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Joe Biden Says ‘Healthcare is Not a Privilege, It’s a Right,’ Donald Trump and the GOP Disagree

In Joe Biden’s recent CNN-moderated town hall meeting, an undecided voter described her mother’s health problems and ensuing financial struggles. 

“My mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma  two years ago at the age of 66,” said the woman. “The cost of her care has been astronomical. However, my family has been fortunate that both she and my father have long careers at good companies that afforded them the opportunity to save for retirement, which is helping to pay for her care.”

The undecided voter then posed a question to Joe Biden: “What is your plan to make healthcare affordable so Americans don’t need to drain their savings?”

Biden, as usual, responded with passion. “What I would do is make sure we reinstate the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “And add the public option to that so that nobody in the United States of America would go without being able to be covered for what they need.” He added, “Healthcare is not a privilege, it’s a right”. 

The undecided voter Biden spoke with isn’t the only one worried about the costs associated with healthcare. Latinos are worried too. 

Like 25-year-old Isabella Prado (a third generation Mexican-American) of Denver, Colorado, who doesn’t know what her health insurance plan is once she turns 26 and is no longer on her mom’s Medicaid plan. “I’m not even that old but I’m already having problems,” she told Mitú. “And I’m thinking, ‘Gosh, what am I going to do when I don’t have health insurance?”

Latino voters, by and large, seem to agree with Prado’s concerns. In a survey conducted by Telemundo in conjunction with Buzzfeed, it was found that 51% of Latino voters between the ages of 18 and 35 said that “affordable healthcare for all” is one of the motivating factors behind their desire to vote. 

Prado explained to Mitú that she believes healthcare is a right. “Somebody doesn’t choose to be unhealthy, or choose to have cancer or choose to have psychological problems. That’s not a choice,” she explained. “Because somebody can’t afford healthcare, they deserve to die? Or somebody with cancer and they can’t afford the treatment?”

The Trump Administration and the Republican Party have made it abundantly clear that they do not believe healthcare is a universal right. 

“America didn’t become great through handouts,” Trump told Bloomberg Politics in 2016. “You have some guy with no college degree working a minimum wage job; no ambition, no goals, nothing to show for it. Yet for some reason, the [Obama] administration believes he – and millions of people like him, should have access to health insurance. It’s outrageous.”

As Biden further explained in his Town Hall meeting, now is not the time to be taking access to affordable healthcare lightly. “In the middle of this pandemic, what’s the president doing? He’s in federal court trying to do away with the Affordable Care Act.”  

Prado also agreed that President Trump’s failure to lead America effectively through the COVID-19 crisis is unforgivable. 

“It’s honestly disgusting,” she told Mitú. “For someone like my mom who has preexisting health conditions, who has heart failure, her life literally depends on people taking this seriously. When the leader of your country doesn’t even take it seriously, how is anybody else supposed to?”

Biden agrees, explaining in his town hall meeting that the devastating impact of COVID-19 proves, without a doubt, that the time to expand access to affordable healthcare is now. 

“We have to make sure…that any costs relating to COVID are, in fact, free. [And that] the Federal Government guarantees it,” Biden said. “One of the reasons why people aren’t going in and getting tested is because they’re afraid of the bill they’re going to receive. They’re afraid of what’s going to happen.”

As voters from marginalized communities, it can be easy to feel helplessness when these major issues loom large. But it is worth repeating: your vote does matter. 

Togethers, Millenials and Gen Zers make up 37% of eligible voters, surpassing the electorate of Baby Boomers. Latinos are the largest ethnic minority in the United States, making up 13.3% of all eligible voters.The future is in our hands. Some elections are razor-thin, relying on swing states like Florida or Arizona to determine their outcomes.

The time to create a voting plan–whether it’s early voting, mail-in voting, or in-person voting the day-of–is now. If you support expanded access to affordable healthcare coverage, voting early is a great way to show your support.

Go to IWillVote.com or VoyaVotar.com and text TODOS to 30330 today to learn what voting choices you have in your community and get information on where and when to vote. Every single one of us needs to do our part. The future depends on it.

