July 10, 2020
In an effort to unite Democratic moderates and progressives, a task force of Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporters released a number of consensus proposals, including several health care reform ideas that could form the basis for legislation in 2021.
Notably, the plan does not call for a single payer system, but instead focuses on public options to implement universal coverage, while providing little detail.
The unity task force plan recommends:
Restore U.S. supply chains: Separately, the Biden campaign released a three-part plan to rebuild U.S. supply chains to ensure the country is prepared for future crises and does not face shortages of critical products, including pharmaceuticals.
Why it's important: The plan stops short of embracing a more progressive single-payer government-run health care system. However, it suggests an openness to government intervention if certain market failures do not correct themselves, particularly regarding the high cost of health care in the U.S.
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