Biden: Americans should have ‘option’ to buy into public Medicare plan

Former Vice President Joe Biden is officially in the game.

Biden, who announced his presidential candidacy with a video last Thursday, delivered his first campaign stump speech on Monday in Pittsburgh. During the speech, Biden breezed through a variety of topics, jumping from point to point, most of which elicited enthusiastic responses from the relatively small, but fiery crowd.

He focused heavily on the idea of rebuilding the middle class, expressing his support for unions and his mission to restore the “dignity of work.” While he was short on specific policies, he railed against capital gains loopholes, the fact that fast food industry workers are sometimes required to sign non-compete clauses, and added that it’s “well past time” the federal minimum wage was raised to $15 per hour.

Biden also clarified his health care stance — he supports a public option, but apparently not Medicare-for-all.

 

Some Biden policies mentioned in PA:- Public option- Reverse GOP tax cuts- Eliminate cap gains loophole- $15/hr min wage- Prevent workers from being classified as “contractors”- Reform non-poaching clauses- Close stepped up basis, invest $ in higher ed- Renewable energy $

— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) April 29, 2019

 

Of course, Biden had some fighting words for President Trump, who might have even been watching — Fox News, the president’s favorite channel, carried the rally live.

 

Joe Biden: Donald Trump is “the only president who has decided not to represent the whole country. The president has his base. We need a president who works for all Americans.”Via ABC pic.twitter.com/Eb0akDbP7Z

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 29, 2019

 

Read more: theweek.com