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I think we have to let Obamacare go its way a little while.
NEW Mar 27 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Affordable Care Act. You'll find 777 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. You can also see the other popular topics. The 3 people who have been quoted more about Affordable Care Act are: Donald J. Trump, Paul Ryan and Mark Meadows. Donald J. Trump specifically said: “I think we have to let Obamacare go its way a little while.”.
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Jennifer Rubin

As President Trump licked his wounded ego Friday, he told The Post in an interview, “The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode.” His Office of Management and Budget director, Mick Mulvaney, echoed that sentiment on “Meet the Press”.

Glenn Beck

This is the end of prosperity in America forever if this bill passes. This is the end of America as you know it.

Nancy Pelosi

Today is a great day for our country, it's a victory – what happened on the floor is a victory for the American people, for our seniors, for people with disabilities, for our children, for our veterans. Quite frankly, I thought they might have accomplished something in the first couple of months.

Jennifer Rubin

These guys have no clue how to govern. “White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon told a group of House conservatives they had no choice but to back the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill days before the bill was pulled, according to a new report.”.

Don Young

The reason why Obamacare failed was because it wasn't a bipartisan bill. We were very frankly guilty of that.

John Meyer

Trump's election was seen as good for markets, but he is now being seen as potentially less effective than people were thinking. His failure on Obamacare has created uncertainty about whether he can push his policies through Congress.

Donald J. Trump

Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare! Obamacare is exploding. With no Democrat support, we couldn't quite get there. We were just a very small number of votes short in terms of getting our bill passed.

Michael McCarthy

The failure of the US Republican party to pass legislation repealing the universal healthcare act may come back to bite markets. The failure of the Obamacare repeal is not economically significant, but a hostile parliament threatens the positive outlook.

Mark Meadows

Does it have to be, what they would say, revenue neutral? Or do you have to have an offset like with the border adjustment tax? ... I think there's been a lot of flexibility in terms of some of my contacts in conservatives in terms of not making it totally offset ..., . I still believe that there is a good chance, if moderates and conservatives can come together, that we repeal and replace Obamacare, bring premiums down, cover more people.

Mark Meadows

I fully expect that what we're going to see is not only a real tax reform but other measures that come along. And I still believe that there is a good chance, if moderates and conservatives can come together, that we repeal and replace Obamacare, bring premiums down, cover more people.

Larry Levitt

It seems that the Trump Administration now faces a choice whether to actively undermine the ACA or reshape it administratively. The ACA marketplaces weren't collapsing, but they could be made to collapse through administrative actions.

Blair Childs

We have a completely broken economy in healthcare. Literally, all of the incentives in fee-for-service are for higher cost.

Chuck Schumer

That's it. They didn't want it. Stop undermining ACA, and we'll work with them. We have ideas, they have ideas to try to improve Obamacare. We never said it was perfect. We always said we'd work with them to improve it. We just said repeal was off the table.

Jerry Brown

The #ACA endures. But for tomorrow, we must gird ourselves for the battles yet to come.

Nancy Pelosi

I extend my hand to the president if he wants to improve the Affordable Care Act. I supported single payer since before you were born.

Clare Schexnyder

They're setting it up to fail, which is irresponsible and unforgiveable.

Donald J. Trump

I think we have to let Obamacare go its way...It's imploding and soon will explode and it's not going to be pretty. We're probably going to start going very strongly on big tax cuts. Tax reform that will be next. We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty.

Jeanine Pirro

It failed within the first 70 days of President Donald Trump's administration, a president who made the replacement of Obamacare the hallmark of his campaign and then used valuable political capital to accomplish it. When he tweeted, Watch Judge Jeanine tonight,' he and I had absolutely no conversation, no discussion, no email, nothing.

Mike Pence

We're going to roll our sleeves up and we're going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses and family farms. Working with this Congress, President Trump is going to pass the largest tax cut since the days of Ronald Reagan, and we're going to get this American economy moving again. With 100 percent of House Democrats -- every single one -- and a handful of Republicans actually standing in the way of President Trump's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, we're back to the drawing board. Maybe we could have used a few of your WWE superstars on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Mike Pence

Congress just wasn't ready. The president and I are grateful for Speaker Paul Ryan and all the House Republicans who stood with us in this effort to begin the end of Obamacare. But as we all learned yesterday, Congress just wasn't ready. You saw it. With 100 percent of House Democrats, every single one, and a handful of Republicans actually standing in the way of President Trump's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, we're back to the drawing board.

Sal Traficante

I liked the idea of repealing Obamacare, but I thought the Republicans would actually have a plan.

Donald J. Trump

ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry! It's going to happen (explode). There's not much you can do about it. Bad things are going to happen. There's not much you can do to help it. I've been saying that for a year and a half. It's not sustainable. There's no way out. Going to see explosive premium increases and the deductibles are so high that no one is going to be able to use it. I think that's going to happen.

Dinah Stephens

We feel like it's a real victory for the millions of women and men in this country who are standing up to demand their access to healthcare not be taken away.

Ashley Hayward

I'm really happy. I'm covered through Obamacare, so I was really worried during the last month or two about all of this that's going on. I'm happy that Planned Parenthood is still being funded.

Donald J. Trump

I would say that we will probably start going very, very strong for the big tax cuts and tax reform. That will be next. We learned about loyalty; we learned a lot about the vote-getting process.

Paul Ryan

Obamacare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry.

Paul Ryan

Yes this does make tax reform more difficult. But it does not in any way make it impossible. That just means the Obamacare taxes stay with Obamacare. We're going to go fix the rest of the tax code. Doing big things is hard.

Donald J. Trump

We couldn't get one Democratic vote, and we were a little bit shy, very little, but it was still a little bit shy, so we pulled it. The beauty, is that they own Obamacare. So when it explodes they come to us, and we make one beautiful deal for the people. We learned about loyalty; we learned a lot about the vote-getting process. I like Speaker Ryan. ... I think Paul really worked hard.

Paul Ryan

We came really close today but we came up short. I will not shirk this. This is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard. We will need time to reflect. We will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.

Donald J. Trump

I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because now they own Obamacare, they own it 100% own it.

J. Mario Molina

If they fail to act and they don't act in an appropriate way, that will further destabilize the marketplace.

Donald J. Trump

I would say that we will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform. That will be next. Now we're going to go for tax reform, which I've always liked.

Morgan Tilleman - Foley & Lardner

That is one of the ways that is available to monkey wrench the Affordable Care Act.

Donald J. Trump

She quickly corrected her typo, meaning Obamacare instead of Obama.

John Feehery

The president and the Republican leadership have to figure out who their friends really are and how do they build a lasting majority or even a bi-partisan majority.

Jeanne Zaino

Something that you not only ran on but embraced and has been your calling card for seven years, since Obamacare passed, you now cannot even keep the first part promise to repeal it.

Donald J. Trump

We couldn't get one Democratic vote, and we were a little bit shy… so we pulled it. I like Speaker Ryan. I think Paul really worked hard. We learned about loyalty; we learned a lot about the vote-getting process.

Paul Ryan

We came really close today, but we came up short. This is a disappointing day for us … we'll need time to reflect on how we got to this moment and what we could have done … better.

Mitch McConnell

Obamacare is failing the American people and I deeply appreciate the efforts of the Speaker and the president to keep our promise to repeal and replace it. I share their disappointment that this effort came up short.

Donald J. Trump

With no Democrat support we couldn't quite get there. We learned about loyalty, we learned a lot about the vote-getting process. I like Speaker Ryan. ... I think Paul really worked hard.

Paul Ryan

We came really close today but we came up short. ... This is a disappointing day for us. It's a really good question. I wish I had a better answer for you.

Nancy Pelosi

Today is a great day for our country, what happened on the floor is a victory for the American people. Let's just for a moment breathe a sigh of relief for the American people.

Paul Ryan

This is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard. All of us, myself included, will need time to reflect how we got to this moment, what we could have done to do it better. I told him that the best thing I think to do is to pull this bill and he agreed with that decision.

Nancy Pelosi

This is pretty exciting for us, yesterday our anniversary, today a victory for the Affordable Care Act more importantly, for the American people. Tomorrow is the fifty first anniversary of Rev Martin Luther King Jnr saying in a speech…that of all of the forms of inequality, inequality in healthcare is probably the most inhumane.

Paul Ryan

I will not sugar coat this, this is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard. All of us we will take time to reflect on how we got here, what we could have done better…This is a setback, but it is not the end of the story.

Paul Ryan

ObamaCare will remain the law of the land until it's replaced. We're going to be living with ObamaCare for the foreseeable future. We came really close today, but we came up short. I spoke to the president a little while ago and I told him the best thing I think to do was to pull this bill, and he agreed with that. I will not sugarcoat this; this is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard. The president gave his all in this effort. He did everything he possibly could to help people see the opportunity we have with this bill. He really has been fantastic.

Donald J. Trump

We were very close, it was a tight margin. We have to let Obamacare go its own way for a little while.

Paul Ryan

Obamacare is the law of the land. We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. Yes this does make tax reform more difficult. But it does not in any way make it impossible. We will proceed with tax reform.

Bernie Sanders

What we're starting to do, for the first time in the modern history of the Democratic Party, is active grass-roots organizing. We're working with unions, we're working with senior groups, and we're working with health-care groups. We're trying to rally the American people so we can do what they want. And that is not the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Paul Ryan

We came really close today, but we came up short. I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us. I don't know what else to say other than Obamacare is the law of the land. It'll remain law of the land until it's replaced. We're going to be living with Obamacre for the foreseeable future.

Donald J. Trump

I would say that we will probably start going very very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform. That will be next. I like Speaker Ryan. He worked very, very hard.

Jason Gurda

But certainly the bill that they're voting on in the House today would be very negative for the hospital industry. It eliminates coverage for 24 million people. At the same time, it does not eliminate the Medicare rate cuts that the hospital industry had given when Obamacare was passed.

Barack Obama

Thanks to this law, more than 20 million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance. Thanks to this law, more than 90 percent of Americans are insured – the highest rate in our history. Thanks to this law, the days when women could be charged more than men and Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage altogether are relics of the past. America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.

Donald J. Trump

Look, we got no Democratic votes. We got none, zero. So when you get zero from the other side–they let us down because they're hurting the people. The good news is they now own health care, they now own Obamacare.

Harry Truman

I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have sense enough to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to.

Donald J. Trump

Hey, we could have done this. But we couldn't get one Democrat vote, not one. So that means they own Obamacare, and when that explodes, they will come to us wanting to save whatever is left, and we'll make a real deal.

Donald J. Trump

We were very close. It was a very, very tight margin. We had no Democratic support. I've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we could do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It's exploding right now. The best thing that could happen is exactly what happened – watch. It's enough already. You can't pretend and say this is a win for us.

Sean Spicer

We have given [Congress] every reason to fulfil the commitment they made to the American people. Everything is out there. These members have to make a decision. You can't force people to vote. At the end of the day this isn't a dictatorship.

Donald J. Trump

The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!

Paul Nolte

I think investors are of the belief that Trump is just going to pivot to taxes. I think it's a pivot from what we saw on Tuesday.

Tom Tucci

I know a lot of people are saying this will foreshadow the battle there, but I think there's a lot more support on that end.

Tom Tucci

I think what Trump did by saying that they are going to take a vote and if it doesn't go they will move on to the next item is kind of a positive thing, because I think the more important things are fiscal stimulus and tax reform.

Bucky Hellwig - BB&T Wealth Management

If this goes on the back burner, and they start addressing corporate tax rates or infrastructure, that would be a positive for the market because the administration is not going to look at this and say, Hey, this thing is going to take a while.' They want to win. So they will go on to something that they could get through more quickly, which will be beneficial to the market.

Joe Trevisani

If the Republicans cannot settle their own conservative-moderate division on healthcare then that divide will be exacerbated for any other issue they attempt.

Paul Ryan

I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because they own Obamacare. They 100 percent own it.

Jared Bernstein

What the heck was that all about? Some quick thoughts on why the ACA's still standing.

Sean Spicer

This is our opportunity to do it. We've talked about this thing since 2010. Every Republican ... has campaigned, from dogcatcher on up, that they would do everything they could to repeal and replace 'Obamacare.

Nancy Pelosi

Today is a great day for our country. It's a victory, what happened on the floor is a victory for the American people, for our seniors, for Americans with disabilities, for our children, for our veterans.

Donald J. Trump

The beauty, is that they [Democrats] own Obamacare. So when it explodes they come to us, and we make one beautiful deal for the people.

