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Paul Ryan
Obviously, CSRs -- we're not doing that. That is not in an appropriation bill. That's something separate that the administration does. We're very, very close in everything else. And now it's just kind of getting down to the final details.feedback
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NEW Apr 26 2017
Donald J. Trump, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence and Mark Meadows, 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 309 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 719 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Donald J. Trump is: “I will make absolutely certain religious orders like The Little Sisters of the Poor are not bullied by the federal government because of their religious beliefs.”.
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All quotes about Obamacare

Eric Rassbach

It is now high time for the Department of Justice to admit defeat and dismiss this appeal. This Court should therefore allow the current stay to expire as scheduled on April 24.feedback

Greg Walden

I will do everything I can to make sure that the cost-sharing reduction payments get made.feedback

Tom Cole

I don't think anybody wants to disrupt the markets more than they already are. It's a very unstable market. My personal opinion is yes.feedback

Alleigh Marré - U.S Department of Health and Human Services

The administration is currently deciding its position on this matter. We have not been contacted by Democrats to help save Obamacare, perhaps because they consider Obamacare to be a losing cause. Democrats need to help solve this failed Obamacare plan.feedback

John Kelly

I would suspect he will be insistent on the funding. You can either have a small tax cut that's permanent, or a large tax cut that is short term.feedback

Chuck Schumer

The only fly in the ointment is that the president is being a little heavy handed, and mixing in and asking for things such as the wall. We'd ask him to let us do our work, not throw in some last-minute poison pills that could undo it, and we could get this done.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If our healthcare plan is approved, you will see real healthcare and premiums will start tumbling down. ObamaCare is in a death spiral! ObamaCare is in serious trouble. The Dems need big money to keep it going-otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members. Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall. ObamaCare is in serious trouble. The Dems need big money to keep it going -- otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought. I don't think anybody expects us to roll out bill language on Wednesday.feedback

Dick Durbin

I hope the president will back off. To think that he would consider shutting down the government of the United States of America over this outlandish proposal of a border wall, which we can't even pay for at this point, and is opposed by Democrats and Republicans all along the border, that would be the height of irresponsibility.feedback

William Brock

This time it's going to be very difficult. A lot of us who've watched over the years hate the fact it's so partisan. Things don't last if they're passed on a partisan basis, Obamacare being an example. Even if Republicans wanted to sit at the table – and I haven't seen much evidence they do – I don't see any evidence of Democrats responding. It takes two.feedback

Parinda Khatri - Cherokee

The lack of clarity, the changing every single day, in a way makes it harder, because one minute you are ready to deal with one plan, and then literally two hours later or even the next day, there could be a different proposal.feedback

Cheryl Nehls

Do they realize what type of pressure that you face every day in making health care decisions?feedback

John Nehls

The biggest concern we have is what's going to happen in 2018. We do have coverage for this year on the Humana plan, but in 2018 there will be zero options in this county, . It's confusing and scary. Simply waiting to let the current law explode is going to leave a lot of people hurt.feedback

Julie Mix McPeak

The most critical issue for us is funding the cost-sharing reduction payments.feedback

Sabrina Corlette

The Farm Bureau plans... have tens of thousands of consumers, all of whom are healthy because they have passed the health screening that the Farm Bureau is allowed to require. The plans that are in the ACA marketplaces aren't allowed to do that.feedback

Julie Mix McPeak

We have five states that only have one insurer statewide and another 9 like Tennessee that have a majority of counties having only one insurer offering coverage. And I think the lack of funding for the CSR payments would be a blow to those markets.feedback

Kim Monk - Capital Alpha Partners

Coming up next week they're going to have to deal with government funding – either have to extend the continuing resolution or kick the can for a couple of weeks. More immediately on health care, they'll have to deal with the Obamacare subsidies, CSRs. I would say they will in the background continue to spend some time on repeal and replace because the stakes are very high.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I want to get both, are you shocked to hear that. We're doing very well on healthcare. We will see what happens, but this is a great bill. There's a great plan, and this will be great healthcare. It is evolving. You know, there was never a give-up. The press sort of reported there was like a give-up. There's no give-up. Remember, it took Obamacare 17 months. I have been negotiating this two months, maybe less than that because we had a 30-day period where we did other things the first 30 days, but this has been two months and it is a continuation.feedback

Paul Ryan

So our charge from the electorate – the House of Representatives, we won the popular vote and we ran on an Obamacare repeal and replace plan. This is big stuff, I mean it's two basically entitlements – this is the kind of entitlement we've never done before. The welfare reform that we did in 1996, that program cost $16.5 billion a year – we're talking about hundreds of billion dollars of dollars a year here, so it's difficult to do. We're very close, and it's basically, make good on the promises that were made. It's just going to take us a little time to make good on that.feedback

Gail Wilensky

It is in no one's interest to stir that pot more than has already been stirred, which is quite enough without anyone's help.feedback

Michael Adelberg

Looking at next year, if we imagine that the marketplace right now is, say a C-minus, there are several things that need to be done to just preserve it at its C-minus level.feedback

Michael Adelberg

Hypothetically, if the administration was to settle on the risk corridors, it would make people feel a whole heck of a lot better about sticking around.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It's exploding right now.feedback

