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Cynthia Cox
I think what this has shown is that the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is stubbornly failing to fail. The market is stabilizing, and insurers are on track to be profitable this year.feedback
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NEW Aug 15 2017
Donald J. Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Affordable Care Act. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 516 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 1168 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Donald J. Trump is: “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!”.
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Donald J. Trump

Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!feedback

Cynthia Cox

It's getting to be very late in the game for there to be changes to premiums.feedback

Cynthia Cox

The actuaries don't really have a model for predicting how the Trump administration will act, so, to some extent, the insurance companies are really guessing.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Senator Mitch McConnell said I had 'excessive expectations,' but I don't think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done? Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time.feedback

Antonia Ferrier

The leader has spoken repeatedly about the path forward regarding Obamacare repeal on the Senate floor, at media availabilities multiple times and in Kentucky. If he has any new statements, I'll be sure to pass them along.feedback

Doug Deason

Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed. You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There's no reason you can't get this done. Get it done and we'll open it [the 'bank'] back up.feedback

Bernie Sanders

What you saw was a rising up of the American people. That's why it was a victory.feedback

Ari Rabin-Havt

Obamacare was a small victory for the uninsured, but it is time to take the fight against inadequate coverage even further.feedback

Ben Wikler

There were thousands of people at these rallies – in state after state after state after state. It was transformative for Democratic senators to see. They learned that people will show up, even in the bitter cold, to fight for the Affordable Care Act – which had once been written off as an unpopular and potentially doomed chunk of the Obama legacy.feedback

Ari Rabin-Havt

Bernie has repeated to us over and over and over again, Our top priority is doing everything in our power to make sure 20 million people don't lose their health care.feedback

Ben Wikler

Sanders knew he had a unique megaphone in American politics, and he used it to shout it at the top of his lungs at a time when few were paying attention to the health care fight.feedback

Sean Hill

I've been trying to persuade my mom that she was misled by Trump and that Bernie wouldn't betray her like this.feedback

Shak Hill

Barbara promised to repeal and replace Obamacare but she lied to us and voted to keep it. It's time to repeal and replace Barbara.feedback

Donald Trump Jr.

As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!feedback

David M. Cordani - CIGNA

It is a challenging market as we look at 2017 and as we look to 2018. ... We haven't provided 2018 guidance.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Call everybody. Get them to have the guts to vote to repeal and replace Obamacare – which is a disaster.feedback

Mark T. Bertolini

Our premiums are the same regardless, and it's the costs that need to be paid to hospitals and doctors that otherwise wouldn't be paid. [The] only people who get hurt are the members and the citizens of the United States who won't get health care as a result, so these aren't bailouts for the insurance company. If we had the time, I'd take you through the logic of why single-payer, ill-defined, doesn't generate any savings for the American public.feedback

Mark T. Bertolini

Any business that has the kind of changes this program has seen quarter over quarter, sometimes monthly, would not be able to sustain their business practices for any period of time. So when they get it right – which, it can be fixed, it very much can be fixed – and it's stable, we'll reconsider participation. They aren't bailouts. We don't keep that money. It goes directly to providers and directly to pay for premiums for members, so I think it's misinformed.feedback

Mark T. Bertolini

There are no single-payer systems in the version that we think we want to create in this country. ... We need to talk about the costs of health care, and getting those costs under control, and that doesn't happen by changing who pays the bills.feedback

Mark T. Bertolini

The ACA cannot be repealed, period, end of sentence. What we should do is fix it. So either everyone gets their heads together over in the Senate and the House and does the job that the American people needs them to do, and fix what we already have, or they should move on to something else. It's really easy to fix this if they would just get over the politics of who is going to win the '18 election.feedback

Mark T. Bertolini

Our strong performance through the first half of 2017 has provided us the flexibility to continue to make these investments and still deliver strong financial results.feedback

Joe White

It is also important to note that the performance of our Marketplace products in California, Michigan, New Mexico and Texas remain acceptable. We will continue to monitor political and programmatic developments in the Marketplace, and we may withdraw from additional markets for 2018, if necessary.feedback

Mark T. Bertolini

Operating results in our government business remain robust, with government premiums representing more than half of total Health Care premiums.feedback

