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I mean, if [Democrats are] applauding, they shouldn't, because I can tell you that conversations over the last 48 hours are really about how we come together in the Republican Conference and try to get this over the finish line.
Does it have to be fully offset? My personal response is no.
There is a widespread perception that failure to pass the health care bill somehow derails the rest of the Trump agenda. We think linking this particularly difficult legislative undertaking with the rest of the Trump is flawed. It actually presents a scenario where tax reform can potentially be accelerated.
I've been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.
We've been here before. The only difference is now we have a Republican president and some people thought the fever might break a little bit. But apparently not.
It's hard to see where we can be successful, and it leads to a lot of questions as to whether Republicans can govern, even with a Republican in the White House.
We now have the opportunity to reset the debate, and conservatives are eager to work with the administration and congressional leadership as things move forward.
The president is going to have a choice: to reach out to moderate Democrats and work in a bipartisan fashion or to reach out to recalcitrant Republicans in his own party that he wasn't able to get this time.
They're going to repeat the same mistake they made on Trumpcare with tax reform. If he changes, he could have a different presidency. He's going to have to tell them he can't work with them and we'll certainly look at his proposals. But it's going to be guided on our values.
I think it's time for our folks to come together and I also think it's time to potentially to get a few moderate Democrats on board.
I think the president is disappointed in the number of people he thought were loyal to him that weren't.
I have no information that supports [President Trump's] tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components.
I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government - and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.
When you lose the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the problem is not with a specific faction in the House, it's with the bill.
I extend my hand to the president if he wants to improve the Affordable Care Act. I supported single payer since before you were born.
Obamacare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry.
Paul really worked hard. I worked as a team player. Well I think we could have had things that I would have liked more, and if we had bipartisan [support], I really think we could have a health care bill that would be the ultimate. No, I'm not betrayed. They're friends of mine. I'm disappointed because we could have had it, so I'm disappointed. I'm a little surprised, to be honest with you. We really had it. It was pretty much there within grasp. But I'll tell you what is going to come out of it is a better bill.
We didn't struggle with health care because we're stupid, we struggled with it because it is an incredibly complex, massive challenge. They convinced themselves that we were just idiots and they would quickly take care of it.
The person who enters the negotiation looking like they have to do the deal is in a disadvantage.
That is one of the ways that is available to monkey wrench the Affordable Care Act.
It's ludicrous, it's like the random rubbish you get from Trump stopping people from certain countries coming into America. They don't care if holidaymakers have a long flight and don't have anything to do and they don't care about people from the Middle East. But they wouldn't do it on European flights because business people would be up in arms.
It is clear that Trump's priority right now in terms of his agenda is to try to pass Trumpcare, and we know how long that takes. The outcome of that debate and process in the U.S. Congress will undoubtedly affect every other item on his list, including, of course, Nafta.
Trump is not going away this weekend. He was deeply disciplined in phone interviews. The big question is what happens now when he sits in the White House residence and watches television coverage of the bill's failure.
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.
What we're starting to do, for the first time in the modern history of the Democratic Party, is active grass-roots organizing. We're working with unions, we're working with senior groups, and we're working with health-care groups. We're trying to rally the American people so we can do what they want. And that is not the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The ball's sort of in their court. The choices they make are going to determine what happens to the marketplace.
The administration could do everything from actively undermining the law to trying to reshape it to moving it in a more conservative direction.
I hope that doesn't have to happen.
That's like inheriting an overseas war, and deciding you let your own soldiers get killed because you didn't elect to enter that war.
There always has been an individual market made up of entrepreneurs who own small businesses, and farmers and ranchers, and it's sort of mandatory that there be policies available to them.
He owns it now, because he could take many steps to stabilize things.
Thanks to this law, more than 20 million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance. Thanks to this law, more than 90 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. America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.
The House will be voting on the American Health Care Act, the current vote is scheduled for 3:30.
I will not sugarcoat this, this is a disappointing day for us. The president gave his all. … This is a setback, no two ways about it. But it is not the end of the story.
Look, we got no Democratic votes. We got none, zero. So when you get zero from the other side–they let us down because they're hurting the people. The good news is they now own health care, they now own Obamacare.
After some high-fiving, a drink or two and wiping away their tears of joy, Democrats should reflect on what opportunities the GOP health-care fiasco has opened up. President Trump despises failure and will now be famished for a “win.” That gives Democrats the chance to make some deals.
This bill is pure greed, and real people will suffer and die from it.
Everybody's got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say, because a lot of times they say, No, no, the lower 25 percent that can't afford private.' But I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not.
For President Trump, the best outcome of today’s health-care vote would be its defeat. Instead of slipping deeper into the quicksand of “repeal and replace, ” Trump can blame Congress and move on to tax reform and infrastructure investment, where there are powerful constituencies that will support him and political points to be scored. Trump isn’t policy-smart, but he is politically savvy and undoubtedly regrets tying his political fortunes to such a frail reed. When he said a few weeks ago that he never knew health care was so complicated, it had probably already dawned on him that the issue was all pain, no gain.
They didn't have drug pricing legislation built into this. They got a tax break. Maybe they can give some of that back to consumers in the form of co-pay assistance that may get the government off their back and the president's populist agenda gets served as well.
Calls for another flat European open come after last night's US congressional vote on repeal of Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) was delayed by 24hrs and US markets a shade lower. This adds to concerns that Trump lacks enough house support (even among Republicans) and that he may struggle to get approval for all the stimulus policies he pledged.
The president has said he wants the vote tomorrow. If for any reason it goes down, we're just going to move forward with additional parts of his agenda. This is our moment in time.
So the reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.
He's there for three-and-a-half more years. He better be careful. He's got a lot of issues coming.
We have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it's collapsing and it's failing families. And tomorrow we're proceeding.
The president has said he wants the vote tomorrow.
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.
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.
We should start from the baseline that any changes will make our healthcare system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority. America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.
While I've been in Congress, I can't recall a more universally detested piece of legislation than this GOP health care bill.
We will reach a conclusion on health care next week. We'll either pass something that will achieve a goal that we've been working on, or not.
We're here to support the administration. We're very happy with the bill as proposed.
Under Trumpcare, middle class families will pay more for less care, and 24 million Americans may lose their coverage altogether.
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.
What are you gonna say to them, Vice President Pence? Under Trumpcare, this progress would evaporate and devastate Hoosiers. So one has to wonder, if Vice President Pence isn't looking out for his own state, who is he looking out for? We know who. The very wealthy in America.
I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans.
You may be a great negotiator. Rookie's error for bringing this up on a day when clearly you're not ready.
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.
After the vote results came in last November, many Russians close to the Kremlin celebrated. “Our Trump” - or #TrumpNash, as they tweeted - had been elected president of the United States. Few in Moscow expected Donald Trump to win, but many Russians wanted him to win, including Vladimir Putin. The Russian president so passionately supported the Republican candidate and despised Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that he brazenly tried to influence our presidential election. As FBI Director James B. Comey described on Monday, the Russians “were unusually loud in their intervention, ” violating our sovereignty by meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy and not seeming to care if they were exposed. The Russian theft and then publication of private data from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta produced a significant impact on our electoral process. The DNC chair was forced to resign and Democratic supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) became more enraged at Clinton, causing many of them to stay home on Election Day. Clinton’s image was damaged continuously by daily media coverage of these stolen emails. Of course, many factors combined to produce Trump’s victory, but Putin’s intervention most certainly played a contributing role.
An agreement is needed from my party.
It looked like a mini tantrum. Trump has made the House vote his own now so he has a lot at stake. My guess it will pass the House. If not, markets will be shocked and it won't be pleasant.
The fact that they are having trouble with (health-care repeal) casts a shadow over the tax cut and the tax cut was supposed to be the principal fiscal stimulus for the improvement in real GDP. Without that improvement in GDP, earnings aren't going to be there and the market is vulnerable.
If the vote doesn't pass, or is postponed, it will cast a lot of doubt on the Trump trades.
This is really about the fact that the market is pricing in too much certainty on a number of accounts. Even if you got the positive vote, there's still the residual knowledge that the agenda will be difficult to get through the Senate.
This is not going to pass. The reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.
At some point we have to cowboy up and prove we can govern.
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.
How can you talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, without repealing the essential health benefits?
This bill was about peace of mind! Peace of mind for Americans to finally, finally, finally, finally be able to lie there and know that, God forbid, something happens like it's happened to an awful lot of us, that I'm not going to lose my house, I'm not going to lose everything, I'm not going to leave my family in distress.
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.
My goal for this whole process was to help the people that it harmed without harming the people that it helped.
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.
We need changes to the underlying bill before we vote on it in the House. ... There's not enough votes to pass it tomorrow.
The Trump agenda is like a one-lane road with this big truck called 'health care' in the lead. If that truck breaks down, everything else will back up.
The way I view it is if you're on the Trump train, you're kind of stuck in between stations right now. The idea is he could very well get the votes needed, and that would clear the way for health care reform and then, tax reform comes next. The probability of that happening seem to be lower than they were just a few days ago. It's certainly unnerved the market. I think the Republicans and markets generally overplayed their hands. They had the presidency and both houses of congress so everything was going to be a slam dunk. Obviously that was not going to be the case.
As long as that's there, we do not have a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
They steeled our resolve by their unwillingness to lower premiums on hard-pressed American families. If they want to bring it up for a vote, we'll vote it down.
We're pretty close. We're seeing a lot of folks who are getting comfortable enough to say yes or getting close.
We're not looking at a Plan B. We have Plan A, and it's going to pass.
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 and it's killed in the Senate, and then we lost our one chance with this one tool we have.
If we don't have the votes, it's going down tomorrow.
Right now, you're seeing a gain in the no votes and a subtraction from the yes votes as more and more Republican congressmen communicate with their constituents back home. That's unsatisfying.
I definitely think that focusing on the Affordable Care Act first was a mistake. Obama made the same mistake. He focused on health care, and he should have been focusing on job creation after the recession of 2008-09. Trump should have focused on his economic program and put the Affordable Care Act on the back burner, but maybe circumstances dictated that he couldn't set the priorities that way. I definitely think it was a mistake, but it's been made, and now he has to deal with it.
It's terrible for seniors. Trumpcare forces older Americans to pay 5 times the amount younger Americans will–an age tax–and slashes Medicaid benefits for nursing home care that two out of three Americans in nursing homes rely on.
The Trumpcare bill is not a health-care bill – it's a reduce-taxes-on-the-wealthy bill. Republicans should, once and for all, work with us to improve the Affordable Care Act and renounce repeal.
Big day for health care. Working hard!
If it fails there are going to be a lot of people who are looking for work in 2018.
For me, this health care bill is an absolute no-brainer. Any conservative group who opposes it, I don't even understand how they can categorize themselves as being a conservative group.