Stephen J. Hemsley - UnitedHealth Group

In the longer term, policy changes that improve health care and the health system play to our strengths. Affordability can be improved most in the immediate term through lower taxes. We hope Congress acts soon to permanently repeal the health insurance tax before it further worsens consumers' premiums, state budgets and seniors' benefits. We have no insight as to whether that will or will not occur.feedback

Stephen J. Hemsley - UnitedHealth Group

We are providing increasingly differentiated value to a more diverse set of markets than other and we are building deeper relationships with customers.feedback

Andy Slavitt

The more time that passes, the more heroically they need to behave. If they try to solve this whole thing later, they're not going to be able to do it.feedback

Jonathan Gruber

Why be at zero – why not come in and charge a freaking outrageous price and be the one?feedback

Craig Garthwaite

The regulatory uncertainty is something that is very hard for these people to price in. How do you develop a model for the thoughts of the Trump administration on what they're going to do policywise in health care? Many mysteries of life can be answered with the statement: Insurers are bizarrely risk-averse.feedback

Jake Haselswerdt

I am skeptical of the idea that there was self-political mobilization among recipients.feedback

Stephen J. Hemsley - UnitedHealth Group

Our plans continue to assume the tax will return in 2018, which will raise premiums and/or reduce benefits for commercial businesses, states and our nation's senior population.feedback

Greg Walden

It was a commitment made by the government to the insurers and the people. That needs to happen.feedback

Paul Ryan

We believe in Congress retaining its lawmaking power, but this lawsuit hasn't run its course. While the lawsuit is running its course, the administration is exercising their discretion with respect to the [cost sharing reductions].feedback

Tom Cole

It's probably the right thing to do, I think. Otherwise you're going to have insurance companies exiting the market.feedback

Kristine Grow - Health Insurance

A lot of plans are very likely to drop out of the market because of continued instability.feedback

Greg Walden

I'm not alone in my party in [wanting to fund the cost-sharing reductions], but there are a lot in my party that don't think that.feedback

Timothy Jost

I don't think Democrats will let this happen, but I frankly don't think the Republicans want it to happen either.feedback

Cara Kelly - Avalere Health

The bottom line is that while the final rule addresses some of the challenges in the market, I think the reaction will be that it doesn't go far enough.feedback

Robert Laszewski

Every time I put Obamacare in my search engine, someone has a snarky headline: 'Republicans are starting to like Obamacare'. The original outline was their idea!feedback

Bill Cassidy

There's a widespread recognition that the federal government, Congress, has created the right for every American to have health care.feedback

Grover Norquist

The budget he's put out is an incredible budget. He's pushed hard to abolish Obamacare. The tax bill he put forward is Reaganite in all it's forms, so I'm looking at a guy who did exactly what he said he was going to do on every big issue. Both on China and NATO, he rattled the cage and got movement in the direction that he wanted, and, at least as of now, NATO is behaving the way he wants it to and the Chinese might be more helpful in Korea.feedback

Larry Levitt

While insurers could theoretically raise premiums to offset the loss of the subsidy payments, the administration would be sending a clear signal that it's not a reliable business partner and is not looking to run the marketplaces effectively. If I were an insurer, I'd just take my marbles with me and focus on other more profitable lines of business.feedback

Ron Wyden

There is no outcome in which the administration sabotaging insurance markets persuades Democrats to pass Trumpcare, a disastrous proposal which would only make our health care system worse. When the president drops his threats on Americans' health care – including the latest threat to withhold insurance payments, which he clearly understands puts people's care in danger – Democrats will be prepared to work on bipartisan improvements to the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Erik Wemple

CNN’s strategy for coverage of President Trump drones on. This morning on the network’s “New Day, ” host Alisyn Camerota moderated a debate over Obamacare between CNN contributor/steady Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord and CNN political commentator Symone Sanders. The news peg for the discussion was President Trump’s threat to withhold federal subsidies to health insurers that provide coverage to low-income customers.feedback

Ed Rogers

Something akin to the “education of Donald Trump” may be taking place. And with it, a better organized and reality-based White House. To his detractors, the president is flip-flopping. But, as Politico noted earlier today, “Trump is embracing policy and people that are much more mainstream.” In recent weeks, the president has confirmed that NATO is a “great alliance, ” he has confronted Russia in Syria, he has engaged in detente with China and brought attention to the threat from North Korea, and he has continued working with Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Perhaps when President Trump told Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner and others to “work this out, ” he was instructing them to figure out their roles and responsibilities and how they could work together to serve him best. And if they couldn’t figure out who was doing what, he would make it clear, at someone’s expense.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Pity the poor Rust Belt voters who thought President Trump was going to shake up Washington, D.C., drain the swamp, redo trade deals, label China a currency manipulator, repeal and replace Obamacare and back tax cuts for the middle class, not the rich. None of that is coming to pass, for a variety of reasons.feedback

Michael Newshel

Individual market stability in 2018 depends on getting clarity on whether the administration will continue paying cost-sharing subsidies, without which insurers would likely exit or institute large premium hikes.feedback

Katherine Hempstead

If I were a carrier right now, I guess I would be thinking about... two sets of rates. If I were only allowed to submit one set of rates, I guess I would submit the most conservative one.feedback

Katherine Hempstead

I fell like people will try to serve (the individual) market … but the question is what part of the market do carriers think they have the best chance of serving, depending on how much public money there's going to be in the market.feedback

Jeff Jorgensen

I'm certainly trying to like the guy. His was the position he needed to take. We're satisfied with that. But there can't be any part of Obamacare left in place.feedback

