tv U.S. House Takes First Step Toward Health Care Law Repeal CSPAN January 14, 2017 12:35am-3:05am EST
on capitol hill, preparations for the inauguration continue. here is a look from the west front of the capital were president-elect trump will take the growth of office and. inside, the house worked into the afternoon to pass a bill that creates a path forward to repeal the federal health care law. members came to the floor to debate the bill for 2.5 hours. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: mr. speaker, i rise today to speak on behalf of americans everywhere who are hurting because of obamacare. they're calling out for relief from this disastrous law and republicans are here today to begin delivering on our promise to provide relief. now we hear plenty of claims from the other side of the aisle during this debate, but let's be clear, obamacare has failed and it's only going to get worse.
patients have seen skyrocketing deductibles and access to their doctors preferred have fewer options while others had their plans cancelled outright. in 2015 roughly eight million americans paid the obamacare penalty and more than 12 million claimed exemption from the penalty. that's 20 million americans. what does that say about this law that 20 million americans want nothing to do with it? many preferring to pay a penalty rather than to be subjected to its higher costs and fewer choices. . if you ask me it's strong evidence the american people are tired of paying more and getting less. of course the destruction of the obamacare has caused ex tends beyond the discouraging individuals to purchase coverage. mr. speaker, the house is not in or. the chair: the committee will
be in order. the committee will be in order. members, please remove frur conversation from the house floor. -- remove your conversation from the house floor. the gentlewoman tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: it has been a direct attack on those who had insurance already. in my home state of tennessee, 28,000 people lost coverage on a single day when the cover tennessee program lapsed after the obama administration decreed that it ran afoul of the federal government's topdown requirement. now, premiums in our state are rising by an average of 63% and 3/4 of our counties only have one coverage option to choose from on the obamacare exchange. in five other states around the country -- alabama, alaska, oklahoma, south carolina, and wyoming, patients only have one insurer in the marketplace to choose from. that makes it pretty difficult for someone to find a plan that
meets their unique needs or that of their family. president obama promised that this law would lower premiums by $2,500 per year for the average family. the exact opposite has happened. average family premiums have gone up by $4,300, and deductibles have gone up by 60%. this is hitting hardworking americans, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet. folks in tennessee and all across the country are spending more and more money on their health insurance because of obamacare when they would rather be saving for a new house or their children's college. the last thing working men and a en need right now is federal government making their life harder with more expensive health insurance by continuing to support this failed wall. that's why we're here today. the senate successfully passed this resolution yesterday and now it's time for the house to deliver on our promise by kick
starting the reconciliation process so that we can repeal obamacare and provide relief for the folks that are hurting because of this law. while our friends on the other side of the aisle always claim that republicans have no ideas or no plans to replace obamacare, that simply isn't true, and they know it. i have with me here today a few examples, including the better way, 37-page proposal that will provide access to care for all americans and increase choice and competition. reference to also that piece. sessions -- that pete sessions has a health care bill. bill roe has a replacement bill that has been filed. paul ryan filed a bill right after the passage of obamacare. and we also have tom price's replacement bill that is here. all of these documents are here and available for people to
look at and also find them online. as well as the better way that we have put out from our conference. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this resolution to begin the process of repealing obamacare and paving the way for a patient center reform. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee -- from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you very much, mr. chairman. i'd like to remind my colleague that her vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 266,000 people from her state of tennessee losing their health care coverage, 57,000 workers losing their jobs, and an economic loss of $34.2 billion in gross state product for the state of tennessee over five years. the so-called budget before us was drafted by republicans for the sole purpose of repealing the affordable care act and defunding planned parenthood by a simple majority in the
snafment -- senate. it squanders the opportunity to start this new congress working together to address the concerns and priorities of the american people in a constructive and bipartisan manner. the affordable care act is making an incredible difference across my home state of kentucky, as in many other places. with our expansion of medicaid and the success of our state marketplace, connect, more than half a million connecticutians in a state of four million have gained quality affordable coverage n louisville alone, the uninsured rate dropped 81%. in a state with tremendous health needs, we're a national model of a.c.a. success. even our republican senator, rand paul, and our republican governor, matt bevin, vehemently opposed to the law, know we can't go back to where we were before the a.c.a. they now acknowledge that republicans in congress should not repeal the affordable care act without immediately replacing it. much of the debate about the a.c.a. focuses on the 20 million newly insured
individuals, but the law has done much more than that. millions of seniors on medicare have saved on prescription drug coverage. people on their employers' plan, out-of-pocket costs are kept, and lifetime limits are gone, and if you are one of the 129 million americans with a pre-existing condition, you currently have the peace of mind knowing you can always get coverage. if you lose your job, change your jorks our start your own business. let me tell you about steve, my constituent who recently wrote to me. when steve's daughter was 12, she was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, a rare disease for a child. this is anna. over the next three years she was hospitaled 15 times and despite their best efforts and prayers, transplant surgery did not achieve success. she has struggled with die beand complications, at age 22 she has been hospitalized 26 times for various reasons. from the beginning steve knew that anna's pre-existing
condition would make getting medical coverage difficult. so far he's been able to cover his bills through her employer plan. when the a.c.a. was passed, he was immensely relieved that anna could get coverage even though she's had a serious pre-existing medical kfpblet but the republican plan to repeal the a.c.a. has now left steve feeling, and these are his words, helpless, petrified, and literally loosing sleep. at age 64 and recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he fears for how much he can support her. to quote his letter, repeal of all aspects of the affordable care act would place everything i have worked for and those i jeopardy. in mr. chairman, i'm here today to fight for steve, for anna, and for alt americans across the country who are -- and all the americans across the country who are begging you jeopardy. n away their health care. repealing the affordable care act without a replacement will cause chaos, nearly 30 million people will lose coverage, including four million kids.
any consumers left in the individual market are likely to face higher premiums and fewer choices as insurers exit thecies tefment it's been nearly seven years since the act was signed into law and republicans still do not have a viable plan to replace it, period. republican conference chair, kathy mcmorris rodgers, said this week the republican replacement plan will garnetee, quote, no one who has coverage today because of obamacare will loose that coverage. we're waiting for that plan. because none of the bills republicans will wave from that podium today meets that standard or has the support of the majority of their conference. democrats offered a number of amendments to this budget to protect the a.c.a. and make it reflect the priorities of american families. we owe the millions of people who are deeply concerned about this process nothing less. unfortunately, republicans refuse to allow a vote on a single one. putting american families and our nation's health care system at risk is irresponsible.
i, therefore, urge my colleagues to oppose the republican budget. the american people deserve better. anna deserves better. her family and and father deserve better. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. it is truly my honor to yield three minutes to one of my classmates and also the vice chair of the budget committee, the gentleman from indiana. the chair: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for three minutes. >> i thank the chair lady for yielding the time. it's a pleasure to continue our work together. on this very important issue. mr. rokita: it's taken us six years to get to today, the first real step in repealing what is one of the most insidious laws that ever came out of these chambers. insidious because it was built on lies. remember you can keep your doctor if you wanted to? you can keep your plan if you wanted to? lies. remember when premiums were to
go down because, mr. chairman, was the affordable care act? lies. the gentleman from kentucky made some assertions a while ago and i want to take a look at the state of kentucky itself. four plans left the obamacare exchange at the end of 2016 in the state of kentucky. of the remaining plans, each increased their premiums by double digits, 22.9%, 29.3%, and 33.7% respectively for 2017. and kentucky's exchange enrollment decreased by 12%. how, mr. chairman, is this helping people? look, if we didn't care about people, we could stand by and watch this failed plan, this insidious law, continue to implode. continue to hurt people. instead, we stand here ready to erase the foundation that this law was based on and put forth a better one.
one that doesn't leave anyone behind, one that is based on market driven consumer driven, patient driven needs and expectations, and allows them to, for example, keep their job. what do i mean by that, mr. speaker? mr. chairman. consider this, not only do we have bad health care outcomes as a result of this insidious law, people are losing work. they are being robbed of their dignity to work. since obamacare, 21% of businesses are reducing the number of employees, their wages and salaries, and their benefits, including their retirement benefits. so this insidious law is not only having detrimental implications to our health care, and people's health, but it's taken away the very dignity that they have to work. it's also spelling the death of health savings accounts, proven over the last several years to
the -- part of the solution to consumer driven health care. the idea that you can save for your health care expenses with or without the government's help so that you can make value decisions as to your health care without government interference. it leads to better patient outcomes, it leads to freedom to make health care decisions absent the oversight of the government. obamacare all but outlawed health savings accounts. health savings accounts, i think the chairman when she pointed out the different plans, are probably in every one of those plans. so we are offering a replacement. we're offering solutions. we are offering a better way. i thank the chair woman for the time. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from indiana yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i'd like to thank my colleague for the shout out to kentucky. he neglected to mention that
our governor, republican governor, who was elected in 2015, has done virtually everything he could over the last year to sabotage the affordable care act, including ending -- dismantling our incredibly successful connect exchange. that's one of the reasons why some of the enrollment's declined because he's made it harder for people to enroll. i would remind my friend also that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 339,000 people from his state of indiana losing their health care coverage. 55,000 workers losing their jobs. and an economic loss of $30.4 billion in gross state product over five years in indiana. i now yield to the gentleman from texas for unanimous consent request. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank our ranking member for allowing me to ask unanimous consent to place a statement in the record opposing the republican resolution and supporting a democratic resolution. we shouldn't deal with the affordable care without a
solution. just don't repeal. see what the replacement is. as kentucky would say, buy a pig in a poke. i yield back. the chair: without objection. mr. yarmuth: i now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from washington, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms.delbene he -- delbene. the chair: the gentlewoman washington is recognized for two minutes. ms.delbene: i rise in opposition to this reckless budget resolution. congress had an opportunity to start on a bipartisan note to work on creating jobs, building an economy that works for everyone, and investing in our infrastructure. instead, house republicans are ringing in the new year by repealing the affordable care act, stripping more than 20 million people of their health insurance. what's worse, there is still no plan for what comes next. threatening massive disruption to the entire health care system. i offered a number of amendments to this legislation, none of which were allowed a vote today. my amendments would have stopped this dangerous process from moving forward if the
republican budget reduces access to treatment for those suffering from addiction. reduces access to health care in rural area, forces seniors to pay for more care, or privatizes medicare. i also co-sponsored an amendment by congresswoman barbara lee to protect women's access to reproductive health care and family planning services. apparently, the majority is not concerned with these issues. . before the a.c.a. the situation was unacceptable. it was a time when people went bankrupt because they got sick when individuals with pre-existing medical conditions found it virtually impossible to obtain affordable coverage. but now more than 120 million americans with pre-existing conditions are no longer denied coverage. and young adults can stay on their parents' plans until they're 26. over 10 million seniors have received help with their prescription drug payments. and all insurance plans are required to cover preventive
services with no co-payments. rather than focusing on commonsense reforms to strengthen the a.c.a., republicans want to eliminate vital life saving policies with no plan for what comes next. i strongly urge a no vote and i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. >> mr. chairman, it is my pleasure to yield two minutes to one might have classmates from the 2010 class, and a member of our budget committee, mr. johnson from ohio. the chair: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for two minutes. mr. johnson: thank you for giving me this time to speak. it's amazing to me now that some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle are calling to see the replacement before the repeal. what irony that is. speaker,r at that time the leader of their party a,
said, let's pass this law so we can see -- party, said, let's pass this law so we can see what's in it. well, the american people saw what's in it and they don't like it. it's broken. it needs to be fixed. the american people deserve a stable transition to a patient-centered health care system that gives them access to high-quality, affordable health care. the got to be done thoughtfully and carefully -- it's got to be done thoughtfully and carefully, as it will impact millions. because i agree with my colleagues. that it's going to impact millions. but it's going to positively impact millions. it right. and we will. and the only way to accomplish it in this current environment, the only way to accomplish the repeal of obamacare is through the budget reconciliation process. so this budget resolution that we're going to be considering today is simply a requirement, the triggering mechanism, for the reconciliation process.
