During the Democratic debate on Thursday, Julian Castro got into a testy exchange with Vice President Joe Biden over their plans to make sure that more Americans are covered by health insurance — but he later insisted in an interview with ABC News he had not taken a shot at Biden’s age.
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The moment Thursday night came when Castro said that because Biden’s plan allows Americans to choose to participate, some 10 million people would be left uninsured. Here is the full transcript of that exchange:
They wouldn’t have to buy in. That’s a big difference because Barack Obama’s vision was not to leave 10 million people uncovered. He wanted every single person in this country covered. My plan would do that. Your plan would not.
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Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and Andrew Yang talk Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, after a Democratic presidential primary debate in Houston.
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Several minutes earlier, Biden did reference the necessity to buy in to his proposed plan. Here is the full transcription of that exchange with Senator Bernie Sanders:
As a matter of fact, they will.
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After the debate, Castro told ABC News he did not regret the exchange and said “of course” he checked the transcript.
“I wasn’t taking a shot at his age,” Castro said. “I was taking a shot at the fact that he had just said the words ‘buy-in.’”
“It’s not an attack on Vice President Biden, It’s not something about the personalities. It’s about the health care policy – that was my focus,” he said.