Big day for health care. Working hard! A loss is not acceptable, folks.
I ain't going anywhere, this is not going to pass. This bill was about peace of mind for Americans to finally, finally, finally, finally be able to lie there and know that God forbid something happens like has happened to [an] awful lot of us, that, I'm not going to lose my house. I'm not going to lose everything. I'm not going to leave my family in distress. Except they've got a president now who is a little more colorful.
I'll get Congress. I've been getting politicians to pass whatever I wanted for my whole life. You know, it's sort of interesting, nobody has more experience dealing with politicians than I do. I've been dealing with them all my life. Whether it's big New York City zoning deals – which, by the way, are probably tougher than most of the things I'll be dealing with with foreign countries.
If we fail to get it done, fail to (meet) the promises made by all of us, including the president, then it could have a very detrimental effect to Republicans in '18 who are running for re-election.
I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we've made to the American people for almost 10 years now.
The president wouldn't have been here this morning if they have the votes.
If you don't pass the bill there could be political costs.
The president is very adroit at putting somebody on the spot and he did that today with Mark Meadows. There was no threat whatsoever.
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.
For me, this healthcare bill is an absolute no-brainer. Any conservative group who opposes it, I don't even understand how they can categorize themselves as being a conservative group.
He warned us that there are consequences if we don't come together for us as a party and also for individuals. He wasn't threatening in any way. He was just giving us a pretty clear warning.
Network organizations will stand with principled lawmakers who will oppose the House healthcare proposal.
I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we've made to the American people for almost 10 years now. We'll have an amendment process here in the Senate, and at the end of that process, we'll send a bill to the one person who can sign it into law, and that's the president of the United States.
I think we are going to get a winner vote. They want a tremendous health care plan. That's what we have. There's going to be adjustments to it, but I think we'll get the vote on Thursday.
President Trump promised that this health care bill would be signed, sealed, delivered within the first couple of weeks of him taking office. All this is doing is pushing the rest of the agenda out.
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.
[W]e learned that there is an open-ended Russia investigation with no timetable for completion, one that's going hang over Trump's head for a long time, and one to which the FBI director is entirely committed.
General Flynn was a volunteer of the campaign. Paul Manafort who played a very limited role, for a very limited amount of time.
President Trump’s breathtaking lack of interest in or grasp of policy made his appearance on Capitol Hill in favor of Trumpcare pathetically underwhelming. The Post reports.
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.
And I don't care if the press prints that. We had a great meeting and I think we are going to get a winner vote. They want a tremendous health care plan, that's what we have. There's gonna be adjustments to it, but i think we'll get the vote on Thursday.
I serve at the pleasure of the people of North Carolina. When you serve at their pleasure, it's only those 750,000 people that can send you home and it's a temporary job and I've known that since Day One.
No great political acumen or psychology degree is necessary to conclude that President Trump is highly susceptible to flattery. It’s little wonder then that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), desperate to pass GOP health-care reform or at least not be blamed if it fails, keeps talking about what a terrific “closer” Trump is.
They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and five feet wide. I'm trying to let my members vote the way that their constituents would want them to vote. . . . I think they're all very aware of the political advantages and disadvantages. This is a defining moment for our nation, but it's also a defining moment for the Freedom Caucus. There are core things within this bill as it currently stands that would violate some of the principles of the Freedom Caucus.
Nothing's changed. We've still got lots of problems with this bill. . . . The president's a good man, and the White House has been great to work with, but opposition is still strong with our group.
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 very clear that the negotiations are over.
That's a $150 billion change in this bill to help the poor and those who are up in years.
The Senate Democrats are engaging in absolute opposition and obstruction, and it is difficult to see that changing anytime soon.
They're already whipping with a whip that's about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide. I'm trying to let my members vote the way that their constituents would want them to vote.
We're going to be doing some trade deals as soon as we get the health care finished – oh, I'm looking forward to these trade deals.
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.
If we fail to get it done, fail to [meet] the promises made by all of us, including the president, then it could have a very detrimental effect to Republicans in '18 who are running for re-election. If it fails, then there will be a lot of people looking for work in 2018.
I think we'll have a winner vote. We're going to have a real winner. It was a great meeting. These are terrific people, and they want a tremendous health care plan, and that's what we have, but there are going to be adjustments made. But I think we'll get the votes on Thursday.
"We're going to be doing some trade deals as soon as we get the health care finished – oh, I'm looking forward to these trade deals,"
"It's very clear that the negotiations are over,"
If you watch the Sunday shows you’ll quickly see the GOP’s circular reasoning: To drive down insurance premium costs you have to remove the insurance mandates, but that’s not in the bill. It comes later, they say, but their fellow Republicans candidly acknowledge that later means “never.”.
I think Trump wants everything to be great in America but he doesn't care about Europe and he doesn't care about us. I'm really afraid of Russian interference. It's very close to the border and I don't want to be the first participant of World War III.
I think Trump doesn't care about us.
President Trump is having no success selling the American Health Care Act to voters, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll.
We will take care of our people or I'm not signing it.
We're going to have a health care plan that's going to be second to none.
I think it's kind of doubtful right now, looking at the Trump administration. Let's see them do health care first, round up immigrants, build a wall.
Everything has to be a change that would increase the vote count.
We'll see what changes they're going to make.
We're a yes. We're excited to be there.
We'll see what changes they're going to make. I'm listening.
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.
