“I’m proud of the work we’ve done”

Communications • June 12, 2017

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) joined MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson this morning to discuss the latest on House Republicans’ work on the American people’s priorities — including repealing and replacing Obamacare, VA reform, and rolling back regulations that hurt families and kill jobs.

Here’s what Chair McMorris Rodgers had to say:

PROTECTING PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS:

“…we have approached health care reform committed to ensuring that those with pre-existing conditions will continue to have coverage. That is the position that we put forward in the House bill and I’m confident that the Senate will join in that effort. We want to ensure that every person in this country has a better health care future. The current law protects those with pre-existing conditions, and denies a health insurance company from being able to deny health insurance to anyone that has a pre-existing condition. Those protections are maintained. And they will continue to be maintained as we move forward.”

REPEALING AND REPLACING OBAMACARE:

“…we need to address what is a failing system with Obamacare. We saw more insurers pulling out of the market just last week. One out of three counties in America only has one health care provider or insurance plan available to them….Health and Human Services came forward with a report in the last couple of weeks that showed that premiums increased 105 percent. That’s more than double all across this country. [Obamacare] is making health insurance not affordable, plans unavailable, and we need health insurance reform so that everyone in this country has access to affordable plans that will meet the needs of their families when that time comes — especially those that have the pre-existing conditions.”

RE-CONNECTING THE VA WITH ITS MISSION TO SERVE

“I am thrilled that Secretary Shulkin is providing the important leadership that we need. This week in the House we will be passing [legislation that] will allow the VA to fire employees that are not performing. This has been long overdue. We have had employees put ahead of actual veterans, and this is an agency whose sole purpose is to help our veterans. All too often they have to contact me or they have to wait way too long even to get an appointment. I’m thrilled that we’re moving forward. I worked for two years to get the Faster Care for Veterans Act passed, which allows a veteran to go online or use an app to schedule an appointment. We need to address the culture of this agency as well as the structure of this agency to ensure that it’s focused on our veterans.”

HOUSE REPUBLICANS REMAIN FOCUSED

“The House has taken an important first step to repeal and replace Obamacare….We are continuing to work on other health care reforms. This week we will pass the medical liability reform legislation — the number one cost driver of health care. We have moved forward with rolling back the regulatory regime that was put in place that is making it really difficult all across this country on our economy. Last week we passed the rollback of Dodd-Frank. We have also repealed several major rules, regulations that were put in place by the previous administration. …The House has put forward an aggressive agenda, and I’m proud of the work that we’ve done every day.”