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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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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Buttigieg touted his record of economic development during his time as mayor, and acknowledged the necessity of discussing issues such as voter Buttigieg ’s landmark policy to address structural racism, titled the Douglass Plan after the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, has also come under fire for using a

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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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Thursday unveiled his plan to reform the U.S. healthcare system by offering everyone coverage under the federal Medicare program, but not forcing people to give up private health insurance plans . "For years, Washington politicians have allowed.

His campaign claims the plan would enable about 10 million more people to access care over the first four years of the program. Here are some ways Buttigieg said he would do that: Enforce mental health parity in coverage, including under Medicare and Medicaid.

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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