Newsweek - July 2019
A former adviser to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that 2020 hopeful Joe Biden is "dangerously close to using Republican talking points" and sounds like President Donald Trump when he discusses Medicare for All.
Appearing as part of a panel discussion on CNN's New Day on Tuesday, ex-Clinton aide Jess McIntosh shared her perspective on the former vice president's healthcare pitch. Biden has criticized the proposal of several 2020 Democratic candidates to create universal healthcare for all Americans by expanding Medicare. Biden, who served under former President Barack Obama, prefers instead to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare.
"The risk he [Biden] has here though, is he comes dangerously close to using Republican talking points when talking about Medicare-for-all," McIntosh said. "There was a lot of 'Medicare as you know it will go away, seniors will be left with nothing,'" she said.
"That sounds suspiciously like Donald Trump, and as long as Biden is trying to appeal to the Democratic base during the primary, they're not going to like him engaging with this topic using that kind of language," she asserted.
... Sanders, in an interview with The New York Times published Sunday, called Biden's criticism of Medicare for All "totally absurd."
"Obviously what Biden was doing is what the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industries, Republicans, do: ignoring the fact that people will save money on their healthcare because they will no longer have to pay premiums or out-of-pocket expenses," the senator argued. "They will no longer have high deductibles and high co-payments," he added. ...
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