The 2020 Election has been one of the most tumultuous elections in recent memory. The election is being proclaimed the battle for the “soul of the nation,” while also taking place amid a pandemic. The nominees are Republican incumbent and wannabe fascist Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden with the main issue now being COVID-19. While Biden is promising to improve Obamacare and build a public option, neither candidates are offering the most obvious solution to the problem, Medicare for all.
Medicare for All is a bill first introduced in 2003 and was recently included in the platform of former Democratic Primary candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders gained the second greatest number of delegates and could have potentially had a major influence in this election. Biden has absolutely refused to include Medicare for All in his platform. Even implying in an MSNBC interview that he would veto the bill. This is a mistake that may cost Biden the election.
Biden presents himself as the ultimate centrist. A return to decency candidate with backing from Democrats and some Anti-Trump Republicans such as John Kasich, Jeff Flake, and Republican organization The Lincoln Project. This may make it seem like Biden has an edge over Trump but the truth is that edge is useless if Biden keeps refusing to give what a majority of Americans, Republican, and Democrat, want. According to a survey conducted by The Hill, 69% of voters want Medicare for All. This refusal may be an appeal to possible Trump supporters who are against it, but they should be appealing to the independents and non-voters who no longer see any reason to participate in our most basic civic duty. Status quo keeping politicians, like Joe Biden and his supporters, don’t inspire more progressive politicians like Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib, who just won their reelections in landsides.
It is also a hypocritical stance for Biden to take when he and other corporate Democrats state that they believe healthcare is a human right. Voting is also a human right, should Americans have to pay for that as well?