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These changes are welcomed by employers. Overall, they give employers more flexibility to drive employees to make the best choices for themselves and their families.feedback
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NEW Jun 22 2017
Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Sean Spicer and Nancy Pelosi, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Obamacare. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 390 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 843 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 Paul Ryan is: “Under Obamacare, premiums have more than doubled, and choices have dwindled to the point that many families have no options at all. We are on a rescue mission to bring down the cost of coverage and make sure families have access to affordable care. This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit. It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.”.
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Devon Kearns

Our team will be working fast to analyze the discussion draft and will have a few analyses out in the hours after the draft is public.feedback

Ezekiel Emanuel

That uncertainty was created by the Republicans that didn't exist under President Obama. (They) are going to hold the bag for a lot of people losing insurance and they will blame this administration.feedback

Ezekiel Emanuel

But reform is different than repeal. And it's much different than throwing 23 million people off of insurance and off of Medicaid as the Republican plan appears to be doing.feedback

Ezekiel Emanuel

The problem is a lot of this uncertainty makes insurance companies nervous. When insurance companies are nervous, they do two things: they exit markets and they raise premiums. That's exactly what you're seeing.feedback

Ezekiel Emanuel

The president is very agitated about this and yet the Republicans didn't begin there, which is very, very surprising. It was a place where we could've gotten a landmark agreement and a lot of consensus.feedback

Ezekiel Emanuel

This (Republican-led) bill does nothing about affordability – and that's the shock.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think and I hope, I can't guarantee anything, but I hope we're gonna surprise you with a really good plan. I've been talking about a plan with heart. I said, add some money to it!' A plan with heart. If we went and got the single greatest healthcare plan in the history of the world, we would not get one Democrat vote. Because they're obstructionists. If we came to you and said 'Here's your plan, you're gonna have the greatest plan in history, and you're gonna pay nothing,' they'd vote against it. But ObamaCare is dead.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We'd love to have some Democratic support, but they're obstructionist. Hopefully we'll get something done and it'll be something with heart and very meaningful.feedback

Rand Paul

My main concern is I promised voters that I would repeal Obamcare and everything I hear sounds like Obamacare light. I'm still hoping we reach impasse and we actually go back to the idea we originally started with which was repealing Obamacare.feedback

David M. Cordani - CIGNA

We have worked very hard to be part of the solution here even in the face of a lot of withdrawals in the marketplace. We've stayed in in a focused way. If you get the right collaborative relationships up and running with physician groups and hospital groups like we have in Missouri, you can generate a better result, not a stellar result, but a better result.feedback

Larry Levitt

There is no question that Anthem has soured on the marketplace, given underlying instability and the tremendous uncertainty stoked by the Trump administration and the health-care debate in Congress. Assuming other insurers in Indiana and Wisconsin stick around, there will still be at least one insurer in all counties in these states.feedback

David M. Cordani - CIGNA

It's clear the legislation needs to evolve. And what we have been able to prove is that if you can engage individuals into health care, and, very importantly, connect with... physicians and professionals and better quality health care, then good things happen.feedback

John McCain

No, nor have I met any American that has. I'm sure the Russians have been able to hack in and gotten most of it.feedback

Leslie Porras - Anthem Inc.

Today, planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage.feedback

John Arensmeyer - Small Business

They're looking at it in terms of how it impacts their lives. Before the ACA, if you wanted to start a business, you had to weigh that against the question of where you were going to get health care. That fundamental concern is the biggest single reason why the ACA really has helped small business and why small-business owners who are now dependent upon the marketplaces for coverage are scared to death that it might go away.feedback

John Arensmeyer - Small Business

I think early on, small-business owners were skeptical about how much the law could really help them, especially since there was so much political noise. It's not that their needs or the feelings about their needs have changed. It's that they've seen how the ACA can help them, and it's made people realize, This can actually work. I don't want to lose this.feedback

Kris Kleindienst

Deductibles were so high that most of us avoided seeking regular preventive care, let alone treatment. The fact is, we did not think we could afford health insurance, but we tried to keep at least the catastrophic coverage. Our wages, including owners', were low. We sweated everything and put off repairs and expansion plans because we couldn't afford them.feedback

John Naylor

When the federal government set out certain rules, our expectations are that these rules are followed.feedback

John Naylor

So as we look at the pricing, we need to know are those rules going to be enforced in 2018.feedback

Sean Spicer

I don't know where we are in terms of final plans. The president clearly wants a bill that heart in it.feedback

Sean Spicer

I know the president has been on the phone extensively with the leader and with key senators, so I don't know if he's seen the legislation or not, but I know that they've been working extremely hard and the president has been giving his input and his ideas, feedback to them, and he's very excited about where this thing is headed.feedback

Bob Corker

You know, I'm going to vote for this bill or vote against this bill ... based on how it affects people in Tennessee and actually how it affects our nation.feedback

Mitch McConnell

I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday, and we will go to the bill obviously once we get a CBO score -- likely next week. Oh, they'll have plenty of time.feedback

