- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday helped mark the seventh anniversary of the signing of Obamacare by touting the benefits of the law, while labeling House Republicans’ plan to repeal parts of it as a “transfer tax.”

“This bill was about peace of mind,” Mr. Biden said outside the U.S. Capitol, flanked by lawmakers and advocates.

“Peace of mind for Americans to finally, finally, finally, finally be able to lie there and know that God forbid something happens like has happened to [an] awful lot of us, that, ‘I’m not going to lose my house. I’m not going to lose everything. I’m not going to leave my family in distress,’” he said.

He said that House Republicans’ plan to repeal parts of Obamacare would eliminate close to a trillion dollars’ worth of benefits and transfer things to the wealthy

“It’s about a transfer tax, basically,” he said. “That’s classic Republican politics. This is a tax bill for them.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helped lead a brief “protect our care” chant after Mr. Biden finished speaking.

“I ain’t going anywhere,” Mr. Biden then said. “This is not gonna pass.”

Mr. Biden also tried to make light of his hot-mic moment at the signing ceremony in March 2010 when he was caught telling former President Obama: “This is a big [expletive] deal.”

“Number one, thank God my mother wasn’t around when that comment was picked up years ago,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday. “And secondly, I leaned back. I wasn’t in the microphone. What happened was one of you guys were able to read lips.”

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