In the debate over health care costs, we often use the average Joe as an example of how necessary laws like the Affordable Care Act are. But in this case, it’s another Joe—the Vice President of the United States of America—who shows us just how ridiculously expensive and inaccessible health care can be.
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In an interview this week, Biden talks about his love for his friend Obama. But this isn’t just a story about friendship. The VP shows us just how badly we need to keep the ACA when he shares how Obama supported him while his son was dying of cancer.
The Washington Post reports:
In the interview with CNN, the vice president said he had told Obama over one of their regular private lunches that if his son Beau were forced to step down his position as Delaware's attorney general and lose his income because of the brain cancer that ultimately killed him, the vice president and his wife Jill would have to sell their home to pay for Beau's medical expenses.
He said Obama told him not to do that.
"He said ‘I’ll give you the money. Whatever you need, I’ll give you the money. Don’t, Joe. Promise me. Promise me,'” Biden told CNN.
Holy hell. If the second most powerful man in the country would have to sell their home to afford cancer treatment, imagine what most Americans would have to do. It’s sad how even having the option to sell his home is considered a privilege here that millions will never have.