John Thune

It's high time we turned the page on this failed Obamacare experiment.feedback

Susan Collins

It's clear from the outline that I have seen of the Senate's – where there were a lot of question marks, so they'll be filled in – it's quite different from the House bill, and I think that's a good thing.feedback

Ted Cruz

We're not there yet, and we've got to get it right.feedback

Shelley Moore Capito

Unless I'm confident we can do that, I don't know how we can move forward in good conscience.feedback

Bob Corker

I would have liked, as you already know, for this to be a more open process and to have committee hearings, but that's not what we're doing. At the end of the day, that doesn't preclude my responsibilities as a senator to either vote yes or no based on the substance that's in it. I certainly look forward to diving into that substance. It's a very awkward process, at best … I'd rather have the input as we move along than a bill be produced and all of a sudden, it's the product, and then everybody opines.feedback

Mike Pence

We're going to pass the largest tax cut since the days of Ronald Reagan, and we're going to do it this year. Discussions will continue. Details are being worked out. But I can assure you with your support, and the support of our leaders in Congress, we will get tax cuts done and we will get them done this year.feedback

Mitch McConnell

This long-term Obamacare trend is not sustainable. We have to act. And we are.feedback

Mike Pence

Today, I want to assure you – before this summer is over, working with the leaders in the Congress even as we speak, President Donald Trump and this Congress will keep their promise to the American people, and we will repeal and replace Obamacare.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare and Border Security. Their ObamaCare is dead. Vote now for Karen H.feedback

Kim Monk - Capital Alpha Partners

All these groups have things that they want. They're all similarly motivated in that it's not just about the [Affordable Care Act]. They know they have a few years ahead of issues they have to navigate.feedback

Kim Monk - Capital Alpha Partners

Pharma is hugely interested in tax reform. That's way more impactful to them than whatever happens with AHCA.feedback

Kim Monk - Capital Alpha Partners

It's not all-out warfare. Republicans are going to be around for a while, and they tend to be your allies on really important things.feedback

John Kasich

You cannot write major legislation with one party, it doesn't work. Obama tried it, Obamacare is, you know, under fire every day. If Republicans do it, and they do it alone, it isn't going to last.feedback

John Naylor

We didn't go into a community assuming we'd be there for a year and out. With Medica, and our social mission, we are making a long-term commitment to these communities. Our intent is to be in Iowa… We want to help the individuals, the farmers, the small business owners in Iowa. But until we have clarity on rules, we will not make a final call until we have that.feedback

John Naylor

When the federal government set out certain rules, our expectations are that these rules are followed. So as we look at pricing we need to know are those rules going to be enforced in 2018.feedback

Oliver Wyman

If payers do not gain clarity on funding of CSR payments soon, they will have to build that cost into their premiums.feedback

Joseph R. Swedish - Anthem Inc.

We've also said that it's possible without the right kinds of changes with respect to funding levels and other regulations associated with the Affordable Care Act that we may have to exit certain markets because those markets are not sustainable. Adjustments have not occurred and certain decisions have not been made to further strengthen or stabilize that marketplace. ... [W]e've come to sort of a fork in the road in terms of our inability to service our communities.feedback

Joseph R. Swedish - Anthem Inc.

Fixing the individual market, fixing the Affordable Care Act and possibly getting to some new model of delivery for the individual marketplace will evolve so that sustainability is created.feedback

Mitch McConnell

Think of me with a Rubik's cube, sitting there trying to think about what combination will get you to 50.feedback

John Thune

I think most of the taxes are going to go away. Our members are still having a conversation about if we want to make changes that are in the end going to require some additional revenue.feedback

Mike Pence

Now I know this room is filled with men and women who care deeply about bringing high-quality health care to every American. Rest assured, Donald Trump wants the exact same thing.feedback

Julie Rovner

There were hundreds of hearings and markups that lasted days – or in the case of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, months.feedback

Cliff Hoskins

It's going to at least take half, if not all, of my Social Security. If I had to pay the full amount, that would not be good. That would put you back in poverty.feedback

Michelle Morrison

We don't really know what to do right now. Should we start pressuring his doctors to do a surgery now so he can get it in time? That doesn't feel right. Insurance is supposed to cover things that you can't anticipate – and for us, this is one of them.feedback

Julie Rovner

The extreme secrecy is a situation without precedent, at least in creating health care law.feedback

Mercedes Ibarra

Within that year, the Affordable Care Act totally saved my life. It's a huge difference and it's a lifesaving difference because… if I didn't have access to health care right now, I wouldn't be able to do the things I do.feedback

Mercedes Ibarra

My specialist – who I do have to see once a month – my rheumatologist… before the subsidy (was a) $75 co-pay. And I'm now paying $16 when I see her.feedback

Tim Kaine

The individual market, if you're not buying through an employer–even if you do get a subsidy–is pretty unstable. I do think some legislative fixes would really send signals to the American public, as well as the stakeholders, that we're serious about finding improvements.feedback

