May 28, 2022

Biden leaves behind ‘Build Back Better’ for new plans in SOTU speech

President Joe Biden abandoned talk of his signature Build Back Better plan during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, instead presenting a new plan to unite the nation.

The change was noted ahead of the speech in an op-ed by Katie Pavlich for Townhall.

“President Biden is laying out a vision to transform how mental health is understood, perceived, accessed, treated, and integrated – in and out of health care settings. The American Rescue Plan laid the groundwork, providing critical investments to expand access to mental health services. Now, far more is needed to ensure that everyone who needs help can access care when and where they seek it,” the White House released in a “fact sheet” Tuesday morning, Pavlich wrote.

“The President is announcing a national mental health strategy to strengthen system capacity, connect more Americans to care, and create a continuum of support –transforming our health and social services infrastructure to address mental health holistically and equitably,” the news release added.

Many Republicans noted the positive speech was disappointing and out of touch.

The focus turned to making products in America and improving the nation, but the words largely stand in contrast with the policies Biden put in place during his first year in office.

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