Joe White

In retrospect, a better approach would have been to undertake a full review of the organization in anticipation of the potential growth resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Instead of increasing investment in existing processes, we should have conducted the full redesign of our business that we are doing now.feedback

James Downie

In all the chaos engulfing Washington and the White House, it’s difficult to know sometimes which news items are grabbing voters’ attention. But it’s safe to say that last week did not help President Trump. From the failure to replace Obamacare to his son-in-law throwing his son under the bus to the Icarus-esque career of Anthony Scaramucci, the parade of negative headlines went on and on. In turn, the president has reached new lows in several national polls. But Trump’s opponents should not get too excited. They should be realistic about how long his fall will take and understand what will fuel it.feedback

Eric T. Schneiderman

The court's decision is good news for the hundreds of thousands of New York families that rely on these subsidies for their health care. It's disturbingly clear that President Trump and his administration are willing to treat them as political pawns.feedback

Samanatha Bee

Obamacare is still alive and well despite Republicans hacking away at it for seven long years.feedback

Samanatha Bee

Does Obamacare have real problems? Fuck yes. Premiums and deductibles are way too high for a lot of people ... so fix it!feedback

Brian Tajlili

In a few of those years, the adjustment increased our rate request. This time, the adjustment is to reduce our request.feedback

Brian Tajlili

Put simply, we got information in June and July that made us confident we could reduce our requested rate increase for 2018.feedback

John Kennedy

Until we can fix it, we can't let the system collapse and, I think, if you don't fund the CSR's, the system will collapse.feedback

Tom Reed

We don't have to create leverage or a 'cliff' type of effect that Washington over the last few years has been so fond of doing.feedback

Timothy Jost

I think there would very likely be litigation if the Trump administration tries to cut off the payments.feedback

Nicholas Bagley

Trump thinks he's holding all the cards. But Democrats know what's in his hand, and he's got a pair of twos, . The ACA promised to make these payments _ that could not be clearer _ and Congress has done nothing to limit that promise.feedback

Ted Cruz

I think it would be a serious mistake to bail out the insurance companies instead of honoring out promise to repeal Obamacare and provide real relief for the millions of Americans who have been hurt by Obamacare.feedback

Lamar Alexander

Without payment of these cost-sharing reductions, Americans will be hurt. Up to half of the states will likely have bare counties with zero insurance providers offering insurance on the exchanges, and insurance premiums will increase by roughly 20 percent, according to America's Health Insurance Plans.feedback

Xavier Becerra

If Donald Trump won't defend these vital subsidies for American families, then we will.feedback

Deep Banerjee - S&P Global

The federal funds will simply shift to (tax credits) from CSR, and continue to support eligible individuals.feedback

Lamar Alexander

If the president over the next two months, and Congress over the next year, take steps to provide certainty that there will be cost-sharing subsidies, that should allow insurance companies to lower the premiums that they have projected. We need to put out the fire in these collapsing markets wherever these markets are.feedback

Lanhee Chen

There’s plenty of flexibility to change the Affordable Care Act without repealing it.feedback

Nicole Clegg - Planned Parenthood

She was really invested, she wanted to hear from us. Everyone was star-struck.feedback

Susan Collins

Millions of women across the country rely on Planned Parenthood for family planning, cancer screening, and basic preventive health care services. Denying women access to Planned Parenthood not only runs contrary to our goal of letting patients choose the health care provider who best fits their needs, but it also could impede timely access to care.feedback

Ezekiel Emanuel

We have to get the costs overall of the health-care system down. That needs to be the focus. That's actually a bipartisan issue. And that requires changing how we deliver care. That requires changing the financial incentives.feedback

Ezekiel Emanuel

We need to have a timeline that's over the next few months that's going to stabilize the exchanges, but primarily try to bring the premiums down in the exchanges.feedback

Charlie Dent

This proposal I believe can get some traction. Now whether or not the leadership of both parties will buy into this remains to be seen.feedback

Chuck Schumer

That's not being presidential; that's small, it's vindictive, and it will hurt millions of Americans he's sworn to help.feedback

Charlie Dent

If we were to end up pursuing that course of action, then we as Republicans would end up owning the health-care issue. Further destabilizing and accelerating the collapse of the individual market would be very unhelpful to the people who need health insurance. I believe that most Republican members of the House don't want to do anything to accelerate the collapse of the individual insurance market. I don't think many Republicans want to see any reckless course of action.feedback

Chuck Schumer

He's actively trying to make it collapse, taking out his political loss on the American people.feedback

Lamar Alexander

We will hear from state insurance commissioners, patients, governors, health care experts, and insurance companies.feedback

Nicholas Bagley

Allowing the states to intervene will increase the pressure on the administration to keep making the cost-sharing payments.feedback

Kevin Brady

Simply letting Obamacare collapse will cause even more pain.feedback

Timothy Jost

They are no more a bailout than payments made by the government to a private company for building a bomber.feedback

Xavier Becerra

We need somebody who will stand up in court and defend the subsidies against the erratic nature of President Trump.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace...and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more. If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?feedback

Larry Levitt

If I were an insurer, I'd just take my marbles with me and focus on other more profitable lines of business.feedback

Jonathan Gruber

You have to protect low-income people not just from high premiums but from high out-of-pocket costs.feedback

Grover Norquist

We can walk and chew gum at the same time. One does not interfere with the other. These are on two separate tracks. There's a trillion dollars of tax hikes in Obamacare, a trillion dollars over each decade. The more of those tax hikes you can get rid of when you reform and replace Obamacare, the better off you are for lower tax rates. I think it's entirely likely they come back and get that extra vote and move forward there on some health-care reform.feedback

Dan Mendelson - Avalere Health

They really have the ability to fulfill the failure prophesy. They can do that if they decide they want to.feedback

Dan Mendelson - Avalere Health

State insurance regulators have a fair amount of latitude to get plans to participate. There is a back-and-forth that provides some level of insulation from the craziness of the federal legislative process and the federal administrative process. The states really have an interest in providing continuity.feedback

Julie Mix McPeak

What we know from insurers is some insurers will make the decision not to participate in the exchange market in 2018 if the cost-sharing reduction payments are not funded.feedback

Donald J. Trump

[Congress] should've approved healthcare last night, but you can't have everything. Boy oh boy, they've been working on that one for seven years. Can you believe that? The swamp. But we'll get it done. We're going to get it done. I said from the beginning, Let Obamacare implode, and then do it.' I turned out to be right. Let Obamacare implode.feedback

AshLee Strong

While the speaker appreciates members coming together to promote ideas, he remains focused on repealing and replacing Obamacare.feedback

Corey Lewandowski

We saw this week a legislative defeat in Congress for the repeal and replace of Obamacare. That's something that he [President Trump] campaigned on. Reince was brought in, as you know, as someone who could work with the members of the House and the Senate to get that legislative agenda done. With that not being accomplished, the president made a decision to move in a new direction to bring a seriousness to his chief of staff and a pivot, so that he can have his agenda at the forefront of what he wants to get done.feedback

Brad Wilson

The information we've seen coming from the administration actually creates more uncertainty rather than greater certainty.feedback

Laurie Glimcher - Dana-Farber

We just need to do a lot more research to try to figure out why one patient with one cancer responds while another patient with a different cancer doesn't respond.feedback

Laurie Glimcher - Dana-Farber

At Dana-Farber, our mission is to take care of every patient who comes across our door asking for help with cancer.feedback

Laurie Glimcher - Dana-Farber

Branding of those patients as having pre-existing conditions would be devastating in terms of their obtaining health care insurance, if the plans were to change.feedback

Andy Major

I want to push you a little as a Democrat. Part of why we're in this situation is that what the Democrats came up with with Obamacare was a half solution.feedback

John McCain

While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare's most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens. I've stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote. We should not make the mistakes of the past. The so-called 'skinny repeal' would have removed the individual mandate – forcing people to buy health insurance – and the medical device tax.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!feedback

Donald J. Trump

I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. 3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!feedback

Susan Collins

Neither party has a monopoly on good ideas, and we must work together to put together a bipartisan bill that fixes the flaws in the ACA and works for all Americans.feedback

Susan Collins

These problems require a bipartisan solution. The Democrats made a big mistake when they passed the ACA without a single Republican vote. I don't want to see Republicans make the same mistake.feedback

