tv House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi News Conference CSPAN June 27, 2018 8:00pm-8:48pm EDT
does this get done in the congress? >> i think so. mr. denham: today we move the ball forward. we negotiated a lot of different issues and i the july 17 hearing in texas to the -- we have an issue where kids are being separated from their parents. that we have to resolve. each of these different things needs a legislative fix, not an executive order. thank you. important. part of it is incumbent upon all of you to ask regrets why would you not compromise to get status for daca and why would you compromise to secure the border? thank you. >> tonight on c-span, house minority leader nancy pelosi on last night's primary elections. ed bastian at ceo
the national press club, and secretary of state mike pompeo testifies at a senate hearing. house minority leader nancy posey held a news briefing where she talked about last night's primary election results and the loss by joseph crowley. this is 45 minutes. ms. pelosi: members and guests are filing in, i want to acknowledge so many of the group who are so important passing the
affordable care act and saving the affordable care act. it's important to note that many of these organizations participate over 10,000 events across the country when republicans introduced their trumpcare bill. to defeat that. unfortunately the tax bill, a bill, the tax scam to give tax cuts to the wealthy people in our country, they eliminated these individual mandates, and that is their justification for going to court to say that that shouldn't be fixed. they want to eliminate the pre-existing condition benefit. are we all here? gathered? ok. good morning. [applause] ms. pelosi: the massive coalition for cancer that's represented here.
[applause] ms. pelosi: we'll be hearing from our distinguished whip, mr. hoyer. our ranking member of the education and work force committee, congressman bobby scott. congresswoman judy chu, who is the chair of the congressional asia-pacific american caucus and representative joe kinsey. in addition we have been joined by our colleague from los angeles, jimmy gomez, chair of the hispanic caucus. and ms. lujan grisham. congressman james langevin from rhode island. barbara lee of california. brad schneider of illinois. ranking member on the ways and means committee, real champion on this issue as we all are. acknowledge our ranking member
to be, chairman to be on the veterans' affairs committee, mark takano. congresswoman betty mccollum of minnesota. and mrs. dingell, assistant leader -- any other members here? earl blumenauer, where's earl? i didn't see hem. -- see him. earl blumenauer of oregon. i know members will be coming in as we gather. just to get organized now that we're in place. tomorrow marks the fifth year since the supreme court upheld the affordable care act as the law of the land. ensuring a future of affordable, quality care for millions of americans. not only expanding access to health care, but improving the benefits for over 125 million families. after six years republicans have
wasted a ruled, fevered campaign to raise family's health costs, gut their coverage and sabotage their care. this is wrong. this is wrong. after the american people rose up, as i said, 10,000 events, voices, voices of our little lobbyists, voices of our patient groups and the rest, after the american people rose up to defeat the monstrosity of trumpcare, republicans are now trying to do it once again, this time in the courts. they are using a lawsuit to drag us back to the dark ages of discrimination and against the 130 million americans who have pre-existing medical condition. i just want to acknowledge our colleagues who are here who have been joined by congresswoman frankel of florida, welcome. i do want to say that all of my colleagues would agree that our special guests are our v.i.p.'s.
i want to acknowledge hannah, olay, randy, and jeanie. i want to thank them because their voices are the most eloquent. their stories are the most compelling. without them we could not have defeated the monstrosity of trumpcare and now we want to protect the benefits of pre-existing condition. i thank them for generosity of time, spirit, and courage to speak out. with that, i'm pleased to yield to our distinguished house democratic whip, mr. hoyer of maryland. [applause] mr. hoyer: thank you very much, madam leader. thank you for your leadership in
ensuring the adoption of the affordable care act and its signing and going into effect. however, republicans are now held over 65 votes to repeal or undermine the a.c.a. and failed to overcome opposition and the american people. to repeal and replace it with trumpcare. le president trump said he wanted to have everybody covered, lower prices, and better quality. that is 180 degrees to where this administration has headed. instead they are sabotaging our health care system using executive actions, undermining the law through their tax scam, and refusing to defend the law in court. as a result, we're seeing higher cost, less quality coverage, and more americans uninsured.
