Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks at a campaign stop, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Joe Biden stakes out centrist claim on Obamacare expansion

July 14, 2019 - 1:17 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is promising to expand the 2010 health insurance overhaul while blocking sweeping proposals from the left and the right.

The former vice president's plan allows him to go on offense against both President Donald Trump and against his more progressive rivals.

The Republican president wants to gut the Affordable Care Act. Biden's top rivals for the 2020 Democratic nomination want to go to a single-payer system that could effectively eliminate private insurance.

Biden wants to add a public option to existing ACA insurance exchanges but not eliminate private insurance.

Biden is the only top contender who doesn't back a single-payer model, pitting him against Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California.