Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary Price discuss healthcare at HHS (June 13)

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary Price discuss healthcare at HHS (June 13)


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE
WELCOME CMS ADMINISTRATOR VERMA. [APPLAUSE]
>>GOOD MORNING HHS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING
TODAY. IT IS SUCH AN HONOR TO HAVE THE
VICE-PRESIDENT HERE TODAY TO ADDRESS HHS EMPLOYEES AND HONOR
THE GOOD WORK YOU DO EVERY DAY. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, THE
VICE-PRESIDENT AND I GO WAY BACK. WHEN THE VICE-PRESIDENT WAS
GOVERNOR OF INDIANA, I HELPED ADVISE HIS TEAM ON MEDICAID AND
OTHER HEALTH ISSUES. LET ME TELL YOU, THIS MAN BECAME
AN EXPERT ON ANY HEALTHCARE ISSUE THAT WE BROUGHT TO HIM.
AND MORE IMPRESSIVE, WHAT I SAW IN THIS MAN WAS HIS COMMITMENT
TO THE NEEDS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. ONE OF THE THINGS HE ALWAYS SAID
THAT STAYED WITH ME WAS THAT A SOCIETY IS JUDGED IN HOW THEY
CARE FOR THE MOST NEEDY IN OUR SOCIETY. AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS
STAYED WITH ME, TELLS ME ABOUT WHAT’S IN THIS MAN’S HEART. IN INDIANA AND OTHER STATES
WHERE I WORKED, WE FELT STRONGLY THAT GOVERNORS AND STATE
LEGISLATORS NEEDED FLEXIBILITY TO COME UP WITH PLANS THAT
WORKED BEST FOR THEIR UNIQUE SITUATIONS. WHEN STATES HAVE GOTTEN THAT
FLEXIBILITY, THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN IMPRESSIVE. THE FREEDOM TO INNOVATE AND IN
MEDICAID, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN HARD TO COME BY. WE HAVE ALSO SEEN IMPRESSIVE
RESULTS WHEN STATES ARE PERMITTED THE FLEXIBILITY TO INNOVATE IN
THE DELIVERY OF HUMAN SERVICES. LIKE UNDER TANF. THE EXPERTISE THIS DEPARTMENT
BRINGS TO BEAR IS UNBELIEVABLY IMPRESSIVE. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT
WASHINGTON DOES NOT ALWAYS KNOW BEST. STATE INNOVATION IS KEY TO
PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY HEALTHCARE AND HUMAN SERVICES. ONE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S KEY
PRIORITIES FOR HEALTHCARE IS EMPOWERING STAYS TO INNOVATE AND
RESTORE BALANCE TO THE FEDERAL STATE PARTNERSHIP. THE SAME DYNAMIC APPLIES WHEN IT
COMES TO HOW OUR FEDERAL HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS, MEDICARE
ESPECIALLY, SOMETIMES TAKES A ONE SIZE FITS ALL APPROACH TO
ISSUES. PATIENTS AND PHYSICIANS ARE
BETTER OFF DECIDING FOR THEMSELVES. TO GET TO A PATIENT CENTERED
SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, WE HAVE TO FIND A BETTER BALANCE
THAN WHAT WE’VE HAD IN THE PAST. SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE
IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING TO DOCTORS AND TO STATES SO WELL IS
OUR BOSS, DR. TOM PRICE, WHOSS
CAREER AND PUBLIC SERVICE IN MEDICINE HAS SET HIM UP
PERFECTLY FOR THE ROLE THAT HE HAS TODAY. LET’S HAVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE
FOR THE 23rd SECRETARY OF THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES,
DR. TOM PRICE. [APPLAUSE]
>>THANK YOU. THANKS SEEMA SO VERY MUCH FOR THAT
KIND INTRODUCTION. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK THAT
YOU DO AND YOUR WHOLE TEAM OVER AT CMS, YOU DO A GREAT, GREAT
JOB. WE’RE THANKFUL EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT
YOU’RE HERE. GOOD MORNING! WHAT A TREAT THIS IS. I TELL YOU, TO BE ABLE TO HAVE
THE HONOR OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT COMING TODAY TO BRING GREETINGS
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NOW, I’M TOLD IT’S BEEN A NUMBER
OF YEARS SINCE EITHER A PRESIDENT OR A VICE-PRESIDENT
CAME AND VISITED HERE AT THE HUMPHREY BUILDING, AND TO GIVE