Chuck Schumer

President Trump is threatening to hold hostage health care for millions of Americans, many of whom voted for him, to achieve a political goal of repeal that would take health care away from millions more. This cynical strategy will fail. Our position remains unchanged: drop repeal, stop undermining our health care system, and we will certainly sit down and talk about ways to improve the Affordable Care Act. That's part of the reason that I may go the other way. The longer I'm behind this desk and you have ObamaCare, the more I would own it.feedback

Tom Cole

I think that realization is spreading out there: that nobody is going to be safe politically. The best thing is to get something done, because the Democratic base is fired up, and it's going to remain fired up. The only way we can have comparable intensity on our side in an off-year election is actually deliver and do some things.feedback

Alleigh Marré - U.S Department of Health and Human Services

The administration is currently deciding its position on this matter. No decisions have been made about how the administration will proceed.feedback

Steve Moore

Trump is walking a policy tightrope. A president of course has to adapt to changing circumstances, but he also has to honor his central campaign promises. Janet Yellen and Obamacare have to go.feedback

Tom Cole

I think he senses maybe there's a little bit of a change as people think through the consequences. It's too early in the process to kill this, and it will impact the rest of our agenda. I think other members of different points of view are beginning to figure that out.feedback

Calvin Moore

… Issa wouldn't protect us from a bill that raises premiums and causes 24 million to lose their insurance …. Preexisting conditions coverage is a part of his FEHBP-based bill which he said should be part of the conversation when we 'go back to the drawing board.feedback

Eric Riehm

The vote seems to matter less and less, because nothing can be done, just like repealing Obamacare.feedback

Joseph Wilson

My concern about Obamacare is we've already seen skyrocketing premiums, we've seen deductibles become unapproachable to work with. People have lost their doctors, they've lost insurance, lost their jobs. We can do better.feedback

Heidi M Przybyla

Reps. Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania appear to be the only swing-district Republicans who voted for their party's bill to replace Obamacare who will directly face constituents over the April recess.feedback

Daria Cross

It's just changed everything for us. It's all very precarious for me. I've got no retirement. I'm disabled. We're trying to hold on to the house. We have two kids, and trying to make the business work right now.feedback

Larry Levitt

I think insurers needed a clear signal yesterday. Actuaries are working away on their spreadsheets right now, and with each passing day the uncertainty and lack of clarity increases the chances of insurers exiting.feedback

Kurt Wrobel - Geisinger Health Plan

My sense is that it might be one of those things they may not fully understand the mechanism now; once it's taken away, they'll understand it fairly quickly.feedback

Chris Collins

Do you really think the Freedom Caucus would support a supplemental appropriation of $7 billion to continue supporting the insurance companies so they stay in and shore up Obamacare individual markets? Do you really think they're going to support that?feedback

David McIntosh

There are a few moderates that have worked to thwart these efforts. Our message in this ad is: Come on board, keep the promise that you and our party made to finally repeal Obamacare and lower health-care insurance costs for Americans across the board. I think the message is going to be, for 99.9 percent of the people, your premiums are very likely to go down, and that's what needs to get through.feedback

David McIntosh

It's time for all Republicans to do what they promised voters and back legislation that fulfills President Trump's pledge to end Obamacare and lower premiums.feedback

Tom Wheelwright

An employee pays 7.65 percent in Social Security tax. As soon as she becomes self-employed, that rate doubles to 15.3 percent, and when she starts earning real income, Obamacare raises that rate to 16.2 percent. Reducing or eliminating that extra self-employment tax would be huge for new entrepreneurs.feedback

Gary Claxton

Things are getting better. How to fix that was always going to be an issue.feedback

Caroline Pearson - Avalere Health

If you are an insurer and think the exchange is here to stay, your tolerance for annual losses is higher, and it's a long-term strategy.feedback

Greg Walden

So this is another step in the right direction and I know we'll keep working forward in this process in the next couple of weeks as we work to refine our product, improve our product, and get to the goal of saving Americans on their premiums, making sure that the Affordable Care Act exchanges don't fully collapse, we see examples again of more insurers contemplating pulling out of the market, and our job is to try and reform this process in a timely manner.feedback

T.J. Crawford

Earlier today we informed the appropriate federal and state regulators that Aetna will not participate in the Iowa individual public exchange for 2018 as a result of financial risk and an uncertain outlook for the marketplace. We are still evaluating Aetna's 2018 individual product presence in our remaining states.feedback

Cynthia Cox

While we have seen signs that the market is moving toward stabilization, generally speaking, there are parts of the country that are likely fragile and at high risk of losing insurers or having premium increases. There's a lot of uncertainty around repeal and replace; it's not clear what the Trump administration may do around the individual mandate or cost sharing subsidies and without more clarity from the administration and Congress, insurers are likely very hesitant to participate in the individual market.feedback

Doug Ommen

We are very concerned about this development, but Iowa is not alone as Affordable Care Act markets around the country are being left with few to no options available to consumers.feedback

Alleigh Marré - U.S Department of Health and Human Services

This development is further evidence that Obamacare is fatally flawed and unsustainable. As the law continues to fail on its own, more Americans are presented with higher healthcare costs and fewer options for coverage. Repealing and replacing the law remains the best option and administrative action alone cannot save it.feedback