and 133 million americans with pre-existing conditions are at risk of losing their coverage. today, we're joined by four of those americans who will share their stories. real stories, real people, real consequences of what the administration's actions give risk to. i'm pleased to introduce someone i have come to know well. we have been on a lot of forums together. one from my home state of maryland, she survived a kidney transplant and heart transplant at age 11. only to be diagnosed with lymphoma at age 25 as a result of those transplants. she also, as you see, requires a wheelchair as a result of a disease.
because of her conditions she's needed expensive medications, including anti-rejection for her heart and kidney. that challenge aside, she is a wonderful spirit. she is a warrior not only for herself but the millions who face health care catastrophes. although we're so pleased about your courage and your conviction and your participation. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you so much, congressman hoyer, for that wonderful introduction. he is a great lawmaker and spent decades fighting for people with disabilities like me. good morning again, everyone. i'm honored to speak to all of you today. i'm the director of a nonprofit. mr. hoyer: i am, however, not
the technical director. >> it's an honor to speak in front of all of you today. i'm the founder and director of an education nonprofit called private spends. we provide grants to service organizations. and college scholarships. i'm a disability rights activist, cancer survivor, and i'm here today alive and well because of the affordable care act. i was just released from the hospital on sunday and i'm so happy that i was strong enough to make it here today to share my story with all of you. i spent most of my childhood relatively healthy.
at age 9 i was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and my life turned upside-down. three years later, i woke up in children's hospital of pittsburgh with the doctors telling me that i was the successful recipient of a heart and kidney transplant. i lived a relatively healthy life for the next 10 years, but by age 24 i was -- i had a cancer that developed as a result of my organ transplant at the johns hopkins cancer centers. they believed by then the affordable care act had been enacted so i was able to remain on my parents' wonderful health insurance plan to receive the treatment i needed to recover. i'm now 27 living cancer free and working a full life and job. -- a full 9-to-5 job. [applause] >> now in the movies and
television those that recover from organ transplants or cancer tend to bounce back quickly, but that's not reality. in reality we have to take medication for the rest of our lives. in order to keep my transplant and heart pumping and my kidney functioning, i'll be on immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of my life, until the day i die. without health insurance, that one medication alone would cost me $2,000 for 30 days. though sounds like my list of medical problems couldn't get any longer they have grown over the years. i have a mitochondrial disease. right now i have excellent health insurance through my employer, but the cost of my
care adds up quickly and insurance doesn't cover everything i need. i take 22 different medications every day, in 2014, my health insurance refused to cover a supplemental compound to treat my mitochondrial disease. monthly i pay $200 for the drug. with excellent health insurance. but imagine if i didn't have health insurance how much would it cost? i haven't taken the medication in four years now simply because i can't afford it. this isn't the only hurdle i have experienced trying to get care. i have faced approval for medical improvement, including a wheelchair. it took seven years for insurance company to approve a new wheelchair. i received notification i'm eligible for a new chair. i can't wait to get it. it will be bluetooth operated. and it will take me everywhere i
need to go without limits. for my first wheelchair, the one i'm sitting in, that i have had for seven years, my co-pay was $50. seven years later this new chair will cost me $900 in co-pays. the rise in cost of insurance premiums, cost sharing plans, medical equipment, and prescription drugs have only been made worse by attempts to repeal the affordable care act. and some of the most crucial elements from this landmark law. if drug companies are allowed to continue to charge people arbitrary prices, i would be unable to live and meet my basic health needs. so many people across the country would be affected medically by the increase of health costs. i have been able to do incredible things like start my nonprofit organization at age 19.
work in the white house by age 20, and graduate college at age 21. [applause] >> the potential of people with disabilities like me is limitless if they can access the care that they need. i don't know how i would have survived without affordable prescription drugs. i am so tired of having to worry every few weeks about what's going to happen to my health in the future. or having to tell my story again and again and again to show our lawmakers the human impact of their heartless proposal and partnerships with big phrma. -- big pharma. the united states is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. we should be able to afford health care for everyone who needs it. my life is not less valuable because i have a disability.
and people like me have the right to affordable medication that will allow us to reach our potential to contribute to society and our communities. i refuse to be a casualty in the effort to rollback protections for the most vulnerable people in our society for those that benefit at the top. thank you for hearing my story. please, i hope it touches the heart of lawmakers who continue to push for unfair policy that will harm disabled people like me. thank you so much. [applause]
mr. scott: thank you, i speak for all my colleagues, thank you for your courage and willingness to share your story. i'm bobby scott, the ranking member of the committee on education and work force and i'd like to also introduce a couple of colleagues who came in, rosa delauro from connecticut, and dwight evans from pennsylvania. ladies and gentlemen, we too often forget what the health care system was like before the established protections of people with pre-existing conditions provided by the affordable care act. there was a time when insurance companies could -- drug companies could charge patients exorbitant prices or refuse to sell them insurance at all just because they had a pre-existing condition. as a result, tens of millions of americans were forced to live without access of care, peace of mind, and financial security that goes with affordable health insurance coverage. now in congress and in the
courts, congressional republicans and the trump administration are speaking to strip those protections away. our next guest speaker is what happens when medical care and treatment are out of reach for people living with diabetes. her story is a reminder why we must stand up with 133 million americans living with pre-existing conditions. eta from arlington, virginia. [applause] >> thank you, congressman scott. good morning. i'm hannah and i live in arlington, virginia. i'm a person with type one diabetes and advocate for the insulin for all movement. i have had type 1 diabetes since i was four years old. growing up with diabetes is tough for any child, at least for a while i felt lucky i didn't have to go through it alone. my mom also has type one diabetes.
throughout my childhood our family suffered because of discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions in the days before the affordable care act. during the trip to visit our grandparents in the late 1990's, my mom got sick and had to be hospitalized with diabetes life threatening condition where there is not enough insulin in your body. she risked her life by putting off treatment for days as she was subject to a coverage and only days away from being covered under my dad's insurance plan. when the hospital called to collect our bill, she chose the money to pay the family property taxes to pay the hospital bills. it saved our family hundreds of dollars, but because of that we were behind on our property taxes for 10 years. my mom ran our household budget, but money was often tight and she was often worried.
she suffered from depression which went undiagnosed and thought if we could only take care of one person with diabetes in our family it should be me. she rarely has an insulin prescription of her own. she would use whatever was left over on my insulin in between refills. and only i would see a doctor. without having the insulin, mental health care she needed to take care of her diabetes and the years before the affordable care act, she slowly went blind. from there came frequent hospitalization for dehydration and a final diagnosis of renal failure. on thanksgiving, 2006, when i was 16 years old, she passed away from a silent heart attack. she was 45. a few years later with people with diabetes and other pre-existing conditions can no
longer be discriminated against from getting health care coverage because of the affordable care act. i am fortunate i have had insurance through my employer and i have been able to afford treatment for my condition. but many people with diabetes are grappling with the high prices of insulin. if i had to buy a vial of insulin out of pocket, it would cost me $350 at a retail pharmacy and last me only two weeks. all humans need insulin to survive, but people with type one diabetes, our bodies do not produce that insulin on its own. without insulin, we die quickly. and without sufficient amounts of insulin, we suffer long-term often deadly consequences. since 1996, the list price of insulin has increased 1200% from $21 a vial to now $275 a vial. with no changes to the insulin itself. i often thought my mom's story was an anomaly.
