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it a lot on the campaign trail. members right now are going home and they are not very happy. >> the health care replacement bill today, and molecule or -- molly cooper of the hill joining us to talk about it. thank you for being here. >> on today's washington journal, what happened yesterday in the house, and the future of the health care law. entire state -- segment was dedicated to viewers from calls and tweets. so glad not go through, that was the worst bill could ever have. is concerned much. we are covered at 85% of the we
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are paying. medicare has improved. physicals, more preventive tests that we did not get before. things would go away for spoken to her. they want to throw it away and .harge us more money if they actually want the costs of health care, they need to get it off the stock market. that includes 4 -- corporate .ospital there was no insurance premiums at all. if we have to have insurance, .et off the stock market
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stop paying ceos of money. you probably heard republicans and democrats talk about the current condition of the affordable care act. re: worried about the status as far as the ability for premiums to go up and providers, moving out of state's, are you worried about what is currently in place? >> i am. i'm personally i'm on medicare and tri-care, a blessing for me. granddaughter is under obamacare. she loves it, her and her husband make about $40,000 a pay $79 a month and have an 8 -- $800 deductible. you can hardly beat that. >> with your from another
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shirley and pennsylvania, republican line. go ahead. >> good morning, thank you for taking my call. i have been following this for so long. we put up with obamacare for seven years. it is just a shame where it is going. there is one provider in a lot , and it is probably terrible when it comes time to renew, we probably won't even have fat. as i se were the forle that were responsible this bill not going through. so that we could move ahead and get a good health plan in this country for the people. i am telling you, i know the
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vice president worked hard and mr. price, the president was giving it his all. it is a shame what transpired. host: as far as the republicans who voted against it, what do you think, do you think they will face political challenges or challenges from their leadership within the party, or the president himself? caller: i feel all the people affiliated are in with the freedom caucus. those are the ones that have caused this. each one of them need to give an account to their constituents, why they did this. i believe that every one of them should be voted out and replaced with a republican that will go to washington, d.c. at work with the party to get something done in this country. this country is a mess. byt: her thoughts reflected
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adam kinzinger this morning who just tweeted out after the decision yesterday, the house freedom caucus just single-handedly saved obamacare. the new york times has a highlight of the republicans involved in this process. to stop the republican health bill is the story. they boil it down to 32 republicans, 15 hardliners they label and eight other republicans, 10 moderates. hardliners section, hard-line conservatives are all members of the house freedom caucus, among the most conservative members of the house who highlight members like andy biggs of arizona and bill posey of florida and paul gosar of arizona, jim jordan of mentioned,s i including the appointed leader of this caucus, mark meadows of north carolina. the 10 moderates including barbara comstock of virginia, dan donovan of new york, ileana
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ros-lehtinen of florida. .here are others eight other republicans who had a variety of reasons, chris smith of new jersey, brian fitzpatrick of pennsylvania and rick crawford of arkansas. the new york times website shows the breakdown of republicans who were trying to convince by the white house and president -- mina, arkansas, independent line, mark, go ahead. caller: thank you for c-span. to take ake the world few things into mind. most jurisdictions in the united states have a sunshine law in some way, shape, or form. i would like the legislators of this country to openly state on the front page of their newspapers where they derive their campaign from the end if
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they get their money from the pharmaceutical industry, did they get it from an insurance lobby? and how did they vote? another question -- we have a structural problem constitutionally, when we are allowed to add amendments to a bill that have no bearing on the bill of being decided. aroundegislators turned and added the amendment to give the top 1%, 2% tax breaks in exchange for a potential vote? i do not have access to an internet but it is a question that i believe the question needs an answer to. thank you for my time. host: chuck schumer said this -- ultimately, the trump care bill failed because of two traits that have plagued the trump presidency, confidence and broken promises. victor, you are next, silver
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spring, maryland, republican line. caller: i have a long memory. i remember when this bill was rammed through by nancy pelosi and the democrats on christmas eve! it was designed to fail because they were so sure that a democratic president would come by and turn this into a single-payer health care system. just like in canada. that this bill did not pass yesterday. that it was not voted on. because this health care plan needs to explode. the democrats need to see what a thisthey created with obamacare. host: you heard the president
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say, and even the house bigger say several times, on its own, obamacare as they call it would collapse on its own weight. you are ok with that? and the republicans not doing anything to correct that? it is: i am glad happening this way because it needs to collapse and people need to find out who really created this once and for all, and stop having attention to the mainstream media, who was behind obamacare in the first place. it was also talk radio that stopped this bill. rush limbaugh in particular was the one that told people how bad this was going to be. it was designed to fail. it is failing. let it fall. let the democrats do in their own juices. host: president trump yesterday at the white house after the
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decision to pull the bill. here is him talking about, not only that decision, but what the future holds. pres. trump: bad things will happen to obamacare, not much you can do to help it. i have been saying that for 4.5 years, eventually it is not sustainable, insurance companies are leaving one by one as quick as you can leave. you have states in some cases soon who will not be covered. there is no way out of that. the one thing that was happening , as we got closer, everybody was talking about how wonderful it was and now it will go back to real life. people will see how bad it is and it is getting much worse. i said the other day, when 17, hent obama left, knew he would not be here, 2017 will be a bad year for obamacare. you will have explosive premium increases.
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the deductibles are so high people do not get to use them. they will go with that for a while and i believe, i know some democrats, they are good people, the democrats will come to us and say, let's get together and get a great health care bill or plan that is really great for the people of our country. i think that will happen. host: join in the conversation through twitter @cspanwj. one viewer said i hope president trump will deal with the entire congress and its whole body politic. another viewer, american one, they have not abandoned anything, the president goes to plan b which will be better. tony in maryland, independent line. caller: thank you so much for c-span. good morning. , ii listened to the callers am very grateful to see democracy at its best. this to me was the first time
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that the parties, democratic or republican, they work together. that is the way i see it. people made decisions based on what is in the best interest for their constituents in their cities and in their state. when people get so emotional about some of these callers getting all excited and being so emotional. tot is great, but you have look at what is in the best interest of those individuals in those states. if somebody voted because they do not want this to affect their medicaid or medicare, you have to respect that, that is what democracy is all about. i served in the military. no matter where i was stationed, i could go to a medical facility and did not have to deal with paying premiums. the people inhy this country cannot have the same type of service, that
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congress or the military get, no matter where they go, you get served. i am glad to see individuals are engaged but i think it would be very important for us to look at what is overall in the betterment of all people, rather than just a party. you have people that want to criticize these republicans for not voting for it. why would you vote for something, if your conscience, or if it was not in the best interest of the people you represent that said to to congress. i do not understand that. the other thing is that -- the republican party -- i am an .ndependent, i vote both ways the republican party had seven years to come up with a plan and make sure this plan is a bona fide plan that benefits everybody. and not be 1%. .- the one person if i look at what is going on from a political perspective,
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people need to not just look at their views but educate themselves across the board of how this represents an what it looks like. one of the men made a comment earlier about these lobbyists, when you have the pharmaceutical companies coming in and the insurance coming in, they are coming in with their agenda. ,ost: that may go on to seah democrats line, nashville, tennessee. caller: i am speaking from a nurse perspective. to the republicans, my question is, if you do not like obamacare, why don't you just amend the portions of the health care act you do not agree with? also, we are all americans, the plan they put up really was horrible for certain individuals. if you have pre-existing conditions, you would not be able to receive health care.