Paul Ryan

We just didn't quite get consensus today. We came very close, but we could not get a consensus, which is why I thought the wisest thing to do was pull the vote. We will try to help [the ACA] along and prop it up, but it is so fundamentally flawed I don't think that's possible. I'm sure they may be pleased right now, but when they see how bad this thing gets...I don't think they're going to like that either.

Craig Erlam

Financial markets are in wait-and-see mode...although there is an underlying sense of optimism after Donald Trump...declared Congress should accept the changes or live with Obamacare, paving the way for government to refocus its attention on tax reform.

Donald J. Trump

After seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan! The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!

Rodney Frelinghuysen

Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey. In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in my Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raise serious coverage and cost issues. I remain hopeful that the American Health Care Act will be further modified. We need to get this right for all Americans.

Mark Wayne Mullins

When was the last time there was a perfect bill passed out of congress? It doesn't exist. Now is the time to pass the vote. Are you going to stand with our President Trump or are you going to stand with Obama and Obamacare.

Newt Gingrich

Why would you schedule a vote on a bill that is at 17% approval? Have we forgotten everything Reagan taught us? No one should be confused. Obamacare repeal if it passes will be Trump's triumph. He personally intervened to save bill when it faced defeat.

Sean Spicer

Part of the reason that premiums have spiked out of control is because under Obamacare there were these mandated services that had to be included.

David Joyce - GE Aviation

My prior votes to repeal all or parts of Obamacare underscore what I have long argued - we need a better healthcare system. After listening to constituents, business leaders and medical professionals throughout my district, I came to the conclusion the American Health Care Act was not a better solution.

Pramila Jayapal

This bill is pure greed, and real people will suffer and die from it.

Sean Spicer

The speaker has done everything he can. You can't force people to vote.

Chris Collins

Too many people on our team feel like we have team members that are not, they're deserting us.

Donald J. Trump

When it explodes they [Dems] come to us and we make one beautiful deal. It's enough already. Many of you came in on the pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don't get this done.

Mo Brooks

. He's calling for a straight repeal of former President Barack Obama's 2010 health law, despite the long odds of ever getting the Senate to go that far.

Jennifer Rubin

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump said he would replace Obamacare with “something terrific.” In February, he assured us he was putting together something “wonderful.” He would cover “everybody,” he said in an interview with The Post. He once bragged that he was the only GOP candidate to promise not to touch Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. He never would give particulars, other than to say he would allow insurers to sell plans across state lines (which has never been feasible since it involves the upfront challenge of setting up a network of doctors).

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

However markets aren't panicking. This is thanks to suggestions that a favourable vote isn't a prerequisite for work to begin on other measures like tax cuts and infrastructure spending. However, it would mean Republicans, who have hated ACA since its 2010 birth, have to accept it will stay. An ultimatum, if you like, setting markets up for a dollop of weekend risk.

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Calls for another flat European open come after last night's US congressional vote on repeal of Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) was delayed by 24hrs and US markets a shade lower. This adds to concerns that Trump lacks enough house support (even among Republicans) and that he may struggle to get approval for all the stimulus policies he pledged.

Mick Mulvaney

Don't know. That's up to the House to count their own votes. The president made his final pitch last night, made it clear we're all on the same page. Republicans all want the same thing. They want to get rid of Obamacare and give people the control and the options that they want, the quality that they need and the affordability that they deserve.

Mark Meadows

I can tell you at this point we are trying to get another 30 to 40 votes that are now in the no category to yes. Once we do that I think we can move forward. We're certainly trying to get to yes. We've made very reasonable requests and we're hopeful that those reasonable requests will be listened to and ultimately agreed to.

Barack Obama

So the reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.

Sean Spicer

At the end of the day, this is the only train leaving the station that's going to repeal Obamacare. He's left nothing in the field.

Michael Steel

It is painfully ironic that members from safe, conservative congressional districts who can't ever quite seem to get to 'yes' make it harder to enact good, conservative public policy like repealing Obamacare.

Nicholas Bagley

If you think Congress is done, and you don't want to provoke a reaction anymore, then you own this. You will be judged as an executive on the performance of Obamacare.

Paul Ryan

I'm not going to sugar-coat it, this is a disappointing day. We are going to be living with Obamacare for the forseeable future. The president gave his all in this effort, he's really been fantastic.

Sean Spicer

Has the team put everything out there, have we left everything on the field? Absolutely. But at the end of the day this isn't a dictatorship and we've got to expect members to ultimately vote how they will according to what they think.

Sean Spicer

The question is can we get to 216. But make no mistake about it the president made clear last night, that this is it.

Mark Meadows

We have not gotten enough of our members to get to 'yes' at this point, under what we are currently considering. However, I would say progress is being made.

Nancy Pelosi

As bad as Trumpcare was, Republicans have been up to all night trying to make it worse. They're scrambling to find a bill that they can pass on the floor. I don't know if you want to call this on Trump's part a 'rookie's error'. But you don't find a day and say we're going to pass a bill. you build your consensus in your caucus. And when you're ready, you set the date to bring it to the floor.

Mark Meadows

We have not gotten enough of our members to get to yes at this point under what we're currently considering. However, I would say progress is being made. I would say that at this point, the president's engagement is unparalleled, I believe, in the history of our country. This is a president that wants to get things done. I am still a no at this time. I'm desperately trying to get to yes, and I think the president knows that, I told him that personally.

Nancy Pelosi

As bad as TrumpCare was, Republicans have been up all night long to make it worse. They're scrambling to find a bill they can pass on the floor. I don't know if you want to call this on Trump's part a rookie's error, but you don't find a day and say we're going to pass a bill. You build a consensus in your caucus and when you're ready you set the date to bring it to the floor. But so eager were they to, I don't know, to be mean-spirited to say 'we're going to bring up this bill on the same day on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

Ric Spooner - CMC Markets

Markets are likely to remain on hold today as traders wait on the US Congress to resolve its impasse on revision of the Obamacare legislation.

Glenn Grothman

Who wants to be the butt-head that keeps Obamacare going?

Matt Gaetz

We'll have the opportunity to watch a unified Democratic caucus impeach Donald Trump in two years when we lose the majority.

Mick Mulvaney

This is our moment in time, and the president is insisting on a vote tomorrow one way or another.

Donald J. Trump

Today, the House is voting to repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare. We'll see what happens. It's going to be a very close vote.

Sean Spicer

We're keeping that vote total rather tight right now, but I feel very buoyed by the direction we're headed in.

Mark Meadows

At this point, some of the provisions here do not lower health-care costs enough ... for my constituents. We've got to make sure it lowers health costs. The president's engagement is unparalleled. The president has made some very good-faith gestures.

Barack Obama

We should start from the baseline that any changes will make our healthcare system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority. America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.

Mark Meadows

I can tell you at this point we are trying to get another 30 to 40 votes that are now in the 'no' category to 'yes.' Once we do that I think we can move forward.

Nancy Pelosi

You may be a great negotiator. Rookie's error for bringing this up on a day when clearly you're not ready.

Jaime Herrera Beutler

In the final analysis, this bill falls short. The difficulties this bill would create for millions of children were left unaddressed.

Patrick McHenry

It's really in the hands of the members to accept or reject the White House's offer.

Donald J. Trump

Americans were told that Obamacare would bring down prices and increase options. You were told that you could keep your plan and keep your doctor. You were given many, many false stories. The fact is, you were given many lies. […] Call your local representative, call your senator – let [them] know that you're behind our plan.

Jim McGovern

This health care repeal affects millions upon millions upon millions of Americans. Don't jam a disastrous bill through the House with patched-up fixes.

Donald J. Trump

Go with our plan, it's going to be terrific, you're going to be very, very happy. Call your local representative, call your Senator, let them know you're behind our plan.

Tim Malloy

Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative.

Jackie Walorski

Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight, driving up health care costs, and limiting options for individuals and families.

Barack Obama

It was a long battle, carried out in Congressional hearings and in the public square for more than a year. But ultimately, after a century of talk, decades of trying, and a year of bipartisan debate, our generation was the one that succeeded. We finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for everybody.

Donald J. Trump

It's important to realize how we got to Obamacare in the first place, back in 2009 and 2010, House and Senate Democrats forced through a 2,700-page health care bill that no one read and no one understood. They ignored the public, they ignored the voters, and they jammed a massive failed health care takeover right through Congress.

Dana Peterson - Citi

Passage of the American Health Care Act vote is relevant for tax reform, but likely not in the way that markets and many observers may believe. A failure of President Trump and House Republicans to deliver on this one of two stated objectives this year would not signal the death knell for fiscal stimulus, in our view. Republicans could fail to enact the current [or any] version of repeal and replacement of Obamacare, but nonetheless achieve some notable measure of changes in the current tax code this year that may stimulate the economy.

Ani Turner

I think the evidence is clear that it wasn't a job-killing act. We believe that it did add jobs, certainly in health care. This acceleration, the bump up in hiring, I don't know why it wouldn't dissipate if all of these folks lost insurance and the payment that goes along with it.

Donald J. Trump

I want to thank for support on healthcare. I know you had a big problem on Obamacare, everybody does – so welcome to the crowd. We'll see what happens; it's going to be a very close vote. They know it's no good – everybody knows it's no good. It's all politics. It's a good deal and I think we have a good chance.

Ted Yoho

We're getting closer. If we don't [really] repeal this, we're going to be left with a skeleton of the Affordable Care Act.

Thomas Himler

It could be that three years out we are no longer making money, we are losing money.

Peg Burnette

We want to know what will happen with the Medicaid expansion population, and what will be the timeline for that. Due to the uncertainty, we're not going to issue new debt. We have no plans for that in the near future.

Kevin Holloran - S&P Global

There's a wait-and-see feeling. Hospitals are saying, we'll revisit this in six months or more.

Peg Burnette

There's great demand that we're concerned about not being able to meet in the future.

Barack Obama

[A]fter a century of talk, decades of trying, and a year of bipartisan debate, our generation was the one that succeeded. We finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for everybody.

Joe Biden

This is not going to pass. The reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.

Barack Obama

Thanks to this law, more than twenty million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance. Thanks to this law, more than ninety percent of Americans are insured - the highest rate in our history. Thanks to this law, the days when women could be charged more than men and Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage altogether are relics of the past. Families who get coverage through their employer are paying, on average, thousands of dollars less per year than if costs kept rising as fast as they were before the law.

Barack Obama

And reality continues to discredit the false claim that this law is in a 'death spiral,' because while it's true that some premiums have risen, the vast majority of Marketplace enrollees have experienced no average premium hike at all. So the reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act. But we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority.

Paul Ryan

The bottom line is, we made a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, and we are going to keep our word.

Levi Russell - Agence France Presse

I don't see that changing our position. We've been upfront and clear with what a repeal should look like, and outlined the 4 primary concerns in this doc. This is actually one of the leave-behinds we've been sharing with lawmakers for a while now. Positive action on EHBs is the right direction, but would still fall short of actually repealing Obamacare.

Donald J. Trump

Americans were told Obamacare would bring down prices and increase options. You were told that you could keep your plan and keep your doctor. You were given many, many false stories, the fact is you were given many lies. Go with our plan, it's going to be terrific.

Larry Levitt

The GOP bill makes coverage less affordable for lower-income people, especially older adults, who are more likely to be sick. Making health insurance truly accessible requires two steps. One is guaranteeing access for people with pre-existing conditions, which this bill does. The other is making coverage affordable for people, and in that respect it's a step backwards relative to the ACA.

Larry McDonald - Amazon.com

If tonight's negotiations are fruitful, resistance to passage of the House Republican healthcare reform bill will crumble among holdout House Republicans and the bill will garner the necessary votes for passage. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has not relented from his promise to call up the bill for passage tomorrow. So much is on the line. If this deal fails, the entire 2017 Washington policy time-line comes into question. There's at least a 150 handles of legislative love priced into stocks at today's nosebleed levels. Traders are hoping this 'Hail Mary' lands on target.

Masafumi Yamamoto - Mizuho Securities

The vote on Obamacare is a litmus test for Trump. If he can't push through the bill (on Obamacare), it would further damage stocks. It also raises the risk of his other policies, like tax cuts, being delayed. So today's vote is of main importance to the currency market.

Charlie Dent

I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low- to moderate-income and older individuals.

Andy Harris

This legislation simply won't lower premiums as much as the American people need, and lowering the cost of coverage is my primary goal.

Michael Simpson

It's tough to pass controversial things, especially when Republicans have different ideas.

James Davis

We will stand with lawmakers who keep their promise and oppose this legislation.