Michael Needham

The Tuesday Group is opposed because they do not want to repeal Obamacare. They do not believe in policy innovation from the states. They do not believe in the basic premises of the.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Perhaps the Freedom Caucus believed the resumed talks on health-care reform were “real” and could lead to a new agreement. Alternatively, this may have been a thinly disguised attempt to shift blame to moderate Republicans and escape the ire of Republicans who blame their intransigence for failure of the America Health Care Act. The latter theory got some support when Heritage Action’s Dan Holler went on a tweet storm blaming the Tuesday Group of moderates for shying away from repeal of Obamacare. (Quoting his chief executive, Michael Needham, Holler tweeted, “Tuesday Group seems more interested in Barack Obama’s solutions than conservative solutions.”).feedback

Mark Meadows

We've been giving. We started out with wanting to repeal all of Obamacare, then we backed off to repealing some of Obamacare and repealing all of the taxes. Then we backed off to saying, Well, we can repeal some of Obamacare and some of the taxes.' Now we're down to just a few fundamental issues that we're asking for repeal of. . . . We're asking for one thing. Premiums for the people we serve have to come down, and if they don't come down, we will have failed and we will have missed our mission.feedback

Mark Meadows

Whenever you get close to a deal, negotiations have [three] phases: it's called fatal, near-fatal, and definitely fatal. We're in the fatal to near-fatal mode. It's not definitely fatal for at least another 48 hours.feedback

Dan Holler

The obvious hurdle in the negotiations to repeal and replace Obamacare – primarily, that is becoming the more moderate wing of the Republican party in the House.feedback

Mark Meadows

It's important to set realistic expectations that passing a bill between now and Friday is still a Herculean task.feedback

Chris Collins

We built them a bridge. All they have to do is walk across. The idea that Club for Growth and Heritage Action is blaming the Tuesday Group and moderates is nothing but a fundraising ploy. I don't really think two weeks at home is going to change anything.feedback

Chris Collins

Indications … were on Monday that they wanted to get to yes. Actions speak louder than words and over the past few days, actions would indicate that those words would not have been sincere.feedback

Ted Cruz

Last night, it appears meaningful progress was made in the House towards arriving upon a resolution that could bring Republicans in the House together – in which case, the bill would come over to the Senate, and we'd have our work cut out for us. The relevant players all want to get to yes. We should move expeditiously, but there shouldn't be an artificial timeline. It took the Obama administration 14 months to pass Obamacare. The House bill was on the House floor a total of 18 days.feedback

Chris Byrd - Wex

Keep in mind that there is a lot of health care in tax reform, including HSAs, and so if attention turns in that direction, there will be opportunities to reprise the proposals favoring HSAs.feedback

Greg Sargent

The news of the morning is that the White House and congressional conservatives are suddenly optimistic that a new compromise is within reach that would enable repeal-and-replace to pass the House. The White House may roll out this plan today, and no doubt President Trump is excited that the “win” he craves — wiping out his predecessor’s signature achievement, regardless of the promises it breaks or the human toll it enacts — may again be within reach.feedback

Kevin Arceneaux

Calling it Obamacare works while [Obama]'s in office, but once he's not in office, that will lose its punch among those [independent] floating voters. Their question will be, why haven't you fixed things? I don't see Obama anywhere around here.feedback

Nicholas Bagley

If somebody can't pay for their cancer medicine, they don't want to hear you fulminate about how had Obamacare is.feedback

Mike Pence

The president and I remain confident that working with the Congress we will repeal and replace Obamacare with health care reform that will work for the American people and work for the American economy.feedback

Bill Cassidy

It is my understanding that never has there been one filibustered. We can see that those things that have happened, like civil rights, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, that have had an enduring positive effect on our country, have been done in a bipartisan fashion. When it's done with one party jamming it through, much like Obamacare, it leads into years of divisiveness. I think it's another place if we're going to find something that works across the nation, we need to have both parties involved.feedback

Nicholas Bagley

In a world where Obamacare is not going to be repealed and replaced, do you work to try to make it succeed, or do you take steps to undermine it in order to continue blaming President Obama and the Democrats for the dysfunction of the health care system? 'Right now we don't know the answer, and we are getting conflicting signals from the administration.feedback

Larry Levitt

There's a tension here for the White House between avoiding a crisis in the insurance markets and facilitating the collapse of a program they bitterly oppose.feedback

Mara Youdelman

Essential health benefits are critical to assure access to what most people think is basic care. If the administration attempts to get around the four corners of the law, we would certainly explore options for litigation.feedback

Tom Price

Every American ought to be able to purchase the kind of coverage that they want.feedback

Paul Ryan

The whole idea of Obamacare is the people ... who are healthy pay for the people who are sick; it's not working and that's why it's in a death spiral.feedback

John Studzinski - The Blackstone Group

One of the great things about Donald Trump is that he does listen, he does take feedback. You probably noticed in the last week, since the failing of the Obamacare repeal, he's become a lot more active about reaching out to Democrats. Remember, Trump is about a nationalist, populist agenda, he's not about a globalist agenda, so having now been reminded of that with the Obama repeal, he's going to do what he's actually very good at, which is getting people in a room, talking to them and listening and trying to compromise.feedback

John Studzinski - The Blackstone Group

The issue he will learn is that he just needs to take a little more time to do it. Whatever time they tried to do Obamacare repeal in – 18 days – would have been unprecedented in legislative history.feedback

