Biden campaign pushes back on Sanders' call to reject donations from insurers, drug makers

Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s campaign pushed back after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) called on 2020 campaigns to reject contributions from health insurance and drug companies, which was seen as a dig aimed at the former vice president. 

Sanders, without naming any specific campaign, made the demand Wednesday in a speech defending his “Medicare for All” plan, which Biden has harshly criticized. 

Biden’s campaign issued a response later on Wednesday, without specifically citing Sanders.

“Vice President Biden fought to get the biggest reform to our health care system in a generation done, so insurance companies know where he stands — and based on their reaction yesterday to his health care plan, we’re not expecting too many contributions,” Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said in a statement. 

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Sanders’ call to reject campaign contributions was seen as a dig at Biden, who has previously held large-dollar fundraisers with wealthy contributors from the health care industry.

Biden’s healthcare proposal would not support a Medicare for All plan, but rather seeks to protect and build upon ObamaCare. 

Other top-tier primary candidates including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) embrace a Medicare for All plan. 

Biden has said Medicare for All would take coverage away from seniors, a claim that Sanders said on Wednesday is not true. 

The Sanders campaign tweeted a video accusing Biden of “lying about Medicare for All” ahead of his Wednesday speech where he made the pledge. 

“We won’t mention his name, but it might be a former vice president of the United States,” Sanders said in the video. 

“Look, I think it’s important that we have a health care debate on the facts and not on fear-mongering.”


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