In an interview on Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Sirota, a former speechwriter for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats call on Biden to step up virus response We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Overnight Health Care — Biden's Supreme Court setback MORE’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, argued that the White House's American Families Plan does not go far enough to ensure a public option for health care.
Sirota said that while the White House’s American Families Plan fact sheet released Wednesday stated that Biden has a plan for items like Medicare expansion, a public option and lowering prescription drug costs, they are not actually included in that specific plan.
Sirota added that Biden’s $4 trillion infrastructure plan will give $200 billion to private health insurance companies “which helped create the healthcare crisis unto itself."
“At this point, I don’t know if it’s confusion or deliberate bait and switch,” Sirota said. “But to me, this is a president who campaigned promising at least a public health insurance option and he has essentially gone in on the first two bills on just shoveling money to private insurers.”
“You don’t necessarily on policy believe healthcare is a human right if your healthcare policy is simply shoveling money to private health insurance CEOs who ration medical care while they’re making huge profits.”
Watch part of Sirota’s interview above.