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they took out emergency care. and a majority care. -- ambulatory care. who are you trying to ensure? if you do not like the affordable health care act, make amendments on those parts you do not like because we should not want this to fail. if it fails, there are individuals that will lose their health care. we should care about all citizens. we do not want the affordable health care act to fail. aboutas a nurse, talk what you are seeing on the ground level with people coming in under the affordable care act and the care they are getting because of that. caller: actually i work for the veterans administration. they do not have to use the affordable health care act. that is a little bit different. as far as what really is embedded within the affordable health care act, i have had several conversations with evil
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who did not necessarily agree they wanted to-- handpick the services they have which is not possible with health care. i had to explain, i have maternity care but i do not plan on having more children. that is just part of my coverage. he was a male and very concerned because he was paying for maternity care. what i feel like from republicans would like to do -- republicans would like to have fun all at heart type of system which is not possible with health care. host: richard in carlsbad, california, republican line. caller: my question is -- has the employer mandate fully kicked in? i know they kept pushing that back. both parties, until after the next election, after the next election. does that kick in this year,
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where the employers have to pay huge, higher premiums and or lay off employees to get below the 50 employee limit? host: we will have to run a check on that but a story from the wall street journal go through the affordable care act, insureds are wrestling with next steps. due to begin filing 2018 plans in april with house speaker ryan expecting me aca to remain for the foreseeable future's. companies will grapple with the instabilities that are focused on the marketplace with several "and that will affect their decision. a number of insurance -- answers say if policymakers do not steady the exchanges, they will consider pullbacks. humana incorporated has declared that it is leaving, citing
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evidence is enrollment for this year was not likely to generate a profit. the chief executive of molina healthcare, a major medicaid and marketplace ensure says it is still considering retreating from exchanges next year and he thinks aca marketplaces could see double-digit rate increases. resolved --have not keep in chicago, illinois, democrats line -- keith and chicago, illinois, democrat line. caller: we need to look at the big picture. the take away from this. a couple of realities. that bill had 17% support. fact. .uinnipiac is great you cannot pass legislation like that. the president has a 37% approval rating. ast we know from yesterday
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the horse has left the barn. the american people see health care as a right. not as a privilege. for the 17% that supported this bill and assert it -- the 37% that support trump, we reject your ideology. we understand your ideology, you do not want to be a part of this collective where we take care of each other when it comes to life, death, and health. we understand your position and we reject it. you are in a very small minority. in america and globally. no great nation allows its people to live or die based on profits received by insurance companies. my final statement is this -- what was it like before obamacare?
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obamacare has been the cost curve down to the lowest point down in over 50 years. that is a fact. they want to ignore it. fact the't it a premiums still managed to rise even though the rate has slowed down? caller: where did they start at? it was an in red states that did not participate in obamacare. arizona, for instance. you have to put it in context. they had some of the lowest premiums in the nation. because of the enrollment targets, those spiked up because of their failure to participate. let's contextualize this and not stick to talking points. health care is not considered a right -- a privilege, it is a right, little support for
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repealing obamacare. it was part of the democratic platform and hillary clinton's campaign to mend it and not ended. -- end it. host: glenn from columbus, ohio, independent line. caller: the last person's comments were great. health care should not be a partisan issue. i am glad to see that donald trump is looking for democratic health. -- help on the issue. the american people should hold the representative is responsible and the men they work together and come together with a good bill. thank you. host: carol on twitter says the democrats would not work with the republicans on making the bill better, let them have the affordable care act and see how much they like it. jody said the republicans would want to give competition.
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daniel and berkeley, california, republican line, you are next. caller: hello? host: go ahead, you are on. caller: this health care bill, is favor the liberals. that's it favors the liberals. they should have done universal health care. this bill only covers 24 million people, it is a joke. i am from hawaii. has,ey did what hawaii maybe companies give everybody medical, it used to be you had free -- three or more employees but now it does not matter how many you have. if they did that, it would cover a lot of people. and then come up with a plan to cover the rest of the people. that works. hawaii has had it for 40 years.
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2000, whatmocrat in 50 or morefor employees. if they did it to the whole country, you would absorb a lot of people. i live in california, obamacare, my rates went through the ceiling and will probably double in six months. host: what are you playing now -- paying now? caller: i was at $22 a month with job to $93 a month and it will go up again. host: that is the premium, what is the deductible? caller: pretty high, i think $800 and something. , paying more out of pocket and paying more for my medicine. if they could come up with a deal and work with these drug companies, or lettuce by across y acrosser, -- let us bu
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the border, my father was a veteran who served in korea, my dad got medicine in canada which was cheaper because they do not pay their people as much as far as the pharmacies or companies down here. host: a previous caller asked about the employer mandate, from the national bar, the ch -- the new bill, it would have host: a long list of breakdowns offered by the ahca. for our three hours this morning , your chance to comment on the
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events yesterday concerning health care. 202-748-8000 for democrats. republicans.for 202-748-8002 for independents. nancy pelosi, after paul ryan spoke about why they decided to pull the bill, here is the reaction from the minority leader. >> today is the great day for our country, a victory for the american people. for our seniors, for people with disabilities and for our children. for our veterans. also, it is not just the 24 million people who know will not have -- will not be off of health insurance. it is about the 155 million people who receive their health benefits in the workplace, who will not be assaulted by some of the provisions that the republicans put in the bill, especially last night when they removed the essential benefits package. us. is pretty exciting for
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yesterday, the anniversary and today a victory for the affordable care act and for the american people. tomorrow, the 51st anniversary of reverend martin luther king speech, mr.n a clyburn quotes often, of all the forms of inequality, inequality in health care is probably the most inhumane. and then sometimes lead to death. that was the spirit in which we came into this debate. honoring the browser of our founders, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. to pursue our happiness. it is a better country. the vision of our founders. it is about faith and the unity of the democrats. united by our values. host: another democrat commenting on the events, hillary clinton sending out a couple of tweets.
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the first one saying that today was a victory for all americans. she explains why. she follows up saying, let's not be distracted and continue to stand up and organize and resist, put forth good ideas to improve the existing system and people's lives. read city, michigan, democrats line, keith. caller: thank you for c-span. i have been following this since the beginning. we need to remember that the , presidentet us down obama and the democrats promised nationalize health care like the rest of the world. they were bought by lobbyists. we ended up with the health care act we have now, which was a brainchild of the heritage foundation. this is a republican law in which we have now been -- this is a republican law in which we have now. people are still getting rich,
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1/7 of our economy is going for bad health care. the only reason this bill failed is because, not enough americans were going to die to make the rich richer. of thehat do you think current care that is being offered by the affordable care act? caller: we are still paying outrageous amounts of money for health care for prescriptions. people are buying islands because of -- they own health care stock. trillionying almost $3 for $1 trillion worth of health care. it is just legalized theft. i do not know if we can fix it. there is so much money involved. it is a real shame. host: when you say you do not know if we can fix it, you are concerned so much about the current conditions you are afraid it will collapse as some have claimed? is, we it works as it
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just help more americans to buy that health care. -- bad health care. richmond -- it made more rich the people already making money. this bill would have been a major step backward. more people would have gone bankrupt and gotten sick. more people have died and the rich would have gotten richer. that is why it was doing so poorly in the polls. host: one of the tweet sent out from heritage action, an extension of the heritage foundation. they gave support to mark meadows, the leader of the heedom caucus, saying that representative took a principled stand in this fight and congress can work towards real repeal. adding the words thank you and that we from heritage action -- tweet from heritage action.
