According to the most recent RealClear Politics poll, former Vice Pres. Joe Biden leads Bernie Sanders, his nearest-trailing contender for the Democratic nomination, by a compelling 26.8% margin. Biden has enjoyed a commanding lead in the polls since he announced his candidacy in late April. Reading the tea leaves in this particular case is not all that difficult. Obviously, an estimable bloc of Democrats would prefer a candidate not quite so far left as Sanders and company.
So how does Biden respond to the good news? By trying his darnedest to emulate Bernie et al. During a campaign stop in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Biden shared his conviction that the nation has an “obligation” to provide healthcare to illegal aliens.
“I think that anyone who is in a situation where they’re in need of healthcare, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented,” he told those assembled, “we have an obligation to see that they are cared for. That’s why I think we need more clinics around the country.”
Joe Biden says the US should provide healthcare to people “regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented.” pic.twitter.com/19La4DEtXK
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 9, 2019
Providing healthcare for illegals places Biden left of Sanders, whose vaunted Medicare for All promises “free” health care only to Americans. Sanders’s proposal, which carries an estimated price tag of $32.6 trillion, is so extreme that even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared in March that it would be worse than our current system, adding, “And by the way, how’s it gonna be paid for?”
And now Biden comes along with something even more preposterous. At least it’s an improvement over Biden’s previous position espoused last week in Iowa City. When asked about his healthcare, he replied that he didn’t “have time to explain it.”