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[President Donald J. Trump Republicans Pass Bill To Replace Obamacare]
[Mike Pence Vice President:] Source: LYBIO.net
Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, Majority Whip Scalise, Chairwoman McMorris Rodgers, Chairman Brady, Chairman Walden, Chairwoman Black, Congressman McArthur, Congressman Meadows, and all the principled members of Congress who are standing with us here today, on behalf of President Donald Trump and the first family, welcome to the White House. (Applause.) And thanks to the leadership of President Donald Trump, welcome to the beginning of the end of Obamacare. (Applause.)
It was March, 2010, seven years ago, Democrats passed a government takeover of healthcare. And at that time, Republicans in Congress promised the American people that law would not stand. Today, thanks to the perseverance, the determination, and the leadership of President Donald Trump, and all the support of those gathered here, we’ve taken a historic first step to repeal and replace Obamacare and finally give the American people the kind of healthcare they deserve. (Applause.)
So, today, with heartfelt gratitude for all he has done to keep his word to the American people, and for all he will do to continue to make America great again, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to you the President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)
[President Donald Trump:]
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Mike. (Applause.) That’s the group. Thank you.
Thank you very much. This really is the group. What a great group of people. And they’re not even doing it for the party, they’re doing it for this country – because we suffered with Obamacare. I went through two years of campaigning, and I’m telling you, no matter where I went, people were suffering so badly with the ravages of Obamacare.
And I will say this, that as far as I’m concerned, your premiums, they’re going to start to come down. We’re going to get this passed through the Senate. I feel so confident. Your deductibles, when it comes to deductibles, they were so ridiculous that nobody got to use their current plan – this nonexistent plan that I heard so many wonderful things about over the last three or four days. After that, I mean, it’s – I don’t think you’re going to hear so much. Right now, the insurance companies are fleeing. It’s been a catastrophe. And this is a great plan. I actually think it will get even better. And this is, make no mistake, this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake about it. Make no mistake. (Applause.)
And I think, most importantly, yes, premiums will be coming down. Yes, deductibles will be coming down. But very importantly, it’s a great plan. And ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.
We knew that wasn’t going to work. I predicted it a long time ago. I said, it’s failing. And now, it’s obvious that it’s failing. It’s dead. It’s essentially dead. If we don’t pay lots of ransom money over to the insurance companies it would die immediately.
So what we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted. Tell you what, there is a lot of talent standing behind me. An unbelievable amount of talent, that I can tell you. I mean it. (Applause.) And coming from a different world and only being a politician for a short period of time – how am I doing? Am I doing okay? I’m President. Hey, I’m President. Can you believe it? Right? (Applause.) I don’t know, it’s – I thought you needed a little bit more time. They always told me, more time. But we didn’t.
But we have an amazing group of people standing behind me. They worked so hard and they worked so long. And when I said, let’s do this, let’s go out, just short little shots for each one of us and let’s say how good this plan is – we don’t have to talk about this unbelievable victory – wasn’t it unbelievable? So we don’t have to say it again. But it’s going to be an unbelievable victory, actually, when we get it through the Senate.
And there’s so much spirit there. But I said, let’s go out – we have a little list of some of the people – and I think after that list goes, if they don’t talk too long, our first list, we’re going to let some of the other folks just come up and say whatever you want.
But we want to brag about the plan, because this plan really – uh oh. (Laughter.) Well, we may. (Laughter.) But we’re just going to talk a little bit about the plan, how good it is, some of the great features.
I want to thank Paul Ryan. (Applause.) He has worked so hard. I was joking, I said, you know, Paul, for the last week I’ve been hearing “Paul Ryan doesn’t have it. It’s not working with Paul Ryan. He’s going to get rid of Paul Ryan.” And then today I heard, “Paul Ryan is a genius, he’s come a long way.” (Laughter.) Right?
[Speaker Paul Ryan:]
I’ll take whatever.