Patty Murray

We're not in the majority right now, and our whole focus right now is to keep them from sending us back to a time when insurance companies could sell plans that provided nothing and people found themselves just in a terrible bind.feedback

David Cicilline

We've never heard from the president again on this issue.feedback

Tim Kaine

That's something that should have some bipartisan appeal.feedback

Frank Pallone

We have to make sure that the tax credits or subsidies make insurance affordable.feedback

John Yarmuth

There's a very good chance that it's sustainable if you just do those things. I don't think it's necessary.feedback

Tim Scott

There's no question that the current debate is not centered on eliminating all the taxes in Obamacare right now.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere. ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!feedback

John Barrasso

They were saying, Look, we've got a big debt in this country and we realize the day is going to come when Washington isn't able to meet all of these Obamacare promises.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Millions of American families – and I mean millions – continue to suffer from Obamacare while congressional Democrats obstruct our efforts to rescue them. And I'll tell you, that's exactly what's happening. The Democrats have let you down big-league. No matter how good it is, we will get no obstructionist Democrat votes. If it's the greatest healthcare plan ever devised, we will get zero votes by the obstructionists, the Democrats.feedback

Laura Speer - Annie E. Casey Foundation

If your kids get sick and if you don't have health insurance, being able to pay those bills, particularly if you're in a low-wage job, it becomes devastating for families.feedback

Laura Speer - Annie E. Casey Foundation

Since the ACA was in place, the rates of uninsured kids have gone down even more. What most people have seen is that ... when parents have access to health insurance that kids are more likely to have health insurance.feedback

Shelly Moore Capito

Nothing's been nailed down on that, so everything's still on the table.feedback

Seema Verma

This is yet another failing report card for the [Obamacare] exchanges. The American people have fewer insurance choices and in some counties no choice at all. CMS is working with state departments of insurance and issuers to find ways to provide relief and help restore access to health-care plans, but our actions are by no means a long-term solution to the problems we're seeing with the insurance exchanges.feedback

Ted Cruz

We've got to solve the underlying problem. In my view we must, number one, honor our commitment to repeal Obamacare, and number two, implement reforms that lower premiums.feedback

Seema Verma

Consumers are sending a clear message that cost and affordability are major factors in their decision to cancel or terminate coverage.feedback

Donald J. Trump

2 million more people just dropped out of ObamaCare. It is in a death spiral. Obstructionist Democrats gave up, have no answer = resist!feedback

Geoff Bartsh - Medica

It's not a good introduction to new markets to say hey, we're the only plan in town, but you can't get your claims paid or get through to customer service.feedback

Geoff Bartsh - Medica

We felt like we could get a knowledge base relatively quickly. But we didn't plan on entering these markets and taking over in three years' time.feedback

Geoff Bartsh - Medica

When you're dangling the cost-sharing subsidies – they're on the table, they're off the table – that creates uncertainty.feedback

Geoff Bartsh - Medica

It wasn't until post-ACA that we looked more aggressively for opportunities for geographic expansion. The advent of the exchanges was an easier way to create a distribution channel.feedback

Geoff Bartsh - Medica

In Kansas City, we're the only carrier, but I'm sure the regulators in Kansas and Missouri are trying to find someone else to come. So we'll have to assume in Kansas City there is another competitor. That has implications for how we price, how we want to be viewed compared to an unknown potential competitor. If I make assumptions that I know everything, and then something changes right after I file, that's the situation that keeps me up at night.feedback

Danette Wilson

Like many other health insurers across the country, we have been faced with challenges in this market. Through 2016, we have lost more than $100 million. This is unsustainable for our company. We have a responsibility to our members and the greater community to remain stable and secure, and the uncertain direction of this market is a barrier to our continued participation.feedback

Geoff Bartsh - Medica

Each state is asking questions about their own state, and they should, but we've got to look at the bigger picture and what is realistic for an insurance plan our size. It's a marketplace that hasn't been wildly successful, and this would be dramatic growth.feedback

Cynthia Cox

In almost all parts of the country where there is one insurer left, it's a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan. These plans just have a strong history serving their community.feedback

Geoff Bartsh - Medica

We certainly think there is a role for us in all the markets we're in right now. In all these states we have a statewide presence, and I don't know if we'll be able to continue that. But I certainly know we're working to stay in as many areas as we can.feedback

Brad Wilson

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

Geoff Bartsh - Medica

We may find ourselves with a large number of lives in many of these states that we didn't earn in the traditional sense of the word, by beating the competition. We just happen to be the last person standing.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The House has passed a bill and now the Senate is working very, very hard and specifically the folks in this room... to come out with a bill that's going to be a phenomenal bill for the people of our country -- generous, kind, with heart, that's what I'm saying. And that may be adding additional money into it. We'll come out with a real bill, not Obamacare, and the results are going to be fantastic... and everybody's going to be happy.feedback

