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This is not going to be easy. President Trump and I are undeterred.feedback
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NEW Sep 22 2017
The latest person who has talked about Obamacare is Donald J. Trump: “I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people. My Administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk. As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Donald J. Trump and all the other people that have spoken about Obamacare. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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All quotes about Obamacare

Jeff Flake

This doesn't fix everything with Obamacare. It can't. We're going to have to do that with a bipartisan bill. This is the first step.feedback

Ron Johnson

If we bring this up on the floor, I think every Republican senator is in play because every Republican senator will be faced with that binary choice. Okay, maybe this isn't everything they want, but the binary choice is: 100 percent guarantee that Obamacare remains in place, and we may have a path to single-payer, versus this choice of federalism, where we start putting the states back in charge.feedback

Pat Roberts

You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn't be considered. But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That's pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.feedback

Sarah Binder

Those notions of a more fluid, collegial Senate don't fit the contemporary Senate very well.feedback

John McCain

Let's trust each other. Let's return to regular order. We've been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That's an approach that's been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down, without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires.feedback

John McCain

We seem convinced that majorities exist to impose their will with few concessions and that minorities exist to prevent the party in power from doing anything important. That's not how we were meant to govern.feedback

Dean Heller

This is all about Medicaid expansion. It's going to be very difficult to get me to a yes.feedback

Pat Roberts

This is not the best possible bill – this is the best bill possible under the circumstances. Look, we're in the back seat of a convertible being driven by Thelma and Louise, and we're headed toward the canyon. ... So we have to get out of the car, and you have to have a car to get into, and this is the only car there is.feedback

Mitch McConnell

From skyrocketing costs to plummeting choices and collapsing markets, our constituents have suffered through an awful lot under Obamacare. I imagine many of our colleagues on the other side are ... pretty happy about all this. So now I think it's appropriate to ask: What are their ideas? It'll be interesting to see what they suggest as the way forward.feedback

Doug Ommen

I think we would make it work here. We are a proponent of flexibility.feedback

Asa Hutchinson

Graham-Cassidy is putting federal spending on a budget. That is the fiscal discipline the federal government and states both need to ensure the sustainability of Medicaid and other state health care programs.feedback

Richard J. Zall

It's not at all required that their explanation or plan meets any kind of standard.feedback

Timothy Jost

The biggest problem is how are states are going to do this in two years.feedback

Asa Hutchinson

The decisions about individual mandates, mandated benefits, and all the other decisions the ACA moved to Washington are best made at the state level by governors who understand the unique needs of their states.feedback

Larry Levitt

This is by far the most radical of any of the Republican health care bills that have been debated this year. And the reason for that is that this would be the biggest devolution of federal money and responsibility to the states for anything, ever. It would unleash massive health care debates in every state capital. All these tough decisions would no longer be on Congress' plate but on the plates of governors.feedback

Roy Mitchell

Year after year we have fought to get our policy makers to take money from the feds. I could just see another scenario like that with this bill. These states that would see more money are just rife with ideologues that do not want to see this specific population get any kind of opportunity for affordable coverage. That's my stark reality.feedback

Jim Carnes

The early gains from the redistribution will take a nose-dive 10 years out and we will lose billions. No state is a winner in the end.feedback

Ron Johnson

Millions of people lost coverage of Obamacare. There are no guarantees other than the fact that premiums have already doubled. They continue to skyrocket. We'll have to continue to throw money at a failing program. It just simply doesn't work.feedback

Ryan Mackenzie

There is no doubt that the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare lies at the feet of Congress. You can't frame it any other way.feedback

Lanhee Chen

Graham-Cassidy is not perfect, but it creates a competition of ideas and gives power back to states.feedback

Karl Rove

Start with Rand Paul. Can he vote ‘no’ on Graham-Cassidy after voting ‘yes’ in July?feedback

Lindsey Graham

Instead of a Washington-knows-best approach like Obamacare, our legislation empowers those closest to the health care needs of their communities to provide solutions. Our bill takes money and power out of Washington and gives it back to patients and states.feedback

