Democrats Struggle to Advance Biden’s Agenda Amid Tense Negotiations – Live | US News

The package, now the subject of furious negotiations on Capitol Hill, would fundamentally transform the government’s relationship with its citizens and significantly expand the social safety net.

It aims to expand well-known programs, for example, adding benefits for dental vision and hearing aids to Medicare and continuing the temporary Obama-era health law grants that helped people enroll. insurance during the pandemic. […]

“This is a case where coins are greater than sum: it is important that people know what coins are, they are very popular and would have a very positive impact on people’s lives,” said David Axelrod, former senior advisor to the president. Barack Obama.

“But it’s become a price battle and it’s unattractive. This is the battleground where Republicans want Democrats to fight.

Polls suggest that elements of the bill such as child care and infrastructure are popular with much of the public. But advocates fear voters won’t know these things are in the plan.

“‘Building Back Better’ doesn’t tell people what we’re building back, at least when you talk about bridges, people have an idea,” said Robert Blendon, longtime Harvard public opinion analyst TH Chan School of Public Health.

“It’s the price to pay when you don’t deal with a single problem. … “Build back” is the slogan, but there is simply no evidence that the public understands what is in this bill. “

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