WORD AND VOICE AND HONOR FOR THE WORK THAT ALL OF YOU DO. SO MR. VICE-PRESIDENT, I WANT TO
THANK YOU FOR COMING HERE TODAY. WE HAVE GOT SOME GREAT, GREAT
FOLKS OUT HERE WHO ARE DOING INCREDIBLE WORK ON BEHALF OF THE
ADMINISTRATION. THIS TEAM HERE AND THOSE THAT
YOU ALL REPRESENT DO INCREDIBLE WORK EACH AND EVERY DAY, WHETHER IT’S
SUPPORTING FOLKS FROM — IN ALL STATES ACROSS THIS NATION ON THE
HUMAN SERVICES SIDE OR DOING THE REMARKABLE CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH
THAT’S DONE AT NIH, OR THE WORK DONE AT CDC, OR SAMHSA, ALL THE
STAFF DIVISIONS THAT WE HAVE HERE WITHIN HHS, YOU ALL DO
INCREDIBLE WORK. THAT IMPACT AS YOU ALL WELL KNOW
GOES BEYOND THE BORDERS OF THE UNITED STATES. AS SOME OF YOU KNOW, WE TOOK A
TRIP TO LIBERIA RECENTLY, AND I WAS SO INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED WITH
THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE CORPS,
CDC, HRSA, NIH, ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINES WHO
HELPED OUR LOCAL PARTNERS BEAT BACK EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MOVING
IT WAS FOR ME ON BEHALF OF YOU TO MEET SOME OF
THE EBOLA SURVIVORS IN LIBERIA, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ALIVE TODAY
IN NO SMALL PART DUE TO AMERICAN GENEROSITY AND INGENUITY,
PASSION, AND CARING. SO I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU AND
ALL OF US AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE A HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO THE
HHS TEAM AND THE WORK WE’RE DOING AROUND THE WORLD. [APPLAUSE] AS YOU KNOW THE STORY
DOESN’T END THERE. WE ARE NOW HELPING TO BUILD UP
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY IN WEST AFRICA AND LITERALLY AROUND
THE WORLD SO THAT FOLKS WON’T FACE THAT KIND OF CRISIS AGAIN. SO IT’S WITH GREAT PRIDE AND
COGNIZANCE OF THIS DEPARTMENT’S WONDERFUL AND REMARKABLE
ACHIEVEMENTS THAT WE WELCOME THE VICE PRESIDENT HERE TODAY. I’M LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE KNOWN
THE VICE-PRESIDENT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. OVER 15 YEARS NOW. HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING
WITH HIM IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. WE WORKED ON BUDGET ACTIVITIES,
HEALTHCARE ACTIVITIES, AND HE IS NOW TAKING THE LEAD WORKING WITH
CONGRESS TO EXECUTE THE PRESIDENT’S HEALTHCARE
PRIORITIES WHICH HE’LL SHARE WITH YOU IN JUST A MOMENT. ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF
TRAVELING WITH THE VICE-PRESIDENT TO WISCONSIN AND
OHIO EARLIER THIS YEAR. WE MET WITH SMALL BUSINESS FOLKS
AND THEY SHARED THEIR CONCERNS THAT THEY HAD. I COULD TELL YOU THIS IS AN
INDIVIDUAL, THE VICE-PRESIDENT IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS A
UNIQUE ABILITY TO CONNECT WITH FOLKS WHERE THEY ARE. TO UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE
CONCERNS THAT THEY HAVE. AND THEY WERE VOICING THEIR
CONCERNS ABOUT THEIR BUSINESSES AND ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. AND HEALTHCARE IS SUCH A FOCUS
FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP BECAUSE THE SITUATION RIGHT NOW IN MANY,
MANY AREAS AS YOU KNOW IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. YOU ALL KNOW THE CHALLENGES THAT
MANY AMERICANS PEACE BECAUSE YOU WORK ON THESE ISSUES EVERY
SINGLE DAY. GETTING US TO A HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
WHERE EVERY AMERICAN CAN GAIN QUALITY AND HEALTHCARE AND
HEALTH COVERAGE IS NOT AN EASY TASK. IT’S A GOAL EACH OF US SHARE. ONE OF THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES
IS IN THE INDIVIDUAL SMALL GROUP MARKET. RAPIDLY RISING PREMIUMS,
DEDUCTIBLES GOING UP MAKING IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE MILLIONS
