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Politics Biden says Buttigieg 'stole' his healthcare plan

04:25  03 december  2019
04:25  03 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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  Biden says he doesn’t need Obama’s endorsement The former vice president also scoffs at the idea Elizabeth Warren is building enthusiasm, and accuses Pete Buttigieg of stealing his plans. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); In a wide-ranging interview aboard his campaign bus during an eight-day tour through Iowa, Biden talked to reporters about his prospects in Iowa, the likely strength of his campaign going into Super Tuesday and his relationship with the former president.

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden said on Monday that his fast-rising rival Pete Buttigieg "stole" the former vice president's healthcare policy proposals, as the two battle for support in the early nominating state of Iowa.

Biden, among the leaders in the 16-member Democratic field for the right to take on Republican President Donald Trump in next year's election, is proposing expanding the Affordable Care Act.

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Joe Biden discusses his healthcare plan and the "public option" Olivia Sun, Des Moines Register. There are differences between the Buttigieg and Biden proposals, but both plans essentially would allow Americans a choice of buying into a government-run health care program or keeping private

His plan , like the one offered by former Vice President Joe Biden , also would boost subsidies to help people Meanwhile, the plan would roll back Trump administration efforts that health advocates say have Buttigieg is proposing to reverse President Donald Trump’s expansion of association health

Popularly known as Obamacare, the healthcare law was the signature domestic policy achievement of former Democratic President Barack Obama, whom Biden served as No. 2.

Biden would add a "public option," which would allow individuals to opt into a government plan but would preserve the existing role for private insurers.

Like Biden, Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, favors the public option and coined the phrase "Medicare for all who want it" to describe the concept.

"He stole it," Biden told reporters on his campaign bus in Iowa. Biden said he would have been criticized if he had copied someone else's health plan.

"What would you have done to me? You'd have torn my ears off," he said.

A spokeswoman for Buttigieg's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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As Joe Biden storms through Iowa and prepares for his first visit as a presidential candidate in South Carolina, the Democratic front-runner has “I don’t have time; I don’t want to keep you standing any longer,” Mr Biden said recently in Iowa City, declining to lay out his vision for America’s healthcare

Biden was in Iowa for eight straight days of campaigning to thwart a slide in the polls that has benefited Buttigieg, who leaped into first place in some recent surveys there. The Iowa caucus on Feb. 3 will be the Democrats'

first nominating contest.

Polls show U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are also in the running in Iowa. Both are pushing for a government-backed Medicare for All system that would provide federal health insurance coverage for all Americans based on the government-run Medicare program for Americans 65 and older.

Biden, who still enjoys a lead among Democrats in national public opinion polls, has largely avoided attacking Buttigieg. Asked about the mayor by reporters on Sunday, Biden said: "Anything I say about Pete will be taken as being a criticism or a negative about Pete, and I don't have any negative feelings about Pete at all. I think he's a talented guy."

Buttigieg is expected back in Iowa to campaign on Friday.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the newly expanded field of contenders for the Democratic nomination for president.South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins them in double digits for the first time.

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