in reality, the price of insulin coupled with no universal guarantee of coverage is killing people and destroying many more families today. the g.o.p. believes drug prices don't matter. they are the sticker price on a car that no one pays. many people with diabetes do pay that sticker price for insulin by paying of being uninsured, subject to a high deductible plan, falling in the medicare part d doughnut hole, or life happens. we need insulin or die, sometimes that means having to pay for insulin out of pocket. there is no alternative. if the affordable care act is repealed, six million americans that depend on insulin will be uninsurable and have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a month to live. we need to profuss on protecting people's diabetes and others with pre-existing conditions. we must prevent the dismantling of the affordable care act, work towards universal coverage, and
lower prescription drug prices. before the affordable care act, type one diabetes killed my mom. save me from the same fate. [applause] >> thank you for your courage in telling your story. ms. chu: we'd also like to acknowledge another member that has shown courage. congress member from texas, sheila jackson lee. and also -- i'm congresswoman judy chu from california's 27th district. before the eighth day, having a mental health disorder was considered a pre-existing condition. pregnancy as a pre-existing condition. asthma was a pre-existing condition. so was addiction, hypertension,
arthritis, obesity, diabetes, and more. but the a.c.a. changed al; that. finally making care affordable for all. but now republicans are once again pushing policies that would destroy those protections and they are doing it even though the last time this proposal was considered in congress the american people rose up in protest. who can forget the images of disabled americans who depend on medicaid being dragged from their wheelchairs as they protested these cuts? who could ignore the stories of a life saved because the a.c.a. meant they could afford insurance finally. these are stories like jamie. jamie is from my home state of california. she is a lawyer and a mother whose surprise diagnosis on a lifelong pre-existing condition. if the republicans have their
way, insurers will once again be able to deny jamie the coverage she needs to stay healthy and provide for her family. instead of abandoning jamie, democrats are pushing a better deal that will protect her access to care and for lower drug prices. now it's my honor to introduce jamie to talk about what coverage for pre-existing conditions has meant for her. [applause] >> thank you, congresswoman chu. like so many other 27-year-olds, i have plans for my life. i'm 14 weeks pregnant, those plans change dramatically. on this day, i forever became a pre-existing condition. i was told i had an aggressive form of breast cancer, triple negative, which is most often found in younger women of color, like myself.
within a week of my diagnosis, i began the life altering journey of nearly three years of chemotherapy and half a dozen surgeries. six months of that treatment of chemotherapy i had while i was pregnant with my unborn son. blake was born a healthy five pounds with a full head of hair. but during this time, between being an expectant and new mother and my cancer treatment, i had to deal with so many other unexpected issues. disability insurance, life insurance, what it means to have a pre-existing condition, facing lifetime annual limits on my health care insurance, and insurance coverage. as a 27-year-old young mother, i received a $240,000 bill for just one of the half dozen surgeries that i had at the local medical center. although i'm one of the lucky
ones with employer provided insurance, my lifetime limit on my p.p.o. policy was $1 million. i vividly remember sitting in my chair during my chemotherapy treatment praying to god, asking to see my son's first day of kindergarten. however, at the same time, i lived with the reality of this $1 million lifetime limit looming over my head. and in reality living with a pre-existing condition. i was petrified if cancer didn't kill me, the cost of having cancer would disrupt my young family. as an attorney i was better equipped to handle these issues than a dozen of other young patients i met, such as a single mom who was working at a gas station and lost her job because they were unable to accommodate her chemotherapy schedule. or because of the young woman
who was unable to pay for her untenable monthly co-payment on prescriptions so she's choosing to forego those lifesaving medications. and the couple who lost their home because of the crushing medical costs. people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses should not have to choose between being able to pay their rent or refilling their lifesaving prescriptions. this is literally a matter of life or death for us. today my son blake, he's 10 years old. and he is soon-to-be middle schooler. however a day does not go by where i don't worry about his future. pre-existing condition protections must be guaranteed for our children and families. thanks to the affordable care act and pre-existing protections, we were given a fighting chance and real reason to hope.
thank you for protecting those provisions. [applause] >> good morning, everybody. it is an honor to be here with you. and the astounding stories we have heard so far this morning. mr. kennedy: at its core our health care system reflects a commitment that we as a country make to our neighbors at their moment of deepest need. it unites us because every single one of us at some point have called on that system. bringing a child into this world. or watching a loved one pass-through it. or a hard twist of fate or fortune along our journeys. a young boy diagnosed with
leukemia, a young woman with a.l.s. an nfl football player in a car accident. randy, a 10-year cancer survivor from washington. these stories are what unite us as a country, as a people, and resonate their commitment to our health care system. it's why we know at our core the promise to never discriminate against someone for their own circumstance could -- is a value all of us should fight to uphold. it could be the difference between life and death.
