27 Jul

Joe Biden: This isn’t over until 2018.


American Possibilities

Lawmakers who were elected to stand up and fight for their constituents voted for a plan that will be disastrous for them.

A final bill that looks anything like Republicans’ proposals so far would leave millions of Americans uninsured.

This was a vote to hurt people, plain and simple. All to score political points. It’s wrong. It’s shameful.

We simply cannot let up. It’s more clear now than ever that the Republican leadership doesn’t understand the day-to-day lives of working people. Chip in and let’s elect people who do.

Here are the facts:

The latest version of the bill that the Republican leadership has cobbled together takes a blow torch to the most important preventive care and treatment currently covered by health insurance for those grappling with opioid addiction — a crisis that’s currently ripping the heart out of our country. It would slash Medicaid, which covers 64 percent of nursing home residents — around seven in 10 of whom are women. And it eviscerates the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Medicaid expansion that provides millions of Americans with access to affordable health care.

The Republican leadership still wants to drag us back to a time — not all that long ago — when Americans could be denied basic health care because they couldn’t afford it. And they’re not particularly concerned with what will happen next.

That’s really where we are today. It’s enough to make your blood boil.

I believe that view of America is cynical and flat-out wrong. If you agree, then chip in what you can to help me fight back at every step of the way these next 15 months.

If the Republican leadership actually understood working Americans, they’d know that these are the sorts of thoughts that keep folks up at night:

Can I pay for this treatment? What happens if she gets cancer? How will I feed my family and afford the care?

That’s why, when the ACA became law and health coverage was extended to millions more people, it was about something so much bigger than a partisan political victory. It meant we had finally decided, as a nation, that health care was a right for all and not a privilege for the few.

Republican leaders in Congress believe the opposite. And if they take that peace of mind away, they’ll have to look tens of millions of Americans in the eye and explain to them they have to start worrying again.

We’ve got to keep the pressure on through these next 15 months and beyond. Chip in what you can for American Possibilities and join me today:

If Republican leadership really wants what they say they want — to improve the ACA — then let’s first come to an agreement that everyone should have health coverage. Then, based on that premise, let’s have a debate about how best to improve care and reduce costs.

Let’s again make the commitment that in America, health care is a right for all, not a privilege for the wealthy.

I’m honored to continue fighting alongside you.


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27 Jul

What people are saying

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Jeff Bleich for Lieutenant Governor 2018 FPPC # 1396288

The Lt. Governor serves every single person and every community in California, and that means understanding our challenges in a personal way. Over the past three weeks, I’ve been on a journey all across this state, and talking candidly with people who are fighting through some of the toughest problems that face California. It’s made me wiser, more optimistic, and inspired a few new things I’ll be doing.


Whether they were students at Cal State San Bernardino, firefighters in Los Angeles, education leaders in Fresno, small business owners in Mendocino, tech workers, union members, environmentalists, farmers, activists, trauma workers, or people looking for work—they’ve all felt the impact of our changing economy.

They are uncertain about their job skills, worried about how they’ll ever afford a home, anxious about what to do about family members and friends lost to addiction, and concerned that whatever is driving their challenges keeps accelerating. But no one was complaining—the conversations were thoughtful, realistic, and focused on solutions. In fact, these have been some of the most inspiring days I can ever recall.

This is what my campaign is about. Californians don’t ignore or run away from problems. We confront them and we deal with them. Not a single person I’ve met is giving up. If anything, they are fired up. People on the frontlines are frustrated with being overlooked; they are fed up with the usual politics of kicking our most pressing problems down the road; and they are ready to take action.


To a person, these Californians brought energy, optimism, ideas, and talent—and they are ready to solve problems together. I learned of smart ways to reduce housing costs and encourage building, programs that would reduce the cost of mental health care and yield better results, innovative ways to educate people in skills that we know automation won’t eliminate, and reforms to make government more responsive. 

As Lt. Governor, I’ll have the chance to draw upon all of this wisdom and drive good policies through our economic development commission, our community colleges and universities, our emergency management commission, and our coastal and lands commissions. There is no shortage of ways to ensure people’s skills keep pace with the changing job market, to build better neighborhoods, and to bring people together with solutions for mental health and addiction epidemics rather than relying on prisons or treatment centers that don’t work.

This is my latest idea: These travels have made me prouder than ever to be a Californian. It’s an experience that I’d like to share. So I’m going to start taking people along with me as we keep visiting with people throughout the state. From the deserts to the coast, from rural areas to metro centers, to farmlands and mountains, we aren’t as divided as we think (or as we pretend to be on Facebook). I look forward to seeing more of you soon—and bringing along company.

Thousands of Californians are already part of our campaign because of our outreach and nearly a thousand have already contributed. If you can, join us in making a contribution now at California’s a big state and I look forward to seeing it and sharing it.





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