Republican Leadership Press Conference:
January 10, 2017
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Interim Budget Committee Chair Diane Black (R-TN)
At a press conference on Capitol Hill today, House Republican Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) reaffirmed House Republicans’ commitment to ensuring a smooth and stable transition out of Obamacare. McMorris Rodgers refuted the claim that people who currently have coverage under Obamacare will lose that coverage the day after Obamacare is repealed: “But let me be clear: No one who has coverage because of Obamacare TODAY, will lose that coverage the day it’s repealed. … We aren’t going to pull the rug out from anyone.”
Following are McMorris Rodgers’s remarks, as prepared:
Obamacare was the federal government’s attempt to “fix” our health care system, and it failed.
Here are the facts:
…Health care prices didn’t go down — they went up.
…Year after year, premiums have gone up double digits.
And here’s what we need to be asking ourselves:
“How many people are paying more for health care today than before Obamacare?”
…”How many of us have found all the rules and restrictions of health care more difficult?”
…”How many of us KNOW someone, who lost health care coverage since Obamacare was implemented?”
No matter who you are, you deserve a 21st Century health care system — that kicks the federal bureaucrat out of the sacred space between you and your doctor.
But let me be clear: No one who has coverage because of Obamacare TODAY, will lose that coverage the day it’s repealed.
…We aren’t going to pull the rug out from anyone.
…We’ll protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
…Our sons and daughters can stay on their parents’ insurance until 26.
Remember, as far back as 2009 — when this whole debate over health care started — Republicans were offering free-market solutions… …to address our nation’s health care problems.
And we’ve been doing that ever since.
We want to be thoughtful and deliberate.
And we welcome input from everyone.
Because a 21st Century health care system shouldn’t be a partisan issue — it should be about patients, not politics.
…It should be straightforward — everyone should be able to trust that the system will work for them.
…It should be health care that treats you like a human being…
…not just a number in a waiting line.
That’s what we’re offering people – a 21st Century health care system that puts them back in control of their lives.