we're going to get to the f.y. 201 budget, a budget that balances -- 2018 budget, a budget that balances arc budget that puts us on a path of fiscal -- balances, a budget that puts us on a path of fiscal sustainability, but this resolution fires the starting pistol, mr. speaker, for repeal of obamacare, which has failed the american people. we will be addressing the spending levels for the future and the f.y. 2018 budget. this is something the american people have demanded and now republicans are going to deliver on it. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from ohio yields back his time. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i'll remind my colleague that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 664,000 people from his state of ohio losing their health care coverage, 126,000 workers losing their jobs and an economic loss of $69.5 billion in gross state product for the state of ohio. and ohio's republican governor is begging us not to repeal the
affordable care act. mr. chairman, i now yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, a distinguished member of the education and work force committee, mr. krishnamoorthi. the chair: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. mr. krishnamoorthi: thank you and i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. chairman, i'm congressman ish and -- i'm congressman krishnamoorthi. i rise in strong opposition to this. repealing without replacing the affordable care act at the same time would devastate our economy and harm millions of middle class families. within the eighth district of illinois alone, we could lose upwards of 5 $550 million from -- $550 million from our economy and over 4,000 jobs. before joining congress, i ran small businesses in the chicago area in the national security and technology sectors. i know firsthand how important
health coverage is to our workers and to our businesses. without the protections of the a.c.a., we will see fewer entrepreneurs take the risk of starting a business and fewer workers taking the risk of working for a start-up. middle class and working families need good paying jobs and affordable health care and unfortunately the bill before us oday would rob them of both. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. i do want to make reference to ranking member yarmuth's information on the commonwealth fund. i want to note that that report that was reported out does not take into account that republicans do have a plan. it also does not take into account that the repeal of the taxeses would put money back into the economy. and boost the economy. with that i'd like to yield two minutes to one of my classmates and also a member of the budget
committee, -- excuse me. i apologize. i'd like to yield one minute to one of our freshman, one of the newest members of the budget committee, mr. lewis from minnesota. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lewis: thank you, chairman black. today i join many of my colleagues in taking the first steps to repeal and replace obamacare. my home state of minnesota has been hit especially hard by this law. minnesotans have seen their health insurance choices shrink while their premiums, co-pays and deductibles skyrocketed. i should know. the last, in fact, over five years, i've been in the individual market. and my own insurance premiums have nearly tripled and i've gone through three insurers. minnesotans have seen a 50% to 67% increase in the premium costs this year alone. that's the fourth highest increase in the country. as democratic governor dayton of minnesota stated, the affordable care act is no longer affordable.
in fact, politicians in minnesota are looking for waivers from the affordable care act. not more of it. in fact, the other side likes to talk about health care access. mr. chairman, i would argue that the single biggest obstacle to health care access right now is the affordable care act, it is not sustainable. it is time to repeal this failed legislation and replace it with meaningful reforms that empower consumers, expand choice, and increase affordability. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution so all minnesotans and all americans can have access to affordable and portable health care. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. . airman i'll remind my colleague that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 250,000 people from his state of minnesota losing their health care coverage, 53,000 workers losing their jobs and an economic loss of $32.9 billion in gross state product over five years. it now gives me great pleasure
to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, distinguished member of the ways and means committee, mr. thompson. the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: i rise in opposition to repeal of the affordable care act. for seven years, all we've heard from the republicans rarting health care is repeal and re-- regarding health care is repeal and replace. after seven years and more than 60 votes, they industrial not come up with the replace. this isn't just a talking point. this is literally a matter of life and death for people. like raymond from napa in my district, who is diagnosed with stage three region cancer in 1996. his premiums rose year after year until we passed the a.c.a. before the a.c.a., raymond worried about losing his insurance because of his pre-existing condition. in fact, his cancer returned in 2014. but thanks to the a.c.a., he got the treatment he needed. what are republicans going toobd for raymond if they -- going to do for ray fond in f-35 they repeal the -- raymond if they repeal the a.c.a. and his
insurance drops him or he hits his lifetime cap on coverage? republicans need to ask themselves if they're willing to return americans like raymond to a time when the care they needed was always beyond their grasp. i'm not saying it's perfect, but we need to keep it, it also kills three million jobs. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: mr. chairman, it is my distinct honor to yield two minutes to the gentleman from mr. ana, our house whip, scalise. the chair: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for two minutes. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. chair. i thank the gentlelady from tennessee for yielding, for bringing this budget resolution to the floor. mr. chairman, obamacare has failed the american people. and if you go back to the beginning, it was created with a series of lies to the american people. we all remember, if you like what you have, you can keep it. how's that worked out for millions of americans who lost the plans that they liked and now cannot keep that plan?
what about the promise, mr. chairman, that premiums would go down by $2,500? president obama made that claim. and today in states all across the nation you're seeing premiums go up on average 25%. that's on top of double-digit increases every single year obamacare has been in effect. this law is not working. it's failing families, it's costing jobs across our economy, it's time to repeal this law and actually replace it with reforms that put patients back in charge of their medical decisions with their doctors. what a great concept that would be. it's about time we focus on lowering the cost of health care and giving people real choices. and so many markets -- in so many markets across the country, and it's a growing number, families have only one choice for health care now. because obamacare's forced so many people out of the marketplace. which means you as a family don't have any choices. because one choice means it's a monopoly. and you wonder why the costs are
skyrocketing. so, mr. chairman, this should not be about preserving somebody's legacy. it should be about fulfilling those promises to the american people that were broken. and we're here to fulfill that promise. how refreshing it is that you have people that ran for years saying, we're going to repeal obamacare, with a president who is ready to sign the bill to repeal obamacare, and today, just in the second week of this new congress, we're taking the first step to fulfill that promise to the american people, to put their health care decisions back in their hands with costs that they can afford and real choices that work for all americans. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i'll remind my colleague that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 269,000 people from his state of louisiana losing their health care coverage, 37,000 workers losing their jobs, and an economic loss of $21.5 billion in gross state product over five
years for the state of louisiana. i now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from new mexico, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. lujan grisham. the chair: the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized for two minutes. ms. lujan grisham: mr. speaker, i can tell who you is happy that the budget resolution will likely pass the house today. big phrma. pharmaceutical companies are once again escaping any changes to a system which has repeatedly allowed them to prioritize profits over people and drive increases in out-of-pocket health care costs. companies like turning and valiant are jacking up life-saving drugs like epipen, drugs for h.i.v. and cancer patients, and drugs for heart failure overnight without any accountability. and while the american people increasingly can't afford their medicine, pharmaceutical companies are the wealthiest
they've been in years. in fact, median health care in pharmaceutical executive pay is higher than any other industry in the united states. and even though taxpayers fund billions of dollars of basic medical research used to develop groundbreaking drugs, pharmaceutical companies often charge americans many times what the rest of the world pays. mr. speaker, americans can't afford to continue giving pharmaceutical and health insurance executives a pay raise. and many on both sides of the aisle agree. just this week a, president-elect donald trump -- week, president-elect donald trump added his voice to that effort saying farma -- pharmaceuticals were getting away with murder. i agree. they're literally getting away with murder. because if a mother can't afford her child's yep pen, or a cancer patient -- epipen, or a cancer patient can't afford treatment, people die. i offered an amendment to this budget resolution seeking to
lower prescription drug costs. but republicans refused to even allow debate on my amendment. instead of fighting to make sure americans have access to life-saving medicationses, republicans are protecting -- medications, republicans are protecting the ability of pharmaceutical companies to continue to shake down the american people. i urge my colleagues to oppose this resolution and instead address these health care costs and access issues that every american knows too well. i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. it is my honor to yield three minutes to the distinguished lady from north carolina, ms. foxx, who is the chairman of the education and work force committee. the chair: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized for three minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague from tennessee for yielding time. today we take the next step in the process of providing the american people a better way on health care. we've all heard from constituents and families
struggling to get by as they suffer the consequences of the fatally flawed health care law. in my home state of north carolina, the average obamacare premium has increased by a staggering 40%. terry from advance, north carolina, is a 70-year-old retiree, but now he's working part time, just to help pay his wife's health care premiums which jumped from $300 a month to more than $887 a month. on top of higher premiums, deductibles have skyrocketed too . patricia now has a whopping $6,550 deductible and her premiums increased by 80% this year. like so like so many americans patricia is paying more for less coverage. despite being promised, quote, if you like your health care plan you can keep t. end quote, millions of americans have been kicked off their plans. scott from hickory has had his
health insurance canceled three times now. disrupting his continuity of care. we have also heard from countless small business owners who can no longer afford coverage for their employees because of limited resources and soaring costs. facing similar challenges, school leaders and college administrators have spoken out about how obamacare is exacerbating tight budgets, hurting teachers, faculty members, and ultimately the students they serve of the the current situation is not sustainable. republicans are here on a rescue mission, mr. speaker, by providing the american people relief. it's time to repeal president obama's government takeover of health care. it's time to advance patient centered reforms that lower costs, provide more choices, and put working families not government bureaucrats in control of their health care. i urge my colleagues to support
this budget resolution because it will move us one step closer to the patient centered health care the american people desperately want and need. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman from north carolina yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i remind my colleague that her vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 552,000 people from her state of north carolina losing their health care coverage. 76,000 workers losing their jobs. and an economic loss of $39.4 million in gross state product over five years for north carolina. i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from oregon, a distinguished member of the education and work force committee, ms. bonamici. the chair: the gentlewoman from oregon is recognized for one minute. ms. bonamici: i rise in opposition to this budget resolution. the affordable care act saves lives. today i want to talk about mark from oregon. in 2013, mark was dying he
knowsed -- was diagnosed with stage four renal cancer, and in 2014 doctors told you the cancer had gone to his lungs. he had to resign his job, a job he loved as a special education teacher, without chemotherapy, i would probably not be alive. that treatment costs about $20,000 a month, but because he has insurance through the affordable care act, mark pays about $175 a month. at the end of this month mark and his wife will celebrate their 31st anniversary. repealing the affordable care act will endanger health coverage for millions of people, one of them is mark. i do -- i will do everything in my power to protect the oregonians who rely on the act. thank you, i embryonic. the chair: the gentlewoman from yorning yields back. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. it is my pleasure to yield one minute to the gentleman from
wisconsin who is also a member of our budget committee. the chair: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. grothman: -- mr. grothman: i am going to focus on two consequences that are true of so many programs the government puts out there. first of all obamacare is one more program that discouraging work. if you talk to your accountants again and again they'll tell you stories of people who are very conscious of the fact as they get a raise, as they work more overtime, they lose big subdies. if i were to lose my next election, obamacare continued. as my income went up from $49,000 to $50,000, i get hammered with a $4,500 loss. so it wouldn't be surprising that people in my position would be very careful not to get a raise or not to work overtime. but even worse, this is one more government program that discouraging marriage. if you had a single parent making $20,000 and they decide
to marry somebody making $30,000 or $40,000, they would be hampered with a $3,500 loss. combined with the food share program, the low-i come housing subsidies, pell grants, various tanf programs, this is just one more step that the american government has to discourage work and discourage marriage. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: can thank you, mr. chairman. i remind my colleague his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 211,000 people from his state of wisconsin losing their health care coverage, 46,000 workers losing their jobs. and an economic loss of $25.7 billion in gross state product for five years for the state of wisconsin. i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from texas, a distinguished member of the judiciary committee, ms. jackson lee. the chair: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i thank the
distinguished gentleman. i stand in opposition to this reckless, irresponsible, heartless and bare-bones budget resolution because it does nothing to provide jobs for the american workers. does nothing to invest in the roads, bridges, ports, cybernet, and other infrastructure needed to sustain economic growth and expose the deficit and enriches those already wealthy at the expense of middle and working class families. in particular, this foolish rush to repeal the affordable care act makes plain for all to see that congressional republicans are for more interested in scoring political points with their right wing base than they are in protecting the health and economic security of american families. 30 million people will lose their insurance. the insurance market will be in shambles and families left behind will have higher premiums. we'll close rural hospitals. hospitals would lose billions of dollars and might reduce services and cut jobs. the economy will lose $2.6 million jobs. repeal and replace is just a strawman. it is real lives.
like pamela who suffers from chronic lupus and a number of other anti-immune disorders that require her to spend -- the chair: gentleman is recognized for 15 seconds. ms. jackson lee: that requires her to spend upward of $5 thow. she indicated, i asked my doctor recently with all this going on would i make it without treatment, the doctor said no. in her instance if the affordable care act goes, if it repeals, coy completely loose my eligibility for expanded and simply die. a young man in my district would die as well. this is a bad bill. vote against it. save america's good health. the chair: the the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. it is my honor to yield a minute and a half to the gentleman from georgia, new member of the ways and means -- excuse me a new member of the budget committee, mr. ferguson. the chair: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. ferguson: thank you.
i rise today in support of the fiscal year 2017 budget resolution. the need for this process can be explained by a story i have been telling my colleagues. a little over six years ago i lived in a pretty decent house. one day i heard a knock on the door. before i knew it my colleagues from the other side of the aisle had let a goat loose in my house. for six years that goat has been messing in and destroying my house. i want to renovate my house, but before i can i have to get the goat out of the house before it does any more damage. it makes no sense to start fixing up my house until we get the goat out. voting for the fiscal year 2017 budget resolution gets this goat out of my house. mr. speaker, make no mistake. we must renovate our house. we must undo the affordable care act. we can no longer as a nation hold on to policies that rob us of our freedom of choice, destroys family finances, robs people of their jobs, and leaves the most vulnerable with substandard care. now is the time for a 21st century health care system that puts patients and doctors first and sends government regulators and rule makers to the back
row. no more 3 % increase in georgia premiums no. more having your doctor pulled away from you. and no more government mandates. this is not a return to the pre-obamacare status quo but a new approach to putting consumers in the driver's seat. the first step in this process is to put obamacare with this resolution. mr. speaker, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from georgia yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i remind my colleague that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 581,000 people from his state of georgia losing their health care coverage. 71,000 workers losing their jobs. and an economic loss of $39.4 billion in gross state product over five years for the state of georgia. mr. chairman, i now yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, distinguished member of the budget committee, mr. jefferies. the chair: the gentleman from new york is recognized for two minutes. mr. jefferies: mr. speaker, this is a sad day in the history of this country. as republicans begin the
process of destroying health care in america. repeal and replace is just a slogan. it's not a solution. for more than six years we have been waiting for a credible republican health care plan and none has been forthcoming. all you have is smoke and mirrors. and the american people are getting ready to get screwed. under the so-called republican plan seniors will be forced to pay more for their medicine. under the so-called republican plan, children with pre-existing conditions like pediatric cancer are at risk of being kicked off of their health plans or denied health coverage. 7 under so-called republican plan, young people in america
will no longer be able to stay on their parents' health insurance through the age of 26. under the so-called republican plan, more than a million people who are receiving drug treatment because of opioid addiction are at risk of being denied that lifesaving care. under the so-called republican plan, premiums will go up. co-pays will go up. deductibles will go up. and the american people will be screwed. people in michigan, pennsylvania, wisconsin, ohio, screwed. seniors in florida, screwed. people on the west coast and the east coast, screwed. people in appalachia and rural america, screwed. and the only folks who will benefit from the fat cats who are part of the health care cartel. the system, indeed, is rigged and the american people should
pay attention as to who is jamming them up. the chair: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mitts black: thank you, mr. chairman. i do want to respond to the gentleman from new york when he says we do not have a plan. i'd like to reference him to alt plans that are here on the desk. he says we don't have a plan, but then references all the things that will happen under the republican plan. can't have it both ways. it is my honor to yield two minutes to the gentleman from arkansas, mr. womack, who is a women of both the budget committee and also the approps committee. the chair: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for two minutes, is that correct? two minutes. mr. womack: i want to thank the distinguished chair of the budget committee for giving me some time to talk today. she's a distinguished person, a colleague, a classmate, and somebody i have the utmost respect for. mr. chairman, i rise today in support of the house budget resolution and to recognize the very important first step we're taking in our country today
regarding obamacare. mr. chairman, by adopting this budget resolution, we will set into motion the repeal of the affordable care act. last week on this very floor the minority leader, ms. pelosi, stood here and called obamacare a magnificent success. and yet since being sworn into office in 2011, i have heard just the opposite from my constituents. every single day i have heard that obamacare is raising the cost of health care, creating uncertainty in arkansas, hurting americans. we need to replace it with real reforms that focus on the patient not the government. but this law is not just bad for patients and health care consumers. obamacare's onerous mandates and endless regulations are hitting industry across the board. it stifles business. it swell ches private sector job growth.
it hurts our economy. let me give you an example. mr. chairman, superior linens in my district employs over 100 people. prior to the enactment of obamacare, superior recognized the importance of having a healthy work force. and was already providing quality health insurance to its employees. and they were able to manage their payroll insurance benefits in house. for the entire 60 years of their existence. but after the passage of the affordable care act, superior uld no longer manage the sheer a paperwork to prove they were complying with the law. let me be clear, thanks to obamacare, the company provided no new benefits, but yet had to outsource its payroll and management at a cost of $100,000 a year. this is just one of many examples. this is an important day. i urge a yes vote on the resolution. and yield back my time. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves.
the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i remind my colleague his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 234,000 people from his state of arkansas losing their health care coverage. 28,000 workers losing their jobs. and an economic loss of $15.8 billion in gross state product over five years for the state of arkansas. mr. chairman, i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from illinois, a member of the energy and demers committee, ms. schakowsky. the chair: the gentlewoman illinois is recognized. . ms. schakowsky: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i wapt to say right now and -- want to say right now and i believe, and it will be true, you'll see, republicans will regret the repeal of obamacare. hospitals in rural and underserved areas are panicking right now. because they are finally getting paid through obamacare to serve low-income people. jobs will be lost. those hospitals could close. 30 million people will lose their benefits. but i want to tell you, on the energy and commerce committee, i have been hearing for years,
ever since obamacare passed, all these horror stories that my republican colleagues embrace as evidence that this thing isn't working. never once being willing to sit down with us -- we don't claim that the bill is perfect, but we know that millions and mms -- millions of people with pre-existing conditions or who were run out of insurance had they hit lifetime capps we know the helped. ever -- caps, we know it's helped. never have republicans been willing to sit down and make this better refment peel means that -- better. repeal means that republicans will make america sick again. i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. i'd like to note that the obamacare that's badly hurt these rural hospitals. health care providers and people living in those rural areas. as a matter of fact, since january of 2010 there have been at least 80 rural hospitals that have had to close.
the damage has already been done. mr. chairman, i am honored to yield a minute and a half to a freshman of the budget committee . the chair: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. arrington: thank you, madam chair. mr. speaker a, i rise in strong support -- mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of senate concurrent resolution 3 that would begin the process to repeal obamacare. our experimentation in soviet-style central planning of our health care system has been an abject failure. obamacare's failed our middle and working class families who have seen uncontrollable increase in deductibles and premiums. it has failed our providers who spent years pursuing their passion for healing our sick, but now find thmselves spending more time filling out paperwork than caring for their patients. it has failed our small businesses that create 64% of the jobs in this country. although the pathway of obamacare has been paved with good intentions, it has led to a
series of disastrous, unintended consequences. to use a medical analogy, obamacare has made america sick, and when america is sick, rural america is in the i.c.u. i represent 29 rural counties in west texas, ag producers, oil and gas and renewable energy operators. community bankers and community hospitals. like many rural areas throughout the country, my district is feeding and clothing the american people. bolstering our economy and strengthening our national security. while large hospitals also suffer under obamacare, community hospitals are simply unable to handle the crushing weight of a.c.a. shrinking reimbursements, regulatory burden and unfunded mandates. since obamacare was implemented, 80 rural hospitals have closed and 600 more are in danger of closing. without access to quality health care, our hardworking families and middle america are left -- in middle america are left high and dry. the chair: the gentleman's time
has expired. mrs. black: mr. chairman, i yield another 15 seconds to the gentleman. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. arrington: mr. speaker, one of the greatest travesties of obamacare is not just the damage that it's done to our economy, but the destruction of a way of life of over 60 million americans who call smalltown america their home. whether it's producing reliable and affordable energy, safe and abundant supply of food, people from all over the country rely on rural communities to make america great. we must repeal obamacare, restore market forces, and return to patient-centered care. thank you. the chair: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i'll remind my colleague that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 1 2k8 -- 1.8 million from texas losing their health care coverage, 175,000 workers losing their jobs, and an economic loss of $107 billion in gross state product over five years for the state of texas. i now yield one minute to the gentleman from washington, a
distinguished member of the transportation and infrastructure committee, mr. larson. the chair: the gentleman from washington is recognized for one minute. mr. larsen: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in opposition to this budget resolution that would begin the process of repealing the affordable care act. without a plan to replace it. and i rise on behalf of my constituents who are imploring congress to save the affordable care act. lue anne wrote to me, she said, as someone with several serious pre-existing condition, i could not get insurance coverage in the past. my husband and i spent an incredible amount of money, including retirement savings and out of pocket dollars, for my care and prescriptions. there were truly times when we had to choose food over medication. without the a.c.a., jennifer from lynwood told me that her best friend will, quote, be forced to work as many jobs as she can in order to obtain money to do the cost of her pregnancy that will no longer be covered. quote, she needs the affordable care act, as do many americans. please, i beg you, do not get rid of it.
quote, the republicans in congress do not understand how much of a low -- of us low-income americans need this, end quote. these are just two of the hundreds of washingtonians who have contacted me over the past weeks. please, mr. speaker, do not take away these life-saving benefits from louanne, jennifer's friend, and the rest of my constituents. i urge my colleagues to oppose this. the chair: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chair. i would be honored to yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. smucker, who is a new member of our budget committee. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. smucker: thank you, madam chair. mr. chairman, i rise in support of this resolution, which will be the first step to repealing obamacare. i, like so many, have heard from citizens all across my district in regards to the impact of this system on them. i want to share just a story or a conversation i've had recently
with a constituent, tim holinger, who called me. tim and his wife, phyllis, are residents of mount joy, pennsylvania, in my home county of lancaster. tim's on medicare. but phyllis, who is self-employed, has a health care plan that she obtained through the obamacare marketplace. tim and phyllis' annual income is $53,000 per year. phyllis' health care premium is over $1,000 a month and carries a $2,700 deductible. let me repeat. that phyllis' health care premium -- repeat that. fill is i's health care people are -- phyllis' health care premium is over $1,000 per month. that's over 23% of their combined annual income. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. mrs. black: i yield the gentleman an extra 15 seconds. mr. smucker: phyllis receives a federal subsidy that covers 35% of that monthly cost.
