Believe it or not – one of Joseph R. Biden’s immediate priorities during the first 100 days in office would be to rebuild America and undo a number of things done by his predecessor Donald Trump, particularly during the last few days in office.
The writing on the wall is clear as within his first few hours as president, Joe Biden rolled back a number of Donald Trump’s policy initiatives on climate change and coronavirus.
As Biden himself spelt out while announcing his candidature for President of the United States on April 25, 2019, “I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time.”
“But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation — who we are — and I cannot stand by and watch that happen” Biden added.
- REBUILD AMERICA:
As Biden himself said, “We are in the battle for the soul of this nation.”
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony as the 46th President of United States, Biden said, “We will press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and possibility. Much to repair. Much to restore. Much to heal. Much to build. And much to gain. Few periods in our nation’s history have been more challenging or difficult than the one we’re in now.”
One of Biden’s priorities would be to restore America’s standing in the world, strengthen the U.S. national security workforce, rebuild democratic alliances across the globe, championing America’s values and human rights, and equip the American middle class to succeed in a global economy at a time of extraordinary crisis.
It is amply clear that one of Biden’s foremost priorities would be contain the damage done by the pandemic, which has killed more than 400,000 Americans and erased nearly 10 million jobs.
“This Isn’t About Politics. It’s About Saving Lives.” Biden said on September 16, 2020
As the new President of USA Biden will have to provide immediate relief to the American families — who have been hardest hit by this virus. The Donald Trump administration had promised to get 20 million Americans vaccinated and 40 million doses out by the end of 2020. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this target hasn’t been reached.
President Biden’s biggest challenge would be to remove potential bottlenecks and persuade the American population to get vaccinated. According to public opinion surveys, at least one-quarter of Americans are hesitant to get themselves vaccinated. To make them change their mind, the government might need to launch a federal awareness campaign to push people to get vaccinated.
Biden has promised 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days and wants to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans — nearly the entire US population — by the end of summer or early fall.
As per the saying prevention is better than cure, Biden will be asking all Americans to wear masks – Trump rarely wore one and refused to recommend others to do so. Another big difference between the working style of the current and past president is that unlike Trump who didn’t take things seriously Biden has set up a scientific advisory board, and demands regular vaccination updates from his staff.
“We now have a national strategy to beat Covid-19. It’s comprehensive. It’s based on science, not politics. It’s based on truth, not denial, and it is detailed,” he said.
- Health Care
From rejoining the World Health Organization to lowering the eligibility for Medicare and insurance coverage for people aged 65 and older Biden has pretty much up his sleeve. President Biden’s immediate priority is to reduce the costs, and make the overall health care system less complex to navigate. President Biden’s immediate priority will be to stop “surprise billing” and extend the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to insure 97% Americans.
One of President Biden’s personal priorities would be to provide peace of mind to every American that comes with knowing they have access to affordable, quality health care.
The significance of this move can be judged from the fact that 44 million Americans are uninsured – they have no health insurance, while 38 million Americans – 43.4 percent adults aged between 19- 64 are inadequately insured. As a result, even for people with health insurance, find the medical system to be too expensive and an average of 18,314 Americans aged between 25 and 64 years die annually due to the lack of health insurance according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
- The American Middle Class
One of President Biden’s key result areas is to revitalize the American middle class and making it more racially inclusive.
As he himself said at a rally “This country wasn’t built by Wall Street bankers and CEOs and hedge fund managers. It was built by the American middle class.”
The Biden Administration is preparing to deal with climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before. As president, Biden’s plan is to ensure that the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050. Known to be a “climate change pioneer” Joe Biden introduced one of the first-ever climate bills in Congress in 1986. As Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, he organized several hearings on climate change. He masterminded the largest single investment in clean energy in U.S. history – the Recovery Act, as Vice President.
As President one of Biden’s top priorities would be to rejoin the international Paris climate accord which Donald Trump withdrew in 2017. President Biden would also like to undo the damage done to a number of environmental policies by the Donald Trump administration pertaining to energy-efficiency standards for cars and trucks and buildings to air quality standards designed to protect public health.
“A cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any clearer,” Biden said in his inaugural address.
- Racial Equity
Biden has already fulfilled key aspects of his campaign promise to reverse many of the Trump-era policies.
“I believe this nation and this government need to change their whole approach to the issue of racial equity,” Biden said.
“We need to open the promise of America to every American. And that means we need to make the issue of racial equity not just an issue for any one department of government. It has to be the business of the whole of government,” he added.
Some of the first few things President Joe Biden did as soon as he stepped into the Oval office included picking the most racially diverse Cabinet in US history, proposing a sweeping immigration overhaul, and reversing a Trump-era ban on transgender joining the military.
“I firmly believe the nation is ready to change but government has to change as well. We need to make equity and justice part of what we do every day, today, tomorrow and every day,” Biden said while signing four executive orders aimed at advancing racial equity.
As things stand one in ten Black workers and one in eleven Latino workers are unemployed.
- Housing for all
The Biden administration intends to promote fair housing in a country where the cost of buying a house is continuously slipping out of reach of millions of people. Every year about 4 million people face discrimination when they are try to purchase or rent homes, or while getting home loans and insurance for their houses or apartments.
As President Joe Biden will have to shore up the middle class, extend healthcare, raise taxes on the wealthy, and invest trillions of dollars in green energy infrastructure, among other issues. The President will also have to deal with the rising costs of battling the coronavirus pandemic, and the economic damage it has caused.
Already a number of U.S. households were struggling to make ends meet. The pandemic only made it worse. Nearly 20 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits, many children still cannot attend school regularly, and poverty is increasing.
- Jobs Creation
Nearly 10 million Americans have lost their jobs but have not been able to find new ones. One of Joe Biden’s immediate priorities is to connect workers to jobs. Biden plans to create 5 million new jobs through his “Buy American” plan. In this plan, the government would spend $400 billion to buy American products and services. An additional $300 billion would go toward research and development, including half for clean energy, aimed at creating jobs and securing U.S. industry leadership.
As president, Biden would like to ensure that the U.S. remains open and welcomes people from every part of the world. There are approximately 1.7 million undocumented immigrants from Asia in the U.S., as well as hundreds of thousands from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. Biden will immediately begin working with Congress to modernize a system, with a priority on keeping families together by providing a roadmap to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants.