President Biden tours, speaks at The James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State
President Joe Biden came to Columbus Tuesday to showcase health insurance cost cuts on the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) becoming law.
Biden spoke at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Tameka Hairston, Manager of Case Management and Social Work at Wexner Medical Center, also spoke at the hospital.
Prior to speaking, Biden toured the hospital's radiology floor.
The hospital received a $100 million ACA grant after President Barack Obama signed the bill into law in 2010. The grant led to updates in the radiation oncology department and roughly quadrupled the number of patients treated daily, many of whom came from remote rural communities and other underprivileged groups, according to information provided by White House.
During the tour, Biden said he hopes new tumor scanning technology can be used to find and cure cancers in military members.
While speaking, Biden promoted the passage of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package. The stop in Central Ohio was part of the Biden administration's "Help is Here" tour across the country.
The latest COVID-19 relief law increases the ACA's subsidies for premiums to address long-standing problems of affordability, particularly for people with solid middle-class incomes.
"It's ensuring that a family will not have to pay more than 8.5% of their income toward premiums because it expands subsidies," White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield told ABC 6/FOX 28.
Biden said the American Rescue Plan and ACA allow millions of American families to sleep more soundly at night because they won't have to worry about losing everything if they get sick.
“Four out of five Americans shopping on the Obamacare marketplace will find one for $10 or less per month," Biden said. "Especially important in communities that have historically found insurance at higher rates that have borne the brunt of the COVID crisis.”
Biden said last week, the nation met his goal of administering 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.
"We’re going to keep building until every American has that peace of mind. We’re not done yet," Biden said.
He is now setting a new goal to get more people vaccinated.
The president said American's still need to do their part in the fight against COVID-19 by washing their hands, wearing masks, and social distancing.
He said it is everyone's patriotic duty to get their vaccine when it is their turn.
“If we all do our part, after a long dark year, we can show once again we are the *United* States of America," Biden said. "We’re gonna beat this pandemic. We’re gonna beat cancer as we know it, as well.”
Biden wrapped up his visit by thanking the doctors at The James, saying some of the best doctors in the world are at Ohio State and in Ohio. He thanked doctors locally and across the nation who "break their necks for us every day, we owe them."
The new chairman of Ohio's Republican Party issued a statement critical of the president's visit.
"There is a crisis at our Southern border—today is not the day for a PR tour to spike the football on a $1.9 trillion “relief” bill that does next to nothing to combat COVID-19," Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Paduchik said.
While Biden toured the hospital and spoke, a small group of Pro-Trump supporters gathered on Ohio State's campus.
About 20 protesters were gathered outside with flags supporting former President Donald Trump, including one that said "Biden is not president."