Scott DesJarlais

I am more skeptical. I like to see what I'm going to get when I vote for it, not promises that I get later. I don't think they do.

Mark Meadows

We're encouraged tonight, just based on the real willingness of not only the White House, but our leadership, to make this bill better.

Scott Perry

How can you talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, without repealing the essential health benefits?

Sean Spicer

Slowly but surely we're getting there. There is no Plan B. There's Plan A and Plan A. We're going to get this done.

Dan Donovan - Giant Eagle

Recognizing that the status quo is failing isn't, on its own, a compelling reason to vote 'yes' on the current replacement plan.

Jim Jordan

Our job is to do just what Mark Meadows said – to do what we told the American people we were going to do when they gave us the privilege to serve. And this bill doesn't do that. This bill does not repeal Obamacare. And that fundamentally is why we are opposed to it. And unless it changes, I do not see the votes there to pass this legislation.

Brent Gardner - Agence France Presse

Republicans in Congress promised a full repeal of Obamacare, but the current plan falls far short. We simply cannot support this bill and commit to standing with champions in the House who also oppose the continuation of Obamacare.

Jeffrey Gundlach

Surveys show that people believe the (Obamacare) repeal is the most likely part of Trump's agenda to be passed. So if you can't pass the repeal, everything else is in doubt for sure.

Sean Spicer

Yes. This is the vote. This is the time to act. This vote needs to happen. This is the only train leaving the station. The count keeps getting stronger for us. Member by member we keep seeing tremendous support flow in our direction. I'm optimistic in the sense of what we're seeing … and the amount of votes that are flowing our way and not the other way. He's not there to threaten them. He's there to explain the political landscape to them.

Ted Yoho

As long as that's there, we do not have a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Mike Lee

What I understood her to be saying is that there's no reason why an Obamacare repeal bill necessarily could not have provisions repealing the health insurance regulations. What matters is how it's done, how it's written up. There are ways it's written up that perhaps make it not subject to passage through reconciliation, but there are other ways you could write it that might make it work.

Donald J. Trump

Unfortunately, Obamacare is making their lives so much more difficult, as you all know. And putting enormous barriers in the way of helping patients, who we are going to help and get this thing done, and get it figured out. It's a tough situation our country has been put in, it's not easy.

Joseph Antos

What I'm talking about it is putting foods in the bellies of kids, getting families to have decent housing conditions. They don't want more health care. They'd be better off and their health would be better off.

Linda J. Blumberg

The ACA was designed to make coverage more affordable for individuals who were of low- and middle- income, who did not have access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage. And it did so largely, if not completely, by raising revenue on higher income families.

Ezekiel Emanuel

The fundamental thing is this bill is not meant to expand health care coverage. As many people have said, it's basically a tax cut to the wealthy. They don't need it. That's not a good use of resources in this country. None of them have gone without a meal or even without a coffee because of the ACA.

Avik Roy - Forbes

If you have a lot more economic growth, that can help everybody. It's important to recognize that there are other factors at play here, and economic growth being one very significant factor.

Nathan Nascimento

The AHCA in its current form fails to fully repeal Obamacare and would lead to even higher costs and fewer choices for Americans. We want to work with Congress and the White House on finding solutions that reduce costs and increase access to quality care for all Americans, but that can't happen without first repealing Obamacare – and this bill does not do that. Absent major changes, the AHCA will fail to deliver relief for Americans, and we'll stand with principled lawmakers who recognize this and vote against it.

Paul Ryan

Our whole thing is we don't want to load up our bill in such a way that it doesn't even get considered in the Senate. Then we've lost our one chance with this one tool we have. This is the one chance we have to actually repeal Obamacare and replace it with the stuff we believe in. The president is all in, we all made this promise, and that's why I'm confident.

Byron Wien - The Blackstone Group

I definitely think that focusing on the Affordable Care Act first was a mistake. Obama made the same mistake. He focused on health care, and he should have been focusing on job creation after the recession of 2008-09. Trump should have focused on his economic program and put the Affordable Care Act on the back burner, but maybe circumstances dictated that he couldn't set the priorities that way. I definitely think it was a mistake, but it's been made, and now he has to deal with it.

Donald J. Trump

Keep your doctor, keep your plan–it didn't work out that way. That is one of the more vital reasons why we must repeal Obamacare, it's one of the reasons why we're here today. We'll see what happens.

Benjamin Sommers

When you ask the question, then, what would be the effect of repealing the ACA, there's no perfect way to answer this question.

Steffie Woolhandler

The common sense belief that if you lose your health insurance, it's going to make your health worse and it might even kill you – that's a common-sense belief that happens to be true. People cannot say we're going to take health care away from 24 million people and say nobody's going to die.

Amy Finkelstein

You can't rule out that Medicaid saves a bunch of lives, but you also can't rule out that it kills a bunch of people.

Benjamin Sommers

The short answer is, these are challenging extrapolations. But I think what's fair to say, based on our studies, is that giving people insurance can reduce mortality, so likely taking it away will cause an increase. ... The exact number is much harder to pin down.

Cathy Beluch

It's frightening to think about what's going to happen now. I'd be reckless to not be concerned about it.

Margot Sanger-Katz - The New York Times

Getting rid of the major coverage provisions and regulations of Obamacare would cost 23 million Americans their health insurance, according to another recent CBO report. In other words, one million more Americans would have health insurance with a clean repeal than with the Republican replacement plan, according to CBO estimates.

Chuck Schumer

The Trumpcare bill is not a health-care bill – it's a reduce-taxes-on-the-wealthy bill. Republicans should, once and for all, work with us to improve the Affordable Care Act and renounce repeal.

Kevin Brady

We have the best opportunity in seven years to repeal this sinking ship of Obamacare.

Jennifer Rubin

The replacement for Obamacare has been attacked on all sides. Is there an argument for the bill?

Philip Klein - The Washington Examiner

Republicans accuse Dems of ramming through Obamacare. Obamacare was passed at the pace of Zootopia DMV sloths compared to this AHCA attempt.

Jim Messina

The ACA took months of deliberations and debate before passage. So the speed and secrecy around the Republican health-care process is pretty shocking, even by Washington standards. For those voting yes this week, they will face the impossible task of either defending the details that come out or admitting they didn't take the time to scrutinize such important legislation before it passed. That type of impossible question is one Republican members will face in town halls, editorial boards and interviews for the next 19 months.

Mick Mulvaney

Folks watching on television now can go online and read what the bill is. They can watch the committee hearings. Those are things that were dramatically missing in Obamacare.

Bill Clinton

The people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies. Why? Because they're not organized, they don't have any bargaining power with insurance companies, and they're getting whacked. So you've got this crazy system where all of a sudden, 25 million more people have health care and then the people that are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It's the craziest thing in the world.

Atul Grover

There is also no evidence of a declining interest in medicine since the ACA took effect. Applications to medical school are at an all-time high. The real challenge the physician workforce faces is the cap on federal support for graduate medical education established by Congress 20 years ago. As a result, there are not enough residency positions to fill demand.

Mark Dayton

The Affordable Care Act has many good features to it, it's achieved great success in terms of insuring more people – 20 million people across the country – and providing access for people who have preexisting conditions and the like. But it's got some serious blemishes and serious deficiencies. And we're going to need both state and federal governments to step in and do what they need to do to remedy these problems.

Donald J. Trump

Unfortunately Obamacare is making their lives so much more difficult, as you all know and putting enormous barriers in the way of helping patients, who we are going to help and get this thing done, and get it figured out. We'll see what happens.

Scott Schermerhorn

Hospitals benefited dramatically from Obamacare, simply because all of a sudden they had more people with insurance and less bad debt expense. And now it looks like it's going the other way.

Don Bacon

I think a vote 'no' is a vote for Obamacare. We can vote for this, and continue to make it better. I intend to vote 'yes' Thursday.

Paul Ryan

Everybody running for the Congress and the House, everybody running for the Senate, and the president himself, said to the American people, You give us this chance, this responsibility, this opportunity, with a Republican president, with a Republican Senate, a Republican House, and we will repeal and replace Obamacare. The president was really clear, he laid it on the lines for everybody: We made a promise, now is the time to keep that promise, and we need to keep our promise and the people will reward us. If we don't keep our promise, it will be very hard to manage this.

Paul Ryan

I disagree with that, because we have a lot of Freedom Caucus members who are supporting this bill. This is our chance, and this is our moment, it's a big moment. And I think our members are beginning to appreciate just what kind of rendezvous with destiny we have right here.

Mitch McConnell

I'm optimistic that none of my members in the end want to be responsible for the status quo on Obamacare.

Tom Cotton

Despite the proposed amendments, I still cannot support the House health-care bill, nor would it pass the Senate. The amendments improve the Medicaid reforms in the original bill, but do little to address the core problem of Obamacare: rising premiums and deductibles, which are making insurance unaffordable for too many Arkansans. The House should continue its work on this bill. It's more important to finally get health-care reform right than to get it fast.

Ellen DeGeneres

My first thought was: 'No big deal, Obamacare will cover this,' . So, Portia drove me to the hospital, to the emergency room. When I got there, of course the receptionist had so many things for me to sign – a picture for her nephew, a t-shirt for her … No, they were wonderful. UCLA, thank you so much. There were a lot of people that were helpful, but Tammy, thank you so much. Tammy was my nurse that was taking care of me. They did an x-ray of my finger and here's what it looked like.

Mitch McConnell

I'm optimistic that none of my members, in the end, want to be responsible for the status quo on Obamacare.

Donald J. Trump

We're trying to add it to this bill and if we can't, we'll have it right after.

Paul Ryan

President Trump was here to do what he does best, and that is to close the deal. He is all in and we are all in to end this Obamacare nightmare. This is our chance and this is our moment. It's a big moment. And I think our members are beginning to appreciate just what kind of a rendezvous with destiny we have right here.

Paul Ryan

With the president's leadership and support for this historic legislation, we are now one step closer to keeping our promise to the American people and ending the Obamacare nightmare.

Donald J. Trump

This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of Obamacare. We're going to do it.

Jennifer Rubin

Hardly a drumbeat for the GOP bill. “A majority of voters say the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare will be a step back for the country rather than an improvement, according to a new Harvard-Harris Poll survey . . . . The survey found that 51 percent of registered voters view the GOP effort as moving the country backward, while 26 percent say it would be an improvement.”.

Donald J. Trump

We want a very big tax cut, but cannot do that until we keep our promise to repeal and replace the disaster known as 'Obamacare'. This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of 'Obamacare'. We're going to do it; we're going to do it. It's time for Democrat leaders in Washington to take responsibility for the disaster that they and they alone created.

Paul Ryan

With this amendment, we accelerate tax relief, give states additional options to spend health care dollars how they choose, strengthen what were already substantial pro-life protections, and ensure there are necessary resources to help older Americans and the disabled. With the president's leadership and support for this historic legislation, we are now one step closer to keeping our promise to the American people and ending the Obamacare nightmare.

Donald J. Trump

It's important to realize how we got to Obamacare in the first place. Back in 2009 and 2010, House and Senate Democrats forced through a 2,700 page health care bill that no one read and no one understood. They ignored the public, they ignored the voters, and they jammed a massive failed health care takeover right through Congress. I look forward to working with [holdout Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)] so we can get this bill passed – in some form – so that we can pass massive tax reform, which we can't do until this happens.

Donald J. Trump

This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of 'Obamacare.' It's a long-awaited chance. We're going to do it.

Mark Meadows

I'm confident that we still have enough concerns that a vote of 216 votes in the House would not happen today. There are core things within this bill as it currently stands that would be violate some of the principals of the Freedom Caucus. They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and five feet wide.

Paul Ryan

With this amendment we accelerate tax relief, give states additional options to spend health care dollars how they choose, strengthen what were already substantial pro-life protections and ensure there are necessary resources to help older Americans and the disabled.

Donald J. Trump

We want a very big tax cut, but cannot do that until we keep our promise to repeal and replace the disaster known as 'Obamacare,'. This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of 'Obamacare.'. We're going to do it; we're going to do it. It's time for Democrat leaders in Washington to take responsibility for the disaster that they and they alone created.

Donald J. Trump

Oh, he must have had a tough night when he went home that night.

Scott Reed

All that really matters this week is Gorsuch moving forward and the House passing step one of Obamacare repeal. All the rest is noise.

Rand Paul

The problem is, there are taxes, mandates and subsidies -- sounds a lot like Obamacare lite to me.

Tricia Brooks

In the years preceding ACA implementation, two-thirds of uninsured children were eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. In fact, 84 percent of children had the same insurance status as their parents according to a 2011 GAO study.

