tv Vice President Pence Delivers Address on Health Care CSPAN March 13, 2017 8:36am-9:06am EDT
on the other side of the aisle. we don't like this thing being jammed down her throat and rush down the american peoples throats. >> c-span programs are email@example.com, on our, on our homepage and by searching the video library. spin vice president pence travel to kentucky to talk about the republican health care plan. when writing the vice president was greeted at the airport i kentucky governor matt bevin before heading to an energy services company in louisville where the two addressed employees. [applause] >> thank you very much. thanks for being here. my first bicycle was read. i'm just kidding. we're going to go with the short version. not sure what happened but thank you truly for being here. thank you for caring about this issue.
thank you for being a part of the american process. i'll keep my comments brief. i want you to be able to hear from our vice president. beautiful thing about meeting in a warehouse is there's actually things around you, so be careful. i will say this. the conversation that is been had, and there's some an immediate costly to those of you but also to us as just the folk. the discussion that there is disagreement with people as to what to do with health care that touches every one of the 320 some odd million americans, however many of us there are now. of course there's disagreement as to what we should do with it. this is america. americans have opinions. you can't be married to somebody for two days let alone 20 some years as i been and in -- be in complete agreement on everything at every time. there is a catastrophe that has been foisted upon the american people known as the affordable care act.
it's been anything but. this obamacare/affordable care act whatever it is that it goes by has been truly devastating to we're just an enemy with a number of small business owners, the vice president myself, talked about how it is actually impacted them. these are folks who employ thousands upon thousands of folks. it has devastated their businesses. it creates confusion, difficulty, costs or could ultimately gets passed through to somebody so does need to be fixed. the system is collapsing. fewer and fewer insurers are even willing to actually be on exchanges. this idea into some are working in kentucky, for those of you who are part of the national media, i'm telling you it doesn't work in kentucky and you will see our former governor yet again try to maintain some semblance of a legacy by telling you it's working. it's not working. we have come out our cans all a single provider. it's not working in kentucky.
humana is going to be leaving our exchange and every other exchange in the country. others are going to do the same thing. the cost has become prohibitive. people can't afford the deductibles that they have to if they can even afford the premium itself. for those were getting it for free, frankly, what is free to somebody is very expensive to somebody else. that's the reality. that's what we need to think about. so the message we want to share is that change is coming. obamacare is a disaster. it needs to be repealed and replaced. it needs to be something that is effective. the important thing to understand above all else is this, it's not about coverage. it's not about providing coverage without being mindful of creating better health outcomes. that is the point. the point is to great a healthier populace, to create better health outcomes so that people have healthier lives. interestingly healthier people ultimately will cost the system less.
so while saving money isn't the goal. in reality if we focus on health care and health outcomes, we will ultimately have a more affordable system. you are going to hear from the vice president speak about things he and the president and the cobras are working towards as it relates to creating competition. i will say this, stay tuned. expected there to be healthy dialogue. this is a multi step process. the reconciliation process people here at very few really understand how it works. it is imperative to understand that what make it to the house as it exists right now and there's couple of our congressmen here. i saw earlier i think congressman guthrie and congressmen barbecue they are right in front of me. think you both for being here. you shifted on me from when i say out in the curtain. the bottom line is these guys know what works in the house. they're working hard to try to come up with a solution they can agree on. it may or may not in its exact form be exactly what coul convis the senate, there enough.
