Biden campaign hits rivals on 'Medicare for All' ahead of debate

Biden campaign hits rivals on 'Medicare for All' ahead of debate
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE’s campaign went on the attack against "Medicare for All" ahead of Wednesday night’s debate. 

Biden’s campaign tweeted a video intended to show damaging clips of his Democratic presidential opponents on Medicare for All, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE (D-Calif.) giving varying answers on eliminating private insurance and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters MORE (I-Vt.) saying taxes would have to increase. 

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Biden supports a plan to give people the option of buying into a government-run health insurance plan, rather than mandating one for everyone as Medicare for All would. 

“Medicare for All would cost American taxpayers $30-$40 trillion over 10 years,” the Biden video states. 

“Of course it'll raise middle class taxes,” the video adds. 

In contrast, Biden’s campaign touts that his plan would “allow Americans to keep their employer insurance if they want to” and would “protect and build on Obamacare.”

Harris and Biden will share the stage Wednesday night. They have been clashing over Medicare for All and other issues, so more disagreement is expected on Wednesday. 

Harris on Monday released a health care plan that aimed to blunt some of the major criticisms of Medicare for All, saying she would not raise taxes on people making under $100,000 and would allow private insurers to maintain a role, but in a highly regulated function administering Medicare plans. 

Supporters of Medicare for All argue the tax increases required would be less than the savings people would get from having no premiums or deductibles, and that millions of currently uninsured people would gain coverage.