During a recent stump speech in Iowa, Biden told reporters that he didn’t have time to lay out his healthcare plan, a phrase that immediately caught the attention of voters on the Left. Healthcare is absolutely the top issue in this campaign, and Biden doesn’t appear to have any idea how to tackle the growing problem. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


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A few days ago, Joe Biden was giving a stump speech in Iowa city and after that he was talking to reporters. They asked him about his healthcare plan and Joe Biden responded in typical Joe Biden fashion and said, I don’t have time to lay out my healthcare plan. I don’t want to keep you here all day, so I’m just not going to do it. Joe Biden claimed that he was too busy to lay out his healthcare plan, and I know a lot of Biden supporters would say, no, no, no, no, no, no. You’re misreading this. He meant he was too busy right that second to lay it out. The reporters needed to go. Joe Biden had the other places to be. He’s got more campaigning do. He’s just busy at that particular moment. Okay, so what is his healthcare plan? I mean, he hasn’t been just, you know, balls to the wall, busy for the last couple months.

You would think at some point in there the man would have had enough time to say, hey, real quick, here’s a couple ideas I have for healthcare. In fact, he actually could have done that with those reporters. He could have said, yeah, let me just give you a real quick one minute, uh, don’t have time to flush it out. But I do think every American has to be covered, not needs to be or deserve to be, has to be. And we’re going to go towards that. That is our end goal. I’ll give you the specifics at a later time. Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. Boom. Nobody missed their flights. Nobody missed a train. Nobody missed their bus. Took you 15 seconds to just say every American has a right to healthcare. But he didn’t do that and he hasn’t done that and he’s not going to do that.

Biden has been the worst person running for president in terms of actually laying out policy. I mean, hell, even Beto O’Rourke is laying out pretty good climate policies right now. Yet Biden has nothing on climate change, nothing on healthcare, nothing on gun control. But here’s what he does have. This is what he actually said during that Iowa city speech. He said, we choose hope over fear. We choose unity over division. We choose truth over lies and we true science, not fiction. Well that’s a pretty badass. Inspirational speech, their buddy, but where’s the policy? What truth are you pursuing? What policies are you going to lay out to show the American public that you’re more than just an empty suit with some rhetoric in it? Yeah, it doesn’t make any sense right now and what you’re doing is almost insulting to the American public. That’s what’s happening, Joe, your not good enough.

You don’t have any ideas and you’re refusing walking away. Basically when you get pressed on those issues, this campaign 2020 can not be about platitudes. It can’t be. We’re choosing hope over fear. We’re choosing love over hate. Yeah, we get that. We’re not complete morons. What we want to know is what are you going to do about the fact that we can’t afford our prescription drugs? What are you going to do about the fact that Republicans want to kick people with preexisting conditions off their current insurance plans? What are you going to do about the fact that we’ve got a, you know, roughly 12 years before the worst effects of climate change start bearing down on this country? What are you going to do about the fact that every other week a kid is getting murdered in school? You’re going to do anything about it? Or are you just going to tweet out, oh, that’s so sad. We got to choose hope.

No, absolutely not. And another reason why Joe Biden probably doesn’t want to lay out a healthcare plan, not only because he doesn’t have one, but because he’s tied to the affordable care act, which, hey, decent enough, right? I mean it got 20, 30 maybe even 40 million more people covered under insurance. That’s great. As a start, it’s not good enough anymore. But Biden certainly doesn’t want to ruffle feathers with Obama, so he’s not going to say that it’s not good enough. He’s going to say that it’s the greatest piece of legislation that ever came out and he doesn’t want to change a thing about it.And that’s the problem with Joe Biden. No policy, no substance, a bunch of empty platitudes, and I can promise you, I know he’s leading in the polls right now. It’s 100% due to name recognition. Once people see him on those debate stages and he’s surrounded by people who are laying out policy and giving details about things, but he’s just sitting there like, hey, let’s, let’s get along. It’d be nice to one another at Trump guys pretty bad. Hey, yeah, your poll numbers are going to plummet the second you step foot against any one of those other candidates who actually know what the hell they would do if elected president.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced