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in florida congresswoman val demings discusses the trump administration's approach to law enforcement and its crackdown on undocumented immigrants. ♪ host: good morning. republican's health care rep. poe: best health care proposal is on its way to the house for after two marathon markups yesterday. the budget committee and will committee will get their hands on the plan, with conservatives balking at the gop effort. paul ryan but before cameras yesterday for a 23 minute powerpoint presentation to his republican colleagues. he said the time is now. we want to know from all of you if you agree or disagree with the speaker. this is how we are dividing the lines. those of you insured under the informal care act, if you want
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to see changes now, (202) 748-8000. also, medicaid recipients, (202) 748-8001. what do you think? all others, dial-in at (202) 748-8002. go to twitter as well or post comments on here is the speaker of the house's pitch to his colleagues yesterday. [video clip] >> this is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing obamacare. the time is here, the time is now. this is the moment and this is the closest this will ever happen. it really comes down to a binary choice. we now have the ability through the budget rules we have in the senate with our three-pronged approach to actually make good on our word. we told people in 2016 what it would look like when we had the
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chance to replace obamacare. that is what this is. we set in 2016 to our citizens, to the american people, our constituents, if you give us this opportunity, this is what we will do. now is our chance and opportunity to do it. host: the speaker of the house with a binary choice. you either vote for this effort now, or the affordable care act survives. we want to know from all of you this morning if you agree or disagree with that. dividing the lines all different. usa today with the speaker on the front page and the headline "republicans here for health bill." leaders warned the members thursday that a major change to the proposed gop health care bill would prevent its passage in the senate and kill their best shot at ending obamacare. let's begin with ryan in houston, texas. good morning to you on our life for all others. what do you think? caller: i think it's a bunch of babies trying to kill president
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obama's legacy, which they can't kill his legacy. i think these people best they are only doing this to try to upstage and they make promises to some of the southern republicans to try to kill barack obama's legacy. you are playing with people's lives, playing with -- it is just horrible, man. it is shameful to be an american right now. thank you very much. host: how do you get your health insurance? caller: my health insurance is through my job. it is through my job. it's a pretty good health insurance, but i have a lot of people i know that did not have any insurance through obamacare -- before obamacare. jobs in him the higher you permanently because of the insurance thing.
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-- we are dealing with a bunch -- i don't see adults. the leadership is horrible. host: joe in sarasota, florida. you are getting your insurance to the act. is it time now for changes? caller: we need to keep the aca. i'm getting it thanks to walmart. i'm paying $45 every two weeks, $90 a month. the point i'm trying to make passed, werump care have right now 20 million or more americans that are covered. but the president we have right now i am so mad at. donald trump, president donald
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if he caredunately passed, those 20 million at least seven or 10 million americans will get sick. i agree with mrs. pelosi. americans are going to get sick if they have to pay out-of-pocket a lot of money. a lot of americans are going to die. i'm glad some republicans are fighting it, but don't trust paul ryan. he is the opposite. he is like robin hood but the opposite. we know robin hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. paul ryan is the opposite. i am so glad he lost as vice president. malarkey. is full of host: you brought up the
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minority leader, nancy pelosi. here she is talking about why she believes the affordable care act is necessary. [video clip] >> if there were no other reason to do the affordable care act, everyone loved his or her provider or insurer, the one compelling reason that was demanded it happened was cost. the cost was unsustainable and they were increasing. they were increasing to individuals, families, the small businesses, to corporate america which is putting a large part of the bill for many people getting their coverage through their employer. it was certainly unsustainable to local, state and federal government budgets. the costs were going like that astronomically. and you weren't getting -- it had pre-existing conditions, that would be 123 million people in our country. if some of the costs are going
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up, you are not protected from discrimination in terms of pre-existing conditions. if you are no longer subjected to lifetime caps, you may be investing more. your upside, your downside, your exposure is greatly reduced. you can't compare with tapping out to any increases that might be happening now because of wanting -- one thing or another. where would we be without the affordable care act? where the costld of the through the roof, they would be no dreams of having pre-existing conditions discrimination removed. there would be lifetime caps and again unsustainable to our federal budget, corporate, small business, individual families across the board. this was transformative. the only thing is we were so
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busy fighting the fight that they got out there and misrepresented what this was all about because they don't believe in governance. they don't believe in medicare. it should weather on the vine. they want to block grant medicaid. put it in a box and threw it out the window. host: the minority leader with her argument yesterday about why the affordable care act is necessary. the speaker of the house said the time is now to replace it. the moment is here. after he made this remarks, hours later, leaders of the hard right house freedom caucus visited the white house admitted personal case trump to modify the legislation. changes that ryan another house leaders believe would imperil it i alienating more moderate republicans. mark meadows who heads of the freedom caucus declined to detail the changes he and other conservatives are seeking, but they have leveled three brought objections to the bill. the tax credits it creates constitute a new government
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entitlement, it does not do enough to occur till the aca's medicaid expansion, and it leaves the aca's insurance coverage mandates in place. the individual mandate, employer mandate. the republican study committee proposed commitments to the medicaid portion of the gop plan that would wind down the expansion in 2018 rather than 2020. it also would require able-bodied childless adults to seek work in exchange for medicaid benefits. byhave divided the lines those that receive insurance through the affordable care act and if you are part of medicaid and you got medicaid under the expansion by your governors in your states. should it be changed? joy in california, you are next. caller: good morning and thank you for c-span. i am a nurse. obamacare hasw helped summit of the people that had not had insurance for years.
