Last quote about Obamacare
All quotes about Obamacare
If they fail to act and they don't act in an appropriate way, that will further destabilize the marketplace.
I would say that we will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform. That will be next. Now we're going to go for tax reform, which I've always liked.
That is one of the ways that is available to monkey wrench the Affordable Care Act.
She quickly corrected her typo, meaning Obamacare instead of Obama.
The president and the Republican leadership have to figure out who their friends really are and how do they build a lasting majority or even a bi-partisan majority.
Something that you not only ran on but embraced and has been your calling card for seven years, since Obamacare passed, you now cannot even keep the first part promise to repeal it.
They may blame the Democrats but the truth is they couldn't get the votes from Republicans.
I would say that we will probably start going very, very strong for the big tax cuts and tax reform. That will be next. We learned about loyalty; we learned a lot about the vote-getting process.
We couldn't get one Democratic vote, and we were a little bit shy… so we pulled it. I like Speaker Ryan. I think Paul really worked hard. We learned about loyalty; we learned a lot about the vote-getting process.
We came really close today, but we came up short. This is a disappointing day for us … we'll need time to reflect on how we got to this moment and what we could have done … better.
Obamacare is failing the American people and I deeply appreciate the efforts of the Speaker and the president to keep our promise to repeal and replace it. I share their disappointment that this effort came up short.
With no Democrat support we couldn't quite get there. We learned about loyalty, we learned a lot about the vote-getting process. I like Speaker Ryan. ... I think Paul really worked hard.
We came really close today but we came up short. ... This is a disappointing day for us. It's a really good question. I wish I had a better answer for you.
Today is a great day for our country, what happened on the floor is a victory for the American people. Let's just for a moment breathe a sigh of relief for the American people.
This is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard. All of us, myself included, will need time to reflect how we got to this moment, what we could have done to do it better. I told him that the best thing I think to do is to pull this bill and he agreed with that decision.
This is pretty exciting for us, yesterday our anniversary, today a victory for the Affordable Care Act more importantly, for the American people. Tomorrow is the fifty first anniversary of Rev Martin Luther King Jnr saying in a speech…that of all of the forms of inequality, inequality in healthcare is probably the most inhumane.
I will not sugar coat this, this is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard. All of us we will take time to reflect on how we got here, what we could have done better…This is a setback, but it is not the end of the story.
ObamaCare will remain the law of the land until it's replaced. We're going to be living with ObamaCare for the foreseeable future. We came really close today, but we came up short. I spoke to the president a little while ago and I told him the best thing I think to do was to pull this bill, and he agreed with that. I will not sugarcoat this; this is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard. The president gave his all in this effort. He did everything he possibly could to help people see the opportunity we have with this bill. He really has been fantastic.
We were very close, it was a tight margin. We have to let Obamacare go its own way for a little while.
Obamacare is the law of the land. We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. Yes this does make tax reform more difficult. But it does not in any way make it impossible. We will proceed with tax reform.
I think we have to let Obamacare go its way a little while.
We came really close today, but we came up short. I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us. I don't know what else to say other than Obamacare is the law of the land. It'll remain law of the land until it's replaced. We're going to be living with Obamacre for the foreseeable future.
I would say that we will probably start going very very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform. That will be next. I like Speaker Ryan. He worked very, very hard.
But certainly the bill that they're voting on in the House today would be very negative for the hospital industry. It eliminates coverage for 24 million people. At the same time, it does not eliminate the Medicare rate cuts that the hospital industry had given when Obamacare was passed.
I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have sense enough to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to.
We were very close. It was a very, very tight margin. We had no Democratic support. I've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we could do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It's exploding right now. The best thing that could happen is exactly what happened – watch. It's enough already. You can't pretend and say this is a win for us.
We have given [Congress] every reason to fulfil the commitment they made to the American people. Everything is out there. These members have to make a decision. You can't force people to vote. At the end of the day this isn't a dictatorship.
The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!
I think investors are of the belief that Trump is just going to pivot to taxes. I think it's a pivot from what we saw on Tuesday.
I know a lot of people are saying this will foreshadow the battle there, but I think there's a lot more support on that end.
I think what Trump did by saying that they are going to take a vote and if it doesn't go they will move on to the next item is kind of a positive thing, because I think the more important things are fiscal stimulus and tax reform.
If this goes on the back burner, and they start addressing corporate tax rates or infrastructure, that would be a positive for the market because the administration is not going to look at this and say, Hey, this thing is going to take a while.' They want to win. So they will go on to something that they could get through more quickly, which will be beneficial to the market.
If the Republicans cannot settle their own conservative-moderate division on healthcare then that divide will be exacerbated for any other issue they attempt.
I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because they own Obamacare. They 100 percent own it.
What the heck was that all about? Some quick thoughts on why the ACA's still standing.
This is our opportunity to do it. We've talked about this thing since 2010. Every Republican ... has campaigned, from dogcatcher on up, that they would do everything they could to repeal and replace 'Obamacare.
Today is a great day for our country. It's a victory, what happened on the floor is a victory for the American people, for our seniors, for Americans with disabilities, for our children, for our veterans.
The beauty, is that they [Democrats] own Obamacare. So when it explodes they come to us, and we make one beautiful deal for the people.
Financial markets are in wait-and-see mode...although there is an underlying sense of optimism after Donald Trump...declared Congress should accept the changes or live with Obamacare, paving the way for government to refocus its attention on tax reform.
After seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan! The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!
Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey. In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in my Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raise serious coverage and cost issues. I remain hopeful that the American Health Care Act will be further modified. We need to get this right for all Americans.
We'll have to see. See what happens. No. Yes.
When was the last time there was a perfect bill passed out of congress? It doesn't exist. Now is the time to pass the vote. Are you going to stand with our President Trump or are you going to stand with Obama and Obamacare.
Part of the reason that premiums have spiked out of control is because under Obamacare there were these mandated services that had to be included.
My prior votes to repeal all or parts of Obamacare underscore what I have long argued - we need a better healthcare system. After listening to constituents, business leaders and medical professionals throughout my district, I came to the conclusion the American Health Care Act was not a better solution.
This bill is pure greed, and real people will suffer and die from it.
The speaker has done everything he can. You can't force people to vote.
We're the legislative body last I looked, not the president.
We'll see what happens.
Too many people on our team feel like we have team members that are not, they're deserting us.
When it explodes they [Dems] come to us and we make one beautiful deal. It's enough already. Many of you came in on the pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don't get this done.
. He's calling for a straight repeal of former President Barack Obama's 2010 health law, despite the long odds of ever getting the Senate to go that far.
The message is ... it's done tomorrow, or Obamacare stays.
During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump said he would replace Obamacare with “something terrific.” In February, he assured us he was putting together something “wonderful.” He would cover “everybody,” he said in an interview with The Post. He once bragged that he was the only GOP candidate to promise not to touch Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. He never would give particulars, other than to say he would allow insurers to sell plans across state lines (which has never been feasible since it involves the upfront challenge of setting up a network of doctors).
Don't know. That's up to the House to count their own votes. The president made his final pitch last night, made it clear we're all on the same page. Republicans all want the same thing. They want to get rid of Obamacare and give people the control and the options that they want, the quality that they need and the affordability that they deserve.
I can tell you at this point we are trying to get another 30 to 40 votes that are now in the no category to yes. Once we do that I think we can move forward. We're certainly trying to get to yes. We've made very reasonable requests and we're hopeful that those reasonable requests will be listened to and ultimately agreed to.
At the end of the day, this is the only train leaving the station that's going to repeal Obamacare. He's left nothing in the field.
There's no natural constituency for this bill.
It is painfully ironic that members from safe, conservative congressional districts who can't ever quite seem to get to 'yes' make it harder to enact good, conservative public policy like repealing Obamacare.
If you think Congress is done, and you don't want to provoke a reaction anymore, then you own this. You will be judged as an executive on the performance of Obamacare.
I'm not going to sugar-coat it, this is a disappointing day. We are going to be living with Obamacare for the forseeable future. The president gave his all in this effort, he's really been fantastic.
Has the team put everything out there, have we left everything on the field? Absolutely. But at the end of the day this isn't a dictatorship and we've got to expect members to ultimately vote how they will according to what they think.
The question is can we get to 216. But make no mistake about it the president made clear last night, that this is it.
We have not gotten enough of our members to get to 'yes' at this point, under what we are currently considering. However, I would say progress is being made.
As bad as Trumpcare was, Republicans have been up to all night trying to make it worse. They're scrambling to find a bill that they can pass on the floor. I don't know if you want to call this on Trump's part a 'rookie's error'. But you don't find a day and say we're going to pass a bill. you build your consensus in your caucus. And when you're ready, you set the date to bring it to the floor.
We have not gotten enough of our members to get to yes at this point under what we're currently considering. However, I would say progress is being made. I would say that at this point, the president's engagement is unparalleled, I believe, in the history of our country. This is a president that wants to get things done. I am still a no at this time. I'm desperately trying to get to yes, and I think the president knows that, I told him that personally.
As bad as TrumpCare was, Republicans have been up all night long to make it worse. They're scrambling to find a bill they can pass on the floor. I don't know if you want to call this on Trump's part a rookie's error, but you don't find a day and say we're going to pass a bill. You build a consensus in your caucus and when you're ready you set the date to bring it to the floor. But so eager were they to, I don't know, to be mean-spirited to say 'we're going to bring up this bill on the same day on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.
Markets are likely to remain on hold today as traders wait on the US Congress to resolve its impasse on revision of the Obamacare legislation.
It's done tomorrow. Or 'Obamacare' stays.
Who wants to be the butt-head that keeps Obamacare going?
We'll have the opportunity to watch a unified Democratic caucus impeach Donald Trump in two years when we lose the majority.
This is our moment in time, and the president is insisting on a vote tomorrow one way or another.
Today, the House is voting to repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare. We'll see what happens. It's going to be a very close vote.
We're keeping that vote total rather tight right now, but I feel very buoyed by the direction we're headed in.
At this point, some of the provisions here do not lower health-care costs enough ... for my constituents. We've got to make sure it lowers health costs. The president's engagement is unparalleled. The president has made some very good-faith gestures.
I'm disappointed that they even has as many votes as they apparently do.
I believe progress is being made.
I can tell you at this point we are trying to get another 30 to 40 votes that are now in the 'no' category to 'yes.' Once we do that I think we can move forward.
You may be a great negotiator. Rookie's error for bringing this up on a day when clearly you're not ready.
We have a great bill and I think we have a very good chance.
In the final analysis, this bill falls short. The difficulties this bill would create for millions of children were left unaddressed.
It's really in the hands of the members to accept or reject the White House's offer.
Americans were told that Obamacare would bring down prices and increase options. You were told that you could keep your plan and keep your doctor. You were given many, many false stories. The fact is, you were given many lies. […] Call your local representative, call your senator – let [them] know that you're behind our plan.
Go with our plan. It's going to be terrific.
This health care repeal affects millions upon millions upon millions of Americans. Don't jam a disastrous bill through the House with patched-up fixes.
