As the only developed nation without universal healthcare, the US is often criticised for not providing enough support for its citizens. The global pandemic has highlighted how problematic this has the potential to be. So, will Donald Trump or Joe Biden be better for healthcare?
Joe Biden will be better for healthcareShow moreShow less
Biden is pledging to protect the Affordable Care Act and build on it to provide more healthcare for lower cost to the individual. His stance, giving people more freedom to choose plans and insurance, reducing costs of care and making the system less complex, will benefit American citizens.
Joe Biden's plans will allow more people to get health insurance
Biden has outlined steps in his plan to expand the coverage of Medicare, lowering the age requirement from 65 to 60. He also plans to expand health care coverage to incorporate a further 15-20 million people who are currently uninsured.
Biden is aiming to increase insurance coverage to more than 97% of US adults without restricting their options for the insurance plan they want. He plans to expand programs like Medicare by lowering the age requirement from 65 to 60 and giving Americans the option to buy a public health insurance option like Medicare. This will reduce the cost to individuals and small companies who struggle to afford health insurance for their employees.
Furthermore, the Biden plan is aimed to be as inclusive as possible. This means expanding coverage for low-income households by automatically insuring those marking below 138% of the federal poverty level when they interact with certain governmental institutions. Inclusivity to Biden also means giving women choices, by expanding contraception access and protecting the right to abortion.
But are they too progressive? Many of these measures will struggle to pass through congress. The stance on healthcare is divided neatly by party lines. Should the Republican Party maintain control of the Senate, there will be little chance of them allowing these chances to take place.
[P1] Biden will expand the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
[P2] Expanding Medicare and Medicaid will help many Americans and increase coverage.