AshLee Strong

Congressional Republicans, with President Trump's support, are working to repeal and replace this terrible Obamacare law that is harming Americans.feedback

Cynthia Cox

This market is still resilient, despite some of the uncertainty that is scaring away other insurers. Subsidies prevent what might otherwise be a death spiral.feedback

Mitch McConnell

I think we've got a little ways to go. There's a lot of things that have to be resolved.feedback

Michael F. Neidorff - Centene

Centene recognizes there is uncertainty of new health care legislation, but we are well positioned to continue providing accessible, high quality and culturally sensitive health care services to our members. Centene has demonstrated disciplined execution, agility and capacity to successfully navigate industry changes to the benefit of our members, customers and shareholders.feedback

Benjamin Wakana

The report shows that about 85 percent of people effectuated their coverage – just like in previous years. That means opposite of what the administration is implying it does: premium increases didn't keep people from effectuating their coverage.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Because of our actions, money is starting to pour in to NATO. The money is starting to pour in. Other countries are starting to realize that it's time to pay up and they're doing that. Very proud of that fact. The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare. They are only OBSTRUCTIONISTS! They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals. Just yesterday we learned that one of the largest insurers is pulling out of Ohio. That could mean another 20,000 counties and 19,000 people will have no plan available to them.feedback

Seema Verma

We are looking for valuable feedback on how to change existing regulations in ways that put patients first, promote greater consumer choice, enhance affordability and return more control over health care to the states.feedback

Patrick Toomey

I think we should repeal all of the Obamacare taxes.feedback

Mike Kreidler

Their actions, including failing to commit to fund the cost-sharing subsidies, not enforcing the individual mandate, and continuing to push in secret the severely flawed American Health Care Act are eroding confidence health insurers have in the market here and across the nation. These actions only increase premiums and decrease insurer participation.feedback

Mike Kreidler

For months, we've worked closely with our health insurers and other stakeholders in a concerted effort to try to explain to the Trump administration and congressional leaders what the impact could be to our market and most importantly, to our consumers, if this level of uncertainty and volatility continued. Today, our predictions came true.feedback

Pam MacEwan

Despite the strength and stability of our state's marketplace efforts, we were disappointed with the health insurance filing proposals submitted with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner for participation on the 2018 exchange.feedback

Mike Kreidler

I'm deeply troubled by the changes we're seeing for next year's health insurance market. The proposed drop in insurers and coverage areas clearly indicates to me that the uncertainty the Trump administration and the GOP-controlled Congress has sowed for months is sabotaging the progress we've made.feedback

Pam MacEwan

What makes today's announcement particularly difficult is that the market forces at work are occurring outside of the exchange's purview and disrupting what was viewed as a stabilizing health insurance marketplace.feedback

Kevin Brady

Obamacare's design flaws were not the fault of the American people. The people now trapped in Obamacare did what the government mandated them to do – they complied with the law. They should not be left out to dry.feedback

Kevin Brady

We should act within our constitutional authority now to temporarily and legally fund cost sharing reduction payments as we move away from Obamacare and toward a patient-centered system that truly works for the American people. Insurers have made clear the lack of certainty is causing 2018 proposed premiums to rise significantly.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The American people are paying much more for much worse coverage. The coverage is horrendous. Obamacare is in a total death spiral and the problems will only get worse if Congress fails to act.feedback

Donald J. Trump

America must have the best, fastest and most reliable infrastructure anywhere in the world, . We will fix it, . We will create the first-class infrastructure our country and our people deserve. Now it's time for the Senate to act and save Americans from this catastrophic event because Obamacare is dead. Obamacare was one of the biggest broken promises in the history of politics. Remember 'you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan?' Didn't work out that way.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obamacare is in a total death spiral and the problems will only get worse if Congress fails to act. It's only obstruction from the Democrats. The Democrats are destroying healthcare. It's only going to be Republicans or bust. The Democrats are really in our way.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Now it's the Senate's turn to act. Obamacare is in a total death spiral and the problems will only get worse if Congress fails to act.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obamacare is in a total death spiral. Health care is more about so much more than dollars and cents. It's about real people.feedback

Bobbi Smith

We choose which party we place our values with. We're supposed to trust them to do for us, you know, what our party stands for.feedback

Bobbi Smith

The higher premium for older people is generally a gripe. And for people with preexisting conditions, that's terrible. [It would] be really hard for them.feedback

Bobbi Smith

You can't buy insurance for anything else that's already damaged either, if you think of it that way. You can't wreck your car, then go buy insurance. ... It would be wonderful if they could just be insurance at the same price as everybody else.feedback

Bobbi Smith

You know, thinking about it, I'm not even sure what I expected. I just thought it would miraculously work out wonderful for everybody. So I guess maybe I didn't put enough thought into what I would expect from a health care act.feedback

Clifford Hoskins

It's going to at least take half, if not all, of my Social Security. If I had to pay the full amount, that would not be good. That would put you back in poverty. If they do away with this, there are going to be a lot of changes to my voting. This is my biggest issue right now.feedback

