Joe Biden releases a handful of new progressive policy proposals

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Joe Biden, the former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States, released a handful of new progressive policy proposals Thursday, likely looking to unite the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic party. *For example, one of the new proposals includes a change to Medicare, and is targeted at lowering the age of eligibility to 60 from 65 years old. Three big changes were also made to a student-loan reform plan, which include the cancellation of up to $10,000 for everyone, no monthly payments or interest for those making less than $25,000, and all debt will be cancelled after 20 years with no tax burden. Although the Biden campaign claims they are trying to appeal to the progressive wing of the Democratic party through these policy proposals, Biden has made clear that he is still aiming to unite the party with a more moderate approach that will appeal to undecided voters. ~

These set of policy proposals come shortly after Senator Sanders dropped out of the 2020 Presidential race Wednesday, ending the Vermont Senator’s second consecutive Presidential campaign. Vice President Biden, speaking of the new proposals, was quoted by the New York Times Thursday, saying, “Senator Sanders and his supporters can take pride in their work in laying the groundwork for these ideas.” ~

The policy shift is an incentive for Sanders’ supporters to back Biden in the next election. It is not clear, however whether or not the compromise is enough to fire up Sanders voters to get engaged in the Biden campaign. Many fear Biden’s softened rhetoric on Sanders’ plans have come too little too late into the election cycle. With the DNC nomination seemingly locked up, Biden still has a long road ahead of him preparing for November. ~

*Joe Biden, Medium.com

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