for many of us, battling lung cancer would be the ultimate fight for our lives. for randy, that fight was just beginning. now he fights for every single patient who has had to confront what he did. we're lucky to have randy with us today. [applause] >> thank you, congressman. 10 years ago this last march i went to bed that night just like everyone in this room who go to bed tonight. the next morning i woke up in a coughing fit. and i coughed up blood and i knew something was obviously amiss. called my doctor. went in. and within seven days i had been diagnosed with stage three small cell lung cancer. being 52, father of two teenage kids, and considered extremely low-risk for such, this came as quite a shock.
fortunately at the time my company provided excellent health care for me and my employees. during treatment i was deemed inoperable and the post surgeon meeting i learned i had maybe a year, two tops to live. well, as you can imagine that had a pretty profound effect on my life. so the first thing i did was sell my business and focus on my family. now i'm with personal health care insurance and now paying $1,000 a month with $1,000 deductible and significant co-pay. but in a few years from there came along the affordable care
act. and it changed everything with how i was insured for my health care needs moving forward, both ensuring access and treatment with financial protections. needless to say i slept better that night. i joined the washington state health care exchange, called apple health. we grow apples. my insurance premiums were cut in half while maintaining the exact same level of care and i was able to maintain and keep my existing treatment team which i cannot even begin to tell you how huge that is. with the recent rumblings here in washington, d.c. torques abolish the a.c.a., me, along with 16 million other cancer patients alone, are extremely concerned about maintaining our access to quality health care coverage.
especially when it comes to pre-existing conditions which we will all have. health care is the number one cause of bankruptcy in the united states. that probably doesn't come as a surprise to too many people in this room. it's going to get worse as those of us who will forever have a pre-existing condition can be discriminated against it. with the a.c.a. we had begun to experience what patient centered care can be like and truly means. we cannot go backwards. to what it was like before the protections for pre-existing conditions. and i request congress to protect the a.c.a. so it remains available to other patients like all of us and like yourselves now and in the future.
thank you very much for having me here. [applause] ms. pelosi: extraordinary life. don't miss it. >> amazon bestseller. ms. pelosi: i'm so honored our assistant leader, mr. cochran, of south carolina stayed to hear all these eloquent stories. members come and go. i thank you. would you like to join me here? do you have some words you would like to say? assistant leader. >> needless to say i was very moved about all the stories i heard here today. mr. clyburn: i kept listening to them because i relate so much to many of them.
our grandson, now 23 years old, college graduate, he came here three months before he was expected. and weighed less than three pounds. and he had three operations before he was 10 pounds. but today you should see him. puts his granddad to shame with his broad shoulders. inch or two hirer. -- higher. and it was all because his mother and father had good health insurance. i did not believe that in a country like ours that any level of care, quality of care ought to be predicated upon who your parents are or where you work. it ought to be available for all americans because we're all americans. i was moved by these stories and i can relate to so many of them.
i thank all of you for sharing, thank all of you for being with us. i would hope that i could at least 218 other members in the house of representatives who would be as moved as i am by these experiences. i thank you. [applause] ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. clyburn. on behalf of all our colleagues i thank oja, hannah, jamie, and randy for their moving testimony. we'd like to have their stories stand because it is the most important message. willing to take a question or two. mr. clyburn will probably take the most difficult ones. >> thank you for having us. obviously a lot of people cycle through this loss by joking
. ms. pelosi: i'm happy to answer questions. i'd like to say on -- stay on this subject for a moment. that's why we're here. to talk about the discrimination against people with pre-existing medical conditions that is current form of undermining the affordable care act that republicans are engaged in. question on that. >> on that department. do you support medicare for all? ms. pelosi i support health care for all. if you are under 65. let's put it on the table. see what the benefits are. how they compare. what the costs are to the patient or consumer. hopefully not a patient, but consumer. and that we go from there. it's about health care for all. what that path is, my view is the affordable care act as we expand.