Sean Spicer

If they have ideas that can make the country better, and in this case our health-care system better in terms of affordability and accessibility, he's going to want to hear their ideas.

Ezekiel Emanuel

I may be the only person on the Democratic side who, for crazy reasons, they've agreed to talk to.

Steve Scalise

These next few days could define us for years to come. The American Health Care Act needs to pass the House of Representatives so the American people can be rescued from Obamacare. This is our moment to make history. We believe we should have even more assistance. And that's one of the things we're looking at for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs.

Steve Scalise

These next few days could define us for years to come. The American Health Care Act needs to pass the House of Representatives so the American people can be rescued from Obamacare.

Steve Scalise

These next few days could define us for years to come. The American Health Care Act needs to pass the House of Representatives so the American people can be rescued from Obamacare. This is our moment to make history.

Paul Ryan

I've got to tell you, it's something I haven't seen in a long time. This president is getting deeply involved. He is helping bridge gaps in our conference. He is a constructive force to help us get to a resolution so that we get consensus on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Mike Pence

Obamacare will be replaced with something that actually works – bringing freedom and individual responsibility back to American health care.

Paul Hickey

If Obamacare has been bad for the managed care stocks, why have they performed so well under it? And do they really need to be rescued by Congress?

Lance Wilkes - Sanford Bernstein

It's not a high-margin business for the managed care companies, but it's a steady one and it has been a growing one.

Gary Claxton

The successful managed care companies, and UnitedHealth in particular, have figured out how to prosper in almost any environment – and to insulate themselves from issues that become a problem. They are making a lot of money from government programs like Medicaid and Medicare – and they are likely to keep doing so.

Kathleen Sebelius

I don't now how they move [the bill] right now. I think the numbers are pretty terrible. What they're projecting is that a lot of older, lower-income Americans who won't be Medicaid eligible ... will be priced out of the market, and that is a pretty terrifically bad swing in this country, where older Americans will take the brunt of the plan, poorer Americans will take the brunt of the plan, and the richer and healthier will continue to be fine.

Donald J. Trump

Only because everyone knows it's on its last, dying feet, the fake news is trying to say good things about it, the fake media. There is no good news about Obamacare. Obamacare's dead. And there is no good news about Obamacare. Obamacare's dead. Now, we could wait for six months or a year, and let it happen. It's not the right thing to do for the people. And we're going to take care of people at all levels. So I just want to let the world know I am 100 percent in favor. Obamacare is not an alternative. It's not there. It's dead. Dead.

Donald J. Trump

We will take care of our people, or I'm not signing it. If we're not going to take care of the people, I'm not signing anything.

Rand Paul

Don't go along with Obamacare Lite – a bill that will fail in the Senate. Don't put your name on OBAMACARE LITE. As the markets collapse, you will be blamed.

Tom Price

You had the government before, saying to a certain sector of society, a certain individual, you can't make what that company is willing to pay you for your services. That doesn't sound like America to me. What we're saying is that we ought not single out certain individuals in this nation and have the federal government have the power to be able to say you're going to be treated differently than that individual, even though you make the same amount of money.

Tom Price

I think that the previous administration singled out health-care executives. You're absolutely right. And what they said is health-care executives ought to be punished.

Tom Price

Yeah, I don't think it stipulates that it's health-care executives. I think it's the level of income. If it's health-care executives, then I'll take a peek at it. It doesn't make any sense.

Ted Cruz

As written, the House bill would not pass the Senate. But I believe we can fix it.

Mick Mulvaney

There's no perfect piece of legislation. There's gonna be this framework that's going to be added to or subtracted to during the process, and eventually it's going to pass the House and it's going to pass the Senate.

Donald J. Trump

The House has put forward a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, based on the principles I outlined in my joint address, but let me tell you we're going to arbitrate, we're going to all get together, we're going to get something done. It's going to get all mixed up and we're going to come up with something. We always do.

Diane Black

The unfortunate thing was that they didn't have a glide path for people who were on the program. They just cut it off, and there was a cliff. And we saw the results of that. I've shared my experiences here to say, Let's not pull the rug out from under people's feet. Let's have a glide path.' Fortunately, that's a notion most people agree with.

Diane Black

It's kind of like sausage. It's not very pretty, but it tastes good at the end. We're going to have a good product at the end of the day. I've always been pleased that he has respect for me as a nurse. Sometimes doctors can be funny about that. They want to push nurses around. It is a frustration for us, but we've got to work within the confines of what their archaic rules allow for. So there are some good pieces that I'd like to be able to do on this first bite, but they're going to take more time. You have to accept that and just get all you can.

Marco Rubio

The administration's budget isn't going to be the budget. We do the budget here. The administration makes recommendations, but Congress does budgets.

Diane Black

When I was four year's old, I asked for a doctor's kit for Christmas. I was a tomboy. I'd bandage my two brothers up when they got hurt. … I would have loved to have been a doctor, except that I was raised in a family that just didn't have the means to let me do that.

Damian Paletta
Steven Mufson

Many of Trump's budget proposals are likely to run into stiff resistance from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, even from Republicans, whose support is crucial because they must vote to authorize government appropriations.

Diane Black

This bill follows that blueprint. Obviously this is the first bite at the apple. This is not the final bill. We have a ways to go.

Stephen Collinson - CNN

The future is now for Paul Ryan. In the pandemonium of the health care fight, the House speaker's reputation, authority and political fate are on the line in a way they never have been before during his charmed assent to the pinnacle of Washington power.

Ben D'Avanzo

Would you buy a toaster that Consumers Reports gave an F? Not me. We should be pretty worried about their grade of the ACA repeal plan.

Stephen Northrup

This is probably the last best chance for Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act and put something in its place that is a conservative vision for health care.

Lindsey Graham

Here's what I would prefer he do. If he can't get us in a good spot where we all feel comfortable, we've improved Obamacare dramatically, which we told people we would: Let it collapse. Democrats are not going to lift a finger to help President Trump. I would do collapse-and-replace if you can't get a good, solid fix to Obamacare using reconciliation.

Paul Ryan

Now that we have our score we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill. We are on the same page as the White House. I think there are those who would love to wedge us for one reason or another, but that's just not the case.

John Thune

We want to build on what the House has done, and we think that this amendment does that. It just makes it more defensible both in terms of the policy implications and the politics.

Ted Cruz

I believe we can get it done. I can tell you, the last week, four days, I've been at the White House meeting with the president, with the vice president, saying, We've got to get it done.

Steve Scalise

Watching sausage being made is not the prettiest thing. What can we do on those final pieces that are being negotiated with President Trump and a number of our members in our conference that ultimately want to get to a yes vote and send this bill over to the Senate?

Diane Black

We're listening; we're definitely listening. And I will tell you: Tune in to our Budget Committee tomorrow, and you will hear these conversations.

Mark Meadows

That is probably the No. 1 priority. If we can get those, it would make the rest of it a whole lot easier.

AshLee Strong

As the speaker has repeatedly said, this bill will work its way through regular order and while the structure will remain intact, modifications will happen during the legislating process. But the reality remains: Members will face a binary choice to either vote for a bill that can pass or vote for Obamacare status quo.

Mark Meadows

I'll say this, if the bill that comes to the floor is the exact same one in Budget, I'll feel a little bit that I'd been had.

Mark Meadows

They will whip it, and they will find 40 nos and another 30 or 40 undecideds.

Charlie Dent

Doing that would be a nonstarter and would be enormously and hugely problematic for many of our members.

Steve Doocy

Tweeting about medicine, Obamacare, immigration, jobs, policy. Perhaps more useful to tweet about policy and important announcements, rather than, for instance, Arnold Schwarzenegger's ratings.

Andy Slavitt

Nobody I know really cares whether we call it Obamacare or Trumpcare or Ryancare, and quite frankly, we'll end up in a better world when we call it none of those things. It wasn't great for Democrats to be the only ones owning coverage reform. Republicans are finding out it isn't great either. Everybody can own this together, because there will inevitably be challenges.

Donald J. Trump

The bill that I will ultimately sign – and that will be a bill where everybody is going to get into the room and we're going to get it done – we'll get rid of Obamacare and make health care better for you and for your family.

Paul Ryan

This president is getting deeply involved. He is helping bridge gaps in our conference. He is a constructive force to help us get to a resolution so that we get consensus on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Donald J. Trump

The bill that I will ultimately sign -- and that is going to be a bill where everybody is going to get into the room and we are going to get it done -- we'll get rid of Obamacare and make healthcare better for you and for your family. I want to get to taxes. I want to cut the hell out of taxes. I would have loved to have put it first, to be honest. But before I can do that there is a very important thing we have to do. We are going to repeal and replace horrible, disastrous Obamacare.

Mick Mulvaney

We already had two committee hearings, which I believe is two more than Obamacare had in the House.

Donald J. Trump

The bill that I will ultimately sign - and that will be a bill where everybody is going to get into the room and we're going to get it done - we'll get rid of Obamacare and make health care better for you and for your family.

Donald J. Trump

Remember folks: if we don't do anything, Obamacare is gone. It's gone. It's gone.

Chuck Schumer

We are on offense and united. They are on defense and divided, the opposite of what people would have predicted a month or two ago.

Tom Cotton

I can tell you a number, if not a majority, of Republican senators think that this process has been too breakneck, too slapdash, and they do not see a good solution for the American people coming out of the House bill as drafted.

Andrew Wilkow

You can tell me that it self-identifies as a Republican bill. But you know what? I saw its parts. I don't want to go on a date with it.

Andrew Wilkow

I guess it's a crazy world when you have a bill created by Republicans that works exactly like a bill created by Democrats and you say, that's a Democrat bill.

Paul Ryan

Obviously, the major components are staying impact, because this is something we wrote with President Trump, this is something we wrote with the Senate committees. Just so you know, Maria, this is plan we ran on all of last year, this is the plan that we have been working with the House, Senate, White House, together on, and now as we get closer to the finish – going through the committee process – you inevitably make those refinements improvements as you go through that process and that's exactly where we are right now.

Larry Levitt

While there's a big debate in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act, the law remains in place for now and is covering millions of people.

Joe Crowley

I think the likelihood of them trying to massage moderate Republicans is a dream at this point. They're more likely to try to massage the right-wing members of the caucus, the Freedom Caucus. I'd suggest: Keep trying, keep working on ways to moderate this bill, so that it works in ways that the Affordable Care Act is already working.

Caroline Pearson - Avalere Health

The markets continue to be dominated by enrollees receiving subsidies. Without those subsidies, most enrollees are likely to drop out of the market, since they would not be able to afford coverage.

Paul Ryan

The major components are staying intact because this is something we wrote with President Trump. This is something we wrote with the Senate committees.

Larry Levitt

This report is a reminder that while there's a big debate in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act, the law remains in place for now and is covering millions of people.

Bill Cassidy

The first myth is that replacing ObamaCare creates a 'new' entitlement to universal healthcare or health insurance that did not previously exist. The second myth – cutting funding for coverage means that society saves money. The third – Republican politics demand a paltry replacement or none at all.

Jennifer Rubin

The most critical and consistent argument that Republicans have advanced for their health-care bill is that “Obamacare is failing” or is in a “death spiral.” There are lots of definitions of “failing” (pre-Obamacare health care was “failing” for lots of people, too), but “death spiral” has a specific meaning, namely, that through adverse selection the pool of those insured becomes so expensive that coverage is dropped or becomes hugely expensive. (In other words, the individual mandate isn’t working well enough.).

Donald J. Trump

The Republicans, frankly, are putting themselves in a very bad position – I tell this to [Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price] all the time – by repealing Obamacare.

Diane Black

Oh, no, no. We're listening. We're definitely listening. And I will tell you: Tune in to our Budget Committee tomorrow, and you will hear these conversations. You may hear some actions that are taken about sending a message on to the Rules Committee.

John Wagner
Abby Phillip

Falling short on a marquee campaign promise – when both chambers are controlled by his party – would almost certainly sap momentum for Trump's agenda. Moreover, Republicans are counting on cuts from (Obamacare) to make the budget math work on other Trump priorities, particularly major tax reductions.

Sean Spicer

This is the only vehicle that seeks to achieve what people on our side of the aisle have been talking about since 2010. This is it. If we don't get this through, the goal of repealing Obamacare and instituting a system that will be patient-centered will be unbelievably difficult.

Sean Spicer

This is it. If we don't get this through, the goal of repealing Obamacare and instituting a system that will be patient centered will be unbelievably difficult.