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republican line, you are next. that i am comment is glad the freedom caucus did this thing. from what i have seen in the news, it appears that some republicans added different things to this amendment they were trying to pass. including getting rid of paternity -- maternity care. pediatric ear. -- care. host: essential health benefits as they are known. caller: just wow. ago fromtudy 10 years the university of chicago. it was talking about -- health care in america. it's of the most expensive thing -- it said the most expensive
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thing, the monetary threat, universal health care coverage. it would be a moral hazard as far as people going to the emergency room when they did i need to. i see a lot of policymakers talking about medicare being the big thing -- i am in the millennium generation. the baby boomers, they are getting older and older. i do not see costs associated with them in the next 10, 20, 30 years. i do not know. host: what do you think the republicans should do from here? caller: i think they should remove the mandate you have to have it. maybe they should subsidize and privatize, give over at least half of the people who are on medicaid, medicare, to private institutions, private health companies. allow them to provide coverage.
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save some money doing that. nothing like the things they were proposing. how they weremind trying to get rid of health coverage altogether. host: we showed you some amendments made when it came to medicaid and amendments also in the world of taxes. some things that were added. a vehicle call the manager's amendment. that was added, leading up to a final bill that was supposed to be voted on yesterday. we are getting your comments and what the actions of yesterday. ray in clinton, pennsylvania, independent line. caller: good morning, pedro. i would like to preface what i am saying -- what i am going to say by getting the fact across that health care is not a right. you do not have a right to make someone else pay for your health
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care. the first caller said her daughter was getting health care with a premium of $79 and the deductible was $800. you are forcing someone else to pay higher rates. you should have a program on costa rica health care. i spent time donna. it is amazing -- i spent time down there. it is amazing. they have single-payer. if you want health care, you purchase it, if you do not want it, you do not get it. it is not a right. what drags us down, costa rica has no welfare. none did nobody starts. -- none. nobody starts. -- nobody starves. host: who finances it so everybody can have access to health care? caller: the problem is too much
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money going into health care. this was designed by the democrats. the old guard republicans also. i do not like either party, the new conservatives, cut it down to the bone and say, you do not get something for nothing in this country. you have to work for it and pay for it. along with the rate and take the profit out of it. saying that is not because the regions do it -- costa ricans do it? caller: they limit the cost. a canadian citizen, they would let him die because he had prostate cancer. he went to canada and has his physical, which he has to schedule a year in advance. when he went to costa rica, he saw a doctor because he was not feeling well. the doctor said he added that prostate cancer. he said where are you from,
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canada, they should be put in jail for the type of health care they -- you are paying for, they saved his life. the democrats in the media are thinking of ways to blame republicans for when obamacare falls apart. watch closely, this is lynn holly hansen, saying it is the duty of congress is to help all the people of this country, why think saying let it failed without working to fix the problem? florida, democrat line, perry. , this: the freedom caucus is what they did to sweeten the pot for the freedom caucus, they wanted to repeal things like outpatient care, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity, newborn care, mental health, substance
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abuse, prescription drugs, rehab , laboratory and diagnostic tests, preventative and wellness services, pediatric care. .hat was the worst bill i am so tired of hearing people blame democrats and obama, he got what he could with no help from the republicans. this is a president who does not want to help to try to get people health care. why shouldn't the government be involved in health care? we pay for their health care, why shouldn't they help us with hours? shirley from canton, ohio, republican line. caller: let me say, first of all, for the people who think everyone is blaming the democrats. for years, i was a democrat until i saw how things were going. i have been a widow for over 25 years. i am a senior.
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still working. my health care was much better way back before obama. i think it is time that the politicians start getting together. because people were fed up with the politicians making promises and doing nothing. i am tired of people saying, you should get this for free. there is nothing free. our freedom was never free. people worked and died. they built this country. the older people of today are the ones who built this country. we did not ask for freebies. people think, i am entitled to a freebie because i was born. did yourself a job. i am still working two part-time jobs. i pay my bills, i am proud to say. host: huntington beach,
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california, independent line, ken. caller: i enjoy your show. first off, you hear republicans go back and say, in the constitution it said nothing about health care. it said nothing about the atomic bomb. i believe you could take all of the states that are suffering right now because insurance agencies and insurance companies have let that left the state and you could create a co-op in the state to cover the difference for insurance throughout the state, especially with small populations. if that were to be done, i think you could say -- see the insurance companies take a different stance. because it will become obvious very quick as the where the inflated costs are and how much profit they really do make. that is all i have to say. host: the lead editorial from
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the wall street journal this morning highlights the republicans that voted against the effort of the ahca, the obamacare republicans is the title. they write that the bill have flaws but the largest entitlement reform and spending reduction in recent decades which was not good enough for the 29 or so members of the freedom caucus to sabotage this fragile legislative ballot. and one other man's was met, they made another until they exceeded by the rest of the gop congress had exceeded. you cannot have a good faith negotiation when one party does not know how to say yes. the result of their strategy will be the obamacare status quo and mark meadows of north carolina, jim jordan of ohio, louie gohmert of texas, and the rest own all of the problems. host: the last paragraph of this editorial reads as such -- perhaps mr. trump and the gop can recover from this debacle
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but as an opening act to a new presidency, the collapse of this first legislative campaign is ominous, the business you like to get even, he has some scores to settle with the freedom caucus. the editors of the washington -- wall street journal's. happen talk about what yesterday and what it means for the future agenda for the republicans and the white house. and the future of health care. 202-748-8000 for democrats. 202-748-8001 for republicans. 202-748-8002 for independents. ken and huntington beach, california, independent line. caller: hello, i enjoy your show. i just wanted to mention that republicans keep mentioning that , in the constitution it says nothing about health care, it says nothing about the atom bomb, either. host: i think i have already spoken to you.
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let's go to darlene in santa ana, california, democrats line. caller: i am glad i finally got on the line. i have more questions than statements. i have heard a lot of good opinions and comments from a lot of people. i find it ironic, richest and -- or interesting, that on a state-by-state basis, there is such a difference in how people have fared with the aca. i am in california. my perception for california was that the plan overall has done very well. i am covered under it. i have had better health coverage under this plan than i did under an employer plan i was under. for a while i was under medi-cal because of financial reasons. i was able to get finally under
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obamacare later on. it has worked well for me. all the mediad at coverage on how badly it has performed in other states. host: what are you paying, if i may ask for, for the land and coverage you get? caller: about $90 per month. plan, i selected one status, imy medical was able to get decent deductibles for the premiums. and out-of-pocket and co-pay expenses. host: what is your deductible? caller: i believe about -- total out-of-pocket, $2500 per year. if i may ask, do you get assistance or a subsidy for assistance on this plan?
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caller: i do. it alter thes on monthly premium which brings it down to the $90 from a -- per month. host: did you have a lot of choices? we hear from some states, the case made by republican, you only have one place to go to as far as choices? caller: definitely several choices. i must have had choices between a couple of kaiser plans. there were two or three choices of blue shield plans. they were at different levels. your gold, silver, platinum plans with different deductible levels. i had at least maybe 10 choices.
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host: let's go to kevin joining us from brownfield, texas, republican line. thank you for waiting. weler: i just think that have choices as americans. a big choice right now we have is -- do we want good health care? do we want good health care, pedro? would you like to go to the doctor and not have to pay $1000? would you like to go to the doctor -- host: go ahead and make your point. seems like a rhetorical question. caller: i know. what do we as americans want. 21 americans? -- what do you want americans? what do you want, democrats? this maloney over how we will
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pay for it or do you want health care? host: are you suggesting the actions of the republicans was a wrong want to start, are you supportive of them removing the bill? caller: i do not know. all i know is that i want health care. i do not want to worry about anything. if i get sick. i do not want to worry about it. host: a couple of tweets. saying that when government controls your medical care, it controls your life, not going to have that. time twoghts of jim -- separate health care from health cost insurance, they are separate issues. karen, west palm beach, florida, independent line. go ahead. caller: as americans we need to stop seeing things through -- one of the reasons we are having
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the us fiasco. the concept of insurance is that people -- a large number of people pay a small amount of money for the peace of mind that if something happens to you, you will be protected. the money everyone else is goes towards providing you with protection so you do not go broke or bankrupt. that is the basic concept of insurance which means that people are healthy and unhealthy need to buy insurance. obamacare is not working. for do not want to allow sensible mandates for people who will not be insured. i have a friend who is a republican. he has three children. he is upset he has been paying insurance for all of these years and has never had to claim any benefit. however, he is saying he should not be required to make any payment but whenever his
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children get sick, he should buy insurance and get the coverage. i said to him, you are saying that, if you find out next week your child has cancer and the cause for that -- cost for that is $1 million, you can enjoy the insurance and paid $500 for that month and get -- $1 million coverage, why should you do that? that is ridiculous. we are all contributing towards insurance so that one happens -- something happens to one of us, we can get a benefit. until we understand the concept and that every single american should be required to pay something towards insurance, health insurance, or towards health, from the very first paycheck we make. when we get old and we are drawing on the system, we have lots of young people, we will not have this -- seeing it
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through a republican and democrat wins has been compromising. -- lens has been compromising. host: the number of younger people joining under the affordable care act, not seeing the numbers that initially were needed to support that on the other end. how do you correct that situation? caller: we all should be required, the day we start working. if it is one dollar or $10, every single person should be contributing towards insurance. we will be sick at some point. we will need insurance. i think dick cheney, he was not for same-sex marriage until he found out that his daughter is a homosexual. that -- why would you want to live in a country where you cannot empathize with people? you can only understand someone else's experience when you have the same experience. where is the empathy we should be showing for each other.
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--t: i want to move on for to estelle, georgia, democrats line. caller: how are you? [indiscernible] like to suggest that marco rubio and some republicans took that risk garters from the affordable care act, a program set up so that they insure the really sick people, at the end of the year, they could apply for money from the federal government to help cover some of the costs and they would not .ave to bump up the losses marco rubio -- marco rubio and some other republicans remove that from the affordable care act. it has led to a sharp increase
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in insurance premiums. i would like to see the republicans put that back in so that we can run this program and get it to a workable form. there are issues with this program now. if they were to stop trying to demolish it, i think we can make it work. host: the thoughts of estelle. ,he washington post editorial they choose the way forward, fix obamacare. they say that mr. trump could use his executive powers to shore it up and enhance enforcement of the individual mandate and encourage people to sign up. he should approach democrats to see if there's room for an agreement on a repair bill which would have to be unauthentic deal, not an ultimatum in which democrats trade things republicans want. in exchange for things they should want light enhanced subsidies for vulnerable people. for the good of the country, republicans must admit that obamacare is mostly working in
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millions will be hurt if it is revealed. and gop is not capable of unanimity of health care policy required to act without democrats. let's hear from a republican in south dartmouth,. this is michael. caller: thank you for having me on. i was listening to a woman talk about how she paid $90 per month with a $2500 deductible. i am a small business owner in massachusetts. my monthly premium is over $1800 per month. deductible0 for a and a co-pay whenever i go to the doctor. and co-pays when i get medication. a limit the amount of medication covered. they try to force main on genetic -- force me on generic medications. it is a different story for
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everybody. i think that when they tried to plan, all theyre are doing is trying to change how corruption is ruling our health care. are you there? host: what would you like to see republicans do? caller: i think the real problem earth --uch early early ron, -- earlier on, the doctor wants health insurance because he wants to get paid and does not want to see people with no health insurance. am, when i go to the doctor, they want my health insurance and they send a bill to the health insurance company. they do not tell me how much i will be charged. , theyalth care insurer
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have a negotiated rate for everything that goes on. the doctor has already made a deal with the insurance company that they will charge them less than they would charge me if i went there without health insurance, if they would agree to see me without health insurance. if they are charging the health insurance cap a less than they charge me, antitrust laws of the united states should be stopping that. they have an exemption. the doctors have a corrupt exemption while colluding with insurance companies while the government and all of the elected officials that are getting money from insurance agencies and from the doctor lobby, they have a corrupt alliance also. it is ruining everything and they need to get rid of it all and start from the beginning and allow people to negotiate rates with doctors directly. host: that is michael in massachusetts talking about his experience. alabama, democrat line, marvin, good morning.
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alabama, hi. one more time for marvin. caller: i am proud of the democrats for not passing the bill. because the republicans just want everything their way. donald trump is already rich. you are paying -- he is getting insurance paid for. we have to work hard to get our state for. hours pa -- ours paid for. donald trump needs to stop being childish. and do what he needs to do for the people, which is what he was elected to do and what he needs to do. host: democrats were not going to support this bill, anyway, you are proud of them, what about the future of health care under the trump administration? caller: i think it will explode
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just like he is saying. that the democrat bill will explode soon. it is not obamacare, it is affordable health care. they need to realize it. host: that is marvin in alabama giving his thoughts. this was the first hour we completed with no guests. oftalked to you for the bulk our time about yesterday's action by the house republicans, pulling the american health care act, designed to repeal and replace the affordable care act. a lobbying effort made for several weeks and the last couple of days before the bill introduced yesterday for athe v. we're talking not only about the vote, but what it means for the trump administration, the republicans, health care, and especially going forward. for democrats.
