President Trump joined us this morning to promote the American Health Care Act.
His timing couldn’t have been better — the bill is quickly approaching a floor vote, with the Rules Committee taking it up tomorrow. Last night, Chairmen Walden and Brady announced updates to the text, incorporating ideas from their colleagues.
We’re wasting no time getting started on the other phases of our process. With Secretary Tom Price looking at ways to cut back on red tape at Health and Human Services (phase two), the House is starting to vote on commonsense reform legislation to make health care more affordable and accessible.
We share the President’s commitment to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a patient-centered, people-first approach to health care. Visit PassTheBill.gop to learn more!
Here are today’s highlights:
“…the market is imploding, it is not sustainable. We have one-third of the counties in this country with one provider, another third with only two providers, and so we have to do it. Is it a heavy lift? Yes. Do you sometimes need to hit the bad news and the heavy lift first? I think so. [to see the implosion] you can look at the escalation in the rates, you can look at the mandated benefits what it is causing, and you can look at who is going in and providing health care. I’ve met with my insurance companies. What do they say? This insurance marketplace in the individual market when you have a third of the counties in the country with only one provider willing to offer the product that is a problem. Now, the goal is to have everyone with access to affordable health care. The President understands that. You can go back to the Blair House health care summit February 25, 2010 — we laid out a private sector approach, the Democrats laid out a government approach. We tried theirs, it didn’t work, so let’s try something different.”
“It is also true that Mr. Barr did not look fearful—or apologize for his position. To the contrary, he told his audience he would not only vote for the AHCA, he would do so ‘enthusiastically.’ Reached by telephone later, Mr. Barr confirmed his vote for the bill. He says it’s a ‘no-brainer.’ And contrary to all the talk about how ObamaCare has worked for Kentucky, he says that what he hears from constituents and what he sees in the numbers (e.g., nearly half of the state’s 120 counties offer only one insurer on the government exchange) tells him that ‘ObamaCare has been a disaster for Kentucky.’ He adds that in a meeting with the president on Friday, Mr. Trump told him he is ‘1,000% in’ for this bill.”
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“We can’t let perfect be the enemy of the good here. [The American Health Care Act] is declawing Obamacare. It strikes to the heart of Obamacare with respect to doing away with the mandates, repealing the taxes, gutting the regulations that again is at the heart of government-controlled health care…then begins the process of reforming with Republican reforms that are based in markets, creating a situation where you have insurers competing for us as patients or consumers. I think if you have that dynamic in a robust way, you will have prices go down and you will have better services. You will empower patients.”
“Nearly every person I spoke with shared a personal story of how [Obamacare] has negatively affected their life. Some experienced delayed care or loss of their doctor, often after many years of having a personal relationship with him or her. Others experienced a crushing financial burden; some were actually forced to drop coverage because paying such high monthly premiums was no longer possible. Paying more for increasingly worse service, and markedly fewer options, is not what was promised by President Obama and the congressional democrats who forced this law upon us. We all know it is time to repeal and replace it with something better that lowers costs, increases access and puts you back in control of your health care decisions.”
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“I have waited for this day for seven long years. …[the American Health Care Act] is a positive first step and credit to all the people who have worked so hard on this and who have put so much heart and soul to get to this day. …The President and Vice President have both said that if you’ve got ideas we want to hear them. I think that they’ve been open in that process.”
“We’re going through a process, and this bill has gotten better as it’s gone through the committee process. …I feel good about where we’re going, but it would tough to go home and explain…’no, I couldn’t help the President when he thought this was a good bill. I couldn’t help the Speaker. I didn’t trust either of the major committees of jurisdiction that passed this through.’ That’s a hard argument.”
“We can do better for Hoosiers, and this week we will. We will start the process of repealing Obamacare and replacing it with something better. This week, Congress will vote on the American Health Care Act, the first phase of our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is a transformational change that will do away with Obamacare’s costly mandates, provide much-needed relief to Hoosiers, and create a health care system that actually lowers costs and increases choice. We’re going to keep our promise. Come together and get this done.”
“Obamacare is structurally not capable of…providing health care to the American people. …it’s collapsing under its own weight. That’s really not an option. …there’s input being given, but I think at the end of the day, we’re going to come together to pass a great health care bill that will allow individuals to take over their health care again and take it out of government mandates.”
“Bottom line: The Republican three-phase plan, starting with the AHCA, will increase access to quality, affordable care and allow for families to have more freedom and flexibility to get the health-care coverage that is right for them. The Trump administration and congressional Republicans remain committed to working together to stop the burdens that failed Obamacare policies have placed on the backs of our families and businesses.”
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