Biden Calling ACA ‘Breakthrough’ For Mental Health Parity Highlights Gaps
By Editor - Thu Jul 11, 5:34 am
“We made parity between mental health and physical health. It was a fundamental breakthrough in how we thought about how things should work.” Joe Biden, former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on July 8, 2019 In a sit-down interview with CNN, 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden touted the Obama administration’s passage of the Affordable Care Act, asserting that this law evened out the playing field when it came to insurance coverage of mental and physical health. This fact check was produced in partnership with PolitiFact . This story can be republished for free ( details ). “We made parity between mental health and physical health,” Biden told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “It was a fundamental breakthrough in how we thought about how things should work.” This gets at a health care issue that — as a federal appeals court weighs Obamacare’s constitutionality — is now particularly relevant. Did the ACA create equal coverage of mental and physical health? We decided to investigate.
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