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(202) 748-8001 for republicans. independents, (202) 748-8002. you can tweet us and then you can post on her facebook page, it was in the late afternoon or heading into late afternoon after several hours of testimony. four hours of slated testimony on the bill they were about to vote on. testimony was wrapping up. that is when the decision was made to pull the bill. here is how it went down. [video clip] >> i have health insurance and so does every member of congress. we even have a clinic and doctors at our disposal right here in this. capital. doesn't every american deserve the same treatment as members of congress? and set of moving backwards, republicans should partner with democrats to amend the existing
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law by working together, we can create a plan that works for all americans. not just members of congress. vote no. >> the time has expired. [applause] call, further consideration of hr 1628 is postponed. 12a of ruleclause one, that your declares the house and recess subject to the call of the chair. [booing] host: if you are watching, that is how it happened. after all the effort made to get a vote on this bill, that is what occurred. go to our website at and you can see the video of testimony, everything leading up to this event, reaction after that decision was made not only by president trump, house speaker paul ryan, house
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minority leader nancy pelosi, chuck schumer, all talking about the decision that was made. you can see that at the headline this morning from our paper we get here, the washington post, trump and ryan me defeat. -- meet defeat. avoidw york times, gop health law. lloyd from indiana. you are first up in the 9:00 hour. go-ahead. caller: this is my first time calling in to c-span so i'm really glad to call in. i think you guys the great work. i really watched a lot of the activities throughout the week with great interest on health care. i think the comments from nancy pelosi looking at health care is a pillar of our rights and freedoms and founding documents for pursuit of happiness are all
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well-founded. this is a big stretch, but i hope we move to a real discussion on health care, and not health care insurance. this entire debate has only been about insurance. come to the realization that health care should be a right. granted to all americans, funded through how we collect -- prioritize taxation. the reason for this is health care is fundamental to being able to live a good life. today and look at it the way you republicans talk about it, they talk about it as if it's a commodity that you can buy like any other service. that is a fallacy. anyone can think for themselves. you are very sick. you have cancer or some strong ailment.
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how will you bargain in your best interest? that is not rational. you can't do that. in those cases where we can't bargain, a citizen can't bargain for the best interest, that is when government should help. another example is defense. we all believe in a strong defense, but you can't bargain for self-defense. let's take another example. clean water, clean air. by myself as a citizen i cannot bargain for those things. i have no bargaining power. the same is true in health care. those areas fundamental to life, fundamental to the quality of life, that is government should take an active role and own it. host: we heard -- let's go to gary, warfield, west virginia. caller: good morning. i am sitting here watching the stuff all week long. i'm a retired federal employee. the only thing i pay is medicaid out of my retirement. i'm not even entitled to it.
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i'm just glad the other people can because i was listening to the republican bill. littleeard was get this savings account. i'm like, what part of that don't you people understand? if you don't have money, you can't save it. was virginia -- if that would have fallen yesterday, west virginia's people, not the majority, 98% of the state would've fallen. they would not have had anything here. festivus ridiculous thing i have heard. quit acting like little kids who want to be a big shot on the block and work for the american people. take the aca and sit there and take out the stuff you know is bad and work on it together to make everything the way it is supposed to be. for the people, not who is going or whoseut a bad tweet
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feelings are going to get hurt. i don't care. i just care for the american people. i love this country and i will fight for it anyway i can. the gentleman before me made some great, great strides in what he was trying to say. host: joe in iowa, republican line. hi. caller: yes, rainy iowa, i noticed the caption or uses the word abandon, i don't think is the correct word. is should say postpone. a lot of times efforts, if they are not succeeding, you postpone something until a better day. factt to comment about the there is no competition in the medical world because the private hospitals that used to exist for tax-exempt like the religious ones.
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there is no competition. there is very high prices. if you apply those prices into the regular world, our economy would not even function. if you would to mcdonald's and bought a hamburger for $100 -- we have no competition in the medical world. the doctors are depressed. they only get about seven minutes per patient. there is no prevention. people are smoking, drinking, doing what's called recreational drugs and destroying their health. we need to do prevention. we would not be talking about health care people were healthy. the food in our country is all processed and chemicalized. the problem is not the cure, is the prevention. truthamericans face the that they need to take responsibility for their health and get competition in the medical world so doctors can be happy, because they are really helping people. host: the front page of the town
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hall website, conservative website. ahca is dead. ryan and trump pull legislation from floor. several other papers and legislators say as far as the effort is concerned it is pretty much done ith. whether there is a plan b, who knows. best the discussion this morning as far as actions done yesterday. independent line, hi. caller: i just want to put my two cents in. when theyderstand why are trying to put some kind of plan together, why is it they are always best they have to include all the parasites like the insurance companies, and the stockholders and the ceos. all involved in health care. they knock all that out and offer a deal for everyone to
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have medicaid, let them take a percentage out of everybody's paycheck and pay in the medicaid insurance. -- into medicaid insurance. is already a done deal. it will never come down with all the parasites that must be involved in health care. do away with that. everybody can get some kind of health care plan with medicaid. i will take my answer off-line. host: toby? good morning to you from bottom, texas. nham, texas. caller: this is always money thing for the insurance companies. this started way back years ago whenever we were forced to get automotive insurance. the government has figured out,
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and the insurance companies figured out if you force people to buy insurance, that they can control the price. since when does a private company get the government to control us to have to buy insurance? that is all this is about. money. big money for the insurance companies. host: a couple of questions do you. what you think about the republicans' effort overall on this bill? caller: i don't think it matters. republican, democrat. insurance companies are in the government's pocket to force us to buy insurance. any private company can't go out in force laws on people to buy insurance. host: what you think about president trump's efforts on this effort? caller: it does not matter. it is insurance companies wanting more money. host: the washington post does highlight some of president
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trump's behind-the-scenes efforts in the lead up to yesterday. they said he was using one of his favorite trophies, the oval office. he had so many lawmakers in and out in the days leading up to the vote that the stately room felt like a train station. he felt that he also surprised with cold calls. virginia was moving boxes when his cell phone rang. someone said please hold for the president of united states. got on the line he could not of been less formal. the said what is going on with this thing? i said i want you to be a success but the price us to come down. he puts on his hard-sell. he is selling and sell mode. humor, heart, personality. the president ended the call with a plea. we are going to get it right. brat was unmoved. i get it, but i connected behind it.
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that was some of the behind-the-scenes actions leading up to the decision by republicans, the house speaker also been on that. to your calls not only on the republicans' actions, of president's actions on this, the state of health care. you can comment on all those things this morning. kent from florida on the democrats line. caller: good morning. i would like to say that the first to get the republicans don't believe in giving help to anybody. that's why they are against the affordable care act and always against social security and medicare. i would like to say to the people who are calling and about single-payer systems, it isn't free. my wife and i are both retired. we are on medicare. coveres $550 a month to our insurance costs. i know what people look at
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retired people, they think they have free insurance. it is not free. i pay. everybody on medicare pays $114 a month for part b, been yet to buy a supplemental, which i have is to be wanted $39 a month. that's time -- it is one of $39 a month. 9 a month.3 for the best plan. single-payer is not free. host: is there a better approach is single-payer is not it? caller: know, i think single-payer is the way to go, i just wanted to make the point that for people who think it is free, it is not free. host: donald, new mexico, independent line. caller: good morning.
