President Joe Biden proposed building on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as his main healthcare goal by, among other things, introducing a public option. What does this mean for healthcare providers and insurers, and what steps will be taken in his first 100 days? What will the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) look like if President Biden’s selection for HHS secretary, current California AG Xavier Becerra, is confirmed?
In the third episode of Insider Insights: 100 Days of Biden, Mike Strazzella, practice group leader of Buchanan’s federal government relations practice and co-head of the firm’s D.C. office, and Bob Ramsey, co-chair of Buchanan’s healthcare industry group, discuss some of the biggest issues the White House faces to improve healthcare in the U.S.
In this episode, Mike and Bob cover:
- The biggest differences between President Biden’s views on healthcare and former President Trump's.
- What President Biden can do to reform healthcare via the Oval Office and Executive Orders and what will require the help of the House and the Senate.
- What HHS might look like if Xavier Becerra is confirmed as secretary.
- What’s included in President Biden’s executive order signed in January claiming to strengthen Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and how it impacts payors and providers.
- Predictions for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, an opinion the Biden administration changed from his predecessor Donald Trump.
- What, if anything, can be done to change or improve healthcare legislation via budget reconciliation and what will require full votes from Congress.
To watch a recording of the Congressional Process Master Class Webinar Series on budget reconciliation that Mike mentions, visit here.