Kathy Oller

If they take the expanded Medicaid away, it really, really is gonna kill Kentuckians because they won't have health insurance. I don't have regrets.feedback

Clifford Hoskins

I've not got anything again the wall. I've got nothing against protecting our borders.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obamacare is dead. The Democrats are destroying healthcare in this country. We have had no help, we will get no votes no matter what we do. If we gave you the greatest plan in the history of the world, you would have no Democratic votes. It's all going to be Republicans or bust. And the Republicans are working very hard on getting a great healthcare plan. So now it is the Senate's turn to act. And again, I hope they are going to act in a very positive manner. I can tell you the Republican senators are trying very hard. The Democrats are really in our way.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The theft of American prosperity has come to a screeching halt and a new era of American greatness is about to begin. It is time to recapture our legacy as a nation of builders –and to create new lanes of travel, commerce and discovery that will take us into the future. The problems will only get worse if Congress fails to act–Obamacare is dead. Now it's the Senate's turn to act –I hope they're going to act in a very positive manner. The Republican senators are trying hard–the Democrats are really in our way.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Health care is about so much more than dollars and cents. It's about real people. ObamaCare is dead. It's only obstruction from the Democrats. The Democrats are destroying health care in this country. It's all going to be Republicans or bust. And the Republicans are working very, very hard on getting a great health care plan.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obamacare is in a total death spiral, and the problems will only get worse if Congress fails to act. Obamacare is dead. I've been saying it for a long time. The House of Representative has done it's job, it sent a plan to the Senate, and the Senate is working it over.feedback

Sherrod Brown

The dangerous game Pres. Trump & GOP are playing just kicked 70k paying OH customers off their insurance & will keep raising prices.feedback

Katherine Hempstead

With plans in 14 states, an Anthem exit would leave nearly 300 counties and about a quarter of a million marketplace enrollees with no carrier, mostly in Georgia, Missouri, and Kentucky. An additional half million consumers residing in 227 other counties would find themselves with only one carrier.feedback

Katherine Hempstead

The things that Anthem does are very consequential because in a lot of the markets where they are they're the only carrier or one of two, so they have a really big footprint and a really important footprint. I'm a little bit surprised at the Ohio decision. Anthem is the most significant [Obamacare] marketplace participant.feedback

Chris Brock - Ohio Department of Insurance

For the past few years, we have seen a weakening in the federal insurance marketplace as a number of companies have withdrawn from the exchange. We have always argued the private insurance market is the most severely impacted by the federal law and that is where Congressional action is needed to restore stability. The Department of Insurance is looking for options to help the approximately 10,500 Ohioans in counties where there may not be an exchange plan when this takes effect in 2018.feedback

Gary Claxton

This means healthy people just keep bouncing around and getting low rates, and the rates for people who don't do this keep going up. The people who are sick would always get creamed.feedback

Gary Claxton

It would be pretty much the same as declining them. They kept saying the bill covers people with pre-existing conditions. Facing unlimited premiums just isn't that.feedback

John Kennedy

I think there's a consensus on parts of the plan. Whether we'll be able to get consensus on the whole, we'll see. The areas we have consensus on? Obamacare sucks. Look, I think President Obama and my friends on the other side of the aisle were very well-intentioned in passing the Affordable Care Act. But you know what? One hundred fifty years ago doctors used to bleed their patients with the best of intentions. They stopped it because their patients died. The Affordable Care Act has not worked.feedback

Larry Levitt

States can beg and plead, but much of this is out of their hands.feedback

Mike Pence

First and foremost, this summer, this Congress must come together and heed the president's leadership, and we must repeal and replace Obamacare. It's high time we take action. Once we repeal and replace Obamacare, we're going to roll our sleeves up, and working with these great leaders in Congress, we're going to pass one of the largest tax cuts in American history.feedback

Mike Pence

President Donald Trump chose to put the forgotten men and women of America first. We've got more work to do. First and foremost, this summer, this Congress must come together and heed the president's leadership and we must repeal and replace 'Obamacare.feedback

Lee Umphrey

Obamacare created a mind-set here that the federal government can be a partner in providing health insurance.feedback

Chuck Smith

I like what I've got. If they get rid of Obamacare, I would say I would blame the Republicans.feedback

Mitch McConnell

The blame belongs with Obamacare. There's just no serious way to now try and spin away these years and years of Obamacare failures on cost.feedback

Daniel Hilferty - Independence Blue Cross

As such, it is critical that the federal government commit to funding cost-sharing reductions to avoid disruption in the market and to ensure those with low and moderate incomes get the care they need.feedback

Teresa Miller

The 506,000 Pennsylvanians with Affordable Care Act-compliant plans in the individual market deserve single-digit rate increases like the ones most people will see if Congress and the Trump Administration choose not to risk consumers' health and financial well-being by jeopardizing the stability of these markets.feedback

