Pres. Biden Made a Good Start: What is the Follow-up?
In solidarity, Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team
Last night, President Biden made his first address to a joint session of Congress. Polling shows it was both a success and a relief to a country exhausted by four years of unrelenting chaos and anti-scientific nonsense.
However, a return to “normalcy” is not enough, as Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pointed out in a progressive response to the speech: “The country supports universal health care, the country supports environmental justice and criminal justice reform and an end to police brutality and investing in public health in a way that’s different from investing in more policing.”
President Biden spent less than 10 minutes talking about healthcare and his administration’s COVID-19 response in his 75-minute speech. He plans to take on Big Pharma and lower drug prices while expanding healthcare options for Americans through the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicare and Medicaid.
While we at PDA applaud his efforts to lower drug prices and expand healthcare coverage, we disagree with an incremental approach to existing policy. The pandemic has laid bare racial and socioeconomic disparities in our profit-driven healthcare system. We need a universal, single-payer Medicare For All system to save lives and billions of dollars, and we need it now.
Join us for PDA’s Healthcare Emergency Town Hall every Sunday 4p ET / 1p PT. This Sunday, May 2nd, we will feature authors of Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide Drs. Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., and Micah Johnson, M.D.
Thanks so much for anything you can do today!
PS: See previous Town Halls archived on YouTube here.