John McCain

Why did -- why did Obamacare fail? Obamacare was rammed through with Democrats' votes only. Are we going to ram through our proposal with Democrats and the president? That's not the way to do it.feedback

Rand Paul

This bill keeps 90 percent of the spending of Obamacare and reshuffles it.feedback

Lindsey Graham

Let's get back to the basics of being conservative. We take the money that we would spend on Obamacare in Washington, and we block grant it to the states. No longer will four blue states get 40 percent of the money. A state like Mississippi, they get a 900 percent increase. South Carolina gets 300 percent.feedback

Bill Cassidy

There are more people who will be covered under this bill than under the status quo. Everybody fears change. Even if it's worse to better, they don't want change. We have a September 30th deadline on our promise. Let's finish the job. We must because there is a mother and father whose child will have insurance because of Graham Cassidy Heller Johnson. There is someone whose pre-existing condition will be addressed because of GCHJ.feedback

Sarah Sanders

I certainly respect the position that he's in as a parent. He is speaking for the protection of his kid, as he should do. But at the same time, we have to have a program that actually works and we know that that's not Obamacare.feedback

Caroline Pearson - Avalere Health

The Graham-Cassidy bill would significantly reduce funding to states over the long term, particularly for states that have already expanded Medicaid. States would have broad flexibility to shape their markets but would have less funding to subsidize coverage for low- and middle-income individuals.feedback

Caroline Pearson - Avalere Health

It redistributes from higher income to lowest income. It also redistributes among the states.feedback

Robert Laszewski

You've only got two years to figure all of this out. You need a comprehensive plan to phase Obamacare out to something that replaces it.feedback

Lamar Alexander

It surely makes getting a bipartisan consensus more difficult. A lot more difficult. Last week we, I think, had a pretty good opportunity. Then 15 Democrats jumped in with Medicare-forfAll, Republicans got busy with another repeal and replace, and it completely changed the political environment. It's hard to get a result if the House won't pass it and the president won't sign it. I know how to get a bipartisan result, but I'm not a magician.feedback

Rand Paul

I think some people just want to do something and aren't too concerned with what they are doing. The people that are putting this forward are immortalizing Obamacare. So I consider this effort to be sort of petty partisanship – they're just taking the Obamacare money, keeping it and taking it from Democrat states and giving it to Republican states.feedback

Susan Collins

What I found out so far causes me great concern. It seems to have many of the same flaws of the bill that we rejected previously, and in fact it had some additional flaws because there is some language that leads me to believe that people with pre-existing conditions might not be protected. In some states, insurers would still be required to offer them insurance, but rates might well be unaffordable.feedback

Ron Johnson

Time is running out. The only thing guaranteed is that if we do nothing Obamacare continues. It's a collapsing system, and we can all point to the disaster in real people's lives in every one of our states, and this is the last best chance for putting us back on a path where states get greater control and we start repairing our health care system.feedback

James Madara

We believe the Graham-Cassidy Amendment would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage, destabilize health insurance markets, and decrease access to affordable coverage and care. We sincerely urge the Senate to take short-term measures to stabilize the health insurance market.feedback

Joseph Antos

Medicaid was probably the policy area that was the most sensitive in the Senate.feedback

James Madara

Similar to proposals that were considered in the Senate in July, we believe the Graham-Cassidy amendment would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage, destabilize health insurance markets, and decrease access to affordable coverage and care.feedback

Tracy Watts

Our take away from this is that the trend for employers remains stable, and it remains low.feedback

Matthew Fiedler

We've got lots of indicators, across a constellation, that the health care trend is pretty low.feedback

John McCain

I am not supportive of the bill yet. We'll talk more about it. I'll talk with my governor and all that. I want regular order.feedback

Chris Sloan - Avalere Health

You could stretch the definition pretty broadly of what counts. Maybe you fund a high-risk pool that only allows in some number of people, and that counts. It's a pretty wide space.feedback

Chuck Schumer

It would be outrageous for our Republican colleagues to vote for this bill without knowing its effect on people. That, whatever your ideology, would be nothing short of a disgrace.feedback