OF AMERICANS TO GAIN THE COVERAGE THEY WANT FOR
THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. EVEN WITH HIGHER PRICES WE GET
WORD EVERY DAY THAT INSURERS ARE LEAVING THE MARKET OR THE EXCHANGES
OR THREATENING TO DO SO. FIXING THIS SITUATION REQUIRES
AS ACTS OF CONGRESS AS THE SAYING GOES AND THE PRESIDENT
UNDERSTANDS AND APPRECIATES THAT. THERE IS MUCH MORE THAT WE CAN
DO RIGHT HERE AT HHS. WITH THE PRESIDENT AND THE
VICE-PRESIDENT’S SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP, WE CAN DO A LOT TO
IMPROVE THE SITUATION CURRENTLY. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF
THOSE THINGS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HHS HAVE DONE IN THE
PAST FEW MONTHS. THE ACTIONS WE HAVE TAKEN AS YOU
ALL WELL KNOW FALL INTO 3 BASIC CATEGORIES OR BUCKETS. STABILIZING INSURANCE MARKETS,
AND INCREASING CHOICES FOR PATIENTS. OPENING UP NEW OPTIONS FOR
ENROLLING IN INSURANCE, ENCOURAGING STATE INNOVATION. THESE ARE ALL DONE WITH THE
FOCUS TRYING TO GET TO A PATIENT CENTERED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. ONE OF THE VERY FIRST REGULATORY
ACTIONS WE TOOK UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION WAS A RULE THAT
HAS BEEN FINALIZED, WHICH COVERED A WHOLE RANGE OF ISSUES. THE MAIN GOAL, TO HELP STABILIZE
INSURANCE MARKETS, TRYING TO PUT DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON THE PREMIUM
INCREASES THAT FOLKS ARE SEEING. SO WE TRYING TO BRING CLARITY TO
THE SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS, GRACE PERIODS, AND GIVE STATES
GREATERR OPPORTUNITY TO DEFINE WHAT CONSTITUTE ADD QUALIFIED
HEALTH PLAN. THESE NEW RULES ENCOURAGE PEOPLE
TO STAY ENROLLED WITH INSURANCE THE ENTIRE YEAR SO THAT HELPS
RESULT IN A HEALTHIER RISK POOL. WITHIN THE SAME REGULATION
WE LOOSEN THE RULES A BIT TO GIVE FOLKS AN OPPORTUNITY TO
HAVE EXPANDED PLANS AND COVERAGE PLANS OPTIONS FOR THEM. IN ADDITION, WE’RE TRYING TO
MAKE ENROLLMENT SIMPLER. MANY KNOW ABOUT THE SHOP
EXCHANGES, THE SMALL BUSINESS EXCHANGES THAT ARE OUT THERE. WHAT WE SAW, HOWEVER, WAS A
REMARKABLE DECREASE OR MINIMAL UPTAKE FOR THE SHOP EXCHANGES. WHAT WE’VE TRIED TO DO IS BEGIN
SIMPLIFYING THE PROCESSES SO THAT INDIVIDUALS ARE ABLE TO GET
THEIR COVERAGE THROUGH MARKETPLACE OR THROUGH A BROKER
ON THE SHOP EXCHANGE. WE ALSO RESPONDED TO FEEDBACK
FROM INDIVIDUAL CONSUMERS THAT SAID THAT HEALTHCARE.GOV WAS A
GREATER CHALLENGE THAN THEY HAD DESIRED FOR THEM, AND SO WE HAVE
TRIED TO PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE ONLINE TOOL. THE LAST MAJOR GOAL WAS TRYING
TO ENCOURAGE STATE INNOVATION. MUCH OF OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AS
YOU KNOW DEPENDS ON A FUNCTIONING WORKING
COLLABORATION, A PARTNERSHIP, BETWEEN THE FEDERAL AND STATE
GOVERNMENT. A LOT OF THESE PARTNERSHIPS, ESPECIALLY IN
THE AREA OF MEDICAID, HAVEN’T BEEN WORKING AS TRUE
PARTNERSHIPS. WE LEARNED THAT FROM TALKING
WITH STATE OFFICIALS, GOVERNORS, AND FOLKS IN THE SYSTEM ITSELF
HAVE A APPRECIATED THAT IT HASN’T BEEN WORKING AS SMOOTHLY
AS IT SHOULD. SO PRESIDENT TRUMP,
VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE AND THIS ADMINISTRATION ARE ABSOLUTELY
COMMITTED TO FIXING THAT. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TOOK A LOT
OF POWER AWAY FROM THE STATES. BOTH THEIR ROLE AS INSURANCE
REGULATORS, AND IN TERMS OF HOW THEY RUN THEIR MEDICAID
PROGRAMS. SO PROTECTING PATIENTS ACROSS
OUR LANDS MEANS RESETTING THOSE FEDERAL STATE PARTNERSHIPS AND
PAVING THE WAY FOR STATES TO INNOVATE. SO WE MADE A FIRM COMMITMENT TO
ALLOWING INNOVATION, BOTH IN THE MEDICAID SYSTEM AND
INDIVIDUAL — SMALL GROUP MARKET AT THE STATE LEVEL. GLAD TO SEE SOME INNOVATIONS
