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tv   Senate Democratic Leaders React to GOP Health Care Plan  CSPAN  March 8, 2017 5:36am-5:57am EST

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the score before the end of the week. the house will deal with it we first. will have plenty of time to look at it. it will go through the regular order unlike, as it was pointed out earlier, unlike the way obamacare was developed. multiple committee processes. there will be ample time to take a look at it. reporter: i mean, if you do not pay for the plan with taxes, what are the alternatives? senator mcconnell: we will be looking at the whole proposal as it minister through the regular -- it moves forward through the regular order in the house and will have ample time to answer all the questions. announcer democratic leaders : also address the republican health care plan following their caucus lunch. >> ok. i am proud to be joined by my colleague, senator murray from
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, the health committee. senators murphy on senator hassan, both members of the health committee. last night the republicans finally took their health care plan up from under lock and key. >> please folks, can you move back? thank you. senator schumer: last night, the house republicans finally took their health care plan out from under lock and key. "trumpcare" is finally available to the public and democrats, a growing number of conservatives, and millions of americans do not like what they see and for a whole host of reasons. trumpcare means higher costs and less health care. plain and simple. it means higher cost and the
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plans are less generous. insurance companies can provide less coverage. trumpcare cuts taxes on the very wealthy while forcing other americans to pay more. premiums will go up. but americans making over $250,000 will get a big tax break. it could average as much as $200,000, as it is in average. -- an average. those making over $500,000 will get a tax cut. this is a tax cut for the wealthy with some health insurance provisions tacked alongside of it. third, trumpcare raises cost on older americans and provides less of assistance to help them afford the care they need.
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seniors could be stuck with only seniors could be stuck with only $4000 in tax credits to help them afford medical care. they will live one accident or illness away from financial ruin and because it cuts the medicare trust fund, medicare will run out of money now in 2025. not very long away. not very comforting for an elderly person in a nursing home or for their kids who might have to help support them. finally trumpcare might be one , of the assault -- assaults on women's health we've seen yet. it eliminates next year's funding for planned parenthood, , and more which provide health care for
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millions of american women every year. it is no wonder the republicans kept this plan under lock and key. it is no wonder they want to jam it through before the american people learn what is in it. it is no wonder they want to vote before the congressional budget office tells us how many people will lose coverage and by how much this will increase the deficit. they are ashamed of this plan. it is amazing to me that after years, they are so ill-prepared that they don't have their act together and thao both from the right side of their party and the left side of , people are taking shots at it, if their party has a left side. this will cause millions to lose insurance and blow a gigantic -- the federal budget.
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it is reckless, irresponsible, for republicans to make comments vote on this massive a plan before we have those answers from cbo. simply put trumpcare is a mess , for the american people. we democrats will fight it tooth and nail. senator murray? senator murray: there is a lot that could be said about how this legislation is one big broken promise that i want to focus on what it would mean for women. as someone who has fought time and time again to make sure women are able to make their own health care decisions, i have seen a lot very harmful and backwards efforts, but this trumpcare bill could not be more which --example of a list -- it be a more
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complete example of a wish list written for and by extreme politicians who want to attack women's health. to start, it would cut off the health services the millions of women and men get from planned parenthood. some republicans may claim that other providers can just simply pick up the slack. the medical experts call that idea ludicrous. taking away access to care at planned parenthood means millions fewer people get std tests, cancer screenings, and other basic primary care each year. those are the facts. trumpcare also slashes medicaid, taking coverage away from low income women and women of color who disproportionally rely on that program. and by getting protections and putting the power back in the hands of insurance companies, trumpcare would take women back to the days when insurers got to decide whether critical parts of women's health care were covered including maternity care, mammograms, and contraception. to be clear, these are not optional benefits.
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they are essential. and they should be treated that way. finally, this legislation would make it harder for women to exercise their constitutionally protected abortion-rights by discouraging insurance companies from including that in their plan. all in all this bill undermines , women's access to health care and women's ability to make their own health care decisions in virtually every way a piece of legislation could. it is offensive and it is on acceptable -- unacceptable and it sends a deeply harmful message from house republicans to women everywhere, that their health and economic security that comes with it are a political football rather than a national priority. but, i know and women across the country know that we are stronger as a nation when women are healthy and in control of their own futures. so we are going to fight this
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deeply harmful trumpcare legislation because of what it would mean for workers, for families and for all of us. i hope everyone who agrees with me, democrats or republicans, will as well. >> senator wyden? wyden: i want to pick up on the leaders point. this proposal is essentially reverse robin hood. what you have is hundreds of billions of dollars coming out of the pockets of working people and working families and it is transferred to the most fortunate in our country. and nothing illustrates that
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more clearly than the fact that the republican proposal gets rid of the additional payroll tax on high income people. everybody in america, when they get a paycheck, they have a medicare tax on it. the only people who are getting a tax reduction are the people who are the fortunate few who need another tax break the least. what the proposal does, and this is particularly striking is it , raids of the medicare trust fund of more than $125 billion, number one. and it shortens the life expectancy of the medicare trust fund for three years. so i think this is particularly important. finally, because this breaks a clear trump promise not to damage medicare. all through the campaign, then candidate trump, and you saw the commercial, said it would be hands-off medicare.