I also want everyone to know that all of these no's or potential no's are all yeses. Every single person sitting in this room is now a yes. We're going to have a health care plan that's going to be second to none. It's going to be great. And the people will see that. By the way, it will take a little while because before it all kicks in and welds together, it takes a little while.
We have come up with a solution that's really, really I think very good. Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.
If they want to make additional changes, that's called the legislative process, and we would encourage their ideas. We're just happy to get this bill passed through the House.
Based on what I'm hearing, it's not enough to get us on board with it.
It's very preliminary. A lot of things aren't consistent. But these are going to be negotiated. ... We will take care of our people or I'm not signing it, OK, just so you understand.
I think it was just because of the tax credit. So far, everything's been positive, from what I can tell. I just hope that more and more people and children get covered under this new health-care plan. Trump! Trump! Vote for Trump.
He gets penalized on his income taxes, while these people that don't know how to pull their pants up can go get it for free. Nothing is in concrete yet. Give the man a chance. Until you hear it from Donald J. Trump himself – and not the news media – then don't even worry about it. Wait until you hear the man say it, because he will tweet it, he will Facebook it or he will go onto national television and tell everybody at the same time.
We said: 'Who else would we do this for, besides Trump?' . We agreed on the Lord. We would stand here for the Lord, but that's about it.
There just aren't any alternatives. That's the problem. There are no choices.
People are going to die, and that's the bottom line. People are going to die because of what we're doing with this legislation. As the funding goes away, as people can't afford the insurance that they need, as they wait longer for the care that they need, people are going to die. And, frankly, I think that's the bottom line.
It would be nice to have a doctor, just to check in on every once in a while.
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.
It's very preliminary. A lot of things aren't consistent. But these are going to be negotiated. ... We will take care of our people or I'm not signing it, OK, just so you understand. It's going to get all mixed up and we're going to come up with something. We always do.
The House legislation does so much for you. It gives the states Medicaid flexibility and some of the states will take over their health care. Governor Rick Scott in Florida said, just send me the money. They run a great plan. We have states that are doing great. It gives great flexibility.
Wednesday was arguably the worst day of the Trump presidency - at least since he went to the CIA headquarters to insist his inauguration crowd was bigger than President Obama’s. His second Muslim travel ban was put on hold by another federal judge. His health-care bill is taking on water. In his Michigan appearance he did not even mention it. In Tennessee he seemed intent on getting it behind him. (The Post reported, “Though health-care reform was a major promise of his campaign and a signature pillar of the Republican Party’s platform for most of the last seven years, Trump made it clear Wednesday that he would much rather be dealing with the tax code than with health care, which he recently said ‘nobody knew’ could be so ‘complicated.'”).
I think he is looking for amendments to be made to make it better.
I don't think there's enough room for him to cut and run from Ryan and do his own deal because the bill sits on a tight-rope.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that his health-care proposal must change to pass the House, marking a significant retreat from his earlier position that the carefully crafted legislation would fail if substantially altered.
Sarah Westwood - The Washington Examiner
Health care threatens to complicate Trump, Ryan relationship.
This is probably the last best chance for Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act and put something in its place that is a conservative vision for health care.
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.
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.
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.
I think the likelihood of them trying to massage moderate Republicans is a dream at this point. They're more likely to try to massage the right-wing members of the caucus, the Freedom Caucus. I'd suggest: Keep trying, keep working on ways to moderate this bill, so that it works in ways that the Affordable Care Act is already working.
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.
After a few days of horrible news coverage of his health-care plan and his unfounded allegations that President Obama wiretapped him, President Trump’s poll numbers, according to Gallup, hit a new level of awfulness - 55 percent disapprove and 39 percent approve. There is reason to believe the American Health Care Act (or “Trumpcare”) is a significant part of his problem.
Nothing has happened that has broken their trust in him and their belief that they cast the right kind of vote. That doesn't mean it won't break at some point, but it gives him a lot of space for now. They also know regular Republicans were not with him. They're very conscious of this. Repairing health care is what they expect him to do. If it doesn't happen, though, I believe they will think it's because of the Republicans in Congress first and foremost, rather than Trump.
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.
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.
You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK? They're the only ones. I won. And became president. I don't think they care at all ... I think you care.
There's no question, the Affordable Care Act required us to bump up our game. It's going to be hard.
Trumpcare is a wreck, and we all knew that before the Congressional Budget Office released its surprisingly scathing score last night. The Republicans' own hand-picked CBO director confirmed what Democrats have said all along. Trumpcare would be a nightmare for the American people, causing tens of millions to lose coverage.
We're gonna come up with a new plan that's going to be better health care for more people at a lesser cost. Everybody's got to be covered.
Trumpcare does nothing but serve the rich at the expense of the poor and the sick. This is no freedom – it is a form of oppression. Paul Ryan is promoting Trumpcare as if it were some sort of medical Magna Carta – a brave declaration of healthcare freedom. “We’re not going to make an American do what they don’t want to do. You get it [healthcare] if you want it. That’s freedom” he recently said on Face the Nation. Freedom to die uninsured, that is.
This plan is literally taking money from the poor and giving it to the very rich. It's essentially a reverse Bernie Sanders, which is actually also the name of a sex act consisting of very aggressive fingering.
That is over two-thirds less. And it's not one of those two-thirds decreases that you barely notice, like when Robin and Barry of the Bee Gees died. I'm kidding – Barry is fine. Robin and Maurice are dead. Or are they? The point is, they are. Although, to be fair, I have no idea. You don't either, and I don't see either of us Googling it anytime soon. Trump is not clamoring to put his name on this bill, and he has put his name on some of the shittiest products in human history.
