Vice President Biden, taking questions today after a speech on the stimulus act, said he thinks the administration is "gonna get something substantial" on health care reform, but "it's going to be an awful lot of screaming and hollering before we get there."
When asked to comment about the chances of passing a health care reform bill, Biden crossed himself and jokingly tried to dodge the question. "I do foreign policy, I don't do health care!"
But he went on to say that, in all his years in the Senate, he's never seen so many stakeholders invested in getting comprehensive health care reform. He listed consumers, hospitals, doctors and small businesses as some of those stakeholders.
"The prospects of success are high," he said.
He also told the audience at the Brookings Institute to "stay tuned" for President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday.
"It's a major speech laying out in understandable, clear terms what our administration wants to happen and what we're gonna push for in regard to health care," Biden said.