Joe Biden The proposal putforward by Biden is much more ambitious than Obamacare — and,despite its incremental label, would make some very controversialchanges. (Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg)

The headlines about presidential candidate Joe Biden's new health care plan called it “a nod to thepast” and “Affordable Care Act 2.0.” That mostly refers to the factthat the former vice president has specifically repudiated many ofhis Democratic rivals' calls for a “Medicare for All” system and instead sought tobuild his plan on the ACA's framework.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of Biden's opponents in the primaryrace and the key proponent of the Medicare for All option, hascriticized Biden's proposal, complaining that it is just “tinkeringaround the edges” of a broken health care system.

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