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tv   Vice President-elect Pence Promises Orderly Transition to Market- Based...  CSPAN  January 5, 2017 1:24am-1:49am EST

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>> vice president elect mike pence was also on capitol hill meeting with house and senate republicans. several legislators shared pictures on twitter. this one said she is glad to have president -- have vice president elect mike pence joining them. after the meeting, house leadership held a press conference.
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i want to welcome you all. we have a special guest here today. i want to congratulate the trump-pence team. they have the courage to lead america. today, we will start with that courage. what has happened to the jobs across this country. the regulations that have been impounded for the last eight years. you will see this week that we will bring up the reins act. it simply says give the people a voice when it comes to regulation. the act only deals with those bills of regulation that cost more than $100 billion a year. you think that would have been but in the last six years, there were 82 of those put in place every single
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year by this administration. we have to get that burden off. no new major rulings will be imposed without a vote of the house and the senate, where the people have a voice. we will also be dealing with obamacare. so many of you know what these failed policies have done to america. you look at those families that have employer-based insurance. their premiums have increased by more than $4300. of the 23 co-ops created in obamacare, 18 of them had already failed. but what is most concerning to so many, more than 1022 counties across america, more than one third, have only one choice inside the exchanges. everything president obama promised about health care has failed. we are so thankful that we have a new administration coming that
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had the wisdom to listen and the courage to lead. >> it was an exciting day yesterday to see all the new members get sworn in, to see this new majority excited about getting to work for the american people. there is a lot we want to do. working with our new president and vice president, it is great to welcome our friend and former colleague mike pence back, not as a member of congress but as the soon to be vice president of the united states. there is a lot that we need to do. a lot that we are going to do. you also know there is someone else will be a capital today. that is barack obama. i think, to the president comes back here today before the last time as president, it is important to remember the first time he came here as president. and makeama came here
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very specific promises to the american people about obamacare. he said, if you like what you have, you can keep it. theions of americans lost good health care plans that they like and expected to keep, and are not able to today because of the broken promises of his law. he came here to the n said that health insurance costs will drop to medically for families. instead, we've seen dramatic increases in health care costs. in my state of louisiana, over familiescreases that are paying. i hope he comes here to apologize for those broken promises, but i don't think that's what's going to be the case. i think he's going to be here more concerned about preserving his legacy than about fulfilling those promises. the good news is, we're here to fulfill those promises to the american people. we told the american people that if you give us this great opportunity that we're going to
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work hard every day not just to repeal obamacare, but to replace it with reforms that actually put patients back in charge of their health care decisions, that actually focus on lowering costs and increasing access to health care. and, to bringing doctors back in the practice of medicine who are getting out of the practice because they don't want un-elected bureaucrats in washington telling them how to deliver the health care that they were trained to provide. so, it's an exciting time for the country. we're really excited about getting to work to restoring those promises that were made to the american people, and to get our economy back on track and make america great again. rep. mcmorris rogers: happy new year, everyone. i'm very excited, energized by the new year, the new opportunities that it brings. this really is a moment that we have been given by the people. the moment to think big, moment to reimagine the federal government and put people back at the center of it. just down the road is the washington monument. right now, it's closed to visitors. you think about families,
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individuals that travel from all around the country. from eastern washington, it's a long trip. maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the washington monument. yet they'll be met with a closed sign because the federal government is going to take more than two years to fix an elevator. now, this is just one example. but, people are dealing with these kind of roadblocks every day at the the a, at the doctors office, where they are just trying to do the right thing to provide for their families. this is how the government has come to operate. person, when agency at the top deciding for everyone. that is why it is our sponsor ability at the people's voice in our government to protect the constitution and the balance of power. representative government, the rule of law, equal opportunity
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for all, protected here in the house by the people and for the people. i want to thank vice president-elect mike pence for joining us today. it is so exciting for us as we start this unified republican government, 2017, and all that it has in store for the people of this country, creating opportunities for everyone. speaker ryan: happy new year, everybody. throughout this transition, we have been working hand in hand with vice president-elect with one goal in mind. and that is to make sure that president-elect trump can hit the ground running when he takes office on the 20th. so, we're getting right down to business. we are starting today on our work to deliver relief to americans struggling under obamacare. we must remember this. this law has failed. americans are struggling. the law is failing while we speak. we need to reverse the damage that has been done. then, once we repeal this law, we need to make sure that there is a stable transition to a
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truly patient-centered system. we want every american to have access to quality, affordable health coverage. all of the things that obamacare has kept from the american people more choices, more , control, more freedom. we want to put them back in their hands. we know that things are only getting worse under obamacare. this is about people paying higher premiums every year and feeling powerless to stop it. it's about families paying deductibles that are so high, it doesn't even feel like you have health insurance in the first place. and, in so many parts of the country, as you've always heard, even if you want to look for better coverage, you're stuck with one option. one choice is not a choice. it is a monopoly. the health care system has been ruined, dismantled under obamacare. the answer here is not to ignore the problem. the answer here is not to ignore the problem that to keep some failed legacy. the answer here is bold action. solve problems. bring relief to americans.
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we will help americans crying out for relief from obamacare. and we will keep our promise to the people. as you can see, we'll be working with the new administration on every step of this law, every step of the way, even before day one. with that, i want to hand it over to somebody that we all know very well, because he served here with us. we're so proud of him and we're so pleased about this new working relationship with our new vice president, vice president-elect mike pence. i almost said -- [laughter] [applause] vice president-elect pence: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to the speaker and to the leadership for the warm welcome today at the house republican conference. i'll be meeting later today with members of the senate at their weekly luncheon. and this is a day that our message is very simple.
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on behalf of the president-elect and on behalf of all the leadership, we are 16 days away from the end of business as usual in washington, d.c. today, our message is very simple. working with the leadership here in the house and in the senate, we're going to be in the promise-keeping business. the president-elect campaigned all across this country. he gave voice to the frustrations and the aspirations of the american people. he laid out an agenda to make america great again and my message on his behalf today, before this conference, and before members of the senate, is that we intend to keep those promises. that begins with assembling a government and the energetic effort to -- through the course of this transition, to build a cabinet that will be able to implement that agenda, speaks for itself. it will literally begin on day one. before the end of the day, we do anticipate the president-elect will be in the oval office
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taking action to both repeal executive orders and also set into motion through executive action policies to implement promises that were made on the campaign trail. working with the congress, we're going to have that classic three-part agenda that the president-elect talked about so often on the campaign trail. jobs, jobs, jobs. the focus is going to be from day one. to work with the congress and you heard about the efforts this week, to begin to roll back the onerous regulations that have been stifling growth in the american economy and stifling jobs and opportunities. we're going to be working with the congress over the course of the first several months to construct the kind of tax reform for businesses and individuals that will unleash the bound-up energy in the american economy. we're going to keep our promises to end illegal immigration. to build a wall. we'll have an infrastructure bill. we'll invest in rebuilding our
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military. as our commander-in-chief marshals strategies with our military commanders to hunt down and destroy isis. but, the first order of business is to repeal and replace obamacare. and that was our message today and it will be our message on capitol hill. it needs to be done. not just as a promise kept, but because, in the course of this election, the american people had a choice. and what appeared to many as against all odds, oftentimes with overwhelming opposition, our president-elect took his case to the american people to repeal and replace obamacare and the american people voted decisively for a better future for health care in this country. and we are determined to give them that. the reality is that i was here in march of 2010 in another
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capacity when obamacare was signed into law. i remember all those promises. we were told that if you like your doctor, you can keep him. not true. we were told, if you like your health insurance, you can keep it. not true. we were told that the cost of health insurance was going to go down. not true. the reality is, today, premiums this year are increasing by an average of 25% in some states. in arizona, premiums went up this year 116%. 63% in tennessee. 53% in pennsylvania. 40% in north carolina. obamacare has worked a hardship on american families, on american businesses, and in a very simple conclusion, the american people have sent new leadership here because obamacare has failed. and, it has been rejected by the american people. but now is the time for us to keep our promises. step one will be to repeal obamacare. but as the president-elect said today, and i admonished members
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of the house republican conference today, it's important that we remind the american people of what they already know about obamacare. that the promises that were made were all broken. and i expect you'll see an effort in the days ahead to talk about the facts around obamacare. secondly, of course, is to begin that orderly transition to something better. the truth is that, the commitment that the president-elect made was to repeal and replace obamacare. and as he said this morning, in a tweet, it will be important that we be careful as we do that. that we do that in a way that doesn't work a hardship on american families who have gained insurance through this program. doesn't work a hardship on our economy. as i told the house republican conference today, we're working on a strategy in concert with the leadership of the house and the senate for both a legislative and executive action
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agenda. to ensure that an orderly and smooth transition to a market-based health care reform system is achieved. the speaker of the house used the word stable. and, we will do that. in his famous speech in philadelphia, the president-elect spoke about an orderly transition and it will be that. make no mistake about it, we're going to keep our promise to the american people, and we're going to repeal obamacare and replace it with solutions that lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government. there's a broad range of ideas about how we do this. and republicans have been offering those ideas again and again, literally every year since obamacare was first signed into law. we're going to be working with dr. price, both before and after his confirmation, when he steps into the role at h.h.s., of working with the republican leadership in the house and the senate to bring forward those solutions and to take the case for those solutions to the american people.
