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 BidenTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses 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 HarrisHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate 2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day MORE (D-Calif.) giving varying answers on eliminating private insurance and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (I-Vt.) saying taxes would have to increase. 


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.