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“We Finally Beat Big Pharma”: President Biden Spotlights Health Care Achievements, Promises More During State of the Union

By March 7, 2024No Comments

President Biden is Driving Down Health Care Costs as GOP Threats Loom

Washington, D.C. — Tonight, President Biden delivered his State of the Union address, celebrating the administration’s accomplishments and outlining further action to lower costs and improve health care for people across the nation. During his speech, President Biden called on Congress to expand the Inflation Reduction Act’s drug savings for people with all types of insurance, permanently extend lower premiums for people who buy health insurance, and close the Medicaid coverage gap, among other priorities.

President Biden and Democrats in Congress are improving health care and making sure people can get the care they need by lowering prescription drug and premium costs for millions of seniors and families. This year, a record-breaking 21.3 million people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act marketplaces – the most in history. The administration has also worked to stop surprise billing, strengthen maternal care, and reduce racial, rural, and other disparities in our health care system. 

At the same time, Republicans continue fighting to reverse all of the progress made by Democrats and the Biden-Harris administration. Trump is escalating his threats to repeal the ACA while Republican lawmakers and their allies are working overtime to dismantle reproductive care, hike premiums, slash Medicare and Medicaid, reverse recent coverage gains, and raise prescription drug costs for the American people.

Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach issued the following statement: 

“Health care continues to be a top-of-mind issue for the American people, and the Biden administration has fought tooth and nail to lower costs and improve care for seniors and hardworking families. Tonight, President Biden told the American people that driving down health care costs even further and expanding coverage for more Americans continues to be a top priority. By building on the Affordable Care Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, the president’s agenda would make a world of difference for our nation’s seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, rural communities, and countless others.

“On the other hand, Republicans have continued their unrelenting attack on health care. They have promised to repeal the ACA and the Inflation Reduction Act, slash Medicare and Medicaid, and hike drug costs for seniors, ripping away critical protections, coverage, and savings for millions. The contrast between the GOP and this administration could not be clearer.”