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Black Eyed Peas With Jennifer Hudson Redo Lyrics Of ‘Where Is The Love’ For Powerful Biden Ad

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Black Eyed Peas With Jennifer Hudson Redo Lyrics Of ‘Where Is The Love’ For Powerful Biden Ad

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There are seven days left until the 2020 presidential elections. Democrats and Republicans are doing everything they can to make sure that their party wins. The Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson joined the fight for a Biden/Harris administration with a powerful ad.

The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, and Joe Biden are appealing to the love of the American people.

The Black Eyed Peas with Jennifer Hudson reworked the lyrics to the groups mega hit “Where Is The Love” to appeal to the American voters. The video starts with Joe Biden quoting the late civil rights activist Ella Baker saying, “Give people light and they will find the way.”

Biden’s ad is a final push to appeal to the American voters’ compassion and love. Images of protesters fighting against police brutality and white supremacy stand alongside the white supremacists marching with torches. The stark realities of two Americas is shocking as people from all walks of life hold up hearts with their hands to appeal to voters.

The ad is resonating with voters who are desperate for a hopeful message from the White House.

Fear and hate have dominated the past four years. Marginalized communities have lost rights and progress under the Trump administration. The administration has apologized for white supremacists while underplaying the danger it poses to the U.S. The FBI has named white supremacy the biggest domestic terror threat in the U.S. yet the Trump administration has done little to limit it. During the first presidential debate, President Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy and he was not able to do so.

For Biden, the election is a referendum on what kind of nation we want moving forward.

People are excited to see this collaboration. It is tugging at everyone’s heartstrings. Hate crimes have increased significantly under the Trump administration and police brutality has become more visible. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor highlighted the need to better train our police forces and change policing in the U.S. Americans took to the streets for months protesting the disproportionate share of local and state budgets allocated to police departments.

People are focusing on the issues on the ballot.

The Democratic Party is highlighting the issues represented on the ballot this election. From immigration to healthcare to democracy, the argument from the Democratic Party is that this election is the most consequential election of our lifetime. Furthermore, the Democratic Party and the Biden/Harris campaign argue that the soul and spirit of our nation are on the ballot.

Don’t forget to vote on Nov. 3 or send in your mail-in ballot in time to make sure that your vote and voice are heard.

READ: Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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IWillVote.com Makes It Easier Than Ever to Iron Out All the Details of Your Voting Plan

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IWillVote.com Makes It Easier Than Ever to Iron Out All the Details of Your Voting Plan

Photo by Adam Schultz / Biden for President

It goes without saying that the upcoming election is poised to be the most important election of our time. America’s economy is struggling under Trump’s disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Latinos have been on the frontlines as essential workers and have taken the brunt of the pandemic’s negative economic impact. And Americans are more polarized and divided than ever. It’s time to come together. It’s time for a change.

The good news is, we the people have the power to make that change. The general election is on November 3rd and your vote is your voice. If you feel overwhelmed or confused by the voting process, know that there is nothing to fear. The Democratic National Committee has created a website called IWillVote.com that simplifies and streamlines the voting process–no matter where you live, no matter what your voting method of choice is. 

IWillVote.com makes it so it’s never been an easier or more convenient time to make your voice heard. It has tons of useful features that can break down the voting process so anyone can do it. The website covers everything from early to day-of voting, from mail-in ballots to in-person options. And if you prefer to find out information in Spanish, the DNC has a Spanish-language website called VoyAVotar.com. So, all your bases are covered.

IWillVote.com has all the features you need to help you create your perfect voting plan for you. Not sure if you’re registered? IWillVote.com will know–and help you figure it out if you aren’t! Want an absentee ballot? You can request one through IWillVote.com. Wondering where to vote in-person? IWillVote.com keeps its information constantly updated accurately so you can find out where your nearest polling place is. 

IWillVote.com takes all of the confusion out of the voting process so you can focus on helping move our country forward instead of getting bogged down by the logistical details of election day. Not to mention, the website has state-specific pages that break down deadlines and requirements depending on where you live. 

Latinos are now the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. We can’t let our community be left behind by failing to make our voice heard. We get to decide the future–all we have to do is vote it into existence. Once you decide your voting plan, make sure to help your friends and family make one too, because every vote matters. And with so much at stake, we can’t afford to sit this one out. The future is on the ballot. 

Go to IWillVote.com and text VOTE to 30330 to learn what choices you have to vote in your community and get information on where and when to vote.

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