Judith Solomon

The majority of people are working. For those who aren't, it's because of illness or caring for someone.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Talks on Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare are, and have been, going on, and will continue until such time as a deal is hopefully struck. Anybody (especially Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal and Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!feedback

Doug Ommen

It's concerning given that Iowa has now had two carriers leave the A.C.A.'s individual health insurance market. We will continue looking for ways to protect Iowa consumers.feedback

Rand Paul

I think the compromise could be keeping some of the underlying payments in Obamacare, some small percentage of them, in order to placate the people who want that, but not affirmatively putting it in the bill. Conservatives want 100 percent repeal, let's say moderates want 80 percent repeal. Let's vote on 90 percent repeal and be done with it. I think really their opinion right now is to see if they still want to just keep working with what they have, and we'll see. If they can get enough votes, maybe it goes that way. I'm trying to offer a different way in case we're still at an impasse.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Anybody (especially the Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!feedback

Donald J. Trump

I didn't want to take a vote. It was my idea. One way or the other, I promised the people great health care. We are going to have great health care in this country. Now, it will be in one form or another. It will be a repeal and replace of Obamacare which is the deal that is being negotiated now. If we don't get what we want, we will make a deal with the Democrats and we will have in my opinion not as good a form of health care, but we are going to have a very good form of health care and it will be a bipartisan form of health care.feedback

Jim Jordan

Tweets and statements and blame don't change facts. And the facts remain the same. When you look at the document, you look at the legislation, it doesn't repeal Obamacare, referring to House Republicans' failed health care bill. Competition is fine. I've never shied away from competition. If that's what happens, that's what happens.feedback

Jonathan Bush

What would be better in a free market is the market goes down to where (the uninsured) are, and the market creates (health insurance) products they can afford that they like that they buy. Same equipment, same machine, same image comes out. But if you go to the $450, youdon't keep the $1,000. Deductibles were not illegal during Obamacare, and they're continuing to march upwards. Which means there are aspects of care that people can keep the money by choosing the cheapest place, that's already starting to happen.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's imploding and soon will explode and it's not going to be pretty.feedback

Michael Needham

The House Freedom Caucus was willing to ignore all the flaws in this bill if it repealed Obamacare, ripped out the architecture that causes premiums to go up.feedback

Charles Krauthammer

Obamacare may turn out to be unworkable, indeed doomed, but it is having a profound effect on the zeitgeist: It is universalizing the idea of universal coverage.feedback

Jim Jordan

The Freedom Caucus is trying to change Washington. This bill keeps Washington the same, plain and simple. This bill doesn't repeal Obamacare, this bill doesn't lower premiums and most importantly it doesn't unite Republicans and the American people. In evidence by the fact that only 17% of the country supports this legislation. We appreciate the President and we are trying to help the President but the fact is you have to look at the legislation. It doesn't do what we told the voters we'd do and the American people understand. That's why only 17% of the population supports the legislation.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I've been saying for a year and a half that the best thing we could do–politically speaking–is to let Obamacare explode, it is exploding right now, many states have big problems. Almost all states have big problems.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform. Where are @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador? #RepealANDReplace #Obamacare. The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!feedback

Robert Laszewski

Will Anthem, part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield exchange market backbone left in most of the states, really exit? Or, is this just a negotiating ploy just as the Trump administration is about to make key decisions regarding the Obamacare exchange market for 2018? I have my doubts that Anthem will end up exiting the Obamacare exchanges.feedback

Robert Laszewski

While Anthem is a publicly traded company, its legacy Blue Cross plans in the 14 states in which it participates have a long tradition of being a community partner.feedback

Paul Ryan

What I worry about, Norah, is that if we don't do this, he'll (Mr. Trump) just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare and that's hardly a conservative thing. If this Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the president into working with Dems.feedback

Paul Ryan

What I worry about, Norah, is that if we don't do this, then he'll just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare and that's hardly a conservative thing. This is a can-do president, he's a business guy who wants to get things done and I know that he wants to get things done with the Republican Congress, but if this Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the president into working with Democrats. Nancy and I see things very, very differently.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

They want it to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. We must resist repeal – there's a strong sentiment for that in the country – and the second thing we must do is to stop their sabotaging of the Affordable Care Act. Is it perfect? No.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

The bill was dead. So the American people had spoken: they did not want to repeal the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

They must take repeal off the table, and they must stop sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Paul Ryan

I understand the president's frustration. I share frustration. About 90 percent of our conference is for this bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and about 10 percent are not. And that's not enough to pass a bill. This is too big of an issue to not get right, and so I'm not going to put some kind of artificial deadline on saving the American health-care system from oncoming collapse. Obamacare is the law of the land. We came really close today, but we came up short. I don't want that to happen.feedback

Dave Brat

(Trump) ran on the exact same things that we all ran on. Drain the swamp. Repeal Obamacare.feedback

Samantha Bee

Trump couldn't sell Obamacare repeal to a House that voted for it 60 times already. Closing deals is the one thing President Trump was supposed to know how to do. In the end, the charmer-in-chief struck out harder than the douche-y guy at the bar who goes up to every girl in the room asking, are you a model? You can't negotiate with the Freedom Caucus, Mr. President. [Former House Speaker] John Boehner could have told you that, but he's busy sipping Merlot on the beach and counting his zero fucks.feedback

