Fact-checking Joe Biden’s closing arguments

As Donald Trump and Joe Biden make their closing arguments to the American people in the final days of the presidential campaign, both candidates are peppering their remarks with exaggerations and outright falsehoods.

Here are a few of Biden’s misleading statements and some context to help you sort fact from fiction when listening to his speeches.

Supreme Court and healthcare

“It’s about wiping out the Affordable Care Act, to wipe it off the books. Because their nominee has said in the past, that the law should be struck down,” Biden said about Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, during a campaign event in Miramar, Florida on October 13. “That will take away healthcare for 20 million Americans. It will take protections away from pre-existing conditions for more than 100 million people. And by the way, kids won’t be able to stay in their parent’s health insurance until they’re 26.”

In reality, Barrett has never confirmed any hostility towards the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During Barrett’s confirmation hearing, she responded to Democratic Senator Richard Durbin’s question of her opinion saying: “I think that your concern is that because I critiqued the statutory reasoning that I’m hostile to the ACA and because I’m hostile to the ACA that I would decide a case in a particular way … And I assure you I am not – I am not hostile to the ACA, I’m not hostile to any statute that you pass.”

Trump’s handling of coronavirus

“Experts say we’ll lose nearly another 200,000 lives in the next few months unless we fundamentally change courses. You know, I prayed for his recovery when he got COVID and I’d hoped at least he’d come out of it somewhat chastened. But what has he done? He’s just doubled down on the misinformation he did before and making it worse,” Biden said at a campaign event in Pembroke Pines, Florida on October 13.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which only releases monthly forecasts, estimates that COVID-19-related deaths in the United States will reach approximately 5,000 new deaths in the month of October. Other studies, like those of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, predicts 394,693 total deaths by February 2021 – or nearly 200,000 more – if current mandates continue but spikes to nearly 500,000 if the United States sees ease in regulations and overall mask-wearing.

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