she takes pride in the fact that she's never taken a government handout in her life. now that she's on obamacare, the american taxpayers have to subsidize her health care. to phyllis, that's not right. to phyllis, this is about her pride. and she's not asking for a lot. she's simply asking that she have access to affordable health care that doesn't require the american taxpayers to help her pay for it. i look forward to working with my colleagues -- the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i'll remind my colleague that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 479,000 people from his state of pennsylvania losing their health care coverage , 137,000 workers losing their jobs, and an economic loss of $76.5 billion over five years in gross state product for the state of pennsylvania. i now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california, distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. lee. the chair: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for two minutes. ms. lee: thank you very much.
i want to thank our ranking member for yielding. but also for his steadfast commitment to protect the health and well-being of all americans. mr. chairman, i rise in strong opposition to this resolution, which would advance the repeal of the affordable care act without any replacement in sight. let me be clear. this resolution would wipe away health care for from 30 million americans and raise premiums for millions more. it would also create chaos through our community and our economy. and our nation. it would put the insurance companies back in charge. and it's not just the affordable care act on the chopping block. republicans also want to cut women's reproductive health care. once again, they want to defund planned parenthood. one of the nation's leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women and families. women would be denied breast cancer screenings and preventive health care, community clidgics in rural and urban communities would be devastated. we know that planned parenthood
is one of the nation's leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women and their families. denying access to health care providers such as planned parenthood will hurt women who need these services the most. low-income women and women of color. that's why i offered an amendment to protect these critical services and shamefully the rules committee refused to make it in order and even allow for a debate on this floor. also co-sponsored the amendment with representatives pocan and withinopposing -- others the congressional progressive caucus, opposing cuts to medicare, medicaid and social security benefits. and republicans refuse to allow a debate on this critical issue as well. the most vulnerable, the poor, seniors and disabled individuals would be left to fend for themselves and their lives would be shattered through these republican cuts. mr. chairman, we must stand up for the millions of people who have coverage, because the affordable care act really does save lives. it is a disgrace and republicans
continue to wage this war to kill the a.c.a. without replacing it. once again, it will hurt the most vulnerable, people will be sicker again, americans will be sicker again. this is a matter of life and death. the chair: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chair. it's now my honor to yield a minute and a half to the gentleman from florida, mr. gates, who is a freshman on our budget committee. the chair: the gentleman from florida is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. gates gates i thank -- mule mr. gates: i thank -- mr. gates: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. mr. speaker, lend me your ears. i come to bury obamacare, not to praise it. the evil that men do lives after them. this is the true legacy of the last eight years. a doubling of the national debt. $4 trillion in additional spending projected through obamacare. what have my constituents gotten from obamacare? higher taxes, higher premiums, unaffordable deductibles, crippling drug costs, fewer choices and more mandates.
mr. gaetz: this resolution show what is will happen if we do nothing. $30 trillion in debt. the greatest generational theft the world has ever known. so it is past time to get the federal government out of the health care mandate a business, let people buy insurance across state lines, allow people to own their own health care decisions through health savings accounts, block grant medicaid to our states, our laboratories of democracy, and let's reinvigorate a federal system that is promised by our founders. the jobs data cited by the democrats doesn't assume the positive economic benefits that come from obamacare repeal. including, according to the congressional budget office, $200 billion in additional economic activity, more jobs, more opportunity, and more freedom. this is a flawed study that my friends across the aisle cite and it is the republican resolution before this body that offers a better way. i yield back to the gentlelady from tennessee.
the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i'll remind my colleague that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 1.6 million people from his state of florida losing their health care coverage, 181,000 workers losing their jobs, and an economic loss of $90.4 billion in gross state product over five years in florida. honor to -- i yield four minutes to the gentleman from maryland, the distinguished democratic whip, mr. hoyer. the chair: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for four minutes. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. every american will be affected by this vote. not just the 20 million people who will lose their insurance immediately, 30 million total lose their insurance, everybody's premiums will ultimately go up. pre-existing conditions will not be available. seniors will pay more for prescription drugs.
25, 24, 23, etc., will be dropped from the insurance of their families. the fact of the matter is, the gentleman from florida that just spoke, there is not a better way that that is been proposed. some discussion about across state lines. some other discussion about health savings accounts. which is great, if you have the kind of salaries we have. but if you're an average american trying to support your family, getting additional funds to put into a health savings account are not available to you. mr. speaker this budget resolution is an abdication of responsibility and duty. rather than showing republicans spending and revenue priorities, it is nothing more than a vehicle for expediting a repeal of the affordable care act and taking insurance coverage away
from 30 million people. again, let me remind you, it is hundreds of millions of people that will be adversely affected. since taking the house majority, republicans have held 65 votes on this floor town do health care reforms that have brought the uninsured rate to its lowest in recorded history. and banned discrimination and discriminatory practices such as denying coverage to americans with pre-existing conditions or charging women higher rates than men simply because of their gender. now, our republican colleagues want to repeal the affordable care act without immediately replacing it, contrary to at least 12 of their colleagues in the united states senate, republicans, saying that's not the right way to go. that's what this resolution ould do.
by the way, they should have adopted this resolution last congress by april 15. they didn't do so, and this is not a real budget resolution. this is simply a device so that they can jam through repeal of the affordable care act in the united states senate, contrary to the existing rules. and it would come at a severe cost to our economy and our budget sustainability. in addition to the 30 million who would lose their insurance, tens of millions more, as i said, would see their costs go up. report by a nonpartisan fund said repeal would lead to the loss of three million jobs and the committee for responsible federal budget found it would add $350 billion to deficits over the next 10 years. let us be clear, mr. speaker. a vote for this budget resolution is a vote to take
health insurance away from 30 million americans and adversely impact the health care of millions more. i urge my republican colleagues who have serious concerns about our fiscal path, misgivings about repealing the affordable care act without replacing it, let's lay down a marker that congress should not rush headlong into this costly repeal, not only in terms of dollars but in terms of health security consequences for the american people. i urge the house to vote no on this dangerous and destructive resolution. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. i do want to note once again for my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, if they say we have no plans i want to reference them several plans
and i will leave them at the desk so they can pick them up for their convenience. it's my honor to yield a minute and a half to the distinguished member from texas, mr. poe. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. poe: i thank the gentlelady. mr. speaker, the affordable care act is a collection of failed policies and many empty promises. the american people have spoke and they do not want obama's high cost, job-killing health system. since enactment of obamacare, almost five million americans have lost their insurance plans and their own doctors. this is a far cry from the fake promises that were made on this house floor in the dark of the night when we were told pass the bill so we can figure out what's in it. the american people are the ones paying for these failed promises. in fact, it is expected that in 2017, obamacare premiums will grow by an average of 22% across america. obamacare is hurting individual
citizens and it's also hurting small businesses. out of 75 issues, small business owners ranked the cost of health insurance as the number one problem they faced in 2016. obamacare is neither affordable and it's certainly not better care. we cannot afford obamacare. health care should be a decision made by individuals in america, not by bureaucrats here in washington, d.c. the repeal bill is the first step in finally correcting this huge legislative blunder. replace obamacare with a free market alternative that provides affordable health care to all americans. let americans choose about their health care. obamacare has the efficiency of the post office, the compassion of the i.r.s., and it's time to make america healthy. repeal government's control of our health and that's the way it is. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is
recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you. his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 1.8 million people from his state of texas losing their health care coverage. 170,000 workers losing their jobs, and an economic loss of $107 billion in gross state product over five years in texas. i now would like to yield one minute to the gentlelady from florida, a distinguished member of the energy and commerce committee, ms. castor. the chair: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for one minute. ms. castor: mr. speaker, i'm compelled to come to the floor this morning to oppose the republican attempt to pull the rug out from under american families. why are we going to a repeal bill without a replacement? it's irresponsible. what you're doing is you're throwing american families into quick sand. it's also -- this is a dirty little secret. this is also a fiscally irresponsible move because this is likely to balloon the debt and the deficit. now, what i hear from my families back home in florida is that the affordable care act has been a god send to them,
and that includes the nine million families that have private health insurance. the affordable care act has provided vital consumer protections to prevent them from being discriminated against for a pre-existing condition or being cancelled if they do get sick, and it's capped premium costs in check. we also have a lot of floridians that depend on medicare. because of the a.c.a., medicare is stronger. in 2015 alone, the average medicare recipient has put about $1,000 back into their pocket because the a.c.a. closes the doughnut hole. i urge the house to vote no. don't throw american families into chaos, and don't wreak havoc on our economy. the chair: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. it's my honor to yield one minute to the gentleman from kansas, dr. marshall. the chair: the gentleman from kansas is recognized for one minute. mr. marshall: i thank the gentlewoman for yielding. mr. chairman, i rise today in support of today's resolution to repeal the affordable care
act. as a physician, i've lived the nightmare of the a.c.a. for the past six years. because of obamacare, i know more physicians leaving their practice this year than any other. with this $12,000 deductibles and annual premium spikes of 50% and sometimes 100%, obamacare has made health care truly unaffordable and unattainable for many, many people. in fact, it would be irresponsible for congress to sit back and watch the a.c.a. continue its death spiral and bankrupt our country. as we begin to replace obamacare, we want to assure americans we will not pull the rug out on anyone. if you have pre-existing conditions, we will have a period of transition and pools that will pools that wil provide you with quality, affordable alternatives. like many, my constituents sent me to fix health care and we intend to do just that. thank you, mr. chairman, and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from kansas yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves.
the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i remind my colleague that his vote to repeal the affordable care act will result 170,000 people in his state of kansas to lose health insurance. 19,000 workers losing their st and a loss of $10 billion over five years for the state of kansas. i yield to the gentleman from judiciary committee, mr. cicilline. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cicilline: republicans have wrongly claimed the affordable care act will be catastrophic for hardworking americans. here are the facts. since its passage, the a.c.a. has covered 20 million previously uninsured americans. almost 130 million americans with pre-existing conditions now have the peace of mind to know that they will not be denied health services, and the health care costs have been growing at the slowest rate in 50 years. but as republicans prepare to take control of the white house, it's clear they don't have an actual plan to replace obamacare. not only will they repeal and
displace plans, cut off millions of americans, men, women and children from quality, affordable health care but also have devastating impacts on our economy. repealing the affordable care act will cause a loss of 2.6 million jobs, a majority of which will be nonhealth industry jobs. and it's projected my home state of rhode island will lose more than 12,000 jobs. this budget resolution will not only increase prescription drug prices for our seniors, raise premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for americans who buy insurance but will lead to significantly larger yearly deficits and contribute more than $9.5 trillion in debt over the next decade. i urge my colleagues to oppose this budget resolution to protect the american people's access to quality, affordable health care and to vote no and with that i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. it's my honor to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan who is one of our freshmen members, mr. mitch hello. the chair: the gentleman from
michigan is recognized. mr. mitchell: i rise to give relief to millions of americans who are struggling to access health care through the destructive impact of the affordable care act. americans are promised that with the passage of the affordable care act costs for health insurance would decrease. patients could keep their plans and doctors if they like them. americans have now seen the truth. massive increases in premiums, constantly rising deductibles and co-pays and fewer plans with fewer providers. just because an individual or family has insurance does not mean they can access and afford health care. health insurance means little if they cannot find a participating doctor or afford the deductible. in michigan, premiums have risen over 17% this year. deductibles were up an average of $493. there is a plan. i'll hand carry it over for you to read it. i suggest we not instill fear but move forward with a better way to provide health insurance. broken promises have led us to
a broken health care system. we promise to fix it and beginning today we're going to do just that. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from michigan yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 618,000 people from his state of michigan losing their health care coverage. 101,000 workers losing their jobs, and an economic loss of $54 billion in gross state product over five years for michigan. mr. chairman, i would now yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from michigan, distinguished member and former chairman of the ways and means committee, mr. levin. the chair: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. levin: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the chair: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. levin: i just want to say to my colleague from michigan, hundreds of thousands of people are going to lose their insurance under a plan that was agreed to by the republican governor. and i'll send you the numbers in your district.
