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Democrats Want to Restrict States’ Ability to Lower Premiums and Increase Health Care Choices

medicare hoax graham seniors healthcare American medicine health subsidies single payer town hall medical health care competition health care messWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the regarding Democrats’ effort to undermine a successful Trump administration health care policy for families across the country:

“This week, we will vote on another effort by our Democratic colleagues to undo successful Trump administration policy. In recent days, our colleagues across the aisle have forced two failed votes on similar resolutions.

“One would have cut taxes for the wealthiest residents of blue states at the expense of working families everywhere else. The other would have resurrected an Obama-era proposal to bury American energy under red tape.

“Both those efforts failed. But our Democratic colleagues are back at it with another bad policy.

“This time, they’d like to reverse Trump administration guidance that has reduced health care premiums for American families and reaffirmed protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Section 1332 of Obamacare gives states the opportunity to escape some of that law’s worst burdens. States have the opportunity to apply for waivers that allow for more types of health insurance plans and more options for consumers.

“More than a dozen states have already had these waivers approved.

“Not just red states. Democrat governors in places like Colorado, Delaware, and Rhode Island have applied for and received them.

“Where governors of both parties are embracing this opportunity, good things are happening. According to one analysis, the seven states where new waivers were implemented during the Trump administration have seen premiums decline by 7.5%.

“The Trump administration guidance continues this success and give states even more of what they asked for. Even more flexibility to escape Obamacare’s burdens. More choices for consumers and lower premiums.

“But apparently, our Democratic colleagues are not terribly fond of letting states shake off the unhelpful strictures of Obamacare. Perhaps it makes their signature law look bad that governors of both parties are so eager to escape it.

“But that can’t be their public argument. So in their effort to reduce this flexibility, some Democrats are rehashing tired, old claims about a conspiracy to hurt Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“Republicans have been clear and consistent. We support protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“The CMS Administrator Seema Verma has specifically stated that, ‘a section 1332 waiver cannot undermine coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.’

“In fact it this Trump administration policy that will help American families, including those with pre-existing conditions, by helping to bring down the soaring premiums and restore the dwindling options that Obamacare’s failures have brought about.

“So I urge the Senate to reject this misguided resolution. We don’t need health care policy from the supporters of ‘Medicare For None,’ Democrats’ grand scheme to take away the health insurance plans of 180 million Americans and replace it with a one-size-fits-all government plan.

“Americans deserve more say, not less.”

Reprinted with permission from - republicanleader.senate.gov

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Robert J. White

What i would like isall of the Amac Family to do is 2 things. 1) tell the DEMS leave health alone, make it cheaper/better. 2) ASK ALL THE SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN TO GIVE UP THEIR BEST IN THE COUNTRY HEALTH CARE AND GET WHAT JOE AVERAGE HAS!!

J. FARLEY

ITS ALL ABOUT CONTROL. IF YOU CAN CONTROL THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THE PEOPLE , YOU CONTROL WHO LIVES AND WHO DIES AND WHAT KIND OF CARE EACH RECEIVE’S ——– CONTROL THE HEALTH CARE YOU CONTROL THE PEOPLE !!!!!!

Michelle

I live the tax you to death 💀 State of Ct and I’m all for making America Great Again. I can’t afford health insurance in this State because it woul take 3/4 of my income including co-pays etc. Anything I can do to vote the democrats out because I think most of them have been so hateful towards our President that they’ve become a bad influence on our youth. They are hateful, liars, that care more about the win than the state of the country. Just look at the mess California is in thanks to Pelosi’s hate of President Trump. Never vote democrat again!

Tavit

I’m beginning to wonder who the real enemy of America is. We have a President who wants to serve America and many in Congress who want to be served. Let me give a clue. Their mascot is a jack *ss. What a bunch of losers.

BajaRon

In the ‘Land of the Free’ and ‘Home of the Brave’, it seems that some, if not many, of our legislators are more interested in some kind of empowerment agenda for their party than they are in serving the American citizen.

What is amazing to me is that so many Americans can’t see it.

R shoemaker

On the surface it appears the DIMs want to restrict what individual states can do. In reality, they want to take what CA and NY does and then make the remainder of the country follow their lead.

Put another way – the DIMs only want to restrict what Red states can do and make them follow what CA and NY decides is the proper direction.

Brenda Blunt

Citizens have the right to select their own type of insurance they need and NOT the government deciding for them.

Nancy Pelletier

This is another attempted power grab of our health care system. Total control is the name of the game for them.

Wayne D Peterkin

I support McConnell’s comments but with continuing reservations re. pre-existing conditions. I know that forcing insurers to accept those with pre-existing conditions is very popular. Since I have a grandson with severe hemophilia I understand the problem as well as anyone. However, that single issue, pre-existing condition acceptance (assuming with no additional premium required), is very expensive for insurers and I suspect significantly increases health insurance premiums for everyone. I have argued from the outset that benefits like pre-existing condition coverage should be honestly presented to the people along with the associated cost so that the public can make an informed decision whether that coverage is worth the cost. That or insurers be allowed to charge extra for such a condition. Instead, it has always been mentioned as if that benefit costs nothing, and that is flat wrong. I want honesty up front so we all have the chance to… Read more »

Rick J.

The “democraps” keep showing us why they aren’t fit to govern.

Cheryl U.

So well said. It is logical, rational and fair what Majority leader McConnell states. It is absolute truth. The people of the United States need MORE say in what effects their lives so personally NOT LESS !!!

Ed J

DEMS: charging headlong forward in their eternal quest for Utopia (their version of it, of course), while in reality actually sowing the seeds of DYSTOPIA at every step. Unfortunately, Culpable Stupidity is not a crime, for if it were, many Dems would be serving time.

ahem tonto

Democrat – Definition: An immoral egocentric politico attempting to take away all American’s God given freedoms as defined in the Bill of Rights for every one except themselves.

Dee

We want to control our own health and its care. We don’t want rationing either. Seniors too old for certain care; no way. we paid our way.
Obamacare wanted death panels. People would decide if you deserved the care or not. I do like the idea of everyone having to have healthcare coverage. For that reason; we need several plans. some may just cover normal stuff and some cover everything. You chose what you want and pay for it. Seniors don’t need pregnancy covered and birth control. we need other things covered for our age group. Families need a broad coverage.
One plan does not fit all.

Student of history

The dumbocrats want to control every aspect of your life step out of line and demand your constitutional rights and they will try to denigh your healthcare and if you fight back it drag their feet like you wouldn’t believe the ruts that almost tripped you is the ruts that the government has used before remember Lois Lerner and IRS scandal she is off in la,la land while you are still trying to get you diabetes test strips to check you blood sugars.

Stephen Russell

OK Have Dems pay into system for HC & then C changes occur & deny US OUR HC.
Which idiots vote for Dems now since all this is now Open?
& we still cant X state lines for HC.
Beware Sen Graham: RINO

Diana

These traitors must be removed and all benefits revoked

Terry

My word to Mitch McConnell is to have the Republicans stop this unlawful and partisan impeachment

Denise

President Trump needs to outlaw the waste full 1095C requirements. They are costing employers millions of dollars and are not worth the paper they are written on.

Wayne

Insurance companies and the government are in partnership, if one don`t get it, the other one will.