Lindsey Graham

This is Bernie Sanders' worst nightmare. Number 45, Donald Trump, is on the phone. He's the Mariano Rivera of presidents. He's going to come in and close the deal with some of these governors who are showing reluctance. We got 15 days left to do this. We are two votes short.feedback

Julie Tarallo

Senator McCain continues to review the bill to assess its impact on the people of Arizona. As he has said before, Senator McCain believes health care reform should go through the regular order of hearings, open debate, and amendments from both sides of the aisle.feedback

John McCain

We just need to have a regular process rather than, Hey I've got an idea, let's run this through the Senate and give them an up-or-down vote.feedback

John Thune

I just told Bill Cassidy he's a grave robber. This thing was six feet under, and I think he's revived it to the point where there's a lot of positive buzz and forward momentum. But it still comes down to, in the Senate, getting 50 votes.feedback

Rand Paul

I think this is a game of Republicans taking money from Democratic states. What happens if Democrats take power back?feedback

Bill Cassidy

We're trying to set up good policy. Whether it's done now or later, the good policy will still be there.feedback

Elizabeth Warren

The Graham-Cassidy @SenateGOP 'health care' bill IS Trumpcare, & it will rip health care away from millions of Americans.feedback

Orrin Hatch

It's pretty hard to get excited about what he's doing. He's got a very broad jurisdiction but it isn't as broad as he sometimes thinks. That doesn't mean he can't do legislation that's outside of his jurisdiction – he can. But if he's doing it, it ought to at least be something he runs by us.feedback

Jason Pye

It's not the repeal of Obamacare that was promised. Nevertheless, FreedomWorks is treating it as what is likely to be the last serious attempt to reform Obamacare.feedback

Mara Gambineri

It's shocking that these trained medical professionals put patients' lives in needless jeopardy. The fact is that this facility never called 911. The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is responsible for the health and safety of their patients.feedback

Aviva Aron-Dine

For example, a state that used a small portion of its block grant funding to provide even tiny subsidies to all individual market plans could then waive these protections for its entire individual market. Likewise, states that used block grant funding to offer or subsidize coverage for low-income people could offer plans with large gaps in benefits. States seeking waivers would have to explain how they 'intend' to maintain access to coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but they wouldn't have to prove that their waivers would actually do so.feedback

Bill Cassidy

I'm confident we'll get there on the Republican side. People are coming out and saying they are for it, either publicly or privately. Talking to a few more.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people. My Administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk. As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I think Mitch would vote for it but he said, Go get 50 votes. Here's my challenge to the Republican leadership: Act like this matters, because it does. The idea that the Republican Party has done its best to repeal and replace ObamaCare is a joke.feedback

Lindsey Graham

We need people onboard now to stop what I believe is inevitable if we fail. The only thing stopping us from having this debated on the floor of the United States Senate is lack of leadership. I think Mitch would vote for it, but he said, Go get 50 votes. Mr. President, help us. Because we're trying to help you.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The question is, is there any fight left in Washington when it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare?feedback

Lindsey Graham

It should have been our first bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but it is now our last. To those in the Republican Party who feel like we have not fought as hard as we could, you're right. The president said, if you get 20 governors on board, he'll stand with them. Make some calls; help us get to 20.feedback

John Thune

It would take an extraordinary lift to get that done before the deadline.feedback

Doug Holtz-Eakin

I believe that language has become unhelpful and needs to go away.feedback

Michael Cannon - Cato Institute

That's a frustration I have with a lot of conservatives saying it's not gonna happen. Look, pal, if you say it's not gonna happen then it won't because you're framing political reality right now, whether you know it or not.feedback

Michael Cannon - Cato Institute

Incrementalism is easier than wholesale change. I think there are incremental steps you can take. The problem is that most of the incrementalism Republicans are discussing now is incrementalism in the wrong direction, incrementally more money being thrown at Obamacare, which is not gonna solve anything.feedback

