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Democrats tussle over health care at Nevada labor forum

Democratic presidential candidates’ tussle over health care reform continued Saturday as they pitched themselves to Nevada union members, with former Vice President Joe Biden declaring he’s “against any Democrat who wants to get rid of Obamacare” and Sen. Kamala Harris saying no Democrat should be on the debate stage without a plan to cover everybody.

They were among 19 candidates speaking at a forum held by the nation’s largest public employees union in the state that will cast the first votes in the West in next year’s primary. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents 1.6 million workers nationwide, and the candidates made their cases for why their plans would be the best for union workers in addition to discussing other key union issues such as raising wages and expanding collective bargaining rights.

Harris, who has introduced a version of “Medicare for All” that would allow closely regulated private plans, said she developed it in part by consulting with organized labor.

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4th August 2019

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