Biden: ‘No way’ to stop abortions once GOP loses in 2018 GOP wins a majority in both chambers of Congress, but Democrats have to take a hard look at the legislation, Biden says.
Democrats have the votes to pass the bill, but they’re not going to be able to overcome the GOP filibuster.
Democrats also have the option of sending the bill to President-elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan to make a final decision.
Trump could veto the legislation if Democrats can’t pass it, Biden said Thursday.
The vice president also defended the Senate’s health care legislation, saying Republicans “never had a chance” to get the legislation through the House.
The Senate health care bill passed the House with support from more than 100 GOP lawmakers and was approved by the Senate in April with a vote of 66-34.
Republicans, however, have vowed to block the bill unless they can win passage of another bill that would give states more flexibility to offer contraception coverage and Medicaid expansion.
The House bill included money for states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
Biden called the House legislation a “gimmick” that Republicans “just don’t want” because it doesn’t provide any real relief for people with pre-existing conditions.
“We’re not even talking about anything that helps these women,” Biden said.
Biden said the House bill would make it “easier” for insurance companies to deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions.
He said the bill would give insurers more flexibility in providing health coverage, and also allow states to impose penalties on insurers who refuse to cover certain health care services.
“I think it’s really unfair to deny care to these people,” Biden added.