Joe BidenFormer Vice President
Joe Biden served as Vice President under President Obama from 2008-2016. Previously, he served as U.S. Senator from Delaware for 36 years.
Unions and Workers
Has proposed expanding access to healthcare by building on the Affordable Care Act and creating a federal public option that would co-exist with employer-sponsored and other private insurance.
Believes we need reform that addresses the root causes of migration and secures our borders.
Introduced the Senate’s first climate change bill in 1986. Supports the Green New Deal.
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Biden told union members, “I have a significant health care plan. But guess what? Under mine, you can keep your health insurance you’ve bargained for if you like it,” Biden said. “If you don’t, you can move it, and you can buy into a public plan.”
At the climate town hall, Biden laid out his climate plan that he says would create net-zero emissions by 2050.
Biden has made the case that Medicare for All would be bad for union members because it would take away the health insurance they’ve bargaining for in their contract. Others argue that if union members already had coverage under Medicare for All, they could focus their bargaining efforts on wages and other important priorities.
Biden spoke in Iowa about white nationalism and directly addressed President Trump’s conduct, saying he has “fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation” and has “publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism and division.”
Speaking at an AFSCME Public Service Forum, Biden answered questions from members about how he would support rebuilding unions, provide affordable health care to more Americans and undo the policies of the Trump administration that hurt working people.
Biden discussed the Obama administration’s record on deportations, saying they made the mistake of employing a tough approach early in their term, with the hope of laying the groundwork for a bipartisan immigration reform bill.
In the Democratic debate, Biden argued that Obamacare is working, making the case for his proposal to create an optional government-backed insurance plan.
Responding to Criticism for his Work on Crime Bill in the Nineties, Biden Releases Plan to Reduce Mass Incarceration
Biden, who has faced criticism for supporting legislation leading to increasing incarceration rates, particularly among people of color, unveiled a plan to curb mass incarceration and reduce ‘racial, gender and income-based disparities in the system.’
Bidens plan calls for protecting Social Security and lowering prescription drug prices.
In an email to supporters on Monday, Biden said, “I knew the Republicans would do everything in their power to try and repeal Obamacare. But I’m surprised that so many Democrats are running on getting rid of it.”
Biden released his healthcare plan, which would build on the Affordable Care Act by introducing a public insurance option.
Biden, in response to questions about the negotiations between Sanders’ campaign and his aides, said that he thinks campaign workers should make at least $15 an hour. A Biden campaign spokesperson said interns on the the Biden campaign are paid at a rate of $15 an hour and field organizers are paid a salary of $4,000 a month.
Biden pledged to bring back the individual mandate if elected President and told CNN he’s opposed to anyone trying to dismantle Obamacare.
“The millions of undocumented people in the United States can only be brought out of the shadows through fair treatment, not ugly threats.”