COMING FORTH. YOU READ ABOUT THEM EVERY DAY. THIS MORNING WE READ ABOUT IOWA
BRINGING FORTH REALLY NOVEL IDEAS ABOUT HOW THEY CAN
INNOVATE IN THAT STATE AND MAKE CERTAIN THEIR CITIZENS HAVE
COVERAGE. ALONG WITH CMS WE RELEASED A
CHECKLIST TO HELP STATES TO ALLEVIATE BURDENS CAUSED BY THE
CURRENT LAW AND FAST TRACK THOSE CHANGES. THERE ARE A WHOLE LOT MORE PLANS,
AND CHANGES THAT WE HAVE IN THE OFFERING. WE’RE WORKING ON THEM. AS YOU KNOW, EVERY DAY. IF YOU HAVE INTO INTEREST YOU
CAN GO TO HHS.GOV/RELIEF. HHS.GOV/RELIEF. YOU’LL SEE MORE OF THE ACTIONS
WE’VE TAKEN TO PROTECT PATIENTS. WE VIEW THESE ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS
AS A KEY PIECE OF WORK WE DO HERE AT HHS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING
OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT WE CAN’T DO THIS JOB ALONE
HERE FROM THE HUMPHREY BUILDING. AS YOU KNOW, I LIKE TO TALK ABOUT OUR
JOB, OUR ROLES BEING FOCUSED ON PATIENTS AND PEOPLE AND PARTNERSHIPS. AND THE PARTNERSHIP WE
HAVE WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION WORKING TOWARD HEALTH REFORM
IS SO INCREDIBLY ENCOURAGING A BIG PART OF THAT IS THE
LEADERSHIP AND EXPERTISE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE BY THE
VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I USED TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT —
I USED TO SAY THIS GENTLEMEN HAD A HEART AS BIG AS THE ENTIRE
STATE OF INDIANA. BUT NOW I’M PROUD TO SAY HE’S
GOT A HEART AS BIG AS THE ENTIRE STATE OF INDIANA, BUT NOW I’M PROUD
TO SAY HE’S GOT A HEART AS BIG AS THE ENTRIE COUNTRY. WON’T YOU PLEASE JOIN ME IN GIVING
A LARGE, HUGE HHS WARM WELCOME TO THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
MIKE PENCE. THANK YOU SECRETARY PRICE. THANK YOU
FOR THOSE GRACIOUS WORDS AND INSITES AND JUST ESPECIALLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR
SERVICE TO THIS ADMINISTRATION. AND YOUR LIFE LONG
DEDICATION TO PATIENT CENTERED HEALTHCARE. AS A PHYSICIAN, AS A PUBLIC
OFFICIAL YOU’VE LITERALLY DEDICATED YOUR LIFE TO THE
HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SECRETARY
TOM PRICE WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE. [APPLAUSE] YOU MENTIONED MY
INDIANA ROOTS. SO YOU MIGHT NOT BE TERRIBLY
SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT I AM ALSO GRATEFUL TO BE JOINED TODAY
BY A FELLOW HOUSIER WHO HAS LITERALLY BROUGHT A LIFETIME OF EXPERIENCE
IN HEALTHCARE POLICY TO HER NEW ROLE AS ADMINISTRATOR AT THE CENTER FOR
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES. WOULD YOU JOIN ME IN THANKING
SEEMA VERMA FOR HER CHARACTER AND HER VISION AND HER PROFESSIONALISM. I’M REALLY HONORED TO BE HERE TODAY
AT THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. I
BRING GREETING FROM THE FORTY FIFTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. I REALLY CAME HERE TODAY TO DO TWO THINGS
TO EXPRESS THE PRESIDENT’S APPRECIATION FOR THE WORK THAT EACH
ONE OF YOU DO HERE AT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. AND OF COURSE TO ADDRESS THE ON OF THE MOST
PRESSING ISSUES FACING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TODAY. THE ONGOING COLLAPSE
OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT
FIRST A WORD OF GRATITUDE FOR ALL THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF THE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. DAY IN AND DAY OUT THE PUBLIC SERVANTS IN
THIS ROOM AND ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
IMPROVE THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL BEING OF AMERICA. IT’S NOT AN OVERSTATEMENT
IN THE LEAST. AND THE PRESIDENT AND
I ARE TRULY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR DEDICATION. UNDER THIS ROOF AND THROUGH
