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Biden places well being care first and requires Obamacare to develop

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – NOVEMBER 9: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media after receiving a briefing from the COVID-19 Advisory Board on November 9, 2020 at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr Biden spoke about how his government would respond to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden set out on Tuesday his case for expanding the Affordable Care Act, saying the coronavirus pandemic had exposed the urgent need to give more Americans access to health insurance.

"Starting January 20, Vice President-elect Harris and I will do all we can to relieve you and your family of health care," Biden said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware.

Harris introduced Biden on stage and said Biden's victory over President Donald Trump was a mandate to expand access to health care and health insurance.

"Every vote for Joe Biden was a declaration that healthcare in America should be a right and not a privilege. Every vote for Joe Biden was a vote to protect and expand affordable care law, not the EU tear away. " amid a global pandemic. "

Biden's remarks were timed to spark oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a major case over the constitutionality of the landmark 2010 Health Act.

But they also reflect the prominent position that health and health issues occupy within the broader political agenda of the new Biden government.

Biden was declared the 2020 presidential election winner on Saturday after receiving the 270 electoral college votes necessary to defeat President Donald Trump.

"My transition team will be working to flush out the details so we can get started right away, address costs, improve access, and lower the price of prescription drugs. Families are faltering … they need a lifeline and they need it now." "said Biden.

On Monday, his first full day on the job as president-elect, Biden met with his newly assembled coronavirus task force and then spoke about the need for a nationwide campaign to promote the wear of masks. Biden's decision to use his second day of work as president-elect to speak again about health and healthcare was remarkable.

"This doesn't have to be a partisan problem. It's a human problem," he said of the expansion of health insurance.

The expansion of the ACA to include a government-administered health insurance option was a key promise in Biden's presidential campaign.

But Biden's aides and advisers also knew that one of the promises relied most heavily on Democrats winning majorities in the House and Senate.

Given that Republicans are currently expected to retain their majority in the Senate, adding a "public option" to the ACA is likely to serve as a negotiating platform rather than a legislative reality.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly called Obamacare "the worst bill in 50 years".

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