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Biden: Buttigieg ‘Stole’ My Health Care Plan

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg “stole” his health care plan.

Biden has proposed expanding the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, and wants to add a “public option,” allowing individuals to opt into a government plan while maintaining private insurers’ existing role. But Biden said Buttigieg “stole” the idea, according to Reuters.

“He stole it,” Biden told reporters Monday on his campaign bus in Iowa. He also said if he had done the same, he would have been harshly criticized.

“What would you have done to me? You’d have torn my ears off,” he said. (RELATED: Pro-Abortion Pete Buttigieg Quotes Jesus Christ In First SC TV Ad Of His Campaign)

DENISON, IOWA - NOVEMBER 26: Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to guests during a campaign stop at Cronk's restaurant on November 26, 2019 in Denison, Iowa. The 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses will take place on February 3, 2020, making it the first nominating contest for the Democratic Party in choosing their presidential candidate to face Donald Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to guests during a campaign stop at Cronk’s restaurant on November 26, 2019 in Denison, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Buttigieg also said he supports what he calls “Medicare for all who want it” and supports the public option that Biden wishes to add. The Buttigieg campaign pointed out to Reuters statements Buttigieg had made concerning “Medicare for all who want it” before Biden’s campaign began.

The Biden and Buttigieg campaigns did not respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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