THESE HALLS THE MEN AND WOMEN OF HHS HAVE SPENT MORE THAN 60 YEARS WORKING
ON BEHALF OF THE WELL BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TODAY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES EMPLOYS 80,000 PEOPLE AND RUNS MORE THAN 100 PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
THAT IMPACT AMERICAN COMMUNITIES AND AMERICAN LIVES
EVERY SINGLE DAY. THROUGH THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
YOU MAKE SURE THAT THE FOOD WE EAT AND THE MEDICINE WE TAKE IS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. THROUGH THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL,
YOU PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE THREAT OF EPIDEMIC. YOU HELP FAMILIES GET ON THEIR
FEET THROUGH THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
PROGRAM, AND OF COURSE, YOU HELP TENS OF MILLIONS OF SENIORS AND
VULNERABLE AMERICANS GET THE HEALTHCARE THEY NEED THROUGH
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THE TRUTH IS THAT YOUR WORK
CHANGES LIVES AND IMPROVES LIVES EVERY DAY. THERE IS AN OLD SAYING THAT WHEN
EVERYBODY IN YOUR FAMILY IS HEALTHY, YOU HAVE LOTS OF
PROBLEMS. BUT WHEN ONE PERSON IN YOUR
FAMILY ISN’T HEALTHY, YOU HAVE ONE PROBLEM. REALITY YOU FOCUS ON THAT WHICH
IS MOST IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HEALTH AND
WELLBEING OF LOVED ONES. YOU’RE IN A VERY REAL SENSE THE
HANDS AND FEET OF A CARING NATION. COMMITTED TO THE HEALTH AND
WELLBEING OF OUR PEOPLE. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. NEVER DOUBT IT. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES AND ALL YOU DEDICATED EMPLOYEES MAKE A
DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF AMERICANS EVERY SINGLE DAY. WOULD YOU JUST GIVE YOURSELVES A
ROUND OF APPLAUSE BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT, AND ALL THOSE THAT
ARE LOOKING ON. [APPLAUSE] I’M HERE TO SAY
THANKS. BUT ALSO, TO ADDRESS
THE ONGOING COLLAPSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. OR AS THE PRESIDENT SAYS,
MORE CLEARLY, LITERALLY THE DEATH SPIRAL OF OBAMACARE. I CAN PROMISE YOU THIS PRESIDENT
IS FIGHTING EVERY SINGLE DAY TO RESCUE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM
THIS POLICY, TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE AND GIVE THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE ACCESS TO THE WORLD CLASS HEALTHCARE THAT
EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES. NOW, I KNOW THIS ROOM IS FILLED
WITH MEN AND WOMEN WHO CARE DEEPLY ABOUT BRINGING HIGH QUALITY
HEALTHCARE TO EVERY AMERICAN. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WANTS
EXACTLY THE SAME THING. THE PRESIDENT’S VISION FOR
HEALTHCARE IS REALLY PRETTY STRAIGHT FORWARD. WE WANT A DYNAMIC NATIONAL
HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET PLACE THAT LOWERS COST, INCREASES
QUALITY, AND GIVES MORE CHOICES TO WORKING FAMILIES. WE WANT AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO
HAVE THE FREEDOM TO GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES THE AFFORDABLE
COVERAGE THEY NEED AND DESERVE. WE WANT TO GIVE STATES THE
FREEDOM TO CREATE A HEALTHCARE SYSTEM THAT WORKS BEST FOR THEM,
AND MOST OF ALL, WE WANT TO EMPOWER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO
MAKE HEALTHCARE CHOICES THAT ARE BEST FOR THEM IN A FREE AND OPEN PROCESS. IN SHORT, UNDER PRESIDENT DONALD
TRUMP WE SEEK A BRIGHTER HEALTHCARE FUTURE FOR EVERY
AMERICAN. THIS WILL BE THE NORTH STAR OF
OUR ADMINISTRATION AND FOR EVERY ONE WHO WORKS ON HEALTHCARE,
HERE AT HHS. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. TO MAKE THIS VISION A REALITY,