ultimately these differences of opinion will be reconciled. right now within the ranks as within the senate ranks as within the administration ranks, there are differences of ideas but the one thing everyone is agreed upon is this. change has to come. the system is broken. [applause] the system is broken. >> and i am confident, i am very confident that this president and our vice president who you are about to hear from understand exactly what needs to happen. they understand exactly how important it is that obamacare be repealed. and it will get done. they are living with a sense of purpose, the likes of which would not seen for quite some time at the federal level. i want to introduce now the person you really came to hear from, a guy who is been a dear friend of mine for quite some time, who is been a mentor to be politically, someone who's been truly as good as a sounding board for me as anybody i've ever known in the political ranks, and he somebody i'm grateful to be able to introduce
to you now, i guide you got to know as a neighboring a governor, i guy whose faith guides him, whose decision-making is informed by his years in congress, his years as an executive, as a manager, as the ceo and the governor of a state, and a state that has done well. one that i is been unapologetic to try to copy the best elements up for quite some time. estate that is well ahead of us in some respects. we are playing catch-up as quickly as again. but i will say this. i've kicked footballs with this guy. i fed private conversations with this guy. i have prayed with this guy, been able to meet and talk with our families. he's a guy that i have as much respect for his anybody i know in the political world. please help me welcome the vice president of the united states, mike pence. [applause]
hello, kentucky. thank you governor, for the great introduction. ladies and gentlemen how about that governor matt bevin? everybody. he something. kentucky, kentucky, i truly do. i like to say for people i was for matt bevin before it was cool. kentucky will is blessed to have such a principled leader who is doing such great things for the state, restoring fiscal responsibility, rolling back redtape and today because governor matt bevin, kentucky is now a right to work state, kentucky is open for business. [applause] >> governor, the president and i are proud to partner with you to
make kentucky great again as we make america great again. [applause] >> i get along great with people from kentucky. except in march. gets a little testy, some evenings. the same goes with all my strong feeling about your governor. dedicated public servants are here, state senator who just joined for a great discussion, and to great congressmen who i served with in washington, congressman barr, can't congressman brett guthrie, would you all stand up and let these people -- let them appreciate your conservative stand in washington d.c. [applause] >> thank you both. i've got the joke is great to be in the home state of the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. [applause] is a true friend to me, to our president into the people of america. >> great to have the privilege
to be back in the bluegrass state park last fall thanks to all of you, here in kentucky, your hard work and support and your prayers, kentucky voted to make donald trump the 45th president of the united states of america in a decisive vote. [applause] now, and it was quite a campaign, wasn't it? it's been quite an administration, too. i get you killed it, it's not a very personal level. it's the greatest honor of my life to serve as vice president to president donald trump. and i want to thank you all for the privilege. [applause] >> the president is meant a boundless energy, optimism. i like safety is a broad shoulders and a big heart. speaking of which, the president asked me late yesterday when we were leaving the white house in the evening to just say thanks to everyone gathered here today. hard-working americans like all
of you are some of our biggest supporters. on behalf of president trump, thank you. thank you for your support and thank you for being here today. we are truly grateful. [applause] >> and to all the business owners who are with us here today, i enjoyed our discussion earlier. the governor and i had a brisk discussion about the challenges that the changes in health care in this country since 2010 have presented to business. i appreciate your candid feedback about what our administration can do to help your businesses succeed and grow. i have to tell you one other person i want to mention before i think our host, it is always good to have john in the house. john schneider and his wonderful wife are with us today. the midwest is proud that you call kentucky and america home. [applause] john, thank you. there he is. last but not least a map of the
president, let me thank harshaw trane for their hospitality. while franco could not be a today, not only do i appreciate the warm welcome of his team, richard and tom and luke, which is so admire frank building an extraordinary business, so it who grew up in foster care, frank and his story a of the sty of the american dream. and what you join me in thanking them for allowing this great business to be our backdrop. [applause] >> and all of those who run businesses, own businesses or work in small business let me make you a promise. our administration will be the best friend america's small businesses will ever have. [applause] >> the president and i know that small businesses are the engines of the american economy. as president trump said in his joint address to congress last week, we will restart the engine
to create jobs and prosperity and growth in america like never before. i grew up in a small business damages north of here in columbus indiana. i would work at my fathers gas station when i was 14 years of age. i was what was called a gas station attendant. if you're under the age of 30, i will explain to you after the program exactly what that was. the world also knows the present group and a family business. we both know the sacrifices that are required to make a business work and more importantly we know that when small business is strong, america is strong. and this president is going to fight every day to make that a reality. [applause] >> president trump wants to help you to become stronger than ever before. he made a promise to you at the wreck and people. this white house is in the promise keeping business. just look at what we've done over the past month and a half.
