Former Vice President Joe Biden falsely said at a rally Friday that he found Republican votes to pass the Affordable Care Act during his time in the Obama administration.
“We need someone with a proven ability to bring people together and do the hard work of getting legislation passed,” Biden said at a rally in Texas. “I’ve done that before … finding Republican votes for the Recovery Act, Obamacare, helping keep us from falling into a Great Depression.”
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, passed on a partisan basis in the Senate, 60–39, in December 2009. Every Democrat and two independents voted for it, and all Senate Republicans against.
The House passed the Senate bill with a 219–212 vote in 2010, with 34 Democrats and all 178 Republicans voting against the bill, which became a flashpoint that ultimately made passing future bipartisan legislation nearly impossible.
Biden’s flub Friday comes after the former vice president bawled out a voter in Iowa on Dec. 5 who asked him about his son’s work in Ukraine. The man accused Biden of “selling access” to the president through his son’s business dealings, which Biden vehemently disputed.
“You’re a damn liar,” Biden told the man. “That’s not true and nobody has ever said that.”
Biden also continued his defense of his son, who’s personal life and business dealings have come under scrutiny since the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
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