Vice President Joe Biden claims the U.S. has turned a corner and "will not go back" to the old, broken healthcare system.
"We will not go back to the days before the Affordable Care Act when preexisting conditions were a barrier to coverage. We will not go back to the days when women could pay as much as 150% more than a man for coverage," said the Vice President.
Headlining a healthcare summit in Washington, Biden chided congressional Republicans for their repeated attempts to repeal or hinder the healthcare reform law. He called quality, affordable healthcare a "right, not a privilege."
"It got off to a rocky start, but enrollment is up. 2.2 million Americans have selected private plans in health insurance marketplaces and I think you're going to see with the release of figures at the end of the month that it's much higher than that," Biden said.
The Vice President added that explosive healthcare bills represent the single greatest cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. and he noted that everyone was paying for a broken system where millions of uninsured Americans were forced to visit hospital emergency rooms for basic healthcare.