Donald J. Trump

After seven years of 'talking' Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare! If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon! 3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!feedback

Drew Altman

It’s apparent what needs to be done to stabilize the marketplaces and who owns the ACA going forward.feedback

James B. Renacci

We've asked the voters for a lot. They've given us the House. They've given us the Senate. They've given us the presidency. It's time to give them something back and get something done.feedback

Barry Loudermilk

It's only a defeat if we surrender. Look, the U.S. Navy was devastated at Pearl Harbor, but three years later the Japanese surrendered to us. . . . The history books of America are marked by us rebounding from defeat and turning it into victory. We're going to keep pushing.feedback

Mike Bost

They never say, Well, it's the Senate or the House.' What they say it is, It's Congress. I can't change who the Senate is, okay? But I can keep doing my job, and that's what I intend to talk about.feedback

Joseph Antos

There's some pretty good evidence that the insurers in the exchanges were beginning to turn a profit.feedback

Michael Needham

The only way to force senators back to the table is to block efforts to prop up Obamacare.feedback

Tom Cole

I'm always open to working with Democrats, but the problem is they tell us they want to fix Obamacare – but I haven't seen a fix.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60. Even though parts of healthcare could pass at 51, some really good things need 60. So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes.... 3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!feedback

John McCain

From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people.feedback

Lisa Murkowski

As a Senate, as leaders, we have an obligation to do better for those whom we serve. I stand ready to begin work with my colleagues – all of them – to reform healthcare in a more open process.feedback

Robert Laszewski

Will Trump make things worse in the Obamacare insurance exchanges? Probably.feedback

Kristine Grow - Health Insurance

We stand ready to continue to work with Congress and the administration on solutions to ensure that the American people have affordable, high-quality choices for their coverage and care.feedback

Larry Levitt

Right now the number of counties at immediate risk of having no insurers in 2018 is small, but it could easily grow significantly if a couple major insurers decide to exit.feedback

Kristen Cunningham - Health Care Service

We're working through the regulatory filing process and hope to fully participate...in 2018, however no final decisions have been made.feedback

Julie Grady - Anthem Inc.

I would have to go without health insurance. I would just stay healthy, hike, eat well. I'd be in trouble if something catastrophic happened. I would lose everything.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obamacare's going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what's going on with premiums where they're up 45, 50, 55 percent.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

Right now, we go forward recognizing the value of the Affordable Care Act, which last night was once again protected and we take great pride in that.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

We call upon the speaker to establish a process - we can go right to the committees - and have the discussion on how we keep America healthy.feedback

Lisa Murkowski

Repealing the ACA without a clear path forward just creates confusion and greater uncertainty.feedback

Ted Cruz

If we cannot bring the conference together and agree on repeal legislation, then I think President Trump's absolutely right that we should pass a clean repeal.feedback

Susan Collins

We need to reconsider our approach. The ACA is flawed and in portions of the country is near collapse. Rather than engaging in partisan exercises, Republicans and Democrats should work together to address these very serious problems. This is about interfering with the ability of a woman to choose the health care provider who is right for her. This harmful provision should have no place in legislation that purports to be about restoring patient choices and freedom.feedback

Corey Booker

It's about time that we start working together, as opposed to the process we've seen right now, which has been a betrayal of Senate tradition. There's a lot of good will and we can work together, but this process was just outrageous from the beginning – with no outside support, without outside experts and, no doubt, any kind of bipartisan input.feedback

Joe Manchin

There are things that ... I am going to look at and I think other Democrats are too. We've been prepared for this and we've had some talks that hopefully gives us a pathway forward – we're hoping.feedback

Chuck Schumer

We were sent to Washington to fulfill the pledges we made to our constituents. While the House delivered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, unfortunately the Senate was unable to reach a consensus. I am disappointed and frustrated, but we should not give up. I encourage the Senate to continue working toward a real solution that keeps our promise.feedback

Chuck Schumer

I hope we can work together to make the system better in a bipartisan way, and I'm optimistic that can happen. Nobody has said Obamacare is perfect. Nobody has said our health-care system doesn't need fixing.feedback

