‘I’ve had significant experience with with hospital care,’ Biden told an audience at Germanna Community College in Culpeper, Virginia.
‘You know, he came back with glioblastoma and he died,’ Biden said, speaking of his eldest son’s 2015 cancer death.
Biden then talked about his own experience being hospitalized.
‘But you know what – the fact is that – I was hospitalized a long time, a couple years ago, cranial aneurysms, I was hospitalized for a long time,’ the president said.
That couple years ago was in 1988, when he has surgeries in February and May, to relieve aneurysms on both sides of his brain.
President Joe Biden spoke about reducing prescription drug prices at the Germanna Community College in Culpeper, Virginia Thursday
President Joe Biden (right) embraces Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger (left) as he arrives in Culpeper, Virginia on Thursday
President Joe Biden (right) marveled at the introduction given by 12-year-old Joshua Davis (left) calling the youngster ‘Mr. President,’ when he concluded
President Joe Biden speaks Thursday at Germanna Community College
President Joe Biden (left) shakes the hand of 12-year-old Joshua Davis (center), followed by his mother Shannon Davis (right)
Then Vice President Joe Biden (right) is seen with his son Beau Biden (left) in Baghdad in 2009
Biden’s bigger point was that surprise billing had gone away, taking credit for the achievement.
‘My administration outlawed surprise billing,’ he said.
Former President Donald Trump signed a law that banned surprise billing during his term, though the Biden administration released a rule in September to deal with one of the most fought-over provisions.
Biden was in Virginia to say that he was still pushing for a reduction in prescription drug prices, one of the provisions in the Build Back Better bill.
Biden remained hopeful that he could get the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better package passed, despite Sen. Joe Manchin, a member of the president’s own party, recently calling the bill ‘dead.’
‘And we’re close,’ Biden told the Virginia crowd.
The president gave Rep. Abigail Spanberger, whose district he was visiting, credit for helping get Build Back Better passed in the House.
That vote came back in November, with the package hitting a Manchin-sized roadblock in the Senate several weeks later.
Biden credited Spanberger’s ‘enthusiasm’ for helping the package get passed.
‘So I may be dragging you over the Senate to spend some time,’ Biden told the Virginia lawmaker.
More broadly, Biden pushed that some of the provisions contained in Build Back Better bill are low-hanging fruit for Congressional Democrats who are expected to have a rough time in the midterms.
‘Bringing down the cost of prescription drugs is an easy thing for us to do, that can be done legally with a stroke of a pen,’ the president argued.
The president’s speech came the same day that the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that inflation was at a 40-year high.
One of the reasons Manchin expressed he we was a no vote on BBB was because he worried about inflation.
On Thursday Manchin released a statement saying the ‘threat of inflation is real’ and the ‘administration must proceed with caution before adding more fuel to an economy already on fire.’
‘Look, again, a slight digression, inflation is up. It’s up,’ Biden admitted during his remarks, adding that it ‘matters,’ recalling his own family’s meager financial means.
Prices rose for a sixth consecutive month, meaning Americans have consistently had to shell out more for everyday life since August 2021
Inflation hit a 40-year high of 7.5 percent, the Labor Department announced Thursday, a figure not seen since the Carter administration
‘But the fact is if we are able to do the things I’m talking about here it will bring down the cost for average families,’ he continued.
‘Look, the fact is that we’re in a situation now where you should have peace of mind,’ Biden added.
Biden mentioned food and gas prices – and said he was working ‘like the devil’ to bring gas prices down, and food prices too.
‘I understand. But these things are necessities,’ he said. ‘We’re working to bring down prices where they’re not totally what families, in fact, have to pay now. You still have to pay for child care. … You still have to pay your prescription drug prices. You still have to pay your healthcare.’
Biden was met with protesters slamming ‘open borders’ and holding ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ signs when he arrived in Culpeper.
Biden voyaged an hour and a half outside of Washington, D.C., to give a boost to the endangered Democrat Spanberger, despite his own sluggish polling.
A new CNN survey out Thursday conducted in January and February found that 58 per cent disapproved of the job Biden is doing, with 56 per cent of that group having nothing positive to say about the Democratic leader.
That sentiment was spelled out in the mixed bag of messages that greeted the president once he arrived.
‘Get your grubby hands off my healthcare,’ one sign read. ‘Build Crack Better,’ said another.
A bearded man held up a sign that said, ‘We won’t forget what you stole: Jobs, Freedoms, History, Elections, Our Future.’
A child held up a sign that said ‘don’t sniff me,’ while a woman beside her held a sign that read, ‘Biden sucks.’
A young girl holds up a ‘Don’t Sniff Me’ sign as President Joe Biden drives by Thursday as he heads to a community college to talk about prescription drug prices
A man holds up a ‘Build Crack Better’ sign as President Joe Biden’s motorcade passes en route to an event Thursday in Culpeper, Virginia, a town about an hour and a half outside of Washington, D.C.
President Joe Biden gets into the Beast at the Culpeper Regional Airport on Thursday
Upon arrival at Germanna Community College, the White House program started with quick remarks from Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, who Biden heavily complimented once he took the mic, after The Washington Post reported that White House staff wanted Becerra gone.
‘I also want to thank Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra for two things: one, for answering my call when I asked him to come and be the secretary. I was worried he wouldn’t,’ Biden said laughing.
‘And how much he’s helped us make so much progress in getting people vaccinated, getting health insurance and making more affordable healthcare,’ the president said.
Biden also marveled at the speaking skills of 12-year-old Joshua Davis, a Type 1 diabetic who would benefit from a provision in the president’s Build Back Better package to cap insulin prices.
‘Thank you Mr. President,’ Biden told the boy. ‘I could have no more have done that when I was 12-years-old than fly,’ the president added, mentioning how he had been a stutterer, doing an impression of how he used to speak.
Davis had talked about needing between 10 and 12 shots of insulin a day.
‘I have to be careful with my bottles of insulin because they can break very easily. And well, I am a 12-year-old boy,’ Davis said to laughs from the crowd.