Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Biden proposes health law that improves, builds on ACA

Biden proposes health law that improves, builds on ACA

In a video touting his plan, Biden said he was proud of his work on the health care law, calling it a success, and warning that passing Medicare for All would meaning getting "rid of Obamacare".

Biden's health care proposal is anchored by a "Medicare-like" plan that any American, including the 150 million-plus Americans now covered by job-based insurance, could buy on Affordable Care Act exchanges.

The former vice president has spent the past several weeks highlighting his support for the health care law often called "Obamacare". Biden's campaign said the plan would cover 97 percent of Americans. "I said, 'If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him", Biden said at the time.

Obamacare, a longtime target of Trump and other Republicans who have repeatedly tried to repeal it, is a popular program with Democratic voters.

Biden managed to retain his lead despite a 2 percentage point drop from April, but Harris and Warren have risen in the poll after strong showings in last month's Democratic debate. The health care system is still hard to navigate, meaning many consumers struggle to get the care they need in a timely fashion, make sense of medical bills and understand insurance plans filled with abstruse cost calculations and bureaucratic jargon.

Among other ideas, Biden's plan would also boost tax credits for health care coverage and allow residents in states without expanded medicaid premium-free access to a public option.

A senior Biden campaign official who briefed reporters on Sunday estimated the cost of Biden's plan to be $750 billion over 10 years.

Some Democratic presidential hopefuls echo Biden's approach, with a handful of them sounding alarms about moving too far left and allowing Republicans to reclaim the health care advantage Democrats enjoyed in the 2018 midterms.

Those episodes called Biden's front-runner status into question, and in New Hampshire over the weekend it was clear Biden wanted to turn the tables on his rivals backing "Medicare for All".

Hours later Perry grinned on a New York City stage and told 'Let's get a pull-up bar out there and see who can do the most pull-ups'. "And so, there are differences".

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Brzezinski pressed Biden on what he would do if Trump "starts making fun of your age" or "your mental state".

Mr. Biden said 20 million Americans have gained coverage under Obamacare and 100 million with preexisting conditions also have benefited. He said it's going to end all private insurance.

"Starting over makes no sense to me at all", he said.

The former vice president did perhaps lay for himself a future trap as he drew distinctions with proposals that would gut private insurance.

She explained that she interpreted the moderator's question as asking whether she'd be willing to give up her existing coverage as part of a single-payer model.

A new poll shows Missouri's Democratic primary voters favor former Vice President Joe Biden by a wide margin.

Trump has mocked Biden in speeches and on Twitter as 'Sleepy Joe, ' arguing that he has lost a step since he was Barack Obama's running mate.

But with more than 200 days until Iowa caucuses and more than 470 days until Election Day 2020, this is a very early snapshot of the general election, and so much can change.

The Biden plan deals with four core issues, which include universal coverage: reducing complexities within the system; providing affordable, quality coverage; tackling prescription drug pricing; and ensuring care for low-income areas. Which means that for all the feisty back-and-forth about health care policy, almost all of the Democrats running for president appear to agree on at least one thing: Obamacare isn't working. Klobuchar, another White House contender, also backs adding a public option to Obamacare.

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