This week I spoke to Fox Business about the American Health Care Act and how I’m fighting to keep what works and fix what is broken in the current healthcare law in order to provide hardworking families quality healthcare they can afford from a plan they trust:
On the Progress of the AHCA
“Obamacare is having grave problems all throughout the country, some places more so than others. Next, after reconciliation is accomplished, regulation has to change at the Department of Health and Human Services; Tom Price has already started doing that. But lastly, we’re going to have to negotiate with Democrats on a ‘third bucket,’ as Speaker Ryan calls it, to enact statutory changes that will be necessary to fix the insurance system.”
On Reaching Across the Aisle
“Well, I think a lot of Democrats are invested, even though as President Clinton said last year, he called Obamacare a crazy system which is penalizing working people and middle-class people all across the country. Look, I’ve said all along we need to fix what doesn’t work in Obamacare but keep what does work. Everyone agrees that we need to deal with people that have pre-existing conditions, kids on plans until they’re 26. There is no disagreement about that. But I think ultimately, right now, Democrats have dug their heels in, they don’t want to recognize that the system is collapsing in many respects, particularly the insurance regulatory system. We’re going to have to get to a point where we reach across party lines and negotiate a compromise on legislation that ultimately fixes this issue.”
On the CBO Analysis
“The trouble with that analysis is that it is a static analysis which considers the tax law changes and subsidy changes that are in the replacement plan against the existing insurance regulatory system, and as I said that system has to be changed in part by legislation and in part by regulation from HHS. That analysis is incomplete: If we were only going to do what is in this reconciliation bill now, I might actually agree with it but there has to be other changes that are brought about in the insurance regulatory system. What Obamacare did is it federalized insurance regulation. Historically, this has been better done at the state level but we need to make sure that there are funds at the state level and here’s where the plan will subsidize this: We have to subsidize those high-risk pools so that people that have pre-existing conditions or very high healthcare costs, that those costs are covered and that’s the key.”
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