Go with our plan, it's going to be terrific, you're going to be very, very happy. Call your local representative, call your Senator, let them know you're behind our plan.
Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative.
Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight, driving up health care costs, and limiting options for individuals and families.
It's important to realize how we got to Obamacare in the first place, back in 2009 and 2010, House and Senate Democrats forced through a 2,700-page health care bill that no one read and no one understood. They ignored the public, they ignored the voters, and they jammed a massive failed health care takeover right through Congress.
Passage of the American Health Care Act vote is relevant for tax reform, but likely not in the way that markets and many observers may believe. A failure of President Trump and House Republicans to deliver on this one of two stated objectives this year would not signal the death knell for fiscal stimulus, in our view. Republicans could fail to enact the current [or any] version of repeal and replacement of Obamacare, but nonetheless achieve some notable measure of changes in the current tax code this year that may stimulate the economy.
I think the evidence is clear that it wasn't a job-killing act. We believe that it did add jobs, certainly in health care. This acceleration, the bump up in hiring, I don't know why it wouldn't dissipate if all of these folks lost insurance and the payment that goes along with it.
I want to thank for support on healthcare. I know you had a big problem on Obamacare, everybody does – so welcome to the crowd. We'll see what happens; it's going to be a very close vote. They know it's no good – everybody knows it's no good. It's all politics. It's a good deal and I think we have a good chance.
We're getting closer. If we don't [really] repeal this, we're going to be left with a skeleton of the Affordable Care Act.
It could be that three years out we are no longer making money, we are losing money.
We want to know what will happen with the Medicaid expansion population, and what will be the timeline for that. Due to the uncertainty, we're not going to issue new debt. We have no plans for that in the near future.
There's a wait-and-see feeling. Hospitals are saying, we'll revisit this in six months or more.
There's great demand that we're concerned about not being able to meet in the future.
Thanks to this law, more than twenty million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance. Thanks to this law, more than ninety percent of Americans are insured - the highest rate in our history. Thanks to this law, the days when women could be charged more than men and Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage altogether are relics of the past. Families who get coverage through their employer are paying, on average, thousands of dollars less per year than if costs kept rising as fast as they were before the law.
The pace of health care inflation has slowed dramatically.
And reality continues to discredit the false claim that this law is in a 'death spiral,' because while it's true that some premiums have risen, the vast majority of Marketplace enrollees have experienced no average premium hike at all. So the reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act. But we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority.
The bottom line is, we made a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, and we are going to keep our word.
I don't see that changing our position. We've been upfront and clear with what a repeal should look like, and outlined the 4 primary concerns in this doc. This is actually one of the leave-behinds we've been sharing with lawmakers for a while now. Positive action on EHBs is the right direction, but would still fall short of actually repealing Obamacare.
Americans were told Obamacare would bring down prices and increase options. You were told that you could keep your plan and keep your doctor. You were given many, many false stories, the fact is you were given many lies. Go with our plan, it's going to be terrific.
It's very challenging to plan for your future in an environment like this.
You're just going backwards. This is an explicit redistribution, from poor to rich.
If tonight's negotiations are fruitful, resistance to passage of the House Republican healthcare reform bill will crumble among holdout House Republicans and the bill will garner the necessary votes for passage. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has not relented from his promise to call up the bill for passage tomorrow. So much is on the line. If this deal fails, the entire 2017 Washington policy time-line comes into question. There's at least a 150 handles of legislative love priced into stocks at today's nosebleed levels. Traders are hoping this 'Hail Mary' lands on target.
The vote on Obamacare is a litmus test for Trump. If he can't push through the bill (on Obamacare), it would further damage stocks. It also raises the risk of his other policies, like tax cuts, being delayed. So today's vote is of main importance to the currency market.
I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low- to moderate-income and older individuals.
This legislation simply won't lower premiums as much as the American people need, and lowering the cost of coverage is my primary goal.
It's tough to pass controversial things, especially when Republicans have different ideas.
We will stand with lawmakers who keep their promise and oppose this legislation.
I am more skeptical. I like to see what I'm going to get when I vote for it, not promises that I get later. I don't think they do.
We're encouraged tonight, just based on the real willingness of not only the White House, but our leadership, to make this bill better.
How can you talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, without repealing the essential health benefits?
Slowly but surely we're getting there. There is no Plan B. There's Plan A and Plan A. We're going to get this done.
Recognizing that the status quo is failing isn't, on its own, a compelling reason to vote 'yes' on the current replacement plan.
Our job is to do just what Mark Meadows said – to do what we told the American people we were going to do when they gave us the privilege to serve. And this bill doesn't do that. This bill does not repeal Obamacare. And that fundamentally is why we are opposed to it. And unless it changes, I do not see the votes there to pass this legislation.
Republicans in Congress promised a full repeal of Obamacare, but the current plan falls far short. We simply cannot support this bill and commit to standing with champions in the House who also oppose the continuation of Obamacare.
Surveys show that people believe the (Obamacare) repeal is the most likely part of Trump's agenda to be passed. So if you can't pass the repeal, everything else is in doubt for sure.
Yes. This is the vote. This is the time to act. This vote needs to happen. This is the only train leaving the station. The count keeps getting stronger for us. Member by member we keep seeing tremendous support flow in our direction. I'm optimistic in the sense of what we're seeing … and the amount of votes that are flowing our way and not the other way. He's not there to threaten them. He's there to explain the political landscape to them.
What I understood her to be saying is that there's no reason why an Obamacare repeal bill necessarily could not have provisions repealing the health insurance regulations. What matters is how it's done, how it's written up. There are ways it's written up that perhaps make it not subject to passage through reconciliation, but there are other ways you could write it that might make it work.
Unfortunately, Obamacare is making their lives so much more difficult, as you all know. And putting enormous barriers in the way of helping patients, who we are going to help and get this thing done, and get it figured out. It's a tough situation our country has been put in, it's not easy.
What I'm talking about it is putting foods in the bellies of kids, getting families to have decent housing conditions. They don't want more health care. They'd be better off and their health would be better off.
The ACA was designed to make coverage more affordable for individuals who were of low- and middle- income, who did not have access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage. And it did so largely, if not completely, by raising revenue on higher income families.
The fundamental thing is this bill is not meant to expand health care coverage. As many people have said, it's basically a tax cut to the wealthy. They don't need it. That's not a good use of resources in this country. None of them have gone without a meal or even without a coffee because of the ACA.
If you have a lot more economic growth, that can help everybody. It's important to recognize that there are other factors at play here, and economic growth being one very significant factor.
If the vote were today, the bill would failed.
The AHCA in its current form fails to fully repeal Obamacare and would lead to even higher costs and fewer choices for Americans. We want to work with Congress and the White House on finding solutions that reduce costs and increase access to quality care for all Americans, but that can't happen without first repealing Obamacare – and this bill does not do that. Absent major changes, the AHCA will fail to deliver relief for Americans, and we'll stand with principled lawmakers who recognize this and vote against it.
Our whole thing is we don't want to load up our bill in such a way that it doesn't even get considered in the Senate. Then we've lost our one chance with this one tool we have. This is the one chance we have to actually repeal Obamacare and replace it with the stuff we believe in. The president is all in, we all made this promise, and that's why I'm confident.
Keep your doctor, keep your plan–it didn't work out that way. That is one of the more vital reasons why we must repeal Obamacare, it's one of the reasons why we're here today. We'll see what happens.
The young and the rich are going to be the winners.
When you ask the question, then, what would be the effect of repealing the ACA, there's no perfect way to answer this question.
The common sense belief that if you lose your health insurance, it's going to make your health worse and it might even kill you – that's a common-sense belief that happens to be true. People cannot say we're going to take health care away from 24 million people and say nobody's going to die.
You can't rule out that Medicaid saves a bunch of lives, but you also can't rule out that it kills a bunch of people.
The short answer is, these are challenging extrapolations. But I think what's fair to say, based on our studies, is that giving people insurance can reduce mortality, so likely taking it away will cause an increase. ... The exact number is much harder to pin down.
It's frightening to think about what's going to happen now. I'd be reckless to not be concerned about it.
Getting rid of the major coverage provisions and regulations of Obamacare would cost 23 million Americans their health insurance, according to another recent CBO report. In other words, one million more Americans would have health insurance with a clean repeal than with the Republican replacement plan, according to CBO estimates.
We have the best opportunity in seven years to repeal this sinking ship of Obamacare.
The replacement for Obamacare has been attacked on all sides. Is there an argument for the bill?
Republicans accuse Dems of ramming through Obamacare. Obamacare was passed at the pace of Zootopia DMV sloths compared to this AHCA attempt.
Folks watching on television now can go online and read what the bill is. They can watch the committee hearings. Those are things that were dramatically missing in Obamacare.
The people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies. Why? Because they're not organized, they don't have any bargaining power with insurance companies, and they're getting whacked. So you've got this crazy system where all of a sudden, 25 million more people have health care and then the people that are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It's the craziest thing in the world.
There is also no evidence of a declining interest in medicine since the ACA took effect. Applications to medical school are at an all-time high. The real challenge the physician workforce faces is the cap on federal support for graduate medical education established by Congress 20 years ago. As a result, there are not enough residency positions to fill demand.
The Affordable Care Act has many good features to it, it's achieved great success in terms of insuring more people – 20 million people across the country – and providing access for people who have preexisting conditions and the like. But it's got some serious blemishes and serious deficiencies. And we're going to need both state and federal governments to step in and do what they need to do to remedy these problems.
Unfortunately Obamacare is making their lives so much more difficult, as you all know and putting enormous barriers in the way of helping patients, who we are going to help and get this thing done, and get it figured out. We'll see what happens.
Hospitals benefited dramatically from Obamacare, simply because all of a sudden they had more people with insurance and less bad debt expense. And now it looks like it's going the other way.
I think a vote 'no' is a vote for Obamacare. We can vote for this, and continue to make it better. I intend to vote 'yes' Thursday.
Everybody running for the Congress and the House, everybody running for the Senate, and the president himself, said to the American people, You give us this chance, this responsibility, this opportunity, with a Republican president, with a Republican Senate, a Republican House, and we will repeal and replace Obamacare. The president was really clear, he laid it on the lines for everybody: We made a promise, now is the time to keep that promise, and we need to keep our promise and the people will reward us. If we don't keep our promise, it will be very hard to manage this.
I disagree with that, because we have a lot of Freedom Caucus members who are supporting this bill. This is our chance, and this is our moment, it's a big moment. And I think our members are beginning to appreciate just what kind of rendezvous with destiny we have right here.
I'm optimistic that none of my members in the end want to be responsible for the status quo on Obamacare.
Currently there are not enough votes to pass the legislation.
Despite the proposed amendments, I still cannot support the House health-care bill, nor would it pass the Senate. The amendments improve the Medicaid reforms in the original bill, but do little to address the core problem of Obamacare: rising premiums and deductibles, which are making insurance unaffordable for too many Arkansans. The House should continue its work on this bill. It's more important to finally get health-care reform right than to get it fast.
