Biden, Harris tangle over heath care in Democratic debate

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump Hillicon Valley: Twitter accounts of Obama, Biden, Musk, others compromised | U.S. announces sanctions on Huawei, citing human rights abuses | Pompeo 'confident' foreign adversaries will interfere in elections MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMost in new poll say Biden running mate won't influence their vote Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit MORE (D-Calif.) clashed on health care at the start of the debate Wednesday. 

Biden attacked Harris for her "Medicare for All" plan, warning of tax increases and the elimination of employer-based private insurance, continuing a tussle between two front-runners that began in the first debate. 

The two candidates at center stage looked each other in the eyes as they faced off. 


Biden said Harris’s plan “will cost $3 trillion [and] you will lose your employer based insurance.”

“You can’t beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' White House considers sweeping travel ban on members, families of the Chinese Communist Party: report MORE with double talk on this plan,” Biden added and pointed to what has been widely seen as Harris’s veering back and forth on whether to eliminate private insurance. 

Harris responded that Biden’s comments were “simply inaccurate” and that Biden’s plan would leave out around 10 million Americans. 

“The cost of doing nothing is far too expensive,” Harris said. “We must act.”

The central debate is between Harris’s plan of Medicare for All versus Biden’s more moderate plan to give people the option of a government-run plan but also allow private insurance to remain. 

“Your plan does not cover everyone in America,” Harris said to Biden. She added that the secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusLong waits for test results spark new COVID-19 fears Senate outlook slides for GOP CNN to feature teen climate activist Greta Thunberg in coronavirus town hall MORE, endorsed her plan.  




The face-off between the two front-runners has been the central dividing line in the Democratic primary. 

Biden is clashing with a range of progressive challengers, but Harris most of all. Their clash began in the first debate with a fight over busing to desegregate schools.  

Harris released a Medicare for All plan that is slightly more moderate than Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Trump attacks Biden clean energy plan while announcing environmental rollback Car on fire near Supreme Court MORE's (I-Vt.) plan.

Harris's plan includes a 10 year implementation timeline and includes a promise not to raise taxes on anyone making under $100,000.