Jim Capretta

Until there is some kind of bipartisan negotiation and agreement that builds more consensus, the instability we've witnessed will continue. The best way out is to try to force some kind of bipartisan negotiation to try to get the best deal [Republicans] can and call it a day.feedback

Doug Holtz-Eakin

Insurance is a way of shifting around the national health care bill from people who incur to the people who pay it. The real issue is the underlying bill. It's actually the practice and the conduct of the delivery system that drives people crazy. It's not like the rest of the economy where consumer sovereignty still matters.feedback

Marie Fishpaw

We know what we don't want to see. We don't want to see any bailout of a program we believe is fundamentally flawed.feedback

Dan Holler

There really wasn't a robust and serious conversation about what is the conservative or Republican solution to health care policy. There was really no consensus within the Republican Party on where to go forward. I'm not sure how realistic or plausible that is. My sense is Democrats sense they have an opportunity to push this debate closer to single payer than they ever have. I think they'll be loath to take their foot off the pedal.feedback

Doug Holtz-Eakin

Health care reform is not a bill. It's a process. It'll be an ongoing process.feedback

Michael Cannon - Cato Institute

They either keep trying to repeal Obamacare and they're closer than most people acknowledge. They were really only a few votes away. The other option is to try to fix Obamacare. If Republicans do that, they are going to be alienating a huge chunk of their political base.feedback

Marie Fishpaw

There's no permanent victory. There's no permanent defeat. We have a very clear definition of the problem, and we're returning to the basics of where we agree. Did Republicans and conservatives make progress in thinking about health care, or are they playing the same record they've been playing since 2010? I think that's a good test.feedback

Mark W. Warner

If there's one thing we've seen, when either political party tries to do big things only with one side of the aisle, you generally screw up. We saw that perhaps with Democrats when we passed Obamacare [and] Dodd-Frank. We clearly saw it this year when Republicans tried to do health care. I spent ... more years in business than I have been in politics. I think I've got something to add to that debate. But so far, there's been no outreach at all. Nobody calls.feedback

Drew Altman

Repeal and replace went from a very popular idea, getting rid of Obamacare, to a real proposal with winners and losers and trade-offs.feedback

Astrid Silva

DACA recipients and undocumented people still have to sign up for selective service if they're men between the ages of 18 and 25, even though we're not allowed to join the service to gain citizenship. We still can't get any federal financial aid for college, you can't receive any type of federal benefits, you still can get student loans – anything that is federal, you cannot obtain. We still can't apply for Obamacare.feedback

Donna Friedsam

If CMS intends to provide notice of the grant award three weeks from now, that may be all well and good, at that point I may have lost my well-trained staff. To re-constitute my staff in time for an open enrollment that begins November 1 is going to be extremely hard.feedback

Shelli Quenga

We know nothing right now. I laid off two people today and cut everybody else back to part-time for the remainder of the month. We have to pull from our own money at this point.feedback

Shelli Quenga

We're taking our schedules down and not making appointments available. I've curtailed everyone's mileage because a lot are community based.feedback

Donna Friedsam

I have delivered 10 layoff notices to staff members. We don't have a funding flow anymore. As someone who has worked on many federal grants, this is really unusual. Usually if the grant letter shows up late, it still goes back to the project start date. The Trump administration is essentially saying, you need to deconstruct your organization on September 1 and reconstruct it on whatever day we provide funding. In what world is that possible?feedback

Sonja Smith

The assumption was we would be reimbursed. Now, we're not sure if we will be. I have to sit down with our financial person and we might have to furlough a couple of people.feedback

Dave Brat

I don't want to go there yet. But it's up to the leadership, right now, to get it straight. The big picture is that we've failed on Obamacare; we didn't do what we said we'd do. What's it going to look like on tax? What about the debt ceiling? No one is really sure. We said we'd do all of these different things, and we have to follow through.feedback

Orrin Hatch

We need real health-care reform, not a Band-Aid solution.feedback

Mitch McConnell

From working to find a path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare with common-sense market reforms to responding to one of the worst disasters Texas has seen, Ted's been a constructive player trying to get results.feedback

