These are the most powerful people advising Joe Biden and Kamala Harris who could shape the future of healthcare if their campaign succeeds

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Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, are facing off against President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Election Day. 
To advise on healthcare, Biden has surrounded himself with longtime aides and alumni from the Obama White House, as well as people who were in Hillary Clinton’s inner circle. 
The people in the campaign’s orbit are well-positioned to land healthcare agency top jobs if the Biden-Harris ticket succeeds. 
Chris Jennings, Jack Markell, and Drs. Lisa Fitzpatrick, Rebekah Gee, and Vivek Murthy are leading the campaign’s healthcare policy committee that could implement Biden’s promises. 

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Healthcare is shaping up to be a crucial issue in November’s presidential election as the US continues its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who supports incremental changes to the Affordable Care Act, will face off against President Donald Trump, who is still pushing for a repeal of the ACA and hasn’t yet accomplished his goal to significantly lower drug prices. Biden in August announced Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate. 

The coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed other election issues, and has strained both the US economy and its healthcare system.

A Morning Consult poll from August found 39% of voters approve of Trump’s handling of the spread of the coronavirus in the US, an increase from 36% in late July. Overall, however, Biden has a 7.1-point lead over Trump, show RealClearPolitics polling averages. A Harvard-CAPS Harris poll also found that 57% of voters thought Biden was the preferred candidate to lead the US out of the cornavirus pandemic. 

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Many of Biden’s healthcare policy positions are an extension of former President Barack Obama’s legislative wins, but they’re also being shaped by longtime allies and Democratic advisers. Biden’s campaign frequently focuses on defending the ACA.

Biden’s other positions on healthcare are in line with the Democratic party and have been shaped by his personal experiences, including losing his son Beau Biden to cancer in 2015.

On prescription drugs, Biden has voiced support for allowing the government to set prices and for importing medicines from countries where they cost less. He has pledged to pour resources into finding cancer cures and to protect patients from getting large medical bills. 

Now that he’s the presumptive nominee, Biden has changed his positions only a little. In April, he called for lowering Medicare eligibility from age 65 to 60. Amid the pandemic, he has surrounded himself with advisers from the Obama White House to counsel on the coronavirus. 

Business Insider has assembled a list of influential healthcare policy experts for the Biden campaign. Generally, people who work on campaigns are considered top contenders to lead a future administration if the candidate wins. 

The list below includes Biden’s healthcare policy team that’s drafting a plan to implement his agenda: Consultant Chris Jennings, former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and Drs. …read more

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