[President Donald Trump:]
The groups have all come together. We have the Tuesday Group – we have so many groups. We have the Freedom Caucus. We have – and they’re all great people. But we have a lot of groups. But they all came together. Really, Paul, I’d say in the last three, four days – especially in the last day. I see Mark and I see Kevin, I see so many people – Jim.
We just have developed a bond. This has really brought the Republican Party together, as much as we’ve come up with a really incredible healthcare plan. This has brought the Republican Party together. We’re going to get this finished, and then we’re going – as you know we put our tax plan in, it’s a massive tax cut, the biggest tax cut in the history of our country. I used to say the biggest since Ronald Reagan. Now, it’s bigger than that. Also, pure tax reform. So we’re going to get that done next.
And this really helps it. A lot of people said, how come you kept pushing healthcare, knowing how tough it is? Don’t forget, Obamacare took 17 months. Hillary Clinton tried so hard – really valiantly, in all fairness, to get healthcare through. Didn’t happen. We’ve really been doing this for eight weeks, if you think about it. And this is a real plan. This is a great plan. And we had no support from the other party.
So I just want to introduce somebody to say a few words who really has been I think treated very unfairly, but it no longer matters because we won and we’re going to finish it off. And we’re going to go on with a lot of other things, and we are going to have a tremendous four years and maybe, even more importantly, we’re going to have a tremendous eight years. But we’re going to start off with just a great first year.
And, Paul Ryan, come up and say a few words. Congratulations on a job well done. (Applause.)
[Paul Ryan:] Source: LYBIO.net
You get thick skin on this job.
[President Donald Trump:]
Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you. Thank you for your leadership. There are too many people to name who played such an important role in helping us to get this part.
I want to thank a few people in particular. I want to thank Chairmen Greg Walden, Kevin Brady, Diane Black, Pete Sessions, and the members of their committees for all the hard work they put in to getting us to this point.
I want to thank all the other members who contributed to making this the best bill possible. It really was a collaborative, consensus-driven effort.
I also want to thank the team here at the White House. I want to thank Tom Price, I want to thank Mick Mulvaney, and I especially want to thank Reince Priebus — we could not have done this without you gentlemen. You guys are the best.
And of course, this would not have been possible if it weren’t for these two gentlemen behind me. This is the fourth presidency I have served with. I have never, ever seen any kind of engagement like this. I want to thank Mike Pence and I want to thank President Donald Trump for their personal involvement in working with our members and working to get this right, for getting this done, and getting us to where we are. Thank you, gentlemen.
Today was a big day, but it is just one step in this process. An important step. We still have a lot of work to do to get this signed into law. And I know that our friends over in the Senate are eager to get to work. They are.
We’re going to see that work through. You know why we’re going to see this work through? Because the issues are just too important. The stakes are just too high. The problems facing American families are real. And the problems facing American families as a result of Obamacare are just too dire and too urgent.
Just this week, just this week, we learned of another state Iowa where the last remaining health care plan is pulling out of 94 of their 99 counties, leaving most of their citizens with no plans on the Obama market at all.
What kind of protection is Obamacare if there are no plans to choose from? And this is a trend that we’re seeing all across the country.
The truth is this law has failed, and it is collapsing. Premiums are skyrocketing and choices are disappearing. And it is only getting worse, spiraling out of control.
And that is why we have to repeal this law and put in place a real, vibrant marketplace with competition and lower premiums for families. That’s what the American Health Care Act is all about.
It makes health care more affordable, it takes care of our most vulnerable, and it shifts power from Washington back to the states, and most importantly, back to you, the patient.
Like I said, we’ve got a lot of work to do, but one thing is now clear:
Republicans are committed to keeping our promise to lift the burden of Obamacare from the American people and put in place a better, more patient-centered system.
[Paul Ryan:] Source: LYBIO.net
It is my pleasure at this time to thank and welcome to the stage someone who helped make this so possible, our very talented Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
[Kevin McCarthy:] Source: LYBIO.net
I remember the very first time I came down here to see the new president, President Trump.
We talked about health care. You know what the president said?
