Biden is set to take over as President Joe Biden is being called on to lead the health care fight that could reshape the Democratic Party and the nation’s political landscape.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Biden, 70, suggested that the next president should run the nation, but he also acknowledged the challenges ahead.
The president said he thinks Biden would make a great health care secretary, but his views on how to move the country forward are far more complicated than just passing legislation.
He said he would be happy to help shape the agenda if Biden’s leadership is needed.
The next health care debate is likely to be about how best to create a single-payer health care system that covers everyone.
Biden has advocated for a single payer plan that would guarantee health care coverage to all Americans and make health care more accessible to people with pre-existing conditions.
Biden said the health insurance industry is not ready for that to happen, so it would be helpful if the president were to make a decision to take a position on that.
Biden has said he is open to taking a position.
The White House has not commented on Biden’s plan, but officials have been mum about it, even as the president has taken a stronger stance against the Affordable Care Act.
Biden also said he supports the bipartisan effort to repeal and replace the health law, but that his administration is not moving forward with that effort.
“I’m not going to take any action on that until I have an outline of how we’re going to make health insurance more affordable for everybody,” Biden said.
The White House says Biden will make a formal announcement on the plan next week.
“There are a lot of different pieces to it,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.
“He’ll make his announcement and that will be the official position.
And then that will depend on what the Republican Party decides to do.”
The president has repeatedly expressed support for single-payer health care, saying in June he believes the health system can work without it.
But he also has expressed reservations about what the country can do to move forward with a single system.
The White Hill was the backdrop for the 2016 presidential campaign, when Biden faced Bernie Sanders.
Sanders won the primary by a landslide, but Biden’s campaign was largely left out of the race.
He won a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic caucuses and primaries but did not receive enough of the party’s pledged delegates to win the nomination outright.
The Democrats’ convention will be held in Philadelphia on July 25-27.