Ken Schrad

All I can say is the Bureau of Insurance is in serious discussions with carriers to see if the bare counties will have an option on the federal exchange in 2018.feedback

Lamar Alexander

That's a remarkable level of interest. I think we did a pretty good job today of not blaming each other.feedback

Michael Dudley - Optima Health

The decisions we made were challenging ones given the recent changes and ambiguities in the marketplace. Our most recent filing with the state reflects these dynamic changes, as would be expected in these circumstances.feedback

Rush Limbaugh

Now we find out the Republican caucus in the Senate is infected with essentially leftist members. Collins, Murkowski, Capito – these three female leftists in the Republican caucus are running the Senate, not Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell is not running the Senate. These three women are running the Senate. The conservative Republicans in the Senate are not running the Senate. Three liberal women who call themselves Republicans are running the Senate.feedback

Lamar Alexander

Our goal is a small step, and so many millions of Americans will be hurt if we fail. Otherwise, we won't be able to affect insurance rates the flexibility of insurers until next year.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obamacare is imploding. It is a disaster and 2017 will be the worst year yet, by far!feedback

Tony Lourey

Reinsurance itself is a good tool, a valuable tool, to mitigate premium spikes, and this program does work. This is the type of risk-mitigation tool that the feds defunded in an effort to sabotage Obamacare. It's left to states then to put this massive investment in place. The feds need to be stepping up to the plate and not leaving it to the states.feedback

Lamar Alexander

I'm looking for the simplest bill possible that Republicans and Democrats can agree on that will stabilize the individual insurance market.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I think we're going to pull a rabbit out of a hat on health care reform.feedback

Michael Needham

Obamacare is becoming a zombie law, and throwing more taxpayer money at Zombiecare is unacceptable.feedback

Barry Bennett

It's right out of the Bill Clinton playbook. Triangulation is something that he perfected. If we have a majority in both houses and we can't cut taxes and we can't repeal Obamacare, then shame on us.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies.feedback

Craig Garthwaite

It's an option in name only. It's not like you have a ton of extra funds to pay for what's going to be very expensive insurance. Just having an insurer offering doesn't solve the problem for everyone.feedback

Jim Cramer

When President Trump sticks to the script on his teleprompter, the market seems to go higher. When he's all caught up in the enthusiasm of the moment and starts improvising, he says things that get in the way of his economic agenda. So let me be real, Mr. President: I like your economic agenda! So would you mind being kind enough to emphasize it even when you extemporize? It could be fun! Instead, talking about the wall or Obamacare or protesters or the non-Fox News media just creates a distraction that pushes out the agenda.feedback

Craig Garthwaite

When there's a monopoly provider in the exchanges, we lose that ability to match with the plan that's best for you. We've had trouble offering insurance in rural counties for a long time. This was neither created by nor will it be solved by the ACA.feedback

David Anderson

If there is an empty county, insurers are seeing a population of people who are willing to pay at least the subsidized premium amount and no competition that severely constrains pricing. The business case for getting into a bare county is strong because of the way the subsidies are designed for the ACA.feedback

Dan Mendelson - Avalere Health

I think it says, Don't underestimate the influence of the state insurance commissioners. Or maybe, Health care is ultimately locally controlled.' There are many things states can do to entice smaller plans into the market, and that's what happened here.feedback

Larry Levitt

It shows how resilient the market is. The open-ended premium subsidies are an enormous carrot for insurers to go into underserved areas, even in the face of significant uncertainty. It's not a great outcome to have monopoly insurers, but it's a whole lot better than having no insurers.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Look, I think the relationships are fine. Certainly there are going to be some policy differences, but there are also a lot of shared goals, and that's what we're focused on. We're disappointed that Obamacare -- they failed to get it repealed and replaced, but at the same time, President Trump has worked with Leader McConnell to reach out to other members and to work on those shared goals, and we're going to continue to do that when the Senate comes back from recess.feedback

