As the 2020 presidential election draws nearer, Democratic debates, campaigns, and rallies have become ever more prevalent in American news and politics. One name that comes up frequently is that of Joe Biden. As one of the top candidates in the running, former Vice President Biden boasts a campaign that ensures prosperity and opportunity for all Americans.
At 76 years old, Biden has had many years of experience in politics. Graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in law in 1968, he went on to run for Senator in Delaware, becoming the fifth-youngest U.S. Senator in 1972. He won the next six elections and is one of the longest-serving Senators in America.
Biden, however, is most well known for serving as the Vice President to former President Barack Obama. He worked closely with Obama to develop policies such as the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) and the Clean Power Plan. He continues to emphasize environmentalism and public health equity as two of his primary campaign focuses. His plan for a cleaner, environmentally-friendly America includes the crucial goal of the Green New Deal of achieving 100% renewable energy usage by 2050. Furthermore, Biden hopes to push all first-world and major countries in implementing similar policies to ensure a healthier Earth for all its inhabitants, especially those that are of developing nations, low-income families, or communities with limited access to healthcare.
Biden believes that healthcare access is another particularly pressing matter, and has focused on expanding Medicaid to lower-income communities. By providing Americans with a choice of health insurance plan similar to Medicare, Biden aspires to improve the quality and lower the cost of healthcare. Pre-existing conditions and mental health issues would be protected under Biden’s healthcare plans.
Beyond climate change and healthcare, Biden is dedicated to improving the lives of the middle and lower class and prevent large corporations from exploiting workers. Among his propositions include increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour and allowing laborers increased rights in wage bargaining and the ability to form unions. Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations would be repealed, and international trade relations would be tailored to allow all Americans competitive work circumstances.
Teachers and people of the education field especially are a focus of wage and resource progress, as Biden believes the educators of the future are not receiving full compensation for their dedication and hard work. Biden outlines in his plans for education that teachers will receive increased resources and funding for students, especially in low-income school districts, as well as competitive income and opportunities for themselves. The number of health and social workers in schools would expand to attend to the growing rate of students struggling with mental health problems who cannot receive proper care. There would also be a rise in funding towards infrastructure and overall school hygiene and safety, as many schools across the nation are unstable and unsanitary, depriving students and teachers of an adequate learning environment. Vice President Biden has expressed much sentiment towards advancing America’s education system to ensure that all students and teachers can find a prosperous path beyond school.
Joe Biden, a frontrunner of the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates, is committed to formulating policies that serve the American people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or religion. His campaign hones in on issues of equity in the workforce, the education system, and healthcare, especially among communities of color and lower income. Biden’s political journey has extended far longer than these past two years, complete with successes and struggles alike. Personal adversities early on in his political career, including the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter in 1972, were a speed bump in the road that fostered his passion to better not only the healthcare system but the lives of all Americans. As he and 18 other Democrats campaign for the Presidency, make sure to tune into the news and stay updated on the policies America may see in the coming years.
By Jessica Jiang