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Biden v. Trump

This year, as the country faces a pandemic, soaring unemployment, and a reckoning with the systemic racism that permeates American society, we decide who will lead the country through the challenges ahead — and use the powers of the presidency to keep people safe, put the public interest first, and fight to expand access to health care.

The choice is clear. Read the facts to see for yourself.

Abortion Access

 

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Joe Biden

As president, Biden would defend safe, legal access to abortion by establishing nationwide protections for abortion that would stand even if Roe v. Wade were overturned by the Supreme Court. 

Biden has advocated for ending the Hyde Amendment — a federal a federal restriction that, by blocking the use of federal health-coverage programs to pay for abortion, compounds the structural racism and economic disparities that make Black people and other people of color disproportionately reliant on Medicaid for access to care.

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Donald Trump

As a candidate, Trump promised to appoint federal judges who would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that affirms safe, legal to abortion.

Trump has since appointed more than 200 judges to the federal judiciary — many of whom have records of hostility to reproductive rights.

Donald Trump is the first sitting president in U.S. history to speak at the anti-abortion “March for Life.” 

 

Birth Control

 

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Joe Biden

Biden has pledged to repeal the Trump administration’s dangerous gag rule on Title X, the federal program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. The gag rule has left millions of patients without access to full information about their care, and put their health in jeopardy.

Biden says he will defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s requirement that insurers cover birth control without a copay — which has benefited more than 62 million women, including 17 million Latinas and 15 million Black women.

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Donald Trump

The Trump administration wants to allow employers and universities to refuse to cover birth control on the basis of “moral” objections.

Trump has stacked his administration and the federal judiciary with appointees who have records of opposing birth control access — such as Judge Sarah Pitlyk, who characterized employer-provided insurance for contraception in a legal brief as “encouraging someone else to commit a wrongful act” and a “grave moral wrong.”

 

Health Care

 

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Joe Biden

Biden fought alongside President Obama to pass the ACA, which provided health care coverage for 20 million previously uninsured Americans.

Biden aims to implement federal policies to reduce racial disparities, including in maternal health, inspired by similar successful programs such as one in California that dramatically reduced Black maternal mortality in the state.

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Donald Trump

Trump and his allies in Congress tried and failed to repeal the ACA — and doubled down on their efforts to “terminate health care under Obamacare” even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the country, threatening health coverage for millions of Americans.

Trump has fought to make Medicaid harder to access — encouraging states to impose work requirements that only serve to kick thousands of people off their health coverage.

The Trump administration has repeatedly attacked communities that already face disproportionate barriers to getting the health care they need. With the help of his administration, Trump has censored reports, revised websites, and issued regulations to erase the health care needs of communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, women, immigrants, and undocumented people.

 

Planned Parenthood

 

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Joe Biden

Biden has promised to protect patients who rely on federal health care programs by stopping efforts to “defund” Planned Parenthood.

Biden understands that Planned Parenthood plays a crucial role in the nation’s health care system — applauding its health centers for providing care to patients who often experience barriers to care.

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Donald Trump

Trump’s unethical "gag rule" on Title X, the federal program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care, banned health care providers from telling people how they can safely and legally access abortion. The rule forced Planned Parenthood health centers and numerous other providers out of the Title X program — leaving many patients cut off from access to free or low-cost birth control, STI screenings and treatment, and other basic care.

The Trump administration approved federal funding for a Texas Medicaid program that blocks patients from getting preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers and other abortion providers, even in the face of evidence that the program had resulted in 30,000 to 45,000 Texas women losing access to care.

 

COVID-19

 

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Joe Biden

Biden’s pandemic response plan calls for no-cost testing, equitable access to care, vaccine development, and increasing the capacity of the country's health care system.

The Obama-Biden administration instituted multiple safeguards — like the White House health-security office, a national pandemic response plan, a Centers for Disease Control field staff in China — to help the U.S. detect and stop pathogens that could lead to a pandemic.

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Donald Trump

Trump disbanded or defunded the safeguards set up by the Obama-Biden administration, and his refusal to take the threat seriously and rejection of scientific guidance hindered efforts to protect Americans from danger. More than 100,000 have died, and the health, safety, and economic security of the American people are at risk.

Key State Races

Learn about the biggest opportunities in 2020 to take back our power — and about what’s at stake in these battlegrounds for our rights, our bodies, and our health care.