Paul Ryan

What I worry about, Norah, is that if we don't do this, then he'll just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare, and that's hardly a conservative thing. This is a can-do president who's a business guy, who wants to get things done. I know he wants to get things done with the Republican Congress, but if this Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the president into working with Democrats. He's been suggesting that as much. No, I'm trying to get this bill passed.feedback

Orrin Hatch

Either, as far as I'm concerned. Any way we can get rid of those, I think it'd be a good thing.feedback

Paul Ryan

The Democrats aren't for repealing Obamacare. We are. I'm not going to put some kind of artificial deadline. You all know that he does that in various forms, including Twitter. I understand the president's frustration. What I encourage our members to do is keep talking until we get this done, to pass this.feedback

Tim Condon

A bad meeting with President Xi would raise the prospect of a trade war. Unfortunately, his failure to close the deal on Obamacare dents confidence in Trump's ability to get to yes with President Xi.feedback

Paul Ryan

We have come a long way in our country when the speaker of one party urges a president NOT to work with the other party to solve a problem. The Democrats aren't for repealing Obamacare. We are. We work with Democrats all the time ... but I don't think it's a stretch of the mind to suggest that the Democrats disagree with us about repealing Obamacare. So if we're going to do what we said we would do and repeal and replace Obamacare, something tells me the Democrats are not going to help us.feedback

Sean Spicer

So we're not going to create a deal for the sake of creating a deal that ends up not being in the best interests of the American people. We're not trying to jam that down anyone's throat right now.feedback

Andrew Baum - Citi

We anticipate that President Trump will seek a bipartisan 'repair bill' of ACA (Obamacare) using drug price legislation to secure the support of enough Democrats to secure passage.feedback

Tom Price

I am committed to fulfilling the oath that I took, which is upholding the law of the land. I haven't had any discussions about that. That was done prior to my arrival. What we're committed to is making certain that the American people have access to affordable coverage. As I said, we're committed to making certain that every American has access to affordable coverage. What we believe is it's important for every single American to be able to choose to buy the coverage they want.feedback

Rose DeLauro

Do you intend to halt advertising again this year – yes or no?feedback

Tom Price

What we believe is that it's important for every American to choose the kind of coverage that they want. We are committed to carrying out the law of the land.feedback

Nita Lowey

I want to make it very clear that we will call out any attempt by your department to undermine Americans' health coverage. I hope you're not inclined to seek a 'death by a thousands cuts' to decimate the ACA.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Sensing how pathetic they appear in giving up in only 17 days on a seven-year-old pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare, many Republicans are hesitant to admit failure. One of those is, well, President Trump, who days after pulling the GOP health-care bill proclaimed to a group of senators, “I know that we’re all going to make a deal on health care - that’s a very easy one. And I think that’s going to happen very quickly.” Huh?! (Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer resorted to the it-was-only-a-joke defense.) This is yet another moment when Trump resembles a cringe-worthy relative popping off at a family get-together.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Today was a victory for the 24, 000, 000, people at risk of losing their health insurance, for senior, for families battling the quiet epidemic of addiction, for new moms and women everywhere. Most of all it's a victory for anyone who believes affordable health care is a human right.feedback

Marc Goldwein

There's some left-right agreement that the corporate rate should be lower, but there's not even an agreement on the direction of the individual rate.feedback

Steve Moore

For many families, child care is now the single largest expense, even more so than housing.feedback

Steve Moore

Trump needs a victory. Individual tax reform is really hard to do. It's politically risky, even though it's the right thing to do. Obviously, child care wouldn't have a place in that.feedback

Larry Kudlow

There's been some debate in the White House. You might get some bipartisan support, and more business-investment impact, rapidly, which is what we need right now.feedback

Stephen Colbert

A lot of people are upset with Donald Trump because he's not keeping all of his campaign promises. He didn't repeal Obamacare last week so today he kept an important campaign promise, one that he said many times: today he repealed the environment. Clean coal sounds like an oxymoron but then so does President Trump.feedback

Sheryl Skolnick - Mizuho Securities

Volumes in hospital land have been coming down. And even with the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, remaining intact, hospital stocks such as Tenet and its peers could start to drop, she said.feedback

John Eplee

This, in my opinion, is not Medicaid expansion in the sense that it is Obamacare. It's a Kansas plan.feedback

Melika Willoughby

To expand Obamacare when the program is in a death spiral is not responsible policy. Kansas must prioritize the care and service of vulnerable Kansans, addressing their health care needs in a sustainable way, not expanding a failing entitlement program to able-bodied adults.feedback

Current and former national security officials described Nunes's trip to the White House complex, apparently late in the evening after he had slipped away from his staff, as highly unusual. Doing so would ordinarily require Nunes and the person he met with to have been cleared in advance and accompanied by an escort – requirements that seemed to undercut White House claims to have no information about the encounter.feedback

Walter Pincus

Ivanka Trump, now an unpaid White House advisor to the president, still owns her clothing, jewelry and accessories company through a revocable trust. She has turned over its daily management to her firm's president. Nonetheless she will retain veto power over any new deals or licensing arrangements, according to her attorney. She has a West Wing White House office, is getting a security clearance and a government-issued phone, but because she is not taking an oath of office, Ivanka apparently will not be required to file a financial disclosure statement.feedback

Matthew Olsen

How incredibly irregular. The only explanation you're left with is that this is all being orchestrated by the White House.feedback

