Biden speaks at Kaiser forum, too

Along with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) spoke Thursday at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Presidential Candidate Forums for health care.

Sponsored by Families USA and the Federation of American Hospitals, the forum gave both candidates the chance to explain their approaches to health-care reform. (See what Kucinich had to say.)

Get coverage of the event

Biden’s plan

Biden took the opportunity Thursday to expound on his health care plan, which he only recently unveiled. Among the things he said he plans to do in the first six months as president:

  1. Insure all children
  2. Get care for catastrophic illness care under control, so that people don’t become destitute or bankrupt from dealing with an unforseen illness

More details of Biden’s plan (pdf):

  • He said the nation could save something like $180 billion if we institute electronic record-keeping and get rid of time-wasting, confusing paperwork
  • He would allow everyone to buy into the federal-employee insurance scheme on a sliding scale
  • Citizens aged 55 and older would be able to buy into Medicare
  • His plan has no mandates; he said small businesses could be cajoled into providing insurance by the stipulation that anything over $50,000 in a claim would be covered by the federal government

Up Next

On Wed., Oct. 31, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will speak for the same forum at 11:30 a.m. EST.


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