My first thought was: 'No big deal, Obamacare will cover this,' . So, Portia drove me to the hospital, to the emergency room. When I got there, of course the receptionist had so many things for me to sign – a picture for her nephew, a t-shirt for her … No, they were wonderful. UCLA, thank you so much. There were a lot of people that were helpful, but Tammy, thank you so much. Tammy was my nurse that was taking care of me. They did an x-ray of my finger and here's what it looked like.
I'm optimistic that none of my members, in the end, want to be responsible for the status quo on Obamacare.
We're trying to add it to this bill and if we can't, we'll have it right after.
President Trump was here to do what he does best, and that is to close the deal. He is all in and we are all in to end this Obamacare nightmare. This is our chance and this is our moment. It's a big moment. And I think our members are beginning to appreciate just what kind of a rendezvous with destiny we have right here.
With the president's leadership and support for this historic legislation, we are now one step closer to keeping our promise to the American people and ending the Obamacare nightmare.
This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of Obamacare. We're going to do it.
Hardly a drumbeat for the GOP bill. “A majority of voters say the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare will be a step back for the country rather than an improvement, according to a new Harvard-Harris Poll survey . . . . The survey found that 51 percent of registered voters view the GOP effort as moving the country backward, while 26 percent say it would be an improvement.”.
We want a very big tax cut, but cannot do that until we keep our promise to repeal and replace the disaster known as 'Obamacare'. This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of 'Obamacare'. We're going to do it; we're going to do it. It's time for Democrat leaders in Washington to take responsibility for the disaster that they and they alone created.
With this amendment, we accelerate tax relief, give states additional options to spend health care dollars how they choose, strengthen what were already substantial pro-life protections, and ensure there are necessary resources to help older Americans and the disabled. With the president's leadership and support for this historic legislation, we are now one step closer to keeping our promise to the American people and ending the Obamacare nightmare.
It's important to realize how we got to Obamacare in the first place. Back in 2009 and 2010, House and Senate Democrats forced through a 2,700 page health care bill that no one read and no one understood. They ignored the public, they ignored the voters, and they jammed a massive failed health care takeover right through Congress. I look forward to working with [holdout Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)] so we can get this bill passed – in some form – so that we can pass massive tax reform, which we can't do until this happens.
This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of 'Obamacare.' It's a long-awaited chance. We're going to do it.
I'm confident that we still have enough concerns that a vote of 216 votes in the House would not happen today. There are core things within this bill as it currently stands that would be violate some of the principals of the Freedom Caucus. They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and five feet wide.
With this amendment we accelerate tax relief, give states additional options to spend health care dollars how they choose, strengthen what were already substantial pro-life protections and ensure there are necessary resources to help older Americans and the disabled.
We want a very big tax cut, but cannot do that until we keep our promise to repeal and replace the disaster known as 'Obamacare,'. This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of 'Obamacare.'. We're going to do it; we're going to do it. It's time for Democrat leaders in Washington to take responsibility for the disaster that they and they alone created.
We've got to get it done for a lot of reasons.
Oh, he must have had a tough night when he went home that night.
All that really matters this week is Gorsuch moving forward and the House passing step one of Obamacare repeal. All the rest is noise.
The problem is, there are taxes, mandates and subsidies -- sounds a lot like Obamacare lite to me.
These next few days could define us for years to come. The American Health Care Act needs to pass the House of Representatives so the American people can be rescued from Obamacare. This is our moment to make history. We believe we should have even more assistance. And that's one of the things we're looking at for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs.
These next few days could define us for years to come. The American Health Care Act needs to pass the House of Representatives so the American people can be rescued from Obamacare.
These next few days could define us for years to come. The American Health Care Act needs to pass the House of Representatives so the American people can be rescued from Obamacare. This is our moment to make history.
Enough to make a difference.
I've got to tell you, it's something I haven't seen in a long time. This president is getting deeply involved. He is helping bridge gaps in our conference. He is a constructive force to help us get to a resolution so that we get consensus on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Obamacare will be replaced with something that actually works – bringing freedom and individual responsibility back to American health care.
If Obamacare has been bad for the managed care stocks, why have they performed so well under it? And do they really need to be rescued by Congress?
It's not a high-margin business for the managed care companies, but it's a steady one and it has been a growing one.
The successful managed care companies, and UnitedHealth in particular, have figured out how to prosper in almost any environment – and to insulate themselves from issues that become a problem. They are making a lot of money from government programs like Medicaid and Medicare – and they are likely to keep doing so.
I don't now how they move [the bill] right now. I think the numbers are pretty terrible. What they're projecting is that a lot of older, lower-income Americans who won't be Medicaid eligible ... will be priced out of the market, and that is a pretty terrifically bad swing in this country, where older Americans will take the brunt of the plan, poorer Americans will take the brunt of the plan, and the richer and healthier will continue to be fine.
Only because everyone knows it's on its last, dying feet, the fake news is trying to say good things about it, the fake media. There is no good news about Obamacare. Obamacare's dead. And there is no good news about Obamacare. Obamacare's dead. Now, we could wait for six months or a year, and let it happen. It's not the right thing to do for the people. And we're going to take care of people at all levels. So I just want to let the world know I am 100 percent in favor. Obamacare is not an alternative. It's not there. It's dead. Dead.
We just need to make sure that we are helping the people who are most in need.
It's very preliminary.
We will take care of our people, or I'm not signing it. If we're not going to take care of the people, I'm not signing anything.
Don't go along with Obamacare Lite – a bill that will fail in the Senate. Don't put your name on OBAMACARE LITE. As the markets collapse, you will be blamed.
You had the government before, saying to a certain sector of society, a certain individual, you can't make what that company is willing to pay you for your services. That doesn't sound like America to me. What we're saying is that we ought not single out certain individuals in this nation and have the federal government have the power to be able to say you're going to be treated differently than that individual, even though you make the same amount of money.
I think that the previous administration singled out health-care executives. You're absolutely right. And what they said is health-care executives ought to be punished.
Yeah, I don't think it stipulates that it's health-care executives. I think it's the level of income. If it's health-care executives, then I'll take a peek at it. It doesn't make any sense.
As written, the House bill would not pass the Senate. But I believe we can fix it.
There's no perfect piece of legislation. There's gonna be this framework that's going to be added to or subtracted to during the process, and eventually it's going to pass the House and it's going to pass the Senate.
The House has put forward a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, based on the principles I outlined in my joint address, but let me tell you we're going to arbitrate, we're going to all get together, we're going to get something done. It's going to get all mixed up and we're going to come up with something. We always do.
The unfortunate thing was that they didn't have a glide path for people who were on the program. They just cut it off, and there was a cliff. And we saw the results of that. I've shared my experiences here to say, Let's not pull the rug out from under people's feet. Let's have a glide path.' Fortunately, that's a notion most people agree with.
It's kind of like sausage. It's not very pretty, but it tastes good at the end. We're going to have a good product at the end of the day. I've always been pleased that he has respect for me as a nurse. Sometimes doctors can be funny about that. They want to push nurses around. It is a frustration for us, but we've got to work within the confines of what their archaic rules allow for. So there are some good pieces that I'd like to be able to do on this first bite, but they're going to take more time. You have to accept that and just get all you can.
This is like dessert for me.
The administration's budget isn't going to be the budget. We do the budget here. The administration makes recommendations, but Congress does budgets.
When I was four year's old, I asked for a doctor's kit for Christmas. I was a tomboy. I'd bandage my two brothers up when they got hurt. … I would have loved to have been a doctor, except that I was raised in a family that just didn't have the means to let me do that.
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Health care threatens to complicate Trump, Ryan relationship.
Is Trump playing the long game against Ryan?
Many of Trump's budget proposals are likely to run into stiff resistance from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, even from Republicans, whose support is crucial because they must vote to authorize government appropriations.
The House repeal-and-replace plan doesn't go far enough.
This bill follows that blueprint. Obviously this is the first bite at the apple. This is not the final bill. We have a ways to go.
The future is now for Paul Ryan. In the pandemonium of the health care fight, the House speaker's reputation, authority and political fate are on the line in a way they never have been before during his charmed assent to the pinnacle of Washington power.
Here's what I would prefer he do. If he can't get us in a good spot where we all feel comfortable, we've improved Obamacare dramatically, which we told people we would: Let it collapse. Democrats are not going to lift a finger to help President Trump. I would do collapse-and-replace if you can't get a good, solid fix to Obamacare using reconciliation.
Now that we have our score we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill. We are on the same page as the White House. I think there are those who would love to wedge us for one reason or another, but that's just not the case.
We want to build on what the House has done, and we think that this amendment does that. It just makes it more defensible both in terms of the policy implications and the politics.
I believe we can get it done. I can tell you, the last week, four days, I've been at the White House meeting with the president, with the vice president, saying, We've got to get it done.
Watching sausage being made is not the prettiest thing. What can we do on those final pieces that are being negotiated with President Trump and a number of our members in our conference that ultimately want to get to a yes vote and send this bill over to the Senate?
We're listening; we're definitely listening. And I will tell you: Tune in to our Budget Committee tomorrow, and you will hear these conversations.
That is probably the No. 1 priority. If we can get those, it would make the rest of it a whole lot easier.
As the speaker has repeatedly said, this bill will work its way through regular order and while the structure will remain intact, modifications will happen during the legislating process. But the reality remains: Members will face a binary choice to either vote for a bill that can pass or vote for Obamacare status quo.
I'll say this, if the bill that comes to the floor is the exact same one in Budget, I'll feel a little bit that I'd been had.
People higher up on the food chain than me.
They will whip it, and they will find 40 nos and another 30 or 40 undecideds.
Doing that would be a nonstarter and would be enormously and hugely problematic for many of our members.
Tweeting about medicine, Obamacare, immigration, jobs, policy. Perhaps more useful to tweet about policy and important announcements, rather than, for instance, Arnold Schwarzenegger's ratings.
Nobody I know really cares whether we call it Obamacare or Trumpcare or Ryancare, and quite frankly, we'll end up in a better world when we call it none of those things. It wasn't great for Democrats to be the only ones owning coverage reform. Republicans are finding out it isn't great either. Everybody can own this together, because there will inevitably be challenges.
The bill that I will ultimately sign – and that will be a bill where everybody is going to get into the room and we're going to get it done – we'll get rid of Obamacare and make health care better for you and for your family.
This president is getting deeply involved. He is helping bridge gaps in our conference. He is a constructive force to help us get to a resolution so that we get consensus on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The bill that I will ultimately sign -- and that is going to be a bill where everybody is going to get into the room and we are going to get it done -- we'll get rid of Obamacare and make healthcare better for you and for your family. I want to get to taxes. I want to cut the hell out of taxes. I would have loved to have put it first, to be honest. But before I can do that there is a very important thing we have to do. We are going to repeal and replace horrible, disastrous Obamacare.
We already had two committee hearings, which I believe is two more than Obamacare had in the House.
The bill that I will ultimately sign - and that will be a bill where everybody is going to get into the room and we're going to get it done - we'll get rid of Obamacare and make health care better for you and for your family.
Remember folks: if we don't do anything, Obamacare is gone. It's gone. It's gone.
We are on offense and united. They are on defense and divided, the opposite of what people would have predicted a month or two ago.
