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tv   President Trump Presses Senate to Deliver on Health Care Promise  CSPAN  July 24, 2017 9:05pm-9:21pm EDT

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thank you. announcer: president trump held an event at the white house urging the senate to vote to appeal the affordable care act. the president was joined by vice president mike pence, health and human services secretary tom price and a number of families facing health care issues. >> good afternoon. i'd like to thank president trump for inviting us to the white house today. we are grateful for his incredibly strong commitment to patient centered health care reforms. i'd especially like to thank the atkinson families
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ho want to tell their stories. they are are a vivid reminder for all of us why inaction in this problem is not an option. right now obamacare is failing to deliver for the american people. and the folks here in this room today are a stark reminder of that problem. principles of health care are pretty clear. accessibility and affordability and quality and choices. you all represent millions of americans for whom those principles have been violated, and it's because of your voices and your experience that we're here today to urge the congress to give the president a bill to sign. the president has laid out a positive vision by how to fix this mess. by putting patients, and physician in charge of health washington, s, not
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d.c. we are committed to help the people to enjoy a health system that works for them. the president has made that crystal clear. and an individual who has been working day and night on getting this accomplished is the vice president. he understands the imperative of patient-centered health care. and it's an honor to introduce to you, my friend, the vice president of the united states, mike pence. [applause] vice president pence: thank you, dr. price and good afternoon to all. to the family who are gathered here from all across america on behalf of the first family, welcome to the white house. since the first di of this administration, president donald trump has been working keep the promises that he made to the american people, to rebuild our military, revive our economy, and this president has worked tire lesley to repeal and
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replace obamacare. president trump knows that every day obamacare survives is another day that american families and american businesses struggle. as we've traveled across the country, we've heard firsthand from americans just like those who stand behind me today from family who are baring the cost of prem skyrocketing premiums and family who is have lost their doctors and insurance and from family who are starting to lose hope that congress will ever respond. but as i told every one of them and people all across the country, thanks to the leadership of president trump, help is on the way. president trump hears you. he is fighting for you. and he will keep fighting every day until we give the american people access to the world class health care they deserve. tomorrow the united states senate will have the opportunity to begin the debate on a build to repeal and replace obamacare. and as the president said this
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morning, after years of talking and campaigning on it, now is the time for republicans in senate to act. republican in the senate will have in his words "a chance to do the right thing," to keep their promise to the american people and these families and families all across the country. and this president and the american people are counting on the senate to act. so with gratitude for his leadership and his persistence and determination to make american health care great again. it is my high mon nor and distinct privilege to introduce to these families and to all of you, the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [applause]
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president trump: well, thank you very much, vice president pence, secretary price and thank you everyone for being here today. for the past 17 years, obamacare has wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent hard working americans. behind me today, we have real american families, great families. i've spent a lot of time with them who are suffering because seven years ago, a small group of politicians and special interest in washington engineered a government takeover of health care. every pledge that washington democrats made to pass that bill turned out to be a lie. it was a big, fat, ugly lie. democrats promised americans like steve fin a former police
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officer in west virginia that they would save $2,500 a year under obamacare. instead his premiums have more than tripled. that's pretty bad. as a result of obamacare skyrocketing, steve and his family and many of his employees had no other option than going on medicaid and giving up their existing coverage. that's pretty bad. that's pretty bad. no choice, right? no choice. for them obamacare's promise was a nightmare. marjory and kevin weir from south carolina have a son monty who suffers from spinea biff da. ashington democrats -- spina bifida. washington democrats insured them that they could keep their doctors but now, marjory says that every year she waits anxiously to learn if the
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doctors and hospitals which her son needs the most will remain n their network more obamacare lies. and you've seen that upfront and -- unfortunately, unfront and personally. the atkinsons quickly learned that obamacare's promise for covering for preexisting conditions was meaningless. though if the doctors you need to care for you aren't on your obamacare plan. so you just have a meaningless promise. and everybody knows it. and most people on obamacare know it. after an excruciating series of events and complications, melissa and her husband found themselves just before christmas, emotionally and financially devastated crying in a doctor's office faced with yet
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another seamingly unpayable bill. when insurance wouldn't cover the atkinson's care, they emptied out melissa's 401k to pay their bills. they're not going to be and haven't been the first. there are many, many cases such as that. the 401k's. the first rule of medicine is do no harm. but obamacare's lies have caused this and throughout the whole country families like this, nothing but pain. witsik are small business owners from illinois. they have six children. her youngest daughter has a rare genetic condition. children born with it are sometimes called butterfly children because their skin is as fragile as the wings of a butterfly. popie has to wear special bandages all of the time. unfortunately, under obamacare,
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poppie's insurance has been repeatedly discontinued and replaced with what washington deems a equivalent policies but for poppie these plans are no equivalent and her family has to spend precious time and tremendous resources fighting for exceptions for poppie. the washington politicians to made that promise to steve, marjory, melissa, aaron and their beautiful children want to ignore all the pain, all the suffering and all of the money the tremendous amounts of money that these lies have caused. they want to forget about the countless americans they've hurt and the many that they are continuing to hurt every day by refusing to help us replace obamacare. for the last seven years republicans have been united in standing up for obamacare's victims. remember, repeal and replace.
