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Former Housing Urban and Development Secretary Julian Castro took a shot Thursday at Joe Biden, accusing the former vice president of flip-flopping on health care.

The exchange between the two former Obama administration officials came during a discussion about health care — specifically Medicare for All — at the Democratic presidential debate.

“I know that the problem with your plan is that it leaves 10 million people uncovered,” Castro told Biden. “I want every single American family to have a strong Medicare plan available.”

“If they choose to hold on to strong, solid private health insurance — I believe they should be able to do that — but the difference between what I support and what you support, Vice President Biden, is that you require them to opt in, and I would not require them to opt in. They would automatically be enrolled, they wouldn’t have to buy in.”

“That’s a big difference,” he added, “because Barack Obama’s vision was not to leave 10 million people uncovered. He wanted every single person covered. My plan would do that. You plan would not.”

Biden was indignant.

“They do not have to buy in,” he replied, garnering applause from the audience.

“They do not have to buy in,” he said again.

But Castro had a response ready.

“You just said that two minutes ago,” he said. “You just said two minutes ago that they would have to buy in. You said they would have to buy in.”

And then the line that elicited gasps from the audience.

“Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?” Castro asked Biden.

“I can’t believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in and now you’re saying they don’t have to buy — you’re forgetting that.”

Biden wasn’t pleased.

“I said anyone with a grandmother who has no money,” he said, “you’re automatically enrolled.”

According to Castro: “We need a health care system that automatically enrolls people regardless of whether they choose to opt in or not.”

“I’m fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama, and you’re not,” he said.

Castro does appear to be correct in asserting that Biden’s plan would require people to buy in to a public health care plan.

“Whether you’re covered through your employer, buying your insurance on your own, or going without coverage altogether, the Biden Plan will give you the choice to purchase a public health insurance option like Medicare,” Biden’s campaign has said.

What this means, according to Vox, is that everyone “will have the option to enroll in the public option with potentially big implications for how employers decide to structure their health benefits.”

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9 Comments
  • LST says:

    Who cares, they both suck.

  • Michael says:

    Neither one of them has to worry, because neither one of them is going to be President. Trump 2020!

  • Carl says:

    The whole debate was a laughing stock not one of these candidates is qualified to be president. They want to change our way of life and I don’t believe the majority of Americans will go along with their socialist policies.

  • Steve Fye says:

    Biden sucks for sure, but nobody is voting for Fidel Castro or Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin or Karl Marx or Mao Zedong or Hillary Clinton.

    • John F Bergmann says:

      The sure did vote for Hillary! If we’d had only the popular vote to go by she would have won! I’m not so sure the Democrat party is shooting itself in the foot with their line-up of loonies! Their hatred of Trump is so great that many of them will vote for whoever is chosen as their candidate! How many we won’t know until election night! This election will test the will of the People to remain as our Country was intended, or abandon it and accept Socialism!

  • William says:

    It’s like watching a comedy called “THE TEN LITTLE IDIOTS”!!! It wasn’t a very funny show!! I can’t see any of these jerks in the White House!!

  • Tom says:

    If Trump doesn’t shoot himself in the foot (“negative interest rates”?), he will win in a landslide—

    Don’t believe the polls… Trump American’s feel these pollsters are invading their privacy… Most will do what I do—hang up the phone stating “its none of your business!”….

  • true patriot says:

    These sick commies want Medicare for old people, and they want social security. These socialist policies would ruin the USA. They hate America and want to ruin it with Social Security. If people get old and they can’t eat then they probably should die anyway. MAGA!

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