Mitch McConnell

The President and I, and our teams, have been and continue to be in regular contact about our shared goals. We are working together to develop tax reform and infrastructure legislation so we can grow the economy and create jobs; to prevent a government default; to fund the government so we can advance our priorities in the short and long terms; to pass the defense authorization and defense appropriations bills so we can support our troops and help implement an effective strategy against ISIL; to provide relief from Obamacare; and to continue our progress for our nation's veterans.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? You can do it! 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

That's a little bit discouraging. You would think one insurer would step in from a neighboring county to offer plans.feedback

David Hopcraft

The director said in a recent interview that she was just hopeful.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

This is about having a clean debt ceiling so that we can maintain the best credit, the reserve currency, and be focused on what we should be focusing are so many other important issues for the economy.feedback

Ted Nickel

In many ways the die has already been cast… if nothing changes before the end of September, we're pretty much looking at those rates being locked in for 2018. We have so little control now, so much of it is coming from the federal government through more of a central planning function rather than letting states engage in ways that best needs of their consumers. We do find ourselves in very difficult straights.feedback

Robert Laszewski

There's no way we can back out these higher rates that the companies put in… We're going to have more expensive health insurance plans, we're going to have fewer people enrolled.feedback

Christina Cousart

The Medical Loss Ratio that was instituted by the ACA will still be in place, meaning that consumers will be reimbursed [if] insures are not spending an 80% minimum on [health] care costs.feedback

Diana Dooley

We have a way to protect consumers, but it is complicated and will cause unnecessary confusion and anxiety. We are extending our deadline to give Congress time to act when they return in September. We are heartened by the bipartisan discussion that put consumers first, but we can't wait past Sept. 30.feedback

Julius Hobson - Polsinelli

What's likely to happen is that Congress will pass some kind of interim funding, which negates the lawsuit.feedback

James Scullary

This is really hard to say at this point, without knowing how it will all play out – which is why we believe that the best solution is for Congress and the administration to resolve this issue now. A resolution now eliminates the need for all of these workarounds to protect consumers.feedback

Steve Bannon

It's the Republican establishment. The Republican establishment has no interest in Trump's success on this. They're not populists, they're not nationalists, they had no interest in his program. Zero. It was a half-hearted attempt at Obamacare reform, it was no interest really on the infrastructure, they'll do a very standard Republican version of taxes.feedback

Robert G. Torricelli

Many of us have a personal concern about Bob Menendez. But there's also an overriding concern about the Republicans strengthening their control in the Senate and, in the near term, being able to repeal Obamacare and 16 million people losing their health care.feedback

Amanda Hooper

The video reached 168,000 people people and has been viewed 16,000 times.feedback

Amanda Hooper

We are very interested in hearing what their plans are. We will be sure to get the message to clarify for people that [Obamacare] is still here, and you should still sign up ... we will let people know when to sign up. Obamacare is the law of the land.feedback

Amanda Hooper

We have no indication from them that there will be reach out. It is the silence that is speaking volumes.feedback

Daniel Kohn

My premiums have doubled and my deductible has increased nearly three times under Obamacare with no claims by either my wife or me.feedback

Daniel Polsky

The practice and organization of medical care has been dynamic in recent years, and that could partly explain our results. For example, if patient panels are better managed by larger organizations, the trend towards consolidation could absorb some of the increased demand.feedback

Daniel Polsky

Given the duration of medical education, it's not likely that thousands of new primary care practitioners entered the field in a few years to meet surging demand.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

The case against the EU depends on avoiding a discussion of the alternative. It is the equivalent of voting to repeal Obamacare without knowing the replacement. It is a stitch-up. That is one reason it is essential that parliament or the public are given the chance to have a straight vote between EU membership and the negotiated alternative. That is a democratic demand, not just a prudent one.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

Delegating to May and Davis, never mind Johnson and Fox, the settlement of a workable alternative to EU membership is a delusion, not just an abdication. This transatlantic malaise has a common root. Politics based on what you are against, not what you are for. Look at the campaigns against the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and against the EU. There is a common trope: the politics of grievance.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I like Mitch, but for eight years we've been saying we're going to repeal and replace ObamaCare; it's not like we made this up over night.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

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

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

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