but if you are 55 years old and you are on the affordable care act, you have better benefits than if you are on medicare. we have to include medicare which is part of what we put together and will be presenting. how to improve medicare so that it is a more comprehensive benefit. anybody else on this subject of health care? i thank all of our folks here for being here. >> thank you for coming back to me. everyone is trying to server through what this loss means. sat some point you are not going to be here. mr. clyburn's not going to be here. ms. pelosi: that depends. are you going to be here? >> i don't have to stand for election. that said, what does this loss mean about possible succession in the democratic ranks, finding the right people to succeed you at that right team. he was someone considered to be moving up the ladder. ms. pelosi: joe crowley is a very valued member of congress, great gentleman as you saw and
the dignity of his concession last night to alexandria. he is a valued member. we'll miss him. but he has extraordinary talent and we may see him in the public sector again. it's interesting to me as one who has been involved in the political arena for a long time, everyone has all their analysis within hours of the election taking place. i had 140,000 votes. one of my highest votes. the highest vote in california. my district is ever changing, becoming more beautiful, i would say the beauty is in the mix. again we have to analyze how this -- because of this, because of that.
it could be because a number of things. within 24 hours we don't have an analysis. what it means here members will choose their leaders as they do. people are elected in a caucus. it's not about me. just as i was chosen just breaking ranks and running, others will. that's the beauty of it all. >> republicans are saying one of the things this shows that democrat socialism is often in your party. are they right about that? ms. pelosi: in that district, perhaps. i won't accept any paraphrase about party presented by the republicans. right, mr. clyburn. you can join in any time. our party is a big tent. our districts have very different one from the other. as i have said they spent tens of millions of dollars characterizing, characterizing
me as a person where in my district they call me a corporate pawn because my district is progressive. it isn't about that. it's about representation. each of our members is elected to be independent representatives of their district. their job description and their job title are one and the same. representative. so nobody's district is representative of somebody else's district. it's just a sign of the vitality of our party. we're not a rubber stamp. as i said, calling each other by first names here, chad, it's in the mix. reporter: the democratic party is increasingly younger, more female, more diverse, more progressive. should the democratic house leadership look that way? ms. pelosi: i'm progressive. what's your problem?
i'm female. [laughter] reporter: democratic voters of new york -- ms. pelosi: they made a choice in one district. let's not get yourself carried away. within the caucus or outside the caucus. we're again, we have an array of genders, generations, geography, and the rest, opinions in our caucus. we're very proud of that. the fact in a very progressive district in new york it went more progressive it -- joe crowley is a progressive, but more to the left than joe crowley is about that district. it is not viewed as something that stands for that. are we excited about another generation of people coming into the congress?
i am particularly excited to see women running across the country because when i came to congress usually people had raised their families or done something else before they came, the men were on average 10 years younger when they came. now we have women stepping up earlier, weighing home and work in a way that is going to benefit all of the american people. thank you all very much. [applause] >> today, supreme court justice anthony kennedy announced his retirement after 30 years serving on the nation's highest court. justice kennedy was nominated to the supreme court by president reagan in 1987 and confirmed unanimously by the senate in term he spoke about
limits. here's part of that appearance. supreme court justices should serve for a set term? this, thereicles on have been some proposals where every four years, a president can appoint one or two judges or just justices and with a if one of those judges leaves the bench then another could replace him for that term. it makes sense. you would have to amend the constitution to do it. one reason to justify a long tenure is you have a voice that is [inaudible] a generation did not have president. in addition do have
to myself justice ginsburg and justice breyer and justice scalia. ourough we disagree, beginning points were the same because it is a generational thing. it is important that the court to speak over time. life tenure does serve that. you can argue back and forth. >> justice anthony candies retirement rings a significant change to the supreme court. follow the story on c-span from president trump nominating a replacement, the senate confirmation hearings, to the swearing-in all on c-span. c-span.org, or listen on the free c-span radio app. here is what we are covering thursday on the c-span networks. at 9:00 a.m. eastern, live
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