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they do work. they are not scumbag lowlifes like some of the republicans portrayed them as. they have jobs, they just don't make enough money to afford health care. and their job is not offering health care if you're only a part-time employee. i have seen that all of these elderly people in nursing homes, many of them are not old enough to have medicare. they are still sick or still disabled. they are going to lose their care. i don't know whether families are going to be able to take care of them or fit the bills for nursing homes that are $3000, $4000 a month. also be of the take care of their own families. host: are those folks than on medicaid? caller: they are on medicaid. many of them are only on medicaid because of the expansion. i too am on medicaid now because
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i hurt my shoulder. i would not have gotten any care for my shoulder if i have a qualified for the affordable care act. work and i no longer have insurance. -- ran thethat randy drug treatment program canceled the program that hired nurses because he said he cannot find enough nurses that would work for those wages and working environment. so all those people getting drug treatment at a lot of drug treatment programs are going to lose their medicaid and other forms of service. i just feel like paul ryan and -- i agree with the previous caller. all right and most of republicans don't even know what it's like to live in a world, in the united states where you
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don't have insurance. they all have insurance. i feel it we should take their insurance away from them if they are going to take our insurance away from us. but we don't have the power for that. they don't know what it's like to actually -- only 7% of americans work to get rid of obamacare. host: that is joy, a nursing california. carl in montana. what do you think? caller: yes, well, it's just a matter of time and the affordable care act is going to collapse. let me tell you, medicaid is going to collapse too. medicare and social security will also collapse. the reason i say that is my aunt who died last year paid in $153,000 into social security. in died at 104, so she paid
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-- she took out a little bit over $540,000 in social security. andpaid $36,000 to medicare took out almost $200,000. if everything keeps going like that, it is just a matter of time before the system collapses unless they fix it. paul ryan is the only person i have heard that had a plan to fix it. there is nooblem is price control and health care. -- in health care. my sister had angioplasty done. they cost $5,000. a year later i had an angioplasty done. i had insurance and it cost me $10,000. they need some kind of price control or everything is going to collapse. all benefits. they don't have any plan for entitlements. democrats think they can spend
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and tax their way to prosperity. host: carl, did you vote for president trump? caller: no. i'm a libertarian. i voted for gary johnson twice. host: can i ask you, what you think about your fellow libertarian rand paul from kentucky saying he doesn't like this legislation? caller: i don't like it either because the main thing is there is no cost controls in health care. do you know the health care lobbyist spending twice as much lobbying as the defense department does? i don't want to spend $100 billion bailing out the insurance companies. host: what should they do? what should republicans do, carl? i -- the democrats
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are good at making promises they can't keep. you look at chicago, for instance. host: before you go down that road, that the argument the speaker is making. we made a promise will be ran for the last seven years. when you put us in power, we will take care of this. we will repeal and replace the affordable care act. he is saying now we control all three branches of government, now is the time to do it. isler: one of the problems bacon repeal it pretty easy, but i have not seen everything they want to put back into it. what let me just show you -- read what the papers are saying about what is next. they are restricted in what they can do right now by trying to repeal the affordable care act, and what they replace it with by putting it in what is called reconciliation. it is basically a budget bill, but it has budget restrictions and it. paul ryan said we can't do
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everything in this repeal bill, this reconciliation bill. it is the fastest way to repeal it because it all requires a majority vote in the senate. but he and the white house are saying it's a three-pronged approach. first they will do this reconciliation bill and then they will come back at it with other legislation. and then there are things the executive branch can do as well. usa today says what is next? the budget committee will try to merge's the two pieces of legislation that were marked up by the energy and commerce committee and the ways and means committee, marathon sessions that one 20 hours 18 hours respectively. then they will be also at the the same time of the house votes on reconciliation bill, the other legislation dealing with mandates and other parts of the formal care act. amanda in ontario, you are on
