Biden Claims Buttigieg Hijacked His Healthcare Position

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"Pete Buttigieg" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

The Democrat Party’s positions on healthcare ultimately boil down to either Medicare-for-All or expanding upon Obamacare. Both of these positions are absolutely terrible and work against the best interests of the American people. Likewise, both Medicare-for-All and Obamacare provide government with a troublingly dominant role in healthcare while prohibiting working folks from choosing the plan which is best for them.

Joe Biden by Gage Skidmore, on Flickr

Joe Biden” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore


Of the leading 2020 Democrats, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg are opposed to Medicare-for-All. Biden and Buttigieg have argued that Medicare-for-All is too expensive and unrealistic; this talking point prompted both men to spar with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, each of whom are strong advocates for Medicare-for-All.

Now, while Biden and Buttigieg’s positions are healthcare are quite similar, the former vice president is accusing the South Bend mayor of “stealing” his healthcare plan, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Reviewing Biden’s Remarks on Buttigieg and Healthcare

On Monday, Joe Biden spent time campaigning in Iowa. Talks about healthcare and Buttigieg came up when the former vice president spoke with reporters.

Since Buttigieg’s time as a presidential candidate, he’s come out in favor of “Medicare for All Who Want It.” Now, in layman’s terms, this is simply a fancy twist on Obamacare with a caveat of allowing private insurance plans to maintain. However, Biden claims that Buttigieg “stole” this position from him.

When the former vice president convened with the press, he declared that Americans would have “torn [his] ears off” for supporting a “public option” as it pertains to healthcare.

Thus far, Pete Buttigieg has yet to respond to Joe Biden’s accusations that he “stole” Biden’s healthcare policy.

Can Policies Be “Stolen?”

Contrary to what Biden may believe, it is possible for candidates to agree with one another on various policies, especially when those candidates are in the same party. The assertion of Buttigieg “stealing” Biden’s healthcare plan is a strange one, regardless of how terrible the plan itself is.

Pete Buttigieg by Gage Skidmore, on Flickr

Pete Buttigieg” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore


Over the course of Biden’s time as a 2020 presidential candidate, he’s said and done things which cause other people to question whether or not he’s truly all there. The implication that Biden would have sole ownership of any policy comes after a string of concerning blunders and troubling behaviors.

What do you think about Joe Biden’s claim? Did Pete Buttigieg “steal” his position on healthcare in America? Sound off in the comments section below!