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At a televised town hall in Philadelphia, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made false and misleading claims on COVID-19, health insurance and the 1994 crime bill.
At a televised town hall in Philadelphia, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made false and misleading claims on COVID-19, health insurance, the 1994 crime bill and more:

Biden falsely claimed all members of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team in China "came home" before the coronavirus pandemic. The staff was cut, but not eliminated.

He claimed the Trump administration stopped providing masks for schools. One agency did stop, but another intends to distribute up to 125 million masks for schools.

Biden claimed he opposed giving states more money for prison systems in 1994. He supported $6 billion in funding, just not the $10 billion that was in the final crime bill.

The former vice president cited an estimate that 10 million would lose employer-sponsored insurance during the pandemic, but didn't mention most would regain other coverage.

Biden left the false impression that 100 million people with preexisting conditions could lose insurance if the ACA were repealed. Those with employer plans couldn't be denied policies.

We couldn't find support for Biden's claim that "the boilermakers overwhelmingly endorse me." The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers hasn't endorsed a candidate.

Biden wrongly said that the Green New Deal would require the U.S. "to be carbon free" by 2030, but the resolution's goal is less stringent than that.

The town hall, which aired on ABC, was held in place of the second presidential debate, which was canceled after President Donald Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate. The debate commission decided to switch to a virtual debate after Trump contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized for three days, leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 5.

At the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Biden fielded questions from socially distanced audience members and moderator George Stephanopoulos. The topics included COVID-19, Trump's tax cuts, race relations, the Supreme Court,…
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