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tv   Vice President Makes Case for Senate Health Care Bill to Governors  CSPAN  July 15, 2017 12:21am-12:59am EDT

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cable television companies and is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. governors from across the u.s. are holding their annual summer meeting in providence, rhode island. vice president mike pence is the former governor of indiana. he addressed the gathering and talk about efforts to replace the current health care law. he introduced by virginia governor and nga chair terry mcauliffe. >> i am honored to introduce the vice president of the united states of america, who just a year ago, sat with us.
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as a governor, he understands the challenges we all face. grow our economies, how to build an infrastructure or transportation, how to make sure our children are getting the best out of the education. -- the best quality education. can understand we want to work together in a bipartisan way on -- he understands we want to work together in a bipartisan way on infrastructure and the best quality health care for our citizens. i think vice president pence. he shows true backbone himself in indiana when he expanded medicaid for his citizens. he understands the challenges that we as governors face to make sure we are providing that quality care. it is my honor today as chairman of the national governors association to bring to the podium to work with the governors in a bipartisan way the vice president of the united states of america, michael pence. [applause]
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[applause] vp pence: thank you all. it is wonderful to be here. to prime minister trudeau, governor mcauliffe, thank you for that warm introduction and welcome. all the distinguished guests with us here today, it is an honor to be back in rhode island at the 109th annual summer meeting of the national governors association. [applause] vp pence: i am here for our
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-- for my friend, agent in of federalism who is fighting everyday to restore our rights, the 40's as president of the united states, president donald trump. he is returning from france, where he's elevated america's first and oldest alliance with great pageantry and a productive meeting. i spoke to the president aboard air force one this morning and he asked me to convey his thanks to all of you for your service to the states and to give you his best regards. our president since me and several members of our cabinet here to reaffirm our administration's commitment to partner with each and every one of you to advance the security and prosperity of all of the american people and all of the states across this country. [applause]
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for me, it is great to be back at the nga. bem frankly very humbled to with so many of the leaders i had the privilege to serve with when i was governor of the state of indiana. it is amazing for me to think. my wife and i reflected on it this morning. it was one year ago this weekend that the phone call came in my life changed -- and my life changed. i reflected this morning on that ancient verse, and i often thought about it in those days, "who am i, oh lord, and who is my family that you brought me this far?" let the think this personal opportunity to say thank you to all of you. thank you for your friendship, your encouragement, and the prayers that have enabled us to serve in this new capacity. it is great to be back with america's governors. [applause] i am here is your vice
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president, but i bring the perspective of a former governor to your discussion this weekend. when i was governor, i would often come to washington, d.c. representing my state and -- my state interests. i wanted an administration that would work with me to improve the hard-working people of indiana. let me give you his promise, every governor in america has all that and more in president donald trump. you heard it from the president himself when he addressed the nga at the white house during your winter meeting earlier this year. as the president said and i quote, "under my administration, we are going to have a troop partnership of collaboration and cooperation with the states," and he meant every word of it. since day one, president trump has been delivering on his promise. president trump has met with governors from no fewer than 47 states individually and five territories, including all of you got a few today. in june alone -- all of you gathered here today. in june alone, president trump welcome 19 governor to the white
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house and met with three on the road. let me assure you, this president values your continued input on issues ranging from infrastructure to energy to tax cuts to health care and so much more. if you haven't noticed, this president likes to hire governors. not just present company but i'm talking about our united nations ambassador, nikki haley, secretary of energy rick perry, our secretary of agriculture, sonny perdue and the new united states ambassador to china, the longest serving governor in american history, ambassador terry grandstaff. let's give all these former governors a round of applause. it really has been a privilege for me to continue to work so closely with all of you on the president's behalf.
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in february, karen and i enjoyed welcoming many of you to the vice president's residence in washington, d.c. the first time all of america's governors have, i was told, have ever been invited to the naval observatory and we were honored that so many came. my wife couldn't with be us -- couldn't be with us today, she's picking our daughter up from the airport after some foreign travel, but let me extend the president's and our family's heart felt appreciation to the most important people in the room today, the spouses and family members to those who serve as governors across this nation. could you give a round of applause to our spouses and family members who support the leadership of these great leaders? \[applause] the truth is, america's governors have a friend in president donald trump and it doesn't matter whether you're a republican or a democrat. this president's agenda will continue to strengthen every state across this country. you know, i like to say our president has a three-part agenda. jobs, job, and jobs. and to be around him for any period of time you know he's focused on prosperity in this country as more than anything else other than security.
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the president has taken decisive action from the outset to put america back to work and get our economy moving again. this president has signed more laws slashing job-killing red tape out of washington, d.c. than any president in american history. it's already saved businesses and individuals up to $18 billion a year in regulatory costs. and our president's been busy unleashing american energy. he's opening the way for more offshore drill, rolling back the clean power plan and the president's approved the keystone and dakota pipelines to strengthen the energy infrastructure of this nation. speaking of infrastructure, president trump has already begun the process of rebuilding american infrastructure and in partnership with governors like you, i promise you before this session of congress is out, we're going to pass an infrastructure bill that will rebuild america. and we're going to work with each and every one of you. to bring that about. this president has also taken
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decisive action to ensure that america's trade deals are both free and fair. thanks to the president's leadership, last month, american companies were able to ship american beef to china for the first time in over 13 years. the president's also opened up a new economic dialogue , he asked me to lead with the nation of japan, to strengthen our trade relationship with our valued ally. in the coming weeks, president trump and our nation will renegotiate the north american free trade agreement with canada and mexico. and under this president's leadership, we will modernize nafta for the 21st century so it is a win-win-win for all of our trading partners in north america. \[applause] now, i know you'll be hearing from prime minister trudeau in just a few minutes. let me assure you, the united states and canada have already built a remarkably strong relationship under these two
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leaders and the investment relationship that we enjoy today is worth more than $620 billion a year. and we're grateful, we're grateful for the prime minister's leadership and his early outreach to this administration. president trump recognized that every trade relationship can improve and as the prime minister knows, we're looking forward to bringing nafta into the future in a way that will equally benefit both our countries. the truth is president trump's leadership is already making a difference. i know you see it in your states every single day. under this president's watch, businesses large and small have already created more than 800,000 new private sector jobs since the first of this year. company after company are making record investments in state after state, billions of dollars, tens of thousands of jobs, and the stock market is soaring, closing at record highs again this week. with the continued input of america's governors, president trump is going to work with this congress to drive forward an agenda for a more prosperous america of lower taxes, less
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regulation, more american energy, better infrastructure, better trade deals and yes, president donald trump is going to lead this congress to rescue the american people from the collapsing policies of obamacare. \[applause] you know, as a former governor myself, i know just how important health care is to each and every one of you as you lead your states. the simple truth, though, is, is obamacare is imploding all across america. working families and small businesses are paying the price every day. our administration has found that the average premium on the individual market is more than doubled since obamacare went into effect less than four years ago and in many states, including some represented here, it's more than tripled. when obamacare passed, we were
