Biden Falsely Claims No One Lost Private Health Insurance Under Obamacare

October 22, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden falsely claimed Thursday that no one lost their private insurance plans because of Obamacare.

"The reason why I had such a fight with 20 candidates for the nomination was I support private insurance," he said. "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."

However, more than six million Americans had their individual health care plans canceled when Obamacare took effect in 2013, due to not meeting the law's new standards. President Barack Obama's oft-repeated claim that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan" was called the Lie of the Year by PolitiFact in 2013.

Obama apologized in an interview that year for the cancellations.

Biden's health care plan calls for adding a "public option" to Obamacare, giving Americans the ability to buy into Medicare regardless of age. President Donald Trump has criticized it as a form of socialized medicine.