Not so long ago, President Trump vowed that “everybody” would be covered under the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. On Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price vowed that “nobody will be worse off financially” under the GOP’s American Health Care Act, an assertion so preposterous that it makes President Obama’s “You can keep your doctor” declaration seem trivial.
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.
Just because you spend less money on something doesn't mean it can't get better. In fact, the private sector does that all the time. We're trying to make Medicaid a lot more efficient. And we think, with this bill, we would give more control to the states, and allow them to drive efficiencies that would increase quality and also reduce costs.
Part of what will make this more likely, is the focus on [the Affordable Care Act].
I think we need to know that.
Some have said that this legislation doesn't do enough. It zeros out the mandate, it repeals the taxes, it repeals the subsidies, and it rolls back some of the regulations.
I don't think the Senate would vote on that bill. The bill that was introduced Monday night cannot pass the Senate. And I don't think it will be brought to the Senate for a vote. They might not have spoken publicly about it, but 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.
Much of politics is about branding, and whoever is able to brand the right moniker usually wins the day. Winning the branding debate will win the political fight.
Why do they want to take it away? Because I'm not rich enough?
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 we're seeing now is that the political prospects for repealing the Affordable Care Act are as daunting as the effort to pass national health reform.
And, let me be clear as I said today, as the legislative process goes forward, the president and I believe that the American Health Care Act is the framework for reform.
Trumpcare means higher costs for less health care. Plain and simple.
What I would say is there is a great deal of evidence that this is the beginning of the negotiation. We will have 218 votes. This is the beginning of legislative process, we have got a few weeks we will have to wait. We will have to wait when this thing comes along, I can guarantee you that.
We think you have to get rid of Obamacare completely.
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.
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.
If the message is 'We need to put America first,' I don't think that is a problem with Millennials. Their first experience with foreign engagement was the Iraq War, which remains incredibly unpopular with young people. [If Trump argues that] 'instead of focusing on helping people everywhere else, we do need to take care of ourselves first,' I do think that's something younger voters wouldn't necessarily reject. To the extent it's 'People from outside of particular races, religions, or nations are trying to come here and pollute our nation,' that is totally outside where most young people are.
The Republicans are too terrified of their constituents to make their plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act public.
Trump supporters don't care what he does or what he says because there is no way they are going to do anything that helps elect Hillary Clinton. It's no more complicated than that.
Public opinion about the Affordable Care Act is consistently favorable and on an upswing. Faced with the prospect of repeal, crowds of constituents are confronting lawmakers across the country to express their anguish in town halls. But still, Republicans are rushing to rip apart the health insurance coverage that millions of people depend on. That .
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.
Working very closely with the Trump administration, we will soon introduce legislation to have lower costs, increased choices, and give people more control over their health care.
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.
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.
It’s an up hill climb, certainly. President Trump “faces significant challenges in bringing lawmakers together. First, he needs to bridge differences within his own party on tax policy, health care and other matters. And he will also need support from Senate Democrats to pass much of his agenda, at a time when the party’s base voters are urging resistance.”.
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.
A consumer who had a concern about their claim being denied couldn't go to their local insurance regulator.
You have to have competition at the service-delivery level, as well. The most expensive part of health care is hospitalization, and that is pretty much going to drive the price of insurance.
We have a small market ... and it would take a lot for some company from the mainland to try to come out here and get a foothold.
That was something we had to check out – can we even afford to be pregnant.
Premiums really reflect the cost of care where an individual lives.
If you live in the state of California or New York and you wanted a policy that had fewer state mandates and might be cheaper, I don't see why you shouldn't be able to go to the state and find a plan that supports your needs.
President Trump delivered a very strong economic message that hit the right notes. He reiterated his call for tax reform that would reduce the burden for businesses. He expressed in urgent terms the need to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a system that reduces costs. He has already taken bold actions to reduce the crushing burden of regulations, and it's clear that regulatory reform is a key part of his economic agenda. Small business owners have waited a long time to hear a speech like that from the President of the United States.
After over three years of depending on health care, millions of Americans, including small businesses, rely on this critical coverage. In a time of uncertainty about its future, President Trump should move cautiously to ensure that our health care system is replaced with an alternative plan that is both affordable and offers options while preserving key safeguards. It is imperative any replacement effort stabilizes the health insurance market place – without short-term stabilization policies in place, chaos will adversely affect the health care market and U.S. economy.
This was still a campaign speech and if there was any pivot at all it was more a campaign for ideas than for office. But it was light on details. One takeaway is that there was an enlarged focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which is not low-hanging legislative fruit and it will be hard to untangle that.
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.
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.
Dying industries will come roaring back to life. Heroic veterans will get the care they so desperately need ... Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land.
Dying industries will come roaring back to life. Heroic veterans will get the care they so desperately need. Our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve. Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful land.
It would be nice to see a speech that kind of brought us together.
He is eroding our democracy.
He is open to having conversations about that moving forward.
The Price Plan was considered the conservative gold standard at the time last year. Many conservatives co-sponsored that plan. That plan looks a lot like what we're working on right now.
I feel at the end of the day, when we get everything done and right, we're going to be unified on this.
I can give you three of four different reasons. They've asked for everybody's input. Obviously the final result of where we are today is not something that I support and I'm not alone in that analysis.
I hope (Trump) doesn't buy on to this plan because he will be ill-served. Coming in as a Republican president is a net tax increase and a federal new entitlement program. That's your first big move? And then you gotta do tax reform after that? Good luck.
