Biden discusses multiple aneurysms and son Beau's death at a bus stop in Virginia

Biden discusses multiple aneurysms and son Beau’s death at a bus stop in Virginia

President Joe Biden discussed his multiple aneurysms and son Beau’s death from cancer during a trip to Virginia Thursday when he spoke about healthcare costs.

“I had significant hospital experience,” Biden told an audience at Hermann Community College in Culpeper, Virginia.

The President pointed to his late son Beau, who was Attorney General of Delaware and was deployed to Iraq.

“You know, he came back with glioblastoma and died,” Biden said of his eldest son’s death from cancer in 2015.

Biden then spoke about his own hospitalization experience.

“But you know what – the fact is that – I was hospitalized a long time ago, a couple of years ago, cranial aneurysms, I was hospitalized a long time ago,” the president said.

It was a couple of years ago, in 1988, when he had surgery in February and May to remove aneurysms on both sides of his brain.

President Joe Biden spoke about the price cuts for prescription drugs at Germanna Community College in Culpeper, Virginia on Thursday.

President Joe Biden spoke about the price cuts for prescription drugs at Germanna Community College in Culpeper, Virginia on Thursday.

President Joe Biden (right) hugs Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger (left) as he arrives in Culpeper, Virginia, Thursday.

President Joe Biden (right) hugs Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger (left) as he arrives in Culpeper, Virginia, Thursday.

President Joe Biden (right) admired the opening remarks of 12-year-old Joshua Davis (left), calling the young man

President Joe Biden (right) admired the opening remarks of 12-year-old Joshua Davis (left), calling the young man “Mr. Joshua.” President” when he concluded

President Joe Biden speaks Thursday at Germanna Community College.

President Joe Biden speaks Thursday at Germanna Community College.

President Joe Biden (left) shakes hands with 12-year-old Joshua Davis (center), followed by his mother Shannon Davis (right)

President Joe Biden (left) shakes hands with 12-year-old Joshua Davis (center), followed by his mother Shannon Davis (right)

Then Vice President Joe Biden (right) with his son Beau Biden (left) in Baghdad in 2009.

Then Vice President Joe Biden (right) with his son Beau Biden (left) in Baghdad in 2009.

Biden’s more important point was that surprise billing disappeared, taking credit for the accomplishment.

“My administration has banned surprise billing,” he said.

Former President Donald Trump signed into law a bill banning surprise billing during his term, though in September the Biden administration released a rule dealing with one of the more controversial provisions.

Biden was in Virginia to say he’s still pushing for prescription drug price cuts, one of the provisions of the “Rebuild Back Better” bill.

Biden remained hopeful that he could pass the $1.75 trillion Rebuild Back Better package, despite Senator Joe Manchin, a member of the president’s own party, recently calling the bill “dead.”

“And we’re close,” Biden told the crowd in Virginia.

The President paid tribute to Rep. Abigail Spanberger, whose area he visited, for helping to get the Build Back Better initiative through the House of Representatives.

That vote was repeated in November, and a few weeks later the package hit a roadblock the size of Manchin in the Senate.

Biden praised Spanberger’s “enthusiasm” in helping get the package passed.

“So I can drag you into the Senate to spend some time,” Biden told the Virginia lawmaker.

More broadly, Biden has insisted that some of the provisions contained in the Make Better Than It Was bill are easy prey for Democrats in Congress, who are expected to have a hard time in the interim.

“Reducing the cost of prescription drugs is easy for us, it can be done legally with the stroke of a pen,” the president said.

The President’s speech came on the same day that the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that inflation had hit a 40-year high.

One of the reasons Manchin said we were against the BBB vote was because he was worried about inflation.

On Thursday, Manchin released a statement saying that “the threat of inflation is real” and that “the administration should exercise caution before adding fuel to an already burning economy.”

“Look, again a slight digression, inflation has grown. It’s up,” Biden acknowledged during his speech, adding that it “makes a difference,” recalling his own family’s meager financial resources.

Prices have risen for the sixth month in a row, meaning that since August 2021, Americans have consistently had to pay more for everyday life.

Prices have risen for the sixth month in a row, meaning that since August 2021, Americans have consistently had to pay more for everyday life.

Biden discusses multiple aneurysms and son Beau's death at a bus stop in Virginia Biden discusses multiple aneurysms and son Beau's death at a bus stop in Virginia

The Labor Department announced Thursday that inflation hit a 40-year high of 7.5 percent, a figure not seen since the Carter administration.

“But the point is, if we can do what I’m talking about here, it will bring down the costs for average families,” he continued.

“Look, the thing is, we are in a situation right now where you have to be calm,” Biden added.

Biden mentioned food and gas prices and said he was working “like the devil” to bring down gas prices as well as food prices.

‘I understand. But these are essentials,” he said. “We are working to bring prices down where they don’t quite match what families actually have to pay now. You still have to pay for child care. … You still have to pay for prescription drugs. You still have to pay for the treatment.”

“You want to lower the cost of living for people, help them in these areas,” he argued.

Biden was greeted by protesters slamming “open borders” and holding “Let’s Go Brandon” signs as he arrived in Culpeper.

Biden traveled for an hour and a half outside Washington, D.C. to support the endangered Democrat Spanberger, despite his own lackluster polls.

A new CNN poll on Thursdays in January and February found 58% disapproving of Biden’s performance, with 56% of that group having nothing positive to say about the Democratic leader.

This sentiment was expressed in a jumbled package of messages that greeted the president upon his arrival.

“Get your dirty hands off my health care,” one sign read. “Build a crack better,” said another.

A bearded man held a sign that read, “We won’t forget what you stole: jobs, freedoms, history, elections, our future.”

The child was holding a sign that said “Don’t sniff me” and the woman next to her was holding a sign that said “Biden sucks.”

A young girl holds a

A young girl holds a “Don’t Smell Me” sign as President Joe Biden drives Thursday on his way to a community college to talk about prescription drug prices.

A man holds a

A man holds a “Build Better” sign as President Joe Biden’s motorcade passes on its way to Thursday’s event in Culpeper, Virginia, a city about an hour and a half from Washington, DC.

President Joe Biden boards the Beast at Culpeper Regional Airport on Thursday.

President Joe Biden boards the Beast at Culpeper Regional Airport on Thursday.

Upon arrival at Hermann Community College, the White House program began with brief remarks by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, whom Biden praised as he took the microphone after the Washington Post reported that White House staff wanted Becerra to leave.

“I also want to thank the Minister of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, for two things: firstly, for answering my call when I asked him to come and be the secretary. I was afraid he wouldn’t do it,” Biden said, laughing.

“And how much it has helped us make significant progress in vaccinating people, getting health insurance and providing more affordable healthcare,” the president said.

Biden also admired the oratory skills of 12-year-old Joshua Davis, a type 1 diabetic who would benefit from provisions in the President’s “Restore Better” package capping insulin prices.

“Thank you, Mr. President,” Biden told the boy. “At 12 years old, I could do it no more than fly,” the president added, mentioning that he was a stutterer, giving the impression of how he spoke before.

Davis talked about the need for 10 to 12 shots of insulin a day.

“I have to be careful with my insulin bottles because they can break very easily. And well, I’m a 12-year-old boy,” Davis said to the laughter of the crowd.

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