Bill Cassidy

President Trump said that he wants as many people covered as under 'Obamacare'. He said that health care should be affordable. If there's 14 million people losing insurance, of course it's concerning. I try to avoid hyperbole and adjectives, but it's concerning.

Ted Cruz

For six years we have campaigned promising the voters, if you elect us, we will repeal the disaster that is Obamacare that is hurting millions of Americans. We need to honor that commitment. When it comes to repealing Obamacare, failure is not an option. We have to get this done. I don't believe the current House bill accomplishes that objective. I've got significant concerns about the House bill and as drafted, the House bill would not pass the Senate.

Mark Meadows

''They will whip it, and they will find 40 nos and another 30 or 40 undecideds,''.

Mark Meadows

''That is probably the No. 1 priority,'' he said. ''If we can get those, it would make the rest of it a whole lot easier.''.

Paul Ryan

''Now that we have our score ... we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill,''. ''We are on the same page as the White House,''. ''I think there are those who would love to wedge us for one reason or another, but that's just not the case.''.

Steve Scalise

''Watching sausage being made is not the prettiest thing,''. ''What can we do on those final pieces that are being negotiated with President Trump and a number of our members in our conference that ultimately want to get to a yes vote and send this bill over to the Senate?''.

Donald J. Trump

It's going to be great. The House has put forward a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare [the Affordable Care Act], based on the principles I outlined in my joint address. Let me tell you, we're going to arbitrate, we're going to get together, we're going to get something done.

John Barrasso

Under Obamacare, people have been forced to buy insurance plans they don't want and can't afford.

Joan C. Alker

It's clear that the rug will be pulled out – in some states more quickly than in others.

Mark Meadows

"I'll say this, if the bill that comes to the floor is the exact same one in Budget, I'll feel a little bit that I'd been had,"

Paul Ryan

Now that we have our score from the CBO, that's something we were waiting for, now that we've got it, we've got room to make refinements. Obviously, the major components are staying intact because this is something we wrote with President Trump, this is something we wrote with the Senate committees. It says we're going to phase down these expansions so there's no more Medicaid expansion. It says we're not going to give these exorbitant reimbursement rates from the federal government.

Paul Ryan

Put this against the backdrop that Obamacare is collapsing. This, compared to the status quo, is far better.

Larry Levitt

I don't think there is anything in this bill that makes the market a lot more attractive to insurers.

Joan Quinlan

There's no question, the Affordable Care Act required us to bump up our game. It's going to be hard.

Gary Young

You can find hospitals that have done this. But . . . are we seeing a real shift in the hospital community? Or are these a few hospitals that are outliers? We've asked them to make a sea change in how they're doing things. And that can't happen overnight.

Mick Mulvaney

Who cares if somebody else benefits? Why do you have to have a system that punishes somebody to help somebody else? Why would it be bad if folks benefited from a small tax deduction at the same time? The CBO, we know, just doesn't do a very good job of counting coverage. The CBO is very good at counting money, but I don't know why we've expected them to be good at counting coverage. The people who are on Obamacare, whore are really the target here … know what the problem is. And, the problem is they have affordable health insurance, but they have completely unaffordable healthcare.

Mick Mulvaney

I don't know if the document exists because I haven't seen it. If it does exist, you just confirmed what I said, which is that we don't have the ability to do [those estimates] independently at the OMB. This is exactly what we thought the CBO would come forward with. They're terrible at counting coverage.

Jim Jordan

This bill doesn't repeal Obamacare. This bill doesn't unite Republicans. This bill doesn't bring down the cost of premiums . . . . There's a reason every major conservative organization in the country is opposed to this legislation.

Susan Collins

These kinds of estimates are going to cause revisions in the bill, almost certainly. I don't think that the bill that is being considered now is the bill that ultimately will be the one that we vote on in the Senate.

Ayn Rand

No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation , an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man.

David Certner - AARP

The older you get and the lower your income, the bigger the premium increase you're going to see. I don't think you can argue with the math here. It doesn't matter if you have more choices if they're all unaffordable. Not only are insurance companies allowed to charge people more, the amount of tax credits available to seniors are going to go down. So there's a double-whammy. What we're seeing here between age ratings and loss of tax credit is what we call a huge 'age tax'. We all know we can make changes to improve Obamacare.

Jennifer Rubin

Not so long ago, President Trump vowed that “everybody” would be covered under the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. On Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price vowed that “nobody will be worse off financially” under the GOP’s American Health Care Act, an assertion so preposterous that it makes President Obama’s “You can keep your doctor” declaration seem trivial.

Noam Levey

Among those hit the hardest under the current House bill are 60-year-olds with annual incomes of $30,000, particularly in rural areas where healthcare costs are higher and Obamacare subsidies are greater. In nearly 1,500 counties nationwide, such a person stands to lose more than $6,000 a year in federal insurance subsidies. Ninety percent of those counties backed Trump. And 68 of the 70 counties where these consumers would suffer the largest losses supported Trump in November….

Noam Levey

Meanwhile, higher-income, younger Americans – many of whom live in urban areas won by Hillary Clinton – stand to get more assistance in the Republican legislation.

Noam Levey

Most affected by the Republican health plan would be parts of Alaska, Arizona, Nebraska, Tennessee and Oklahoma, where Obamacare insurance subsidies have been crucial in making high-priced insurance affordable. All five states went for Trump. Also hit hard would be parts of key swing states that backed Trump, including Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan.

Tony Perry

That suggests that the electorate is primed to turn the 2018 election into a referendum on Trump.

John Kasich

It's not like we love Obamacare. It means don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Don't kill Medicaid expansion. And you've got to fix the exchange, but you have to have an ability to subsidize people at lower income levels.

Adam Brandon

This is not something that is easy for us to say, 'OK, we'll take half a loaf,'. What Senate Leader Mitch McConnell promised when he was on the campaign trail was we're going to repeal Obamacare root and branch. So what we're asking him to do is repeal – root and branch.

Mick Mulvaney

That's what we're trying to fix. Not coverage for people, not coverage they can afford, but care they can afford. When they get sick, they can go to the doctor. That's what the Donald Trump plan is working on, and that's where we think it is going to be wildly successful. We continue to think, and have for a long time, that the CBO was scoring the wrong thing. They're scoring Obamacare as it exists today, not tomorrow. Obamacare is this close from completely collapsing.

Mick Mulvaney

That's what we're trying to fix. Not coverage for people, not coverage they can afford, but care they can afford. When they get sick, they can go to the doctor. That's what the Donald Trump plan is working on, and that's where we think it is going to be wildly successful.

Mick Mulvaney

I love the folks at the CBO. They work really hard. They do. But sometimes we ask them to do stuff they aren't capable of doing. And estimating the impact of a bill of this size probably isn't the best use of their time. That's what the Donald Trump plan is working on. And that's why we think it's going to be wildly successful.

RoseAnn DeMoro

Even through the ACA, health exchanges, insurers routinely change plan designs yearly in ways to increase out-of-pocket costs and limit patient choice through narrower networks.

Mike Pence

Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky. It's failed the people of America, and Obamacare must go. Most significantly in my view, we'll give states like Kentucky the freedom and flexibility with Medicaid to meet the needs of your most vulnerable in the way that works here in Kentucky.

David Schweikert

There hasn't been the old days of let's do a rah-rah and try to run everyone over. Remember, one of the reasons we became a group was because we wanted to be able to have a voice. We wanted to be able to have amendments. We wanted to have this.

Mike Pence

Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky. It's failed the people of America, and Obamacare must go. Let me be clear, this is going to be a battle in Washington, D.C. And for us to seize this opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all, we need every Republican in Congress – and we're counting on Kentucky. President Trump and I know – at the end of the day, after a good and vigorous debate – we know Kentucky will be there. We're going to start – we're going to repeal the mandates and taxes and penalties of Obamacare.

Mike Pence

Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky, Obamacare has failed the people of America and Obamacare must go! Together, with your support and God's help, we will make America great again.

Donald J. Trump

We must act now to save Americans from the imploding Obamacare disaster. This is the time we're going to get it done. We're working together, we have some great results. And we have tremendous spirit and I think it's something is just going to happen very shortly.

Donald J. Trump

We must act now to save Americans from the imploding Obamacare disaster. As bad as it is now, it will get even worse.

Paul Ryan

The whole idea of Obamacare is that the people in the blue side pay for the people in the red side. The people who are healthy pay for the people who are sick. It's not working. And that's why it's in a death spiral.

Quentin Kidd

Part of what will make this more likely, is the focus on [the Affordable Care Act].

Munira Gunja

Excluding people who never had insurance, 21 million adults might have been subject to the penalty.

Danny Vargas

Pence "touched on a lot of things the business owners were hoping to hear.

Jacqueline Krick

This isn't the platform for that. He's very much on track with what the administration is trying to accomplish.

Molly Reynolds

Republicans came back and said: 'We can't include a straight repeal of the mandate, but can we just dial the penalty for violating the mandate down to zero?' . And the parliamentarian said that was okay.

David Kamin

In the last several years, Treasury has reported that we've seen some significant tax avoidance. This may be one reason why JCT has reduced its estimate. These are major tax cuts, providing very significant tax relief to people at the top.

Corry Bliss

It's time for conservatives to unite behind President Trump and Speaker Ryan to pass the American Health Care Act. This bill gives conservatives the opportunity to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace the disaster that is Obamacare.

Larry Jacobs

What we're seeing now is that the political prospects for repealing the Affordable Care Act are as daunting as the effort to pass national health reform.

Keith Fontenot

What's different here is the scale and the scope. This thing is vast. It's enormous. On something of this magnitude, it strikes me that there is not as much information being circulated on this proposal as there has been in the past.

Brian Higgins

We're sitting here talking about giving big insurance companies a tax break on the exorbitant compensation to pay their executives? We should repeal this provision and replace it with an admonishment to the insurance companies to get your salaries in line with reality.

Sean Spicer

Of course cost matters but look how off they were last time. If you're looking to the CBO, you're looking in the wrong place. They were way, way off last time in every aspect of how they scored and projected Obamacare . . . Last time if you look at the number of people they projected would be on Obamacare, they were off by millions. The idea we're waiting for a score – it will be scored – but the idea that that's any kind of authority base on the track record that occurred last time is a little far-fetched. Their record is what I'm calling into question.

Scott Clement

The Republicans' plan keeps several of the law's most popular provisions, but also scales back or repeals several others that enjoy majority support. As widely expected, the law also repeals the individual mandate to buy insurance (or pay a fine), the least popular part of the ACA.

Burgess Everett - Politico

Senior GOP sources said the leadership team will employ an 'arm-breaking' whip strategy to get the required 50 votes.

John Kasich

Phasing out Medicaid coverage without a viable alternative is counterproductive and unnecessarily puts at risk our ability to treat the drug-addicted, mentally ill and working poor who now have access to a stable source of care. The right way to fix Obamacare is by Republicans and Democrats working together.

John Auerbach

We haven't heard that expressed by the leadership either in the House or Senate.

Richard Lustig

The reason you hear those horror stories about people who win huge amounts like that, and all of a sudden they're filing bankruptcy is because it's usually from people who have never had that kind of money before in their lives.

Richard Lustig

They just go through it like crazy. They think there's no tomorrow. Well, there is a tomorrow and eventually it will run out.

William Bud Post III

Everybody dreams of winning money, but nobody realizes the nightmares that come out of the woodwork, or the problems.

Misty Guinn

Within the benefits world, the Cadillac Tax has been some kind of mythical creature that may or may not happen. I feel that we already made strides, to reduce the value of our plans.

Misty Guinn

If the ACA stays, or the ACA goes away, we're still going to be offering more options for our employees.

Charles C. W. Cooke

I've yet to read a single positive analysis of the House's Obamacare bill.

Stephen Stromberg

Obamacare was an over-complicated bill, ” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday afternoon, noting that the act ran “over 974 pages.”.

Craig Garthwaite

What we're getting is a poorly thought out program that appears to be written by people that have no knowledge of how the health insurance market or system works.

Craig Garthwaite

They're already having enough trouble with people thinking they're on the side of industry, on the side of the wealthy people. Most of this bill sort of transfers resources from the poor and sick to the rich and relatively wealthy. If you then tag that [provision about compensation] onto that – you're making it easier to pay people more than a half-million dollars a year – politically it's pretty stupid. Why not hospital executives? Why not orthopedic surgeons?

Timothy Stoltzfus Jost

The American Health Care Act repeals very little of Obamacare but reshuffles tax credits to benefit the wealthy.

