Media Roundup: Spring Has Sprung, and House Republicans are Springing Into Action with AHCA

Today may be the official first day of Spring, but House Republicans have been “springing” ( ←  see what we did there?) into action ever since Obamacare was rammed through Congress seven years ago this week.

In that very moment, before the ink even had a chance to dry, we made a promise to the American people that we would repeal and replace Obamacare. With the American Health Care Act approaching a floor vote, we are keeping that promise. Visit to learn more.

Here are the highlights from this weekend:

 Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) after Friday’s White House Meeting:

“…to be able to take funding put them in our communities to empower women, to help out with health care and community care is incredibly important for all of us. I want you to know that every single person here was really concerned about the most vulnerable among us. The block grants to our states is incredibly important and to be able to care for those who really want health care insurance — and provide that to them at the lowest price possible and give them the option to be able to be the managers of their own health care. …I have to tell you how excited I am that we have been able to do what we were sent here to do, that is to get back the reins of policy and the power of the purse, and really create a program that’s going to be beneficial for all Americans.”

Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) on Fox News

“This is why people hired us — to come to Washington to make very tough decisions on some very difficult issues, health care being one of those. But let’s not forget the fact that doing nothing is not an option, because doing nothing means that this particular Affordable Care Act law is going to implode by itself under its own weight. I think it’s incumbent on Congress to take actions now …[the American Health Care Act has] been a long process, it was part of our Better Way agenda, we all ran on it…take this bill, make it better, get consensus on both sides of the Capitol, and let’s get this to the desk of the President.”

Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) on Fox Business (His first national TV hit!)

“We certainly recognize, as do most Americans, that those that are the most vulnerable in our society need some help buying health insurance. I think the conference has really made a strong push to make sure that the most vulnerable are protected, that they have access to care, that they can get coverage with pre-existing conditions.”

Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) in the Star Tribune

“I made a promise that I would repeal and replace Obamacare. The AHCA is the first step toward keeping that promise. …the AHCA modernizes Medicaid so it can focus on the most vulnerable, as it was intended to, and not pay states to divert these resources toward able-bodied adults with no kids. Even the Mayo Clinic has now announced that it ‘will give preference to patients with private insurance over those with lower-paying Medicaid …’ And the Star Tribune wants to keep the status quo?”

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Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) on MSNBC

“To most Americans, certainly to those in my home state of Oklahoma with a 76 percent increase on average of health care bills that they have to pay for their insurance, we have to have something that actually makes it. Americans now are having to choose between do they pay for their mortgage and food, or do they pay for their health insurance? That’s not a choice that Americans want, and that’s why we seeing the state of affairs we’re in today.”

Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) on Fox News

“The most important thing [the American Health Care Act] does is to bring the American people into the general marketplace of insurance as opposed to Obamacare where only about 24 out of 100 doctors were available to them. We are going to up that level to where they are going to be in the general insurance marketplace, and that market is more robust and has the kind of coverage that you want and it will be at the price that you can pay. So it’s a huge advantage right off the bat. …Members of Congress are on Obamacare, and we understand its destructive nature.”

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) in the Alabama Political Reporter

“The bottom line is that Obamacare is on a collision course. If Congress were to sit back and do nothing, Obamacare would implode. This would leave millions of Americans with no insurance and the overall insurance market for the rest of us in a dangerous condition. So, Congress must act and rescue the American people from this broken law. I have pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare since being elected to Congress, and I remain committed to honoring that pledge. Now, under unified Republican government, we have the best opportunity we have ever had to get rid of this failed law and instead provide Americans with the freedom, choice, and control.”

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Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX on Fox News

“This is part of the legislative process — finding a consensus. …this isn’t squabbling and a mess, this is debate. …What we need to remember are the people who liked their doctors, liked their plans, and lost them, priced out of the market or have deductibles that are so high that they simply can’t use them. I think we really need to concentrate on getting these premiums down. …the average family’s premiums have gone up $5,000 under Obamacare and it is a disaster. We have to get rid of it. We made that promise, and we’re going to keep that promise.”

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on Fox News

“If we don’t get [Obamacare repeal/replace] done, then you don’t get tax reform done, you don’t get a repeal/replace of Dodd-Frank. You basically stop the whole Trump agenda before the First 100 Days are even over. We can’t let that happen. …you want to get rid of the Obamacare taxes before do tax reform. I think this was key to get health care first, tax second, we can still make it happen.”

Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) Short Report Newsletter

“Increasing choices and lowering premiums were top priorities for Republicans when drafting the AHCA. Certain aspects of the CBO report’s findings are encouraging, but there is still more work to be done. The AHCA is the first step in reforming our health care system and untangling the mess that Obamacare has made. I look forward to continuing to work on this bill with my colleagues and getting the best possible deal for the American people.”

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