I can tell you a number, if not a majority, of Republican senators think that this process has been too breakneck, too slapdash, and they do not see a good solution for the American people coming out of the House bill as drafted.
Obviously, the major components are staying impact, because this is something we wrote with President Trump, this is something we wrote with the Senate committees. Just so you know, Maria, this is plan we ran on all of last year, this is the plan that we have been working with the House, Senate, White House, together on, and now as we get closer to the finish – going through the committee process – you inevitably make those refinements improvements as you go through that process and that's exactly where we are right now.
The markets continue to be dominated by enrollees receiving subsidies. Without those subsidies, most enrollees are likely to drop out of the market, since they would not be able to afford coverage.
The major components are staying intact because this is something we wrote with President Trump. This is something we wrote with the Senate committees.
This report is a reminder that while there's a big debate in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act, the law remains in place for now and is covering millions of people.
The first myth is that replacing ObamaCare creates a 'new' entitlement to universal healthcare or health insurance that did not previously exist. The second myth – cutting funding for coverage means that society saves money. The third – Republican politics demand a paltry replacement or none at all.
The most critical and consistent argument that Republicans have advanced for their health-care bill is that “Obamacare is failing” or is in a “death spiral.” There are lots of definitions of “failing” (pre-Obamacare health care was “failing” for lots of people, too), but “death spiral” has a specific meaning, namely, that through adverse selection the pool of those insured becomes so expensive that coverage is dropped or becomes hugely expensive. (In other words, the individual mandate isn’t working well enough.).
The Republicans, frankly, are putting themselves in a very bad position – I tell this to [Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price] all the time – by repealing Obamacare.
Oh, no, no. We're listening. We're definitely listening. And I will tell you: Tune in to our Budget Committee tomorrow, and you will hear these conversations. You may hear some actions that are taken about sending a message on to the Rules Committee.
Falling short on a marquee campaign promise – when both chambers are controlled by his party – would almost certainly sap momentum for Trump's agenda. Moreover, Republicans are counting on cuts from (Obamacare) to make the budget math work on other Trump priorities, particularly major tax reductions.
This is the only vehicle that seeks to achieve what people on our side of the aisle have been talking about since 2010. This is it. If we don't get this through, the goal of repealing Obamacare and instituting a system that will be patient-centered will be unbelievably difficult.
This is it. If we don't get this through, the goal of repealing Obamacare and instituting a system that will be patient centered will be unbelievably difficult.
President Trump said that he wants as many people covered as under 'Obamacare'. He said that health care should be affordable. If there's 14 million people losing insurance, of course it's concerning. I try to avoid hyperbole and adjectives, but it's concerning.
For six years we have campaigned promising the voters, if you elect us, we will repeal the disaster that is Obamacare that is hurting millions of Americans. We need to honor that commitment. When it comes to repealing Obamacare, failure is not an option. We have to get this done. I don't believe the current House bill accomplishes that objective. I've got significant concerns about the House bill and as drafted, the House bill would not pass the Senate.
''They will whip it, and they will find 40 nos and another 30 or 40 undecideds,''.
''That is probably the No. 1 priority,'' he said. ''If we can get those, it would make the rest of it a whole lot easier.''.
''Now that we have our score ... we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill,''. ''We are on the same page as the White House,''. ''I think there are those who would love to wedge us for one reason or another, but that's just not the case.''.
''Watching sausage being made is not the prettiest thing,''. ''What can we do on those final pieces that are being negotiated with President Trump and a number of our members in our conference that ultimately want to get to a yes vote and send this bill over to the Senate?''.
It's going to be great. The House has put forward a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare [the Affordable Care Act], based on the principles I outlined in my joint address. Let me tell you, we're going to arbitrate, we're going to get together, we're going to get something done.
Deductibles are unaffordable.
Under Obamacare, people have been forced to buy insurance plans they don't want and can't afford.
It's clear that the rug will be pulled out – in some states more quickly than in others.
"I'll say this, if the bill that comes to the floor is the exact same one in Budget, I'll feel a little bit that I'd been had,"
Now that we have our score from the CBO, that's something we were waiting for, now that we've got it, we've got room to make refinements. Obviously, the major components are staying intact because this is something we wrote with President Trump, this is something we wrote with the Senate committees. It says we're going to phase down these expansions so there's no more Medicaid expansion. It says we're not going to give these exorbitant reimbursement rates from the federal government.
Put this against the backdrop that Obamacare is collapsing. This, compared to the status quo, is far better.
I don't think there is anything in this bill that makes the market a lot more attractive to insurers.
Who cares if somebody else benefits? Why do you have to have a system that punishes somebody to help somebody else? Why would it be bad if folks benefited from a small tax deduction at the same time? The CBO, we know, just doesn't do a very good job of counting coverage. The CBO is very good at counting money, but I don't know why we've expected them to be good at counting coverage. The people who are on Obamacare, whore are really the target here … know what the problem is. And, the problem is they have affordable health insurance, but they have completely unaffordable healthcare.
I don't know if the document exists because I haven't seen it. If it does exist, you just confirmed what I said, which is that we don't have the ability to do [those estimates] independently at the OMB. This is exactly what we thought the CBO would come forward with. They're terrible at counting coverage.
This bill doesn't repeal Obamacare. This bill doesn't unite Republicans. This bill doesn't bring down the cost of premiums . . . . There's a reason every major conservative organization in the country is opposed to this legislation.
These kinds of estimates are going to cause revisions in the bill, almost certainly. I don't think that the bill that is being considered now is the bill that ultimately will be the one that we vote on in the Senate.
No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation , an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man.
The older you get and the lower your income, the bigger the premium increase you're going to see. I don't think you can argue with the math here. It doesn't matter if you have more choices if they're all unaffordable. Not only are insurance companies allowed to charge people more, the amount of tax credits available to seniors are going to go down. So there's a double-whammy. What we're seeing here between age ratings and loss of tax credit is what we call a huge 'age tax'. We all know we can make changes to improve Obamacare.
Among those hit the hardest under the current House bill are 60-year-olds with annual incomes of $30,000, particularly in rural areas where healthcare costs are higher and Obamacare subsidies are greater. In nearly 1,500 counties nationwide, such a person stands to lose more than $6,000 a year in federal insurance subsidies. Ninety percent of those counties backed Trump. And 68 of the 70 counties where these consumers would suffer the largest losses supported Trump in November….
Meanwhile, higher-income, younger Americans – many of whom live in urban areas won by Hillary Clinton – stand to get more assistance in the Republican legislation.
Most affected by the Republican health plan would be parts of Alaska, Arizona, Nebraska, Tennessee and Oklahoma, where Obamacare insurance subsidies have been crucial in making high-priced insurance affordable. All five states went for Trump. Also hit hard would be parts of key swing states that backed Trump, including Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan.
That suggests that the electorate is primed to turn the 2018 election into a referendum on Trump.
It's not like we love Obamacare. It means don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Don't kill Medicaid expansion. And you've got to fix the exchange, but you have to have an ability to subsidize people at lower income levels.
This is not something that is easy for us to say, 'OK, we'll take half a loaf,'. What Senate Leader Mitch McConnell promised when he was on the campaign trail was we're going to repeal Obamacare root and branch. So what we're asking him to do is repeal – root and branch.
That's what we're trying to fix. Not coverage for people, not coverage they can afford, but care they can afford. When they get sick, they can go to the doctor. That's what the Donald Trump plan is working on, and that's where we think it is going to be wildly successful. We continue to think, and have for a long time, that the CBO was scoring the wrong thing. They're scoring Obamacare as it exists today, not tomorrow. Obamacare is this close from completely collapsing.
That's what we're trying to fix. Not coverage for people, not coverage they can afford, but care they can afford. When they get sick, they can go to the doctor. That's what the Donald Trump plan is working on, and that's where we think it is going to be wildly successful.
If chronically ill, you're going to have to have consistent coverage.
I love the folks at the CBO. They work really hard. They do. But sometimes we ask them to do stuff they aren't capable of doing. And estimating the impact of a bill of this size probably isn't the best use of their time. That's what the Donald Trump plan is working on. And that's why we think it's going to be wildly successful.
Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky. It's failed the people of America, and Obamacare must go. Most significantly in my view, we'll give states like Kentucky the freedom and flexibility with Medicaid to meet the needs of your most vulnerable in the way that works here in Kentucky.
There hasn't been the old days of let's do a rah-rah and try to run everyone over. Remember, one of the reasons we became a group was because we wanted to be able to have a voice. We wanted to be able to have amendments. We wanted to have this.
Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky. It's failed the people of America, and Obamacare must go. Let me be clear, this is going to be a battle in Washington, D.C. And for us to seize this opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all, we need every Republican in Congress – and we're counting on Kentucky. President Trump and I know – at the end of the day, after a good and vigorous debate – we know Kentucky will be there. We're going to start – we're going to repeal the mandates and taxes and penalties of Obamacare.
Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky, Obamacare has failed the people of America and Obamacare must go! Together, with your support and God's help, we will make America great again.
We must act now to save Americans from the imploding Obamacare disaster. This is the time we're going to get it done. We're working together, we have some great results. And we have tremendous spirit and I think it's something is just going to happen very shortly.
We must act now to save Americans from the imploding Obamacare disaster. As bad as it is now, it will get even worse.
The whole idea of Obamacare is that the people in the blue side pay for the people in the red side. The people who are healthy pay for the people who are sick. It's not working. And that's why it's in a death spiral.
I think it's Obamacare in a different form.
It's not significant for me to add a caveat.
Excluding people who never had insurance, 21 million adults might have been subject to the penalty.
Supporters of the law touted this decrease as beneficial.
The president's health care law is destroying full-time jobs.
Pence "touched on a lot of things the business owners were hoping to hear.
This isn't the platform for that. He's very much on track with what the administration is trying to accomplish.
Republicans came back and said: 'We can't include a straight repeal of the mandate, but can we just dial the penalty for violating the mandate down to zero?' . And the parliamentarian said that was okay.
In the last several years, Treasury has reported that we've seen some significant tax avoidance. This may be one reason why JCT has reduced its estimate. These are major tax cuts, providing very significant tax relief to people at the top.
It's time for conservatives to unite behind President Trump and Speaker Ryan to pass the American Health Care Act. This bill gives conservatives the opportunity to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace the disaster that is Obamacare.
What's different here is the scale and the scope. This thing is vast. It's enormous. On something of this magnitude, it strikes me that there is not as much information being circulated on this proposal as there has been in the past.
We're sitting here talking about giving big insurance companies a tax break on the exorbitant compensation to pay their executives? We should repeal this provision and replace it with an admonishment to the insurance companies to get your salaries in line with reality.
Of course cost matters but look how off they were last time. If you're looking to the CBO, you're looking in the wrong place. They were way, way off last time in every aspect of how they scored and projected Obamacare . . . Last time if you look at the number of people they projected would be on Obamacare, they were off by millions. The idea we're waiting for a score – it will be scored – but the idea that that's any kind of authority base on the track record that occurred last time is a little far-fetched. Their record is what I'm calling into question.