We have come up with a solution that's really, really, I think, very good. I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody really knew that health care could be so complicated.
I think we're a long way from that.
I see him as more of a chairman, as a president, much like many successful presidents have been, where he gets people around him who are detailed people who can execute those plans. That is not what we're doing. We really believe we are in a rescue mission here to step in and prevent this collapse from occurring.
I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. We have come up with a solution that's really, really I think very good. Statutorily and for budget purposes, as you know, we have to do health care before we do the tax cut. I can't do it until we do health care, because we have to know what the health care is going to cost and – statutorily – that's the way it is. So for those people who say, oh, gee, I wish we could do the tax first,' it just doesn't work that way. I would like to do the tax first.
You're going to have a lot of churning on any kind of legislative product like this. This is a plan that we are all working on together, the House, the Senate and the White House, so there aren't rival plans. I feel at the end of the day when we get everything done and right, we're going to be unified.
The market's worried that the Affordable Care Act is going to push tax reform down. getting some clarity around affordable care act could help.
A key part to funding tax reform is the plan on the Affordable Care Act. … They have to get it done in this budget cycle. They have to get it done by Sept. 30. They probably will talk about March, April for repeal and replace. He's going to say, I'm going to invest in infrastructure. He's going to talk about getting those tax rates as low as possible, that he's going to deliver a tax cut for individuals and businesses. But he's not going to go into the specifics of capital expensing or how the substitute of Affordable Care Act is going to be.
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.
Tax reform is going to be major, simple and wonderful, but we can't do it until we do health care.
I'm going to have a big statement tomorrow night on infrastructure. We spend $6 trillion in the Middle East and we have potholes all over our highways and our roads ... so we're going to take care of that. Infrastructure – we're going to start spending on infrastructure big. Not like we have a choice. It's not like, oh gee, let's hold it off.
President Trump and Vice President Pence were very clear that they will work toward a clear transition.
This is a time for reform, to broaden the issue from beyond coverage to how do we do better quality, better cost-containment for long-term and ultimately it's about compassion. We're talking about real people here.
We want to work with you to build on those ideals.
It's very late. We're very angry at what he's done, and frankly this should have been taken care of during the Obama administration.
My whole sense of this administration in the 30 days of working with them is urgency on the business side. They really want to get the barriers out of the way. If it goes much beyond the fall, I would be staggered. The repeal of [the Affordable Care Act] is probably a higher priority, but tax reform, right up there.
Mr. Obama went on so many vacations and played golf every week. The news media can say, Trump went to Mar-a-Lago,' and their hair catches on fire. But if they will look at this honestly – and I'm all for the truth – they'll see Trump is just using his own resources and money to take care of things. It doesn't bother me one bit.
Before we do the tax – which is actually very well finalized – but we can't submit it until the health care statutorily or otherwise. So we're doing the health care – again moving along very well – sometime during the month of March, maybe mid-to-early March, we'll be submitting something that I think people will be very impressed by.
We price our drugs in line with their innovation potential and in line with the competitive environment. I think even more importantly, President Trump could develop a better understanding of the overall health care market, the industry and what is driving cost up really. If you look at pharmaceutical pricing - as a total share of health care funding it actually has not changed since the early 1960s and has been very stable around 10 percent. The combination of Bayer's crop business and Monsanto's business is actually all about innovation.
I'm willing to bet that these companies building new plants ... this will lead to fewer people being employed. How does [Trump] deal with displaced workers? Amazon is the greatest start-up in the world. I thought uncertainty was bad [for Wall Street], too. But the market doesn't care if Mike Pence is named president.
One of the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act is that you try to avoid hiring people if you don't have to. In the past, we would say, Hey it might be nice to hire 10 more people to help capacity here.' Now, we are like, There is no way.' We need a pro-business climate here – what better way to help people than to give them a job?
I think the market says, Look. We don't have Trump, we have Pence.' The markets really [don't] care which guy is leading.
We can't shoehorn what is going on with Flynn with what is going on with Cisco's price-to-earnings multiple.
As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess. It's a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country; you see what's going on with all of the companies leaving our country, going to Mexico and other places, low pay, low wages, mass instability overseas, no matter where you look. The Middle East is a disaster. North Korea – we'll take care of it folks; we're going to take care of it all. I just want to let you know, I inherited a mess.
You're going to see a lot of love. We're looking at it with great care.
They are here illegally. They shouldn't be very worried. I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody. We're going to have a very strong border. We're gonna have a very solid border. Where you have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less worried.
Donald Trump and [Treasury Secretary] Steven Mnuchin, the foreclosure king, don't care about stories like mine. They only care about their billionaire friends. Now Trump and his billionaire friends want to take over the Fed, too.
Hiding information and making it more difficult for consumers to learn about the Affordable Care Act and what it means in their lives is just the latest in a string of efforts by the Trump Administration to sabotage the health-care law.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, was confirmed as secretary of health and human services in a vote that took place in the wee hours of Friday morning, providing momentum for Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Consistent with all of President Donald Trump's Cabinet confirmations this week, Price narrowly won confirmation on a 52-47 vote.
The Mnuchin rule is already being broken as Republicans look to strip away hundreds of billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act tax credits for working Americans to pay for a giant tax break for the wealthy. Bottom line is it's unfair to cut benefits that the middle class depends on, all so the wealthy pay a lower rate.