Walter Pincus

It was announced in January that Kushner would be covered by conflict rules applying to senior federal officeholders, which includes filing a financial disclosure form. He joined the administration on January 21, yet to this date the so-called Form 278 financial disclosure statement has yet to be made public by the Office of Government Ethics.feedback

Rebecca Ballhaus - The Wall Street Journal

One way the White House could help clear up potential future controversies: if it began updating the online visitor log maintained by former [Obama's] administration. Under the former administration, visitor logs were typically updated within 90 to 120 days. Since [Trump] took office, the website has been down, with a message that says: 'This page is being updated. It will post records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis, once they become available.' The White House in recent months has declined to say when or even if it will update the log.feedback

David Filipov - the Post

The young man with the sign had looked so confident, striding by the cheering crowd and seemingly indifferent to police, his poster decrying official corruption held high, like a homemade flag. Then, in an instant, five riot police in full body armor dragged the man down, picked him up and carted him away as the cheers turned to jeers of 'Shame! Shame!' As fearsome-looking police in urban camouflage lined the streets, I was amazed at the festive attitude among the protesters.feedback

Kevin McCarthy

The fact that our conference is more resolved than ever to repeal this law is very encouraging and we're not going to stop until we get it done.feedback

Kevin McCarthy

We promised that we would repeal and replace Obamacare, and that's exactly what we're going to do. The timeline wasn't there. The votes were not there yet. That doesn't mean we're not going to get there.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I never said I was going to repeal and replace in the first 61 days. I never said – I guess I'm here, what, 64 days? I never said repeal and replace Obamacare – you've all heard my speeches – I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. I have a long time.feedback

Steven Brill

Some simple procedural steps could go a long way toward making health care more affordable.feedback

Ted Poe

I think that is going to be more difficult to change the tax structure of the country than replacing and repealing Obamacare.feedback

Sheryl Skolnick - Mizuho Securities

That could spell a problem for the part of [a hospital's] business, where you've deployed the most capital, and that's the outpatient hospital bed.feedback

Steve Scalise

After this morning, the resolve of our conference to repeal Obamacare and replace it has never been stronger. To my Democrat colleagues who celebrating Friday's action, I think their celebration is premature. Because I think that we're closer today to repealing Obamacare than we ever have been before.feedback

Mark Grant - Hilltop

I think that in six or nine months you're going to see a headline on CNBC with President [Donald] Trump saying, I told you so. Obamacare had nothing to do – as in zero – with the fact that the markets have been up since the election. It's a political issue, but it's not an economic issue.feedback

Michael Needham

If people are looking at a situation where there's no action on this, there are going to be conversations about primaries.feedback

Earl Pomeroy

It's a very, very tough vote for somebody in a competitive race. They may alienate their base by voting against it, but if they support a bill resulting in people losing their coverage, there will be electoral hell to pay.feedback

Thomas M. Davis III

If they fall on their sword on this, they're going to get slaughtered. Where parties get hurt in midterms is when their base collapses. Democrats are going to show up regardless of what you do. If our voters don't see us fulfilling what we said we were going to do, they'll get dispirited.feedback

J. Mario Molina

They could stop funding those as early as May this year.feedback

Kristine Grow - Health Insurance

Our hope is that there is a mechanism for continued funding for cost-sharing reductions, that happens regardless of the lawsuit, because this is what makes sense for the Americans we're serving, for the American people. But that is a deadline that we are keeping in mind as we're having conversations with policymakers.feedback

AshLee Strong

We're working with the Trump administration and evaluating the options in front of us.feedback

Ana Gupte - Leerink Research

We expect [marketplace] health insurers will continue to flee the marketplaces in 2018 or raise premiums significantly as they will no longer enjoy the substantial risk stabilization fund proposed by the American Health Care Act, destabilizing and shrinking the marketplaces.feedback

John Doak

We know the playing field is not changing; it's going to remain the same. We're going to be anticipating and watching those releases and dates.feedback

Andy Slavitt

If they talk about the markets and call them a disaster, they're going to keep [insurers] from wanting to expand because they don't believe the administration is supporting the market.feedback

Sara Rosenbaum

If the administration continues to dispute its obligation to pay health plans for the cost sharing assistance they provide and continues to refuse to pay the risk corridor amounts owed, then it will effectively be making the administrative decision to harm markets everywhere.feedback

John Holahan

If none of this stuff had happened, and Hillary had been elected, insurers would have said 'we had big increases, but we're okay now.feedback

Sean Spicer

I don't think the marketplace is collapsing. I think we need to stop playing partisan politics and convene bipartisan groups to start negotiating the future of the health care system.feedback

Billy Wynne

I don't think its going to collapse absent intervention. I think it could and likely would collapse with neglect or willful sabotage.feedback

Billy Wynne

In many states it's going in the wrong direction with health plans pulling out. The whole idea of the ACA is that these exchanges would succeed in bring down premiums via competition, but you need participation to have that competition.feedback

Thomas P. Miller

ACA suffers from chronic, preexisting conditions that are debilitating, but not fatal, as long as federal taxpayer life support is available.feedback

Sheryl Skolnick - Mizuho Securities

It's back to business as usual, but there are still some issues out there that are [important] to pay attention to.feedback

Chuck Schumer

If Speaker [Paul] Ryan wants the House to have a credible investigation, he needs to replace Chairman Nunes.feedback

