The presentation is a deep dive into what the election means for healthcare. We will examine the authorities and processes available to President-elect Biden to pursue and implement his policy agenda, whether regulatory or legislative, and the policies that are likely to define the healthcare agenda over the next few years.
Biden's ascent to the presidency augurs a new regulatory era for U.S. health care. At the same time, the Georgia election results mean that incoming majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will preside over the narrowest possible majority in the U.S. Senate under which Vice President Kamala Harris will provide the tie-breaking vote. The chamber has only seen an even divide three times before in history: 1881, 1953, and 2001. The Democratic Senate majority will ease the path to confirmation for Biden’s cabinet members and allows the use of the fast-track budget reconciliation process for certain revenue-related bills, which would allow them to pass certain healthcare legislation with a simple majority.