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO KEEP HIS PROMISE TO THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WORKING WITH THIS CONGRESS, WE’RE GOING TO
REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE. [APPLAUSE] NOW, WE ALL REMEMBER
ALL THE BROKEN PROMISES OF OBAMACARE. I WAS ACTUALLY IN THE CONGRESS
WHEN I HEARD THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES. THEY TOLD US IF I LIKED YOUR
DOCTOR YOU COULD KEEP HIM. TOLD IS IF I LIKED YOUR HEALTH
[INDISCERNIBLE] YOU COULD KEEP IT. IF OBAMACARE PASSED HEALTH
INSURANCE PREMIUMS WOULD GO DOWN. PREMIUMS WOULD GO DOWN. PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ONCE
SAID GIVE THE PEOPLE THE FACTS, THE REPUBLIC WILL BE SAVED. THANKS TO THE EXCEPTIONAL WORK
HERE AT HHS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE NEW HARD FACTS. THEY KNOW FOR A FACT THAT
OBAMACARE HAS FAILED. LAST MONTH, PROFESSIONALS HERE
AT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ISSUED A STUDY SHOWING HOW
OBAMACARE HAS LED TO SKYROCKETING PREMIUMS ACROSS THE
COUNTRY. THIS REPORT FOUND THE PREMIEMS
HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE OBAMACARE WENT INTO EFFECT. WHETHER IT’S NEVADA, NORTH DAKOTA,
OR OHIO. EVERY STATE HAS SEEN
PREMIUMS SPIKE UNDER THIS FAILED LAW. IN LOUISIANA THEY’RE UP 123%. IN TENNESSEE, UP BY MORE THAN
175%. IN ALASKA, ALABAMA, OKLAHOMA,
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE PAYING 3 TIMES MORE FOR THEIR
PLAN UNDER OBAMACARE. REMEMBER THE LAST ADMINISTRATION
PROMISED OBAMACARE WOULD LOWER PREMIUMS ON THE INDIVIDUAL
MARKET BY UP TO $2,500 FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES? THE REALITY, PREMIUMS HAVE
ACTUALLY INCREASED BY NEARLY $3,000 ON WORKING FAMILIES
ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AT THIS MOMENT, MILLIONS OF
AMERICANS ARE FACING DOUBLE DIGIT PREMIUM HIKES HEADED INTO
2018. WHILE COSTS ARE SOARING, EVEN
WORSE STILL, CHOICES ARE PLUMMETING. INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE PULLING
OUT OF OBAMACARE LEFT AND RIGHT. RIGHT NOW, A THIRD OF AMERICAN
COUNTIES INCLUDING 5 WHOLE STATES ONLY HAVE ONE CHOICE OF
OBAMACARE INSURANCE COVERAGE. MEANING THEY HAVE NO CHOICE AT
ALL. AND AS USING INFORMATION HHS
RELEASED JUST YESTERDAY, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS OR MORE
WON’T HAVE ANY INSURANCE OPTIONS AT ALL NEXT YEAR. IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, THE LAST
HEALTH INSURANCE HAVE ANNOUNCED EXITS FROM 23 OBAMACARE MARKETS. TAKE A LOOK AT OHIO WHERE THE
LAST STATEWIDE INSURER ANNOUNCED 2 WEEKS AGO THEY’RE LIKELY TO
LEAVE OBAMACARE. THE RED SQUARES ARE COUNTIES
WITHOUT ANY COVERAGE. MORE THAN 13,000 CITIZENS IN
OHIO WILL BE EFFECTED. WITH THIS NO CHOICE OPTION. NOW, LOOK AT MISSOURI. SOME 25 COUNTIES IN THE SHOW ME
STATE WON’T HAVE ANY INSURANCE AVAILABLE UNDER OBAMACARE. AND IF YOU LOOK NORTH IN IOWA,
NEARLY THE ENTIRE STATE HAS ONE INSURER. IF THAT COMPANY PULLS OUT WHICH
HAS SAID IT MIGHT WELL DO, 94 OF 99 COUNTIES IN IOWA WILL BE
COMPLETELY WITHOUT COVERAGE UNDER OBAMACARE. AND REMEMBER, MANY INSURERS ARE
STILL DECIDING WHETHER TO PULL OUT UNDER OBAMACARE EXCHANGES. IF AND WHEN THEY DO, HUNDREDS OF
THOUSANDS OR EVEN MILIANS MORE AMERICANS COULD HAVE NO HEALTH
INSURANCE OPTIONS THIS TIME NEXT YEAR. WITH PREMIUMS MORE THAN DOUBLING
FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN, WITH DEDUCTIBLES SO HIGH MOST
AMERICANS CAN’T AFFORD TO USE THEIR OBAMACARE COVERAGE, IT’S
NO SURPRISE THAT OBAMACARE ITSELF HAS WOEFULLY FALLEN SHORT
OF ITS GOAL TO COVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS THE OTHER CHART ON THE STAGE
SHOWS. BACK WHEN OBAMACARE WAS FIRST
PASSED 7 YEARS AGO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE
ESTIMATED THAT 23 MILLION AMERICANS WOULD BE COVERED BY
NOW. THAT’S THE BLUE LINE ON THE FAR
LEFT. QUICKLY BECAME APPARENT THIS WAS
FAR FETCHED, TO PUT IT MILDLY. LAST OCTOBER, THE OBAMA
ADMINISTRATION ESTIMATED 14 MILLION AMERICANS WOULD BE
COVERED BY NOW, THE NEXT LINE. YET AS HHS RELEASED JUST
YESTERDAY, AS THE RED BAR SHOWS IN REALITY IT’S EVEN LOWER. MARCH OF THIS YEAR, 12.2 MILLION
SELECTED A PLAN, ONLY 10.3 MILLION AMERICANS ACTUALLY
PAID FOR THEIR PREMIUMS. LESS THAN HALF THE NUMBER THAT
WAS PREDICTED UNDER OBAMACARE. AND NEARLY 2 MILLION AMERICANS
DROPPED OUT IN THE SAME YEAR, NOT PAYING THE PREMIUMS. THAT THEY HAD SIGNED UP TO PAY
FOR. AS THE PRESIDENT SAID JUST
MOMENTS AGO, 2 MILLION MORE PEOPLE JUST DROPPED OUT OF
OBAMACARE. IT IS A DEATH SPIRAL. AS CMS EXPLAINED, IN THE SAME
REPORT YESTERDAY, IN THEIR WORDS, HIGH COSTS AND LACK OF
AFFORDABILITY WERE THE MOST COMMON FACTORS INDIVIDUALS CITED
WHEN ASKED WHY THEY DIDN’T KEEP THEIR COVERAGE. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS FAILING. AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES
ARE PAYING THE PRICE. YOU SEE, NOT JUST ABOUT THE
STATISTICS ALTHOUGH POLICYMAKERS IN WASHINGTON DC ALWAYS HAVE TO
LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE. YOU HERE AT HHS KNOW, THIS IS
ABOUT REAL PEOPLE. THIS IS ABOUT AMERICAN FAMILIES. THIS IS ABOUT A BURDEN THAT’S
BEING PLACED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ONE AMERICAN AT A TIME. I’VE SEEN IT FIRSTHAND AS I’VE
TRAVELED AROUND THE COUNTRY. I HEARD IT FROM SMALL BUSINESS
OWNERS IN ROUNDTABLES, WHERE WE’VE GATHERED. AND HEARD ABOUT THE WEIGHT OF
OBAMACARE’S TAXES AND MANDATES ON THEIR BUSINESS THAT HAVE
CAUSED SOME OF THEM TO SPEAK WITH TEARS IN THEIR EYES ABOUT
THEIR DECISION TO DISCONTINUE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR
THEIR CHERISHED EMPLOYEES OF MANY YEARS. AND I’VE HEARD IT FROM
INDIVIDUALS LIKE JULIE CHAMPINE, JUST THIS PAST SATURDAY IN WISCONSIN. I MET JULIE ON A TRIP TO
MILWAUKEE. AND SHE’S A GREAT LADY. GREAT FAMILY. SHE AND HER HUSBAND HAVE BEEN
WORKING THEIR HEARTS OUT IN THEIR SMALL BUSINESS FOR MANY
YEARS. BUT JULIE CONFIDED IN ME SHE’S
GOT SOME PRETTY SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES. HEALTH INSURANCE IS VITALLY
IMPORTANT TO HER. NOW, JULIE HAS BEEN BUYING HER
INSURANCE ON THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET SINCE 2004. SHE TOLD ME SHE WANTED TO
BELIEVE IT WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID SHE COULD KEEP HER PLAN AND
DOCTOR. IT WASN’T TRUE. JULIE LOST HER HEALTH PLAN. THEN LOST HER DOCTOR. EVERY SINCE SHE HAS BEEN FORCED
TO BUY UNAFFORDABLE AND UNUSABLE HEALTH INSURANCE ON THE
OBAMACARE EXCHANGE. IN 2016 ALONE, JULIE TOLD ME
THAT HER — THE OBAMACARE PLAN FOR HER FAMILY COST MORE THAN
$9,000 IN PREMIUMS. WITH THE DEDUCTABLE OF $13,000. AND LATE LAST YEAR SHE FOUND OUT
HER PREMIUMS WERE GOING UP BY ANOTHER $2,600 THIS YEAR. AT THIS VERY MOMENT, JULIE TOLD
ME THAT HER OBAMACARE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN COST MORE THAN
HER MORTGAGE. SHE CAN’T EVEN AFFORD TO USE IT. BECAUSE OF THE HIGH DEDUCTIBLE. SHE TOLD ME WITH GENUINE EMOTION
THAT A VOICE MONTHS BACK SHE MADE THE DECISION TO GO WITHOUT
HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. JUST SO SHE COULD AFFORD
CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR HER KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. THAT’S THE REAL COST. OF OBAMACARE ON THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE. IT’S JUST WRONG. BUT THAT’S A CHOICE TOO MANY
AMERICANS ARE FORCED TO MAKE UNDER THIS UNAFFORDABLE AFFORDABLE
CARE ACT. JULIA SAID TO ME SHE LEFT LIKE
WE HAVE NO HOPE. BUT I LOOKED HER IN THE EYE.
