Biden’s attempt to improve the ACA.

Courtesy of Axios

Joe Biden’s proposal to increase Affordable Care Act subsidies and open the marketplace to people with employer insurance could save millions of people hundreds of dollars a month, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.

Biden’s plan to build on the ACA — making it more affordable and drawing more people onto its exchanges — sets up a stark contrast with President Trump’s vision, which is to tear the entire law down.

The big picture: Biden’s proposal for a public option got a lot more attention during the primary, as it was contrasted against Medicare for All.

While less flashy, expanding ACA subsidies could enormously benefit middle-class people — particularly older people who live in more rural areas — who don’t qualify for subsidies and so spend a large portion of their income on premiums each month.It could also be helpful for people who spend a lot on employer insurance, but are barred from choosing a subsidized plan on the individual market

Biden has proposed to limit what anyone pays in premiums to 8.5% of their income, and to change the way subsidies are calculated.

This would lower the cost of coverage for nearly everyone who is already enrolled in an ACA plan, as well as for those who can’t afford this coverage, per KFF.

A 40-year-old making $50,000 a year — which is just above the subsidy threshold — would save 32% a month on premiums for a lower-deductible ACA plan. A 60-year-old with the same income would pay 66% less a month.

More than 12 million people with employer insurance would spend less on premiums if they switched to an ACA plan subject to premium caps.

This represents a significant improvement for Obamacare and is the kind of progress that surely would have been made if Hillary Clinton had emerged victorious in 2016. 

By contrast, Donald Trump has offered nothing but vague assurances and a scattershot of policy ideas that would do little to address the overall challenges facing low and middle-income families. 

Joe Biden offers real ideas and real progress, while Donald Trump offers nothing but more empty promises.