“Not one single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under Obamacare,” Biden said at the final presidential debate. “They did not lose their insurance unless they chose to go to something else."
In their analysis of the debate, Politifact noted Biden’s claim was “a variation of a claim that earned President Barack Obama our Lie of the Year in 2013.” Biden has vowed to extend the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare,” if he is elected to office.
Politifact mentioned calculations that more than four million Americans had lost their private health insurance during the Obama administration as proof that Biden’s claim was incorrect.
Cancellations appeared when insurers ended plans that did not match the Affordable Care Act’s requirements.
“Many found insurance elsewhere, and the percentage was small — out of a total insured population of about 262 million, the number of people with canceled plans was less than 2%,” Politifact said. “However, that still amounted to 4 million people who faced the difficulty of finding a new plan and the hassle of switching their coverage.”
Trump attacked Biden for backing a push among leading progressives for “socialized medicine” at the debate, claiming that he and running mate Kamala Harris “want to terminate 180 million plans.” Politifact dismissed Trump’s claim, rating it “pants on fire”.
Biden said it was “ridiculous” to suggest his plan, called BidenCare, would result in socialized medicine.
“The idea that there’s a public option, that people can choose, that makes it a socialist plan? Look, the difference between the president and I, I think health care is not a privilege, it’s a right,” Biden said. “Everyone should have the right to have affordable health care.”
The former vice president said his plan would produce lower health care premiums, deductibles and drug prices for Americans. He supports a “public option,” where Americans can keep their private insurance or join a government plan.
Biden admitted his plan would “cost some money,” requiring $750 billion in spending over a 10-year period.
Vice-President Mike Pence, wrote about the subject on his Twitter account: "Last night, Joe Biden said that not one single person with private insurance lost their plan under Obamacare. Joe, more than 6 MILLION Americans had their individual healthcare plans cancelled when Obamacare took effect!"