Caitlin Owens

The view internally is that the current plan – drafted by both House and Senate leadership – is going to struggle to get out of Congress. It would be foolish for Trump to walk all the way down the plank and utter the sentence: 'I support the health care plan drafted by the House.

Michael Cannon - Cato Institute

If ObamaCare is not doing well, and Republicans take the blame, it will create the potential for the sort of wave election Democrats experienced in 2008, when they captured not just the House and the presidency, but a filibuster-proof, 60-vote supermajority in the Senate. If that happens, and ObamaCare is not doing well, Democrats will be less interested in rescuing ObamaCare than repealing and replacing it themselves-with a single-payer system.

Richard Rubin - The Wall Street Journal

Households at the top of the U.S. income ladder would see taxes on their wages and investments drop under the House Republicans' new health-care proposal. As expected, the bill repeals a 3.8% tax on investment income and a 0.9% tax on wages. Both levies affect only the highest-earning households, those individuals making at least $200,000 and married couples making more than $250,000.

Paul McLeod - BuzzFeed

The Republican plan (also) includes a tax break for insurance company executives making over $500,000 per year. Companies can generally deduct employee salaries as a business expense but in 2013 the ACA capped the deductions on health insurance executive salaries at $500,000. The average compensation for top health insurance executives is in the millions. In 2014 the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies found that this cap generated $72 million in additional tax revenue.

Carol Morello

In addition, Fox News reported that Iran had itself test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles that destroyed a floating barge over the weekend, but that could not be independently confirmed. Iran fired a medium-range ballistic missile last month, apparently violating a U.N. Security Council Resolution. The administration responded with its first economic sanctions, when it placed 13 people and 12 businesses on a list that prohibits Americans from dealing with them.

Kimberly Kindy

In a narrow result that divided along party lines, the Senate voted 49 to 48 to eliminate the regulation, dubbed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. Finalized in August and blocked by a court order in October, the rule would limit the ability of companies with recent safety problems to complete for government contracts unless they agreed to remedies. The measure to abolish it had already cleared the House. Trump is expected to sign it. A half-dozen other worker safety regulations are in Republican crosshairs, with one headed to the Senate floor as soon as this week.

Amy Goldstein
Mike DeBonis
Kelsey Snell

The tax credits outlined by the Ways and Means Committee's portion of the legislation incorporate an approach that Republicans have long criticized: income-based aid to help Americans afford health coverage.

Amy Goldstein

Until now, the GOP had been intending to veer away from the ACA subsidies that help poor and middle-class people obtain insurance, insisting that the size of tax credits with which they planned to replace the subsidies should be based entirely on people's ages and not their incomes. But the drafts propose refundable tax credits that would hinge on earnings as well as age – providing bigger credits for older and poorer Americans.

Carol Morello

The apparent harassment of the USS Invincible on two occasions, on Thursday and Saturday, came amid Iranian state media reports that Iran had tested its newly acquired S-300 missile air defense system that is designed to intercept incoming missiles.

Sean Spicer

Obamacare has proven to be a disaster with fewer options, inferior care, and skyrocketing costs that are crushing small business and families across America. Today marks an important step toward restoring healthcare choices and affordability back to the American people. President Trump looks forward to working with both Chambers of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Paul Sperry - New York Post

It's a radical [Saul] Alinsky group. It's got a lot of money. And they're training an army of agitators to sabotage Trump and his policies, while at the same time protecting Obama's legacy, like 'Obamacare' and the DREAMers. And here is OFA listed prominently on Obama's new Web site, OFA Organizing for Action.

Joseph Antos

What they kind of have is a repeal plus. This is a kind of a hodge podge and I don't see it's much different from what we saw a few weeks ago. Some Republicans will say, No, you've gone too far (and) give things away' and other Republicans will say, especially in the Senate, you haven't gone far enough to say what you are going to replace it with.

Joseph Antos

So it seems like there's a sweet spot here, but it's not a sweet spot that a politician would want to be in.

Janie Faville

This was the last thing on my mind four weeks ago as I struggled to come to terms with losing our baby. Luckily cost didn't prohibit me from being able to choose how best to proceed for my mind, body, and soul. Unfortunately not everyone has that luxury. THIS is why we need Planned Parenthood and the ACA. This is why we march.

Rand Paul

I'd like a copy of the bill. I'd like to read the Obamacare bill. It's the secret office for the secret bill.

Chuck Schumer

Who would have thought, one month into the fight over the ACA, it's the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are in disarray and pointing at one another like an Abbott and Costello show.

Mike Pence

We look forward to ending Obamacare but ushering in at the same time a health-care system that will serve the needs of the American people in the long term.

Mike Pence

Look, we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare, we're going to do it at the same time. We're going to replace Obamacare with the kinds of solutions that will lower the cost of health insurance for every American. We expect in a matter of days that you're going to begin to see a very brisk pace of legislative activity. And we're going to ensure that we don't leave anyone behind and that we give the states the resources and the flexibility to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

Mike Pence

We're working in collaboration with Speaker Ryan, with [Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky], with members of the House and Senate and American people are going to see – President Trump said this week and Congress is responding.

Topher Spiro

The leaked basement bill is pretty much the same as the previous leaked bill. With deep cuts to Medicaid and much lower tax credits, the leaked basement bill would still cause millions of people to lose their coverage.

Topher Spiro

It would also shift costs to consumers, increasing their costs by an average of $1,380 per year.The impact would be particularly severe for older people ages 55 to 64, whose costs would increase by $5,118 per year. While hitting older, sicker and lower-income people with increased costs, the bill would also increase taxes on the middle class – all while cutting taxes for the wealthy.

Nancy Pelosi

The Republicans are too terrified of their constituents to make their plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act public.

Topher Spiro

Public opinion about the Affordable Care Act is consistently favorable and on an upswing. Faced with the prospect of repeal, crowds of constituents are confronting lawmakers across the country to express their anguish in town halls. But still, Republicans are rushing to rip apart the health insurance coverage that millions of people depend on. That [].

Kevin Brady

We don't have a bill. We're continuing to work with the Congressional Budget Office and our members on the final product.

Paul Tonko

I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location, & not available for me or the public to view.

Marc Lotter

The President and Vice President have been very clear that governors and states will play a critical role in the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

Kevin Brady

We don't have a bill. We continue to work with the [Congressional Budget Office] and our members on the final policy decisions.

Mary Wood

I tried to call Orrin Hatch and his voice mail box was full. I would have told him, Look, this is going to personally affect me and my children, if you repeal the A.C.A.

Charles Kulander

Due to pent-up demand, it was like the Walking Dead coming out of the woodwork, seeking cures.

Jeff Sessions

In retrospect, I should have slowed down and said, But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times, and that would be the ambassador.

Bill Cassidy

The Affordable Care Act is, if you will, a different animal, and Obamacare is a different subset of it. Complete repeal is not what President Trump ran on. President Trump ran on everyone having coverage, caring for those with pre-existing conditions without mandates, at a lower cost.

David Rouzer

Most of us would prefer to have a full repeal, but the fact of the matter is you can't have a full repeal when you're using the reconciliation process. That's the exchange. If you want to have the 51-vote threshold, you can't repeal everything.

John Boehner

We have been running on repealing and replacing Obamacare since 2010. That is the bill, the plan that we ran on in 2016. We told America, Here is our vision for how we replace Obamacare after we repeal Obamacare.' That's the bill we're working on right now.

John Feehery

It would be helpful to him if he would shut up and govern. If he spent more of his time knocking heads on Obamacare and knocking heads on tax reform, this [controversy over Russian contacts with those close to Trump] would be put in its proper place.

Paul Ryan

This is the bill we ran on in 2016. We've been running on repealing and replacing Obamacare since 2010. The law is collapsing, and you can't just repeal it. You have to replace it with a system that actually works.

Rand Paul

I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location & not available for me or the public to view. This is unacceptable. This is the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now. I am heading to the secure location where they are keeping the House obamacare bill. I will demand a copy for the American people.

Leslie Dach

Behind locked doors and under a cloud of darkness, Republicans in Congress are planning to sneak through a plan that repeals health care – meaning less coverage, fewer protections and higher costs. Just like they tried to avoid listening to the fears of people throughout the country during the recess, now they're trying to take health care away in secret. The fact that Republicans don't want the public to know their plans tells you how bad it really is.

Nancy Pelosi

They're hiding their bill in the basement. The Republicans are too terrified of their constituents to make their plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act.

Rand Paul

I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location, & not available for me or the public to view. This is unacceptable. This is the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now. I think that's why it's top secret. Why don't they want us to see it? The only copy we've seen is from the media – does that sound to you backwards? We saw a leaked copy that the media was given that we weren't given. Now we're told that it's being classified, that the hearing is like a security clearance hearing, you have to have a clearance and permission.

Steny Hoyer

Well, Mr. Lincoln, I can't find the bill. I know, Mr. Lincoln, that you are as upset with your party as I am.

AshLee Strong

The Energy and Commerce Committee members are working on their portion of the health care repeal and replace plan. We would refer you to the committee for more.

Rand Paul

We're here today because I'd like to read the Obamacare bill. If you'd recall, when Obamacare was passed in 2009 and 2010, Nancy Pelosi said you'll know what's in it after you pass it. The Republican Party shouldn't act in the same way.

Paul Ryan

We're not hatching some bill in a backroom and plopping it on the American people's front door.

Rand Paul

I am heading to the secure location where they are keeping the House Obamacare bill. I will demand a copy for the American people.

Paul Waldman

President Trump’s hilariously candid revelation that “nobody knew that health care could be so complicated” may be remembered as the most succinct summary of the Republicans’ dilemma as they try to fulfill their endlessly repeated promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And now that things are about to get specific, what had been a dangerous situation for them is about to turn into a nightmare.

Rand Paul

I'm in favor of complete repeal, similar to what we did in 2015. But I'm not in favor of keeping parts of Obamacare.

Nancy Pelosi

They're hiding their bill in the basement. The Republicans are too terrified of their constituents to make their plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act public.

Rand Paul

We're here today because I'd like to read the Obamacare bill. If you'd recall, when Obamacare was passed in 2009 and 2010, Nancy Pelosi said you'll know what's in it after you pass it. The Republican Party shouldn't act in the same way. In my state, in Kentucky, it's illegal to do this. This is being presented as if it were a national secret, as if this were a plot to invade another country.

Nancy Pelosi

I am told – you may know better – that the Republicans are hiding their draft ACA repeal bill in a basement room and planning to hold a committee mark-up before the Congressional Budget Office score is available to the public. This is unheard of.

Juanita Duggan

President Trump delivered a very strong economic message that hit the right notes. He reiterated his call for tax reform that would reduce the burden for businesses. He expressed in urgent terms the need to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a system that reduces costs. He has already taken bold actions to reduce the crushing burden of regulations, and it's clear that regulatory reform is a key part of his economic agenda. Small business owners have waited a long time to hear a speech like that from the President of the United States.

Mark Meadows

The tax credits included in Ryan's plan will create an entirely new entitlement program. We are concerned about a new federal plan that will only increase premiums and lead to higher prices. We are not going to fix healthcare by replacing Obamacare with another plan that won't work.

Scott Clemons - Brown Brothers Harriman

This was still a campaign speech and if there was any pivot at all it was more a campaign for ideas than for office. But it was light on details. One takeaway is that there was an enlarged focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which is not low-hanging legislative fruit and it will be hard to untangle that.

Donald J. Trump

Obamacare is collapsing – and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice – it is a necessity. So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.

Donald J. Trump

Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care. Obamacare is collapsing – and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice – it is a necessity. So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster. Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.

Tom Price

Tonight, President Trump reassured the American people that help is on the way for those who are suffering as a result of the Affordable Care Act. . Now is the time for action.

Steve Beshear

Does the Affordable Care Act need some repairs? Sure it does. But so far, every Republican idea to 'replace' the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite promises to the contrary.

Chuck Schumer

We chose him because in Kentucky, a very conservative state, ACA has been a big success. Everyone's for it. The governor, coming from the heartland of America, also talked about how Donald Trump is breaking his word to the American people.

Donald J. Trump

Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart and many others have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs. Obamacare is collapsing... imploding Obamacare disaster.

Donald J. Trump

To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States – financed through both public and private capital –- creating millions of new jobs. This effort will be guided by two core principles: Buy American, and hire American. I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster. But it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by the government.

Trevor Fetter

Look back to November or December it was all about 'we're going to repeal the ACA day one,' and then that morphed into 'repeal and replace.' That has morphed into 'repair,' and I think that's all positive for us. Congress is in a really tough spot here but I think between the improvement in the rhetoric and the improvement in public opinion that we're probably going to see some lengthier period before we see any sort of radical changes.

