Biden Accidentally Makes Case for Medicare for All by Admitting Employers Can Take Away Your Insurance—Even If You Like It

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview with the New York Times editorial board released Friday, conceded that his proposal to fix the healthcare system in the U.S. without transitioning to universal, government-run healthcare could still result in people losing insurance at the whims of their employer—remarks that progressives noted inadvertently help make the case for the very Medicare for All plan Biden opposes.

“To use Joe Biden’s words—it’s a big f-ing deal that Biden was forced to explicitly admit to this enormous problem in his healthcare plan,” David Sirota, speechwriter for Biden primary contest rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said on Twitter.

Biden was questioned on his pitch for a more modest healthcare plan involving the idea that Americans who like their private, employer-provided plans can keep them. Times editor Jeneen Interlandi pushed the former vice president on that claim, pointing out that such plans are subject to employers’ willingness to keep them in place.

“If you like your plan, you can keep it, assuming—I should add the obvious—if your employer doesn’t take it away from you,” said Biden.

“And with that, my friends, Joe Biden successfully makes the case for single payer healthcare,” tweeted activist Evan Sutton.

Progressive researcher Andrew Perez was among the first to seize on the remarks as an indication that any plan with less than universal coverage at its center—including today’s status quo—is insufficient.

“No one can promise to preserve your employer-based health insurance plan,” said Perez. “You lose it if you’re laid off, switch jobs, or if your employer changes offerings”

RoseAnn DeMoro, former executive director of National Nurses United and an ally of Sanders, said on Twitter Biden’s admission exposes one of the key shortcomings of his entire approach to healthcare reform.

“Working people continually lose coverage from their employers,” said DeMoro. “The #1 cause of strikes is healthcare.”

The kind of system that Biden is proposing, warned DeMoro, doesn’t do nearly enough.

“This is exactly what we had before Trump,” she said, “and workers lost and lost and lost.”

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Gunther
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Gunther

I have a government job. Our insurance is subject to change whenever they feel like it. We have no say. They just keep chipping away at it.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Yeah, when they were doing the setup to my working. They said I would have better insurance than they had. One reason I tried their lying ass program. Guess what? Couldn’t even get them on the phone after I was hired. Like they knew I had a job and the hook was set for the poor dumb bastard.

David Bishop
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David Bishop

This is muraca where universal medical coverage is bad for insurance companies and the rich – never gonna happen.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

To many people driving Mercedes and have golf memberships at trump golf courses!

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o
There’s a man named Wendell Potter that worked for Cigna for years & he’s the one that helped come up with the word “choice” to drum into people’s heads to scare them away from universal care. He regrets it & he’s on out side now. You can find some of his articles on line. When I see something about “choice” with regards to insurance in a facebook thread or twitter or IMPOTUS lying, I always say something like sure you have choice until your employer changes your plan, or, you have choice until your Dr. leaves your plan, & you… Read more »
chris whitley
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chris whitley

I went from disability to work and when they came around with their plan I had to toss mine and theirs was more expensive and didn’t cover shit.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

And it’s amazing how they blow smoke up your ass telling you all about this Ticket To Work from Social Security and how you have the right to a job and not be harassed. Well guess what? They are full of sh*t! They tell you not to mention program. And that you have no protection from discrimination. And that if you get a job they will follow your progress. Bullsh*t!