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  President Trump Presses Senate to Deliver on Health Care Promise  CSPAN  July 24, 2017 3:33pm-3:49pm EDT

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[inaudible] [inaudible] >> host: jerry, clearwater florida. what does the president need protection from. >> caller: he needs protection from the news media. it's all a scam, like the woman said just before, it's a coup that's trying to take over our government. they took over when hillary clinton was trying to run, i believe she was, they were trying to start a war with russia and trump did whatever he could to stop that. >> good afternoon. i would like to thank president trump for inviting us to the white house today. we are grateful for his incredibly strong commitment to patient centered health
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care reform. i would especially like to thank the families with us today to tell their stories. the uncertainty and hardship that each of them has faced in confronting your family's health challenges are vivid reminder for all of us why in action on this problem is not an option. right now obamacare is failing to deliver for the american people and the folks here in this room today are a stark reminder of that problem. principles of healthcare are pretty clear, accessibility, affordability, quality, choices to you all represent millions of americans for whom those principles have been violated. it's because of your voices and your experience that we are here today, to urge congress to give the president a bill to sign. the president has laid out a positive vision for how to fix
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this mess, by putting patients and families and physicians in charge of healthcare decisions, not washington d.c. we are committed to ensuring the american people enjoy a healthcare system that works for them. the president has made that crystal clear. an individual who just like the president has been working day and night on getting this accomplished is the vice president. he understands the imperative of patient centered health care, and it's an honor to introduce to you my friend, the vice president of the united states, mike pence. [applause] >> thank you doctor price. good afternoon to all. to the families gathered here from all across america, on behalf of the first family, welcome to the white house. since the first day of this administration, president donald trump has been working
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to keep the promises he made to the american people, to rebuild our military, revive our economy, and this president has worked tirelessly to repeal and replace volunteer. president trump knows that every day obamacare survives is another day that american families and american businesses struggle. as we've traveled across the country, we've heard firsthand from americans just like those who stand behind me today, from families who are bearing the cost of skyrocketing premiums and those who have lost their doctors and their insurance and families who are starting to lose hope that congress will ever respond. as i've told everyone of them, and people all across this country, thanks to the leadership of president trump, help is on the way. president trump hears you. he is fighting for you and he will keep fighting every day until we give the american people access to the world-class health care they
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deserve. tomorrow the united states senate will have the opportunity to begin the debate on the bill to repeal and replace obamacare. as the president said this morning, after years of talking and campaigning on it, now is the time for republicans in the senate to act. republicans in the senate will have a chance to do the right thing, to keep their promise to the american people and these families and families all across this country. this president and the american people are counting on the senate to act. so, with gratitude for his leadership, and his persistence and determination to make american healthcare great again, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce these families the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [applause]
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>> thank you very much vice president pence, secretary price, and thank you everyone for being here today. for the past 17 years, obamacare has wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent, hard-working americans. behind me today, we have real american families, great families. i just spent a lot of time with them. they are suffering because seven years ago a small group of politicians and special interest in washington engineered a government takeover of healthcare. every pledge washington democrats made to pass that bill turned out to be a lie.