No matter how hard Republicans try, the American people won't let them rip away their health care. More than 12 million people just stood up against efforts to repeal the law without a plan. And with support in Congress floundering, it's clear that Republicans are in disarray because the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are popular.
We didn't hear from anyone who said we want to have the 20 million people who have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act....be kicked to the curb and have no insurance overnight.
You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren't doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn't, so I just might send them down to take care of it. We have some bad hombres here, and we're going to get them out.
Remember, there was terrible uncertainty in 2008, but these stocks have done phenomenally well. When the fear is high, that's when you can make a lot of money.
It's not major, but when you look at the rest of the sectors, that does make it pretty attractive in a market where it's tough to find good value.
He has talked about easing regulations of all sorts, and those could include the drug industry. That should help profitability.
We're investing in a time of substantial uncertainty. Everybody is searching around for what might happen.
It's not reliant on government reimbursements or private payers.
Before the Affordable Care Act, a very sick child could use up all their lifetime benefits within days or months.
I'd blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left. We'll get Exxon[Mobil] to come in there and in two months... I'll take the oil. The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. When they say they don't care about their lives, you have to take out their families.
Under the IRS guidelines, contributions to an HSA are good forever and in all times. The tax code will provide relief for medical expenses, independent of the Affordable Care Act. It's never a bad idea to save more.
If the recent Executive Order related to health care remains in place and the Affordable Care Act is repealed causing you to lose your healthcare coverage, you will always have the ability to return and can do so within 30 days of losing that coverage rather than having to wait for an open enrollment period.
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.
I have no idea how they are doing. I don't really care. I'm in a lot of things. I may be in a few funds. I have no idea if they are up or down. I just know that they have been very good over a period of time.
It's still the law, so it's in your best interest to have insurance. People think something has happened, but the Affordable Care Act is still the law.
It's pathetic. We have a double standard where if you admit you like Trump, you get blasted by the media. If Brady endorsed Hillary, no one would care.
I said a long time ago – that NATO had problems. Number one it was obsolete, because it was, you know, designed many, many years ago. Number two – the countries aren't paying what they're supposed to pay. I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete. It's obsolete because it wasn't taking care of terror.
I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody, . They shouldn't be very worried. I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody. Where you have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less worried. We'll be coming out with policy on that over the next period of four weeks.
While I have a great deal of respect for senators [Susan] Collins and [Bill] Cassidy, their proposal today illustrates the dilemma both they and Republicans are in. Ultimately, this proposal is an empty facade that would create chaos–not care–for millions of Americans. Republicans should drop their disruptive repeal plans and work with Democrats to improve, not gut, the Affordable Care Act and healthcare system for all Americans.
What we have after the repeal is Trump care.
They may do enough to try to rebrand it as Trumpcare, but I just don't think it will be that dramatically different from what we have today. The executive order itself was very vague, and it's a little hard to say at this point what actual effect it will have.
The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care. They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: most Americans are – are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like. President Trump and his family are complying with all the ethical rules, everything they need to do to step away from his businesses and be a full-time president.
I'm very concerned that policymakers who are trying to save money by not covering cancer-prevention services are being penny-wise and pound-foolish. They may save money today, but we will be paying a lot more taking care of patients with metastatic cancer down the road. I'm worried on behalf of our patients and our communities that these great strides we've made against cancer will evaporate if the important provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which ensure that patients can access cancer screening services without additional costs, are taken away.
We cannot trust Trump to take care of [Europe's] security. If Trump cuts a deal with Putin, then maybe there will be fewer tanks, American tanks, on European soil and we should prepare for that scenario.
The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care. They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: most Americans are -- are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.
But where our values are different we're going to oppose him, whether it's the Affordable Care Act or rolling back the limitations of Wall Street or clean air or clean water. It's our values that will decide things, plain and simple.
He's not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care. They voted for him. Let me make this clear, most Americans are focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like. You know full well that President Trump and his family are complying with all the ethical rules, everything they need to do to step away from his businesses. and be a full-time president.
Certainly Trump is going to want to do something that gets China's attention ? something that kind of jolts the negotiating process. I don't know whether that will be what he does out of the gate. It could be after he waits for some of the other stuff like the Affordable Care Act to go through. I think it's a first 100 days story.
We may know more later, but personally I would tell my people to prepare for the worst – that it will be like it was prior to the Affordable Care Act.
"The tax code will provide relief for medical expenses, independent of the Affordable Care Act,". "It's never a bad idea to save more.".
I don't care, frankly, if it's going to be beautiful, or if it's going to rain like crazy. Makes no difference to me. I have a feeling it's going to be beautiful. You're going to cheer me on, but I'm going to be cheering you on because what we've done is so special. All over the world, they're talking about it. All over the world.
But if other priorities compete for the president's energy and focus – immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act, creation of costly trade barriers and any number of foreign policy actions, just to name a few – the growth story could get muddled and the markets choppy.
For example, when he wanted to get young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, he went to Zach Galifianakis.
At this point, the Republican agenda is clear, and they need to come to terms with the fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting Medicaid and Medicare will create chaos in the marketplace and rob people of their health care. I continue to believe the best way forward is to keep what has worked with the Affordable Care Act, and work together in a bipartisan manner to improve it and to fix what doesn't.
Trump has triggered a wave of protest and outrage across the country. His election has itself become a point of protest for women, Muslim communities, for immigrants, for people who care about education, social security, Medicare – the list is almost limitless in terms of the people who feel threatened by what a Trump presidency would mean.
We're working on it all together, it's not his or ours, it's together we're working on it.