Paul Ryan

If moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do. The reality, however, is that repealing and replacing Obamacare still ultimately requires the Senate to produce 51 votes for an actual plan. The House remains committed to finding a solution and working with our Senate colleagues, but the burden remains on the Senate to demonstrate that it is capable of passing something that keeps our promise, as the House has already done. Until the Senate can do that, we will never be able to develop a conference report that becomes law.feedback

Mitch McConnell

What I am asking of you is to judge this Congress when it finishes, how much have we done to make America competitive again and to grow again. And that's part of America–Make America Great Again, which is what the president talks about so much. This is clearly a disappointing moment from skyrocketing costs to plummeting choices and collapsing markets. Our constituents have suffered through an awful lot under Obamacare. We thought they deserved better. It's why I and many of my colleagues did as we promised and voted to repeal this failed law.feedback

Tim Phillips

It was deeply disappointing to see those six Republicans who voted for repeal in 2015 to turn around and vote against it last night.feedback

Lindsey Graham

The skinny bill as policy is a disaster. The skinny bill as a replacement for Obamacare is a fraud. I need assurances from the speaker of the House, and his team, that if I vote for the skinny bill, it will not become the final product. If I don't get those assurances, I am a no, because I am not going to vote for a pig and a poke, and I'm not going to tell people back in South Carolina that this product actually replaces Obamacare, because it does not. It is a fraud.feedback

Lisa Murkowski

Obamacare isn't the answer, but doing nothing to try to solve the problems it has created isn't the answer either. This morning, [McConnell] informed me that the plan for today is to take up the 2015 clean repeal bill as I've urged. If that is the plan, I will vote to proceed to have this vote.feedback

Matthew Frost

That may not sound like a lot to us but it is really significant in terms of the biology and ecology.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I cannot tolerate our skinny bill being the final answer on health care. No way. If you passed it as a standalone proposition it would destroy the insurance markets and we would own the failure of Obamacare. I'm a 'no' if it's not allowed in conference.feedback

Avik Roy - Forbes

The individual mandate was supposed to force back into the market the young and healthy people that Obamacare has overcharged. But that hasn't happened; those young and healthy individuals have in large part stayed out of the market.feedback

Lisa Murkowski

Quite honestly, I don't think it's wise to be operating on a daily basis thinking about what, a statement or a response, that causes you to be fearful of your electoral prospects. We're here to govern. We're here to legislate. We're here to represent the people that sent us here.feedback

David Bozell

When you talk about not being a team player, it's Susan Collins and company. Obamacare repeal has basically been the defining domestic issue of our time. To go against what the party has preached, at its most critical moment is a real-head scratcher for a lot of folks.feedback

Mitch McConnell

I know members in both parties have health care ideas they'd like to offer. If you've got one, bring it to the floor. Make no mistake: Today's vote is a major disappointment to people who were promised full repeal. We still have a long, long way to go.feedback

Lindsey Graham

The skinny plan is not a replacement of Obamacare. Would it be better than Obamacare? Yeah. But that's not the goal. The goal is to replace Obamacare. The skinny plan is not a replacement.feedback

John Cornyn

The one thing that unifies our conference is the repeal of the individual mandate and the employer mandate, because those are two of the biggest overreaches of Obamacare and are essential to Obamacare's functioning.feedback

Thom Tillis

I think there's a consensus that we need to produce some outcome. Is it going to be something that would be on my top three list of outcomes? I don't know. It's just moving the ball along because the problem doesn't get solved if we fail to produce an outcome.feedback

Mike Lee

I don't know what the skinny bill is. I haven't seen it. I look forward to seeing and finding out what it is.feedback

Lamar Alexander

The so-called skinny provision is not a resolution of this problem. It only takes us to the next step, where hopefully we can find one.feedback

Blake Farenthold

Some of the people that are opposed to this [i.e., repealing Obamacare] – there are some female senators from the northeast. If it was a guy from south Texas I might ask them to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.feedback

Elizabeth Hagan

There's a clear pattern of the administration trying to undermine and sabotage the Affordable Care Act. It's not letting the law fail, it's making the law fail.feedback

Leslie Dach

The most important thing is that people understand what repeal means for them. And what repeal means is millions losing their insurance, costs going up, not down, and anxiety coming back in their lives. We've had a simple goal from the beginning, which is to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, to protect Medicaid.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Big day for HealthCare. After 7 years of talking, we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate! ObamaCare is torturing the American People. The Democrats have fooled the people long enough. Repeal or Repeal & Replace! I have pen in hand.feedback