He said, let’s not make this partisan. Don’t do what you think is right for the Republican Party. Do what’s right for the American country.
And, today, that’s exactly what we did.
You see, if you simply read the papers from this week, you take politics out of it, and you put people before politics, how do you look in the faces of 94 counties in Iowa out of 99, where not that they won’t have very many choices, they will have no choice?
How do you care for pre-existing conditions, when there’s no care at all?
Or you read the paper yesterday and you look at Aetna pulling out of Virginia, or to Tennessee next year with 16 counties with no care.
Or what about those families that paid into those 23 co-ops that Obamacare created with more than $2 billion dollars? Eighteen of them have collapsed. And the only answer that this American government gives them is a penalty.
If you simply look at the facts, more people took the penalty or the exemption than actually signed up for Obamacare.
I did not run to this office to promote a party. I ran for this office to make this country better. Yeah, it would be easy to say no. It would be easy to watch it collapse. But I can’t look at those families. I don’t think that’s right. And that’s the exact message I got from this administration.
[Kevin McCarthy:] Source: LYBIO.net
So Mr. President, I want to thank you. I want to thank you for your leadership. I want to thank the vice President.
You know, I’ve only been through a few Presidents but I’ve never seen someone so hands on.
I walked into my office yesterday morning and they said the President’s calling again.
I pick up the phone, I happen to be the majority leader, the former whip. I know my members well.
The President gives me a list of who he thinks I would be best to talk to on the list. And he was right.
Mr. President, they all voted for the bill.
Today is a start.
Today is the start of a new beginning.
Yes, it’s about providing better healthcare.
But with I happen to have been a small business owner.
I listened to my district.
Do you know how many families no longer have a 40-hour job and have to take two part-time jobs?
Or how many small businesses told me that they couldn’t expand anymore because they were afraid of what Obamacare would do for them.
We are going to unshackle, build an economy, let people have greater choice in their healthcare and protect pre-existing conditions.
I thank you for that work. I want to call up – I was this job before being a majority whip.
I never had to go through a bill like this. And I will tell you, being the whip, really isn’t one person. The Deputy whip should get a lot of credit as well.
Steve Scalise never gave up. Answered every question. And the team between Scalise and McHenry I would put beyond any team we ever had, I give the Majority whip Steve Scalise.
[Steve Scalise:] Source: LYBIO.net
Today we took the first step toward rescuing families from the failures of Obamacare.
We’ve been seeing it play out all across the country. This isn’t a hypothetical discussion.
You see families struggling in every part of our country. I have families all the time in my district in southeast Louisiana sharing with me stories of double digit premium increases every single year.
When we had the 27 and a half mark up, before the House Engery Commerce Committee, the longest they said, in the history of Congress, to pass this bill out of committee, we had a long and important discussion about healthcare policy in America and how – this isn’t about achieving come kind of political goal.
It’s about families.
Families who are struggling under the weight of this law that doesn’t work.
And so, I reached out to my own constituents and said share with me some of the stories and how this law, Obamacare, is affecting you personally.
Unfortunately, I got a lot of horror stories.
You know, we talked a lot about protecting people with preexisting conditions in the context of this bill.
And there are so many things, multiple multiple layers in our bill that we passed today that not only protect people with preexisting conditions but actually focus real targeted money on lowering premiums for families with preexisting conditions.
And so, during the committee hearing, might have been around 3:00 in the morning, I shared a story of one of those constituents.
Chris from Slidell who sent me a letter and talked about their family having preexisting conditions. They have family member with preexisting conditions and how because of the problems of Obamacare, they’re paying double digit increases.
But this is the real story for families that have preexisting conditions that are truly being hurt by Obamacare.
One of the untold stories are the dramatic increases in deductibles.
So, there are a lot of families across the country that have over $10,000 dollar deductibles. For most people that doesn’t mean they can’t use the healthcare they have with Obamacare.
And what Chris told me was – not only when we go to the doctor do we have to pay so much for our premium but almost everything we do we’re paying out of pocket because we got such a large deductible.
