Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was caught in a massive lie during the final presidential debate on Thursday — and it certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed.
During a segment devoted to the candidates’ plans for health care, Biden explained that his plan would protect private health insurance policies and falsely asserted that no Americans had lost their private policies due to Obamacare — a statement that has repeatedly been proven untrue, according to the Washington Examiner.
“They did not lose their insurance”
Biden’s untrue statement came on the topic of what he would do if Obamacare were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The former vice president was responding to President Donald Trump’s accusation that his proposal is essentially “socialized medicine.”
Biden first explained that his proposal would be akin to Obamacare with a “public option” — conveniently dubbed “Bidencare” — and argued that his plan would result in lower premiums and drug prices by virtue of competition.
Then came the big whopper of the night. “Thirdly,” Biden said, according to the Washington Examiner, “the idea that I want to eliminate private insurance — the reason why I had such a fight for, with 20 candidates for the nomination was, I support private insurance.”
The Democrat nominee went on: “That’s why I didn’t — 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 choose, they wanted to go to something else.”
Take a look for yourself:
“Lie of the year”
As the Examiner reported, that statement from Biden falls under the auspices of what was deemed to be PolitiFact’s 2013 “lie of the year”: former President Barack Obama’s oft-repeated and utterly fraudulent claim that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” which came as he sold the bill of goods known as Obamacare to the American people.
Fact-checkers noted that, at the time, an estimated 4 million American families had just received cancelation notices informing them that their preferred health insurance policies would no longer be available in 2014.
Indeed, it was such a bold lie — PolitiFact counted no less than 37 separate occasions in which Obama uttered the false promise — that it actually resulted in a rather rare apology from the former president.
It seems Biden, for his part, never got that memo. It certainly wouldn’t be the first.