tv Congressional Democrats React to Collapse of Senate Health Care Repeal CSPAN July 29, 2017 12:35am-12:52am EDT
of the past. senator susan collins of maine, who also broke with her party and voted against the partial repeal said in a statement, " neither party has a monopoly on good ideas and we must work together to put together a bipartisan bill that fixes the flaws in the affordable care act and works for all americans." nancy pelosi thanked john mccain, susan collins and lisa murkowski for voting no on the partial repeal. this is 15 minutes.
ms. pelosi: good morning, everyone. we know you're out there, we can see you breathing. i know it was a late night last night, but a victorious one for the american people. i want to thank chuck schumer and the democrats in the senate for their unity. i want to thank senator mccain for establishing a higher level of participation as to how we should proceed and to the senators who courageously, senatormichalski -- murkowski and senator collins and senator mccain, thank you for hearing the voices of the families. to the families and outside groups who weighed in on -- in our offices, in town halls, on the phone, in the mall outside the capitol, thank you for making your voices heard in such an important way. right now, we go forward recognizing the value of the affordable care act, which last night was once again protected and we take great pride in that. but we also know that there are
updates and improvements we can make. so we call upon the speaker to establish a process, we can go right to the committees and have a discussion on how we keep america healthy. we call on the president to release the funds for the that areng reductions essential to having the law be effective. those two things are very, very important to us. we're very proud of the work of our ranking members throughout this whole process and really since about three days after the election, how we all worked together recognizing that the affordable care act was at risk , to arrive at a place where we can go forward to improve it rather than to repeal it. with that, i'm pleased to yield to the distinguished democratic whip, mr. hoyer. thank you very much.
senator collins and senator michalski -- senator murkowski and senator mccain voted what their 49 republican colleagues were thinking, it was not a bill that would have been positive for the american people and it would have been defeated. now it's our joint responsibility, the president and the house and the senate, to work together in a bipartisan way to ensure that americans are not damaged by the inability to pass a replacement. the affordable care act is the -- law of land feared the land. each of us have the responsibility to make sure that it is implemented in a way that's positive for americans and american families. i'm pleased to yield to the distinguished assistant leader, jim clyburn of south carolina. mr. clyburn: thank you very much. one of the things that i used to teach when i first started my
professional career was the governmental process. we as legislators make the laws and it's turned over to the executive to enforce. last night, we got another step to making the law, now it's up the -- up to the executive branching to enforce that law, and not do anything to subvert the legislative process and the intentions that process yields. i'm looking forward to all of us working together to return to what we call regular order here and see what we can do to improve the affordable care act going forward. with that i'm pleased to yield to frank pallone. i think this is time for the republicans to put partisanship aside, stop the efforts to repeal. the president needs to stop the
sabotage and basically work with us to come together and find ways to lower costs, to bring stability to the marketplace and also expand access. we said last week what some of those key things would be. and the one that our leader already mentioned is with regard to the cost-sharing subsidies, the president must commit now to continue to pay the cost-sharing subsidies indefinitely, rather than this month-to-month maybe which is creating so much instability in the marketplace. and then also work with us also on the reinsurance idea. we had a temporary reinsurance program that brought a lot of stability to the marketplace, it was making it possible for insurers that they didn't have to worry about if a lot of people became sick and all of a sudden they had to pay out a lot of money. those are some of the things that we can do, some of the most important things we need to do, to work together to improve on the affordable care act on a bipartisan basis. i call on my republican colleagues and will certainly
try to do that with our energy and commerce colleagues as well. now i'd like to yield to the ranking member of the ways and means committee, mr. neil. mr. neal: i think we agree this is not a moment for triumphalism. instead, i think this is an argument to return to regular order. the actual notion of holding hearings, offering amendments and maybe someday even getting to conference reports the way the congress once functioned when many of us joined. but also a reminder as we proceed to tax reform, we need to employ a different model that -- different model. this can't be done with one party. instead i think we also move on to critical issues that face the american economy, including the debt ceiling, we have to finish the appropriations process. we have medicare extenders coming up and the chip program coming up. i think there's enough good will from members on both sides moving forward to use this as a learning experience, how one party, playing off of eight
pages, after 70 years after harry truman talked about the need for national health insurance, to understand it can't be done without hearings and amendments and an open process that embraces a lot of ideas as we did in the run-up to the american -- to the affordable care act. use this as a learning period, use it as a lesson and let's move on. with that, i'd like to introduce my friend, ranking member bobby scott. mr. scott: thank you, madam leader and colleagues. when we talk about the affordable care act we have to remind ourselves what the situation was before the affordable care act passed. costs were going through the roof. those with pre-existing conditions couldn't get insurance. millions of people were losing insurance every year. after the affordable care act passed, costs have gone up at the lowest rate in 50 years. those with pre-existing conditions can get insurance. 20 million more people have insurance than they did before.
