McMorris Rodgers: "We aren’t going to pull the rug out from anyone"

COMMUNICATIONS • January 10, 2017

Republican Leadership Press Conference:
January 10, 2017

Participants:
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the claim that people who currently have coverage under Obamacare will lose that coverage the day after Obamacare is repealed: “But let me be clear: No one who has coverage because of Obamacare TODAY, will lose that coverage the day it’s repealed.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But let me be clear: No one who has coverage because of Obamacare TODAY, will lose that coverage the day it’s repealed.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.