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Sen. Joe Biden, candidate for vice president

Biden's Senate Web page about health care

Highlights of the health care plan Biden presented as a presidential candidate:

Biden's plan would cost between $80 billion and $110 billion each year. It would be paid for by rolling back tax cuts for the top 1 percent, eliminating tax breaks on capital gains and dividends and ending tax loopholes for hedge fund managers and private equity partners.

Biden proposed expanding SCHIP, to at least 300 percent of the poverty level and raising the coverage age to at least 21. Families that don't meet the poverty criteria would be able to purchase coverage under the program.

For adults, Biden wanted to allow uninsured to buy into a program like the health insurance program that members of Congress and federal employees get. They would pay on a sliding scale based on their income, and small businesses would share costs with the government.

Biden's campaign Web site says he would expand health insurance for children and "relieve families and businesses of the burden of expensive catastrophic cases." He says he supports states that are pursuing alternatives to make sure that everyone has access to health care.

In an April 29, 2007, appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Biden discussed how he would fund insurance for all children under the age of 18 and Medicare. He also discussed his position on abortion.

In this speech in late October 2007, as a presidential candidate, Biden unveiled his health care plan, from NPR's All Things Considered.

Democratic presidential candidates speak about AIDS epidemic, June 28, 2007 (video)

Track the funding of Biden's presidential campaign at The Center for Responsive Politics' Race for the White House Web site.