Biden aggressive in defense of Affordable Care Act

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National News

July 15, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model.

The former vice president will spend much of the coming week talking about his approach to health care. On Monday Biden released a plan that would add a “public option” to the 2010 health care overhaul, with expanded coverage paid for by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Biden’s almost singular focus on former President Barack Obama’s health care law, often called “Obamacare,” has been on display recently in early voting states.

In Iowa, Biden declared himself “against any Republican (and) any Democrat who wants to scrap” the Affordable Care Act. Later in New Hampshire, he said “we should not be scrapping Obamacare, we should be building on it.”

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