Joe Biden rejects Medicare for all, says it wouldn’t have slowed coronavirus spread
Joe Biden has again declared that he does not back Medicare for all — and said that it would not have made a difference in dealing with the escalating coronavirus pandemic.
“If you had Medicare for all option now, it still has to be implemented by the federal government,” the former veep told ABC News during an interview Thursday.
“Look here’s the point, the idea that this would have stopped the virus from occurring, the idea it would have been able to be implemented earlier, the idea it wold have fundamentally changed anything is just not accurate,” Biden continued when asked whether the private sector could meet the growing demands of the current pandemic.
“Besides, you got to pass what is a $35 trillion bill over the next 10 years. Mildly complicated.”
Instead, the Democratic presidential frontrunner said, the Affordable Care Act — which the Trump administration is trying to kill in the courts — should be enhanced to ensure that all Americans have health care coverage.
“What we should be doing is having the Affordable Care Act, add the public option for those who want it, meaning Medicare if that’s what they want rather than keep their own health insurance policies,” he said.
“If you notice, its not about whether health insurance is available to people that have private insurance, it’s not about that now. It’s about whether or not the government is going to be able to implement all the things they’re supposed to be doing so I don’t see where Medicare for all would make any difference.”
Pressed about whether supporters of Bernie Sanders would be willing to vote for him if he opposed one of the Vermont senator’s key issues, Biden suggested he wasn’t worried — and praised Sanders.
“Senator Sanders is passionate about this belief in every fiber of his being, and I respect him for that. I just disagree with him,” Biden told the network.
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