on day one president trump went straight to work rolling back reams of redtape. he instructed of agency of the federal government to find two regulations to get rid of before issuing any new regulations on job creators in america. [applause] >> the president is taking decisive action to protect american jobs and american workers by taking measures to secure our border, to build the wall, and end illegal immigration once and for all. [applause] >> the president authorized the keystone and dakota pipelines at last, creating thousands of american jobs and building on america's energy infrastructure. [applause] >> businesses, and if you haven't noticed already, businesses have been already reacting to president trump's nation with his by american
higher american business with optimism and investment from coast to coast literally from election day. companies have been announcing their keeping jobs here, creating new ones. last month alone the economy added an amazing 235,000 jobs in the month of february. this economy is coming back and coming back strong. [applause] and most importantly of all, the top priority the president gave us to work with members of congress to make sure that the obamacare nightmare is about to end. [applause] i will tell you, it is amazing to think about. virtually every promise of obamacare has been broken. we all remember the promises that they made back in 2010 when this was signed into law. they told us the cost of health insurance would go down, not true. they told us if you like your doctors you can keep them. not true.
they told us if you like your health plan you can keep it. not true. here are the heartbreaking facts. today americans are paying $3000 more a year on average for health insurance than the day obamacare was signed into law. last year alone premiums spiked by 25% and millions of americans have lost their health insurance plans and lost their doctors. in one third of the nations counties americans only have one insurance company to choose from which essentially means they have no choice at all. the truth is the american people are struggling under obamacare every day. and so our small businesses like those so well represented here. you all know exactly what i'm talking about. the truth is kentucky is a textbook example of obamacare failures. here in the bluegrass state premiums skyrocketed by an average of 24 24% last year with some plans spiking 47%.
nearly half of the state has only one health insurer to choose from. next year humana headquartered writer in louisville is pulling out of kentucky's obamacare exchange. today one-third of the state is on medicaid, and as your cup has said over and over again, it's unsustainable, and medicaid here in kentucky is threatening to bankrupt the state. folks, this just can't continue. and i promise you, it won't. [applause] since the day that kentucky help send present come to the white house from his top bird has been to repeal and replace obamacare with something that actually works. we've already made incredible progress. the bill passed with unanimous support from two committees in the congress. one of which congressman guthrie sits on an congressman, i just want to thank you for your
strong support to repeal and replace obamacare. [applause] >> now i know that not every politician in kentucky supports our plan to repeal and replace obamacare. i know your former governor has been defending obamacare all over america, and you might even have something to say about my visit here today. i welcome the debate. i really do. steve beshear is a friend of mine. we worked together once governor of indiana to promote jobs and growth all the cost kentucky and indiana. i'm awful proud of those o ohio river bridges, are you? [applause] the great story about collaboration between our two states, the it ran like a bridge, the lewis and clark bridge will support economic growth across this region for generations, but your former governor is wrong about obamacare. [applause]
obamacare has failed the people of kentucky. it's failed the of america, and obamacare must go. [applause] the plan the president outlined in his joint address to congress is the plan will working on. we will repeal and replace obamacare once and for all and replace it with health care reform that will improve the lives of every american and strengthen our economy. the truth is ordering every american to buy health insurance, whether they wanted it or not, was never the right solution for health care in this country. so we're going to start out, repeal the mandates and taxes and penalties of obamacare. [applause] we are going to and obamacare is individual and employer mandates were going to get rid of more
than $500 billion in obamacare tax increases. [applause] and we are going to get americans more choices. we will expand health savings accounts, give americans a tax credit that will help people buy plans they need at a price they can afford. we will make sure americans with pre-existing conditions still have access to the coverage and care that they need. to all the parents we will make sure you can keep your kids on your plan until they are 26 years of age. and most significantly in my view we will give states like kentucky the freedom and flexibility with medicaid to meet the needs of your most vulnerable in the way that works here in kentucky. [applause] the bill moving through the congress of today is going to give governor bevin and states all across the country the chance to reform medicaid so it will better serve the underprivileged in your state with the better coverage, better
health and better outcomes just like the governor said. uniquely designed for the people of kentucky. although the bit like we did in the hoosier state not too long ago. i'll never forget being here for the inaugural address. anybody else remember that sunny day? [applause] as i was sitting listening to remember hearing the governor say that he announced his intention to reform medicaid using some of the same conservative principles that we use in indiana. he said then he was inspired by india's reforms but he was pretty sure kentucky could do better than indiana. and i'd like to see him try. [laughing] in fact, president trump truly does believe that giving states like kentucky, like indiana, i can restate the resources and flexibility to improve their health care programs in medicaid is the american way to meet the needs of our most vulnerable and we're going to make it happen.