So basically, I’m paying a lot of money for a healthcare plan that doesn’t work for me.
Please provide relief for our family.
We hear these stories over and over.
And what’s been so encouraging about this debate is that from the very beginning, every member of Congress that’s been involved in trying to get this bill passed has been focused on two main things.
[Steve Scalise:] Source: LYBIO.net
And the first one is lowering premiums for families that are struggling.
And the second is making sure that patients and doctors are the ones that make their own healthcare decisions.
Unelected bureaucrats in Washington should not have anything to do with the healthcare decisions made between a patient and their doctor. And that ends with this bill. [Applause]
As we went through this process, and it took weeks, some people wanted it to take a couple days.
But we said we’re going to take the time to get it right because it affects every person in the country.
And every change that was made along the way made this bill better.
Almost every change that was made along the way was focused on lowering premiums of course, you had a lot of other things which we wanted to do.
We reformed the Medicaid program – one of the most broken parts of healthcare, anybody will tell you is Medicaid.
And so, we actually give governors and states the flexibility to go and be innovative and do things that will – in a much more targeted way – help low income families, in a way that Medicaid is failing them today.
That’s another important aspect of this bill.
But we wouldn’t be here today without the work and the help of the President and the Vice President of the United States directly getting involved.
Because every meeting we had with members that wanted to get additional – additional components added to the bill, President Trump said bring them into the White House. I want to meet with them. I want to talk to them about how we can lower premiums, because President Trumps focus was from the beginning the same thing.
He know knows Obamacare fails. But it’s failing because it’s hurting families. And he said, how can we lower premium, how can we give patients more control of the healthcare.
And ultimately, all of the meetings that we had along the way, that made this bill better were focused on those objectives. And that’s why it’s so important we got this first step done today.
There’s a lot of work left to be done. I look forward to the Senate taking the action they need to take.
But ultimately getting a bill to President Trump’s desk that he’ll sign that actually rescue families from this incredibly failed law and put patients back in charge of their healthcare decisions and lower premiums.
And the man that led the charge in starting this process in the committee was the House Senator Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden. I want to bring him up.
[Greg Walden:] Source: LYBIO.net
Thank you, Scalise. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, it has been a pleasure and an honor to work with you hand in hand to get this bill to this point.
And I want to tell you what great team you have and what a great team I think we have in Congress and in the Congress Energy and Commerce Committee, and our sub-committee chair Mike Burgess.
Mike, come on out here for a second.
Dr. Mike Burgess done incredible work on this as well.
You’ve – you’ve heard a lot about our goal to get this back to a patient/doctor relationship.
To make insurance affordable to every American and available where they have choices and lower cost and competition in that market. It is collapsing around us state by state, county by county.
Last year there were 225 counties in America where you had one choice on the Obamacare exchange. This year it’s 1022, you’ve heard now there are some counties where you’ll have no choice.
That’s not affordability, that’s not access. That’s not patient care. That is what we’re trying to reform in this legislation.
You heard about Medicaid reform. I started on Medicaid reform in the 1989 session of the Oregon legislature.
I helped out there we became the majority in ’90, I was majority leader in ’91.
We continued the reforms of continuing to achieve the same goal to get people care they needed when they didn’t have it.
And I continue that battle today.
We reached out to governors, we reached out to insurance commissioners, we reached out to innovators in this space.
I think about Governor Herbert out at Utah who told us the story of having to petition CMS. The old CMS, not Seema Verma and Tom Price, to see if he could use a modern new innovative technology to communicate with his Medicaid recipients who had that same technology. You and I would know that as E-mail.
Nine months later the government here in Washington denied his request to communicate with people who had e-mail by email. They told him no. And I said to the governor of Utah, how much would that have saved your state. He said $6 million.
Now do you want to send it on snail mail, on postage or do you want to spend it in health, but the bigger question is why do you have to come to Washington, D.C. To get that kind of permission to begin with.
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