November 7, 2020-Joe Biden’s victory sets the stage for healthcare to become a hot priority for his presidency.
Former Vice President strengthens federal response to COVID-19, strengthens affordable care laws, creates new “public options” for uninsured Americans, Medicare and Medicaid I sketched a big health agenda to expand.
However, experts say the long to-do list for presidential health is likely to face serious obstacles in parliament and courts.
For example, Biden’s ambitious proposal for COVID-19 (including a recent request for a national mask mission) could get lost in legal opposition and run into political hurdles at Capitol Hill.
Dr. Joseph Antos, a health policy expert at the Conservative American Enterprise Institute, predicts that Biden will encounter the same type of parliamentary “grid lock situation” that President Barack Obama encountered in his second term. ..
“We have been in this situation for a very long time. Lack of cooperation, saying that either party can go beyond their own electoral views to address the problems that the country actually has. Lack of awareness. “
Antos also suggests that Biden, first and foremost, may face significant political pressure to deal with the economic consequences of the coronavirus, such as record unemployment and business closures.
“I think it really is an effort aimed at promoting economic development and promoting the economy,” he says.
In addition, Biden’s plans to expand Obamacare could face new challenges from the Supreme Court a year later. This month, the High Court will take up a new proceeding in an attempt to overturn the law.
Still, experts say Biden’s plans for COVID-19 and healthcare expansion are likely to define his tenure at the White House as a central focus of his presidency.
“Healthcare is at the top of the list of presidential priorities,” says Sabrina Colette, JD, co-director of the Health Insurance Reform Center at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. “But I think the administration is very enthusiastic about responding to COVID-19 and the economic downturn … especially in the first year.”
Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from President Biden.