I think the country is at a place where disruptive synergy is not a bad thing. And I'm not concerned on those occasions where the president-elect appears to be thinking out loud. I think he brings a synergy to this process that no one else running on either side would have done in the same way, and I'm pretty optimistic about what can happen.
There are differences of opinion about the Affordable Care Act -- some like it, some don't like it. But very few Americans believe that we should repeal the ACA without a replacement program to make it better. Know we are saying to our Republican colleagues: We will not allow you to throw up to 30 million Americans off of health insurance.
Our job today is to defend the Affordable Care Act. Our job tomorrow is to create a Medicare-for-all single payer system.
The 'Unaffordable' Care Act will soon be history!
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would probably be a wash for most of the industry.
Foreigners and others will continue to be able to ingratiate themselves by doing business with Trump organizations, which enriches Trump. It's really quite simple.
The market is acting as if there could be a repeal of the ACA [Affordable Care Act] with no replacement. We had almost no investment in health care prior to the election. Our big position has been in financials, and post-election, the financial names have done so well and the health-care names haven't participated in the rally at all, that we've gotten our toes back in the water.
Ripping apart our health care system – with no plan to replace it – will create chaos. If Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act, it's women, kids, seniors, patients with serious illnesses, and people with disabilities who will bear the burden.
We're going to be submitting, as soon are our [Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.)], is approved, almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter, a plan. It will be repeal and replace, essentially simultaneously ... very complicated stuff. We're going to get a healthcare bill passed; we're going to get healthcare taken care of in this country.
I don't think they care at all, I don't think they care, I think you care. First of all, you learn very little from a tax return. What you should do is go down to the federal elections and take a look at the numbers and actually people have learned a lot about my company and now they realized my company is much bigger, much more powerful than they ever thought. We're in many many countries and I'm very proud of it.
Every day he continues to delay his decision, he jeopardizes the seamless transition that is needed to ensure this nation fulfills its commitment to the brave men and women who served.
We've been at it now for six years and it's time for us to produce a replacement plan and hopefully we'll do that in the very near term.
"We've been at it now for six years and it's time for us to produce a replacement plan and hopefully we'll do that in the very near term,"
He said we're going to be doing it concurrently with the repeal. He said he had a conversation yesterday with Donald Trump, and they're on the same page.
And the kinds of things we're talking about is how can we take what I believe is one of the very best health-care systems in the world and how can we make it even better? How can we make changes, recognizing the challenges, economic pressures, regulatory pressures, but keep essential elements like innovation through better integration?
I think Republicans now are recognising that may not be what the American people, including even Trump voters, are looking for. If in fact the Republicans make some modifications, and re-label it as Trumpcare, I'm fine with that.
The American people have now set new standards for access to health care based on the Affordable Care Act. I don't believe it will ever be acceptable again to have 50 million people without access to health care.
In a couple weeks, Donald Trump will be the defender of the free world and democracy. You should let everybody know in American, Republicans and Democrats, that you're going to make Russia pay a price for trying to interfere. Even though it didn't affect the outcome, they tried to interfere. And they need to pay a price. And I don't care what their motives were.
Politically, people don't love change. The employer market is the one place the Affordable Care Act didn't change and also the place that's performed the best since passage.
There will be chaos in the health care system and it will be on their shoulders. If they want to solve the problem they created they are likely to need bipartisan assistance and I want to come back with something as good or better than the Affordable Care Act.
They can call it whatever they want. They can call it Trumpcare or McConnellcare or Ryancare.
Obviously, not every state expanded Medicaid, but for the vast majority that did, this was the single most significant piece of the Affordable Care Act for people with HIV.
They have no idea what to put in place of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans will soon learn that you can't keep the good parts of the ACA and remove the rest of the law and still have it work. That's why they're running to do this first is a huge mistake for them and the country. I believe a year from now they will regret they came out so fast out of the box.
The cost of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, to state and local budgets and to the New Yorkers who depend on its health care coverage, is simply too high to justify.
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.
What I'd like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state...Get rid of the artificial lines, and you will have yourself great plans. And then we have to take care of the people that can't take care of themselves. And I will do that through a different system.
I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody's going to be taken care of much better than they're taken care of now.
It would have to be an unbelievable, compelling case to suggest we need more than two years to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The first big fight of this new congress will be over healthcare. Republicans will be plotting and soon be executing a full scale assault on the three pillars that support the American healthcare system: the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Republican plan to cut healthcare wouldn't America great again, it would make America sick again.
That's certainly true, but the president's priority and the president's motivation is rooted in looking out for the interests of the 22 million Americans whose healthcare would be taken away if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The more the people understand what's included in the Affordable Care Act and how they benefit from it, the more popular the program is, and the harder it is for Republicans to have political support for tearing it down. The president's message to them is that they should be out there telling the stories of their constituents who are benefiting from this law. I think that's certainly the most important thing they can do.
We're going to fight as hard as ever to protect the ACA (Affordable Care Act), said Representative Steny Hoyer, the House of Representatives' second-ranking Democrat.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act is not logical; it's simply ideological.
If you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way, because I'll tell you what, no computer is safe. I don't care what they say, no computer is safe. Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!
I think it's unfair if we don't know. It could be somebody else. I also know things that other people don't know so we cannot be sure. It's very important. If you have something really important write it out and have it delivered by courier the old fashioned way. No computer is safe, I don't care what they say. Hopefully we're going to have great relationships with many countries and that includes Russia and that includes China.