mr. speaker, the republican effort to repeal the a.c.a. causing 30 million americans to lose their health insurance is based on a foundation of misrepresentations and falsehoods. the speaker yesterday said the affordable care act is collapsing. it is not. nationwide enrollment is higher than it's ever been, and the percentage of americans without health insurance is at the lowest level on record. what is collapsing is the time for republicans to move beyond their rhetoric and come up with a plan. they say they'll produce a comprehensive replacement, but they've been saying that for seven years. mr. neal is here. seven years, mr. neal, we've been hearing that. those files on the republican desk, i wish you would raise them again, aren't a plan. they are a ploy.
republicans say repealing the affordable care act will help people, and there's at least a sliver of truth to that claim. the g.o.p. repeal bill will help millionaires, help millionaires, providing them an average tax cut of over $50,000 a year. at the same time it will actually raise taxes on millions of moderate and mod-income families who will -- moderate-income families who will lose tax credits for purchasing health insurance. the chair: the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. it's now my honor to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. garrett, one of our freshman members. the chair: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. garrett: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to make a clarification because while i support this resolution, i oppose the description that some here have used. they're calling it a budget in isn't a budget. it's a paper trail of crimes our government commits against the future of our vee. we need to be honest. we're sitting on $20 trillion
in debt. aside from repealing the affordable care act, this does nothing to address that. luckily i'll vote for it to repeal the monstrosity that is the affordable care act. we're told we need to pass the bill so we can find out what was in it. well, we found out what was in it. we saw premiums skyrocket. we saw families lose their plans, and doctors, even the ones they liked and they wanted to keep. we saw businesses struggle. we need to pass this resolution to get rid of what we found. liberty and self-determination are the lifeblood of this nation, and the nation is terminally ill. our debt is a cancer that continues to grow, and like a cancer it doesn't discriminate. it's colorblind. its gender-neutral. it doesn't care about your political affiliation or what states you're from. it's here and it continues to grow. our children are being incurvered, packaged and sold to the gallows by way of unprecedented debt. this is an unprecedented treatment but if we continue on the obamacare, unaffordable care act, it is guaranteed.
this resolution provides some of the symptoms. it's time we start getting to the root cause of the disease. the more government encroaches on the lives of its citizens, the more debt grows, the less our liberty breaths, the sicker we can become. in virginia we keep a balanced budget and it's about time we get serious about one in d.c. i'll vote to pass here today but i refuse to call it a budget. i refuse to ignore the problems the unaffordable care act was meant to address. problems are a political solutions are and we can provide a better way and i thank you and i yield the remainder of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i'll remind my colleague today that his vote to repeal the affordable care act will result in 327,000 people from his state of virginia losing their health care coverage, 52,000 workers losing their jobs and an economic loss of $31 billion over five years in gross state product for virginia. mr. chairman, may i inquire as to how much time remains for both sides? the chair: the gentleman from sides have -- both
14 3/4 minutes remaining. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i now yield one minute to the gentleman from vermont, a distinguished member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. welch. the chair: the gentleman from welch is recognized for one minute. . mr. welch: i thank the gentleman. on probably the most important issue, we're having the dumbest debate. we say the health care bill is good, you say it stinks. we think the good because we think the good that kids, until they're age 26, can stay on their parents' plan. we think it's good because people with pre-existing conditions ought to have access to health care, and we they it's good that a person who gets sick shouldn't lose their health care. you say the bad, even though the plan was based on a heritage foundation initiative and adopted largely in massachusetts by a republican governor. bottom line, you're the majority in the house, you're the majority in the senate, you've got the presidency. you've got some responsibility to show us the beef. where's the plan?
there's a lot of paper over there. haven't shone us a plan and here's why. because when you put pen to paper, all hell is going to break loose on your side. because you have to move beyond the rhetoric to figuring out how you're going to pay to keep our kids on our health care plan. you're going to figure out how to have to pay if we're going to let folks with pre-existing conditions have health care. those don't solve themselves. and you don't have a plan, we're entitled, the american people are entitled to have it. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. members are reminded to address their comments to the chair. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. it is now my honor to yield a minute and a half to one of the leaders of our conference, mr. davis from illinois. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. davis: thank you to the distinguish -- distinguished chairman. thank you, mr. speaker. obamacare's not working. we know this because the average increase for prices -- average increase for plans in illinois were between 45% and 55% this
year. as a matter of fact, a good friend of mine had an 87% increase. we know this because of millions of americans who were told they could keep their health insurance, were kicked off their plans. we know the not working because 31 million people are -- it's not working because 31 million people are underinsured. deductibles are simply too high. it's not enough to judge this law simply by the number of people who are insured. since it mandates people buy insurance anyway. we must remember the people paying premiums that continue to double and then have a deductible so high that it will never be reached. that's not success. that's a problem for hardworking taxpayers, many of whom don't qualify for subsidies, but were forced off their previous plans because they didn't meet the standards set by obamacare and now can't afford the plan they're mandated to buy. we know the not working because people in 1/3 of our country, 1/3 of our counties in the u.s. only have one insurance provider to choose from. obamacare's collapsing on
itself. some say, why not work to fix it? i did. we did. we passed my hire more heroes act. it helped small businesses, helps our heroes, but we have to begin today to fix the bill itself. to know why this process is need, let's remember how we got here. this -- needed, let's remember how we got here. this bill was rushed through congress, then had pages of regulations for that one bill. taking this first step to repeal it should not be mistaken for supporting the status quo before the a.c.a. was put in place. we have a plan. we're going to cover pre-existing conditions. because my wife's a cancer survivor, we have to do that. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i'll remind my colleague that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 850,000 people from his state of illinois losing their health care coverage, 114,000 workers losing their jobs, and an economic loss of $66 billion in gross state product over five years for illinois.
i now yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, the distinguished ranking member of the ways and means committee, mr. neal. the chair: the gentleman from massachusetts sizzed for 1 1/2 minutes -- is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. neal: thank you. i want to tell you that the last speaker said, this was rushed through congress. it took two years to write this legislation. even by congressional standards this was not rushed through congress. we've waited seven years to hear .he alternative and the gentlelady from tennessee has all of these plans over there that she says, we've got plans right here. how about one plan? that we might have a chance to focus on. they've had the luxury of saying, we're going to do a better job, without telling us what the better job entails. the governor of massachusetts recently wrote to our delegation and to the leadership in the house and said, during the a.c.a. repeal-replace deliberations, quote, it is important that coverage gains patient protections and market
stability. let me give you numbers from massachusetts. 97.2% of the residents of massachusetts have health care. 100% of the children in massachusetts now have health care. this is an effort at rhetoric. we want to hear what the plan is, we want to understand what the alternative is. we want to know precisely what is going to be included or, just as importantly, what will be excluded from the benefits that this affordable care act has given to the american people. 22 million americans now have health care insurance that didn't have it. 9% of the american people are without adequate health care. we should be fixing that. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for an additional 15 seconds. mr. neal: i've leard this in the 29 years -- i've heard this in the 29 years i've been in congress. time and again.
when an honorable effort is put forward, you know what republicans should be saying to us right now? let's get on together with making it all work. instead of saying, are we peel and replace -- repeal and replace. how empty is that rhetoric? the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. now it is my distinct honor to yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin, who was the chair of our budget committee, our ways and means committee, and now he's the speaker of the house, mr. ryan. the chair: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. the speaker: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. my colleagues, i rise to urge our colleague in the house to support this resolution. let me tell you why. this provides congress with the legislative tools that we need to repeal and replace obamacare. this is a critical first step toward delivering relief to americans who are struggling under this law. in the weeks ahead, several steps will be taken to provide relief. some steps will be taken by this
body. some stems will be taken by the -- steps will be taken by the new administration, including, after he's confirmed as h.h.s. secretary, our own colleague from georgia, mr. price, our goal is a truly patient-centered system. which means more options to choose from, lower costs and greater control over your coverage. and as we work to get there, we will make sure that there is a stable transition period so that people don't have the rug pulled out from under them. so that this will be a thoughtful, step by step process, and we welcome ideas from both sides of the aisle. but today i can't think, i can't help but think back when we were debating this law in 2010 what was said at the time. i was a member of the minority then. i stood right here and pleaded with the majority not to do this. don't take something so personal like your health care and subject it to a big government experiment. don't do something so arrogant
and so contrary to our founding principles. but they pushed it all the way through, making all kinds of promises. people were promised that their premiums would go down. but instead they're skyrocketing. look at the new premm increases announced just this year. kansas, 42% increase in their premiums. illinois, 43%. pennsylvania, 53%. nebraska, 51%. alabama, 58%. minnesota, 59%. tennessee, 63%. increase in premiums. increase this year in premiums. arizona, 116% increase in their premiums. people were promised, if you like your plan, you can keep it. well, guess what? that was rated the lie of the year that year. people lost their plans.
people were promised all sorts of choices. you have all these great menus of choices to choose from. 1/3 of all the counties in america today, they get one choice. ive whole states, one insurer. if you have one choice, that's not a choice. that's a monopoly. my colleagues, this experiment has failed. this law is collapsing while we speak. we have to step in before things get worse. this is nothing short of a rescue mission. by taking this step today, we're doing what is right. we are stepping in and stopping the collapse from doing more harm to the working families of america, to bring the kind of relief and to bring the kind of solutions that we need to really
achieve the noble goal here. everyone in america should have access to affordable health care. including people with pre-existing conditions. this is what we want to achieve. but that's not what's happening under obamacare. the law's collapsing, the insurers are pulling out. people can't afford it. the dedubblingtables are so high it doesn't even feel like you have insurance in the first place. this is a rescue mission. this is a necessary move. and i urge all of our colleagues to do what is right. because the time is urgent. and, on top of this, to my colleagues, we need to keep our promise that we made to the american people and this helps us do just that. i yield back. the chair: the speaker of the house yields back. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i'll remind the speaker that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 211,000 people from his state of wisconsin losing their health care coverage, 46,000 workers
losing their jobs, and an economic loss of $25.7 billion in gross state product over five years in wisconsin. that gives me great pleasure now to yield one minute now to the gentlelady from california, the distinguished democratic leader and architect of the affordable care act, ms. pelosi. the chair: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding, so proud of him, his leadership as the ranking member on the budget committee. i'm so sorry that the speaker left the floor, because i have some very good news for him. clearly he does not understand what the affordable care act has brought to our country in terms of expanding benefits, lowering costs and expanding the access of many more people to the promise of our founders of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. a healthier life and the freedom
to pursue to pursue their happiness. i understand why the speaker may want to concentrate on some mythology that he presented about the affordable care act. because he's not going to focus on what this bill on the floor does today, the republican budget. it does not create more good paying jobs or raise wages, it does not invest in infrastructure to rebuild our nation, the republican plan does not invest in the education of our children or the lifetime learning of working people, it does not help americans find balance between work and family, it does not reduce the deficit, in fact it increases the deficit, and a it does not seek to drain -- and it does not seek to drain the swamp of secret money from our elections. instead, the republicans are feeding their ideological obsession with repealing the a.c.a. and dismantling the health and economic security of hardworking families. we all know that a budget should be a statement of our values. what is important to us as a nation should be reflected in our budget proposal. i always say, show me your values, show me your budget.
