California Rep. Bera touts Biden's health care plan in 2020 endorsement

Rep. Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Exclusive investigation on the coronavirus pandemic: Where was Congress? The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: David Miliband says world won’t be safe until poor nations get more aid; Cuomo rips WHO MORE (D-Calif.) endorsed former Vice President 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 on Tuesday in the presidential primary race. 

Bera, one of three Democratic physicians serving in Congress, touted Biden as an effective leader who can pass legislation on “one of the most pressing issues for American voters” — health care.

“Joe was on the frontlines helping to pass the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care to millions of Americans. He is the candidate best suited to both protect our gains and get new health care legislation passed through a divided Congress at a time when Americans need it the most,” Bera said in a statement shared by the Biden campaign. 

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Biden has pitched a health care plan that builds on the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. His is a less progressive plan than some of the “Medicare for All” policies put forth by many of Biden’s primary opponents. “Medicare for All” would either eliminate private health care insurance immediately or aim to do so over a transition period. 

Bera, who has represented Sacramento County in the House since 2013, also described Biden as a “problem-solver” who can “fix the mess and deliver results for working families.” 

“Joe Biden is the only candidate with the experience, grit, and broad-based coalition needed to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, boost Democrats up and down the ballot, and bring people together to get things done,” Bera said. 

“Joe knows how to make government work, and how to connect with Americans of all stripes to win. More than ever, we need that kind of clear-eyed optimist leading our charge in 2020 and beyond,” he added. 

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Bera is the 21st member of the House to endorse Biden, the campaign said.

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