November 28, 2020

Mr President, I look forward to speaking with you: Joe Biden tells supporters nothings going to stop us – Sky News

President-elect Joe Biden has said Donald Trump’s refusal to concede is an “embarrassment”, and told his supporters: “Nothing’s going to stop us.”

Asked if he had a message for Donald Trump, Mr Biden said: “Mr President, I look forward to speaking with you.”

He added: “I think it’s an embarrassment, the only thing… how can I say this tactfully… I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”

He said “nothing is going to stop” his administration moving forward and assuming power on 20 January 2021, despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the race for the White House.

Mr Biden said that his transition is “well under way” and that he is reviewing potential Cabinet picks and other positions.

He referenced telephone calls with six world leaders, including Boris Johnson, saying the response had been “very fulsome and energetic”.

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‘Joe Biden won the election decisively’

“I’m confident we will be able to put America back in a place of respect it had before,” he added.

Trump has reportedly blocked his Democratic rival from receiving the intelligence briefings traditionally shared with incoming presidents

But Mr Biden downplayed the impact of the Republican resistance, which he said “does not change the dynamic at all in what we’re able to do.”

In the major speech Mr Biden set out his ambitions for US healthcare, saying the Affordable Care Act is a “matter of life and death”, and reiterating his commitment to protecting the legislation.

Mr Biden was joined by vice president-elect Kamala Harris for the talk in Wilmington, Delaware on the Trump administration’s lawsuit to overturn the act, and his plan to expand access to quality, affordable health care.

She said Biden “won the election decisively,” and that “every vote for Joe Biden was a statement that health care in America should be a right, not a privilege.”

Mr Biden said the Trump Administration’s efforts to repeal the 10-year-old law, popularly known as “Obamacare” would “rip” healthcare away “in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century”, leaving millions of people with pre-existing conditions without coverage.

Nevertheless he promised a “dramatic expansion” of healthcare provision and said his team is “fleshing out the details” on a plan to provide universal and cheaper care “as soon as humanly possible.”

“I will protect your healthcare like I protect my own kids, my own family,” he said.

Earlier, the Supreme Court indicated it was likely to leave in place the bulk of the act, including key protections for pre-existing health conditions and subsidised insurance premiums that affect tens of millions of Americans.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, appeared in two hours of arguments to be unwilling to strike down the entire law – a long-held Republican goal that has repeatedly failed in Congress and the courts.

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A week after the 2020 election, the justices heard arguments by telephone in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in the court’s third major case over the act.

Republican attorneys general in 18 states and the administration want the whole law to be struck down.

The case represents the latest Republican legal attack on the 2010 law, which was the signature domestic policy achievement of Democratic former President Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as vice president.

The Supreme Court fended off legal challenges to it in 2012 and 2015.

It has a 6-3 conservative majority after the Republican-led Senate last month confirmed Mr Trump’s third appointee, Amy Coney Barrett.