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During the final 2020 presidential debate Thursday evening, Democrat nominee Joe Biden claimed that “not one single person” lost their healthcare plan because of Obamacare. This claim wasn’t just a lie — it was the lie of the year.
The Democrat nominee delivered the lie after President Donald Trump warned that all of the positive changes his administration has made to try to fix Obamacare, which he noted was “no good” on its own, will be eliminated with Biden at the helm.
“[W]e have 180 million people out there that have great private healthcare. Far more than we’re talking about with Obamacare. Joe Biden is going to terminate all of those policies. These are people that love their healthcare,” the president said.
“People that have been successful, middle-income people, been successful. They have 180 million plans, 180 million people, families. Under what he wants to do, which will basically be socialized medicine, he won’t even have a choice, they want to terminate 180 million plans.”
The Democrat nominee responded by touting his plan, “Bidencare,” and claiming that it won’t involve the elimination of the private healthcare market.
Listen to the back-and-forth below, or fast-forward to 2:15 for Biden’s remarks:
“[T]he idea that I want to eliminate private insurance — the reason why I had such a fight with 20 candidates for the nomination was I support private insurance. That’s why,” he claimed.
He was already lying. Most of the other Democrat primary candidates had also expressed ostensible opposition to just outright eliminating private insurance.
Biden then added, “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.”
Leading up to and following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, then-President Barack Hussein Obama repeatedly promised Americans “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
During the presidential election two years later, he repeated this claim again in the hopes of being re-elected.
Now fast-forward to October of 2013, when the federal government’s health insurance exchange website, HealthCare.gov, officially opened for business.
It soon became clear that no, “if you like your health care plan, you” CAN’T “keep it.”
The claim was so false that even PolitiFact, which leans to the left politically, fact-checked it, going so far as to label it the “Lie of the Year” in 2013.
According to the fact-checker, on at least 37 occasions Obama had made the claim and “included no caveats such as a high-profile speech to the American Medical Association in 2009: ‘If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.'”
Yet despite this fact-check, Biden had the gall Thursday to claim without caveats that “[n]ot one single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under Obamacare.”
The lie provoked a caustic backlash on social media, where critics — including many Americans who had lost their plan — rushed to fact-check the Democrat nominee and share their own stories of how they and their family had lost insurance.
I LOST MY INSURANCE UNDER OBAMACARE!
SO DID DRUDGE, SO DID EVERY FREELANCER, SO DID
EVERY SOLE PRACTITIONER.
F–K YOU, JOE BIDEN.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 23, 2020
Not a single person lost their insurance under Obamacare? This is patently untrue.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 23, 2020
Biden just said that nobody lost their plan under Obamacare
He is re-telling the single biggest lie of the Obama administration, which everyone knows was a lie, but the media will let him get away with it
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) October 23, 2020
I personally know dozens of people who lost their healthcare when Obamacare was enacted. Disgrace and so disrespectful.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 23, 2020
I know people whose parents died thanks to them losing their private insurance due to Obamacare.
But keep lying, Joe.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 23, 2020
Joe Biden is lying. My family is one of millions that lost our health insurance because of Obamacare.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 23, 2020
I was pushed onto Obamacare. Lost all my Drs had to look hard to find anyone who would take me and for this horror, I paid a little over one thousand dollars a month.
— Janis (@JanedgeJanis) October 23, 2020
I lost a plan I LOVED and had had for YEARS. It was canceled as soon as Obamacare went into effect. I now have a crappy ACA plan that I had to buy b/c in NYS, someone buying insurance not via an employer can buy ONLY a crappy ACA plan. It’s awful and I want my old plan back.
— Tara Marie Segundo (@TaraMarie_Live) October 23, 2020
My GREAT insurance monthly premium tripled deductible from 0 to $5000. Dads life sustaining medicine went from $39 a month to $900 per month sorry @JoeBiden Obamacare sucked since @realDonaldTrump my insurance cost lowered. Deductible too #Trump2020
— Teresa Patterson (@tdbowhntr) October 23, 2020
I know people whose spouses lost coverage and had to go without insurance because the marketplace was too expensive for them alone. So guess what happened when they got sick??
Examples like these range for days and could bode very badly for Biden if word gets out about his lie. The problem is that the only way to learn about it at the moment is from either social media or conservative media, because it’s likely the mainstream media will either ignore the lie or downplay it like the Associated Press has done.
“Health insurance is such a complicated area that almost any action has the potential for unintended consequences,” the AP wrote in a fact-check.
Was that supposed to be an excuse … ?
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