Biden echoes maligned Obama quote: 'If you like your health care plan … you can keep it'

Fox News | 7/15/2019 | Gregg Re
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"If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

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That familiar pledge, made repeatedly over several years by former President Barack Obama, was named the 2013 "Lie of the Year" by fact-checking website Politifact, as millions of individuals lost their private insurance -- and had to switch to costlier options -- due to changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

On Monday, Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden unveiled his own health care plan, and issued a similar-sounding promise while speaking at a presidential forum sponsored by AARP in Des Moines, Iowa.

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"I give people the option," Biden said, after dismissing his opponents' "Medicare-for-all" proposals, which would eliminate private health insurance entirely. "If you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it."

Biden added: "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. I think it's the quickest, most reasonable, rational and best way to get to universal coverage."

Biden - Proposal - Option - Government - Insurance

Biden has said his proposal would add a "public option," or government insurance plan, to existing exchanges that sell private insurance.

The "Medicare-like" plan that would be available to anyone — including the 150 million-plus Americans now covered by job-based insurance, a group now ineligible for exchange-based policies.

Biden - Subsidies - Household - Coverage - Exchanges

Biden has indicated that massive income-based subsidies would ensure that any household could get coverage through exchanges.

The idea is to expand coverage immediately and shake up insurance markets long-term by forcing private insurers to compete alongside the government, theoretically pressuring to lower their premiums and out-of-pocket costs for private policyholders.

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In the main, Biden largely defended his boss' beleaguered, signature health care initiative. This weekend,...
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