Steven Livingston

This is going to force some of Trump's Democratic Party opponents who are doing their very best to pay attention to the Russia investigation, or the Republican repeal and replace fiasco with the Affordable Care Act, to focus on something else. And it's going to put them potentially on the defensive. So that's a way that this could be seen as a strategic move rather than simply Trump spouting off on Twitter.feedback

Gregory Angelo

If you think you're going to repeal and replace Obamacare by using LGBT soldiers as a political football, you've got another thing coming.feedback

Joseph Antos

The basic circumstances of their health insurance, the general level of premiums, access to care was basically unaffected.feedback

Lindsey Graham

If it's just a skinny bill ... that will not be success. We're not going to trick our constituents.feedback

Lisa Murkowski

I am in an position where I'm not looking to a reelection until 2022. That's a long time away. And quite honestly I don't think it's wise to be operating on a daily basis thinking about what a statement or a response that causes you to be fearful of your electoral prospects.feedback

Tom MacArthur

It's an uphill battle, but we found a way in the House. Look, the fault lines are the same on this issue in the House and in the Senate. They're no different – it's about how to care for vulnerable people and how to bring everyone else's costs down at the same time. … They both have to get reconciled, and if the Senate hasn't had enough time to get there, then maybe in conference we will.feedback

Chris Collins

It is better than nothing. I will support, I'll be honest, pretty much anything that comes over. If it comes down for the binary choice of voting for skinny repeal or keeping all of Obamacare in place … I think you'll find our Republican conference voting for the skinny repeal, at the same time being disappointed that that's all we're doing.feedback

Mark Walker

It's very difficult to predict how the House wants to deal with that. Do we just take what we can get and move on? Or do we say, No, these are the fundamental foundation of the promises we made to the American people, and you guys didn't deliver on it.' So that's where we are.feedback

Paul Gosar

I'm not interested on having a vote on something that they've done. If you don't change the trajectory on lowering prices, rebuilding the market and having choices, dress that pig up however you want to – it's still Obamacare.feedback

Doug Holtz-Eakin

Because the amendment would become part of the underlying bill, the new bill would have to satisfy those same reconciliation instructions. So the CBO should provide an estimate on each amendment so that they know that they're in compliance.feedback

Doug Holtz-Eakin

During Medicare Part D, at about 5:30 every morning, then-Senator Max Baucus would call my cell phone and tell me what I had to have ready. There was a regular workload of being ready to be able to give the Senate scores on amendments, and we did.feedback

John Thune

Clearly it has proven to be quite challenging to get 50 Republicans on board with one solution. It's been trying to move pieces around that would get everybody kind of comfortable and find a good landing spot. We just haven't quite gotten there yet.feedback

Brad Schroeder

I'm not worried about Obamacare. That's going to collapse by itself.feedback

Leigh Ann Caldwell - National Broadcasting Company
Vaughn Hillyard - National Broadcasting Company

With Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, Republicans moved forward on health care reform Tuesday as the Senate successfully opening debate on the issue. But just six hours later, Republicans faced their first defeat in that process, failing to pass a measure that they've been working on that would have partially repealed and replaced Obamacare.feedback

Benjy Sarlin - NBC News

By voting on a partial repeal bill, Republicans would avoid heated debates within their party over cuts to Medicaid, subsidies for private insurance, and which Obamacare regulations to change or eliminate.feedback

Paul Waldman

As Republicans struggle to figure out which spectacularly unpopular, viciously cruel and perfunctorily considered version of their health-care bill they want to become law, one former member of the House leadership has come out with an extraordinary admission about what a scam the whole project is. In an interview with Elaina Plott of Washingtonian magazine, former House majority leader Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a primary in 2014 by a tea party extremist, explains that Republicans knew they were lying to their base about their ability to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they just couldn’t help themselves.feedback

Mitch McConnell

We'll consider many different proposals throughout this process from senators on both sides of the aisle. Ultimately, we want to get legislation to finally end the failed Obamacare status quo through Congress and to the president's desk for his signature. This certainly won't be easy. Hardly anything in this process has been.feedback