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medicaid. good morning to you. ontario, california? caller: that is correct. host: go ahead. caller: i think when speaker pelosi is talking about the affordable care act, it is actually a misnomer. she talks about health insurance prices continuing to go up and being unaffordable for everybody. but under the affordable care act everybody's health insurance premiums have continued to go up anyways. so, what was supposed to be affordable for all these americans can now insurance is actually just continuing to get more unaffordable. and because there is no control companies orrance
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what everybody charges and pays, there have been all these companies dropping out of the program. when you only have one insurer in the marketplace, then they can really charge what they want. host: you are getting your insurance through medicaid, is that right? caller: i have medicare and medicaid, yes. host: you want to see the expansion pulled back? caller: it is not that i want to see the expansion pulled back. i just think we really do need to have health insurance reform that goes through. i don't think that the affordable care act is actually doing what it promised. host: amanda, what if next week the congressional budget office, but some people call the referee on this legislation, a nonpartisan office, is going to
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say how much the republicans plan is going to cost. it raises the deficit and a 10 year period, then he can't be passed in a reconciliation bill because are certain rules for. but if it comes out and says the cbo says this is going to cost more than republicans are saying and less people are going to be insured, what will your reaction be? go forward anyway that republicans are not? caller: i don't think this should be done so quickly. i think it needs to be evaluated and really figure out what the best course is going to be. while i don't want to have single party payer system like some of the european countries have, i do think we actually need to have more of a national
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health system where you can b inche -- be assured if you get sick you will not spend every dime you have an leisure house because you have to get medical care. medical care needs to be a human right, not only for those that can afford it. host: who is that referee we were talking about? that is the director of the congressional budget office. a market oriented republican economist could prove to be a formidable obstacle for the gop lawmakers who appointed him to years ago. this is from politico. the state of obamacare mainly in the hands of a number crunching republican appointee whose bottom line my single-handedly blew up the gop quest to repeal and replace it. the cbo director wes and take two years ago by top republicans in congress, including the now health and human services or tom price delete a nonpartisan
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office that was a release its estimates of how many americans republicans health care bill will cover and whether it shrinks or balloons the federal deficit. let's hear from julie in laurel, maryland. caller: good morning. failieve that the aca may because they are doing a budget resolution so they can take the money out of programs. if you take the money out of the program, you can always say is going to fall on its own legs, which it will if you take the money out of the aca. but with the cbo, it is one of the -- is the only agency were congress gets its numbers and predictions from. there is no other agency they go to because it is nonpartisan, they work for congress. there is no outside influences. i believe the program could only stand if they decide to fix the program because they are already cutting medicaid, certain
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programs at a medicaid that will be covered after they finished making all the revised -- revisions they are going to make. i also believe that if they have nothing better, they should improve with a half. right now -- they should improve what they have. right now there is the only the aca covering an estimated 26 million people. putting the program back to the way it is with incentive to lower the costs isn't going to happen. it's the way it was before the aca and putting tax incentives and for the upper executives out there is a going to help either. host: you and others may be interested in this article from the new york times about the congressional budget office. you say is nonpartisan, they should be trusted. the white house is raising doubts about the budget office. here is a quote from the white house press secretary. "if you're looking to the cbo for accuracy, you are looking in the wrong place." said sean
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spicer saying the agency's failure has essentially killed its credibility." james, you are getting insurance through the afford will care act. do you like it? caller: no, obama said i could keep my doc. i needed to see a thyroid doctor and i got one about a mile from my house. i had to drive to it half hours to go to the thyroid dr.. octor. hello cn in all of them in a house and senate don't care. if obamacare is so good, why doesn't pelosi have it? she is talking about medicare, medicaid. you don't hear her say anything about all the money obama took out of social security and medicare and medicaid to kick off obamacare. it is a failing thing. the bottom is going to drop out. i went through three different insurance is because the keep raising this and raising that.