Jeanne Graves

Raising the age of dependent coverage to age 26 was a lifesaver for our daughter. ACA is not perfect as there are stories of those who've hated it and it cost them more money in the long run, but there are just as many positive stories of all the people the ACA helped. Health care in this country is big business and complicated. The ACA didn't uncomplicate it, but it helped many more Americans have affordable health insurance. It is a mistake to just repeal it without anything to take its place.

Carolyn Arnold

I did not choose to have epilepsy and prior to the ACA, felt punished for having a pre-existing condition. I cannot control the electrical activity in my brain. Some with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, are able to control the condition with proper diet and exercise. I am not that lucky. In order to be a contributing member of this society, I must take medications for the control of seizures. Without coverage, those medications can cost up to $1,000 per month. Without them, my time on this earth would be limited.

Paul Ryan

We must repeal and replace Obamacare and that is top of our list this spring. We will replace it with a law that's better, that's more durable, that lowers costs, improves access to more affordable plans.

Donald J. Trump

Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its very ugly forms. We will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border. The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides. Obamacare is collapsing -- and we must act decisively to protect all Americans, Action is not a choice -- it is a necessity.

Daniel Clifton

The market's worried that the Affordable Care Act is going to push tax reform down. getting some clarity around affordable care act could help.

Daniel Clifton

A key part to funding tax reform is the plan on the Affordable Care Act. … They have to get it done in this budget cycle. They have to get it done by Sept. 30. They probably will talk about March, April for repeal and replace. He's going to say, I'm going to invest in infrastructure. He's going to talk about getting those tax rates as low as possible, that he's going to deliver a tax cut for individuals and businesses. But he's not going to go into the specifics of capital expensing or how the substitute of Affordable Care Act is going to be.

Donald J. Trump

We must work together to save Americans from Obamacare – you people know that and everyone knows that - to create more competition and to bring down prices substantially.

Donald J. Trump

2017 is going to be a catastrophic year for Obamacare for patients. We have a plan that's going to be fantastic. A very competitive plan, costs will come down, health care will go up very substantially. People will like it a lot. It's going to be special. I think you're going to like what you hear.

Greg Valliere

For now the market wants to get a sense that he's on top of this and there is a plan going forward – once we do Obamacare and the spending stuff that we are going to do tax reform and on and on. I think he'll say the right things the market wants to hear. He lives in an adoring echo chamber. I'm not sure he realizes how important this speech is for him to get things back on track.

Caitlin Oakley - U.S Department of Health and Human Services

Obamacare has failed. We welcome any and all efforts to repeal and replace it that put patients first.

Reena Paracha

He is so afraid of the people ... right now. He doesn't even have the guts to come out and speak to any of us. People that have never had health care and got it under the ACA will now not have it.

Art Cashin

Republicans in Congress have been complaining about Obamacare for seven years. Now all of a sudden they are in control and don't have a plan. For all the people saying this rally isn't about Trump, it really is very much about him and hope for what he can deliver. And if over the next several weeks we don't get details, or there is a backlash against the tax plan, then the market will show significant disappointment.

Doug Ducey

So we need to see a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, we need to see real tax reform. We need to see a federal government that gets its spending under control.

Andrew Liveris

My whole sense of this administration in the 30 days of working with them is urgency on the business side. They really want to get the barriers out of the way. If it goes much beyond the fall, I would be staggered. The repeal of [the Affordable Care Act] is probably a higher priority, but tax reform, right up there.

John Boehner

In the 25 years I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time, agreed on what a healthcare proposal should look like. Not once. They'll fix Obamacare. I shouldn't call it repeal and replace because that's not what's going to happen. They're basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it.

Donald J. Trump

Before we do the tax – which is actually very well finalized – but we can't submit it until the health care statutorily or otherwise. So we're doing the health care – again moving along very well – sometime during the month of March, maybe mid-to-early March, we'll be submitting something that I think people will be very impressed by.

Chris Christie

Whatever changes are made to the ACA should be made with those people in mind, because we don't help ourselves by kicking those people off coverage.

Brett Dorsch

To me, it's just been a big lie. In four years my health insurance has more than doubled and I have less coverage. It's ludicrous. He saw the reality that Obamacare has been a nightmare for most Americans, unless you are poor or in a very difficult situation.

Edwin Park

It is being proposed as an Obamacare replacement, but it's really providing tax-sheltering opportunities rather than increasing health care coverage.

Paul Ryan

Obamacare is not simply stuck in some kind of status quo. It is getting worse by the day, and it will keep getting worse unless we act.

Donald J. Trump

Tax reform is going to happen fairly quickly. We're doing Obamacare. We're in the final stages.

Paul Ryan

"After the House returns following the Presidents Day break, we intend to introduce legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare,"

Paul Ryan

"We've had a timeline for doing this, and we haven't changed our timeline at all. We're actually on schedule,". "We have to do Obamacare first. … Spring and summer is tax reform, winter and spring is Obamacare.".

Paul Ryan

After the House returns following the Presidents Day break, we intend to introduce legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. We're going to have to find a solution that accommodates each of these two concerns. I've asked Greg Walden, who is the chairman of our commerce committee, and he along with [Sen.] Orrin Hatch are working with governor's to come up with a solution so that whether a state chose to take the money [for Medicaid expansion] or didn't, that going forward... that we do it in a way that doesn't disadvantage either of the two side of that coin.

Gian Carlo Alonso

One of the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act is that you try to avoid hiring people if you don't have to. In the past, we would say, Hey it might be nice to hire 10 more people to help capacity here.' Now, we are like, There is no way.' We need a pro-business climate here – what better way to help people than to give them a job?

J. Mario Molina

Today's results highlight the continuing challenges we face in the ACA marketplace. We are clearly disappointed in these results.

Donald J. Trump

We're doing Obamacare. We're in final stages. We should be submitting the initial plan in March – early March, I would say.

Mark Bertolinilast - Aetna

"I think you will see a lot more withdrawals,". "There isn't enough money in the ACA as it's structured, even with its fees and taxes, to support the population that needs to be served,".

Mark Bertolinilast - Aetna

That logic shows just how much the risk pools are deteriorating in the ACA. I think you will see a lot more withdrawals this year. ... There isn't enough money in the ACA as structured, even with the fees and taxes, to support the population that needs to be served. It is in a death spiral.

Andy Slavitt

If the administration is serious about strengthening the [Obamacare] marketplace, they will reduce uncertainty and focus on keeping the marketplace stable and growing – not focus on changes that will raise deductibles, reduce access to physicians and put limitations on the ability for people to get coverage.

Patrick Conway

Americans participating in the individual health insurance markets deserve as many health insurance options as possible. This proposal will take steps to stabilize the [Obamacare] marketplace, provide more flexibility to states and insurers, and give patients access to more coverage options. They will help protect Americans enrolled in the individual and small group health insurance markets while future reforms are being debated.

Stan Collender

The worst-case scenario is that the once slam-dunk GOP grand scheme will end up preventing both ACA repeal and tax reform from happening at all.

Nicholas Bagley

The courts can't order Congress to appropriate money if it declines to do so. Refusing to pay is a shabby way to treat insurers, which entered the [Obamacare] exchanges in reliance on the federal government's promises. Our president, however, has a track record of stiffing business partners. I wouldn't be surprised if he signed a law doing just that.

Lori Lodes

Hiding information and making it more difficult for consumers to learn about the Affordable Care Act and what it means in their lives is just the latest in a string of efforts by the Trump Administration to sabotage the health-care law.

Robert L. Bixby

My guess is that next year is the earliest we'll see a big tax bill, and a lot of that depends on how much progress they make replacing Obamacare, which was a higher profile campaign promise than tax reform.

Leigh Ann Caldwell - National Broadcasting Company

Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, was confirmed as secretary of health and human services in a vote that took place in the wee hours of Friday morning, providing momentum for Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Consistent with all of President Donald Trump's Cabinet confirmations this week, Price narrowly won confirmation on a 52-47 vote.

Ron Wyden

The Mnuchin rule is already being broken as Republicans look to strip away hundreds of billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act tax credits for working Americans to pay for a giant tax break for the wealthy. Bottom line is it's unfair to cut benefits that the middle class depends on, all so the wealthy pay a lower rate.

Elizabeth Colvin

"We heard from consumers saying they thought Obamacare had ended with President Obama's administration,". "Some consumers said, 'Why bother if it's going to go away?". "These numbers demonstrate that there's a demand for this insurance, and that people see value in the financial protection that comes from health insurance and the access it gives you to health care,".

Orrin Hatch

"It's clear overall enrollment numbers are trending downward for 'Obamacare' over last year, no doubt due to the law's unpopular mandates and high costs,"

Orrin Hatch

It's clear overall enrollment numbers are trending downward for 'Obamacare' over last year, no doubt due to the law's unpopular mandates and high costs.

Elizabeth Colvin

We heard from consumers saying they thought 'Obamacare' had ended with President Obama's administration. Some consumers said, Why bother if it's going to go away? These numbers demonstrate that there's a demand for this insurance, and that people see value in the financial protection that comes from health insurance and the access it gives you to health care.

Rebecca Patterson

I think [what's keeping stocks afloat is] earnings and a dose of optimism about what policies we're going to get from this administration. But anything we see that derails [those policies], a focus on the Supreme Court or Obamacare, that takes us away from stimulus for an extended period [could make the market] a little vulnerable to at least a tactical pullback. If you come out of that day and the rhetoric is more aggressive, non-consensus building, I think people will get more worried about this protectionist rhetoric.

Timothy Jost

The states tend to be favorable to the ACA generally. My impression is that the largest enrollment drops were in very red states such as Texas where hostility to the ACA is more widespread. The executive order was interpreted, incorrectly, by some to mean that the individual mandate would no longer be enforced.

Larry Levitt

While the Trump Administration pulled outreach ads as the open-enrollment period ended, state marketplaces were continuing to market to potential new enrollees. With so much churn in the insurance market as people's circumstances change, constant outreach is necessary to keep enrollment up. There has been enormous uncertainty about the future of the ACA follow long the election. The messages out of Washington were that the law will be repealed quickly and replaced.

Tim Wentworth - Express Scripts

Our health plan clients are very engaged in the Obamacare program. What we've seen is obviously they struggle to keep their costs as low as possible; both their premiums and their out-of-pocket costs. There's a lot that can be done that can help score a replacement plan in a way our nation can afford it and our patients can benefit from it.

Donald J. Trump

Maybe it will take till sometime into next year, but we are certainly going to be in the process. Very complicated. Obamacare is a disaster. You have to remember, Obamacare doesn't work. So we are putting in a wonderful plan. It statutorily takes a while to get. We're going to be putting it in fairly soon. I think that, yes, I would like to say by the end of the year at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year.

Paul Ryan

Repeal and replace. If you're going to repair the American health care system, and fix its problems, you have to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better: Patient-centered health care. Somewhere along the line there was confusion that we were going to take the Obamacare architecture and, you know, tinker at the margins and repair it. You can't. It is a collapsing law. We've always had different kinds of Republicans throughout our party. It's a big tent party.

Leslie Dach

No matter how hard Republicans try, the American people won't let them rip away their health care. More than 12 million people just stood up against efforts to repeal the law without a plan. And with support in Congress floundering, it's clear that Republicans are in disarray because the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are popular.

Ron Pollack

Millions of consumers still got their insurance through the ACA. The Republican rush to repeal the ACA without a replacement will do real harm to real people.

Mark Meadows
Jim Jordan

We committed to the American people to repeal every tax (in Obamacare), every mandate, the regulations, and to defund (women's healthcare provider) Planned Parenthood. That's what the American people expect us to do – and they expect us to do it quickly.

Raul Labrador

I'm hearing a lot of members say that they want Obamacare-light. And that's not what we promised the American people.

Thomas Gellhaus

Acceptable reform must continue to ensure access to comprehensive, safe, and affordable care. First and foremost, this means continuing to ensure all Americans have access to health insurance. Prior to the ACA, 47 million Americans were uninsured.

Karen Remley

We didn't hear from anyone who said we want to have the 20 million people who have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act....be kicked to the curb and have no insurance overnight.

Scott Fines

And without the ACA, we would not be able to get him insurance. He cost $750,000 in his first five months of life. There's no way an insurance company is ever going agree to cover a child like him. He is a walking pre-existing condition.

Meaghan Smith

Along with trying to hide the fact that they're trying to rip away health care from 30 million people with new focus-grouped word changes, the political fallout from repealing the ACA is getting to be such a disaster for Republicans that they're now hiding from their own constituents.

