for praising drug companies at fundraiser

Sanders rips Biden for praising drug companies at fundraiser
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Sanders asserted that he disagreed with Biden, saying the companies are "greedy, corrupt and engaged in price fixing," in a statement obtained by The Hill.

“At a time when their behavior is literally killing people every day, America needs a president who isn’t going to appease and compliment drug companies — we need a president who will take on the pharmaceutical industry – whether they like it or not. When we defeat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE, that’s exactly what we are going to do,” the statement said.

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The former vice president commended pharmaceutical drug companies in a fundraiser on Saturday, Bloomberg reported

"By the way, great drug companies out there — except a couple of opioid outfits," Biden said at the event. 

Biden and Sanders went head-to-head, along with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBecerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (D-Mass.), during the Democratic debate Thursday when discussing their plans for health care. 

The former vice president has criticized Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan for costing too much, while Sanders defended the plan saying it aligned with other health systems in other countries. Biden instead wants to reform the Affordable Care Act.

Sanders has advocated to decrease the power of drug companies with an aim at bringing down costs for patients.