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this is really a request for some programs. i would like you to bring on a health historian and have him talk about the 1986 law by reaganreagan in which signed a law that all patientss have to be accepted in the emergency room. in conjunction with that, i would like to have you bring on a chief financial officer of a hospital or people associated with the hospital who can then explain how the uncompensated care is paid for. medicaid or cost shifting. i think people really don't understand that when people go to the hospital, like the 24 million people who would not
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have insurance, the emergency room has to cover them. and then that money has to be paid for somehow. if you have a health historian on and if you would have on a chief financial officer to explain that the people, i think that would be really helpful. host: since you made a request of us, what you think about yesterday's action? caller: what do i think in the pulling of the bill? host: yes. caller: i think the reporter book -- republicans now own the affordable care act. ittever happens from now on is theirs. it does not belong to the democrats anymore. if it fails, the people who are responsible are the republicans. host: that is donald on the independent line. you may agree with him or not agree with him on that last point. (202) 748-8000 for democrats, (202) 748-8001 for republicans,
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and independentss, (202) 748-8002. the house speaker paul ryan talked yesterday among many things the state of health care currently given under the affordable care act. [video clip] speaker ryan: obamacare will be getting even worse. i think we were probably doing the democrats a favor. i think we are doing the architects of obama a favor by passing this law before it gets worse. i guess that favor is not going to be given to them and it's going to get worse. i don't think the architects -- i'm sure they may be pleased, but when they see how bad this gets basin of the projections we are told by the plan of dissipating obamacare, they are not going to like that either. you have one plan left, one choice. over one third of the counties in america, one plan left. the kind of projections we are being told from the people providing health insurance to
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these people and plans, it's going to get even worse. i don't think the architects of obamacare envisioned this future. is not one we want for the mac people. i wish we had the kind of consensus we needed to pass and replace it, but we don't have that right now. statements from speaker ryan and the president and others, go to we have highlighted them on the front page to let you get instant access the things said yesterday in the lead up of the pulling of this bill. new york times editors write the trump-ryan care debacle. the worry now among advocates for lower income americans and the sick that the trump administration by sea to undermine the health care law with administrative steps. for example, officials could seek to reduce subsidies that help people earning just above the federal poverty line to pay out-of-pocket costs. republicans in the house sue the obama administration in 2014 the
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block the subsidies. that case is still pending. the trump administration could decide to stop defending the subsidies. such a move would only compound the mistakes it made by trying to rush a half a bill through the house -- half-baked bill for the house. bob, good morning. caller: good morning. i think we have radicals on the left that one free insurance, and radicals on the right that posture for their positions. if we would all get together and work together, down the middle, just like we have to do in every thing else, things would work. trump, heesident wants to do the right thing. i think president obama wanted to do the right thing, but they have radical reactionaries.
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the country will have to settle down and work together. host: who are those radical reactionaries for republicans? right. the far, far listed under the freedom caucus, is that who you are referencing? caller: can you list the ones for the democrats? you can't necessarily list people. it is groups. host: ok. comeou say they should together and try to hammer something out as far as how health care look in this country? caller: we should. we have to. or else we will be paying our grandkids -- our grandkids will continue to pay with a have been in the past. they are paving for everything we are getting now. host: collette, oregon, democrats line. go ahead. caller: i think the american
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people have a very low opinion of congress because they do nothing but fight. if they would attack the problems rather than attacking each other, they could get a lot done. instance, epipen. bees.llergic to i got a vial of epinephrine for five dollars, a syringe and a needle for one dollars. for six dollars i can protect myself. and epipen is what $400 depending on where you get it. we have an adult foster home. walker, you get ace hardware for one dollar. we could not use that. we had use when approved by the american medical association,
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which was $34. all of this is driving up the costs of medical insurance. i think of congress would work together and address some of these problems rather than just attacking each other and do what is right --host: as far as the problems with the current system, where is a good place to start? caller: i think starting with agreeing to not get in bed with and themaceuticals people selling devices for medical. lower theey need to costs. that would lower the insurance. next invingston is cambridge, massachusetts. independent line. caller: good morning.
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there are three components to health care. it is the patient to needs the care, the doctors who provide the care, and the insurance company which is a problem. the insurance company brings nothing to the table but they make a profit. people -- if you remove the insurance company, you can pay for your service. you can work something out. as long as the insurance company has to make a profit, you will never get to because they are not doing -- they will not provide a service the way they can make a lot of money. everything that's happening in this country is about making profit. insurance company and the pharmaceutical company is in it for money. it is not about money. that is all i have to say. thank you. host: there are several pieces
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this morning that with the politics behind yesterday's actions. this one says leadership limning the freedom caucus for a dodgy whip count. as the number of people that with -- whips gather to see where they are on votes. anumber of senior staff -- conservative group light about its voting numbers earlier today. that is what they believe. the freedom caucus aggressively denies that. mark this afternoon, meadows to the white house chief of staff they were 18 hard no votes in the freedom caucus. mick mulvaney past that on the house leaders. the freedom caucus contain about 40 members. for that half the group would support the bill or could be persuaded to do so. when they started making calls, they quickly discovered the support was much weaker than that. a source familiar with the us saidtion tells axi
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they took the lists of undecided and started calling for the undecideds. the no's state no. it is not half. the prevailing information is that the freedom caucus life and negotiated in bad faith. the number they told us was totally false. that is off the website axius. if you get a breitbart, they shift the conversation politically to the house speaker. at least where he is that as far as politically and the power he asserts. the headline exclusive discussion about gop replacement of paul ryan has taken the house intensifies and white house, congress. officials are now openly discussing signing a replacement for the speaker after he failed to pass the american health care -- presidente donald trump and he promised repeatedly the bill would pass. it says ryan was caught on an
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audio file from october obtained by breitbart news saying he will not defend trump, not now and not in the future. while it does not make the staffts clear, ryan's said it was about the access hollywood scandal. many alleys of the president -- allies of the president has confirmed that ryan may not have his agenda's best interest at heart. it was ryan's job to bring the votes. breitbart talked about the politics. president's the statement of yesterday to express support for us, ryan and his efforts on this legislative part ofthis is just many things that have gone on in the last 24 to 36 hours. let's go to kelly in atlanta, georgia. republican line. caller: hello. called.
