It has been said that former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential primary campaign is virtually “unsinkable,” at least according to NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald. And we have to admit; he has somehow stayed on top in the most controversial and publicized races to the White House in history above all odds.
Somehow, he is still the favorite. Despite being labeled as “tepid” and the gaffe king of the world, he still in the top tier, putting his fierier and much younger opponents to shame. We aren’t really sure why.
Many, including Seitz-Wald, point to Biden supporter Rosio Fuentes’ opinion of the man.
Fuentes, who plans to vote for Biden in Nevada’s early caucus on February 22, says, “He just seems like a transparent person, someone who is honest and someone who stays true to his word. When he (Biden) speaks, you feel that he means what he says.”
Perhaps that is part of his electability, the fact that people know him and therefore feel they can trust him. But as this video proves, Biden is dishonest or he has no idea what he’s talking about. And for Biden supporters like Fuentes, it may mean they have been misled.
When a young man from Iowa asked the former VP a simple question about Obamacare, Biden flounders. Not only can he not answer the question, but he is accused of lying to America about his intentions.
During an event on December 28, in Washington, Iowa, Biden passed the mic to a young man who wished to ask him a question about Obamacare, an issue that Biden wholeheartedly has made a significant platform issue.
“During the run-up to the passage of Obamacare, President Obama promised my father that if he likes his plan, he can keep his plan and that his insurance will be cheaper.”
The young man continued, “After passage, his plan was no longer allowed, and his insurance costs doubled. Since you supported the plan, were you lying to my dad? Or, did you not understand the bill you supported?”
Biden’s immediate response was something I can only surmise as an ‘oh’ crap, seriously’ moment. He said, or least it sounds like “wine dog-faced pony shelter.” It’s quite incomprehensible, to say the least.
Then he quickly said, “No, what I’m talking about now is that when – because I get asked the question – since, what I’d do is I’d add a public option to the existence of Obamacare, meaning that a Medicare-like option is available if in fact you – but there’s 160 million people out there who’ve negotiated a health care plan with their employer that they like and they don’t want to have to give up like ‘Medicare-for-All’ requires. It says you have to give it up. You cannot have any private insurance.”
And he continues, “What happened is – and by the way, the cost of Obamacare has gone down in the last two years, not us as you probably know, you seem to know this, number one. Number two is that when you put yourself in a position of – I have faith in the American people – that if you’ve worked and given up significant portions of your salary over the last 2, 5, 10, 12 years to get a health care plan you like that you negotiated with an employer, then, in fact, you should not be forced to give it up.”
“You should have the choice. If you want to keep it, you can keep it. And if, in fact, the employer eliminates the plan, which he could, eliminate the plan, then you’d have the option to buy into a subsidized plan of Obamacare.”
He goes on like this for about five more minutes, saying a lot but really nothing at all. Nothing clear. And nothing that amounts to an answer for the young man.
Biden said no, almost right off the bat. But to what? The “did you lie” part or the “did you not understand” portion?
The only real clear point he made was near the end of his ‘answer.’ He said, “There’s two ways people know when something is important. One, when it’s so clear when it’s passed that everybody understands it – and no one did understand Obamacare, including the way it was rolled out.”
He just admitted he has no idea what he’s talking about. So why are we still giving Biden the time of day?