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promised families would save up to $2,500 a year in premiums. but the average obamacare plan today costs more than $3,000 more than than the average plan did in 2013. while costs are skyrocketing, choices are plummeting. on monday, our administration announced that 38% fewer health insurers plan on participating in obamacare exchanges next year and the number could rise. leaving millions of americans with even fewer choices. and come next year, 40% of american counties, including nine whole states, will have only one choice in a health insurance provider, meaning they essentially have no choice at all. worse, dozens of counties will have no providers whatsoever on the obamacare exchange in 2018. i know you know these facts because as governors you're living that reality. not far afield in washington, d.c. looking at statistics, but you're seeing the impact of
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these failed policies each and every day in communities and enterprises across your state. i don't have to tell any of the governors gathered around here, whatever your politics, whatever your party you know we're talking about real people. and you the wore talking about a real crisis. because behind every number is a name. behind every name is a story. you know, since early this year, the president has had me traveling across the country to many of your states. i've always made a point to sit down with your local citizens and local businesses to hear the story about how hardship that obamacare has placed on your communities. i've heard stories from small business owners, working families and parents with disabled children who suffered terribly under the collapsing weight of this policy. people like julie roberts who i met with earlier this week in lexington, kentucky. at her small business premiums have spiked 25% every year under
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obamacare and deductibles have tripled. then there's connie mays who has lived in the same small town in ohio her entire life. she has a disability she told me about, it's made her life tough. but she found her way forward. when obamacare became law she lost her health insurance plan, lost her doctor and today no health care provider in her county will take her obamacare coverage. so she essentially has no coverage at all. she literally had tears in her eyes sitting next to me at the white house when she told me the story, that that card in her pocketbook was essentially meaningless because no one in her home county would take it. then there's julie pine from wisconsin who i met when i was visiting governor walker whose health insurance costs increased so much that last year she told me, with genuine emotion in her voice, that she had to choose
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between paying for her obamacare coverage and buying christmas presents in grandkids. she took that preemptive three months where she could skip making her payments and skip coverage just so she could afford to buy some christmas presents for her kids and grandkids. i don't have to tell all of you, these stories are not rare. but they're all heartbreaking. they're not the exception, they're the rule. as i told each and every one of those i mentioned and people all across this country, help is on the way. we're going to give the american people access to the kind of world class health care every american deserves. \[applause] i'm pleased to report as you already know just yesterday senate leadership unveiled a new version of the senate health care bill and president trump and i urge every member of the senate to support it.
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president trump and i believe the senate health care bill is the right bill at the right time to begin the end of obamacare and rescue the american people from this failed policy. and we look forward to the senate taking up this bill as early as next week. president trump laid out his vision for american health care months ago. the president said he wanted a health care system that in his words is, quote, far less expensive and far better, we believe the senate health care bill begins to make the president's vision a reality. the bill introduced in the senate put america back on the path to better, more affordable health care for every american. the senate health care bill repeals obamacare's individual business mandates and cuts taxes on american families and american businesses, restoring freedom and it'll create jobs. the senate health care bill doubles the contribution limits for health savings accounts and for the first time ever allows health savings accounts to cover insurance premiums. the bill also offers tax credits to help americans buy the coverage they want at a price they can afford.
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and the legislation ensures that every american with pre-existing conditions has access to the coverage and care they need, no exceptions. \[applause] if you take nothing else from what i say today, know that the senate health care bill gives states the freedom to redesign your health insurance marks and most significantly under this legislation states across the country will have an unprecedented level of flexibility to reform medicaid and bring better coverage, better care, and better outcomes to the most vulnerable in your states. i made the decision in indiana to expand medicaid under a waiver.