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it was a big fat ugly life. democrats promised americans like steve finn, a former police officer in west virginia, that they would save $2500 a year under obamacare. instead his premiums have more than tripled. that's pretty bad. as a result of obamacare skyrocketing cost, even his family and employees had no other option than going on medicaid and giving up their existing coverage. that's pretty bad to for them, obamacare's promise was a nightmare. marjorie and kevin from south carolina have a son who suffers from spina bifida. washington democrats promised families like them that if they liked their doctor they
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could keep the doctor, but now there is only one insured left in the state exchange and marjorie says every year she waits anxiously to learn if the doctors and hospitals which her son needs the most will remain in their network. more obamacare lies. you've seen that up front and personal. the democrats promised melissa that her son's pre-existing conditions would be covered. they quickly learned that obamacare's promise of covering pre-existing conditions was meaningless if the doctors you need to care for you want on your plan so you just have a meaningless promise and everybody knows it and most people on obamacare know it. after next appreciating series of events and complications,
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melissa and her husband found themselves, just before christmas, emotionally and financially devastated, crying in a doctors office faced with yet another seemingly unpayable bill when insurance wouldn't cover their care, they emptied out melissa's 4o1k to pay their bills. there are many cases such as that. the first rule of medicine is do no harm, but obama cares livelies has caused this and throughout the whole country, families like this, nothing but pain. aaron and andy are small business owners from illinois. they have six children. the youngest daughter has a rare genetic condition. children born with a are sometimes called butterfly children because their skin is
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as fragile as the wings of a butterfly. poppy has to wear special bandages all of the time. unfortunately, under obamacare, her insurance has been repeatedly discontinued and replaced with what washington deems equivalent policy, but for poppy, these plans are not equivalent and puppies family has to spend precious time and tremendous resources fighting for exceptions. the washington politicians who made those promises to steve, marjorie, melissa, aaron and their level children want to ignore all the pain, all the suffering, and all of the money, the tremendous amounts of money that these lives have caused. they want to forget about the countless americans they've hurt and the many they are continuing to hurt every day by refusing to help us replace obamacare. the past seven years, republicans have been united
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in standing up for obamacare victims. repeal and replace. they kept saying it over and over again. every republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law. as a party we must fulfill that solemn promise to the voters of this country to repeal and replace, what they've been saying for the past seven years. but so far, senate republicans have not done their job in ending the obamacare nightmare. they now have a chance, however, to hopefully fix what has been so badly broken for such a long time, and that is through replacement of a horrible disaster known as obamacare. the senate is very close to the votes it needs to pass a replacement. the problem is we have zero
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help from the democrats. they are obstructionist. that's all they are and all their good at. they make things not work. they say all the right things and they do exactly what they're not supposed to be doing. the democrats are giving us one vote so we need virtually every single vote from the republicans. that's not easy to do. the senate bill being considered outside the repeal will also provide emergency relief and will deliver truly great healthcare and healthcare reforms that our citizens want, need, and really should be demanding. you'll see that at the voter booth. here are just some of these traffic reforms that we will be doing if everything works out the way it should. the senate bill eliminates painful individual mandate.
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eliminates the job killing employer might mandate. repeals other burdensome taxes and will significantly lower americans premiums. it will stabilize collapsing health insurance markets and give americans far more choice and far more flexibility. the senate bill protects coverage for pre-existing conditions, and you don't hear this from the democrats for they like to tell you just the opposite, and they didn't even know the bill. they run out and they say death, death, death. obamacare is death and it's failing. it dramatically expands popular health savings accounts, it provides tax credits so americans can purchase a private plan that is right for them and their families. it devotes substantial resources to fight the opioid, and this is a tremendous problem, the opioid epidemic,
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$45 billion is being put in so that the people of many states like new hampshire, ohio, and so many others that have such a big problem can be helped and helped greatly when we are fighting this drug problem. it provides, among many other things, higher quality care and more flexibility for states to administer medicaid to better serve their poorest citizens. tomorrow the senate will vote on whether to allow this urgently needed bill to come to the senate floor for debate. the question for every senator, democrat or republican is whether they will side with obamacare's architect, which have been so destructive to our country, or with its forgotten victims. any senator who votes against starting debate is telling america that you are fine with the obamacare nightmare which
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is what it is. this is a chance to make up for the terrible harm they have inflicted on americans like those who are with us today. obamacare has been, for them, a nightmare. there is still time to do the right time, and for senate republicans, this is their chance to keep their promise. over and over again they have said repeal and replace, but they can now keep their promise to the american people to provide emergency relief to those in desperate need of help and to improve healthcare for all americans. every member of the senate, the american people have waited long enough that there has been enough talk and no action. now is the time for action. we are here to solve problems for the people. obamacare has broken our
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healthcare system. it is collapsing. it is gone, and now it's up to us to get great healthcare for the american people. we must repeal and replace obamacare now. thank you, god bless you, god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. [applause] [inaudible conversations]