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i say it's going to fail. like i said, that's why social security, if it's a good, why don't you have it? host: are you with the leadership in the house? caller: she should do something. it will fail anyway because a lot of people want -- all the young people. a friend of mine has a son. why is he paying for maternity? he's never going to have a baby. and there is stuff and obamacare that a lot of people don't even know. pelosi said let's pass it and then read it. she never read it. host: a programming note. there is a rally happening in washington, d.c. today. look at the national page of the new york times with the picture of the pipeline site coming to the capital. activists set up a camp next of the washington monument ahead of demonstrations against the dakota access pipeline blandford today in washington.
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the pipeline project in north dakota has become a global rallying point for environmental and tribal activism. a judge this week declined to delay construction and the pipeline to the operational as soon as next week. we will have coverage of the rally today at 1:00 p.m. eastern time on c-span 2. you can go to a website,, or you can listen in on the c-span radio app. other news this morning not related to health care. wall street journal with the headline about infrastructure getting its yearly great from an engineer group. it is a d plus. in its infrastructure report card issued every four years, they said it would cost about 4.5 $9 trillion over the next decade bring the country's road, bridges and public schools up to the safe functioning level. a little over $2 trillion more than the government and the private sector are ready to spend. that is something the president
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has talked about doing as well. front page of the new york times. chief of epa busts studies about climate. scott pruitt said that carbon dioxide was not a primary contributor to global arming, a statement at odds with established scientific consensus on climate change. for those of you interested in that, you can find it in the new york times. also yesterday on capitol hill, the fbi director met behind closed doors with members as pressure grows on him according to the washington post. intelligence committee and the gang of 8 held meetings in both chambers of congress. members emerging from the meeting, including chuck schumer and mark warner of virginia who are tightlipped about the substance of the conversation. house intelligence members may get a chance to grill mr. comey
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and a public hearing scheduled for march 20. the initiative -- the invitation was includes comey national security agency michael rodgers, former acting attorney general sally yates, former director of national intelligence james clapper and former cia director john brennan. we will have coverage of that hearing next monday, march 20. yesterday the senate cleared the president's nominee for ambassador to israel. president trump's controversial pick earned the support of the senate foreign relations committee with all but one democrat opposed to the nomination. to serve asn's bid ambassador to israel will go to the full senate over the 12-9 split. partisan divisions will hang over his confirmation progress and possibly his expected tenure as ambassador. back to the conversation and calls. let's hear from matt in baltimore.
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we are talking about the republicans saying you either get on board to the fellow republicans and try to repeal replace the affordable care act now, or the so-called obamacare survives. what do you think? caller: i am a republican and i want to make three quick points. the first is about how things work in europe. i want to talk about the issue at hand here. i want to the point of a social security mentioned by previous color. first thing is in europe most of the health care participants have a certain bank account, a certain amount of money contributed to them per year. it is the incentive of the doctors and professionals to maintain their health. at the end of the year the professionals get to keep the amount of money that was not used up. it is based on the level of how healthy the person is at the end of the year. that is an incentive program that works. times, whatever
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multiple of the european union on the health care. problem is thehe argument and the issue is problems with all the rhetoric is that a certain group of people, people making less than $40,000, they are getting the benefits of this obamacare. those that the pay for it, because somebody has to pay for it, are not happy about it. when you look at that conversely , such as roadways and other things that the upper abs alone most low-income people don't use highways or toll lanes they are building. they are subsidizing the upper class. now the upper class is being required to subsidize lower class. that is a problem. they are not comfortable with it. the law tries to steal subsidizing roads and other transportation things that most of the upper-class benefit from. i want to make a point about social security.
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there is no putting in and taking out of social security. it is a pay-as-you-go program. the people put money in, and as soon as they put it and other people are taking it out. there is a buffer. host: host: early in connecticut good morning. caller: why can't we go with universal health care and get the insurance companies out of it? they make so much profit it's ridiculous. all of it goes to the top. that's probably all i really have to say about that. as obamacare or trump , i wouldhink obamacare rather see that stay the way it is. it looks like many people -- the but universal insurance companies keep playing games and deny people.
