It seems to me that Biden would like to keep the name Obamacare on our healthcare system for some time to come.
This plan increases health coverage to those in the states that would not adopt the Medicaid expansion by allowing the people there to sign up for a new public option to be created.
This public option would be like Medicare and open to anyone, including those who already have insurance from their employer.
It would automatically enroll low income people in the public option or Medicaid when they "interact' with the government. My assumption is that this would be when they applied for food stamps or any kind of public assistance.
It would increase ACA subsidies.
It would force drug companies to negotiate prices with Medicare.
There's also stuff in there about lowering drug prices, and that's extremely important to me, even though I have Medicare and a supplemental prescription drug plan. Some of my prescriptions still cost a good bit, and when you're older, you have a LOT of prescriptions. I probably spend around $300 a month on prescription drugs. People with less income can simply not afford that, they're going without.
I like it. Some of the papers, like the NY Times and the WAPO are calling it radically left, but it makes sense to me. And it's not Medicare for all, which would be much farther to the left and which most of the other candidates are proposing.
I think Biden has offered up his first, thoughtful proposal to help straighten out the medical crisis in this country, nd that people who are afraid Medicare for all is Socialism might just accept it.
It also continues to honor Obama and his contribution to advancing healthcare, and I like that.
What do y'all think?