Des Moines Register - Biden Plans Talk with Pakistan President

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By:  Joe Biden, Jr.
Date: Nov. 4, 2007
Location: Unknown


Des Moines Register - Biden Plans Talk with Pakistan President

By Sarah Lefeber

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tackled health care and the situation in Pakistan Sunday night in a meet and greet with Iowa House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Biden answered critics to universal health care by stating that his system would not completely change the current system, but rather would combine the Federal Health Care Program with Medicare.

Biden said children's health care and catastrophic health insurance should be completely covered, and every American should be afforded the same plan he is.

"I call for having every single solitary American buying the same health care plan I have as a senator," said Biden. "Those with the low poverty should be waived in on a scale until what the average (federal) employee pays, when everyone pays the same thing. You don't need to reinvent the wheel."

Biden made his remarks Sunday at the Blank Park Zoo to a crowd of about 100 people, mostly south-side residents.

McCarthy, who has endorsed Biden, stated that the fact that the event drew such a large crowd on a Sunday night was representative of the following Biden has in Des Moines.

"These are his kind of people," he said. "Everybody here is a caucus-goer."

Biden also mentioned that he will be speaking with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Monday morning after Musharraf's announcement Saturday to suspend the country's constitution and declare a state of emergency.

Biden stated that he would push Musharraf to hold parliamentary elections within the next sixty days. He also noted, however, that Musharraf is affected by the rest of the political and social leaders in the country and that the situation needs to be looked at as a wholDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tackled health care and the situation in Pakistan Sunday night in a meet and greet with Iowa House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Biden answered critics to universal health care by stating that his system would not completely change the current system, but rather would combine the Federal Health Care Program with Medicare.

Biden said children's health care and catastrophic health insurance should be completely covered, and every American should be afforded the same plan he is.

"I call for having every single solitary American buying the same health care plan I have as a senator," said Biden. "Those with the low poverty should be waived in on a scale until what the average (federal) employee pays, when everyone pays the same thing. You don't need to reinvent the wheel."

Biden made his remarks Sunday at the Blank Park Zoo to a crowd of about 100 people, mostly south-side residents.

McCarthy, who has endorsed Biden, stated that the fact that the event drew such a large crowd on a Sunday night was representative of the following Biden has in Des Moines.

"These are his kind of people," he said. "Everybody here is a caucus-goer."

Biden also mentioned that he will be speaking with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Monday morning after Musharraf's announcement Saturday to suspend the country's constitution and declare a state of emergency.

Biden stated that he would push Musharraf to hold parliamentary elections within the next sixty days. He also noted, however, that Musharraf is affected by the rest of the political and social leaders in the country and that the situation needs to be looked at as a whol