Joe Biden lied repeatedly during the last debate of the 2020 campaign, but his lie that Americans didn’t lose their insurance thanks to Obamacare was particularly galling.
The truth is, millions of Americans lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare.
In fact, President Obama’s “you can keep your insurance” lie was rated “the lie of the year” in 2013. Obama’s claim that no one would lose their insurance was so egregious that it became the most risible political statement of the Obama era.
In the fall of 2013, four million Americans lost their health care plans. And that was just the beginning. Millions more lost their plans in the ensuing years.
But during the debate, Joe Biden essentially repurposed Obama’s lie and retold it to the nation.
“What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option. It will become Bidencare. The public option says in fact if you do not have the wherewithal, if you qualify for Medicaid and you do not have the wherewithal in your state to get Medicaid, you’re automatically enrolled, providing competition for insurance companies,” Biden said.
Biden added that he does not want to eliminate private insurance.
“Not one single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under Obamacare. They did not lose their insurance unless they chose they wanted to go to something else,” he said.
This is pretty much what Obama said. But it is an impossible claim. And a knowing lie.
The problem is, once you offer a “public option” and then force healthcare providers to take that coverage option, millions of employers will simply cancel their healthcare plans and tell employees to go on the government plan.
That is exactly what happened in 2013. And it will happen if we are unfortunate enough to see Joe Biden become president.
Millions more Americans will lose their insurance.
And Joe Biden knows it.
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