tv Vice President Pence Urges Republicans to Get Behind Health Care Bill CSPAN March 13, 2017 11:32am-12:00pm EDT
for the supreme court, neil gorsuch. we will take you there live eastern time. this weekend, vice president mike pence was an kentucky meeting with small business owners and one of his stops come he talked about a energy services company was introduced by kentucky governor matt bevin. [applause] gov. bevin: thank you very much. thanks for being here. he forgot to tell you that my first bycycle was red. no, i'm just kidding. we were going to go with the short version there. i'm not sure what happened , but thank you truly for being here. thank you for caring about this issue. ofnk you for being a part the american process. i will keep my comments brief. i want you to be able to hear from our vice president. the beautiful thing about meeting in a warehouse is there are things around you, so be careful. [laughter] gov. bevin: i will say this.
the conversation that has been had, and i will speak to those of you in the media, but us just as 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 million americans, however many there are now. of course there is disagreement about what we should do with it. this is america. americans have opinions. you can't be married to somebody for two days and be in complete agreement on everything at every time. there is a catastrophe that has been wasted -- that has been hoisted known as the affordable -- that has been hoisted upon the american people known as the affordable care act. it hasn't been anything but. if this affordable care act, it has been truly devastating. we have been in a meeting with
small business owners talking 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. it ultimately gets passed through to somebody. so it does need to be fixed. the system is collapsing. fewer and fewer insurers are willing to actually be on exchanges. and self, this idea that it is somehow working in kentucky. for those of you from the national media, it does not work in kentucky. you are going to see our former governor get again trying to maintain some semblance of a legacy to say it is working. it is not working. half our counties only have a single provider. it is not working in kentucky. humana will be leaving our exchange and every other exchange in the country. others will do the same thing. the costs have become prohibitive. people cannot even afford to do -- people cannot even afford the deductibles.
-- deductibles if they can , afford the premium itself. what is free to somebody is expensive to somebody else. that is the reality. that is what we need to think about. so the message we want to share is that change is coming. obamacare is a disaster and needs to be repealed, replaced, something that is effective. the important thing to understand above all else is this -- it is not about coverage. it is not about providing coverage without being mindful of creating better health outcomes. that is the point. the point is to create a healthier populace. to create better health outcomes so people have healthier lives. interestingly, healthier people will ultimately cost the system less. so while saving money isn't the goal, if we focus on the health outcomes, welth will ultimately have a more affordable system. you will hear from the vice president speaking about things that he and the president and congress are working towards in terms of creating competition.
i will say this. stay tuned. expect there to be healthy dialogue. this is a multistep process. the reconciliation process, very few understand how it works. it is imperative to understand that what makes it through the house right now, and there are a .ouple of congressmen here they are in front of me. thank you both for being here. is these guyse know what works in the house. they are working hard to come up with a solution they can agree on. it may or may not in its form be exactly what can move through the senate, fair enough. timidly, these differences of opinion will be reconciled. right now, within their ranks as , with in the senate ranks and administration ranks, there are different ideas, but the one thing everybody is agreed upon is this -- change has to come. the system is broken.
the system is broken. [applause] gov. bevin: and i am confident, i am very confident that this president and our vice president , who you are about to hear from, understands exactly what needs to happen. they understand exactly how important it is that obamacare be repealed, and it will get on. they are moving with a sense of purpose the likes of which we , have not seen in some time at the federal level. i want to introduce the person you really came to hear from , a guy who has been a dear friend of mine, a mentor to me politically, someone who has been good of a sounding board as anyone i have known in the political ranks. and he is somebody i am grateful to be able to introduce to you now, i guy who you have gotten -- a guy who you have gotten to know as a neighbor and governor perry a guy whose faith guides -- a guy you have got to know as a neighbor and governor.
a guy whose faith guides them, whose decision making is informed by his years in congress, as a manager, ceo, governor of a state, and a state that has done well in the one i have an apologetically trying to copy the best elements of come a state well ahead of us in some respects. we are playing catch-up as quickly as we can. but i will say this i have , kicked footballs with this guy. i have had private conversations with this guy. i have prayed with this guy. i have been able to meet and talk with our families. he is a guy i have as much respect for anyone i know. please help me welcome the vice president of the united states, mike pence. [applause] vice pres. pence: thank you, everyone. hello kentucky.