Kevin Counihan

It also shows the risk of continued ambiguity around CSR funding and individual mandate enforcement. All new and broad social programs, particularly market-based ones, require time to adjust. The results from Pennsylvania are the most recent example of engagement and patience.feedback

Teresa Miller

These law percentages show that Pennsylvania's market is stabilizing and insurers are better understanding the markets and the population they serve. Information provided by insurers shows the extent to which instability and changes would impact Pennsylvania's 2018 health insurance rates. This proves what we already know – instability caused by adverse action from the federal government will do nothing but hurt consumers who are stuck in the middle.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The best thing we can do… is let Obamacare explode. Let it be a disaster because we can blame that on the Democrats.feedback

Jim Brulte

Look, every one of those Republicans understand they have work to do. But I'm confident that all 14 Republicans are going to be re-elected. Obamacare is broken and everyone knows it and Republicans are trying to fix it.feedback

Antonia Ferrier

Senator [Mitch] McConnell (R-Ky.) agrees that both health care and tax reform are essential and that is why Republicans in Congress are using the reconciliation process to prevent a partisan filibuster of these two critical legislative agenda items.feedback

Sean Spicer

I think he wants to see action, that's what he wants. He wants to see things move through the House and the Senate. He wants people to stop playing games.feedback

Phil Klein - The Washington Examiner

Ending the filibuster would make the consequences of any future Democratic victories much more punishing for conservatives – and Republicans have never proven the ability to significantly roll back expansions of the welfare state that took place when Democrats were in power.feedback

Ted Cruz

At this point, there is not a majority for ending the legislative filibuster. My hope is that Democrats will stop their unreasonable across-the-board obstruction and allow the Senate to operate. If they continue an unmovable blockade, I suspect the votes will shift on that question as well.feedback

Damian Paletta

White House officials plan to push Senate Republicans in June to vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and they want to spend the rest of the summer whipping up support for major tax cuts.feedback

J. Mario Molina

That narrative is patently false. In fact, most of the instability driving up premiums in the marketplace can be directly traced to Republicans' efforts to undermine the health care law for their own political purposes.feedback

Seema Verma

What's more important is what the Senate comes up with and looking at that and looking at the estimates for that. Really the House version is something that is outdated at this point. We disagree with some of the premises that they are indicating in this report. The individual market was working much better than it is now. It's not a good idea to point fingers, but it is important to start focusing on solutions. At the end of the day, these are the American people, and they deserve better.feedback

John McCain

Here's the reality: We've got 11 weeks between now and the end of September. We've got the repeal of Obamacare, we're talking about tax reform, we're talking about a defense bill, we're talking about … there's about three other things – a looming debt limit. How do you pack all that in? And so far, I've seen no strategy for doing so. I'm seeing no plan for doing so.feedback

Mark Penn

The voters want to neither go back to Obamacare nor to the House bill. The Senate is going to have to thread the needle here and craft a new compromise.feedback

Tim Malloy

Advisory to Republicans who support the replacement for Obamacare: Backing this bill could be very hazardous to your political health.feedback

Mitch McConnell

This was a guy who was giving fund-raisers for [Senate Democratic leader] Chuck Schumer four or five years ago. In other words, what the administration is doing, not only am I comfortable with it, but I think the vast majority of Republicans in Congress feel that this is a right-of-center presidency, which is what we had hoped. If you look at what the president is actually for, it strikes me as indistinguishable from what a President Jeb Bush or a President Marco Rubio would have been advocating: deregulation, tax reform, repeal and replace of Obamacare, judges like Neil Gorsuch.feedback

Susan Collins

The opioid issue definitely plays a role. A lot of the young population that is being insured under Medicaid has problems with substance abuse or mental illness.feedback

Ron Johnson

We're talking about this nonstop between ourselves. It's an appropriate time now to have leadership and committee staff, working with leadership and committee chairmen, sit down and draft a bill, a proposal, for discussion.feedback

Rob Portman

Taxes has more consensus with Republicans and some Democrats.feedback

John McCain

Here's the reality: We've got eleven weeks between now and the end of September. We've got the repeal of Obamacare, we're talking about tax reform, we're talking about a defense bill, we're talking about … there's about three other things – a looming debt limit. How do you pack all that in? And so far, I've seen no strategy for doing so. I'm seeing no plan for doing so.feedback

Brian Tajlili

Unfortunately, the lack of CSR funding significantly increases the rates for all ACA customers. We are still required to offer the additional CSR benefits to participate in the [federal Obamacare] exchange, so covering these costs without CSR funding will drive up our average rate next year.feedback

Susan Collins

The goal of any [Obamacare] replacement should be to improve access to quality health care while providing consumers with more choices and restraining costs. Unfortunately, the CBO estimates that 23 million Americans would lose insurance coverage over the next decade, and the impact would disproportionately affect older, low-income Americans.feedback