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that's not what the republican proposal on offer does. it gives big relief to the wealthiest in our country and it is paid for by putting at risk the medicare program. we will do everything we can to fight that. the only other point i want to make and senator murphy will go into this in more detail is that i think this is going to be a real hardship for older people who have relied on medicaid for nursing home care. medicaid now pays about 65% of the nursing home bill and because of the substantial cuts in medicaid, i think this is going to nickel and dime care for older people, that they rely on. i think older people in this
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country are going to end up exhausting their savings and they will be hurt by these medicare changes. senator murphy: trumpcare is here and you are going to hate it. this is a dumpster fire of a bill that was written on the backs of a napkin behind closed doors because republicans know it is a disaster. they know this is a disaster, which is why they did let anybody see it, which is why they are rushing it through without any hearings, without any ability for the american public to take a look at it. if they did allow americans to see it, americans would notice that older americans are specifically targeted for harm in this piece of legislation. why is that? first of all, the bill allows for insurance companies to jack up rates on older americans.
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that will result in premiums going up by $3000 for the average 60-year-old. second, because the subsidies are so skimpy, that same individual will have their subsidy cut in half. so do the math. , there are going to be millions of older americans, people on the precipice of medicare, who are not going to be able to afford insurance. older americans are specifically targeted for harm in this piece of legislation. and let's not get started on those that rely on medicaid. medicaid isn't just for poor kids and women and moms and dads. it is also for seniors who are in nursing homes. the clock is ticking under this
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proposal for seniors who are in your see homes. states will not be able to afford to keep seniors in nursing homes if medicaid is allowed to whether on the line as is required under this proposal. this is a disaster of a piece of legislation, which is exactly why republicans are trying to introduce it and get it off the front pages as soon as they can. and democrats, and as you've heard many republicans, will stop at nothing to make sure this doesn't become law. >> thank you. the heroine and opioid crisis is the greatest public health challenge in mice in a new hampshire. i'm proud that, during my time as the governor, republicans and democrats came together to pass and reauthorize our bipartisan medicaid expansion plan. because of medication expansion, over 50,000 people in new hampshire now have quality, a formal health insurance,
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hard-working people. and this health insurance critically includes coverage for behavioral health and substance use disorder services. the health care repeal bill released last night would undo that progress make no mistake, this so-called replacement plan would and medicaid expansion, which -- would end medicaid expansion emma which is the most useful tool for the opioid crisis. it hurts children, seniors and people with disabilities with drastic federal cuts to the traditional medicaid program. it would force states to either cut services their citizens need or to raise taxes. as a former governor, i know full well the impact the decisions in washington can have on our communities. it would hurt those on the front lines to save lives in turn the tide of this deadly substance
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abuse epidemic. substance treatment providers have been clear that if medicaid expansion is repealed, they will have to significantly cut back on the help that they provide to those in need. to pull the rug out from millions of people across the country who are seeking a lifeline from the throes of addiction, is the height of irresponsibility and we cannot and we will not let it happen. we all agree that there is work to do to improve our health care but repealing the affordable care act, undoing medicaid expansion, and cutting and tapping medicaid is exactly the wrong approach. i will stand strong with the people of new hampshire and with my colleagues in fighting
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against this dangerous bill that would pull us backward and hurt our efforts to combat the substance abuse crisis. thank you. senator schumer: let me thank all of my colleagues for the excellent presentations. we have just began to tell you the problems that trumpcare has. >> why not use this time so that the democrats can outline their own plan to fix the problems and -- in obamacare so that americans can compare? senator schumer: we have said repeatedly that if president trump and leader mcconnell and speaker ryan that we would love to work with them. pay -- they haven't done that. once you repeal large sections of the aca, you run into the kinds of trouble we have outlined before. >> you expressed your concerns.
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where the answer satisfactory? senator schumer: i think he is a fine man. i'm disappointed that he did nothing at the hearing that he would call on a special prosecutor. i'm still hopeful he will. when he looks at the guidelines, it is far and away the best alternative. i'm hoping that a season, unbiased prosecutor like rosenstein will see that. >> we hear these conditions from the republicans about obamacare. when you hear those accusations nbc what their process, what is democratsthan what did and what republicans did? senator schumer: it is night and day. we had hearings. our proposals were vetted out in the public over and over again. we had a cbo score so that people would know who was covered. people would know how much it
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would cost. they are doing none of this. they are hiding this plan in every way. why? it is indefensible. they cannot defend it to the mac and people. they are ashamed of the plan actually. but they are forced by their ideological precepts and their promises for eight years that they try to repeal it and they are stuck. i have to say i am amazed how poorly the reception has been and how poorly prepared they were. you would think after eight years they would do better than they did. >> this law gives in place of the top provisions of obamacare, staying on parents health 26, thee until age of ban on discrimination for pre-existing conditions. do you consider this a repeal? senator schumer: it is a repeal and replaces it with something far worse. on the pre-existing conditions, it is unclear. their original proposal did not have a guarantee of pre-existing being -- pre-existing conditions covered by cost. now i'm hearing they are changing it. so we'll see what happens.
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>> you say that democrats will fight this tooth and nail. senator schumer: our job is to always hold the president and our republican colleagues in the -- and the majority accountable. when the public hears with this plan is all about, they are going to really dislike it. they are going to hate it, as one of my colleagues said. >> are democrats going to filibuster any legislation that would fund president trump's wall with mexico? senator schumer: we are discussing that issue right now. the wall is both impractical and unpopular. and we would say to the president why don't you get mexico to pay for it and not have it take money away from other needed programs. thank you, everybody. >> our coverage of the republican plan to replace the
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affordable care act continues this morning. we will bring you the ways and means and energy and commerce committee markups. you can catch them at 10:30 eastern and aussie sensory and online at ceas the republican plan itself was released monday. while it carries over to provisions from the formal care act, allowing people and the age of 26 to stay on their parents' insurance, and requiring providers to ensure individuals with pre-existing conditions, it changes subsidies to buy insurance into tax credits. "the washington post" has a graphic that displays the .ge-based structure a number of republicans have called for an elimination of this. . a number


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