we have no caps on benefits. children up to 26 can stay on their parent's policy. we made a lot of progress but obviously it's not perfect. whatever you think of the affordable care act, if you are to make changes, you ought to improve it. that will be measured on the cost of premiums, the number of people in short and the quality of the insurance. last night's vote was on a measure where 16 million fewer people would have their insurance and the costs would go up at least 20%. some that voted against it -- some that voted for it only voted for it with an understanding that it would not be the final version, that it would go to conference. the problem was with the -- the problem was not with the process. the problem was with the reality that every other proposal was actually worse, had more people uninsured at higher cost and the quality of insurance went down. so we shouldn't be talking about process, we shouldn't be talking about the political
ramifications of the -- of what happened last night. we ought to be talking about coming together as our leadership has said, have hearings and briefings, there are a lot of ideas out there, some will work, some will not. that's why you have hearings and briefings. let's come together and improve the affordable care act. with that, i want to call on the ranking member of the budget committee, mr. yarmoututh. mr. yarmuth: thank you. last week we discussed, as many have said, the ideas we have for making the affordable care act work better. one of the areas we are concerned about and know we need to deal with is many jurisdictions in which there are few insurance companies or none. there are not many with none but there are some with fewer. we have ideas for how to do that. frank mentioned some of those. we have talked with insurance companies and we know what they say they need to re-enter these markets and be competitive in these markets. also, i think as part of this process as many mentioned
already today, we need to engage these states. it seems like the affordable care act in the individual market has been successful in many places and not so successful in others. in those it hasn't been as successful, these are where the administrations of those states, largely republican, have not embraced the affordable care act and not tried to make it work. i think we need to put a lit tle bit of responsibility on those states, engage with them, see how the federal government can be helpful in those states but also that they can help as well. help their own citizens. so we look forward to this kind of dialogue and analysis and discussion and making the affordable care act work as successfully as we know it can. with that i return the program the leader. ms. pelosi: thank you. we're pleased to be joined by the distinguished co-chair of the democratic caucus, and two of our communications committee. they are prepare to take questions you may have.
maybe we have time for two, we have a vote taking away. away.king reporter: have you been in contact with speaker ryan about this? seems like mitch mcconnell has been more open to a bipartisan, let's move along if repeal fails. ryan hasn't taken repeal off the table. have you been in touch with him since the senate vote? ms. pelosi: i reached out to him, they were in caucus this morning. will -- we will probably speak as soon as we leave here and finish the vote. obviously we were all up late last night. but i called him this morning, they were in caucus. but that opportunity has to be under the regular order as we go forth. reporter: is it incumbent on democrats to reach out to republicans after this vote failed, and say we said we'd talk when repeal was dead and here is our ideas come here is where we are ready to compromise? >> we have always stood ready to
talk about health care. we want to get health care to as many people as we possibly can. we are in the minority, we recognize that. have stood ready with ideas about how we can mend or improve the affordable care act. it's incumbent on them to join us and bring us to the table as well. >> just to follow up on chairman crowley's point, you heard this morning, there have been additional proposals put forward by the democratic caucus, there are lots of good ideas on the ways we can improve the affordable care act. there was a press conference last week outlining some ideas. there's no absence of ideas. what we have had so far is an absence of willingness to work with democrats in a bipartisan way to make those improvements because they have been so singularly focused on repeal. hopefully the vote last night will end that quest and there'll
be a meaningful discussion about exploring some of these great ideas to make the affordable care act even better. >> i'll be very quick, what do we have, like seven seconds? [laughter] >> i find it interesting that the republicans hold the white house, the senate and the house, yet they are finger pointing to us. here's the reality. as congressman crowley said, we stand here with open arms. we do have proposals. i heard mitch mcconnell talking about, where are the democrat's ideas? they've been talking about repealing and replacing this, or repealing it at least for the last eight years. and i can tell you this. i'm from illinois. i'm from a rural district that donald trump won. and people are tired of this appearing to be a game. they want us to get the job done. we're saying to mitch mcconnell, to speaker ryan, to any republicans, that we stand here ready to fight for bringing down the cost of prescription drugs,
making health care more affordable from a premium perspective, co-pays and deductibles. so you know, yeah, we stand here ready. let's get the job done. thanks. >> thank you all. >> on newsmakers this weekend, our guest is kentucky congressman john yarmouth, the house budgeton the committee. he tucks about the budget and appropriations process, which recently included defense spending and the proposed border wall. watch the interview sunday at 10:00 a.m. and six clock p.m. eastern on c-span. q&a, art baudouin
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