1. Bernie Sanders

"Joe [Biden] said that Medicare for All would cost over $30 trillion.... Status quo over 10 years will be $50 trillion."

(Credit: Bernie Sanders/YouTube)

2 Joe Biden

"The tax of 2% that the senator [Sanders] is talking about [to pay for his plan], that raises about $3 billion. Guess what? That leaves you $28 billion short.."

(Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

3. Elizabeth Warren

"I've never actually met anybody who likes their insurance company. ... Instead of paying premiums into insurance companies and then having insurance companies build their profits by saying no to coverage, we're going to do this by saying, everyone is covered by Medicare for All."

(Photo: National Law Journal)

4. Pete Buttigieg

"The problem, Senator Sanders, with that damn bill that you wrote, and that Senator Warren backs, is that it doesn't trust the American people. I trust you to choose what makes the most sense for you. Not my way or the highway."

(Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg)

5. Cory Booker

"We cannot sacrifice progress on the altar of purity, because people in my community, they need help right now. They have high blood pressure right now. They have unaffordable insulin right now."

(Photo: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg)


Democratic presidential contenders met in Houston Thursday for what organizers have classified as the party’s third presidential primary debate.

The candidates’ talk about health finance policy continued to revolve around Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal, even when the candidates were going to great lengths to distinguish their proposals from his.

(Related: Just 2 in First Democratic Presidential Debate Back Single-Payer Health Care)

Joe Biden, for example, talked about working to set up a plan with a $1,000 cap on out-of-pocket payments. He said he that wants to restore everything that’s been cut from the Affordable CAre Act (ACA) and add a public option.

But he repeatedly contrasted his ACA fixer proposal with Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal.

For more a look at more of what Biden and some of the other participants said, see the slideshow above.

— Read Delaney v. Sanders: Will Medicare for All Kill the Hospitals?on ThinkAdvisor.

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