Washington DC — Tonight, President Biden delivered his State of the Union address, celebrating the administration’s accomplishments and outlining further action to lower costs and improve health care for people across the nation. During the speech, President Biden called on Congress to make lower health care premiums permanent, expand the $35 monthly insulin cap to everyone, close the Medicaid coverage gap for the remaining 11 states, and extend Medicare solvency for 25 years.

Last year, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, which lowered prescription drug and premium costs for millions of seniors and families. Two weeks ago, HHS announced that a record 16.3 million people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. The administration has also worked to stop surprise billing, strengthen maternal care, and reduce racial, rural, and other disparities in our health care system. Now, President Biden and Democrats in Congress are working to build on these health care gains while also protecting them from Republican policies that threaten access to quality, affordable health coverage for millions. Read Protect Our Care’s full 2023 agenda here.

Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach issued the following statement: 

“Over the past two years, President Biden has demonstrated what it means to be a health care president. Under President Biden’s leadership, Democrats in Congress have delivered for the American people by expanding affordable coverage, lowering prescription drug prices, and strengthening access to health care. These achievements have made a world of difference for our nation’s seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, rural communities, and countless others. Republicans, on the other hand, have pledged to make devastating cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and to repeal the ACA and the Inflation Reduction Act, which would rip away critical protections and raise costs for over 100 million Americans. It is imperative we stop the Republican war on health care and that we make access to affordable, quality health care a right for every American.”

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