Will Biden move left on health­care in a bid to stave off defeat?

Will Biden move left on healthcare in a bid to stave off defeat?

Dur­ing the 2020 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial pri­maries, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I‑VT) and Eliz­a­beth War­ren (D‑MA) vowed, if elect­ed, to imple­ment Medicare for All, which is anoth­er name for an over­all sin­gle-pay­er, gov­ern­ment-run health­care sys­tem.
Joe Biden, the even­tu­al win­ner of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tion and White House over Repub­li­can incum­bent Don­ald Trump, took a dif­fer­ent approach. In a move to appear more cen­trist than his pro­gres­sive oppo­nents, the for­mer vice pres­i­dent and 36-year sen­a­tor from Delaware sug­gest­ed he’d veto such leg­is­la­tion.

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden arrives to speak about his administration’s plans to pro­tect Social Secu­ri­ty and Medicare and low­er health­care costs in Tam­pa, Flori­da on Feb. 9, 2023. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Polling on a gov­ern­ment-run health­care sys­tem is mixed with some polls show­ing sup­port, while oth­ers, such as Gallup, reveal that a major­i­ty of peo­ple (53%) still pre­fer a pri­vate-based sys­tem to 43% who do not. A sig­nif­i­cant major­i­ty of Repub­li­cans oppose a gov­ern­ment-run sys­tem as does a slight major­i­ty of inde­pen­dents.
Recent­ly, the Con­gres­sion­al Pro­gres­sive Cau­cus released a new pol­i­cy agen­da. Axios not­ed in a head­line, “Miss­ing from pro­gres­siv …