Biden has closely tied his political ship to that of his former running mate, President Barack Obama. Part of that includes carrying his legacy in his 2020 presidential bid, including Obamacare.
While most 2020 Democrats pivot their support to universal care plans, like Medicare for All, Biden is one of the few candidates running on rebuilding the Affordable Care Act.
The former vice president released a video on his plan to “rebuild Obamacare,” while calling out Democrats for jumping ship to Medicare for All.
Watch Biden’s video:
“I believe we have to protect and build on Obamacare. That’s why I proposed adding a public option to Obamacare as the best way to lower costs and cover everyone. I understand the appeal of Medicare for All, but folks supporting it should be clear that it means getting rid of Obamacare. And I’m not for that. I was very proud the day I stood there with Barack Obama and he signed that legislation. Never before had anyone ever been able to do that in the White House.”
Biden added that “starting over” on a Democrat-backed healthcare plan “makes no sense.”
“I knew the Republicans would do everything in their power to repeal Obamacare — they still are. But I’m surprised that so many Democrats are running on getting rid of it,” said Biden.
While Biden seems confident that Obamacare is the way to go, many believe the policy was a failure. In the individual market, health care prices skyrocketed. Many Americans lost their original insurance plan, a move which made President Obama’s “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” one of the biggest lies of his presidency.
As President Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar put it, “[Obamacare] betrayed basically every single promise that was made to the American people.”
Maybe Biden shouldn’t be surprised that most 2020 Democrats are looking to run on anything but Obamacare, given the program’s net result.