Former Vice President Joe Biden said during the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential debate that hes the only one among 12 top contenders that has gotten even one big thing done.
Saying he would hurt some feelings, Biden alleged on stage in Ohio: “Im the only one on this stage who has ever gotten anything really big done.”
Biden cited the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed in 1994 by President Bill Clinton while Biden was a senator, and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which was passed and signed while Biden was vice president.
Biden, situated between his two top challengers, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), attempted to distance himself from them, accusing both of being “vague on the issue of Medicare for All.”
Warren has declined to say higher taxes would be required to fund the government takeover of the healthcare sector while endorsing Sanders Medicare for All bill. Sanders has said higher taxes will be required but claimed most people would pay less overall because theyd get healthcare for virtually nothing.
Sanders hit back, saying: “You know what you also got done? I say this as a good friend. You got the disastrous war in Iraq bill done. You got a bankruptcy bill done, which is hurting middle-class families all across this country. you got trade agreements like NAFTA and PNTR with China done, which cost us 4 million jobs.”
He said Americans pay too much for healthcare and lawmakers need “guts” to stand up to drug companies to try to bring down the costs.
Biden said that he favors a public option, which would build on Obamacare.
Warren then said shes gotten things done, too, citing the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created in 2011 through the odd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.