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they've got so many outsource is going on that you think you have one insurance and you go to call them and they say we don't handle that. it's somebody else. even medicare. --y outsourced to the point i have called medicare and they call -- and they told me we cannot give you the answers you need. you have to go to our outsource. host: is that how you get your insurance is medicare? caller: yes, that's the primary. i also have a secondary. host: so that you can have more coverage? is that why? caller: supposedly to pick up to 20% that medicare does not cover. under're not covered medicare, if medicare denies you
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, the secondary denies you. it's like they want cover anything that medicare want cover. to find out what your coverage is, as for his medicare goes, i have called them and they say you have to call-- jeff in crofton, nebraska, you are on medicaid? , i'm oni'm sorry medicare. i was on tri-care because i retired out of the marine corps but the government change me over to medicare when the aca came in. i have noid that idea. i think it was because of co-pays. i pay more co-pays under medicare then i certainly would have paid under tri-care. you, there is no doubt in anybody's mind that if hillary clinton would have won the election, there is no doubt
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in anybody's mind, i think, that we would be under a one payer system and that's what this whole thing was designed to do. there is no question about that. i really do think that people republicanswhat the want. they need to called mitch mcconnell and get him off his -- do awayd get away with these arcane rules of what's his name from west virginia -- i forget his name -- he said you could not put any rule through if they were not designed about one thing or another. they need to change that rule right now, get rid of it, and let's get this thing on the road and pass what they wanted without outside the borders and every thing else. host: so it's not just conservative republicans who don't like what they are seeing from the republican leadership with this legislation.
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the washington post says -- here is senator john barrasso on the floor. he is arguing why the changes republicans want to make are better than what the affordable care act did. [video clip] it's interesting listening to the democrats talk about how my people have been covered under obamacare. you find out that much of that coverage is empty. they may have an insurance card but if the co-pays are high and the deductibles are so high, 5000, 6 thousand, 7000 -- it's unusable. they say i have obamacare but i don't have the ability to get the care. which wasof medicaid
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a failed system for a long time, it has been 50 years since medicaid has come into existence. there is a lot we need to do. to modernize, update, streamline, strengthen, improve that actuallyys help people. i was in the state senate and mr. president, i know you have a long history of involvement in .our home state sen. blunt: is as well and what we have seen with medicaid and i saw in the state legislature, if we just had the freedom and flexibility in the state to make the decisions about how that money was spent rather than these rules all of and regulations and one-size-fits-all that comes out of washington, we always felt we could do a better job of providing for the people of our state. make in the state
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involved decisions and we can help more people for the same amount of money. we're just seeing so much waste and abuse in the whole medicaid system that if we could just have that control -- so what the house is doing is to try to get the power out of washington. the question is, who do you want and control? you want government in control or people and their care and the decisions being made at home? republican senator john barrasso, a doctor making his case on the senate floor. listen to what democratic senator dick durbin from illinois had to say on the floor. [video clip] painful and it's hurtful to medicare. don't take my word for it. the american association of retired persons has been -- has come out against the republican health care plan saying it will reduce the numbers of years of medicare solvency for the trust fund and that's not positive. it's negative for the tens of
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millions of americans who depend on medicare. we know that when it comes to this bill, there are provisions in here which are inconsistent with our goal to increase coverage across america. my republican governor in illinois who has been very careful to be critical of republicans in washington, came out this week and said the elimination of medicaid coverage and reduction of medicaid coverage would create a budget hardship in our state. i might add it will be a hardship on the thousands of people in illinois relying on medicaid to provide for their medical expenses. it includes not only the children and mothers in lower substantially,ut seniors who are in nursing homes who have no place to turn. they are living on social security, medicare, and medicaid. that is how they survive. reducing the medicaid coverage is a danger to them when it comes to continuing on in a safe and healthy environment.
