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Biden says he would bring back ObamaCare's individual mandate

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia 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 CuomoChris CuomoKen Burns says US is experiencing its fourth 'great crisis' CNN's Smerconish lauds Trump on ,000 relief checks: 'Most effective thing he's done' post election Pennsylvania AG calls Ted Cruz a 'sad sack' after Trump asks for his help in Texas lawsuit 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 TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports 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 SandersThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day 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.