Former Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) supporters, just a little bit.
Sanders suspended his 2020 run on Wednesday, though he pledged to keep collecting delegates and fighting for his progressive platform. So in an effort to win over Sanders’ backers, Biden adopted a lighter version of some of Sanders’ policies Thursday, pledging to lower the age of Medicare eligibility and forgive some student debt.
In a Thursday blog post, Biden first promised he’d let Americans receive Medicare benefits once they turned 60, a small step down from the current eligibility age of 65. This “reflects the reality that, even after the current crisis ends, older Americans are likely to find it difficult to secure jobs,” Biden wrote, though he was sure to point out that “those who prefer to remain on their employer plans would be permitted to do so.” Sanders’ health care plan, famously known as Medicare-for-all, would swap all private insurance to a universal public plan.
Biden also adopted Sanders’ and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) plans to forgive student loan debt, albeit with several restrictions. Biden would “forgive all undergraduate tuition-related federal student debt from two- and four-year public colleges and universities for debt-holders earning up to $125,000,” he said in the blog post. “Senator Sanders and his supporters can take pride in their work in laying the groundwork for these ideas,” Biden finished in his post, though some Sanders backers weren’t totally happy with Biden’s proposals.