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i agree with your caller before who was actually in the health care industry. most americans don't understand how insurance works. i am happy to republican bill -- though i am a republican -- did fail. outou do send your patients and dying because they can afford medication and it's only $100 a month, that changes your perspective. regarding the structure of the insurance companies, insurance companies or a business. just like car insurance. if the federal government does not give the mandates, they will cover as minimum as possible. that is true. with -- regarding the pharmaceutical companies, they are also a private business. the federal government can't
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really tell of how much they can charge for the drugs. the same with epipen and things like that. once they can go to other companies they would try the amount, but they still of the patent on the products. addition, they do have regulations that we have. does that make sense so far? host: we had a caller earlier saying why not bypass all those and just strictly leave it to the government to provide some type of assistance in health care? what you think about that argument? caller: i like the concept of americans buying into medicaid. a lot of the things obamacare brought to the table. i think there are a lot of things that can be fixed, but i don't think they need to destroy the entire system and start over from scratch. patient -- by
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although i don't of a higher taxes, i am willing to take a loss and pay more. host: as far as fixes in the position you are, different republicans were to move forward to make changes or fixing what is currently existing, where do you think they should start? caller: i think that they need to involve health care providers. they need to involve the insurance companies and do what obama did. he involved academics at the universities and said what is the best way to approach it? unless you have that knowledge phd. you will have trouble grasping how complex it is. it takes me a lot to understand it and i been doing it for 10 years.
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where they could start is by working with the democrats. that is the simple answer talk to the democrats and come up with something together. in my 38 years i have seen that happen rarely. host: trenton, michigan. linda on the democrats line. good morning. caller: good morning. host: go ahead. caller: the lady that just spoke with health care, i also have worked in health care. i think that number one there got -- congress has got to get together. this is not a republican or democrat issue. the other thing is they need to bring people that are doing the work. they need to bring business people in the industry to come and and look at him of the issues that are going on as far as how you send forms the
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insurance companies and play the bounce backing for errors on the claim form until it runs out. that they don't feel they are responsible for paying it. they need to look at the way these things work, not just that one but everything. that people that are actually doing the jobs, the only way to get this information. the other thing was with the pharmaceutical companies. there is a medication i know of that is done in what they call -- he will get generic, but in the interim time they call it a brand generic. that allows them under the patent to continue to charge the high price for that. when something is going generic, let it go generic. i purchased things out of the country and there has never been a problem. they have a much lower cost. what sorry to interrupt,
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of the criticisms democrats had leading up the vote was more hearings should of taken place with people you were described. people from the industry, academics, things like that and more input from these voices. you are saying that might reduce the better result. caller: they need to get the people doing the job. find out what the problems are. they have been doing these jobs and are frustrated with how they have to do them. they need to get their input and they need to quit quibbling and ryan needs to back off. they are cutting, cutting, cutting. my mother is on medicare. i am taking care of her and loblaw blob. -- blah blah blah. trump what's the cut everything. we do get people there who were too interested in getting this
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done because they're too many lives at stake. host: brenda on the republican line. caller: good morning. yes, i would like to say i think that was a very poor action on trump's part. i of the he was serious about changing any medical laws and helping the people out of debt. quickew in the towel too and washed his hands of the whole thing. very disappointed in him about that. these hospitals were built with donations and the taxpayers money. they are owned by the people of this country. we had affordable health care until the government stuck it snows in there and started letting every big business people that wanted to suck off the government get in there on it. basic health care people can see
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their doctor and when they can go to the hospital's when they need to on life threatening and things, that is necessary. we would not turn anybody away that needed that kind of help. but when it comes to these other things they have out there for the have got -- sitting in their garages, why do they need them anyway? if they can afford a back brace or knee brace, they just have to do without. how many times did we do without we were growing up? we survived. get out there and save you money and get it. host: you are saying the president should've kept on going and saw the replacement and repeal go through? caller: i don't think he even looked at the problem. we know what the problem is even our medical care has been privatized. that is what is happened. my doctor networks on salary.
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works for the same people that operate our hospital, that operate the pharmacies. they are altogether and of trying to figure out who are these people. i believe is the insurance companies themselves. when my daughter was so sick and she was in the hospital with thatry she got a notice the insurance company had paid thousands of dollars for her benefits that she is billed thousands of dollars to pay out of her pocket. she pays. about leaving your 20 60 kids under insurance. good grief. who can't go buy insurance for their children? yet, if you can afford it, you can leave them on theire. that's a bunch of hogwash. host: representative jim cooper cindy got a tweet yesterday.
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"we should work together to fix the law, make it better for everyone. i hope congress is up to the task as voters are watching." voters are calling, especially if you want to give us a call. 202, 748 8001 from republicans. (202) 748-8002 for independents. nancy pelosi talking about the politics behind the action of the bill, and if the bill that failed yesterday to past would help them regain the house. here is her fault yesterday. [video clip] >> i may be allowed a personal view in this room, i hope they pull the bill because they will have a lot of no votes and the ones voting yes would have great exposure. 17,r. bowyer says, 56 to
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and 17 and bar the -- by the that it was a tax ill disguised of the health care bill. the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of our country. going fromn or more working-class families to the richest people in america. and by the way, having 24 million people now not having access to health insurance at the same time undermining medicare and jeopardizing the pre-existing conditions benefit we have in the bill is a repealed that they repealed essential benefits. one of the interesting speeches on the floor this morning, one of our colleagues whom i love and respect -- i grant everybody
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their position. if we have a debate on it, at least admit you have a bad bill,. said i colleagues was not for the bill to they made it better last night when they repealed the essential benefit of the bill. host: darrell in maryland on the independent line. caller: north dakota. host: north dakota, go ahead. daysr: i watched for three the house and all of them. they pulled the bill but they will not abandon it. they are just taking it down the road for a later date. they are not abandon the effort to overturn the health care law. host: we heard several legislators say essentially it was dead for now. caller: for now, but they are basically just taking it down the road.
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they will work on another bill later on and everything to get more consensus is from what i'm seeing on the coverage. part of thehing is bill they had was repealing the mandatory that everybody has to pay or if they don't have health insurance. if they can afford health insurance, why should they have to pay for it? why should they be paying -- penalized for that? ideate my congressman an that i came up with. take 3% of everybody's income, whoever is working, 3% and put towards their annual income and let the insurance companies versus for the money
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letting us find a more reasonable insurance company. i came up with an idea when i was an over the road truck driver and seeing everybody in the united states. i was paying $596 a month for my insurance for just me and my wife. -- because of regulations, got kicked out of that and lost $40,000 a year for my job. i had to take a lower job. i finally got into a program where i'm only paying $116 a month, which is basically 3% of my annual income. back to your initial thought about another attempt at passing the bill, is that something you would support? long asyes, i would as they talk it out.
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but only the republicans and not only the democrats, but they get everybody in the room. they can pass it simultaneously with the tax law. said,like that one person they can walk and chew gum at the same time so why can't they do the same as far as continuing on in doing their job and taking {? s breaks? les host: the president saying he would threaten to leave obamacare in place. you can see it on our c-span website. talking about the issues with the bill that may come in the future. perhaps it will be democrats to
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work with republicans and the white house to come up with an alternate bill. senator chuck grassley also giving comment. the bill never made it to the senate. senator grassley saying, a lesson learned for the obamacare failure in the house withdraw of the obamacare repeal. major social policy change in the u.s. must be bipartisan. mix from dayton, ohio. democrats line. caller: i had a couple of things to say. the healthcome insurance companies of the pharmaceutical companies are in do together, and something about that. everything needs to be at an even keel although it across the board. the insurance companies in the pharmaceutical companies cannot just charge whatever they want they can and decide
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run our health care instead of our doctors running our health care. host: we had a previous caller make the point that the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies are private businesses, private industries and they can do with a please is what they were saying. caller: they should be able to get together, have conference or come to an understanding that the american people, no matter what you are, this is all going to be what it costs across the board. we can't just charge whatever we want to charge and expect the american people to be able to survive and pay their medical. host: mandy is next. new brighton, pennsylvania on the republican line. caller: hi. i'm a registered republican but i was very thankful that they get abandoned the effort to overturn the health care law.
