House Republicans have been hitting the airwaves, penning op-eds, and posting on social media to remind our colleagues of our promises to the American people — including the promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a 21st Century health care system that puts them — not the federal government — in charge of their care.
Check it out:
12 Freshmen House Members on FoxNews.com: The Senate needs to act on health care
“The American people sent Republican majorities to Washington to end business as usual and save our health care system before it collapses. We can no longer afford to kick the can down the road. It is time for real solutions. The American people can no longer suffer under the collapse of ObamaCare – which is inevitable if the GOP fails to act. That’s why the House passed the American Health Care Act, and why the Senate must act.
“The House did its work, it is time for our colleagues in the Senate to do theirs.”
Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) on Fox Business:
“Health care is tough. I get it. But this job is tough. And taking hard votes is tough. I’m willing to take those hard votes. I’m willing to get on the floor and do that. The thing that really frustrates me is that if it doesn’t get past the Senate, we don’t move. We did our job… I want the Senate to be able to do their job to move this forward.”
“…prices are too high. Deductibles are too high. Or [Americans] just don’t have options any longer. We owe it to the American people to do the job that we said that we would do. I’m rolling up my sleeves, and I’m calling on every single member of Congress to do the same thing.”
Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN):
“Obamacare is collapsing and as a result patients across the country are at risk as premiums skyrocket and insurers flee the exchanges. In Indiana, premiums have increased an average of 74 percent and two of our state’s four insurers recently announced their departure from the Obamacare exchanges. Hoosiers are being priced out of the insurance market, if they can find insurance at all. This is not the healthcare Americans were promised by President Obama and Congressional Democrats when they passed Obamacare, and certainly not what they deserve.
“For me, this is personal. I spent more than a decade as a surgeon before coming to Congress. This is about the well-being of my constituents who are struggling to access quality, affordable healthcare under Obamacare. That’s why I made a promise to repeal and replace this failed law to help drive down costs, expand access, and get the federal government out of decisions that should be left up to patients and their doctors. The House did its job to fulfill our promise. I’m extremely disappointed that, thus far, the Senate has failed to live up to its commitment to the American people. It’s time for the Senate to act.”
Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) in the Washington Examiner: The truth behind the CBO
The point is, CBO economists are trained to apply Keynesian economic formulas to predict future consumer behavior, but their projections don’t often account for common-sense realities, such as the wet blanket effect that Obamacare had on job creation and economic growth. Time and time again, their projections miss the mark because they don’t consider economic reality.
Fast-forwarding to today’s debate over replacing the ACA, the CBO has once again weighed in with a doomsday projection about how many people would lose coverage if either the House or Senate reform bills pass.
Unfortunately, we believe the CBO has missed the mark again.
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL):
“I am very disappointed to hear about the breakdown in the Senate over the health care bill, but I was pleased to hear the President is encouraging the Senate to stay and get their work done.
“The House has done its job, and now it is time for the Senate to roll up their sleeves and get to work. I get that passing Obamacare repeal legislation is tough, but doing nothing is not an option. Obamacare is crumbling all around us and we have to keep our promise to the American people to repeal this law and replace it with policy that makes sense.”
House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on Facebook:
The House has already acted, and I urge the Senate to keep the process going and work toward a solution that will repeal Obamacare. Under this law, insurance premiums for Virginians have increased an average of 77 percent and it’s estimated that 40 percent of counties in the United States will have only one insurance option next year. Obamacare has created real problems that are affecting families across the country, and maintaining the status quo is not an option. We must increase access to care and choice and deliver affordable health insurance options.
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Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) on Facebook:
The House did our part to advance a bill repealing and replacing Obamacare. The bill is now over in the Senate, and I welcome any changes or ideas they have to make the bill better. But, the bottom line is that the Senate now has to act. I know health care is a tough and difficult issue, but we were elected to make hard decisions and take tough votes. We were elected to get the job done and help rescue the American people from the failures of Obamacare.
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Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on CNN:
“I want people to be able to pick a plan that works for them and the risks that they face in their life and to find a plan that fits their budget — a plan that they can afford. Right now, in my home state of Wisconsin, you might have an Obamacare gold or silver plan, and it may have a whole array of coverages that are absolutely wonderful, but you can’t afford it. Or if you can afford it, the deductible is so high that you can never use it.”
Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX)
“As this Congress began, there were people — many people — people on the right and the left of our conference who said you can’t just repeal, you’ve got to do the replace elements. Our subcommittee was tasked with that and we did that. Remember we went through a 28-hour markup and then we had another 18 hours in the Rules Committee just for good measure and we delivered a product to the House floor which did and was delivered to the Senate…look, that’s tough…we did a good job. And the Senate parliamentarian said that the bill that the House passed would in fact be able to be considered under their reconciliation rules so good…next move, United States Senate — it’s theirs.”
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) on CNBC:
“People recognize that we need to take action. It’s a matter of agreeing on the details, and doing the big things is always tough — this is part of the legislative process. But I do believe that, at the end of the day, we will come up with a legislative fix, because the future that the Democrats are offering…is single-payer, where the federal government is the one making medical decisions. Republicans, we can agree around some foundational principles, where we want freedom, opportunity, innovation in our health care system. It may take a little bit longer, but we must get this done.”
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) on Fox Business:
“We did our job. We were in the same place that the U.S. Senators are in right now just a few short months ago. We had to pull the bill from the floor, but that’s the time that we sat down and we worked together, worked out our differences, and we passed a health care bill we believe is going to address many of the accessibility and affordability problems in this country. The Senate’s at that same point right now. I’m glad the President used his leadership and position to say we need a repeal and a replace at the same time, and I wish the Senators luck in crafting that plan…”
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Fox News:
“We need to have everybody stay at the table and find a solution…the Senate needs to huddle, they need to figure this out. They need to send something to us so that we can go to conference on this bill and get to the goal of putting our nation on a track to patient-center health care. So that doctors, and patients, and families are making those decisions — not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. or at some insurance company.”
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) on FOX Business:
“It baffles me….Senators who are now saying they don’t want to repeal [Obamacare], they’re essentially saying what we’ve got now is better than we could have without it, and I don’t understand that at all.”
“Medicaid reform is one of the things that we need most. What Obamacare did to the Medicaid system was one of the worst things. I think the two worst things it did was to expand Medicaid and to take the free market, choices, out of health care.”