NBC News reports:
Joe Biden on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump’s attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act will have disastrous consequences on Americans who become infected with the coronavirus and demanded the president end a lawsuit that is seeking to terminate the landmark health care law.
“Mr. President, drop the lawsuit. Stop trying to take away people’s health care and their peace of mind,” Biden said during a speech Thursday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “I cannot comprehend the cruelty he is inflicting on the very people he is supposed to serve.”
Earlier in the speech, the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee said that “most cruelly of all, if Donald Trump has his way, complications from COVID-19 could become a new pre-existing condition,” which insurance plans could decide not to cover.
The Associated Press reports:
The former vice president wore a black face mask as he sat in an outdoor community center courtyard with three mothers and two children who told of benefiting from the Obama administration’s signature health care law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Beyond the police cordon, a small group of Trump supporters nearby could be heard chanting “four more years” and “USA.”
“I’m supposedly an expert in foreign policy,” Biden said of his lengthy career. “Well, health care is more complicated than foreign policy. It really is.” He said that he’s worried the Supreme Court may eventually side with a challenge of the health care law and that overturning it in the middle of a pandemic “just seems to me to be close to cruel. Yeah, well, it is unconscionable.”