McMorris Rodgers Opening Remarks During Obamacare Repeal Markup

Communications • March 8, 2017

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) presented the following opening remarks during today’s Energy and Commerce Committee markup on House Republicans’ plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a 21st Century health care system that puts people — not the government — in charge of health care decisions. The markup is one step in an open, transparent, step-by-step process. “Markup of Committee Print, Budget Reconciliation Legislative Recommendations and H. Res. 154.”

McMorris Rodgers’s Opening Remarks, as Delivered:

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

We’re on a rescue mission. Obamacare, though well-intentioned, has failed. It’s failed in its goals, and it’s failed in its promises.

People in Eastern Washington are paying more and more for health care. Millions of Americans have lost their health care plans. Millions of Americans can no longer access the doctor of their choice.

Medicaid, a very important safety net, is plagued with access problems; poor quality of health; unsustainable funding – and this has been going on for years.

And yet, Obamacare forced about 50 percent of the newly insured people into Medicaid nationwide. It was over 80 percent in Washington State.

This only jeopardizes this important safety net program for the people who need it the most: the poor, the elderly, children, and people with disabilities.

I recognize many individuals with disabilities rely on Medicaid for their health care, and I am committed to ensuring that they have access to care, at home and in the community moving forward.

Everybody should have access to quality, affordable health care coverage and that’s why we’re moving forward with a plan that protects individuals with pre-existing conditions, responsibly unwinds the Medicaid expansion, and helps Americans afford health insurance through advanceable tax credits.