This week marked the introduction of former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) healthcare plan.
In a video released, Vice President Biden takes a shot at Democrats that are espousing the need for “Medicare-for-all,” saying that he “understands the appeal of Medicare-for-all, but folks supporting it should be clear that it means getting rid of Obamacare. And, I’m not for that.”
In response to the Vice President’s words, Senator Bernie Sanders (I) shared his own thoughts on social media as to why “Medicare-for-all” is the right step, arguing that “at the end of the day, you’ve either got to be on the side of the people or the side of the health insurance companies.”
Sanders asserted that he knows what side he’s taking and that “others will have to make their own choice” because “we must pass Medicare for All.”
On Instagram, Sanders shared an image expressing the benefits of Medicare-for-all and how Bidencare would negatively affect the American people.
Sanders argues that Bidencare would leave “nearly 10 million people uninsured,” “tens of millions of Americans will remain underinsured,” people will be left “at the whims of their employers,” he argues that “a public option will be too expensive for those who must need it,” and Sanders asserts that Bidencare would ensure that “a fundamentally broken for-profit health care system is preserved.”
The back and forth highlights a divide within the Democratic party, which saw it in full display at the first Presidential debates last month.
While speaking at a presidential forum in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Biden defended his plan, assuring a promise reminiscent of one President Obama made to the American people while constructing Obamacare.
Vice President Biden assured that “if you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it. If, in fact, you have private insurance, you can keep it.”