Richard Haass

What you don't do can be every bit as consequential as what you do. It would be the Obamacare equivalent. I worry that we're going to do too much repealing and not enough replacing in the world. The world doesn't sort itself out. There's no invisible hand in the geopolitical marketplace. It doesn't just work. It takes the visible hand of the United States.

Usha Ranji

The ACA set minimum levels of benefits that health plans have to cover and many are highly used, or exclusively used by women. Repeal and replace could take away that minimum level of benefits, which includes really commonly used services like contraception and maternity care.

Mark T. Bertolini

The biggest risk for us is that in the ACA we lost $450 million last year, $100 million more than we expected. The risk pools continue to deteriorate and we are still in a number of exchanges, with 240,000 members, of which half are still new. The Department of Justice and the courts look at things by county. As a business, we operate by state, we can't have an office in every county.

Della Au Bellatti

Before the Affordable Care Act, a very sick child could use up all their lifetime benefits within days or months.

Aaron Benway

Under the IRS guidelines, contributions to an HSA are good forever and in all times. The tax code will provide relief for medical expenses, independent of the Affordable Care Act. It's never a bad idea to save more.

Howard Schultz - Starbucks

If the recent Executive Order related to health care remains in place and the Affordable Care Act is repealed causing you to lose your healthcare coverage, you will always have the ability to return and can do so within 30 days of losing that coverage rather than having to wait for an open enrollment period.

Tom McClintock

We'd better be sure that we're prepared to live with the market we've created. That's going to be called TrumpCare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we'll be judged in the election less than two years away. The fact is, we cannot repeal ObamaCare through reconciliation. We need to understand exactly, what does that reconciliation market look like? And I haven't heard the answer yet.

Larry Levitt

So, is this the moment at which Obamacare becomes Trumpcare? Enrollment was up slightly over last year up until this point.

Elizabeth Colvin

It's still the law, so it's in your best interest to have insurance. People think something has happened, but the Affordable Care Act is still the law.

Chuck Schumer

While I have a great deal of respect for senators [Susan] Collins and [Bill] Cassidy, their proposal today illustrates the dilemma both they and Republicans are in. Ultimately, this proposal is an empty facade that would create chaos–not care–for millions of Americans. Republicans should drop their disruptive repeal plans and work with Democrats to improve, not gut, the Affordable Care Act and healthcare system for all Americans.

Robert Cresanti

We expect to post robust numbers this year, but these projections will depend on the overall legislative environment. We have an incredible number of regulations that are just coming to roost in the industry, everything from overtime rules to the effects of Obamacare. There's still a lot of digesting going on.

Bill Cassidy

It has been a Republican principle that power is best held by individuals and states, not the federal government. If you can say to a blue-state senator who's really invested in supporting Obamacare, you can keep Obamacare but why force it upon us, we think that helps us get to 60.

Bill Cassidy

I think what we're doing is moving the locus of repeal to state governments. At some point in this process we're going to need a bill that gets 60 votes. If you can say to a blue state senator who is invested in supporting Obamacare, you can keep Obamacare but don't force it on us,' we think that will help us get to 60.

Bob Doll - Nuveen Asset Management

Wall Street love[s] the idea that we have a pro-growth president, but we had a press conference, we had an inaugural address, and he really didn't talk about those issues, and I think that's caused a little bit of a sag. I think the market's saying, I made a list: trade deals, tax cuts, tax reform, repatriation, Obamacare, Supreme Court, immigration, ISIS, fight the press, infrastructure. What are your three most important ones? What are you going tackle first? You can't do them all.

Nicholas Bagley

The ACA is a big, complicated statute and the administration doesn't have a Senate-confirmed secretary and the high-level political staff you would need to push through these proposals. Right now we are very much in a waiting game, but I would expect movement soon.

Cary Gross

I'm very concerned that policymakers who are trying to save money by not covering cancer-prevention services are being penny-wise and pound-foolish. They may save money today, but we will be paying a lot more taking care of patients with metastatic cancer down the road. I'm worried on behalf of our patients and our communities that these great strides we've made against cancer will evaporate if the important provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which ensure that patients can access cancer screening services without additional costs, are taken away.

Chuck Schumer

But where our values are different we're going to oppose him, whether it's the Affordable Care Act or rolling back the limitations of Wall Street or clean air or clean water. It's our values that will decide things, plain and simple.

Ethan Harris - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Certainly Trump is going to want to do something that gets China's attention ? something that kind of jolts the negotiating process. I don't know whether that will be what he does out of the gate. It could be after he waits for some of the other stuff like the Affordable Care Act to go through. I think it's a first 100 days story.

Sallie Mullins Thompson

We may know more later, but personally I would tell my people to prepare for the worst – that it will be like it was prior to the Affordable Care Act.

Aaron Benway

"The tax code will provide relief for medical expenses, independent of the Affordable Care Act,". "It's never a bad idea to save more.".

Donald J. Trump

John Roberts turned out to be an absolute disaster. He turned out to be an absolute disaster because he gave us Obamacare.

Donald J. Trump

What he did with Obamacare was disgraceful, and I think he did that because he wanted to be popular inside the Beltway.

Aisha Crossley

I live paycheck to paycheck and the ACA has allowed my kids to continue to go to the doctor, to continue to be healthy and get what they need. And without it, I don't know where I would be.

Emily Tisch Sussman - CAP

Telling stories in advocacy is not a new tool, but this issue and this moment need to be humanized and the stories are the way to do it. Obamacare became symbolic and detached from its impacts.

Logan Buerlein

The last thing I said to him was, as a constituent of this office and Tennessee voter, I support the ACA.

John Kasich

There are some fundamental things that we can do that can settle people down, so they are not worried they are going to lose their coverage, but at the same time bring significant changes to the Obamacare package.

Ron Johnson

You didn't have already the tentacles of Obamacare, you didn't already have the damage, the destruction, the harm created by Obamacare driving premiums up, distorting health-care markets and health-insurance markets.

Rebecca Parker

No one chooses when they will need emergency care and should not be punished financially for having emergencies or discouraged from seeking medical attention when they are sick or injured.

Beverly Deeds

I'm scared to death. If I got diagnosed with something, how would I pay with that $7,000 deductible?

Beverly Deeds

The insurance companies slanted things so they made a lot of money. Obamacare really padded their pockets.

Sherry Glied

The ACA is a fairly free-market oriented health care proposal, more than I think many people on the left would have liked. For the most part, companies can decide more or less what they want to do.

Liz Hamel

I think there's a lot of frustration out there where this law was passed and was supposed to fix problems with the health care system, and people feel they are still paying a lot and don't understand why the law hasn't done more to help them.

Abigail Leigh

It became very painful to breathe. I had to take very short breaths to even breathe at all. I was starting to get a little dizzy. So we decided to go to urgent care.

Abigail Leigh

Now I'm having to call the hospital facility and keep them from sending the bill to collection. I don't feel like I should be having to keep up on this.

Abigail Leigh

He decided I must have pleuritis, which is an inflammation of the lining of my lungs.

Rebecca Parker

There have been significant reductions in insurance payments for emergency care, as much as 70 percent. They have taken gross advantage of patients and emergency medical providers since the ACA, arbitrarily slashing payments to physicians.

Robert Landry

But if other priorities compete for the president's energy and focus – immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act, creation of costly trade barriers and any number of foreign policy actions, just to name a few – the growth story could get muddled and the markets choppy.

John Kasich

Do I think that Obamacare can be dramatically improved? I do. Do I want to see a repeal of the expansion of Medicaid? I don't.

Martha Joynt Kumar

For example, when he wanted to get young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, he went to Zach Galifianakis.

Joe Jimenez

What's important to us is that all Americans get access to important medicines. The discoveries that are happening right now are amazing. We want to make sure that if the ACA is repealed that it is replaced with something that will ensure that these Americans still have access to the innovative medicines that we are able to launch.

Sylvia Douglas

I was going to buy a new home, I was getting my credit straight, but now that is down the drain. Obamacare helped the less-fortunate, and that's what I liked about it. I had no idea it would tear out the middle class like this.

Sherry Glied

Let's assume Congress doesn't do anything. Six months from now if you went to people and said 'Congress has repealed the ACA. Tell me what has happened to your health insurance,' a lot of people would say, oh things are much better now'. Most people's perception that this law has destroyed the health system or whatever is completely based on their political perceptions of it.

George Lakoff

Obama screwed up when he adopted it. It allows people to say that if you have got a problem with your health system, it's because of Obamacare.

Liz Hamel

There is some evidence there that, to a certain extent, views on Obamacare are a proxy for views on Obama.

Liz Hamel

When we said 'health reform law' they said they don't know how they feel about it. When we said 'Obamacare', people more easily split into pro- and con- camps. I do think that people who don't like the law are predisposed to blame other problems in the health care system on the law. When we ask people what about the law they don't like, they say they believe it has increased health care costs.

Tammy Baldwin

At this point, the Republican agenda is clear, and they need to come to terms with the fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting Medicaid and Medicare will create chaos in the marketplace and rob people of their health care. I continue to believe the best way forward is to keep what has worked with the Affordable Care Act, and work together in a bipartisan manner to improve it and to fix what doesn't.

Randall Bennett

There's a good chance that, without the ACA my start-up wouldn't exist, or I'd be dead. When launching my startup we couldn't get health insurance because one insurer denied us because I once had a sleep study for sleep apnea. Once you get one rejection, all the others reject you.

Ethan Perlstein

I left academia on Jan. 1, 2013, as unemployed former postdoc. I would not have been able to move across the country to start my company, and my wife wouldn't have given up her employer-sponsored health insurance, if not for Obamacare.

Bernie Sanders

There are differences of opinion about the Affordable Care Act -- some like it, some don't like it. But very few Americans believe that we should repeal the ACA without a replacement program to make it better. Know we are saying to our Republican colleagues: We will not allow you to throw up to 30 million Americans off of health insurance.

Bernie Sanders

Our job today is to defend the Affordable Care Act. Our job tomorrow is to create a Medicare-for-all single payer system.

Paul Ryan

This provides Congress with the legislative tools we need to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is a critical first step toward delivering relief to Americans who are struggling under this law. (…) Our goal is a truly patient centered-system which means more options to choose from, lower cost, and greater control over your coverage.

Maxine Waters

The Republicans will tell you that yes, they'll give you something better. But, they've been saying this for 8 years. They have been after what is known as Obamacare for 8 years- why don't they have a remedy. Why don't they have a plan, why don't they have anything. They didn't have anything when they started to attack Obamacare. They don't have anything today.

Daniel Clifton

Trump wants to move quickly on several key items – Obamacare repeal, tax reform, the Supreme Court nominee, the wall funding and infrastructure. He will have to use the inauguration speech when he has the bully pulpit to make the case these should get done, and they should get done quickly. Congress does not move at a very fast pace. Trump moves, from the business world, at a fast pace.

Kevin Brady

People receiving these letters have already made up their minds about Obamacare when they applied for an exemption or paid a penalty.

Mitch McConnell

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a big challenge. It isn't going to be easy. Nonetheless, we're committed to fulfilling our promise to the American people – and we will.

Paul Ryan

By taking this first step toward repealing Obamacare, we are closer to giving Americans relief from the problems this law has caused. Too many families have seen costs soar, quality drop, and choices reduced to one – which just isn't a choice at all. This resolution gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health care.

Paul Ryan

This week, Congress is on track to put in place the tools necessary to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is the first of several steps that we will be taking to deliver relief to millions of Americans who are struggling under this law. We want to make sure that we move these things concurrently, at the same time, repeal and replace.

Paul Ryan

We need to show that there's a better way forward. We need to show that even though this law is collapsing, we can bridge ourselves to a much, much better system. The pillars that we stand upon with replacing Obamacare – more choices, more options, lower prices, and more control over your own health care.

Bernie Sanders

They want to kill ACA, but they have no idea how they are going to bring forth a substitute proposal.

Mitch McConnell

But it didn't take long for the American people to discover the truth about Obamacare. Too many have been personally hurt by this law. Too many feel they're worse off than they were before Obamacare.

Mike Pence

We're working with legislative leaders at this very moment to begin to craft legislation that will repeal the most corrosive elements of Obamacare – the individual mandate, the taxes, the penalties – but at the same time, moving separate legislation that will allow us to introduce the kind of reforms in American health care that'll lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government.

Mitch McConnell

Republicans "plan to take on the replacement challenge in manageable pieces, with step-by-step reforms. Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a big challenge. It isn't going to be easy.