“You’d think the Republicans would be better” on healthcare, Biden says in new interview
Biden is in his first interview with a major news outlet since being elected to the presidency, and he’s giving the most detailed response yet on the GOP healthcare push.
In a wide-ranging interview with Politico published Friday, the vice president said the Republican healthcare bill is dead, saying “it’s dead” and promising to repeal it.
He said he thinks the Senate will vote on his healthcare plan by the end of next week.
We can’t have a repeal.
We have to repeal the bill,” Biden said.
“I think we have a good chance.”
Biden also said he doesn’t see an end to the GOP’s push for repeal.
“There’s no reason to repeal,” Biden told Politico.
“We have to get the bill passed.
That’s what we have to do.”
The vice president’s comments were the first in the first interview he’s given since becoming president-elect on Tuesday.
The president-election debate between Biden and his Republican rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, has been highly charged, with Biden blasting the Texas senator and his running mate, Gov.
Mike Pence, over their support for the GOP health bill.
Biden said that Pence, who has not endorsed the bill, is “the kind of guy who would have been able to take a shot at me on a national stage, but it wouldn’t have gotten the response I wanted.”
The Vice President, however, said that he is not “anti-Trump.”
“I’m pro-life,” he said.
Bidens campaign has also been criticized for his comments on the Affordable Care Act.
Biden said he would “do everything in my power to repeal” the law, and that “anybody who wants to repeal, they should do so.”
“The fact is, if you’re pro-choice, if it’s a woman’s health, if a man’s health,” Biden continued.
If you’re against abortion, I would not vote for it.
If the president of the United States is pro-abortion, I wouldn’t vote for him.”
On Thursday, Biden called the ACA “a bad deal” that’s been “made in the name of the economy,” but said that “it was not designed to be that way.”
“That’s what people think of it as,” Biden added.
“And the truth of the matter is, it was not.
It was designed to make sure people would have health insurance, but not have to pay for it.”
The White House said the vice presdient did not specifically say he would not support the legislation.
The vice presidential campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A senior administration official told Politico that the vice presidential nominee was “explicitly not pro-repeal.”
Bidening also told Politico he supports the Affordable Healthcare Act and wants to see it “repealed” by the time the Senate returns to Washington in February.
“I am against the repeal.
I am not for the repeal,” he told Politico on Thursday.
“The fact of the story is, the repeal was designed for the Democrats to pass it, and we didn’t.
We got the Republicans to pass the bill.
It’s a bad deal.”
The official also said Biden does not see a way to get rid of the ACA, as it currently exists.
“That was never the goal,” the official said.