Biden health plan aims far beyond legacy of ‘Obamacare’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is wrapping himself in the legacy of “Obamacare,” but he’s also offering restless Democrats a health care proposal that goes far beyond it.
Biden is calling for a government plan almost anybody can join but he’s stopping short of a total system remake.
Recent polls show softening support for a full government-run system championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders. Biden is pitching his center-left approach in a new ad aimed at Democrats in Iowa.
His “public option” would give virtually everyone the choice of a government plan like Medicare, as an alternative to private coverage, not a substitute. He’d also improve Affordable Care Act subsidies for private health insurance and let solidly middle-class people qualify.
In the ad, Biden says health care is personal to him.