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Healthcare Policy Experts On What Joe Biden’s Public Option Health Plan Would Actually Look Like




Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event about affordable healthcare at the Lancaster Recreation Center on June 25, 2020 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event about affordable healthcare at the Lancaster Recreation Center on June 25, 2020 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, many Americans are thinking about their personal health on new and difficult terms, which may figure into who they vote for in the presidential election. 

Joe Biden’s healthcare plan differs from President Trump’s in many key ways. If the Affordable Care Act survives its Supreme Court challenge this November, Biden has said he will build on the law and support a public plan option, though he does not support Medicare For All. Biden also says he will expand eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid (Trump has promoted the private market). What would Biden’s healthcare plan look like in action? A recent Wall Street Journal piece argued that the public plan option would mean a tax hike for taxpayers, and that financing it would be very costly. However, other stakeholders claim that Biden’s plan is relatively modest, and that it will likely look like Medicare Advantage with government subsidies. However, Biden’s campaign has released only limited details for the plan, complicating debate over what its implementation would look like.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about the debate over presidential candidate Joe Biden’s tax plan. Questions? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University who co-authored the recent Wall Street Journal op-ed “Biden’s Public Option Would Mean Massive Tax Hikes”; he was an adviser for Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and served as policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign; he tweets @lanheechen

Kavita Patel, M.D., non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and primary care physician; she served in the Obama administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House; she tweets @kavitapmd