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Joe Biden on Health

Joe Biden has released plans (1) for a comprehensive COVID-19 response involving federal, state, local, tribal, and international cooperation.
 These plans ensure that no individual will need to pay for COVID-19 testing, treatment, preventative services, and any eventual vaccine; calls for the establishment of an emergency paid leave program [while ensuring that employers will not bear the additional cost (2) of leave during the crisis]; establishes a federally coordinated contact tracing workforce; and will expand Emergency Unemployment Compensation (3), while extending it to caregivers, gig workers, and independent contractors who face reduced pay and hours. Biden has repeatedly noted that, “an effective strategy to beat the virus is the ultimate answer to how we get our economy back on track” (4). 

The Biden Campaign has vowed to build on the ACA, institute a public option, and lower the eligible age of Medicare to 60 (5). 
The public option for healthcare (6) will be open to those currently covered through their employer, those who buy their own insurance, and those who lack coverage altogether. Using collectivized purchasing power, the public option (7) will lower costs, compete against private insurance companies, and require no co-payments for primary care. These reforms will be paid for by repealing the Trump tax cut (8), and increasing the capital gains tax on those making over $1 million annually. In addition, the Biden Plan will negotiate lower prices with pharmaceutical companies, set limits on the costs of certain medicines, allow consumers to buy FDA-approved drugs from other countries (9). 

The Biden Campaign has released the most expansive, detailed, and well-funded plan (10) to end the Opioid epidemic of all the 2020 Democratic Nomination contenders, which outpaces Donald Trump's. 
Under the Obama administration, VP Biden helped designate (11) substance use disorder treatment and mental health services as essential benefits that insurers must cover, and dramatically expanded treatment options. Now, Biden hopes to “make effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services available to all” (12) through a $125 billion federal investment (13). This investment will double community health center funding, allow Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to be available to all of those suffering from Opioid addiction, give communities the tools needed to prevent and respond to overdoses, and accelerate the development of less addictive pain medications. 

Biden has worked throughout his career (14) to fulfill what he calls "our sacred obligation" (15) to care for Veterans after their service. 
As a Senator, Joe Biden fought for (16) prosthetics funding, mammogram coverage for female veterans, proper burial allowances, and was an early advocate for Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange. As Vice President, he helped decrease veteran unemployment by 50% (17). As President, Biden plans to help those affected by burn pits (18)—military waste depositories which emit toxic fumes—which Biden’s son, Beau, was stationed near during his tour (19) in Iraq. Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015 (20). During his term in office, Biden also pledges to “create safe, modern, clean, and recovery-oriented housing for veterans being treated for [addiction] and those who are homeless,” (21) to dramatically increase (22) VA mental health services, and to create a $5,000 tax credit (23) for informal caregivers of wounded, ill, injured, or elderly veterans.

After his son, Beau, died of brain cancer, the former Vice President has led numerous anti-cancer initiatives, and has often said, "if I can be anything, I want to be the President who ends cancer"(24).  
In 2016, President Obama asked Joe Biden to lead the “Cancer Moonshot”, a program to make ten years of progress (25) in cancer treatment occur in the next five years. VP Biden met with (26) thousands of cancer patients and their families, physicians, researchers, philanthropists, technology leaders and heads of state to coordinate, and better understand, the advances which can be made in cancer research. The initiative has worked to share data across the world, bring alternative therapies forward, and help Americans reduce their risk of cancer. In addition, Biden worked to pass the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act (27), which included a $1.8 billion investment towards the National Cancer Institute.