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you know how to create innovative solutions to address the unique health care needs for the people of your states and i had the same attitude when i was a governor. most of you know under previous administrations, frankly in both political parties, it's been difficult, if not at times impossible for states to act on your own ideas. i actually learned that firsthand. right after i was elected governor in early 2013, i went straight to work developing a serious medicaid reform plan that would put vulnerable and low-income hoosiers, more in charge of their health care decisions and would expand health care providers across the state. working with a remarkably talented woman, we created a plan based on consumer-directed health care. indiana, at the time, as some of you know, was home to a small pile on the project that had promising results in that area. and we believed we could spp
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expand coverage in the state in the indiana way, in ways to improve access and outcomes to those most vulnerable. when we submitted our waiver to the prior administration, we, as many of you can attest in prior administrations, we encountered roadblocks and bureaucracy in washington d.c. and took our state two years to approve waivers and it rejected what we were trying to do. you have submitted waiver requests to washington, d.c. and had the same result. now president trump and i both believe that governors should have the freedom to design and implement the reforms in health care that will work in your states and we are going to fight to make that a reality in washington, d.c. \[applause] vice-president pence: president
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trump is dedicated to getting the federal government out of your way and allowing you to develop those unique solutions that will work for the people of your state. as the president told you in february, the federal government in his words shouldn't be in your way but delivering services. you will hear from secretary tom price and administrator about our president's commitment to work with each and every one of you. earlier this year, they sent a letter to every governor to affirm the president's partnership with all of your states. and i got to tell you, and i hope you have had this experience, secretary tom price and the administrator, we have the a-team. they are fighting for you and fighting for the states' ability to innovate and meet the needs of our most vulnerable and improve our health care system. i would like you to give them a round of applause. \[applause]
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vice-president pence: as you heard from those cabinet first, our administration wants you to innovate. we want you to improve your own health insurance markets and strengthen your medicaid programs. and i promise you that this administration will work with you in a timely way so you can move forward with the policies and plans that are best for your states and your citizens. and a case in point. a few days ago, the administrator approved a state innovation waiver for alaska to lower premiums and access care. our administration is committed to working with you as partners. and the good news is, that the senate's health care bill will expand state freedom and flexibility to an even greater degree than the law permits our administration to extend today. the bill rolls back restrictions on waivers, giving states the
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ability to stabilize your insurance markets after they have been virtually destroyed in recent years. when it comes to medicaid, not only does the senate's health care bill expand states' flexibilities, but every state has the resources you need to take care of those most vulnerable. as a governor who expanded medicaid, i have to tell you, i understand and appreciate as the president does, the concerns that many of you have as we talk about medicaid in the future going forward. our administration has paid very close attention to this issue and we have had discussions with governors around this room and around the country. so let me be clear. president trump and i believe the senate health care bill strengthens and secures medicaid for the neediest in our society. and this bill puts this vital american program on a path to long-term sustainability.
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under the senate health care bill, federal medicaid spending will be $300 to $500 billion higher over the next decade over relative amounts ensuring that our states have the ability to provide for the most vulnerable and give them the care they are counting on. when it comes to receiving this funding, your states will have the per capita cap or the block grant. the per capita grant gives you the assistance and with the block grant option you will determine how to best use your medicaid dollars and you can provide for your most vulnerable in ways that is most best for your state. it creates a stability fund in addition to that that states can use to help people obtain personal coverage as they transition out of the medicaid expansion. people on medicaid will be eligible for the tax credits which will be able to purchase
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the health insurance that is right for them. under obamacare, the medicaid expansion cost 50% more. at this very moment, medicaid is one of the largest and fastest growing budget i tempts items in every state budget. as medicaid grows, there is less and less money for schools, roads and public safety. medicaid's been a broken system that has been fundamentally unsustainable and the expansion that occurred under obamacare only made the system worse. this just can't continue. that's why the senate health care bill puts medicaid on a budget for the first time in history, ensuring for the long run that medicaid will be there for the neediest in our society. obamacare has put far too many able-bodied adults on the rolls leaving disable people at the
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back of the line. i know governor kasich isn't with us, but he is troubled to know that in ohio, 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists leaving them without the care they need for months and years. just a few weeks ago, i met such a family from a state that expanded medicaid. they are a beautiful family but a heartbreaking family and one that america needs to hear. jacob is christine's son. he has a rare disability and for his entire life, he depended on medicaid. a few years back, when their state expanded traditional medicaid, the state announced they were going to cut back on coverage for medication like jacob's. christine told me with tears in