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in addition to that, we know that medicaid for many low income illinois folks and low-income americans is the only health insurance they have. many who work hard every day don't make enough money to buy health insurance and their employer does not provided. rescued came to their under the four double act and it will be severely restricted. that's why my republican governor has come out against this republican health care bill. many others feel the same. two arguments for and against the republican plan to replace the formal care act -- the speaker says the moment is here and they need to do it now. we are asking you to tell washington what you think about that. pam in virginia beach, you are on medicare? caller: yes. it's throughhumana. i went through disability so even though i am on social security, i don't know how it
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works, but younger people use humana - i find it so repulsive how paul ryan is so giddy at the prospect of getting rid of this when heare for people says we cannot afford to spend the dollars and is being used to pay for his health care. my thing is, human health is not a product. it should not be profited from. i believe in getting the insurance companies out of it. that we should not have to pay for it. they are what's causing the rise. year, was working, every we would get a letter where i
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congratulations, through hard work and great effort, your insurance is only gone up 10%. it's the insurance companies are raising the prices. they expect more money and more profits every year. host: you mention also what members of congress get for health care. the previous caller brought up that issue as well. the gop plan does not address members and staff health care. from roll call, they are reporting --
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that sparked legal challenges that they were receiving special treatment. in's hear from robert windsor mill, maryland, good morning. share your thoughts. caller: good morning, how are you? i want to say thank you for the form of c-span. i enjoy it and you allow everyone to speak their mind and that's not really done that much these days. i would like to say that just with a little bit of research, you will see this was a failed system set up in order to get everyone on a single-payer system. a lot of these callers who are
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praising to get on a single run government health care plan, i get what they are looking for, but i agree with other college to say we just need the government out of health care. we were never taxed on our health care on tilde's affordable care act came along. g peoples salaries in the middle caste to pay for lower income health care does not seem like a fair way to do anything. host: san francisco, you're on medicare? caller: medicare and medicaid. i think we should demand to have the same insurance coverage that congress has. if we had the same insurance coverage that congress has, we would not have to pay anything. ok, john in uniontown, ohio, you get your insurance through the aca. should changes be made?
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should they repeal and replace it? caller: thanks for c-span. just repeal it. act,e the affordable care it was a writer option but expensive. most people never added it to their plant. they were on an individual plan. pay for it whether you want it or need it or not. if you just repeal it, i think the cost will come down automatically. know, aetna pulled out. you have major carriers pulling getof it and if you just the government out of it, they will come back into the marketplace and they will start to going for individuals on their plans. as we know, competition drives
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down cost. that's one way of driving down the cost. ok, the speaker of the house is featured in this tweet -- you can share your thoughts on twitter if you go to @c-spanwj. minutes left in our conversation about this so keep dialing in. we divided the lines with those of you insert under the aca, medicaid if you get your insurance that way, want to hear from you. some political news from roll call
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that action is taking place in
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the senate yesterday. other headlines to share with you and the new york times reported this morning that the attorney general, jeff sessions, said guantanamo is a fine place for suspects. speaking of the justice department, the wall street journal reporting --
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you can learn more about her if you go to our website, we talked to her when we were covering the convention this past summer. you can learn a little more about her and watch her there on her website, on the so-called travel ban, three states have joined hawaii in challenging that. usa today
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john in ohio, get your insurance through the aca? caller: good morning. host: what do you think about changing it right now? caller: i think we need to change it and thank you for c-span. host: why do you think that? because a lotoff of insurance companies are pulling out of the marketplace which gets rid of options that you have and it gets rid of the competition of insurance companies competing with each to get you enrolled in their particular plan. the essential benefits such as maternity -- i am sick to three years old, i don't need maternity. prior to the aca, it was an
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expensive rider to have that added to your plan like $250 per month. most people did not add it because it had a $2500 deductible and coinsurance after that. even if you were on an individual plan, many people did not add maternity to their plant. it, thatst repeal would automatically bring competition back to the market and you get the government, the federal government out of it and you allow insurance companies to tailor plans for a particular person's needs. having the hsa plans are and a found the fact. if allowed to continue, we would do quite well. host: so the health savings account is what you are referring to. puts thisork times" graphic together --
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suzanne m conway, arkansas, good morning. caller: good morning, thank you for c-span. i just want to say i don't understand what the people don't understand that obamacare or the a formal care act is collapsing. just like the man just said, they started out with 25 companies. how many of those have dropped out, 18 i think. it will collapse no matter what. at where the subsidies come from, they put money into medicare. and it'scare a essentially taken right out and put into subsidies. medicare cannot exist if they keep taking from it. to start the affordable care act, they took $760 billion from medicare. that is money that senior citizens have paid in all their lives and they took it from them.