The Republicans' plan keeps several of the law's most popular provisions, but also scales back or repeals several others that enjoy majority support. As widely expected, the law also repeals the individual mandate to buy insurance (or pay a fine), the least popular part of the ACA.
Senior GOP sources said the leadership team will employ an 'arm-breaking' whip strategy to get the required 50 votes.
Phasing out Medicaid coverage without a viable alternative is counterproductive and unnecessarily puts at risk our ability to treat the drug-addicted, mentally ill and working poor who now have access to a stable source of care. The right way to fix Obamacare is by Republicans and Democrats working together.
We think you have to get rid of Obamacare completely.
We haven't heard that expressed by the leadership either in the House or Senate.
The reason you hear those horror stories about people who win huge amounts like that, and all of a sudden they're filing bankruptcy is because it's usually from people who have never had that kind of money before in their lives.
They just go through it like crazy. They think there's no tomorrow. Well, there is a tomorrow and eventually it will run out.
Medicaid is meant to help the poor – not big jackpot winners.
Everybody dreams of winning money, but nobody realizes the nightmares that come out of the woodwork, or the problems.
Within the benefits world, the Cadillac Tax has been some kind of mythical creature that may or may not happen. I feel that we already made strides, to reduce the value of our plans.
If the ACA stays, or the ACA goes away, we're still going to be offering more options for our employees.
I've yet to read a single positive analysis of the House's Obamacare bill.
Obamacare was an over-complicated bill, ” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday afternoon, noting that the act ran “over 974 pages.”.
What we're getting is a poorly thought out program that appears to be written by people that have no knowledge of how the health insurance market or system works.
They're already having enough trouble with people thinking they're on the side of industry, on the side of the wealthy people. Most of this bill sort of transfers resources from the poor and sick to the rich and relatively wealthy. If you then tag that [provision about compensation] onto that – you're making it easier to pay people more than a half-million dollars a year – politically it's pretty stupid. Why not hospital executives? Why not orthopedic surgeons?
I don't know what they're doing at this point. And I say that as a lifetime Republican.
The American Health Care Act repeals very little of Obamacare but reshuffles tax credits to benefit the wealthy.
The view internally is that the current plan – drafted by both House and Senate leadership – is going to struggle to get out of Congress. It would be foolish for Trump to walk all the way down the plank and utter the sentence: 'I support the health care plan drafted by the House.
If ObamaCare is not doing well, and Republicans take the blame, it will create the potential for the sort of wave election Democrats experienced in 2008, when they captured not just the House and the presidency, but a filibuster-proof, 60-vote supermajority in the Senate. If that happens, and ObamaCare is not doing well, Democrats will be less interested in rescuing ObamaCare than repealing and replacing it themselves-with a single-payer system.
Obamacare has proven to be a disaster with fewer options, inferior care, and skyrocketing costs that are crushing small business and families across America. Today marks an important step toward restoring healthcare choices and affordability back to the American people. President Trump looks forward to working with both Chambers of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare.
It's a radical [Saul] Alinsky group. It's got a lot of money. And they're training an army of agitators to sabotage Trump and his policies, while at the same time protecting Obama's legacy, like 'Obamacare' and the DREAMers. And here is OFA listed prominently on Obama's new Web site, OFA Organizing for Action.
What they kind of have is a repeal plus. This is a kind of a hodge podge and I don't see it's much different from what we saw a few weeks ago. Some Republicans will say, No, you've gone too far (and) give things away' and other Republicans will say, especially in the Senate, you haven't gone far enough to say what you are going to replace it with.
So it seems like there's a sweet spot here, but it's not a sweet spot that a politician would want to be in.
I'd like a copy of the bill. I'd like to read the Obamacare bill. It's the secret office for the secret bill.
We look forward to ending Obamacare but ushering in at the same time a health-care system that will serve the needs of the American people in the long term.
Look, we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare, we're going to do it at the same time. We're going to replace Obamacare with the kinds of solutions that will lower the cost of health insurance for every American. We expect in a matter of days that you're going to begin to see a very brisk pace of legislative activity. And we're going to ensure that we don't leave anyone behind and that we give the states the resources and the flexibility to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
We're working in collaboration with Speaker Ryan, with [Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky], with members of the House and Senate and American people are going to see – President Trump said this week and Congress is responding.
The leaked basement bill is pretty much the same as the previous leaked bill. With deep cuts to Medicaid and much lower tax credits, the leaked basement bill would still cause millions of people to lose their coverage.
It would also shift costs to consumers, increasing their costs by an average of $1,380 per year.The impact would be particularly severe for older people ages 55 to 64, whose costs would increase by $5,118 per year. While hitting older, sicker and lower-income people with increased costs, the bill would also increase taxes on the middle class – all while cutting taxes for the wealthy.
The Republicans are too terrified of their constituents to make their plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act public.
We don't have a bill. We're continuing to work with the Congressional Budget Office and our members on the final product.
That is not what is going to happen this time.
Republicans are hiding their draft A.C.A. repeal bill in a basement room.
I can't find the bill.
I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location, & not available for me or the public to view.
I don't think I need a tax credit, with my salary.
The President and Vice President have been very clear that governors and states will play a critical role in the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.
We don't have a bill. We continue to work with the [Congressional Budget Office] and our members on the final policy decisions.
I would say the phone calls are rattling them.
I tried to call Orrin Hatch and his voice mail box was full. I would have told him, Look, this is going to personally affect me and my children, if you repeal the A.C.A.
Doesn't feel like insurance, feels like punishment.
Due to pent-up demand, it was like the Walking Dead coming out of the woodwork, seeking cures.
In retrospect, I should have slowed down and said, But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times, and that would be the ambassador.
Obamacare is built on a house of sand that is quickly collapsing.
The Affordable Care Act is, if you will, a different animal, and Obamacare is a different subset of it. Complete repeal is not what President Trump ran on. President Trump ran on everyone having coverage, caring for those with pre-existing conditions without mandates, at a lower cost.
Most of us would prefer to have a full repeal, but the fact of the matter is you can't have a full repeal when you're using the reconciliation process. That's the exchange. If you want to have the 51-vote threshold, you can't repeal everything.
We have been running on repealing and replacing Obamacare since 2010. That is the bill, the plan that we ran on in 2016. We told America, Here is our vision for how we replace Obamacare after we repeal Obamacare.' That's the bill we're working on right now.
It would be helpful to him if he would shut up and govern. If he spent more of his time knocking heads on Obamacare and knocking heads on tax reform, this [controversy over Russian contacts with those close to Trump] would be put in its proper place.
This is the bill we ran on in 2016. We've been running on repealing and replacing Obamacare since 2010. The law is collapsing, and you can't just repeal it. You have to replace it with a system that actually works.
I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location & not available for me or the public to view. This is unacceptable. This is the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now. I am heading to the secure location where they are keeping the House obamacare bill. I will demand a copy for the American people.
Behind locked doors and under a cloud of darkness, Republicans in Congress are planning to sneak through a plan that repeals health care – meaning less coverage, fewer protections and higher costs. Just like they tried to avoid listening to the fears of people throughout the country during the recess, now they're trying to take health care away in secret. The fact that Republicans don't want the public to know their plans tells you how bad it really is.
They're hiding their bill in the basement. The Republicans are too terrified of their constituents to make their plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act.
I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location, & not available for me or the public to view. This is unacceptable. This is the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now. I think that's why it's top secret. Why don't they want us to see it? The only copy we've seen is from the media – does that sound to you backwards? We saw a leaked copy that the media was given that we weren't given. Now we're told that it's being classified, that the hearing is like a security clearance hearing, you have to have a clearance and permission.
Well, Mr. Lincoln, I can't find the bill. I know, Mr. Lincoln, that you are as upset with your party as I am.
The Energy and Commerce Committee members are working on their portion of the health care repeal and replace plan. We would refer you to the committee for more.
We're here today because I'd like to read the Obamacare bill. If you'd recall, when Obamacare was passed in 2009 and 2010, Nancy Pelosi said you'll know what's in it after you pass it. The Republican Party shouldn't act in the same way.
We're not hatching some bill in a backroom and plopping it on the American people's front door.
I'd like a copy of the bill.
I think there's a bill in there. It's the secret office for the secret bill.
All I ask is let us see the bill.
I am heading to the secure location where they are keeping the House Obamacare bill. I will demand a copy for the American people.
President Trump’s hilariously candid revelation that “nobody knew that health care could be so complicated” may be remembered as the most succinct summary of the Republicans’ dilemma as they try to fulfill their endlessly repeated promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And now that things are about to get specific, what had been a dangerous situation for them is about to turn into a nightmare.
They are speaking, like you and me, to fill a void, to pass the hours, to assert their identities, to pretend that they're truly connected to someone, anyone else.
They're damn serious. It's completely possible that the Ryan-Trump plan, when there is a plan, gets dropped. My jaw kind of hits the floor when I think that we're even having a conversation about this.
The American people voted for his vision. More than any other single person in our country right now, he is in sync with the national mood. If folks want to go their own way, maybe they should run for president.
I don't pay any attention to them.
If people don't credibly think there are 51 votes for a plan, then the plan doesn't go forward. It's very helpful to have this bloc in the Senate, and in the House, saying they're not going to take less than they got in 2015.
I'm in favor of complete repeal, similar to what we did in 2015. But I'm not in favor of keeping parts of Obamacare.
This has been baking for seven years. Those other years came up much more immediately. They didn't have the political urgency that repeal does.
The president laid out general principles of reform, and right now both houses of Congress are debating the specifics of those reforms.
They're hiding their bill in the basement. The Republicans are too terrified of their constituents to make their plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act public.
We're here today because I'd like to read the Obamacare bill. If you'd recall, when Obamacare was passed in 2009 and 2010, Nancy Pelosi said you'll know what's in it after you pass it. The Republican Party shouldn't act in the same way. In my state, in Kentucky, it's illegal to do this. This is being presented as if it were a national secret, as if this were a plot to invade another country.
I am told – you may know better – that the Republicans are hiding their draft ACA repeal bill in a basement room and planning to hold a committee mark-up before the Congressional Budget Office score is available to the public. This is unheard of.
The tax credits included in Ryan's plan will create an entirely new entitlement program. We are concerned about a new federal plan that will only increase premiums and lead to higher prices. We are not going to fix healthcare by replacing Obamacare with another plan that won't work.
There's very little bidding on drugs. We're the largest buyer of drugs in the world. And yet we don't bid properly. We're going to start bidding.
Obamacare is collapsing ... imploding Obamacare disaster.
Obamacare is collapsing – and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice – it is a necessity. So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.
Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care. Obamacare is collapsing – and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice – it is a necessity. So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster. Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.
Our citizens deserve this, and so much more – so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.
Tonight, President Trump reassured the American people that help is on the way for those who are suffering as a result of the Affordable Care Act. . Now is the time for action.
Does the Affordable Care Act need some repairs? Sure it does. But so far, every Republican idea to 'replace' the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite promises to the contrary.
You and your Republican allies in Congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans who most need it. Behind these ideas is the belief that folks at the lower end of the economic ladder just don't deserve health care – that it's somehow their fault that their employer doesn't offer insurance or that they can't afford to buy expensive health plans.
Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart and many others have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs. Obamacare is collapsing... imploding Obamacare disaster.
To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States – financed through both public and private capital –- creating millions of new jobs. This effort will be guided by two core principles: Buy American, and hire American. I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster. But it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by the government.
Look back to November or December it was all about 'we're going to repeal the ACA day one,' and then that morphed into 'repeal and replace.' That has morphed into 'repair,' and I think that's all positive for us. Congress is in a really tough spot here but I think between the improvement in the rhetoric and the improvement in public opinion that we're probably going to see some lengthier period before we see any sort of radical changes.
I am a 57-year-old woman with multiple myeloma. I was diagnosed 10 years ago. Due to the aggressive nature of my cancer, I was forced to quit my 35-year career in the hotel hospitality industry. I have exhausted my savings, my 401(k)s and my GoFundMe account. I have very few resources should any of my health care finances change.
Raising the age of dependent coverage to age 26 was a lifesaver for our daughter. ACA is not perfect as there are stories of those who've hated it and it cost them more money in the long run, but there are just as many positive stories of all the people the ACA helped. Health care in this country is big business and complicated. The ACA didn't uncomplicate it, but it helped many more Americans have affordable health insurance. It is a mistake to just repeal it without anything to take its place.
I did not choose to have epilepsy and prior to the ACA, felt punished for having a pre-existing condition. I cannot control the electrical activity in my brain. Some with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, are able to control the condition with proper diet and exercise. I am not that lucky. In order to be a contributing member of this society, I must take medications for the control of seizures. Without coverage, those medications can cost up to $1,000 per month. Without them, my time on this earth would be limited.
We must repeal and replace Obamacare and that is top of our list this spring. We will replace it with a law that's better, that's more durable, that lowers costs, improves access to more affordable plans.
Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its very ugly forms. We will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border. The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides. Obamacare is collapsing -- and we must act decisively to protect all Americans, Action is not a choice -- it is a necessity.
The odds are very high we will keep ACA. It will not be repealed.
We must work together to save Americans from Obamacare – you people know that and everyone knows that - to create more competition and to bring down prices substantially.
The political rhetoric of the campaign has hit the reality of governing. This is complex. You cannot take healthcare away from 18 million people. What are they going to do?
2017 is going to be a catastrophic year for Obamacare for patients. We have a plan that's going to be fantastic. A very competitive plan, costs will come down, health care will go up very substantially. People will like it a lot. It's going to be special. I think you're going to like what you hear.
For now the market wants to get a sense that he's on top of this and there is a plan going forward – once we do Obamacare and the spending stuff that we are going to do tax reform and on and on. I think he'll say the right things the market wants to hear. He lives in an adoring echo chamber. I'm not sure he realizes how important this speech is for him to get things back on track.
We're going to be speaking very specifically about a very complicated subject. I think we have something that is really going to be excellent. We've made a lot of promises over the last two years, and many of those promises already are kept so we've very honored by that.
We want to work with you.
Obamacare has failed. We welcome any and all efforts to repeal and replace it that put patients first.
Republicans in Congress have been complaining about Obamacare for seven years. Now all of a sudden they are in control and don't have a plan. For all the people saying this rally isn't about Trump, it really is very much about him and hope for what he can deliver. And if over the next several weeks we don't get details, or there is a backlash against the tax plan, then the market will show significant disappointment.
Obamacare covers very few people.
So we need to see a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, we need to see real tax reform. We need to see a federal government that gets its spending under control.
In the 25 years I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time, agreed on what a healthcare proposal should look like. Not once. They'll fix Obamacare. I shouldn't call it repeal and replace because that's not what's going to happen. They're basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it.
To me, it's just been a big lie. In four years my health insurance has more than doubled and I have less coverage. It's ludicrous. He saw the reality that Obamacare has been a nightmare for most Americans, unless you are poor or in a very difficult situation.
It is being proposed as an Obamacare replacement, but it's really providing tax-sheltering opportunities rather than increasing health care coverage.
Obamacare is not simply stuck in some kind of status quo. It is getting worse by the day, and it will keep getting worse unless we act.
Tax reform is going to happen fairly quickly. We're doing Obamacare. We're in the final stages.
"After the House returns following the Presidents Day break, we intend to introduce legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare,"
"We've had a timeline for doing this, and we haven't changed our timeline at all. We're actually on schedule,". "We have to do Obamacare first. … Spring and summer is tax reform, winter and spring is Obamacare.".
After the House returns following the Presidents Day break, we intend to introduce legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. We're going to have to find a solution that accommodates each of these two concerns. I've asked Greg Walden, who is the chairman of our commerce committee, and he along with [Sen.] Orrin Hatch are working with governor's to come up with a solution so that whether a state chose to take the money [for Medicaid expansion] or didn't, that going forward... that we do it in a way that doesn't disadvantage either of the two side of that coin.
We're doing Obamacare. We're in final stages. We should be submitting the initial plan in March – early March, I would say.
If the administration is serious about strengthening the [Obamacare] marketplace, they will reduce uncertainty and focus on keeping the marketplace stable and growing – not focus on changes that will raise deductibles, reduce access to physicians and put limitations on the ability for people to get coverage.
Americans participating in the individual health insurance markets deserve as many health insurance options as possible. This proposal will take steps to stabilize the [Obamacare] marketplace, provide more flexibility to states and insurers, and give patients access to more coverage options. They will help protect Americans enrolled in the individual and small group health insurance markets while future reforms are being debated.
The courts can't order Congress to appropriate money if it declines to do so. Refusing to pay is a shabby way to treat insurers, which entered the [Obamacare] exchanges in reliance on the federal government's promises. Our president, however, has a track record of stiffing business partners. I wouldn't be surprised if he signed a law doing just that.
My guess is that next year is the earliest we'll see a big tax bill, and a lot of that depends on how much progress they make replacing Obamacare, which was a higher profile campaign promise than tax reform.
"We heard from consumers saying they thought Obamacare had ended with President Obama's administration,". "Some consumers said, 'Why bother if it's going to go away?". "These numbers demonstrate that there's a demand for this insurance, and that people see value in the financial protection that comes from health insurance and the access it gives you to health care,".
"It's clear overall enrollment numbers are trending downward for 'Obamacare' over last year, no doubt due to the law's unpopular mandates and high costs,"
It's clear overall enrollment numbers are trending downward for 'Obamacare' over last year, no doubt due to the law's unpopular mandates and high costs.
We heard from consumers saying they thought 'Obamacare' had ended with President Obama's administration. Some consumers said, Why bother if it's going to go away? These numbers demonstrate that there's a demand for this insurance, and that people see value in the financial protection that comes from health insurance and the access it gives you to health care.
I think [what's keeping stocks afloat is] earnings and a dose of optimism about what policies we're going to get from this administration. But anything we see that derails [those policies], a focus on the Supreme Court or Obamacare, that takes us away from stimulus for an extended period [could make the market] a little vulnerable to at least a tactical pullback. If you come out of that day and the rhetoric is more aggressive, non-consensus building, I think people will get more worried about this protectionist rhetoric.
Our health plan clients are very engaged in the Obamacare program. What we've seen is obviously they struggle to keep their costs as low as possible; both their premiums and their out-of-pocket costs. There's a lot that can be done that can help score a replacement plan in a way our nation can afford it and our patients can benefit from it.
Maybe it will take till sometime into next year, but we are certainly going to be in the process. Very complicated. Obamacare is a disaster. You have to remember, Obamacare doesn't work. So we are putting in a wonderful plan. It statutorily takes a while to get. We're going to be putting it in fairly soon. I think that, yes, I would like to say by the end of the year at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year.
Repeal and replace. If you're going to repair the American health care system, and fix its problems, you have to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better: Patient-centered health care. Somewhere along the line there was confusion that we were going to take the Obamacare architecture and, you know, tinker at the margins and repair it. You can't. It is a collapsing law. We've always had different kinds of Republicans throughout our party. It's a big tent party.
The best way to repair a health care system is to repeal and replace Obamacare.
We committed to the American people to repeal every tax (in Obamacare), every mandate, the regulations, and to defund (women's healthcare provider) Planned Parenthood. That's what the American people expect us to do – and they expect us to do it quickly.
I'm hearing a lot of members say that they want Obamacare-light. And that's not what we promised the American people.
What you don't do can be every bit as consequential as what you do. It would be the Obamacare equivalent. I worry that we're going to do too much repealing and not enough replacing in the world. The world doesn't sort itself out. There's no invisible hand in the geopolitical marketplace. It doesn't just work. It takes the visible hand of the United States.
We'd better be sure that we're prepared to live with the market we've created. That's going to be called TrumpCare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we'll be judged in the election less than two years away. The fact is, we cannot repeal ObamaCare through reconciliation. We need to understand exactly, what does that reconciliation market look like? And I haven't heard the answer yet.
So, is this the moment at which Obamacare becomes Trumpcare? Enrollment was up slightly over last year up until this point.
We expect to post robust numbers this year, but these projections will depend on the overall legislative environment. We have an incredible number of regulations that are just coming to roost in the industry, everything from overtime rules to the effects of Obamacare. There's still a lot of digesting going on.
It has been a Republican principle that power is best held by individuals and states, not the federal government. If you can say to a blue-state senator who's really invested in supporting Obamacare, you can keep Obamacare but why force it upon us, we think that helps us get to 60.
I think what we're doing is moving the locus of repeal to state governments. At some point in this process we're going to need a bill that gets 60 votes. If you can say to a blue state senator who is invested in supporting Obamacare, you can keep Obamacare but don't force it on us,' we think that will help us get to 60.
Wall Street love[s] the idea that we have a pro-growth president, but we had a press conference, we had an inaugural address, and he really didn't talk about those issues, and I think that's caused a little bit of a sag. I think the market's saying, I made a list: trade deals, tax cuts, tax reform, repatriation, Obamacare, Supreme Court, immigration, ISIS, fight the press, infrastructure. What are your three most important ones? What are you going tackle first? You can't do them all.
Politically this situation is very volatile. The idea is that the current Affordable Health Care Act stays until there's something new. They're going to have to take months to design and replace.
John Roberts turned out to be an absolute disaster. He turned out to be an absolute disaster because he gave us Obamacare.
What he did with Obamacare was disgraceful, and I think he did that because he wanted to be popular inside the Beltway.
Telling stories in advocacy is not a new tool, but this issue and this moment need to be humanized and the stories are the way to do it. Obamacare became symbolic and detached from its impacts.
There are some fundamental things that we can do that can settle people down, so they are not worried they are going to lose their coverage, but at the same time bring significant changes to the Obamacare package.
You didn't have already the tentacles of Obamacare, you didn't already have the damage, the destruction, the harm created by Obamacare driving premiums up, distorting health-care markets and health-insurance markets.
The insurance companies slanted things so they made a lot of money. Obamacare really padded their pockets.
Do I think that Obamacare can be dramatically improved? I do. Do I want to see a repeal of the expansion of Medicaid? I don't.
