2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden took a page out of his former boss’s playbook, quoting his claim that became Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” in 2013.
While speaking at a presidential forum hosted by the AARP in Iowa, Biden revealed his new health care plan that would provide a “Medicare-like” public option to existing private insurance exchanges. He also blasted his primary opponent Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt) Medicare for All plan.
“So I give people the option,” said the former vice president. “If you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it.”
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Biden went on to say that people would still “get full coverage” under his plan and that he believed his plan was the “the quickest” and “best way” to achieve “universal” health care coverage for Americans.
“You get full coverage, and you can stay with your plan if you like it. You can stay with your employer-based plan, or you can move on,” continued Biden. “I think it’s the quickest, most reasonable, rational, and best way to get to universal coverage.”
The former vice president told the crowd in Iowa that the “American public” has come to “understand” the Affordable Care Act — colloquially known as Obamacare — and that he believes that it is “the place from which to build.”
“Here’s the deal guys,” said Biden. “One of the things that’s happening is, all of a sudden, the American public has figured out what ObamaCare’s about. They understand it.”
Biden’s proposal would build on the Affordable Care Act by keeping the more popular parts of the legislation while giving Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices and provide for the importing of prescription drugs from other countries.
The former vice president’s campaign says the plan would cost $750 billion over ten years and would be paid for by rolling back some of the tax cuts signed into law by the Trump administration.