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repeal and replace. they kept saying it over and over again. every republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law. we as a party must fulfill that solemn promise to the voters to repeal and replace what they've been saying for the last seven years. but so far senate republicans have not done their job in ending the obamacare nightmare. they now have a chance, however, to hopefully, hopefully fix what has been so badly broken for such a long time. and that is through replacement of a horrible disaster known as obamacare. the senate is very close to the votes it needs to pass a replacement. the problem is, we have zero help from the democrats. their obstructionists, that's all they are is obstruction making things not work. they say all the right things
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and then they do exactly what they're not supposed to be doing. the democrats around giving us one vote. so we need virtually every single vote from the republicans, not easy to do. the senate bill that is being considered outside of the outright repeal of obamacare will also provide emergency relief for laws victims and it will deliver truly great health care and health care reforms that our citizens want, need and really should be demanding. some are demanding. you'll see that at the voter booth, believe me. here are some of these terrific iforms that we will be doing everything works out the way it should. the it i lem nates the job-killing employer mandate, repeels other burdensome taxes and will significantly lower the
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premiums, it will stabilize collapsing marketings and give americans far more choice and far more flexibility. the senate bill protects coverage for preexisting conditions and you don't hear this from the democrats. they like to tell you just the opposite. and they didn't even know the bill. they run out. they say death, death, death. well, obamacare is death that's the one that's death. and besides that, it's failing. so you won't have it anyway. it dramatically extends popular health savings account, it provides tax credits so americans can purchase a private plan that is right for them and their families. it devotes substantial resources to fight the opioid and this is a tremendous problem, the opioid being c $45 billion is put in so that the people of many states like new hampshire, ohio and so many others that have such a big problem can be
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helped and helped greatly. going to be fighting the drug problems very, very seriously in my administration. and it provides among many other things higher quality care and more flexibility for states to administer medicaid to better serve their poorer citizens. tomorrow the senate will vote on whether to allow this urgently needed bill to come to the senate floor for debate. the question for every senator democrat or republican is whether they will side with obamacare's architects which have been so destructive to our country or with its forgotten victims? any senator who votes against starting debate is telling america that you are fine with the obamacare nightmare which is what it is. for democrats, this vote is a chance to make up for the terrible harm they have inflicted on americans like those who are with us today.
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obamacare has been for them a nightmare. there is still time to do the right thing. and for senate republicans this is their chance to keep their promise. over and over again, they said repeal and replace. repeal and replace. but they can now keep their promise to the american female provide emergency relief to ose in desperate need of health and to improve health care to all americans. every member of the senate, i say this, the american people have waited long enough. there's been enough talk and no action. now is the time for action. we are here to solve problems for the people. obamacare has broken our health care system. it's broken. it's collapsing. it's gone. and now it is up to us to get
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great health care for the american people. we must repeal and replace obamacare now. thank you. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. thank you. [applause] thank you, everybody, very much. announcer: president trump at the white house talking about health care. here's a tweet from washington post reporter awrong


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