October 23rd, 2007
09:35 AM ET
15 years ago

Biden to unveil universal healthcare plan in Iowa

Biden is set to unveil his healthcare plan later Tuesday in Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is set to announce a universal healthcare plan in Des Moines Tuesday that will include provisions to fight discrimination based on genetic information, according to details provided to CNN.

The Delaware senator is expected to call for prohibiting employers and insurance companies from obtaining or using genetic information when making hiring decisions, providing health coverage, or pricing insurance policies.

Biden's proposal–dubbed the "CARE" plan–is expected to include four "essential steps to lay the foundation for universal healthcare," all of which fit into the acronym CARE: "Cover all children, access for adults, reinsurance for catastrophic cases, and encouraging prevention and modernization."

Also expected in his plan: a provision to require the government to cover a majority of "catastrophic health costs."

According to the campaign, this federal reinsurance plan would reimburse employers, insurers, or associations for up to 75 percent of health costs that exceed $50,000 per individual.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • Joe Biden
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Waterloo, IA

    Joe-mentum is here! He's right on Iraq, can improve our education system, and now he's taking on health care.

    Things are starting to move, and I'm glad he's moving them. Keep it up Joe.

    October 23, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. summus

    State choice- oh you mean like they did with slavery. That didn't work out then either

    October 23, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Lynda West Chester, PA

    This guy has it all over all of the other candidates. I don't know why it is taking so long for others to realize this. He is the man for the job. Biden '08 Go Joe!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Brian, Austin TX

    he'd make a great Vice President for Barack Obama 😀

    (possible) OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!

    October 23, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Chris, Toledo, OH

    Stop the spread of Socialism!

    October 23, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Wow the CNN moderators are busy today!

    How many conservative posts have you fascists deleted today? What ever happened to free speech in this country?

    A vote for Biden or any of the socialist hacks pretending to be Democrats means higher taxes and socialist programs forced on hard working Americans. If people are hell bent on getting access to socialist programs for a third world country like China, Cuba, or Venezuela and leave the United States to those of us who work for a living and EARN what we have.

    You lazy sense of entitlement is not welcome here.

    October 23, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Lisa T., Plano, TX

    Joe Biden is the person we need to lead this country. He's got the wisdom, passion, and experience to take on the job and is the best candidate from either party. I'm glad he's beginning to gain momentum. I, too, greatly enjoyed his bio.

    October 23, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Jason, East Lansing, MI

    Don't get me wrong – I love Biden, but can we NEVER say Joe-mentum again?

    Biden is again showing the foresight necessary – genetic discrimination is going to become a huge, hot button issue in a few years. It's good to get started on it now.

    October 23, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. concerned american


    interesting video... it speaks volumes. "jesus christ would not vote for ..."

    October 23, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. ronnie knoxville tn

    I know his intentions are noble, but why should the rest of us have to pay for people who had children without being able to afford them?

    October 23, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Nabil, Athens GA

    Obama doesn't even have enough experience to be Biden's Vice President.

    October 23, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. hawnstyle

    Brian Austin, I am voting GOP but that is a good combo... I have respect for both men. But it is hard to stimulate economy with tax hikes, and giveaways to people who refuse to help themselves. I'm for helping people who really cannot fend for themselves, but people take too much advantage of the programs... Aloha to all!

    October 24, 2007 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  13. Karen,nj

    If they ever give national health care these doctors and hospitals will raise their prices up so much just to get the governments money. For example about a year ago I ate a bunch of Reeses peanut butter cups in the morning and I went to the emergency room because I thought I was going to pass out and the Dr. said I had a panic attack and the bills were ridiculous. Can you imagine what they will bill the government.

    October 24, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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