well, you heard me say some of what this budget does not do, as we get further into the next stage of the budget, we will see that what their budget does is just broaden, widen the disparity in income in our country, give tax breaks to the high end, and part of their tax breaks to the high end is to repeal the foferede ford -- affordable care act so they can eliminate the tax on those who are helping to fund the affordable care act. let me just talk about the affordable care act. for a while. one of the is -- things the public should know is that the a.c.a., medicare and medicaid are now wed. if you mess with the a.c.a., it will directly impact the important other initiatives, medicare and medicaid. the republicans have never supported medicare. they opposed it at its origin, and over time continue to oppose it. their speaker in the 1990's,
newt gingrich, said, medicare should wither on the vine. their speaker, paul ryan, has in his budget removed the guarantee of medicare for our seniors. removed the guarantee. that means you get a voucher and you go shop for medicare in, this nonexistent health plan that they -- medicare, in this nonexistent health plan that they have put forth. they talk about repeal and replacing, not realistic in terms what have for six years they have had a chance to propose an alternative. we see nothing. but what we have seen is their cut and run. they want to cut benefits and run. they want to cut savings and run. they want to cut access and run. they want to cut medicare and run. medicaid, and run. the list goes on and on. and they want to cut jobs. jobs are -- we will lose three million jobs if they have their way, with their nonexistent cut
and run plan on the affordable care act. as i said about the relationship between a.c.a. and medicare and hospitals ith that would be devastated under the a.c.a. repeal because they would be left with uncompensated care. . they must come and they don't have the ability to pay. with the affordable care act that takes care of that and that alleviates the cost to corporate america or those who are providing health benefits to their workers, adding between 1,000 or 3,000 a year per policy because they're carrying the uncompensated care of cost. the affordable care act alleviates them of that. neal, ity is, as mr. our new ranking member of ways and means said, the reality is medicaid is now a health program that crosses the
economic spectrum. it's not just for the poor. people think of medicaid as a poor. no. it enables mothers to work their way out of poverty by providing affordable coverage to their children, yes. it enables people with disabilities to get the care they need to live and work in the community. it provides critical nursing home care for middle-class elderly who have spent down their savings and have no other alternative. grandma will be living in the guest room or attic or basement if they cannot stay in a -- the -- have nursing home care. this is very important to families. we want a budget that enables people to have good-paying jobs, increase their paychecks so they can afford their home, address the aspirations of their children and have a dignified retirement.
if they care for their aging parents they do less for their children and this assault on medicaid is the assault on the financial stability of families. across the board. whatever their age. medicaid is one of the best tools to fight an addiction. we made a big deal about our opioid legislation. americans who previously did not have access to health care and therefore self-medicated, they self-medicated with opioids and other painkillers are able to access diagnosis, treatment and pain management. medicaid provides real care for addiction -- for the addiction and underlying condition and turn for the better for individuals, their families and the community. the lists go on and on. e jobs issues -- most, hospitals, health care providers are the biggest employers. they won't be anymore. millions of jobs will be lost. mr. pallone, our ranking member
on energy and commerce, another committee of jurisdiction, keeps making that point. why are you being, he says, ideological about this when the practical effect is about the economic security of our families? thank you, mr. pallone, for that. and mr. bobby scott who is the ranking member on the education and work force committee, shows what happens to states if you overturn the affordable care act. in his own state of virginia, he can give testimony to the increased cost to the state or lack of meeting the needs, health care needs of constituents. the a.c.a. guards and strengthens the health care and economic security of every american no matter where he or she gets health insurance. it delivered transformational progress in terms of coverage, quality and cost. now, much has been said about the fact that more than 20 million people now have access
to affordable care act. this is a wonderful and remarkable thing. that is only part of the story. every american benefits from this who has access to health care. most americans receive their health benefits in the workplace. and if you do you now cannot be discriminated against because of a pre-existing medical condition. you cannot be discriminated against if you are a woman. no longer being a woman is a pre-existing medical condition which means you paid more if you were a woman. no longer can the insurance ompanies levy lifetime limits, just hold you to lifetime limits for a pre-existing condition that you may have or just even the care you are getting on a new basis. the list goes on and on. the list goes on and on, and
you know how many people have a pre-existing condition? 100 million american families were affected by pre-existing condition. i myself had children, a long go an insurance company said you had children, you are at risk. i thought it was a strength. the affordable care act stands there as a pillar of economic and health security. it stands as a pillar of economic security. like social security, medicare and medicaid, which, again, the republicans oppose, newt gingrich, 1990's. paul ryan in his budget, take way the guarantee. but it is a pillar of economic and health security. so when they're greatly --
their proposal today, which increases the debt, the deficit, does not create jobs, undermines the health security of the american people, does not do much in any regard to address the challenges i said in the beginning, it's no wonder they want to talk about the affordable care act because they have nothing to recommend them in their budget resolution. it is -- the g.o.p.'s repeal plan will raise premiums. the rate of growth of health care costs in our country has been greatly diminished by the affordable care act. in the more than 50 years that they had been measuring the rate of growth, it has never been slower than now. repeal would create chaos that will echo the health care -- one of our -- affordable care versus chaos. chaos is the order of the day for them.
so the american people will not be dragged back to the days when an illness or injury meant financial ruin, that you might not get a job because someone in your family was ill and was going to raise the cost of health care in the company that might hire you, that you could lose your home. most bankruptcies spring because of not being able to pay medical bills. anyway, just in short, we will not allow the republicans to make america sick again. i urge a no vote on this unfortunate resolution. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: i yield a minute and a half to one of our newest members, mr. faso from new york. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2. mr. faso: i thank the chairman of the new budget committee for the time she has given me. i listened to the debate and i understand the difficulty that both sides have with fixing
this system. we clearly believe the system eds to be refield -- reformed. there's perhaps no prominent democrat in this country who has made the case for reforming this system. and i quote former president bill clinton who said just last october. quote, so you got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it sometimes 60 hours a week wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. it's the craziest thing in the world, unquote. president bill clinton. mr. chairman, my colleagues, this is just the first step in terms of fixing this problem. the taxes, the premium increases, the loss of coverage, the small businesses who have been priced out of the
market, the discouragement of the employment in our country because of the costs that are imposed on the business sector through the a.c.a., these things have to be fixed. they have to be addressed. today is just the first step in addressing that. later, we will have regulatory changes that come from the department of health and human services and more importantly, we will have all to come back here to work out a new plan to fix it. mr. chairman, i urge colleagues to vote for this resolution. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i'll remind my colleague that his vote today to repeal the affordable care act will result in 939,000 people from his state of new york, losing their health care coverage, 131,000 workers losing their jobs and an economic loss of $89.7 billion in gross state product over five years in new york. i now yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from california,
the distinguished ranking member of the financial services committee, ms. waters. the chair: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. chairman and members. i rise to oppose this budget which is designed to repeal, not replace, obamacare. i am addment about this because what i have -- i am addment about this because of -- i am adamant about this because of what i witnessed in my life. i watched people die from preventable diseases. i've watched over the years from the time i was a child where people had home remedies. they didn't have any prescription drugs. i've watched as my great grandmother was in pain, in tears because of arthritis and rheumatism and we had to rub something.th i watched people who tried to they eumonias with what
called hot to thies. little children used to die with little bags around their neck with something in it called -- in it that was supposed to protect them from harm and they had knew moan yarks they had colds. they didn't have a doctor. they died from preventable diseases. now we have 20 million more people who are insured under this health care plan. this is a health care plan for all of americans. the republicans will tell you that, yes, they are going to give you something better, but they have been saying this for eight years. they have been after what is known as obamacare for eight years. why don't they have a remedy? why don't they have a plan? why don't they have anything? they didn't have anything when they started to attack obamacare. they don't have anything today. ladies and gentlemen, they're not going to have anything better than this a.c.a. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr.
chairman. i want to read the names of some of the groups that are -- have written to us in support of s.con.res. 3. and there are more than 35 names on here, but i'm going to just read off some that we would recognize very quickly. the american center for law and justice, association of mature american citizens, citizens against government waste, concerned women for america, health benefits group, independent women's voice, medical device manufacturers association, national association of manufacturers, national association of wholesalers and distributors, national restaurant association, national retail federation, national taxpayers union, society for human resource management, and the u.s. chamber. and i just want to extract one paragraph out of the u.s. chamber's letter that they have written. the u.s. chamber of commerce supports s.con.res. 3, the concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for fiscal year 2017.
an initial step toward making critical improvements to the american health care system. i think that you can see not only do our constituents support change but also these companies around the country. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. chairman. i now yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from virginia, the distinguished ranking member of the education and work force committee, mr. scott. the chair: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in opposition to this budget resolution and its intent to compromise the health insurance for all americans. republicans continue to pursue the repeal of the affordable care act root and branch despite the fact there is no credible plan to deal with the chaos that this repeal will create. 30 million americans will lose their insurance and the vast majority working families. there's no plan to protect the other americans who have enjoyed improved consumer protections and benefits. and although the rates have gone up, they've gone up at
half the rate they had been going up before obamacare and most of those in the marketplace don't even have to pay those increased prices because of increased tax credits. and when republicans talk about repeal and replace, the only thing guaranteed is the repeal part. republicans have shown little interest in producing an alternative. we've heard lots of complaints, but we have not seen a plan that will make things any better. and remember when medicare was created, most of the republicans in congress voted no. republicans in the house have voted numerous times, over 60 times to repeal some or all of the affordable care act without proposing a credible alternative, and now we have some vague ideas but no plan to deal with the total chaos that will be created if obamacare is repealed. so i urge my colleagues to save the health and economic security of all americans by
defeating this resolution. . i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman. what i'd like to do now is to read some of the broken promises that occurred through the affordable care act. here's one that i think we will all recognize. quote, that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the american people, if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. those are remarks by the president at the annual conference on the american medical association. back on june 15, 2009. here's another one, and i quote, i will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every american and cut the cost of a typical family's premium by $2,500 a year. this was in a speech on june 23 of 2007. here's another. quote, you should know that once
you have fully implemented -- once we have full yimplemented, we're going to be able to buy insurance through a pool, so you can get the same good rates as a group, that if you're an employee at a big company and you get it right now, which means your premiums will go down, which we know has absolutely not happened. these were remarks that were made by the president at a campaign event on july 16, 2012. here's another one, remarks made by the president after a meeting with the senate democrats in december, 2009. i quote, whatever ideas exist in terms of bending the cost curve and starting to reduce costs for families, businesses and government, those elements will be in the bill. as we know today, those elements have not come to fruition. another, and i quote, so this law means more choice, more competition, lower costs for millions of americans. these were remarks by the president on the affordable care
act and the government shutdown on october 1, 2003. another, in my mind, the affordable care act has been a huge success, but it's got real problems. and this came from jonathan, five days that shaped a presidency, on october 2 of 2016. and the last one that i'll read to you, and i quote, i'm willing to look at the other sides to bring down costs. these were remarks by the president at the state of the january 25 of 2011. in 2013, the politifact rated this number -- this number one lie of the year at a publication. politifact found there were 37 instances when president obama made this volume v.o.w. to the american people -- made this vow to the american people. i can say that, as we look at these statements that were made, these are not statements that have come true. i reserve the balance of my
time. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. chairman, i now yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, the distinguished ranking member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. pallone. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. pallone: i want to thank mr. yarmuth. you know, i've listened to every republican who spoke during this budget debate and i'm convinced they will repeal the a.c.a. and run. they'll never -- there will never be a replacement, because they don't have the votes for it. the republicans are ideologues. they don't believe we should regulate insurance companies or help people pay for their premiums, so they can never support a replacement plan that would do these things. the a.c.a. is a market-based plan to deal with the health care crisis that we faced eight years ago. more and more people didn't have health insurance. insurance companies wouldn't sell them health insurance if they had a pre-existing condition like cancer.
