What Medicare Change Does Joe Biden’s New Plan Leave Out?

Joe Biden, Medicare

The Democrats have been urging President Biden to expand Medicare and open it up to more beneficiaries. They have also pushed to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and bring down drug costs.

This week President Biden released a draft of his economic plan, and it left out the key elements of Medicare expansion that many Democratic Senators had been pushing for.

On Wednesday the White House outlined Biden’s $1.9 trillion Americans Families Plan, It glaringly leaves out the creation of a public health option as well as lowering the Medicare age to 60–which would extend coverage to 23 million more Americans. 

What the plan includes

The American Families Plan includes provisions for:

  • Expanded paid leave
  • Free Pre-K
  • Affordable child care and higher education
  • Extending tax credits for families included in coronavirus relief bill

Biden remains committed to allowing Medicare to negotiate to reduce drug prices. It remains to be seen when that will happen.

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