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one illy, on the fact for always had a pre-existing medical condition. i have a child type 1 diabetes. is pretty scary to envision that .hould we change he may now be able to get medical insurance. and have access to medical equipment or medication that would keep him alive. my husband works 60 hours a week. we pay out-of-pocket through his employer to have insurance. how deductibles have increased -- our deductibles have increased. we are college-educated. i don't know what else you can do to provide insurance for your family. that to me is just what is really frightening. insurance was invented less than 100 years ago.
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they sold the patent for one dollar and the cost of insulin continues to increase through the pharmaceutical companies. they haven't patented see you can't even buy a genetic form of standing medication. should this pre-existing medical conditions span listed, you will have children and some americans die. marjorie in indiana, indianapolis. caller: good morning, how are you today> for openers of the essay i believed the bill that became law under bushm making it for thele for illegal government to negotiate prices with the pharmaceuticals, they should be turned around. it seems fully set the government can negotiate. anything with anybody host:
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prescription part d? caller: exactly. the second thing is that the civil answer. they are spending a lot of time. it's kind of a waste of skin for them. the simple answer is put everybody in medicare. cost to run it as opposed to pulling the trigger on the retail insurance. it is a simple answer and then they get onto things like bridges and grids. change the tax. you can probably raise the taxes a little bit on a few people and they wouldn't feel it. i think that's a simple thing to do. host: other things to let you know about as well as a go throughout the morning, this is from bloomberg politics.
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especially in light of actions concerning the fbi. claims of connection between the trump campaign and russia. trump's x advisers are offering to testify before congress, saying it was mr. stoneort and roger will all meet with the house committee investigating the russian interference. devin nunes told reporters friday it has not determined if manna fort -- manifort will testify in public are in a closed-door meeting. a lawyer for roger stone says he was to testify in open session. inquiry by the intelligence hackingincluding the and releasing of democratic
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emails, has expanded into an explosive question about anybody close to president trump aided the effort. that was yesterday that devin nunes announced there will be a closed session with james comey. director mike rogers. they scheduled previously to make that an open session. also talking about paul manafort volunteering to testify. this is devin nunes from yesterday. [video clip] >> we will post on the previously this -- scheduled hearing to make him available for director coming in at the rogers. the committee seeks additional information from monday's hearing that can only be addressed in close session. yesterday the counsel for paul manafort contacted the conejos today to offer the
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committee opportunity to interview this client. with think mr. manna fort for volunteering and encourage others with knowledge of these energyto voluntarily with the committee. host: those comments yesterday. he's under questioning after his revelations earlier this week about discoveries and essential wiretapping or information gained five trump administration officials that caused concerns from several factors, including the house ranking member and intelligence ranking that are adam schiff and being asked is fear ryan should consider if nuñez or florida's will continue. here is what adam schiff had to say. [video clip] >> ultimately that the decision the speaker needs to make. i think this speaker has to decide a sponsor on chairman
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whether they want a credible investigation being done here. the events of this week are not encouraging. i think anyone watching them has profoundtimate, concerns about whether this congress can do a credible investigation. performanceof the takeaways of the last couple of days is we really do need an independent commission here. the public at the end of the day needs to have confidence that someone has done a thorough investigation untainted by political considerations. it had my hope and still my hope , maybe hope against hope, there is some way that we can do that. i have to say i am deeply discouraged by this week's events. i think the public is discouraged by this week's events. i think at this point but we give the public more confidence than anything else is if we didn't stop. but we established an
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independent body, separate and apart from the congress, to segmented after 9/11. at least there i can be confident. i hammered by political preservation and not interfered with by the white house or anyone else, and i think this week that all the work -- host: events other than the health-care bill in the discussion that took place as of yesterday. this is from rollcall posted this morning. after health care defeat, kevin sheriff does a markup on the tax return. it was hours after those decisions are made that to pull the ill-fated health care plan. ways and means chairman kevin brady, whose panel was responsible for half the gop
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effort to partially repeal and replace the law in 2010 announced friday evening the committee on tuesday would mark up a resolution of inquiry and direct the treasury secretary to trump's taxident returns. kevin brady's office did not return requests for comment. the weight in the markup -- the ways in the markup of the matter is under a procedural tools notice the resolution of inquiry. resolutions of inquiry is be marked up with a -- within 14 legislative days of introduction. a democrat from new jersey filed it on president trump's tax or firm -- reform bill. the scheduled market would be the 14th, legislative day. more of that coming out next week as i was scheduled to take -- thomas fromy
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fort walton beach, florida. caller: i have three observations that i'm disappointed with. first-time caller and vietnam vet. i worked for the government 35 years. i've never seen such a mess. diabetes. i have allergic to penicillin. they have put some of these doctors that we have got practicing now here, they will oquist andell other blood thinning drugs. they have lawsuits against them. quite frankly i'm afraid to take them. they don't care what you view life saying.
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thatre not allowed to say you don't want that drug in your body, according to that dr.. --was the poorest dr. doctor. don't jump on me because a mispronounced his name. host: thomas, the actions of yesterday from the republicans. what you think about the effort in the bill that was being discussed and potentially voted upon? i think via only way that will solve this health care problem and the medical problem for everybody is to get together -- the bi bipartisan. thinking of yourself. -- quit thinking of yourself.
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they are elected by the working people. they are not out there to do with they want to do. they are there for the benefit of you and for me. in littles go to barb rock, arkansas. caller: good morning i have from little rock. i am grateful they kept obamacare because so many people here have worked all their lives and making eight dollars and $10. wherever they can make it. they are retiring. happened and make it without insurance -- how can they make it happen without insurance? but for for myself other people that are homeless and hungry. again, if you will to give
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us a call, (202) 748-8000 for democrats. for republicans. independents, (202) 748-8002. shawn this morning says he is mad but the speaker put it with a crap bill. now the republicans won the aca. that is reflected by segment this morning who says it would appear it is the democrats, up to them to come up with a repair or replacement should they not want to go down in >> coming up sunday morning, nathan gonzalez will join us to discuss the potential fallout
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from the republican health care bill. a look at laws pertaining to surveillance and intelligence collection. also, the prison policy initiative. and discussion of mass incarceration and the 2.9 million people imprisoned in the u.s. watch starting live sunday morning. join the discussion. >> in his weekly address, the president talked about his signing of a measure allowing $19 billion in spending for nasa. representative adam schiff of california drivers the democratic response. he talked about why there should be an independent committee to investigate russia during the 2016 election. >> that's one small step for man, one giant leap for man kind. [cheers]


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