Mick Mulvaney

We don't cut Medicaid. We're talking about ObamaCare repeal.feedback

Glenn Kessler

As a mom, rising health-care costs are a big concern. My family lost our insurance and doctor because of the Affordable Care Act. But now, we have hope. The ultimate shape of the Republican replacement for Obamacare is still uncertain, if it even emerges from the Senate. But this ad glosses over many details to paint a rather rosy picture of reality. Jacinto – and readers – should be aware that rising health costs are unlikely to be halted under the [bill] as currently drafted.feedback

Chuck Schumer

The report makes clear that Trumpcare would be a cancer on the American health care system. Republicans were haunted by the ghost of CBO scores past, so they went ahead without one.feedback

Mitch McConnell

We're not going to waste our time talking to people that have no interest in fixing the problem.feedback

Dean Heller

While I am in favour of repealing Obamacare, I am opposed to the American Health Care Act in its current form. The AHCA is a first step but not the solution.feedback

Bill Cassidy

Congress's focus must be to lower premiums with coverage which passes the Jimmy Kimmel Test. The AHCA does not. I am working with Senate colleagues to do so.feedback

Mike Lee

There is not going to be a whole lot about the Senate bill that looks identical to the House bill.feedback

Tom Price

The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare's effect on cost and coverage, and they are wrong again. In reality, Americans are paying more for fewer healthcare choices because of Obamacare – and that's why the Trump administration is committed to reforming healthcare.feedback

Paul Ryan

Under Obamacare, premiums have more than doubled, and choices have dwindled to the point that many families have no options at all. We are on a rescue mission to bring down the cost of coverage and make sure families have access to affordable care. This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit. It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.feedback

David Perdue

Regardless of any CBO score, it's no secret Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight. Doing nothing is not an option. The Senate is working now to build on the efforts in the House to make our health care system more affordable and accessible for everyone.feedback

Mitch McConnell

Whatever CBO says about the House bill today, this much is absolutely clear: the status quo under Obamacare is completely unacceptable and totally unsustainable. Prices are skyrocketing, choice is plummeting.feedback

Danette Wilson

This is unsustainable. We have a responsibility to our members and the greater community to remain stable and secure, and the uncertain direction of the market is a barrier to our continued participation.feedback

Mitch McConnell

I don't know how we get to 50 at the moment. But that's the goal. Beyond likely reiterating things we already know – like that fewer people will buy a product they don't want when the government stops forcing them to – the updated report will allow the Senate procedurally to move forward in working to draft its own health care legislation.feedback

Joseph R. Swedish - Anthem Inc.

We would prefer not to extract ourselves if we can get the math to work.feedback

Steve Beshear

Well, let's look at it like this: If their definition of a disaster is having 500,000 more Kentuckians getting health care than ever got it before ... and all of our folks starting to get healthier, then I would love to see what their definition of success is. But there are hiccups and problems for small companies that have 150 to 200 employees. We need to come up with fixes for small business that find themselves in that situation, but the fix is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.feedback

Jesse Flynn

What I thought they were going to do, and why I was a Trump voter, is that I thought they were going to do away with Obamacare. I don't think that's going to happen now – I have my doubts. I see people who promised to do this for years backing off. I am losing faith.feedback

Jesse Flynn

When we talk about problems with our company – financial or otherwise – it's something they share.feedback

Margaret Murray

Uncertainty is destabilizing the market and leading health plans to raise their rates for 2018 to account for the political risk brought on by Congress and the Administration through a protracted debate over the fate of these reimbursements.feedback

Leslie Dach

Make no mistake, President Trump and Republicans own every premium increase that they have caused through their action and inactions to undermine the health insurance markets. People across the country will hold the President and his allies in Congress accountable for raising premiums for millions of people.feedback

Leslie Dach

Today's delay in committing to cost sharing payments will force millions of people across the country to pay 20 percent more for their coverage – a Trump Tax – solely because of the deliberate uncertainty created by the President and his allies. Instead of undermining our health care system, three-quarters of Americans want the President to make the Affordable Care Act work.feedback

Andy Slavitt

By not choosing, he's choosing. The most conservative thing is to leave the market. There's no question that based on 100 percent of the people I've talked to ... those [insurers] that will remain in the market will assume the CSRs will not get paid in their pricing assumptions. I think there will be a pretty harsh judgment based on that polls that I've seen.feedback

William Hoagland

It'll come down unfortunately to CBO, when they put out the cost estimate on that bill. Is it big or is it small?feedback

Sarah Binder

Because some of these questions will be matters of gray, the question is interpretation of the Byrd Rule given past precedent. Both parties will try to convince her of their position for or against a Byrd Rule violation. Rulings aren't supposed to be left to the discretion of who sits in the presiding officer's chair. That would sort of be parliamentary mayhem. That would be the ultimate nuclear option.feedback

William Hoagland

I have argued for a long time, having gone through a number of Byrd baths in my lifetime, if it's a regulatory change at the state level, or private industry level, it's hard to make the case that that will have a direct federal budgetary consequence.feedback

Chiquita Brooks-Lasure

If the administration seeks a delay on Monday, presumably they would continue to pay the cost-sharing reductions but they don't have to actively defend the lawsuit in the short term.feedback

