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It’s Wednesday…

President Biden’s public schedule for 03/27/2024:

10:00 AM
Presidential Daily Brief
The President receives the President’s Daily Brief
The White House Closed Press
1:00 PM
Press Briefing
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre:


Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

From Tuesday…

Remarks by President Biden on the Collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge; the YouTube is 5 minutes and 42 seconds long.

I spoke with Governor Moore this morning as well as the Mayor of Baltimore, the County Executive, United two — both United States senators and the congressman.  And my Secretary of Transportation is on the scene. 

I told them we’re going to send all the federal resources they need as we respond to this emergency, and I mean all the federal resources.  And we’re going to rebuild that port together.  

Remarks by President Biden on the Collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. 03/26/2024.

The bridge is also critical to — for travel, not just for Baltimore but for the Northeast Corridor.  Over 30,000 vehicles cross the Francis Scott Key Bridge on a daily basis.  It’s virtually th- — well, it’s one of the most important elements for the economy in the Northeast and the quality of life.
My Transportation Secretary is there now.  As I told Governor Moore, I’ve directed my team to move heaven and earth to reopen the port and rebuild the bridge as soon as hu- — humanly possible.  And we’re going to work hand in hand with the support of Maryland — to support Maryland, whatever they ask for.  And we’re going to work with our partners in Congress to make sure the state gets the support it needs.

Remarks by President Biden on the Collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. 03/26/2024.

And to the people of Baltimore, I want to say: We’re with you.  We’re going to stay with you as long as takes.  And like the governor said, you’re Maryland tough, you’re Baltimore strong, and we’re going to get through this together.  And I promise: We’re not leaving.

Remarks by President Biden on the Collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. 03/26/2024.

The video clip is 18 seconds long.

It’s my intention that federal government will pay for the entire cost of reconstructing that bridge, and I expect to — the Congress to support my effort.

This is going to take some time.  And the people of Baltimore can count on us, though, to stick with them at every step of the way until the port is reopened and the bridge is rebuilt

Remarks by President Biden on the Collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. 03/26/2024.

Lowering Health Care Costs Tweets

From Tuesday…

From the Republican Study Committee (RSC)

03/20/2024:

Remarks by President Biden and Vice President Harris on Lowering Healthcare Costs | Raleigh, NC; the YouTube is 32 minutes and 36 seconds long.

From the White House…

03/26/2024:

Fact Sheet: As House Republicans Release Budget to Increase Health Care Costs and Take Away Coverage, President Biden and Vice President Harris Fight to Lower Health Care Costs and Protect and Strengthen the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare

The bullet points:

  • Lower Health Insurance Premiums Permanently. Make permanent the expanded premium tax credits that were last extended by the Inflation Reduction Act so millions of Americans do not see their net health insurance premiums spike by hundreds or thousands of dollars starting in 2026.
  • Close the Coverage Gap. Provide Medicaid-like coverage to people in the 10 states that have not adopted Medicaid expansion.
  • Keep Kids Covered. Provide States the option to avoid children losing coverage due to red tape from birth through age 6, and cut red tape for families on Medicaid.
  • Make Home Care More Available. Invest billions more in home care so the hundreds of thousands of older adults and individuals with disabilities on Medicaid home care waiting lists get the care they need in their homes.
  • Ensure Access to Mental Health Care. Increase access to mental health care by expanding coverage in Medicare and private insurance, applying the mental health parity requirements to Medicare beneficiaries, and extending Medicare incentive programs to address mental health provider shortages.
  • Prevent More Surprise Medical Bills. Protect consumers by applying surprise billing protections to ground ambulance providers so people do not have to worry about an unexpected bill for their ambulance ride.
  • Crack Down on Junk Facility Fees. Eliminate unwarranted “facility” fees on telemedicine and other outpatient health care services for consumers.
  • Let Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices for at least 50 Drugs Every Year. Expand the number of drugs Medicare can negotiate from 20 to at least 50 per year, cutting prices for major drugs that seniors rely on, like those used to treat heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Alongside other reforms, this will reduce the deficit by an additional $200 billion over the next ten years.
  • Cap Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Costs for Everyone. Expand the $2,000 out-of-pocket prescription drug cap to people with private insurance so that all Americans have the peace of mind that comes with not being forced to choose between filling their prescription or putting food on the table.
  • Cap Medicare Cost-Sharing at $2 for Common Generic Drugs. Establish a new permanent Medicare benefit limiting monthly Medicare Part D cost-sharing for certain high-value generic drugs to $2, such as for those used to treat hypertension and high cholesterol.
  • Protect and Strengthen Medicare for Generations. The President will block Republican efforts to dismantle Medicare and instead will extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund for generations by making the wealthy pay their fair share toward Medicare and dedicating savings from Medicare prescription drug reforms to the Hospital Insurance trust fund.

From Wednesday…

As Vice President of the United States, as Attorney General of California, Kamala always fought for people like Lori who stood for the basic truth that healthcare is a right — should be a right not just a privilege in America. 

Remarks by President Biden and Vice President Harris on Lowering Healthcare Costs | Raleigh, NC. 03/26/2024.

“New” from the White House…

03/26/2024:

03/27/2024:

FACT SHEET: Vice President Kamala Harris, Administration Officials Launch “SAVE Day of Action” to Highlight Cross-Sector Actions to Boost Enrollment in the SAVE Plan; the YouTube is 1 hour and 18 minutes long. It streamed this morning the event starts at the 16 minute and 15 second mark.

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