As part of a series of five forums hosted by AARP and the Des Moines Register, nineteen Democratic presidential candidates were invited to discuss their views on a variety of topics including healthcare, Social Security, and prescription drug costs. Monday’s forum featured Joe Biden, Cory Booker, John Hickenlooper, and Amy Klobuchar.
During Monday’s event, Joe Biden made a very interesting claim about his health care proposal. “If you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it,” Biden claimed. “If you like your private insurance, you can keep it.” New York Times reporter Reid Epstein reported the claim on Twitter:
Joe Biden, at an AARP event in Des Moines, describing his health care proposal: "If you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it. If you like your private insurance, you can keep it."
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) July 15, 2019
Correct me if I’m wrong, but we’ve heard this kind of claim before, haven’t we? That’s right! We have!
Does Joe Biden think we have such short memories that we can’t recall that Barack Obama repeatedly claimed that under Obamacare if we liked our existing health care plan we could keep it, and if we liked our doctor we could keep our doctor? Obama repeatedly and unequivocally made this claim so often that the left-wing fact-checking site PolitiFact named it the Lie of the Year for 2013.
Sorry, Joe. We didn’t fall for it then, and we certainly won’t fall for it now.
You can watch the entire Des Moines, Iowa event here:
After the debacle that was Obamacare, Biden just handed Trump and the Republican Party a major gift.
Matt Margolis is the author of the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published on July 30, 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis