Todd Spangler, Kathleen Gray and Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 12:23 AM EDT Aug 1, 2019 After a poor debate a month ago in Miami, a more aggressive Joe Biden took the stage in the Democratic presidential debate at the historic Fox Theatre in Detroit on Wednesday night but still found himself repeatedly forced to defend his own proposals and record from often withering attacks. The clear front-runner in a Democratic field that includes nearly two dozen candidates, Biden, the former vice president, more forcefully took charge early on in the debate. He blasted complaints that his own proposal to expand health care access would leave millions without coverage as "a bunch of malarkey" and chastised his main rival on the stage — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California — for a plan he said will cost $3 trillion and eliminate employer-based insurance for some 180 million Americans. “Obamacare is working. Build on … [Read more...] about Rivals go after Joe Biden at Detroit Democratic debate
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Todd Spangler, Kathleen Gray and Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 10:51 PM EDT Jul 31, 2019 After a poor debate a month ago in Miami, a more aggressive Joe Biden took the stage at the historic Fox Theatre in Detroit on Wednesday night, forcefully going after plans put forward by other candidates as impossible or impractical and repeatedly defending his own proposals and record. The clear front-runner in a Democratic field that includes nearly two dozen candidates, Biden, the former vice president, blasted complaints that his own proposal to expand health care access would leave millions without coverage as "a bunch of malarkey" and chastised U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California for a plan he said will cost $3 trillion and eliminate employer-based insurance for some 180 million Americans. “Obamacare is working. Build on Obamacare," said Biden, who helped pass the health care plan as former President Barack Obama's vice president. "Provide a … [Read more...] about Joe Biden battles back in Democratic debate in Detroit
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff April 05, 2019 When he goes to the doctor for his annual checkup, Andy Vachon can easily get his blood drawn and checked right there. But he opts to go elsewhere.If he drives a few extra miles for those tests, at a less expensive lab, he gets a perk — a $25 check from his employer. If Vachon needs an MRI, a colonoscopy, or certain kinds of surgery, the reward for using a lower-cost facility could be even bigger — as much as $250 or $500. The price of common medical services can vary sharply from one hospital or clinic to the next, and often without measurable differences in quality. So in an effort to tackle growing health care costs, many employers and insurers are now paying patients to shop around. Advertisement When patients choose less expensive facilities — potentially saving the companies that pay … [Read more...] about Patients can get paid to shop for health care. But there are drawbacks
Hunter Woodall, Associated Press Updated 9:44 pm PST, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has been good to Bernie Sanders, delivering him a 22-point victory in 2016 that was one of his biggest blowouts that year. But as he launches his second campaign for the presidency, there are early signs that he doesn't have a lock on the nation's first primary. More than a half-dozen Democratic leaders, activists and lawmakers who endorsed the Vermont senator in 2016 said they were hesitant to do so again. Some said they were passing over the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist in search of fresh energy while others said that, 11 months away from the primary, it's simply too early to make a choice. That caution underscores one of the central challenges facing Sanders. His insurgent 2016 campaign took off in part because he was the sole alternative to the more establishment-oriented Hillary Clinton. But in a 2020 field that already spans … [Read more...] about Sanders’ past New Hampshire backers wary to commit again
WASHINGTON — For everything there is a season, and for every stage of life there's at least one Democratic presidential contender with a plan to address it. From children to students to parents to retirees, the 2020 field is rallying behind an ambitious slate of economic ideas, many of which are targeted at specific parts of the life cycle. For Democrats, the potential upside is clear. These proposals could give candidates a path to woo different constituencies, both in the primaries and the general election, with big-ticket promises that speak directly to voters' pocketbook concerns. "What I'm saying is to promise everybody something," Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, founder of the liberal politics hub Daily Kos, told NBC News. "The Democratic Party is the party that should be delivering goodies for people, and it can do so." At the same time, some in the party worry the micro-targeting of policy proposals also carries a risk of pitting generations against one another or … [Read more...] about Democrats have big plans for every age group. Republicans call that socialism.