President-elect Joe Biden proved to be a candidate for the American people, while Trump... not so much. The likelihood of both administrations being similar are slim to none.
It's no secret President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are vastly different.
They're like night and day. Hot and cold. Sweet and sour.
I could go on. The analogies are endless.
Since the beginning of his campaign, President-elect Joe Biden proved to be a candidate for the American people, while Trump... ehhhh, not so much. If anything, our country is extremely divided thanks to the current president in office. So the likelihood of both administrations being similar are slim to none.
In fact, a Biden administration will vastly differ from Trump's in every way possible. Let's examine some of the ways Biden's administration will exceed Trump's, shall we?
Unless you've been residing under a rock for the past eight months, you've witnessed a front row seat to the current president's mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since day one, President Trump has not been the leader this country needs in order to tackle a global health crisis. In early February, Trump already knew how dangerous the Coronavirus pandemic was, but continued downplaying it.
He continued to host large rallies and events, belittled the significance of wearing masks, neglected social distance precautionary measures and urged states to reopen businesses despite an ongoing spike in cases.
Under a Biden administration, things would look extremely different. Throughout all his debates and town hall gatherings, Joe Biden continuously explained his plan to get the virus under control and restore our nation back to some semblance of normalcy. On the Biden and Harris campaign website, the administration lays out a seven plan proposal to tackle COVID-19.
Some key points in the proposal are:
- Ensuring all Americans have access to regular, reliable, and free testing
- Provide more PPE for medical workers
- Evidence-based national guidance for how communities should navigate the pandemic, including reopening plans for schools and businesses
- Effective, equitable distribution of treatments and vaccines
- Implement mask mandates
Considering Biden was apart of the Obama administration and worked closely with former President Barack Obama to create the Affordable Care Act, it's no surprise the President-elect supports the ACA 100%. Thanks to Obama and Biden, more than 20 million Americans have affordable health insurance under the ACA.
Many Americans no longer have to worry about being denied coverage by an insurance company, or paying higher premiums simply because they have a pre-existing condition – such as cancer or diabetes or mental health problem. Also under the ACA, insurance companies can no longer set annual or lifetime limits on coverage.
However, the ACA has experienced multiple attacks over the past ten years, with Republicans relentlessly trying to chip away at it. And having Trump as president hasn't made the issue better. In fact, Trump continuously tried to sabotage the ACA ever since he arrogantly waltzed through the double doors of the White House.
Under a Biden administration, the President-elect will work hard to protect the ACA and the numerous Americans currently insured under it. In addition to protecting the ACA, Biden plans to expand it as well.
Once in office, Biden plans to provide Americans with an alternative public health insurance option similar to Medicare. Similar to Medicare, the Biden public option will reduce costs for patients by negotiating lower prices from hospitals and other health care providers, according to the Biden-Harris campaign website.
Biden also plans to provide coverage to low-income families, by offering premium-free access to the public option for the 4.9 million individuals who would be eligible for Medicaid. States that have already expanded Medicaid will have the choice of moving the expansion population to the premium-free public option as long as the states continue to pay their current share of the cost of covering those individuals.
According to the Biden-Harris campaign website, "states that have already expanded Medicaid will have the choice of moving the expansion population to the premium-free public option as long as the states continue to pay their current share of the cost of covering those individuals."
For individuals making 138% of the federal poverty level, Biden will ensure all those individuals get covered.
Rebuilding the economy
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the unemployment rate is higher than ever. However, our country's economy was already in trouble. It's no secret the Trump Administration prided itself on rewarding wealth over work and corporations over working families.
Although Trump alludes to providing Americans with more job opportunities than ever, the numbers speak for themselves. Under a Biden-Harris administration, the President and Vice President-elect plan to rebuild the economy stronger than ever. They plan to create millions of good-paying jobs and provide the necessary tools and resources to build America back better.
Biden also plans to implement these tactics on Day One, by providing further immediate relief to working families, small businesses, and communities.
For four years, the Trump Administration has continuously referred to climate change as an "expensive hoax."
According to Trump: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," " target="_blank">according to a tweet he sent out in 2012.
Well there you have it, folks. Once again, it's China's fault.
President-elect Joe Biden understands the severity of global warming and is dedicated to addressing it throughout his term in office. Unlike Trump, Biden supports the New Green Deal and understands it's importance for meeting the climate challenges we face. Under a Biden Administration, Biden's goal is to achieve a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050.
Biden will also recommit the United States to The Paris Agreement, to which the Trump Administration formally withdrew from early last week. In addition, "Biden will make smart infrastructure investments to rebuild the nation and to ensure that our buildings, water, transportation, and energy infrastructure can withstand the impacts of climate change," according to Biden and Harris' campaign website.
What has become Trump's most controversial political stance will be the polar opposite for Biden. Since the beginning of his presidency, Trump has enacted inhumane family separation policies on migrant families who desperately seek safety and a better life. When children are snatched from the embrace of their parents and placed in detention centers resembling cages, that is not only immoral, but an embarrassment to the fabric of our nation.
First and foremost, it's important to understand that the majority of U.S detention centers are located in correctional facilities, which are either operated by the federal government, the state, or a third-party private company. Envision whatever a county jail or prison looks like, and that's essentially what an immigration detention center looks like.
Now imagine placing a helpless child there.
The detention centers are not synonymous to the fantastical "summer camp" environment the Trump Administration would have you believe they are. For the most part, the care an immigrant detainee receives in a U.S detention center is very similar to what a non-immigrant detainee in that same jail would receive. Then again, the standard of care depends on the standard of the detention center.
Under a Biden Administration, that all stops.
Beginning on Day One, Biden plans to reverse Trump's immigration policies by reasserting America's commitment to asylum-seekers and refugees, and modernize America's immigration system. He also plans to implement effective border screening as well as tackle the root causes of irregular migration.