Former Vice President Joe Biden's healthcare platform is defined through the lens of his former boss, President Barack Obama, with whom Biden worked to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010.
Biden proposes a public health insurance option for Americans without private coverage.
Biden doesn't support Medicare for All, but does intend to initially maintain the Affordable Care Act and eventually expand its coverage.
Biden's plan proposes to "lower out-of-pocket costs for many people, but there would still be deductibles and copays that some people would no doubt find unaffordable," said Larry Levitt, the Kaiser Family Foundation's Executive Vice President for Health Policy. "It would certainly expand coverage but likely not get fully to universal insurance."
Bernie Sanders: Medicare for All " or nothing
Senator Bernie Sanders quickly became the poster child for universal healthcare after making it a tentpole of his 2016 run for president.
Thanks to Sanders, "Medicare-for-all has become one of the major litmus tests in the 2020 primary," notes the Washington Post, forcing every other Democratic candidate to address Medicare for All whether they wanted to or not.
Sanders' healthcare goals are direct: to "Create a Medicare for All, single-payer, national health insurance program to provide everyone in America with comprehensive healthcare coverage, free at the point of service."
He pledges to reform outsize healthcare costs and healthcare corruption in America, offering coverage to all, with "no networks, no premiums, no deductibles, no copays, no surprise bills."