people were paying more and more out of pocket. and the fact of the matter is that we stepped in, in a practical way, not because we were ideologues, because we were looking at the situation practically to help people, and what did we do? we provided 20 million or 30 million people that didn't have insurance with insurance. those who had health insurance through their employer, we guaranteed them a good benefit package. and we limited their out-of-pocket costs. we looked at this practically because we're trying to help the american people. we were not ideologues, we didn't care about whether you were on the left or the right. but what the republicans are doing today is really a farce. they don't care about the average american. they don't care about all these people who have insurance now, who didn't have it before, about the benefits that they're getting, that their out-of-pocket costs have been limited. no. they're just eye die loge -- ideologues. they just want to repeal this. they have no intention of replacing it, in my opinion, and
they want to go back to the good old days when the insurance companies controlled the markets. that's what we're going to have. repeal and run. that's what you're doing. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: i reserve. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. chairman, i now yield one minute to the gentleman from north carolina, distinguished member of the appropriations committee, mr. price. the chair: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker, i rise in strong opposition to this sham republican budget resolution. after ringing their hands for the last eight years about debt and deficits, today's resolution makes clear republicans care about fiscal discipline only when it's a democratic president they're dealing with. this budget resolution would add $9.3 trillion to the debt. over the next 10 years.
it has only one purpose, to provide for the eventual repeal of the affordable care act. but it would ruin our fiscal health as well. of course the a.c.a. was fully paid for by democrats with new revenue and with cost containment measures, nonpartisan budget experts say that repealing the a.c.a. would actually increase the deficit by $350 billion. so the hypocrisy of our republican colleagues on this issue is simply breathtaking. even by washington standards. after more than six years, moreover, we're still waiting for that comprehensive republican plan to replace the a.c.a. news flash, they don't have one. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. yarmuth: i yield the gentleman an additional 15 seconds. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. price: news flash, they simply don't have one. rather than work with democrats to improve the a.c.a., republicans continue to put their own political ideology
over the health and the well-being of the americans we're all pledged to serve. i urge all members to forcefully reject this budget resolution. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky has five minutes remaining. the gentlewoman from tennessee has six minutes remaining. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: i reserve. the chair: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. chairman, i now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from washington, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. jayapal. the chair: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized for two minutes. ms. jayapal: thank you. mr. chairman, i rise in strong opposition to this budget resolution. it begins the gutting of the affordable care act, stripping health care for millions of working families across the nation, including over 3/4 of a million in my home state of washington. here's the bottom line. this repeal will put into chaos small businesses, hospitals and
community health centers. i have one of those in seattle called the international community health services, which provides culturally appropriate health services to anyone in need. and recently an elderly woman at ichs shared her fears about the a.c.a. repeal. she and her husband, a heart attack survivor who went through bypass surgery, rely on medicare and medicaid for affordable health services. they have an annual joint income, mr. chairman, of $14,000 and they would be unable to afford quality care if the a.c.a. repeal happens. and let's be clear, with absolutely no better plan to replace it. mr. chairman, the budget resolution is a moral document. it does translate our values into commitments. and it should tell the world what the united states stands for. looking at this budget resolution, i cannot help but conclude that our moral compass
will be broken if we pass this resolution. i urge my colleagues to oppose this immoral budget resolution and i yield back. thank you. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee. mrs. black: reserve. the chair: reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. chairman, i now yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from new york, the ranking member of the small business committee, ms. very lalkezz. the chair: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. velazquez: let me thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in strong opposition to this resolution. mr. speaker, if republicans go forward with this plan, to dismantle the affordable care act, 30 million americans will lose health insurance. in new york state alone, 1.6 million of our neighbors, who gained coverage through a.c.a., will lose their health insurance and will see their health insurance taken away. and 2.7 million new yorkers who have enrolled in medicaid could lose coverage. but this is not just about
medicaid and it is not just about who obtained coverage through the exchanges. this is about the young person just out of college who can stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26. giving them time to secure employment and coverage on their own. it is about patients with pre-existing conditions who, until the a.c.a., were blocked from securing quality medical insurance. it is about women who have faced gender discrimination in the insurance markets. these are the people republicans will harm with their irresponsible attack on our health care system. now, let me also note this, the republicans' slogan, replace, repeal and replace, is a sham. what are they going to replace the a.c.a. with? they have never, not once, put together realistic, defenseable plans to replace the a.c.a. their plans should be called
repeal and displace. because it will displace millions of americans from their health coverage. reject repeal and displace. vote no on this bill. the chair: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: i reserve. the chair: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: we reserve. the chair: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. mrs. black: mr. chairman, i have no other speakers. but i reserve the balance of my time to conclude the debate of the budget resolution after the joint economic committee has finished its debate.
the chair: the gentleman from ohio, mr. tiberi, and the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. maloney, each will control 15 minutes on the subject of economic goals and policies. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. tiberi: thank you, mr. speaker. it's a pleasure for me to be here in my role as chairman of the joint economic committee and i'm also pleased to have a couple of our new members here today and i'm going to start by yielding each of them two minutes. but first i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. lahood, for two minutes. a new member of the joint conomic committee. the chair: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for two minutes. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this budget resolution as a first step in the process to repeal and replace obamacare. it is undeniable that obamacare has failed. it has broken promise after promise to the american people.
constituents in my district in central illinois, are watching the premiums -- their premiums skyrocket by an average of 15%. this chart next to me here shows all across the country, in state after state, premiums have skyrocketed. citizens also face deductibles that are so high that they try to get by without going to a doctor. one constituent from roseville, illinois, whose insurance costs have gone up 75%, stated to me recently, quote, this is crazy. almost half of my paycheck goes to insurance. how do they expect us to afford this? these burdensome costs stifle families and our small businesses' ability to participate in and help grow our economy. we have a mandate from the american people, to fix this broken system and to rescue citizens from escalating health care costs. the goal is not to pull the rug out from underneath anyone. in fact, we are working to provide a stable transition, to
better, more affordable health care. we must have something that is economically sustainable and fiscally responsible. something that actually works. i look forward to working with my colleagues to replace obamacare with a system grounded in economic reality. a market-driven, consumer-centered health care system that provides americans with more choices, lower costs and greater flexibility. that's why we are working on a replacement system that will expand consumer choice through health care focused on their needs, a system that will spur innovation in health care, attract new doctors and health care providers, and protect patients with pre-existing conditions. . we must help americans gain access to insurance they can afford. passing this legislation is one step towards helping people and fulfilling our promise to the american people. i urge support for this
resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. maloney: here we are, mr. speaker, more than three months in fiscal year 2017, debating a budget which is not really a budget resolution. even the majority admits it is nothing more than a shell to help them repeal the affordable care act. it doesn't contain any way to grow jobs. it doesn't contain any new ideas to grow our economy. and with all of the majority's rhetoric about deficits over the last decade or more, this budget explodes the deficit and adds $2 trillion, as in t, to the national debt. only to set the stage for repeal of health care assistance to
millions of americans. what's more, the congressional budget office has told us that repeal of the affordable care act would increase the deficit, $353 billion over 10 years. now, many of my colleagues have noted the devastating effect of the repeal of the affordable care act -- the effect it would have on millions of americans' health. 30 million americans would lose insurance including four million children, the cost of prescription drugs would go up. young people would lose the coverage on their parents' health care and pregnancy would no longer be covered. the affordable care act has made critical, critical progress for americans. millions have gained health care
that they never had before and our uninsured rate is now at 8.9%. it is the lowest, the lowest rate in the history of our great country. nearly half than before the affordable care act took place, as you can see from this chart. this is something we should be proud of. we have allowed more and more and more americans to have health care when they need it. it is literally a life and death situation to millions of americans. but this reckless repeal of the affordable care act will also cause economic havoc. it not only hurts people, it hurts our economy. now, just last month, our economy added 144,000 private sector jobs. the 75th straight month of job
growth in the united states of america. that is something we can all be proud of. that is the longest stretch of b creation since 1939 in our nation's history. and that's in stark contrast to the way things were at the last time the presidential transition took place. when president obama took the oath of office, our assassination was shedding jobs. in 2008, the economy lost 695,000 jobs. the next month, another 598,000 jobs gone. we were losing roughly 700,000 jobs a month. the banks were teatering and the auto industry was exploding. our nation was in economic turmoil. the combination of combursing asset bubble and panic brought
this country to the edge of collapse and worst financial crisis in global history, according to the head of the federal reserve, in global history. and today we have a very different story. thank you, president obama. our downemployment rate which 4.7%. p to 10% is now at that's a great achievement. in 2016 alone, our country added 2.2 million jobs bringing the total to over 15 million new jobs created over the last seven years. instead of shedding jobs and losing jobs in the prior administration, we were imagining. look at this chart. we moved from the deep red valley of political devastation, economic loss of jobs and
suffering to moving out of our economic troubles to a continued growth of blue job creation. and in the job creation and in our economy, we also expanded health care to help our people. just look at this chart. it tells the story. the deep red valley of economic devastation caused by the last republican administration. and the steady job growth under president obama. we are now seeing stronger job growth after years of stagnation. over the past year averaged hourly earnings rose to 2.9%. another great success. but now we are considering a heartless and i would say a reckless plan to repeal the affordable care act. a move that threatens to undo our progress and will turn millions of lives absolutely
upside down across this great nation. a report issued this month by the commonwealth fund outlined the disastrous economic consequences of the majority's plan. and just the first year of repeal, our economy will lose nearly 2.6 million jobs and over $255 billion in economic output. over the course of five years, r economy will lose $1.5 trillion in output and these devastating job losses are not just limited to the health care industry. as was pointed out by many democratic speakers, our industries are intertwined. you can't count the affordable care act without also impacting not only people but the delivery of services through our hospitals and also medicare and medicaid. it is also intertwined and
reckless to move forward and say we are going to come up with a good plan. you have had years to come up with it and we have never seen it. we will lose 2.6 million jobs in and d industries, retail this repeal plan will place massive financial burdens on our state budgets. the commonwealth fund report estimates that in just the first year, states would lose out on $8.2 billion in tax revenue. over five years, they would lose tax revenue and that is schools, roads, first responders, our neighborhoods and repealing the affordable care act will hurt the millions of people who have directly benefited from it. people have come up to me and told me i finally have health care.