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with that being said, i couldn't be more humbled and more excited to be back in the capitol today. i was encouraged by the president-elect to come here to capitol hill, first full day of work for members of congress. because it's time to get back to work. while others are visiting the capitol today, talking about defending the failed policies of the past, we are here today speaking to republican majorities in the house and senate, to advance policies that will make america great again and have a more prosperous future for all the people of this nation. questions? reporter: mr. vice president. this question is for vice president-elect pence. earlier today, the speaker called julian assange a
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sycophant for russia. he steals data and compromises national security. yet president-elect trump is citing him as a source of intelligence. where do you come down? where do you come down with the , speaker or with president-elect trump? -- with the speaker or trump? vice president-elect pence: the president-elect and i will receive a briefing from the leadership of our intelligence agencies this coming friday. we'll be listening in. look, i think that the president-elect has expressed his very sincere and healthy american skepticism about intelligence conclusions. we're going to sit down later this week, the president and i have been receiving since the election regular intelligence briefings. i received presidential daily brief with the president yesterday and we'll be looking at the facts and the information. but i think, given some of the intelligence failures of recent years, the president-elect's made it clear to the american people that he's skeptical about
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conclusions from the bureaucracy and i think the american people hear him loud and clear. reporter: is assange a credible source? reporter: mr. speaker, as mentioned, the president-elect is warning you to be careful here. is there a danger here? why move forward with a repeal of obamacare when you still don't have a clear plan to replace it? mr. ryan: he's making an important point we're trying to emphasize today. that is, so much damage has already been done to the country. obamacare is a story of broken promise after broken promise after broken promise followed by failing programs, higher premiums, higher deductibles, so we want to make sure as we give relief to people through obamacare, we do it in a transation that doesn't pull the rug out from anybody during that transition period. that's the point that we're all trying to make. this law has failed. it is getting worse. families are hurting. no one has choices. we've got to fix this by replacing it with something better and in that transition, we want to make sure we don't pull the rug out from anybody during that transition. that's the point we're all
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trying to make. reporter: why still no plan to replace it? speaker ryan: we have a plan to replace it. we have plenty of ideas to replace it. you'll see, as the weeks and months unfold, what we're talking about replacing it, how we can get better choices with lower prices by not having a costly government takeover of health care, which is causing all this problem in the first place. reporter: we're talking about a transition that's going to happen relatively quickly, if he's going to take action in the first day. is it possible you extend some of these provisions which the president-elect and you all have said are popular, for a temporary period of time? i think people want to know what this is going to look like and not only us in the room but i think people across the country want to know. vice president-elect pence: i think -- i want to be very clear. i would commend you and anyone looking on to look into -- no, i was commending you to do something. not commending you. [laughter] that's nice.
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good to be back. it really is. [laughter] i would commend all of your attention to the president-elect's speech in philadelphia during the waning weeks of the campaign where he laid out plan to repeal and replace obamacare. he laid out the principles of harnessing the power of health savings accounts. allowing americans to purchase health insurance across state lines. his commitment was very clear in that that we will insist upon , and implement working with the congress, but also using executive authority, to ensure that that is an orderly transition. we're working right now. the white house staff is. on a series of executive orders that will enable that orderly transition to take place, even as the congress appropriately debates alternatives to and replacement of obamacare. reporter: some of these provisions might stay in place until there's a new full plan?
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speaker ryan: we've been saying all along, we don't want to pull the rug out from people while we're replacing this law. the point is, in 2017, we don't want people to be caught with nothing. we want to make sure that there's an orderly transition to so that the rug is not pulled out from under the families who are currently struggling under obamacare while we bring relief. reporter: on the a.c.a. repeal and replace, can you give detail on the executive actions that are planned and how does that square with the complex budgetary process that's also involved? speaker ryan: they're hand in glove. we're working on the legislative process right now. as you know, the senate's going to be acting first next week. then the congress will follow. which gives us the budget resolution we need to bring the legislation through, while the administration works on the executive orders that they're talking about to deliver the kind of transition we leaf that -- transition relief that we've been talking about. the problem is, just remember,
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obamacare has failed, families are hurting, they broke the health care system. it's a string of broken promises. so we're going to make sure that we have an orderly transition to a better system so we can get back to what we all want, which is lower-cost health care, more choices, so families can get better health care with more choices, more competition and not a costly government takeover that has bankrupt this health care system and left families struggling. vice president-elect pence: if i can respond to that, i'd be happy to. we're working out right now with the white house staff and in concert with legislative leadership, a two-track approach to ensuring that it is an orderly transition as the president-elect has directed. you read his tweet this morning. he's admonished the congress to be careful and i reiterated that before the republican conference today. look, we're talking about people's lives. we're talking about families. we are also talking about a policy that has been a failure
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virtually since its inception. the -- we intend to, over the course of the coming days and weeks, to be speaking directly to the american people about that failure, but about a better future we can have in health care. a future that is built not only growing government, not on mandates, not on taxes, but also -- but rather a future that's built on giving the american people more choices in health care allowing the power of the , free marketplace to flow in. but, the transition to that we will work now the a way that -- we will work out in a way that reflects the compassion of the president-elect and the compassion of every member of congress to see to it that we do that in a way that serves the best interests of the american people. look, i think what's clear here is the american people have spoken. they want to see us repeal and replace obamacare.
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and today, my message to members of congress is that we are going to be in the promise-keeping business and the first order of business is to keep our promise to repeal obamacare and replace it with the kind of health care reform that will lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government. reporter: how do you prevent private insurers from pulling out? once you repeal? reporter: how's your senate gym? speaker ryan: i don't think anybody goes there. >> later in the day, the republican study committee, the self-described conservative caucus, announced a bill to replace the affordable care act call the american health care reform act.

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