What will the Biden presidency mean for American health care?

The election of Joe Biden is likely to have significant implications for health care in America, according to health policy expert John McDonough of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

In a December 3, 2020 episode of Healthcare is Hard: A Podcast for Insiders, McDonough, professor of the practice of public health, discussed several facets of politics and policy pertaining to health care. He noted that, unless Democrats are successful in a longshot bid for two Senate seats in runoff elections in Georgia, Biden will be one of the few Democratic presidents to take office without majorities in the House and Senate—something that hasn’t happened since Grover Cleveland in 1884.

McDonough also discussed the future of the Affordable Care Act, how the COVID-19 pandemic could be an era-defining event for Biden, and why it’s likely the Biden administration will lean heavily on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to drive health care reforms.

Listen to the Healthcare is Hard: A Podcast for Insiders episode: Elections Have Consequences: Harvard’s John McDonough Reflects on ‘Decision 2020’ and the Implications to US Healthcare