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March 24, 2017 Planned
Vote on the American Health Care Act
Ed. note: This had seemed to be an all-in effort as outlined in White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's early afternoon briefing on March 24, but Speaker Ryan pulled the bill less than two hours later shortly before the scheduled vote.
EXCERPT FROM PRESS BRIEFING BY PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
March 24, 2017
And obviously, later
today, the House will be voting on the American Health Care Act.
current vote is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The President has been
the phones and having in-person meetings since the
American Health Care Act was introduced. He’s left everything on
field when it comes to this bill. The President and congressional
Republicans promised the American people that they would repeal and
replace this broken system.
Obamacare’s Washington-driven, one-size-fits-all plan had seven years to prove its case, and look what it’s left us with:
-- on average, premiums for
Obamacare benchmark plans increased 25 percent in 2017.
deductibles -- the two most popular Obamacare health plans have average
deductibles equivalent to 10 percent and 6 percent
of the median American household income. With these high
many people have, technically, insurance, but nothing that they can
afford to use. Fewer choices -- one in five Americans have only
insurer offering Obamacare through exchanges. And,
of course, higher taxes.
Key conservative groups like the Tea Party Express and the American Conservative Union have added themselves to a long list of organizations expressing their support for the American Health Care Act because they know it’s our chance, after the American people have spent years suffering, to finally repeal and replace the nightmare of Obamacare. The President looks forward to seeing the House Republicans join with these influential voices and vote in favor of the American Health Care Act.The President, as I mentioned, had Speaker Ryan come up here and visit with him to update him on the bill. They are continuing to discuss the way forward on this. The Speaker is updating him on his efforts. As I mentioned to you, the President has been working throughout the week on this, calling early -- starting early in the morning and working till late at night, calling with members, visiting members. By our count, over 120 members have personally had a visit, call, or meeting here at the White House in the past few days. This is an extraordinary feat. The President and his team have committed everything they can to making this thing happen. And the Speaker is going to continue to update him on the way forward.
Donald Trump Is A Failure Who Can't DeliverDonald Trump's signature agenda item just cratered. The good news: millions of people won't lose their health insurance, health care costs won't explode for seniors, the quality of employer-based coverage won't rapidly decline, and basic services like prescription coverage, hospitalization, and newborn care will not be undermined -- no thanks to Republicans in Congress or the White House.
Moments ago, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was pulled from the House floor because it did not have the votes to pass. This means the House needs to revise the legislation so it reduces premiums, repeals ObamaCare and truly makes life better for Americans suffering under ObamaCare.
This is a victory for conservatives.
The AHCA would have kept Obamacare’s regulatory architecture in place, ensuring premiums remained high. The bill’s defeat was essential -- but now the hard work begins.
Conservatives, lead by Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan, deserve tremendous credit for fighting for you and your family. They recognized that the AHCA didn’t repeal the fundamental structure of Obamacare. And rather than giving in to political pressure from leadership and the White House, they stood strong.
Those conservative members -- those who opposed the bill because it did not repeal Obamacare -- should be applauded for their courage and leadership.
So what’s next? It is now clear that the House cannot pass a bill that does not repeal Obamacare’s core regulatory architecture. Congressional leaders and the administration need to go back to the negotiating table and draft a bill that repeals Obamacare’s regulatory regime and ultimately drives down premiums.
What should conservatives be doing?
1. Thanking the conservative leaders who stood firm against the bill like Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan.
2. Reach out to your Representative and ask them to ensure that a repeal of Obamacare’s Title I regulatory provisions is included in any plan moving forward.
We now have an opportunity to get Obamacare repeal right, but that only happened because of the conservatives stood their ground and grassroots America rose up in opposition.
Thanks for standing with us in this fight.
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America
Date: March 24, 2017 at 5:12:20 PM EDT
Subject: Print pool #4 - AHCA things
A: "I think there are things I could've loved more. And if we had bipartisan than i think we could've had a health care bill that would've been the ultimate. And I think the Democrats know that also, and some day in the not to distant future, it'll happen. Ive been in office, what, 64 days?...I've never said repeal and replace Obamacare . I have a long time. I want to have a great health care bill and plan and we will. it will happen...I think there will be some democratic support that will happen and it'll be....[fades]. I think we had a very good bill. i think it'll be even better the next time around. And it won't be too long of a period of time."