2020 Election: Joe Biden's Plan for Healthcare

Thursday, October 29, 2020

 It's almost election day and the fight to sway voters is going to go until the last poll closes. Tomorrow I'll send out election day volunteer opportunities (please send me any opps you know of for me to compile & share), and preparing for Election Day. 

Friendly reminder about boundaries that came up in my small group yesterday - we need them, especially now. Let's bust it to get Joe and Kamala in office, and maintain our health at the same time. This article has especially helpful tips for how to set and maintain healthy boundaries. 

Today we're going to talk about Joe Biden's Healthcare plan. In message testing, this is the second most influential message in swaying voters behind economic recovery. Sharable infographic here

The message

Joe Biden wants to give everyone a choice to enroll in a health plan, make sure no American pays more than 8.5% of their income on premiums, and bring down the cost of prescriptions by allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug companies.

The Plan: Health Insurance Access

  •  Affordable health insurance for all: a new choice for a public option like Medicare
  • No one will pay more than 8.5% of income on health insurance. 
  • Increase the size of tax credits to provide more coverage, lower deductibles, and lower out-of-pocket costs.
  • Expand coverage to low-income Americans by automatically enrolling those who make 138% below the federal poverty level.

Health Care: Affordability

Biden and Harris will cut the cost of health care and make the health care system less complex to navigate.
  • Stop "surprise billing"
  • Tackle market concentration
  • Partner with the health care workforce 

Health Care: Prescription Drugs

Many Americans cannot afford prescription drugs while drug companies profit off of sick individuals. Biden and Harris plan to address this by:
  • Repeal exception allowing drug corps to avoid negotiation with Medicare over drug prices.
  • Limit launch prices for drugs that face no competition.
  • Limit price increases for brand, biotech & generic drugs.
  • Allow consumers to buy prescriptions from other countries.
  • Terminate pharmaceutical corps' tax break for ad spending.
  • Improve supply of quality generics.

Health Care for All

Joe Biden believes that every American – regardless of gender, race, income, sexual orientation, or zip code – should have access to affordable and quality health care. 
  • Defend health care protections regardless of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation
  • Double America’s investment in community health centers
  • Expanding access to contraception and protect the constitutional right to an abortion
  • Expand access to mental health care

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