Michael B. Enzi

If something like that were to happen, it would set a new precedent for the Senate that would allow anybody to bring up any bill on any other bill at any other time, even under reconciliation. You would have a never-ending list of votes any time reconciliation came up.feedback

Robert Laszewski

You can't just keep playing chicken or you're going to hurt a lot of people, and you're going to hurt the people that voted for you.feedback

Ceci Connolly

It's just uncertainty, confusion, anxiety -- I don't know what it accomplishes.feedback

Robert Laszewski

The Trump administration (seems) to be delighting in sabotaging this, and making it worse so that it serves (its) political ends.feedback

Paul Ryan

The writing was already on the wall that Obamacare was failing. Unfortunately, the Left is only now calling it out–with a pathetic attempt to point the finger at Republicans.feedback

Robert Laszewski

I don't think any of us have ever seen anything like this. This is not a business problem, this is a failure to govern problem.feedback

Ceci Connolly

It's a pretty stressful time for those millions of Americans who count on the subsidies, and (for) the health plans that are trying to develop some affordable packages for them.feedback

Ceci Connolly

When you're doing it in the dark, and you don't even know what might be coming in, it becomes impossible. You will see severe disruption in the market happen very, very quickly. You're going to have health plans and average families making very, very difficult choices.feedback

Lamar Alexander

In order to rescue Americans from collapsing Obamacare exchanges, Republicans are likely going to have to temporarily do some things we may not like, including looking at funding the cost-sharing payments.feedback

Erik Wemple

Fox News viewers haven’t seen a change in the tone and outlook of the network’s broadcasts since the departure last summer of chief Roger Ailes. There’s still plenty of apologism for President Trump; slanted coverage savaging Obamacare and other legacies of the former president; and demagoguing any immigration topic in sight.feedback

Joseph R. Swedish - Anthem Inc.

Such adjustments could include reducing service area participation, requesting additional rate increases, eliminating certain product offerings or exiting certain individual ACA-compliant market altogether.feedback

Kevin Brady

Our members want to deliver on repeal and replace Obamacare. They're really excited about fixing this broken tax code.feedback

Mitch McConnell

Our members want to deliver on repeal and replace of Obamacare. They're really excited about fixing this broken tax code.feedback

Jeff Smedsrud - Healthcare.com

It makes buying health insurance online easier and faster – important things for young, healthy consumers. Because enrollment will be quicker, those who want – but don't need – health insurance will be more likely to buy. This is small, but an important step on a road to make health insurance a bit more affordable. It will improve the risk pool for those buying subsidy-eligible health plans.feedback

Seema Verma

This is another important step to help create stability in the health insurance market. It is common sense to make it as simple and easy as possible for consumers to shop for and access health coverage. It is time to get the federal government out of the way and give patients the best tools to make their own healthcare decision.feedback

John Goodman

Special interests agreed to be taxed and weren't even asking for the money back, but this bill does it anyway.feedback

Rahil Briggs

It still feels like we weren't quite doing enough for children at risk, (but) we were just getting traction. Knowing how successful it could be, the idea of contemplating less than what we've had to work with is devastating.feedback

Dana Wolfe Naimark

We are asking Congress to focus on this and make sure that kids don't get lost in the shuffle of all the fighting that is going on. We are extremely concerned on the impact on kids. Everything is at risk.feedback

Rahil Briggs

Fifty percent of mental health issues emerge before adulthood. To get it right in the early years is critically important.feedback

Meaghan Smith

The campaign is over and while it's hard to tell, HHS is not actually supposed to be a political arm of the RNC [Republican National Committee].feedback

Meaghan Smith

HHS's role is to implement the law of the land, which includes the Affordable Care Act, not sabotage health care programs that millions of Americans rely on.feedback

Larry Levitt

These waivers are an intriguing opportunity for states to access federal funds for reinsurance arrangements that can lower premiums. States would still have to kick in some money of their own, but those state funds would leverage federal dollars. However, the timing of this push for states to submit waivers under the ACA is somewhat odd, given that the administration is pushing to repeal and replace the law at the same time.feedback

Tom Price

The failure of the individual marketplaces under Obamacare is driving insurers out of counties and states at an alarming rate, leaving millions of Americans without choices for affordable health insurance. To receive approval, the state must demonstrate that a proposed waiver will provide access to quality health care that is at least as comprehensive and affordable as would be provided without the waiver, will provide coverage to at least a comparable number of residents of the state as would be provided coverage without a waiver, and will not increase the federal deficit.feedback

Mitch McConnell

Well I read the Washington Post story and I read General McMaster's response, which tends to refute the story…I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things, so we can focus on other things like our agenda, which is deregulations, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare.feedback

Mitch McConnell

I read the Washington Post story and I read Gen. McMaster's response, which tends to refute the story – rebut the story. I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things, so that we can focus on agenda, which is deregulations, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare.feedback

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