Biden says he would bring back ObamaCare's individual mandate

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics MORE said in an interview that aired Friday on CNN that he would bring back ObamaCare's individual mandate if he is elected president. 

"Yes, I'd bring back the individual mandate," Biden told CNN's Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Brooke Baldwin tests positive for coronavirus Chris Cuomo joins brother Andrew Cuomo at coronavirus briefing Chris Cuomo reveals coronavirus symptoms: Fever, shivering, hallucinations MORE on Thursday. 

The mandate, which is a financial penalty in the Affordable Care Act for Americans who don't have health insurance, was the main target of Republicans for years in their attempts to repeal Obama's signature health care law.

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The Republican tax bill, signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE in 2017, eliminated the mandate.

Biden, who is the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic primary, played an integral role in the construction of the Affordable Care Act as former President Obama's vice president.

While the health care law has grown in popularity over the years, Democratic presidential contenders, including Biden, have said the law needs changes and updates. 

However, progressives in the race, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDrugmaker caps insulin costs at to help diabetes patients during pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Sen. Brown endorses Biden for president MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds MORE (D-Mass.) have proposed a health care overhaul, saying ObamaCare does not go far enough. Both have backed moving toward a “Medicare for All” model. 

Biden told Cuomo that he would rather have an option for Americans to buy into Medicare for All. 

"If you provide an option for anybody who in fact wants to buy into Medicare for All, they can buy in," he said. 

"They buy in and they can do it. But if they like their employer-based insurance, which a lot of unions broke their neck to get ... they shouldn't have to give it up," he continued. "The flip of that is, if you don't go my way, and you go their way, you have to give up all of that." 

"What's going to happen when you have 300 million people landing on a health care plan? How long is that going to take? What's it going to do?" he said.