[applause] its competition between the states that will give the american people better health care choices. under president trump's leadership, we are going to finally allow americans to purchase health insurance across state lines, the way you buy life insurance, the way you buy car insurance. [applause] president trump and i both know the way to lower the cost of health insurance is to create a national marketplace and give americans more choices to buy the insurance they want, not the insurance the government mandates then to have. let me be clear. this is going to be a battle in washington d.c. for us to seize this opportunity to repeal and replace obamacare once and for all we need every republican in congress and we're counting on kentucky. president trump and i know the end of the day after a good and vigorous debate, we know kentucky will be there, and we
will repeal and replace obamacare once and for all. [applause] and let me say one more thing,, despite some of the fear mongering by those on the liberal left i want to assure the people of kentucky who might be looking on this morning, we're going to work with the congress and work with our agency of health and human services, and we're going to have an orderly transition to a better health care system that makes affordable high-quality health insurance available for every american. [applause] we are going to make the best health care system even better. while i came to talk about obamacare, it's just the start of what our ne initiation is dog to make america great again. they give you a quick preview before i head back on that airplane. first off, after we get this done, we are going to cut taxes
across the board for working families, small businesses and family farms. [applause] we're going to keep slashing to red tape and rain and unelected bureaucrats so they can't cripple the economy from the comfort of their metal taxpayer-funded desk in washington d.c. [applause] we're going to do more like we did with those bridges, rebuild america so we have the best roads and bridges and highways and airports that america has ever had. [applause] making america great again doesn't stop just dipping this president has no higher priority i promise you than the safety and security of the owner can people and is working every single day to protect our nation and our way of life. this is a president i can tell you who appreciates the men and women of our law enforcement community, and he is standing
every day with those who protect and serve our country in law enforcement. [applause] president trump as i mention has also taken steps to strengthen our borders, to enforce our laws. as the president said we are working through immigrations in close concert with law enforcement in every community and we're taking in his words they gang members, the drug dealers and the criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens off the streets of kentucky and off the streets of our country. [applause] and while we talk about those that serve in uniform, as the proud father of the united states marine, let me tell you how grateful i am that in president donald trump we had a commander in chief who will rebuild our military, restore the arsenal of democracy and
give our soldiers sailors and airmen and marines and coast guard the resources and training they need to accomplish their mission and protect our nation. [applause] and by nominating judge neil gorsuch to the supreme court of united states, president trump kept his word to appoint a justice to the supreme court who will keep faith with the constitution, and he will be a justice who uphold the god-given liberties that are enshrined in our bill of rights. [applause] my friends, let me tell you, president trump is a man of his work and he is a man of action. i believe he will make america great again. i think we've come to a pivotal moment in our nations history, i truly do. in this moment we need every freedom loving american to join
with us in this effort to make america great again. we need all of you to stand up, to speak out, to let your voice be heard. there's no time like the present. we need you to tell the world that we can do better, we can do better on health care, better with a growing economy, stand tall and strong in the world again. we can restore this country, but it back to a path to a brighter future. and i know we are going to this. i truly do. one of my favorite verses in the old book is from the book of jeremiah. it's hung over the mantle of our home since before i was actually first elected office now more than 16 years ago. now it hangs over the mantle in the vice presidents residence in washington d.c. it reads for i know the plans i have for you, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. in november the people of
kentucky voted to give america a president with the strength and the courage and the vision to make america safe again. you voted to give us a new leader who i believe will make america prosperous again and give us a fresh start on health care and economic growth. so i truly do believe with all my heart that with your continued faith and support, and with gods help, together we will make america great again. thank you very much for being here on saturday. god bless you and god bless the united states of america. [applause] ♪ [inaudible conversations]
♪ ♪ ♪ >> coming up later today a look at medical costs and the role of the independent payment advisory board, a 15 member agency created by the federal health care law. that's hosted by the health care leadership council. we'll have live coverage here on c-span2 at noon eastern. then later today the senate returns for a three-day workweek. workweek. at 2 p.m. eastern senators resume debate on the nomination
of seema verma to be administered at the centers for medicare and medicaid services before holding a final confirmation vote at 5:30. a simple majority is all that is required. you can watch that live here on c-span2. next we will show you the confirmation hearing or seema verma who appeared last month for the senate finance committee. she testified on the financial sustainability of medicare and medicaid and how to improve quality and access. she also talked about innovation within the health care system and fraud prevention. this is just under three hours. [inaudible conversations]