Despite 41-year high inflation that many critics attribute in large part to vast spending from the Biden administration, President Joe Biden announced that he’ll ask Congress to fund $100 million for healthcare services for a hospital network that serves the Palestinian population.
During his visit to the Middle East, Biden visited the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem Friday morning, where he spoke of the essentials of life — first lady Jill Biden has visited the hospital twice before.
“Palestinians and Israelis deserve equal measure of freedom, security, prosperity and dignity and access to healthcare, when you need it, is essential to living a life of dignity for all of us,” the president said, according to the Daily Mail.
“The U.S. will continue to work with the Palestinian leadership and the government of Israel and all our international partners to ensure that East Jerusalem’s hospital network remains sustainable and available, and is able to provide high-quality care the Palestinian people deserve,” Biden added.
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Hospital Network Secretary General Dr. Fadi Atrash, who is also the Augusta Victoria Hospital CEO, said the president’s effort was “bringing hope to thousands of Palestinians.”
“We Palestinians are same like Americans,” Atrash said, according to the British newspaper. “We have our own dream that we want to achieve. And for this, we need hope, justice, freedom and support from friends like you in America and all over the world.”
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During the visit to the hospital, Biden not only brought up his son Beau, who died of brain cancer that the president attributes to his son’s service in Iraq, but also spoke of his first wife and daughter, who were killed in a 1972 automobile accident, while praising nurses.
“My wife and daughter were killed and my boys were trapped in a vehicle for three hours when a tractor-trailer hit them — the doctor saved their lives, but the nurses made them want to live,” he said.
He then commented on his own health issues with double aneurysms.
“I joked the reason they went in twice to take the top of my head off is they couldn’t find a brain the first time,” Biden said, before mentioning Beau.
“He should be the man talking to you as president, not me,” he told those gathered.
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Turning his attention to the the Palestinian healthcare system, the president announced the $100 million commitment.
“Working together, it is my prayer the United States will both relieve the hospital’s burden of debt, and support targeted infrastructure updates and key reforms in patient care, to ensure long-term financial stability,” he said.
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