Drew Hammill

While some may find it politically advantageous to engage in a circular firing squad, Leader Pelosi isn't in Congress on a shift. She's on a mission to protect the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I just want to thank some of the Republican senators who were really fantastic in getting this here, particularly John McCain for making the trip. But I think you're going to have a great healthcare. This is the beginning of the end for the disaster known as Obamacare.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You think that's easy? That's not easy. We're now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this Obamacare nightmare and delivering great health care to the American people. And now tonight, I'm back in the center of American heartland, far away from the Washington swamp, to spend time with thousands of you American patriots.feedback

Anthony Scaramucci

It took 22 months for President Obama to get what he wanted from the legislature. We're in the six months of the president's presidency. So think about the things we are trying to accomplish inside of one year ... If we get Obamacare repealed and replaced, which I predict will still happen, and we get a level of tax reform that we haven't seen since 1986 and we do that inside of a 12-month period of the presidency, I think that will be remarkable.feedback

Trevor Noah

How did this bill come back from the dead, this time? Well, up until now, the reason republicans have been having so much trouble repealing Obamacare is that the senators couldn't agree on how to replace it… But then I guess Mitch McConnell smoked some weed and was like 'you can't vote for a bill if you don't have a bill.feedback

Trevor Noah

How did this bill come back from the dead this time? Up until now, the reason Republicans have had so much trouble repealing Obamacare is that their senators couldn't agree on how to replace it. Some wouldn't vote for a bill that cut Medicaid too much, some wouldn't vote for a bill that left any Obamacare taxes in place, some wouldn't vote for the bill because it was printed in Comic Sans. It just doesn't look professional.feedback

Trevor Noah

A week ago, the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare appeared to be deader than Usher's prospects on Tinder. But you've got to hand it to McConnell and Trump. The tortoise and the hare put their heads together and they figured out a way to bring the dead healthcare bill back to life. 20 hours is not a lot of time to build a new healthcare system. Hell, I can't even build an Ikea bookshelf in 20 hours.feedback

Mitch McConnell

This is just the beginning. We're not out here to spike the football. This is a long way, but we'll finish at the end of the week. Hopefully, with a measure that can either go to the House and be taken up or go to conference. So we're pleased to have been able to take a step in that direction today.feedback

John Thune

We knew this wasn't going to be easy, and there's a lot of work ahead of us. The endgame is to be able to move something at the end of this process across the Senate floor that can get 50 votes and then to get into conference with the House.feedback

Billy Wynne

Yes, presumably (skinny repeal) would expedite insurers pulling out. But, obviously, this is not intended and would not be the final bill.feedback

John Kennedy

He's tough as a boot. Many people understandably would be curled up in bed in the foetal position.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We passed it without one Democrat vote. And that's a shame, but that's the way it is. And it's very unfortunate. But I want to congratulate American people, because we're going to give you great health care. And we're going to get rid of Obamacare, which should have been, frankly, terminated long ago. It's been a disaster for the American people.feedback

Mitch McConnell

We made commitments to our constituents to provide relief from this failed left-wing experiment. I hope everyone will seize the moment.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Now they must keep their promise. Any senator who votes against repeal and replace is telling America that they are fine with the Obamacare nightmare, and I predict they will have a lot of problems. It was unbelievable.feedback

Michael F. Neidorff - Centene

To try do the 'what ifs' – that's where you end up with what I call paralysis by analysis. So, as we get closer, we'll continue to look at the facts and we'll make those decisions based on where we are.feedback

Michael F. Neidorff - Centene

At the state and federal level, leadership understands that to eliminate the CSRs is to create havoc to the insured marketplace. We are corporately convinced that when the dust settles, there will be subsidies in some form.feedback

Michael F. Neidorff - Centene

I genuinely believe in the time I've spent in Washington, that there is not the appetite across the broad perspective of both houses to take the most vulnerable populations and leave them without insurance, when there are programs that are working very well.feedback

John Boehner

What's making everything even worse today is because we have so much news, people get to choose where they get their news. It used to be we had three big TV networks, five big newspapers, and five big radio stations and whatever they said was the news. Everybody else followed what they do.feedback