I was going to buy a new home, I was getting my credit straight, but now that is down the drain. Obamacare helped the less-fortunate, and that's what I liked about it. I had no idea it would tear out the middle class like this.
Obama screwed up when he adopted it. It allows people to say that if you have got a problem with your health system, it's because of Obamacare.
There is some evidence there that, to a certain extent, views on Obamacare are a proxy for views on Obama.
When we said 'health reform law' they said they don't know how they feel about it. When we said 'Obamacare', people more easily split into pro- and con- camps. I do think that people who don't like the law are predisposed to blame other problems in the health care system on the law. When we ask people what about the law they don't like, they say they believe it has increased health care costs.
I left academia on Jan. 1, 2013, as unemployed former postdoc. I would not have been able to move across the country to start my company, and my wife wouldn't have given up her employer-sponsored health insurance, if not for Obamacare.
This provides Congress with the legislative tools we need to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is a critical first step toward delivering relief to Americans who are struggling under this law. (…) Our goal is a truly patient centered-system which means more options to choose from, lower cost, and greater control over your coverage.
The Republicans will tell you that yes, they'll give you something better. But, they've been saying this for 8 years. They have been after what is known as Obamacare for 8 years- why don't they have a remedy. Why don't they have a plan, why don't they have anything. They didn't have anything when they started to attack Obamacare. They don't have anything today.
Trump wants to move quickly on several key items – Obamacare repeal, tax reform, the Supreme Court nominee, the wall funding and infrastructure. He will have to use the inauguration speech when he has the bully pulpit to make the case these should get done, and they should get done quickly. Congress does not move at a very fast pace. Trump moves, from the business world, at a fast pace.
People receiving these letters have already made up their minds about Obamacare when they applied for an exemption or paid a penalty.
Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a big challenge. It isn't going to be easy. Nonetheless, we're committed to fulfilling our promise to the American people – and we will.
By taking this first step toward repealing Obamacare, we are closer to giving Americans relief from the problems this law has caused. Too many families have seen costs soar, quality drop, and choices reduced to one – which just isn't a choice at all. This resolution gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health care.
This week, Congress is on track to put in place the tools necessary to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is the first of several steps that we will be taking to deliver relief to millions of Americans who are struggling under this law. We want to make sure that we move these things concurrently, at the same time, repeal and replace.
We need to show that there's a better way forward. We need to show that even though this law is collapsing, we can bridge ourselves to a much, much better system. The pillars that we stand upon with replacing Obamacare – more choices, more options, lower prices, and more control over your own health care.
But it didn't take long for the American people to discover the truth about Obamacare. Too many have been personally hurt by this law. Too many feel they're worse off than they were before Obamacare.
We're working with legislative leaders at this very moment to begin to craft legislation that will repeal the most corrosive elements of Obamacare – the individual mandate, the taxes, the penalties – but at the same time, moving separate legislation that will allow us to introduce the kind of reforms in American health care that'll lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government.
Republicans "plan to take on the replacement challenge in manageable pieces, with step-by-step reforms. Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a big challenge. It isn't going to be easy.
The Senate just took an important step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare by passing the resolution that provides the legislative tools necessary to actually repeal this failed law while we move ahead with smarter health-care policies.
I support repealing Obamacare and intend to again vote to do so. Congress also should thoughtfully consider how we replace Obamacare, and we can do so by ensuring we go through the committee process. As we do so, we must ensure that Americans are able to retain their health care during the transition to a new system. This amendment will ensure that we move forward with a smart, responsible plan to replace the law as quickly as possible.
We could sit back and watch, and wait, and criticize, and we could be a Chuck Schumer. And people would come, they would come begging us, Please, we have to do something about Obamacare.'.
As a new health care plan takes shape, it's important to remember things were far from perfect before we started, before Obamacare. Repeal alone is not going to fix our health care, there should be a smooth transition.
I think if [Trump] says we're going to spend a lot of time talking about the repeal of Obamacare before we get to anything else, I think you'll see a downturn.
The big ones are Russia and conflicts of interest. Number one is going to be conflicts of interest. There's so many juicy issues with his business ties and his kids. There will be lots of questions on conflicts and then Russia. Three would be Obamacare.
Long to me would be weeks. It won't be repeal and then two years later go in with another plan. We have to get to business. ObamaCare has been a catastrophic event. I feel that repeal and replace have to be together, for very simply, I think that the Democrats should want to fix ObamaCare. They cannot live with it, and they have to go together.
Repeal Obamacare, and businesses can bring down health insurance costs.
By nearly any measure, Obamacare has failed.
The president elect and I had a good meeting about the Senate agenda, which of course includes confirming the Cabinet appointments, getting further down the road toward repealing and replacing Obamacare.
The Republicans hate Obamacare. They hate it almost as much as the devil hates holy water. They certainly have a plan to repeal it, but when it comes to replacing it, they don't offer anything. But they're going to go ahead with this.
I saw that as a flashing yellow light, like caution to not move precipitously. My own view is that Obamacare is complex and controversial enough without including Planned Parenthood provisions.
I really do credit Obamacare with saving my life.
I can confirm that he is committed to replacing Obamacare with something that actually is affordable and accessible and allows you to buy health insurance over state lines and allows people to have health savings accounts.
I just spoke to @realDonaldTrump and he fully supports my plan to replace Obamacare the same day we repeal it. The time to act is now.
In the 'dissatisfied' column are a whole bunch of Bernie Sanders supporters who wanted a single-payer plan. The problem is not that they think Obamacare is a failure. The problem is that they don't think it went far enough and that it left too many people still uncovered.
If they are so convinced they can do it better, then they shouldn't be afraid to make that presentation. I'm saying to every Republican right now, if you in fact can put a plan together that is demonstrably better than what Obamacare is doing, I will publicly support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with your plan.
The Democrats, lead [sic] by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in. Instead of working to fix it, they do the typical political thing and BLAME. The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning. Keep you [sic] doctor, keep your plan!' It is time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and come up with a healthcare plan that really works -- much less expensive & FAR BETTER!
Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced. I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that.
I don't think we can just repeal Obamacare and say we're going to get the answer two years from now. Look, this is a very complicated problem. Health care is a very complex issue. We haven't coalesced around a solution for six years, in part because it is so complicated. Kicking the can down the road for a year or two years is not going to make it any easier to solve.
On healthcare, we are going to get rid of Obamacare, repeal it and replace it. It's caused soaring double-digit insurance premium increases and we're going to give choice to patients and consumers across our land.
When you think about the 20 million people who are covered (under Obamacare) you're going to have to have a bridge from what they have to today to what they will have in the future. Without that you really have no way to accommodate the infrastructure of the program or even the amount of work to be done.
Our legislating will occur this year. The question there is how long will it take for markets to be put in place, for markets to adjust. That question we don't know the answer to, but the legislating on Obamacare will happen this year.
The architecture of the replacement of Obamacare will come together, as it should, through the legislative process in the weeks and months ahead. But the American people voted for change in November, and the president-elect and I, working with the leaders of the House and Senate, are determined to keep our promise to the American people. And that all begins with repealing and replacing the failed policy of Obamacare.
The first order of business is to keep our promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the kind of healthcare reform that will lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government.
Now, a lot of the people didn't know, and they really still don't know, how they got health care called the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. But I will assure you one thing, they'll know who did it and got rid of it for them. If I break it, we gotta fix it.
We're starting today on our work to deliver relief to Americans struggling under Obamacare. We need to reverse the damage that has been done. Then once we repeal this law, we need to make sure there is a stable transition to a truly patient-centered system.
We have made the argument that the entire Obamacare can be repealed through reconciliation.
Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases… like the 116% hike in Arizona. Also, deductibles are so high that it is practically useless. Don't let the Schumer clowns out of this web. Massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess. It will fall of its own weight - be careful!
The American people have sent new leadership here because Obamacare has failed. And it has been rejected by the American people.
The first order of business is to repeal and replace Obamacare, and that was our message today and that was our message on Capitol Hill. It will be important that we be careful that...we do that in a way that doesn't work a hardship on American families that have gained insurance through this program. That it doesn't work a hardship on this economy.
What appeared to many as against all odds, often times with overwhelming opposition, our president-elect took his case to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare and the American people voted decisively for a better future for healthcare in this country. We are determined to give them that.
The Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases. Don't let the Schumer clowns out of this web… massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess. It will fall of its own weight – be careful!
These folks have a mandate to repeal and replace Obamacare. Obamacare was on the ballot. People want it repealed and replaced.
This is the first step toward relief for Americans struggling under Obamacare. This resolution sets the stage for repeal followed by a stable transition to a better healthcare system. Our goal is to ensure that patients will be in control of their healthcare and have greater access to quality, affordable coverage. Today, we begin to deliver on our promise to the American people.
I think it was symbolically important, and it creates momentum around the idea that jobs are coming back or U.S. companies will invest ... The democrats may decide to focus on him. And put all their power behind him because he's taking away or his job will be to take away one of President Obama's legacies ... one of his biggest achievements: Obamacare.
The Obama administration has also admitted that 20 percent of those shopping for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges will have only one coverage option to choose from. That is not actually a choice.
I do have staff that are on Obamacare. We don't offer any benefits now, but that is a goal of ours as we grow. It's one of the primary things we want to offer our staff here.
Since I signed Obamacare into law, our businesses have added more than 15 million new jobs.
We would not be surprised if investors are waiting until next year to realize their gains. Republicans are proposing to lower the capital gains and dividend taxes from 23.8 to 20 percent as part of Obamacare repeal and again cut the tax to a 16.5 percent rate as part of tax reform.
Corporate tax cuts, deregulation and the repeal of Obamacare have been staple planks of the Republican platform for years now.
We wanted to get as far away from the word Obamacare as we could. Polls at the time in Kentucky showed that Obamacare was disapproved of by maybe 60 percent of the people.
We think this is directly related to policy – small business owners are expecting the House and Senate to accomplish massive tax reform, deregulation, and to do something about Obamacare. Those are the top three issues in every survey we take, so this is policy-driven, in our opinion.
There will be a common critique that Trump is betraying his voters by putting big corporations against the needs of everyday working families, and that will extend to Obamacare. It spans across issues.
Obamacare isn't fixable.
The plan is to move the entire piece that we moved last year. And it did include the medical device repeal, so I would expect that to be part of the list as well. It's to repeal the taxes related to Obamacare.
Price "has been the heart and soul of the Republican alternative to Obamacare. I can't imagine any Republican voting against him.
And believe me, just repealing Obamacare, even though they have nothing to put in its place, and saying they'll do it sometime down the road, will cause huge calamity, from one end of America to the other. They don't know what to do. They're like the dog that caught the bus.
Obamacare rewrote Medicare, rewrote Medicaid, so if you're going to repeal and replace Obamacare, you have to address those issues as well. Those things are part of our plan to replace Obamacare.
We want to begin immediately to repeal Obamacare. Trying to deal with the solvency issues in Medicare at the same time falls into the category of biting off more than you can chew ... a little humility here would be in order, we can't do everything at once and we shouldn't try.
