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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are focusing on health care as a key issue ahead of the November election as they visit North Carolina. The trip highlights the Democratic ticket’s vision for health care and reproductive rights as they face off against Republicans, specifically targeting former President Donald Trump. The visit comes as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on access to abortion medication, setting the stage for a potential decision that could impact abortion rights.

Biden’s advisers believe the North Carolina visit will showcase a contrast between the Democratic and Republican approaches to health care. Campaign officials have been critical of Trump’s threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act and have highlighted the Republican Study Committee’s proposed budget cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. The Biden administration aims to expand access to health care, lower prescription drug costs, and defend reproductive rights, while criticizing Republican efforts to gut health care and reproductive freedoms.

As Biden makes his final stop in a battleground state on his post-State of the Union tour, North Carolina is seen as a crucial piece of his path to reelection. The trip follows visits to several other swing states, emphasizing the importance of Southern states like North Carolina and Georgia in the upcoming election. Biden’s campaign is hopeful that their focus on health care and reproductive rights will resonate with voters in the state.

The proposed budget from the Republican Study Committee includes significant changes and cuts to health care programs, such as ending federal subsidies for middle- and higher-income Americans, eliminating protections for individuals with preexisting conditions, and making changes to Medicaid programs. In contrast, Biden and Harris will highlight the success of the Affordable Care Act and discuss efforts to expand access to health care and lower prescription drug costs.

Biden’s efforts to expand health care coverage and reduce drug prices have been a central focus of his administration. With a record number of people signing up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchanges and enhanced federal premium subsidies attracting more consumers, Biden has touted his achievements in health care. The administration is also advocating for the expansion of Medicaid in more states to provide coverage to low-income adults.

North Carolina recently expanded health insurance coverage to over 400,000 residents through the Affordable Care Act, becoming the 40th state to do so. This expansion, championed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, highlights the impact of the Affordable Care Act in providing coverage to more individuals. The Biden administration is working to persuade remaining states, particularly those with high uninsured rates like Texas, Georgia, and Florida, to expand Medicaid to close the coverage gap for many Americans.

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