Jim McCrery

You have to have something like Obamacare if you want a health-care system that gets as many people covered as possible that's not single payer. That's what Republicans have to realize sooner or later. That's their choice.feedback

Jim McCrery

A private health insurance system, which I believe can manage the provision of health care better [and] more efficiently than government needs to have a large pool of insureds in order to succeed. Anything less leads to coverage gaps in the population that will eventually become politically untenable, leading to a government run single payer system.feedback

Austin Scott

[Freedom Caucus Chairman] Mark Meadows betrayed Trump and America and supported Pelosi and Dems to protect Obamacare.feedback

Sean Spicer

We're not saying it's the end of health care. But I would say we are looking for a way forward. There's been a lot of outreach from members of both sides [of the political aisle] about this idea. Obviously we're willing to listen and move forward. The president is eager to get to 218 on a lot of initiatives. That doesn't mean we need the entire Democratic caucus, we need to have some responsible Democrats.feedback

Larry Levitt

This type of waiver may make it easier for states to implement reinsurance programs or high-risk pools to help stabilize their individual insurance markets.feedback

Terry McAuliffe

It is clear that the ACA is now the law of the land and here to stay. It is not going to be repealed. That is what the president of the United States said on Friday, that is what the speaker of the House said on Friday. There are no excuses anymore. We have worked on this for many years. I would ask . . . that we do the common-sense thing to bring this money back to care for our citizens.feedback

Terry McAuliffe

This just happened on Friday. There are no more excuses. If you just don't want to do Medicaid expansion because you're afraid of the tea party or for some other reasons, that's a different issue. . . . It's really up to the Republicans in the legislature.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think we have to let Obamacare go its way a little while.feedback

Jeanine Pirro

The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill, the one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare, the one that he had seven years to work on, the one he had under lock and key in the basement of Congress, the one that had to be pulled to prevent the embarrassment of not having enough votes to pass. But this bill didn't just fail; it failed when Republicans had the Senate, the House, and the White House. The timing? It failed in the first 70 days of Donald Trump's administration.feedback

Thomas E. Secor

Rural areas like ours are seeing insurance companies just flee. Until somebody comes up with something that addresses cost, you're going to see a continual erosion of coverage. I don't care which party it is. Let's all get together and work on a better product because what we have now isn't working. People can't afford the health care they need, and that's becoming a crisis. We need both parties to sit down at the table together and work it out.feedback

LaRonda Hunter

I'm going to urge all of my senators and representatives to continue to work on this. Waiting for it all to explode is a terrible solution.feedback

Warren Hudak

I can't believe anybody today would look at the Affordable Care Act and say, It's working fine.feedback

LaRonda Hunter

I'm disappointed. I'm mostly mad at my party for being so disorganized. I'm hoping Trump has learned something about how the government works.feedback

Leisah Swenson

We thought, Thank God. We're not young. The car is starting to break down a bit. If we lost this policy, we might not be able to get another.feedback

Warren Hudak

We have an insurance policy that would cover maternity and substance abuse treatment for my 11-year-old daughter but doesn't cover my wife's M.S. drugs. That's insane.feedback

Tom McManus

The cost of health care had a significant impact on our profitability last year. Obamacare made it worse, but I didn't see anything in the new bill that would have made it any better. They need to focus on the real health care problem: cost.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

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

Jennifer Rubin

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

Glenn Beck

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

Jennifer Rubin

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

Chuck Schumer

We have ideas, they have ideas, to try to improve Obamacare. We never said it was perfect, we always said we'd work with them to improve it. We just said repeal was off the table. The President never called us once about this. For the President to say that he'll destroy it or undermine it, that's not presidential. That's petulance. And it's not going to work. You cannot run the presidency like you run a real estate deal. You can't tweet your way through it, you can't threaten and intimidate and say 'I'll walk away.' It's more complicated.feedback

Don Young

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

Carsten Fritsch - Commerzbank

This is entirely driven by the weaker U.S. dollar. The Trumpflation trade is being priced out after the failure to repeal Obamacare.feedback

Gennadiy Goldberg - TD Securities

This is just follow-through from Friday. There is disappointment over the inability to pass the reform of Obamacare. There was also some concern over the time line over the tax reform.feedback

John Meyer

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Michael McCarthy

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

Mark Meadows

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

Paul Ryan

The worst is yet to come with Obamacare. Do we try to prop it up? It is so fundamentally flawed, I don't know if that is possible.feedback

Chuck Schumer

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

Jeanine Pirro

Paul Ryan needs to step down as Speaker of the House. The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his healthcare bill. The one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare – the one that he had seven years to work on. The one he hid under lock and key in the basement of Congress. The one that had to be pulled to prevent the embarrassment of not having enough votes to pass.feedback

Larry Levitt

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

Clare Schexnyder

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Jeanine Pirro

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

Mike Pence

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

Mike Pence

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

Sal Traficante

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Dinah Stephens

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

Ashley Hayward

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

Paul Ryan

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

Donald J. Trump

As you know, I've been saying for years that the best thing is to let Obamacare explode and then go make a deal with the Democrats and have one unified deal. And they will come to us; we won't have to come to them…After Obamacare explodes…The beauty is that they own Obamacare. So when it explodes, they come to us, and we make one beautiful deal for the people. I don't blame Paul. He worked very hard on this.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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

Donald J. Trump

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

J. Mario Molina

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

Donald J. Trump

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