Biden vs. Bernie: Medicare for All and Coronavirus

The U.S. presidential race has been heavily affected by Coronavirus, demanding change to our country’s healthcare system starting with Medicare. We have two presidential candidates in the same Democratic party fighting for two totally different tactics to beat COVID-19.  

Democratic debate recap

Behind podiums set six feet apart, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders led our country in the 11th Democratic presidential debate on March 15th in Washington D.C.. The Democratic presidential candidates debated with no audience due to the Coronavirus pandemic, as a reminder of the global public health emergency, which was a hot topic of the debate. 

The nation’s healthcare status has taken precedence in the presidential race from all sides. Regarding the Democratic candidates’ urgency to tackle the healthcare and Coronavirus status, Biden has said that, “We disagree on the details of how we do it, but we don’t disagree on the principle. We fundamentally disagree with this president (President Trump) on everything”. This might be the only thing holding the Democratic party together currently. 

What are those different principles?

The major difference between the presidential candidates, Sanders and Biden, on politics and policy is on display in their responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. healthcare system as a whole. 

“This Coronavirus pandemic exposes the incredible weakness and dysfunctionality of our current healthcare system,” said Sanders. “We need Medicare for All.

Where Biden seeks to offer competency, much like President Trump’s offer to write each American an $1,000 check, and showcase a detailed understanding of the federal government, Sanders argues the spread of the Coronavirus is something that has proven the flaws in the entire U.S. healthcare and economic system, dismissing the idea of using checks for bandaids for a global pandemic. 

“People are looking for results,” Biden said, “not a revolution.”

Where Biden points to the decisions he made during his eight years as vice president, like Obamacare, in hopes of continuing them, Sanders is committed to the idea that our country’s healthcare system needs change as a whole. 

Fighting Coronavirus together 

“This is bigger than any one of us. This calls for a national rallying of everybody together,” Biden said about Coronavirus. The Democratic party is surely struggling to find balance on where they stand on what needs to be done with regards to healthcare and how to fight the Coronavirus together, not only as the Democratic party, but as a country. Tension is heating up as the U.S. decides who their Democratic presidential candidate will be for 2020 as the Coronavirus continues to push candidates to come up with healthcare plans that take care of their people. 


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