thank you governor for that great introduction, and how about that governor matt bevin. he is something. i was for matt bevin before it was cool. [laughter] vice pres. pence: kentucky is blessed to have a leader restoring fiscal responsibility and rolling back red tape. and today, because of governor matt bevin, kentucky is now a right to work state. kentucky is open for business. [applause] vice pres. pence: governor the , president and i are proud to partner with you to make kentucky great again as we make america great again. [applause] vice pres. pence: i get along great with people from kentucky. except in march. [laughter] vice pres. pence: it gets a
little testy. but the same goes with all my strong feeling about your governor. the state senator ralph alvarado just joined
us for a great conversation, and two great congressmen that i served with in washington. would you two stand up and let these people show you how much they appreciate your conservative stance in washington d.c. thank you both. [applause] vice pres. pence: it is great to be and the home state of the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. he is a true friend to me, to our president, and to america. [applause] great to havece: the privilege to be back in the bluegrass state. last fall, thanks to all of you here in kentucky, your hard work support, and prayers, kentucky , voted to make donald trump the 45th president of the united states of america in a decisive vote. [applause]
vice pres. pence: you know, and it was quite a campaign, was in it? quite and administration, too. it is 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] vice pres. pence: the president is a man of boundless energy, optimism. i like to say he has broad shoulders and a big heart. and speaking of which, the president asked me late yesterday when we were leaving the white house in the evening, to say thanks to everyone gathered here today. hard-working americans like all of you are some of our biggest supporters, and on behalf of president trump, thank you. thank you for your support, and thank you for being here today. we are truly grateful. [applause] vice pres. pence: and to all of the business owners who are with
us 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 -- i appreciate your candid feedback on what our administration can do to help your businesses succeed and grow. and i have to tell you, one other person i want to mention before i thank our host -- it is always good to have papa john's in th john in the house. the midwest is proud you call kentucky and america home. john, thank you. there he is. [applause] and last butnce: not least on behalf of the president, let me thank -- for their hospitality. not only do i appreciate the warm welcome, we just so admire frank, building an extraordinary business.
his story are the story of the american dream. and would you enjoy me and thanking him for allowing this great business to be our backdrop. [applause] vice pres. pence: and all of those who run businesses, own businesses, or work in small businesses, let me make you a promise. the president wants you to know that our administration will be the best friend that america's small businesses will ever have. [applause] vice pres. pence: 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 family a little bit north of here in columbus, indiana. i went to work at my father's gas station when i was 14 years of age. i was actually what they call a gas station attendant.
if you are under the age of 30, i will explain to you after the program exactly what that was. but the president also grew up in a family business, too. we both know the sacrifices required to make a business work, and more importantly, we know that when small business is strong, america is strong and , this president will fight every day to make that a reality. [applause] vice pres. pence: president trump wants to help you. he wants to help you become stronger than ever before. he made a promise to you and the american people, and this white house is in the promise keeping business. just look at what we have done over the past month and a half. on day one, president trump went straight to work, rolling back reams of red tape instructing , every agency of the federal government to find two regulations to get rid of before issuing any new regulations on job creators in america. [applause]
vice pres. pence: the president is taking decisive action to protect american jobs and american workers by taking measures to secure our border, to build a wall, and end illegal immigration once and for all. [applause] vice pres. pence: the president authorized the keystone and dakota pipelines at last, creating thousands of american jobs and building on america's energy infrastructure. [applause] vice pres. pence: businesses, and if you have not noticed already, businesses have already been reacting to president trump's vision with optimism and investment around the country, from coast-to-coast, literally since election day. companies have in announcing their -- the parties have been announcing that they are keeping jobs here and creating new last ones. month alone, the economy added 235,000 jobs in the month of
february. this economy is coming back, and coming back strong. [applause] vice pres. pence: and most importantly of all, the top 30 -- the top are your did the president gave us is to work with members of congress to make sure that the obamacare nightmare is about to end. [applause] vice pres. pence: i will tell you, it is amazing to think about. virtually every promise of obamacare has been broken. we all remember the promises they made back in 2010 when it 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 could keep them. not true. they told us if you like your health plan, you could keep it. not true. and 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, premium spiked
by 25% and millions of americans have lost their health insurance plans and lost their doctors. in one third of the nation's 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 are 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's failures. here in the bluegrass state, premiums skyrocketed by an average of 24% last year, with some plans spiking by 47%. nearly half of the state has only one health insurer to choose from, and next year, humana, headquartered right here in louisville, is pulling out of kentucky's obamacare exchange. today, one third of the state is on medicaid. as your governor has said over and over again, it is
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] vice pres. pence: since the day that kentucky helped to send president trump to the white house, his top priority has been to repeal and replace obamacare with something that works. we have already made incredible progress. the house released its repeal and replaced bill on monday and it already passed with unanimous support from two committees in congress. congressman, i want to thank you for your strong support to repeal and replace obamacare. [applause] vice pres. pence: now, i know then that 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 he might even have something to say about my visit here today, and i welcomed the debate, i really do. steve bashir is actually a friend of mine. we worked together while i was governor of indiana to promote jobs and growth across indiana. i am proud of those ohio river bridges, aren't you? [applause] vice pres. pence: the great story about collaboration between our two states, the abraham lincoln bridge and the lewis and clark bridge will support economic growth across region for generations, but your former governor is wrong about obamacare. [applause] vice pres. pence: obamacare has failed the people of kentucky. it has failed the people of america, and obamacare must go. [applause] vice pres. pence: now, the plan the president outlined in his
joint address to congress is the plan we are 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 not,ther they wanted it or was never the right solution for health care in this country. so we will repeal the mandates , and taxes and penalties of obamacare. [applause] vice pres. pence: we are going to end obamacare's individual an employer mandates. we will actually get rid of more than $500 billion in obamacare 's tax increases. [applause] vice pres. pence: and we are going to give americans more choices. we will expand health savings accounts, give americans a tax credit to 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 they need. and to all the parents, we will make sure you can keep your kids on your plan and tell they are -- on your plant 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] vice pres. pence: the bill moving through the congress today will give the governor and states all across the country a chance to reform medicaid so it will better serve the underprivileged in your state with better coverage, better health, and better outcomes just like the governor said. uniquely designed for the people of kentucky, a little bit like we did in the hoosier state not too long ago. you know i will never forget for , being here for governor bevin's inaugural address.
