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tv   Campaign 2020 Joe Biden Remarks on Health Care  CSPAN  June 26, 2020 12:04am-12:25am EDT

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businesses to provide their own health insurance >> good afternoon. today we are in the middle of the worst global health crisis and donald trump will file in the supreme court to strip away healthcare coverage from tens of millions of families in the united states.
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in 100 million people with pre-existing conditions if he succeeds more than 23 million americans will lose coverage overnight including 1 million in pennsylvania. insurance once again discriminate services are drop coverage for people like diabetes or cancer or asthma most cruelly of all donald trump if he has his way those who have complications from cove in 18 is the new pre-existing condition like long scars or heart damage and if donald trump prevails in court and to strip away coverage jack up premium simply because they survived
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fighting coronavirus those having struggled winning the fight of their lives would have their piece of mine stole and at the moment they needed it the most they would live their lives, and advice between donald trump's legacy and failure to prevent on - - protect american people from the coronavirus and this crusade to take healthcare protections away from american families. i have called on donald trump many times to withdraw his lawsuit in today i am renewing that call. dropped the lawsuit. stopped trying to get rid of the affordable care act. stop taking away people's healthcare and peace of mind. now more than ever stop trying to steal their piece of mind i cannot comprehend the cruelty
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to inflict those people he is supposed to serve. one of the families of the affordable care act who live not far from here in mannheim pennsylvania just four years old when their mom stacy heard the most devastating words a parent can here. those of the twins were diagnosed with leukemia. i promise stops your heart. and knox the entire world office access on - - axis in the very last thing on your mind the very last thing on your mind that should be on your mind if you can afford
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treatment for your children. when stacy's twins got sick there was no affordable care act after stem cell transplants and the waves of hope and fear and after enduring more than any and parent should have to endure she still faced a future where the twins could be denied coverage for the rest of their lives because of pre-existing conditions the affordable care act was created to put a stop to that to ensure that people like stacy to focus on what matters and save their children they won the fight they be cancer now they are 22
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years of age studying education and then graduating from arcadia university and because of the aca insurance companies can no longer denied coverage because they are survivors of cancer. i am proud of the affordable care act. in addition to helping people with pre-existing conditions this is a law vital coverage for 25 million americans that bars insurance companies from tapping american benefits and charging women more for insurance simply because they are woman for nearly
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12 million seniors. to see the cost spike because of the medicare don't hold would suddenly reopen and the cost has gone precipitously this saves lives but now in the middle of the worst public health crisis in modern history since the pandemic of 1918, donald trump is suing to go back to the way things were. it's cruel, heartless, callous because he cannot abide the thought letting one of president obama's greatest achievements of the affordable care act. we have seen that same callousness of the coronavirus
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just over three months ago as most americans were first coming to grips with the unprecedented scale of danger and pandemic president trump publicly claimed "anybody that once a test anybody can get it. that simply was not true and he knew it and then five days ago at the campaign rally and also oklahoma he admitted telling people slow the testing down please. his one hour 50 minutes speech. slowed the testing down, please. the first the spokespeople
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tried to say he was joking but then he said he wasn't. he called it "a double edge sword. that is the quote. let's be crystal clear what he means by that. questing unequivocably saves lives widespread testing is the key to build our economy again. the other edge that they think that finding out more americans are sick will make him look bad. that's what he's worried about. he's worried about looking bad donald trump needs to stop worrying about how he looks at what's happening in the rest of america increasing in 29
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states dealing with this for a long time trump cannot wish it away he cannot spend that to meet his political wishes there are no miracles coming we will not have to wait for this because none is coming we have to step up as americans all of us and do the simple things in the hard things to keep our families safe to reopen the economy and eventually put the pandemic behind us and do this without responsible leadership coming out of the white house. it's up to all of us. we have to wear masks minus off because socially distant stand in front of a microphone i wear it everywhere i go.
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and i know as americans it's not something we are used to but it matters all over the world that tells us it could be the single most effective thing we can do we have to socially distance like we are here today it seems so strange to us not as americans but human beings. we are taught to gather it hard again laugh with other people but for now we have to socially distance it matters. we have to find a way to keep our economy running to bring a number of cases down. the president wants us to believe there is a choice between the economy of public health. amazingly he still has not grasped the most basic fact of the crisis to fix the economy
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we have to get control over the virus. say it again. to fix the economy we have to get control over the virus. like a child he cannot believe this is happened to him. all of his whining and self-pit self-pity, this pandemic did not happen to him. what happened to all of us his job isn't to whine about it but do something about it and to lead. i will do everything i can to take responsibility to her on - - ease the burden and put your family first that would begin with a dramatic expansion of health coverage with bold steps to lower health care cost we need a public option now more than ever especially when more than
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20 million people are unemployed that allows every american regardless of employment status the choice to get a medicare -like plan to force private insurers to keep payments low offer better coverage because for the first time have to compete for your business and doesn't have to make a profit we will lower premiums for people buying coverage on the round know american has to spend more than eight.5 percent of their income on health insurance. all the details are laid out in the next few weeks we will also further reduce cost to make it less expensive to have lower deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses with prescription drug prices in
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the practice of so-called surprise billing leaving with unexpectedly high bills after you leave the hospital. here's the bottom line my plan lowers healthcare cost just as universal coverage quickly when it is needed now. enduring illness and risky choices losing the employer's plan as the employer's go out of business. and need lifelines now. that's what families deserve. they don't need a president to go into court to deny them the healthcare they had.
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and also you need a president that will fight like hell to make sure they get the healthcare they need. i look forward to ending it for him and work quickly with congress to me but protections of lower healthcare cost as soon as humanly possible. this is my promise i'm president i will take care of your health care coverage the same way i will my own. this is personal for me and my wife jill. i was sworn in the united states senate, next to a hospital bed my wife and daughter were just killed in a car crash lying in that bed with my two young boy boys, surviving boys. i couldn't imagine what it
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would have been like if we didn't have healthcare, healthcare we needed immediately. four years later, 40 years later my grown son after the it attorney general coming back and then contracted fatal cancer. and the question is how long he would have to live, how many months. sitting in the hospital jill and his wife and his children for his hands. and i give you my word what in
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the hell would i do if the insurance company could do before the affordable healthcare act to say you have run out of time you have run out of your coverage except for those less painful months dying on your ow own. and suffer in peace i cannot fathom. i cannot fathom having to go through that. this is exactly what happened to many families before the affordable care act. so amy, i understand when i say i will take care of your health care coverage the same way take care of my family. nothing and take more
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seriously that is my promise to stacy and victoria and amy and other americans that is what the presidency is. it is a duty to care. a duty to care for everyone. , all of us. no trust is more sacred no purpose more fundamental than a president to do absolutely everything they can do to protect american lives. i want every single american to now if you're struggling or worried about how you get to the day, i will not abandon you i will not leave you to face these challenges alone
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and we'll get through this together. we will build a healthcare system. we'll build on it and build the economy and the country back to better than it was before they got off crisis. that i promise you. let me and by thinking the families there are so many like yours across america. i get it. there is real solidarity. we will get this done i promise. god bless you all and may god protect our troops. thank you. mr. grassley: one minute for
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morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. grassley: it's a sad day yesterday when we didn't get


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