WASHINGTON — Health care was one of the biggest issues on the minds of Virginians on Super Tuesday.
WUSA9 decided to take a look at former Vice President Joe Biden's health care plan after he collected the most votes in the Commonwealth's primary Tuesday night.
Biden has repeatedly said he wants to improve the Affordable Care Act. That may not come as a big surprise given Biden was vice president when the Obama administration passed that historic health care legislation ten years ago this month.
Much of Biden's plan revolves around creating a "public option".
The Biden campaign has said it envisions the federal government offering a "medicare-like" alternative for Americans who can't afford private insurance.
Biden says his idea would reduce health care costs for patients by negotiating lower prices with hospitals and health care providers.
Now, you may be curious, how a Biden presidency would impact your private insurance plan.
This is one of the key differences between Biden and the runner-up Tuesday night in Virginia, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Sanders supports a "Medicare for All" solution, which would basically create a national health insurance program for everyone in the country.
Biden says, under his plan, Americans would be able to keep their private insurers if they choose to do so.
Finally, the former vice president also has a plan to lower prescription drug costs.
Biden has said he wants to limit the launch prices for drugs that have no competitors and improve the supply of quality generic drugs on the market.