AND I TOLD HER, JULIE, HELP IS ON THE WAY. [APPLAUSE] AND I PROMISE
YOU, IT IS. [APPLAUSE] THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS
PRESIDENT TRUMP IS RIGHT, OBAMACARE IS COLLAPSING. FRANKLY, YOU’D HAVE TO BE
BLINDED BIPARTISAN TO BELIEVE OTHERWISE. AND UNFORTUNATELY, A LOT OF
PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN ARE. LIKE MOST OF THE DEMOCRATS IN
THE CONGRESS, FOR INSTANCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO
KNOW THAT THE ONES WHO GAVE US OBAMACARE NOW WON’T EVEN LIFT A
FINGER TO HELP US CLEAN UP THE MESS THAT THEY CREATED. AND THEY’RE WILLING ALLIES IN
THE MEDIA TRY TO LAY THE BLAME FOR OBAMACARE’S FAILURES ON THIS
PRESIDENT, THIS ADMINISTRATION, AS WE TRY TO RESCUE THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE FROM ITS FAILINGS. BUT FORTUNATELY, THANKS TO THE
EFFORTS OF SPEAKER PAUL RYAN ON MAY 4 THE HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES PASSED THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE ACT. LEGISLATION THAT WILL REPEAL
THE TAXES AN PENALTIES OF OBAMACARE, EXPAND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS
AND GIVE STATES HISTORIC FLEXIBILITY TO REFORM MEDICAID
IN WAYS THAT WILL SERVE THE BEST VULNERABLE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. AS WE PEEK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO KNOW THAT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP MITCH MCCONNELL,
HARD WORKING MEMBERS OF THE U.S.
SENATE MAJORITY, THE SENATE IS AS WE SPEAK, WORKING TIRELESSLY
TO TRANSITION OUR HEALTHCARE ECONOMY AWAY FROM REGULATIONS,
MANDATES AND TAXES OF OBAMACARE TO A PATIENT CENTERED HEALTHCARE
SYSTEM BUILT ON PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, FREE MARKET
COMPETITION, AND STATE BASED REFORM. IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT AND I
WE WILL BE WELCOMING KEY MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES
SENATE TO THE WHITE HOUSE AT LUNCH TODAY TO CONTINUE
DISCUSSIONS HOW TO MOVE FORWARD TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE
AND RESCUE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE ONGOING COLLAPSE OF
THIS FAILED POLICY. FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS UNDER
OBAMACARE WE HAD A HEALTHCARE SYSTEM BASED ON THE MISGUIDED
PREMISE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD ORDER EVERY
AMERICAN TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE WHETHER THEY WANT IT, NEED
IT OR NOT. POLITICIANS KNOW BETTER THAN
PATIENTS AND DOCTORS, WORST OF ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT
BE TRUSTED TO RUN THEIR OWN LIVES AND MAKE THEIR OWN
HEALTHCARE CHOICES. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS FIGHTING EVERY DAY
TO RESTORE BASIC FREEDOM TO AMERICA’S HEALTH INSURANCE
SYSTEM. AND THE MEN AND WOMEND OF HEALTH AND —
MEN AND WOMEN OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ARE ESSENTIAL TO
THIS. 80,000 EMPLOYEES OF HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES I KNOW ARE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE ANSWERED THE
CALL TO PUBLIC SERVICE. YOU CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THE HEALTH
AND WELLBEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I’M HERE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR
ANSWERING THAT CALL. AND JUST KNOW AS WE MOVE
FORWARD, AS WE GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MORE CHOICES FOR MORE
AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE WE GIVE STATES FREEDOM AND FLEXIBILITY
TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE. KNOW THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO
PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN MAKING THE BEST HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN
THE WORLD EVEN BETTER. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU. GOD BLESS ALL OUR HEALTHCARE
PROVIDERS, AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. [APPLAUSE]

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