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her eyes as well, saying that the state would no longer pay for his medicine. they tried to get money together but they couldn't do it. they had to switch to a cheaper alternative. young jake's health began to fail. even lost his ability to feed, walk and talk. only by the grace of god did he regain these skills and a loving family was at his side. every day is a struggle for him and his family. and jake is not alone. the truth is, i have heard from special-needs' families and they have told me again, unless we reform medicaid our most vulnerable are going to be crowded out of coverage that they rely on and depend on. i don't have to ask anyone where your hearts are. you know medicaid was created to
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support the aged, the blind, the disabled and vulnerable children. and unless we bring about reforms, we are going to continue to see scarce resources crowd out the help that vulnerable need. no one sitting in a governor's office wants that to happen. this demands a compassion nature response. i know all of you care deeply about those families and you want to give them the best shot at a better life. i know all of you. beyond the politics that may separate us, being among governors is one of the most inspiring times of my time in public service. governors are doers. you check your politics at the door and figure out how to solve problems and this room is filled with men and women who are
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problem solvers. this is your chance. caring for the disabled, the blind, elderly, pregnant women and children and put you back in the driver's seat. we are saving medicaid for the sake of our most vulnerable. and providing americans with affordable health insurance with the reforms moving through congress. this is caring for the least among us and about doing the right thing and at the end of the day, i know in my heart of hearts, the men and women of this table and everyone in public service longs to do just that. before i leave, i would like to mention one more accomplishment that is of great interest and already been a subject of discussion appropriately at this gathering. i'm pleased to report that new senate health care bill provides unprecedented new provisions to
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address the opioids crisis that is ravaging our nation. \[applause] vice-president pence: we are grateful for your leadership. and in my days back in the hoosier state, i sat around with families that were dealing with the loss of a loved one to opioid addiction or dealing with the long, long road back from opioid addiction and abuse. you all would be glad to know that president trump has made it a priority to end the scourge of opioid addiction. he knows the impact it has on families and we are determined in this administration to bring the full resources of the national government to bear on assisting you as you come along side these families. president trump has been giving our law enforcement communities
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at every level, the resources and backing they need to go after this on the law enforcement side. we have been hitting gang members and drug dealers, like ms-13 a off the street. the president has committed a commission devoted to addressing the opioid crisis because we know we have to meet this crisis of not just with law enforcement but also with compassion and with new resources with those that are caught up in the scourge of addiction. the senate health care bill unveiled yesterday, a remarkable $45 billion in new federal resources to confront opioid abuse and addiction in our states. \[applause] vice-president pence: when this bill is signed into law, every state in america will benefit. and passing this bill is to help those are who are fighting
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addiction and put our nation back on the road to healing. as governor, i was talking a moment ago and once again in your state, after congress passed the cares act, you will have the ability to look at issues like not only treatment, but also treatment centers to build further capacity in your states to make resources available for people and their families to deal with the scourge of addiction. and we know your leadership will make a difference. the bottom line, the senate health care bill provides the most vulnerable in our society. it improves and strengthens medicaid and gives you, america's governors, the flexibility to bring better care, better outcomes. the president and i believe it will be a historic day when the president signs this bill into law. we commend this bill to your
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attention and ask for your support. i want to ask all of you to continue to work with us, to build on the good work being done on this congress on health care and so many other issues. i challenge each one of you to work together with this administration to give the american people access to the world-class health care they deserve and move forward on the kind of policies that will strengthen our nation and advance our economy and secure the safety of the american people. we truly believe now is the time to act in congress on health care reform for the sake of the american people. we need to have state-based innovation and make the best health care system in the world even better. and as i close, let me again thank you for the warm welcome today and the good fellowship. when i arrived today, one of my colleagues asked me if i missed you. i do.
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the privilege of serving as a governor in the state i grew up was the greatest privilege of my life until that phone rang a year ago this weekend. but there is something special about governors. president trump and i know it. and we are just determined to seize this moment in the life of our nation to advance the interests and the well-being of the people of our country and we ask for your support. and as i ask it, i say it with confidence, i know we will succeed, as we confront the challenges in health care and beyond, because i have faith. so with boundless faith in the american people, with faith in you men and women in this room who lead the great states of this union, with faith in our president's faith determination and faith in god who has ever watched this land of the free and home of the brave, i say with confidence, we will make america safe again and make america prosperous again.
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we will give americans the opportunity to have access to world-class health care again. and to borrow a phrase, working with all of you, on behalf of all of the american people, we will make america great again. thank you very much. god bless you for your service to this nation. god bless the united states of america. \[applause]


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