i have health care for my children. i know if they get hurt, they will be taken care of. people in my home state of new york will be hit hard. 2.7 million new yorkers have health coverage today that they did not have before the affordable care act. and now their health care is on the line. for they are among the 30 million who would lose health coverage under the majority's repeal plan. and this would also cost -- not only hurt people but hurts economic development, a loss of 9.7 billion in my state alone. and this is the way it is across the country. americans of every political stripe who work hard and play by the rules and think they finally have health care to have the worry of what's going to happen to them tomorrow. they deserve better. they deserve what they already
have. and they at least deserve a plan. we should not repeal. we shouldn't repeal it in the first place. if you are going to repeal it, let's be responsible about it and have what it is that you are going to put back in place to help people. it is reckless to repeal it. and in the most advanced, most economically -- our people deserve the certainty that they can have access to health care for themselves and their families. and with all that is at stake, health care of americans, loss of 2.6 million jobs, it is irresponsible to move forward with a budget and reckless to repeal the affordable care act without any real solution to help people. i reserve the balance of my time. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to vote against this budget resolution,
which is nothing more than a plan to take health care away from americans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. mr. tiberi: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. rooney, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. rooney: mr. speaker, i rise to speak about and oppose the travesty known as obamacare. the need to replace this program was obvious on day one. it is a failed socioeconomic experiment perpetrated by people who don't believe in individual choice and don't understand free market competition. in fact, we can see less than half of the folks that were supposed to sign up have done it. nothing promised under this medical health insurance program has proved true. care costs have gone up. premiums and deductibles have
skyrocketed. another chart here, if i might, that shows the projected 25-plus percent increase in premiums in 2017. my state of florida is 19%. coverage has been circumscribed and reduced. and this business about keeping your doctors is another falsehood. can't afford to keep your doctor or your insurance. the program was flawed and op-down boondoggle and created monopolies for insurance companies. i have heard stories from so many families in southwest florida who suffered severe financial burdens and reduced and dropped coverage because of obamacare. paying more for less is bad policy. it's bad economics and raw deal for america. now we have the opportunity to
do three things, to turn the page and put this disaster of obamacare behind it. we have the opportunity to enact a resolution which will lead to repealing obamacare. we have the opportunity to have dr. price take the helm at health and hollywood services and begin a substantial administrative overhaul and we have the opportunity to put in the replacement plan that has been talked about which provides a seamless transition into a new form of health care and leaves no one without coverage and assures the continual coverage of pre-existing conditions. but it will offer consumer choice, the american way and make coverage affordable and competitive. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for additional 30 seconds. mr. rooney: and will stimulate competition and removing an artificial barrier. and lastly, it will encourage innovation in the delivery of
health care and advances in treatment. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. maloney: i would like to apologize to mr. beyer and mr. delaney, but mr. nadler says he has an absolute pressing emergency and i yield to him for one minute. the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: repeal of the affordable care act will be a disaster for the american public and will send america back to the days when people went bankrupt trying to pay medical bills and seniors paying prescription drugs. adding insult to injury, it would defund planned parenthood. republicans are asking us to pass legislation to punish an organization without due process because they don't agree with it. this smacks in the face.
if we pass this bill, women will have no access to health care. community health centers do not include enough providers to take on all the patriots. by voting to defund planned parenthood we will be leaving 2.7 million men and women with no access. what a statement for republicans to make in the major piece of legislation. they are saying, republicans don't care about your health or your families but just about politics. my colleagues and i care about the american people. and we will vote against this absurd budget resolution and the a.c.a. repeal. i urge my colleagues to vote against this bill and i yield back. . the chair: the gentlewoman is
recognized. . maloney: i yield three minutes to -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has four minutes remaining. miss maloney: i yield two minutes to mr. beyer. the chair: the gentleman is recognized 34r678 beyer: i rise to oppose : i rise this. the speaker admitted important facts, number one, more than 80% of obamacare customers get subsidies to help them pay the cost of the premiums. they do not pay the full cost an won't feel the full brunt of this. arizona is up but rhode island will decrease he cherry picked the highest one, omitting the overall increase. most importantly, number three, most people are unact affected
because most people get their insurance through their employers, medicare or medicaid. only a small percentage of americans getter that insurance on the individual market. as an employer myself who offers health insurance to more than 300 people, if someone is very concern -- and someone who is concerned about the debt, my concern is the republicans seem willing to throw out the management of our debt for this repeal. i've heard them lament about our national debt and we've made progress on the budget deficit but blowing up obamacare will blow up our national debt, the most fiscally irresponsible act since we waged two wars without paying for them. this will cause the state of virginia to lose up to 100,000 jobs and $50 billion in business health care. i urge my colleagues to vote no
on this plan. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman reserves, the gentleman from ohio reserves, the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. ma he nee: i yield two minutes to another distinguished mobe of the joint economic committee, congressman delaney. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. delaney: we know this has not only eroded confidence in our government but caused government to function to a very low standard. in my four years in congress i have never seen a better example of that than what we have here today. today we are considering a budget that is not only fiscally irresponsible, it double ours deficits across 10 years, increasing the national debt by $10 trillion, but its sole purpose is to repeal the affordable care act. the purpose of today's budget is not to amend the affordable care ct but to preserve -- -- and
preserve its strengths, nor is it to repeal the affordable care act an he place it with something that's been well thought through and shared with the american people. the purpose of today's bill is to repeal the affordable care act and let the chips fall where they may. even people who oppose the affordable care act who looked at this issue have concluded that the affordable care act should not be repealed without ary placement. it's being done for political reasons because my colleagues, unfortunately, for year have told their supporters they would repeal this bill at all costs without having the courage or convictions to explain to them the consequences of repeal without replacement, nor without the determination to do the work to come up with an alternative. the affordable care act was passed eight years ago. it was passed on a straight party line basis which was unfortunate.
it had three important goals which it has achieved to expand health care to over 20 million people, to lower the overall cost of health care in this country, which is the most important number in our fiscal health and to impruff the quality of health care. is it perfect? no. are we addressing its problems today in no. are we repealing it without any replace ment? yes. by any measure will that be bad for the peculiar health and potentially cause a public health crisis in the united states of america? the answer to that is yes. i urge my colleagues to reject the budget po posal. the chair: the gentleman's time has ex-peer the gentlewoman has 15 seconds remaining. mrs. maloney: i urge a strong no vote. this budget resolution jeopardizes the very health of our citizens and put ours economic recoughry at risk. i uverage a no vote and -- i urge a no vote and yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman's time has ex-peer thsmed egentleman is recognized. mr. tiberi: i yield mousse such
time as i may consume. there are several perspectives, important perspectives to health care and health insurance. one, value delivered to patients in terms of insurance plan options, choice of doctors, access to treatment and most importantly, health outcome. two, health insurance premiums and health care cost sharing. three budgetary costs to the federal and state governments. four, supply of health care services include big doctors and hospitals and through medications. fifth, indirect cost to the economy such as reduced job creation and labor force participation. the affordable care act fails on all five counts. and that's why we're here today. to start the possess of repealing and replacing it. the program is dysfunctional and it's -- its costs have become and will become more unsustainable. supposedly the central objective
for passing the a.c.a. was to ensure those who did not have coverage. i was there. yet the increased government sprawl shown in this chart in health care is striking. the joint economic chart from the time of the law's passage illustrates the law's mind numbing complexity. unsurprising to anyone skeptical of bureaucratic solutions, the obama health care system has not worked. instead of empowering innovators, doctors, patients, obamacare has implemented a complex scheme that relies on unelected bureaucrats. and this chart demonstrates that clearly. mr. speaker, obamacare means fewer choices. in fact, kimberly a constituent in my district, recently told me that she had a brain tumor. virtually no doctors take the marketplace insurance. so i am left to change doctors
who i've seen for 30 years and switch to new doctors who don't -- who i don't trust and cannot provide the same health care benefits that i've received in the past. traumatic for her. remarkably, the enrollment failure is happen degree spite penalties on individuals failing to obtain coverage and employers failing to provide it. even with billions of dollars in subsidies, in my opinion, this illustrates that many would likely prefer to trade their subsidies for more flexibility, the choice of their own doctors, and useful alternatives. obamacare also means higher premium. ohioans on the individual marketplace have seen increased premiums by 111% since passage of obama kear. now in my state, the average premium is over $5,000. republicans agree that the system needs reform but
obamacare cannot be reformed. the argument that parts of the american health care insurance system were not working previously and that more people now have health insurance is irrelevant to the decision to repeal obamacare. nobody claims that the former system was perfect. i certainly don't. certainly the government can increase coverage with subsidies, increase coverage with mandates, but what has it done to the underlying health care that is being provided. the extent and method by which obamacare increases coverage has caused huge and unnecessary collateral damage to all others in the marketplace. all others with respect to patient choice of their doctors. the quality of the care that they're receiving. the supply of health care. and certainly state and federal budgets. the focus of obamacare advocates
has been almost excuse ily on increasing the number of insured by government subsity an mandates. i get that and i understand that. but not on maximizing healthy outcomes. those aren't the same things. health insurance is not an end in itself. effective treatment to health care problems is. private investment is so needed to push forward medical discoveries, innovation, accelerate drug development, personalized medicine, harness technology to coordinate our health care and help administrate it. there is a better way. you'll hear from the other side of the aisle that republicans have no plan to replace obamacare. here are the plans. it's just not true. the goal of republican plans is not to go back to the way things were before obamacare, it's to move forward. we want to facilitate a well functioning market in health care and health insurance as well. in the united states we let the
marketplace work things out. republicans would have fixed those on -- want to fix those obstacles and make it better. portability, patient center care, insurance across state lines, medical liability reform, new mechanisms for maul businesses an individuals to power together and negotiate. flexibility for governors. a paint-center, patient-focused program. the government has a role. and a responsibility. to provide support for those who can't afford it, for those who fall through the cracks. addressing pre-existing conditions is part of our planful keeping dependents up to 26 on their parents' plan is part of our plan. but the deeper points to recognize are, one, there's no reason why a free market cannot offer insurance to individuals that provide continuous coverage throughout their lives. there's no reason that helping the poor should not limit the choices and flexibilities of everyone else which obamacare
has done. much less in fear -- interfere with with the larger economy. moreover the law has had an impact on employment. i see it every week. casey mulligan of the university of chicago estimated that the a.c.a. taxes will affect nearly half of the working population in america. reducing average wages, hours worked and g.d.p. based upon c.b.o. estimate the overall impact of the a.c.a. on the supply of labor will become progressively worse as time passes. obamacare took certain problems in health care insurance, a large of number of insured, lack of individual coverage for pre-existing conditions, higher premiums for individual, and used them as an excuse to create socialized medicine. the repeal of obamacare will take us off that path and replacement will offer shortcomings to other problems. it will provide support away
from obamacare to transition. it improves consumer choice. ladies and gentlemen, i understand the anxiety that many are feeling right now listening to the democrats tell them that health care will be yanked out from under them. when i was a kid, my dad, a steelworker, lost his job. we lost our health care. we lost our insurance. i know what thatting an stiity is like. and i would assure everyone today that's not what we're doing here today. i know what we're doing here today. we're empowering patients, we're empowering doctors, not bureaucrats. we're giving them more choices, more opportunities, and a better health care system. mr. speaker, i ask that we support this resolution and i yiel >> the rep. garrett:'s