California Rep. Bera touts Biden's health care plan in 2020 endorsement

California Rep. Bera touts Biden's health care plan in 2020 endorsement
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Rep. Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraKrystal Ball: New Biden ad is everything that's wrong with Democrats Overnight Defense: Trump cancels presser, cuts short NATO trip | Viral video catches leaders appearing to gossip about Trump | Dem witnesses say Trump committed impeachable offenses | Trump reportedly mulling more troops in Middle East Pelosi to Democrats: 'Are you ready?' MORE (D-Calif.) endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr MORE on Tuesday in the presidential primary race. 

Bera, one of three Democratic physicians serving in Congress, touted Biden as an effective leader who can pass legislation on “one of the most pressing issues for American voters” — health care.

“Joe was on the frontlines helping to pass the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care to millions of Americans. He is the candidate best suited to both protect our gains and get new health care legislation passed through a divided Congress at a time when Americans need it the most,” Bera said in a statement shared by the Biden campaign. 

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Biden has pitched a health care plan that builds on the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. His is a less progressive plan than some of the “Medicare for All” policies put forth by many of Biden’s primary opponents. "Medicare for All" would either eliminate private health care insurance immediately or aim to do so over a transition period. 

Bera, who has represented Sacramento County in the House since 2013, also described Biden as a “problem-solver” who can “fix the mess and deliver results for working families.” 

“Joe Biden is the only candidate with the experience, grit, and broad-based coalition needed to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE, boost Democrats up and down the ballot, and bring people together to get things done,” Bera said. 

“Joe knows how to make government work, and how to connect with Americans of all stripes to win. More than ever, we need that kind of clear-eyed optimist leading our charge in 2020 and beyond,” he added. 

Bera is the 21st member of the House to endorse Biden, the campaign said.