anyone else from ever that? a sunny day? vice pres. pence: as i was listening, i remember hearing the governor say he announced his intention to reform medicaid using the same conservative principles we used in indiana. he said then he was inspired by indiana's reforms come a but sure kentucky could do better than indiana. and i would like to see him try. [laughter] vice pres. pence: in fact, president trump truly does believe that giving states like kentucky, like indiana, like every state in the union, the resources and flexibility to improve their health care programs and medicaid. it is the american way to meet the needs of our most vulnerable, and we are going to make that happen. [applause] vice pres. pence: the competition between the states of giving the american people better health care choices. under president trump's leadership, we will also finally allow americans to purchase
health insurance across state lines, the way you buy life insurance, the way you buy car insurance. [applause] vice pres. pence: 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 for them to have. , this let me be clear will be a battle in washington d.c. and for us to seize this opportunity to repeal and replace obamacare once and for all, we need every republican in congress, and we are counting on kentucky. president trump and i know that at the end of the day after a good and vigorous debate, we know that kentucky will be there and we will repeal and replace obamacare once and for all. [applause] vice pres. pence: and let me say one more thing despite some of , the fear mongering by those on the liberal left, i want to ensure the people of kentucky
who might be looking on this morning, that we are going to work with the congress and work with our agency at health and human services and we are going to have an orderly transition to a better health care system that makes affordable, high-quality health insurance available for every american. [applause] vice pres. pence: in a word, we are going to make the best health care system in the world even better. while i came here to talk about obamacare it is just the start , of what our administration is doing to make america great again. that me give you a quick preview of that before i head back on that airplane. first off, after we get this done, we will cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses, and family farms. [applause] vice pres. pence: we are going to keep slashing through red tape and rein in unelected bureaucrats of they can't cripple the economy from the comfort of their taxpayer-funded
tests -- desks in washington d.c. [applause] vice pres. pence: we are going to do a little bit more like we did with those bridges -- we will rebuild america so we have the best roads, bridges, highways, and airports that america has ever had. [applause] vice pres. pence: but making america great again does not stop there. this president has no higher priority, i promise you than the , safety and security of the american people, and he is working every single day to work to protect our nation and 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] vice pres. pence: president trump, as i mentioned, has also taken steps to strengthen our
borders, enforce our laws, and as the president said we are , working through ice and close concert with law enforcement in every community, and we are taking, in his words the gang , members, the drug dealers, and the criminals who threaten our communities and prey on our , citizens off the streets of kentucky and off the streets of our country. [applause] vice pres. pence: and while we talk about those that serve in uniform, as the proud father of a united states marine let me , take how grateful i am that in president donald trump we have a , commander in chief who will rebuild our military, restore the arsenal of democracy, and give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guard the resources and training they need to accomplish their mission and protect our nation. [applause] and byes. pence:
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 will uphold the god-given liberties that are enshrined in our bill of rights. [applause] vice pres. pence: my friends, let me tell you, president trump is a man of his word and a man of action. i believe he will make america great again. i think we have come to a pivotal moment in our nation's 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 is 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, put it back to a path to a brighter future, and i know we will do this. i truly do. one of my favorite verses in the old book is from the book of jeremiah. it has hung over the mantle of our home before i was elected to office, now more than 16 years ago. now it hangs over the mantle in the vice president's 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 god's help, together, we will make america great again. thank you very much for being here on a saturday. [applause] vice pres. pence: god bless you and god bless the united states , of america. [applause] ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]