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existder medicare cannot with them continuing to take that. it's not that the affordable care act will be there to take care of people, it is collapsing. host: let's hear from barbara and see what she has to say from mount vernon, ohio. she gets her insurance through the aca. good morning. morning, i am thankful i have the affordable care act. when i was downsized for my cobraon, i originally had which was totally unaffordable for me. i was then switched eventually to medicaid. medicaid is amazingly wonderful. i took my early retirement now and because my early retirement $1200,ngle is more than
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i had to switch the affordable care act. republicans would work on just tweaking it, updating it, getting more insurance companies involved and areas to have care for us. let me ask you a question about what republicans want to do. the affordable care act gives you that subsidy based on your income. able to getr were medicaid because your income went up from early retirement so you had to go into the affordable care act. republicans want to have the tax subsidies based on your age and family size rather than your income. what you think about that? caller: i don't think i will be able to afford care, health
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care. i think it would totally take me out of health care that i presently need. -- i amthe republicans used to beive and i republican. i believe i will switch to independent. i don't like what i am seeing from the republican party. i am very ashamed of how they are voting so partisan when they promised they would not. act.ed the affordable care we need to have medical health insurance. without that, i will not have it. with the republican ideas, i will not be able to afford my insurance. i wish they would take all this racism out. i am mexican-american. i am very concerned for what is
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happening and what the republicans are doing today. therefore, i will be switching. you getrk from florida, your insurance through medicare, welcome to the conversation. caller: i just wanted to say that i'm ready for a change. on medicare myself. i've got an older son and grandkids. we need a change the one thing they are overlooking as far as changing -- i am not for regulations but this is one area that needs to be regulated. hospitals, doctors and stuff like that need to be on a flat rate for a flat pay. me, you go to one hospital and you'll get charged one rate and you go to another for the same thing, you can get charged more money. they need to look into that as well as the insurance. host: tom, oceanview, delaware, good morning. yes, just a couple of
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things about the formal care act -- cbo, when, when the they did their stats on the numbers, remember, they were off by 2.5 times. number two, anybody who ever believed that these young people were going to pay those penalties had no concept of how these young people think. if young people bought health of 22, 23,s the ages 25, don't you think all the insurance would have been selling to them in large groups? they did not. the largest insurer in the united states had the largest health insurance programs in the market years ago and that was prudential. they got out of the health insurance market because they could not make any money at it. when you realize that these
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companies are going under and that a lot of these places will not have any coverage whatsoever, this thing absolutely needed to be changed. one thing that one of the young ladies said you talked to a minute ago -- i believe she is a mexican-american, she used the word " forced. " she said she wished people were forced to pay this and that's exactly what the government thought they could do. they thought they could force the people to pay these premiums and i can tell you personally that i have a large number of friends who are not young and they are no longer paying any health insurance premiums because they cannot afford it. host: i will get in a couple of more voices, surely, richmond, virginia, you get your insurance through obamacare, good morning. caller: good morning, thank god for c-span. i would like to say a couple of things. when i --isabled
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host: ignore your tv and listen through the phone. disabledk, i became with a head injury and ended up with pint -- with spinal so gnosis so i could not work. i had put in about 35, close to 40 years already. when medicare came up, it was good for me. into i had been paying into it all my life and then i did a subsidy with humana. i had to have a foot surgery and they took the cost-of-living raise and sent it to the insurance companies. what is really going on, is that the insurance companies are taking the money. it's not obamacare, it's the insurance companies. they got together and said we are going to stop this so we are going to jack up everybody's
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insurance and make it seem like it's obamacare. host: i want to get in lee in california. inler: people forget back 1982 that rates were increasing horrendously. ratere seeing double-digit increases. that continued until we finally stopped at the rate increases and we talked health care reform. aca has been the best thing for americans. i am disgusted with my republican party because they are putting a spin on this. this will not help large groups, small groups, individuals in -- or industrial groups. in the long run and especially in the short run. right now, with aca, you have a platinum, a gold, a silver and a bronze. i don't understand what's happening back east. they are talking about a $10,000 deductible. i have no idea what they are doing. to guessing but i would have
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affirm that some doctors and hospitals and surgeons have a strong association and are banding together and they are pretty ornia it working good and people on medicaid are subsidies.tastic host: we are at the top of the hour so i will leave it there switch we will conversations. we will be joined by two representatives scott taylor of virginia to talk about defense issues and spending. then val demings of florida we her about law enforcement and donald trump's law and order he president.
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