Americans wondering what a Biden administration would do to their
health care cannot be reassured by the former vice president's comments
on the subject at Thursday night's presidential debate in Nashville.
Joe Biden resurrected a claim about the last great government
intervention into medical markets that has gone down as one of the most consequential falsehoods by a government official in years.
In response to President Donald Trump's argument that Mr. Biden's
creation of a new government health plan would destroy private
insurance plans, Mr. Biden 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.
It is nothing short of stunning that Mr. Biden is still trying to get
away with this claim about the so-called Affordable Care Act, which he championed alongside then-President Barack Obama. Among the millions
who saw their policies cancelled was Edie Littlefield Sundby, who wrote
in the Journal in November of 2013:
Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners
and losers. I am one of the losers.
My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to
enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for
politics. For almost seven years I have fought and survived
stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of
less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and
extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My
affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been
canceled effective Dec. 31.