Man holding coin jar Premium subsidies put in place by the ACA were primarily available to lower-income Americans, resulting in a situation where those who made more money in some cases had to bear the full cost of premiums. (Photo: Shutterstock)

At Tuesday’s presidential debate, the two candidates briefly touched on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has expanded health care coverage to millions of Americans while putting new regulations in place for employers.

During the debate, Joe Biden’s proposal for an ACA “public option” was mentioned, with President Trump attacking it as socialized medicine. Regardless of the accuracy of this claim, both candidates neglected to discuss Biden’s overall proposals for expanding the ACA (also called Obamacare). That overall expansion could have a big impact on the affordability of ACA plans—the exact issue that Trump and other Republicans cite as the reason they oppose Obamacare.

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