While campaigning in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Biden — one of the many Democrats running in a crowded primary for the party’s presidential nomination — fumbled his answer to the Examiner when the publication asked if his health care plan would allow Americans to keep their current doctors.
“Well look, I can’t promise — I can promise them that if, in fact, the private insurance they have is kept by their company, they keep whoever that plan allows,” he told the Examiner. “That’s all I can promise.”
The former vice president’s remarks came the same week that he echoed his former boss President Barack Obama’s infamous quote that nabbed him PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” in 2013.
While speaking at an AARP-sponsored presidential forum in Iowa on Monday, Biden unveiled his new health care proposal and gave a familiar-sounding promise to the crowd.
“So I give people the option,” he said. “If you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it.”
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The Democratic presidential primary frontrunner continued on to claim that Americans would still “get full coverage” under the plan and said that he believed that the proposal was the “quickest, most reasonable, rational, and best way to get to universal coverage.”
Biden’s plan would allow for a “Medicare-like” option for Americans to choose on existing private insurance exchanges, bucking from some of his more-progressive primary opponents’ — such as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — “Medicare for All” proposal.
It would also preserve and build upon the savory parts of the Affordable Care Act — known colloquially as “ObamaCare” — while allowing for the importation of prescription drugs from foreign countries and giving Medicare the ability to negotiate prescription prices.