I think the first priority is Obamacare and that's going to take most of the oxygen out of the room. The Medicaid issue, Medicare is very controversial. We were committed to repealing Obamacare, and that's what we've got to do first.
He's going to do tax reform, both corporate and household. He will look again to regulation, with a view to deregulate. He will tinker with Obamacare. He will have a major infrastructure program. And he will also look to reform the energy [industry].
While near-term drug stocks may benefit from a relief rally, we still expect that drug pricing may remain a bipartisan issue and any changes to Obamacare may be drawn out. New regulations targeting drug pricing and the cost of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation (a/k/a 'Obamacare') will pressure revenues of Pharmaceutical and Biotech firms while increased utilization will continue to benefit Medical Equipment and Services companies.
They're going to try and pass two pieces of legislation before Trump is even president. First, the Keystone Pipeline gets approved. And two, to repeal Obamacare without replacing it so that Donald Trump can sign those bills immediately becoming president.
Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on health care policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity. He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible health care to every American.
He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American. I am proud to nominate him as secretary of Health and Human Services.
The bottom line here is the Trump administration owns Obamacare for the next two years. They're going to have to implement it pretty much as it is, because the kind of replacement plan they're talking about it so significantly different, you can't just pull little pieces out of this.
Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.
Most insurance companies are losing money in Obamacare [plans] in 2016. You have to believe it's going to get worse in 2017.
Obamacare helps the hospitals get paid; helps the doctors get paid. Even the insurers, who'd like to make certain changes to Obamacare, they still have a law which requires people to buy their product and subsidizes people for buying their product.
[Also] what happens to all those subsidies that Republicans have called bailouts, with some justification, under Obamacare? The insurers want to keep those subsidies.
Obamacare is causing a lot of pain amongst our business owners. Costs were supposed to go down, not up. A surge in costs and lack of competition in the marketplace needs to be addressed, as does the complexity of the law. The employer mandate – not only costs of insurance, but complying with the new system – should be a priority.
Don't get fixated on some of this phraseology. Obamacare is over. We promised to repeal and replace it. And that's what we're going to do.
If there's two things out of 100 in Obamacare that are good, why wouldn't you keep those two? He's not ego-driven that way.
Obamacare has to be replaced, and we will do it very quickly. If we don't repeal and replace, we will destroy American health care forever.
The Trump administration, if they like it or not, they're going to have to run Obamacare for two years.
He's already backing off on immigration, on Obamacare and other things. So, was it a big fake? ... What gets lost in the process are African-Americans and Hispanics and women and the gay population - not to mention the eighth-grade developmental stage exhibited by him when he made fun of the handicap person. I mean, come on. That's what a seventh-grade, eighth-grade bully does, and he was elected President of the United States.
I agree that Obamacare needs to be fixed, but a total repeal scares me, especially with the Republicans in control. I fear they will go back to the free market capitalism version of health care and once again, the large insurance and pharmaceutical companies and their powerful lobbyists will run the show.
Obamacare is a middle-class nightmare.
On healthcare, we are going to get rid of Obamacare, repeal it and replace it.
I think he has a mandate to do what he campaigned on, to repeal and replace ObamaCare, to put constitutional scholars on the Supreme Court. I liked what he said last night about rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. I think it will be a partnership, and we all understand our role.
Frankly, everything that has gone wrong with the health care system for the past six years has been blamed on Obamacare. Everything that goes wrong with the health care system for the next four years will be blamed on Trump care. People who think we can just repeal Obamacare and everything will be great are in for a very, very, very rude surprise.
Trump has not announced anything new so far, apart from reaffirming his priority to repeal and replace 'Obamacare' on top of implementing tax reforms.
It's our goal to dismantle Obamacare and actually focus on lowering the cost of coverage for people.
They have a death blow to the Obamacare health coverage expansion.
I would expect the very first thing a Republican Congress would do would be to repeal Obamacare.
I'm voting straight down the line this year. People assume that I am a Hillary supporter because I am a woman, it's really insulting. Nothing against Hillary, it's about the issues. I wasn't a big fan of Obamacare. I think the country needs a new direction.
Obamacare has to be replaced, and we will do it. And we will do it very, very quickly. It is a catastrophe.
[Small business owners] are very worried about hikes in the minimum wage, rising health-care costs under Obamacare. They can't raise prices, so they won't be able to absorb higher labor costs.
Looking at Air Force One (at) MIA. Why is he campaigning instead of creating jobs; fixing Obamacare? Get back to work for the American people!
Well what a coincidence, Mr. President, because that's exactly what we're going to do with Obamacare. We're going to pull it off the market so it stops burning up our wallets!
We continue to experience higher than initially expected costs from members with chronic conditions. Overall, the financial performance of individual (Obamacare) products has been disappointing, as membership has been far short of our original expectations since its inception and operating margins have been lower than expected beginning in 2015.
Obamacare is killing jobs, and it's destroying small-business growth across the United States.
Obamacare has to be replaced, and we will do it, and we will do it very quickly. Insurers are leaving, premiums are soaring, doctors are quitting, companies are fleeing.
He's demonstrated again and again he doesn't even understand what Obamacare really is or how it works.
Obamacare means higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality. Yet Hillary Clinton wants to extend Obamacare and make it even more expensive. She wants to put the government totally in charge of health care in America.
I'm also proud that since 2010, Republicans in Congress have been united and continued to work each and everyday to replace Obamacare with a free-market healthcare solution that will work for the American people.
This government takeover of health care that we call Obamacare is failing in states across America as it is here in Pennsylvania, and the case has never been stronger for repeal.
With Hillary Clinton we'll get more of the same from the last seven-and-a-half years. More taxes, more spending, more regulation and more Obamacare. I mean, we can't trust Hillary Clinton with our health care any more than we can trust her with classified information.
I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace, And it will be such an honor for me, for you and for everybody in this country because Obamacare has to be replaced. And we will do it, and we will do it very, very quickly. It is a catastrophe.
If we don't repeal and replace Obamacare, we will destroy American health care forever.
Obamacare – the debacle previously known as Hillarycare – was a government takeover of health care from the start, plain and simple. It upended the miracle of the marketplace. Competition was crushed and replaced with the heavy hand of government control. Obamacare is a catastrophic failure. Hillary Clinton says she wants to double down on failure.
I talk about health care a lot, and I know a lot about health care because I've had tens of thousands of people over the years working for me. And they don't have to worry about Obamacare, my people. I treat them really good with health care. It's a very important thing.
And I can say all of my employees are having a tremendous problem with Obamacare. You folks, this is another group. Is that a correct statement? You look at what they're going through with their healthcare is horrible because of Obamacare. So we'll repeal it and replace it. But this is about jobs. And we have thousands of employees in Florida.
There really isn't a need for the vast majority of our employees to purchase Obamacare.
It's over for Obamacare. Hillary Clinton wants to double down and make it more expensive and it's not going to work. Our country can't afford it, you can't afford it.
This shows why the entire program must be repealed and replaced. While (Hillary) Clinton wants to expand the failed program known as Obamacare, Mr. Trump knows the only way to fix our nation's failing health care system is complete and total reform.
I think the piece of Obamacare that people don't like is Obama. This has become a very personal battle about this president, which is I think really unfortunate.
We have to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Even President Bill Clinton calls ObamaCare a crazy plan. But Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want to build on ObamaCare.
Look, the Affordable Health Care Act did a world of good, and the 50-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans have staged were a terrible mistake. We for the first time in our history at least are providing insurance to more than 90 percent of our people.
You hear all this rhetoric about these [Obamacare] premiums ... [being] higher and they're growing faster.
This report unfortunately tells us more of what we already know – that the Obamacare federal exchanges have been riddled with problems since Day One.
Obamacare is in trouble, and the announcement of huge premium increases will be embarrassing for the Democrats, who will urge adoption of a public option. Clinton will seek to change the subject ? she targeted Mylan's allergy drug pricing yesterday. She will be a headline risk for drug companies for months (or years) to come.
Ensuring access to high quality patient care is a top priority for us. We are concerned about reports that some organizations may be engaging in enrollment activities that put their profit margins ahead of their patients' needs. These actions can limit benefits for those who need them, potentially result in greater costs to patients, and ultimately increase the cost of [Obamacare] marketplace coverage for everyone.
As the campaign moves forward and Republicans continue to reiterate [their stance] on Obamacare, Latinos are going to be more concerned about health care.
In terms of our ability to sort of quantitatively estimate what the impact [from Obamacare] will be, we do not have that capability at the moment.
We're not going to repeal Obamacare when the current president of the United States is a guy named Obama. What we are laying out today is a first-time-in-six-years consensus by the Republicans in the House on what we replace Obamacare with.
Obamacare is fundamentally flawed. We're saying, don't force people to buy insurance. Make insurance companies compete for our business.
We will repeal and replace job-killing Obamacare. It is a total disaster.
As President Obama wraps up his final months as the nation's first African-American commander in chief, we begin to assess the progress Black America has made under his administration. How well has the nation recovered from the worst economic crisis it has seen in generations? How much closer are we to the very important goal of universal healthcare coverage has the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - gotten us?
Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. have no business getting between you and your financial planner. But that's what the Obama administration's fiduciary rule does. It's Obamacare for financial planning.
Our results predate the passage of the Affordable Care Act; our data is through 2011. In other research that we have done since the passage of Obamacare we've seen that this has resulted in lower costs for women. Another key provision is that people under 26 can remain under their parent's health insurance plan until they are 26.
He has done such a lousy job as president. You look at our budgets, you look at our spending, we can't beat ISIS, ObamaCare is terrible. We're going to terminate it. We're going to absolutely terminate it and replace it. I mean you look at everything – our borders are like Swiss cheese. This man has done such a bad job. He has set back so far. And for him to say that actually is a great compliment, if you want to know the truth.
Let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest of the world. That's why he passed Obamacare and the stimulus and Dodd-Frank and the deal with Iran. It is a systematic effort to change America.
Democrats have been desperate to find a warm body to run for Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat. Just hours before the filing deadline, they finally convinced Jim Gray to take one for the team. Like those who came before him, Jim Gray will be sunk by Obamacare, the war on coal and the rest of Barack Obama's toxic agenda.
Congress should pass a spending bill that funds the entire federal government, that would be roads, that would be the National Park Service, that would be the military, all the essential functions of government except for 'Obamacare'. And if President Obama or liberal Democrats in the Senate want to try to block that, that is, sort of, on them. No conservatives that want to stop 'Obamacare' want to shut down the federal government.
It is more complicated if you do it on your own and when you don't have the right instructions. Many of us have doubts about what Obamacare is.
To me, to continue the debate on Obamacare is the proper thing to do. One-sixth of the economy, Mr. Speaker, think about that.
All we are asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare. I would hope that the president and my Democratic colleagues in the Senate will listen to the American people and sit down and have a serious discussion about resolving these differences.
This isn't some damn game. All we're asking for is to sit down and have a discussion and to bring fairness – reopen the government – and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare.
The President reiterated one more time tonight, that he will not negotiate. All we are asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare. I wish, I would hope the President and our Democrat colleagues in the Senate, would listen to the American people and sit down and have a serious discussion about resolving these differences.