‘If you like your healthcare plan’: Biden echos Obama’s panned promise on private healthcare plans

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is borrowing a phrase his boss used with questionable success while he was serving as vice president.

“If you like your healthcare plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it,” Biden said at an event in Iowa this week. “If in fact you have private insurance, you can keep it.”

Former President Barack Obama used a variation of the promise in 2013, leading to criticism among Republican who labeled it misleading.

Biden was detailing the differences between his healthcare proposals and more progressive platforms endorsed by his Democratic competitors.

“I understand the appeal of Medicare for All, but folks supporting it should be clear that it means getting rid of ObamaCare, and I’m not for that,” he said in a video announcing his policy this week.