tv Senate Democrats React to CBO Cost Estimate of GOP Health Care Bill CSPAN May 25, 2017 1:30am-1:51am EDT
pictures -- i paint pictures. i am painting turner and i thinking about what it must be like in his mind. congressional budget released their analysis of the republican's health care bill concluding 23 million americans would lose health insurance under that plan. the deficit.ce democratic leaders and instead held a news briefing in their opposition to the health care bill passed by the house. this 20 minute event begins with senate minority leader chuck schumer.
>> the congressional budget office led by a director who was hand-picked by the current health and human services secretary tom price just issued its new report on trumpcare. pcareeport makes clear trum would be a cancer on the american health care system causing costs skyrocket, making coverage unaffordable for those with pre-existing conditions and many seniors and taking millions of health insurance. unless you are a healthy millionaire, trumpcare is a nightmare. this report should be the final nail in the coffin of the republican effort to sabotage our health care system. republicans in washington and the president should read this report cover to cover, throw their bill in the trashcan and the guilt working with democrats on a real plan to lower cost for
the american people. there is a lot to unpack, i'll just focus on a few provisions. first, costs. the report makes clear your premiums are heading up for the next several years if trumpcare passes. 20% increases in 2018, 5% the following year. republicans are crowing about premiums going down. that's because the coverage is so bad, of course the premiums go down. what you get almost no coverage. cheaper insurance won't help anyone if it doesn't actually cover you when you are ill. if you are an older american, trumpcare will force you to picture pennies to afford health care at all. seniors could see their premiums go up by as much as 800% under this bill. pre-existing conditions, the cbo, a direct quote from tom people who are less
healthy would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law if they could purchase it at all. the so-called fix, which some of the moderates in the house bought into, doesn't make pre-existing conditions any easier or any better. think about that for a minute. under trumpcare if you have a pre-existing condition or your costsor health insurance could go up so high you can't afford it at all. the nonpartisan scorekeepers have spoken loudly and clearly. costs andmeans higher less care for the american people. for the good of the country, republicans in the senate should reject this path and work with democrats to fix our health care system instead of only plug on it. senator murray. >> thank you, senator schumer.
i have had to say this far too often recently, the people are really scared right now. i have heard from so many of them in my home state of washington and across the country about how trumpcare threatens their health, their families health and their ability to make ends meet. , cbo score tells us what we already knew about trumpcare. and it confirms the worst fears of families across the country. , if you are one of the hundreds of millions of people in the united states who has a pre-existing condition or if you are a woman, your health care costs go up dramatically. if you are an medicaid you can lose that coverage along with tens of millions of other people. if you are a planned parent patient, planned parenthood patient, you are very likely going to lose your provider, the one you trust, because of politicians in washington dc. but if you are a big health care
corporation, the odds are good you are going to look at a massive tax break. and of course if you are president trump this is just one huge win just for you. senator mcconnell said this morning that the cbo score would, quote, repeat things we already knew about the house bill. that is completely true. but let's be clear, the principles behind trumpcare in the house and in the all-male closed-door senate republicans working group are the same. it is fine for sick people and seniors to pay more for worse that insurance companies should so people insurance that is no better than snake oil and that people nationwide lose coverage altogether is somehow no problem. as long as the wealthiest get the tax breaks and president trump gets his partisan political win they are fine. those are the principles families are rejecting. those are the principles democrats here today are rejecting.
and senate republicans should know until they do as well by dropping repeal in their partisan efforts to sabotage the health care system in ways that hurt families and raises costs, they are standing squarely in the way of real solutions to problems far too many people across the country are facing when it comes to their health care. i hope the republicans take a hard look at the facts today and change course. if they do i know that as democrats we are ready to get to work to make health care more affordable, get more people covered and help them get higher quality care. that is the goal should be working on. senator rice. >> thank you. the house of representatives pigd to put lipstick on a and they created a really big mess. i just want to tick off a couple areas that we have been touching on in the finance committee.
what is still in tact is more than 800 billion dollars in medicaid cuts. these medicaid cuts are going to hate american communities like a wrecking ball. feltain is going to be throughout the ages. youngsters with special needs are going to be affected because medicaid plays a key role in their care. that is why i saw some of their advocates in tears while they were talking to me at home about medicaid cuts. studentre a high school and you have a brush with cancer because they blow holes in the current protections for americans against discrimination with pre-existing conditions, those high school students butfully have a remission
they would be carrying around a scarlet letter to the rest of their lives. is the fact of the matter the pain is seen for the ages. with two out of three older people on medicaid also getting their nursing home care that way , despite the fact you get everything right in your life. educationr your kid's , you never took that vacation. turnay have nowhere to when it comes to long-term care. days we the next 10 believe are going to be crucial. senators will be home over the memorial day recess. i have five townhall meeting scheduled for organ. is use that time
to make sure we can stop dead in its tracks any further effort here in the senate committee put another has been a change on the house bill and passed the basic frame still alive in the senate report and caucus. i'm going to close with this isause the basic frame hundreds of hundreds of billions of dollars of tax cuts. hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars in medicaid cuts for the most vulnerable. the next 10 days we are going to be all over this country trying to educate people about what is the issue. ofmedicaid i think a lot people think folks on medicaid are not working. two out of three people on medicaid are in fact working. are gettingmessages at in where going to make sure
that all the america understands over the next 10 days that if they'rete republicans going to put a cosmic change on it and then fasttrack is a the senate, we can stop a cold and certainly the cbo information gives us a big boost. senator sanders is next. we can call this legislation whenever we want. we can call it a destroy health care beer -- bill. you can collect a tax break for the rich bill. we should not call it a health-care bill because i have never seen a health care bill which throws 23 million americans off of health insurance. that is not a health care bill. it is not a health care bill when you cut medicaid by 800 billion dollars, denying health insurance to children, what some of the poorest people in this
country or middle-class country who need help with nursing home care for their parents. it is not a health care bill when you defund planned parenthood and deny 2.5 million women their choice of health care providers. it is not a health care bill when you force older workers to pay up to four times more for health care that they currently get. call it whatever you want but please don't call it a health care bill. this is legislation that billion iner $200 tax breaks to the wealthiest 2%. it provides hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the insurance companies, the drug companies and other people in the medical industry. together and come
improve the affordable care act. that means lower deductibles, lower payments, lower prescription drug costs. our job is to pass a health care bill, not to throw millions of people off the health insurance they currently have. >> thank you all to our leader, senator schumer for bringing us together. nonpartisan, fact-based show shows what a horror this republican plan is for the people who need health care most. andcbo is supposed to score tell us what the costs are of specific programs. and what the score shows is monstrous, mounting costs, skyrocketing financial costs,
catastrophic human costs, unconscionable moral costs. those clear facts are undeniable. and it imposes, in effect, nh tax -- an age tax. seniors would find that they tax credits to health care are completely restructured to their detriment. seniors,on to a war on it also is a war on women's health care. and it prevents more availability of mental health have and at a time when we bipartisan consent about the need for opiod abuse and addiction treatment, as well as outreach, it would deficit -- it is a nightmare. it has no pulse because it has
no heart. it is heartless and it should be dead on arrival. my colleague, senator murphy. the cbo score just confirms that the house repeal bill is still a humanitarian catastrophe for america. two quick points. senator mcconnell will try to tell you this is old news and it doesn't matter because senate republicans are going through their own process. let me guarantee you that the senate republicans are using the house bill as a foundation for the product that they are constructing. the cbo score is important and relevant because the senate product, if it ever emerges from the secret meetings, will simply be a variant of the house bill. why? in the end they want a bill theyd, and they know if truly were to start over they could not reconcile the products.
so this cbo score is directly relevant to the secret negotiations because i can guarantee you the senate republicans are using the house product as a foundation for their negotiation. second, one of the most important things this cbo score says is these high risk pools that the house conceived do not work. agocbo score released hours says that he -- if you are an individual with a pre-existing condition in a state that uses the waiver, you will not be able to buy insurance. this whole idea that the house had set up a separate way to deal with people with pre-existing conditions is now exposed as a fiction by cbo. if you are sick, if you have ever been sick in his country, you are now at risk of losing your health care. that is plainly what cbo says. questions to any of us? where do you think the
are likely to fail in their reconciliation? >> they're having big trouble getting 50 vote for anything because their fundamental foundation is wrong, which is simply to take huge tax breaks for the rich as payment for cutting people's health care. and so, it is very hard for them when they promise to make things better, to put together a bill when to start off with a overation, you must suck 250 billion dollars out for tax cuts for the rich and it leads to higher premiums, less health care, and they are just stuck. any building come out with. the reason they rush it through in the house without a cbo score is a new they would be embarrassed by the score that came out today. the reason mitch mcconnell is talking about doing the same thing, no hearings, no amendments, is because they will be embarrassed by the similar
product that will come out. >> i speak is the ranking the budgetmember of committee. the health committee is required to save at least $1 billion. it is very possible that the new bill does not meet that basic requirement because of the high risk pool and stabilization amendments that were added to the bill. it is possible that that bill may cost the health committee some $20 billion, rather than one billion. if that is the case, reconciliation -- >> we don't know yet but there is a real possibility that it just doesn't meet reconciliation. that means the house has to come back with a new bill and vote again. doesn't work. >> under obamacare there had premiumple digit increases, many double-digit
increases. this cannot all be attributed to the republican administration. the democrats to this point have not released any concrete proposals on how they would seek to fix the issues with the law that have existed. will we see anything in the coming weeks? >> number one, the number one reason that things are getting -- that people, insurance companies are leaving is described in one word -- sabotage. our republican colleagues are sabotaging people's care to prove a political point. if you don't believe me, read with the association of insurers and said today. they said the number one reason for the increase in premiums and fewer people participating in the exchanges is the refusal of this administration and our republican colleagues to make cost-sharing permanent. they said it, not me. we have put out a proposal to
our republican colleagues. once we abandon repeal, who want to work with you to fix it and we lay out six places where we do. we will send you the letter. last question. >> speaker ryan and others are saying [indiscernible] >> it lowers the deficit mainly because they want a huge tax break for rich people, then they medicaid,lly, slash the ability of people to pay. you don't reduce the deficit on the backs of working people in america who need health care. we want to reduce the deficit? -- they want to reduce the deficit? they seem to have a say with the trump administration and our public and colleagues. the rich. thank you.
[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] for more details about the congressional budget office report and what is ahead for the republican health care bill we talked to capitol hill reporter. >> mary ellen mcintire. we're just seeing the report out. their score on the american health care act understanding that you're just taking a look at it as we are, what are you seeing?