September 10th, 2009
01:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden predicts health care bill 'before Thanksgiving'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden predicted Thursday Congress will have a resolution on the health care bill "before Thanksgiving."

"I think the most important thing he did, he also debunked a lot of the myths out there, the idea of death panels, that we were going to insure undocumented aliens," Biden told the "Today Show," commending Obama for his emphasis that doing nothing is not an option.

"I believe we will have a bill," Biden said. "I've been in the Congress for a long long time, been there for eight presidents. I think we will have a bill before Thanksgiving."

The vice president also said the way Republicans "stepped away" from Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst Wednesday evening is proof Congress is not as divided as it may seem.

Wilson said Thursday that he had been instructed by GOP leadership to call the president to apologize, and Sen. John McCain called the congressman's behavior "totally disrespectful" in an interview on CNN's Larry King Live.

"I saw unity in the Congress in terms of the response to Joe Wilson's demeaning comment, not only to the president but to an institution I love," Biden said.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Sammy

    AFTER reading the President's speech, I could NOT find a single thing that is wrong with what is being attempted...

    This could make GOP too crappy IF they JUST keep shouting like a party of Joes and Boehners with a NO but do not ensure that nothing wrong gets in here ..... I am losing most of my faith now in this party and leadership – by all means, if nothing improves and they still come up with leaders like Palin, it would be extinct in another 4 years (sorry)!!

    September 10, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. JB - NYC

    Oh if Biden said it, it will be.. Didn't he also "predict" that Iraq would be divided into 3 countries?
    This man was the dumbest man in the senate. Now he is dumbest VP ever. I hope we hear from him more.. he is sooo funny. They have been keeping him hidden away for past couple of months

    September 10, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Farrell in Houston

    Joe Wilson should have been removed from the Chambers and never allowed back.

    September 10, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Yeah, and Joe was the guy just recently doing a victory lap for the Stimulus bill!

    September 10, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Dont blame me

    The only way that they will get it is if Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and the rest of their cronies continue to lie about it.

    Oh, and CNN, YOUR poll was RIGGED !!!

    Your poll numbers were made up of 45% democrats and only 18% republicans. The national average is 37% democrats and 35% republicans.


    The Rasmuessen poll of LIKELY VOTERS with the correct mix this morning, after the presidents speech, showed that 53% OPPOSE the current health care bill and only 44% support it.


    September 10, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Robin

    This is very good news. Since whenever Ole' Joe stands up and makes a statement, the exact opposite happens.

    September 10, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Where is the truth???

    CNN where are the ACORN stories???

    1) Federal and state authorities in Miami are still searching for five of the 11 people suspected of falsifying information on hundreds of voter registration cards

    2) The Video of them helping an undercover person to set up a prostitution ring of UNDERAGE girls????

    This group is able to get BILLIONS in stimulus money!!

    Stop being so protective of these people!

    September 10, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Idiot_Pelosi

    Wanna bet?

    And people thought PALIN was an idiot.

    September 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. kevin

    hey joey bag of chips. it was just that they were telling the man that it was disrepectful to dis the pres. even it mr wilson was right. this doesn't take away from the fact that half the house of reps, and half the senate still are very very aware that this is one of the most awful bills that have ever been proposed. And joey, we really don't care if you love the place or not ok. thats your fault, not ours. If this bill passes it will be by the Dems hands alone. And the stimus did nothing.

    September 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |

    Thank you. Mr. Biden. For fighting for the people.

    Why, the Republicans wanted to "do away" with Medicare and
    S.S. and "all entitilements."

    I remember the day Cheney was on T.V. stating, "Americans cannot
    depend on entitlements!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The middle class has one hope, "The Democratic Party!!!!!!!


    September 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Debby

    Yeah okay Joe just like Clinton did in the 90's. Obama and Clinton were at 67% after their health care speech's and then poof nothing happened.

    September 10, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    Obama did not de-bunk a thing. He used more rhetoric to create the illusion...... and liberals like Biden easily fall for it because it comes from the mouth of their Almighty Saviour.

    September 10, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Michael

    Yes but know we need to look at what the President said and see what actually makes it into the final version of the bill and see how it is really worded to determine the truth behind his statements.

    September 10, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. mjm

    Actually, we're with Wilson. In fact, I would have yelled "lier" more often.

    The president did lie at times, but even worse than that....the bill is still the same bad bill everyone said no to in August. Nothing changed.

    The president simply blew off the voice of the people. He should apologize for wasting my Thursday night.

    September 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |