Joe Biden’s health care policy is to aggressively embrace Obamacare.

By |2019-07-15T08:49:21-08:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |11 Comments

It’s what you would expect from one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act. 

Courtesy of The Hill:

Unlike several of his Democratic primary opponents, Biden does not support eliminating private insurance or a Medicare for All plan. His plan is also not a pathway to a Medicare for All system, as other White House hopefuls have proposed.

“I understand the appeal of Medicare for All but folks supporting it should be clear it means getting rid of ObamaCare and I’m not for that,” Biden said in a video announcing his plan.

“I know how hard it is to get that passed, I watched it, starting over makes no sense to me at all,” he added,

Under Biden’s plan, Americans would have the option to purchase a public health insurance option, like Medicare.

His plan would also increase the value of tax credits to lower premiums, aimed at benefiting middle-class families.

Today, families between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty line may receive a tax credit to reduce how much they pay for insurance. Biden’s plan would eliminate the 400 percent income cap to lower costs for working-class families.

Biden’s plan also seeks to expand coverage to low-income Americans in 14 states that have blocked the Affordable Care Act. The plan would offer premium-free access to the public option for those eligible for Affordable Care in those states.

The plan would also automatically enroll individuals making below 138 percent of the federal poverty line, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and allow folks to buy prescription medication from other countries. 

I think this is a strong healthcare policy, that really defines Biden’s confidence in the ACA, and makes a clear deliniation from the other Democratic candidates. 

I have been saying since before Obamacare was passed that it was a gateway to a single payer system anyway, so sticking with it now is not so much a step backwards as it is a plan to hang onto the progress already made in that area. 

What’s more if Congress fine tunes Obamacare it would become even more popular and give the Democrats an edge in upcoming elections after 2020. 

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11 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 15, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    ‘We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE!’
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/15/trump-tweets-never-be-a-socialist-or-communist-country-if-you-are-not-happy-here-you-can-leave/

    • Anonymous July 16, 2019 at 5:29 am

      He is the one that should leave and where is he getting this communist crap from? the 1950’s

      This sounds like the mantra from the 60’s:” love it or leave it” during the Vietnam War.

  2. Anonymous July 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I have been on both Obamacare and now starting on Medicare and I can personally say, I paid less for prescriptions on Obamacare because the pharmaceutical company had a $10/month copay but doesn’t cover it if you are on Medicare.

    I think part of the problem with Obamacare is the republicans screwed it up on purpose, taking away the mandate health coverage really messed it all up.

    I am not positive, but it seems to me the only person that has said how they plan to pay for Medicare for all is Bernie, by raising taxes on the middle class. That is going to go over like a lead balloon.

    I lived in Italy for 10 years, they have “socialized” medicine and they also pay for it in very high taxes, guess it works for those who use it a lot.

    • Lily White Girl July 15, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      Of course they did, because no Black Man will EVER have a better way.
      Especially educated and smarter than they are.

      • Anonymous July 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm

        Racist.

  3. Anonymous July 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    If the Republicans hadn’t intentionally screwed it up, our healthcare system might have finally changed significantly for the better. Obamacare needed years to reach its full potential. Instead they took away the individual mandate and cut funding.

    The individual mandate would be tough at first (if you carried no health insurance, you would have to pay a fine come tax time) but, with the majority of Americans now having health insurance, it would have, in theory driven down costs. Healthcare costs ridiculous amounts of money because hospitals charge people with insurance huge amounts in order to make up revenues lost for treating who don’t have insurance. When everyone is covered, this is no longer the case.

    They intentionally chipped away at parts of Obamacare in order to cripple it. Then they say, “See! It doesn’t work!”

  4. Paul July 15, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    No, No, No! We should not be taking baby steps toward universal healthcare. As many people have stated, healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Biden’s plan says that people with limited financial means will get second-class care, and have to pay out of pocket for their health care and prescriptions. What we need in this country is a healthcare system from birth to death that we do not need to apply for or weary about cost implications. If this means lowering prescription costs like every other civilized nation, then so be it. Let’s stop putting the profits of the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies and so called non-profit hospitals ahead of the welfare of our citizens. No matter how hard Biden tries, he still is a corporate democrat who does not understand that in many cases, the interests of corporations are in conflict with the needs of the people. How to pay for this? Simple: Increase the tax on the top 10% to what is was during Eisenhower’s administration, and dramatically cut defense spending.

    • Anon July 15, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      The only thing that really needs to be dramatically cut is the administrations pay checks and bennies. Ka-ching!

  5. nanna July 15, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx I’m tired of waiting, Gryphen it would be polite and appropriate for you to congratulate Levi and Sunny on the birth of their daughter.

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