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Politics Candidates spar over health care at key Iowa event

17:50  02 november  2019
17:50  02 november  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Biden said he would overhaul health care nationwide without “increases in taxes for the middle class. The former vice president has promised not to “abandon” Obama’s signature health care law. For White House hopefuls in the top tier, the event was a key test of momentum, while lagging

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Democratic presidential candidates sparred over health care at the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Liberty and Justice Celebration, a big event for Democrats and supporters that filled a basketball arena in downtown Des Moines. The fundraiser marked the beginning of the final three-month stretch leading up to the Iowa caucus, and was an opportunity for top-tier candidates to see their campaigns launch like Barack Obama's did in 2008.

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Top Democratic presidential candidates are trading barely veiled shots at each other at the Iowa Democratic party's marquee fundraiser. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The leading Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination clashed over the critical issue of health care while offering

Biden said he would overhaul health care nationwide without "increases in taxes for the middle class. Candidates must now move beyond simply introducing themselves to voters and activists and For White House hopefuls in the top tier, the event was a key test of momentum, while lagging

The event came after Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled her much-anticipated proposal to pay for Medicare for All earlier on Friday. She claims she can fund the plan without raising taxes on middle-class Americans "by one penny."

After accusing Warren of "mathematical gymnastics" in a campaign email on Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden did not address Warren's plan directly in his speech Friday evening, although he took a swipe at her and Senator Bernie Sanders by saying his health care plan would not take "four years or five years or ten years to happen."

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Jim Mowrer, the Democratic candidate in Iowa 's 3rd Congressional District, released a statement urging Republican incumbent David Young to accept a third debate The two candidates are already scheduled to debate on KMA Radio Oct. 23 and on Iowa Public Television at a date to be determined.

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"There will be no increases in taxes for the middle class. None. None. None," Biden said about paying for health care reform, in an oblique reference to Warren and Sanders. Biden has emphasized the need to build upon and preserve the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama while he was vice president.

Warren responded with an indirect swipe at Biden, saying in her speech that "it's easy to give up on a big idea, but when we give up on a big idea, we give up on the people whose lives would be touched by that big idea."

"Anyone who comes on this stage and tells you to dream small and give up early is not going to lead our party to victory," Warren said.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 1, 2019.© Scott Olson/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 1, 2019. Meanwhile, Sanders — the architect of a Medicare for All proposal in Congress — promised supporters at the event: "We will pass, whether the insurance companies like it or not, Medicare for All."

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Romney and Ryan, campaigning separately Wednesday, were to level their criticism of Obama in three key battleground states: Romney was campaigning in Iowa , while The campaign was also hitting the airwaves with a new television advertisement linking Obama’s divisive health care overhaul to cuts in

Candidates widely divided on health care , gun control and financial regulation. At Sunday's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley sparred often over everything from gun control to financial regulations.

Senator Kamala Harris struck a balance by promising Medicare for All with the option to keep private insurance.

"I am running for president to make sure there is Medicare for All to bring down costs, and to ensure that you also get choice," Harris said.

A New York Times/Siena College poll published on Friday showed Warren leading in Iowa in a tight race, with Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Biden close behind. However, the margin of error in the poll was plus or minus 4.7%, meaning that the top three candidates — Warren, Sanders, and Buttigieg — are virtually tied.

Although her frontrunner position in Iowa may be tenuous, enthusiasm for Warren could be seen at the event on Friday. CBS News' Caitlin Huey-Burns reported that the section of the stadium seating Warren supporters unfurled a banner during her speech, saying: "Win with Warren."

Musadiq Bidar contributed to this report.

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