Moments ago, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) called into the Lars Larson Show to discuss the ongoing process to repeal and replace Obamacare. She also touched on the new CBO report on the American Health Care Act, which confirms the House Republicans’ plan will lower premiums and taxes, reduce the federal deficit, increase consumer choice, and reform Medicaid for the first time in its 52-year history.
Here are the highlights:
- “The CBO, the Congressional Budget Office, just came out with its analysis and there are a lot of huge, conservative victories: lowering premiums, increasing choices, reducing the deficit, lowering taxes, entitlement reform. When can you ever remember Congress doing this type of entitlement reform? I think you have to go back to the mid-90s when we did welfare reform. We got it back to the states, allowed the states to structure these programs in a way that got people living more independently, and we did it at a lower cost with better outcomes. There are a lot of wins in this.”
- “…we are attempting to undo [Obamacare] now. And clearly we don’t have 60 votes in the Senate to repeal it with just one big vote. So we are taking it step by step. The first thing is what we’re doing through reconciliation, which is a budget tool. But the base that we’re using…is budget reconciliation. We are adding as much to that as we can that we believe will help increase the number of choices in the marketplace and help stabilize this market.”