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President Trump’s Hard Road to Restore Healthcare for Americans – After the Failed Obamacare – 6/28/2017

PRESIDENT MET WITH GOP members yesterday, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, encouraging them to get the Healthcare deal done.  They need to get it together.  Weak knee Republicans need to get over themselves and need to go forward repealing Obamacare.  The Vote on Healthcare was postponed in the Senate till Friday.  Nine Republican senators expressed their concerns but the White House is trying to get support. 

 

This is not a Trump Healthcare Bill, It is a House Healthcare Bill and now a Senate Bill to be either passed or rejected.

 

Democrats are calling for single payor healthcare (socialism). Democrats say that the Republican Healthcare bill will bring costs up.  Some Republicans have asked for more time and it is clear that Republican leadership are trying to get results quickly. Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight.  

President Trump today, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, made some remarks, paraphrased:  Yesterday we had  a tremendous meeting, the meeting went really well.  Obamacare is dead, if it does not get a subsidy it will die within 24 hours.  This new healthcare will take care of people for the right reasons and at the right costs.  Tremendous reductions from Obamacare.  The Republican Senators (52) had an impressive meeting.  What also came out was that this healthcare will be far better than Obamacare and much less expensive for the country.  We are giving ourselves a little more time.  We got rid of mandates, taxes, all the bad parts have repealed and replaced.  This will be a tremendous plan, we will have a lot of happy people in this country when we get it done.

 

Remarks by President Trump at a Meeting with Republican Senators

East Room

4:08 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I thought I’d ask you folks to come say hello, and we’ll discuss healthcare.  We have really no choice but to solve this situation.  Obamacare is a total disaster.  

It’s melting down as we speak.  Rates are going up.  In fact, it’s very interesting, Lisa, that you’re sitting next to me because, in Alaska, it was 206 percent — a 206 percent increase in Alaska.  And I used to use Arizona as the standard; that was 116 percent.  So it’s really meltdown, and we’re going to try to solve the problem.

So I invited all of you, and I think we have either 52 out of 52, or 50 out of 52.  And John, either one is pretty good, I think, as a percentage.

So we’re going to talk and we’re going to see what we can do.  We’re getting very close.  But for the country, we have to have healthcare.  And it can’t be Obamacare, which is melting down.  The other side is saying all sorts of things before they even knew what the bill was.  This will be great if we get it done.  And if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like.  And that’s okay, and I understand that very well.

But I think we have a chance to do something very, very important for the public — very, very important for the people of our country that we love.

So I’ll ask the press to leave.  I greatly appreciate you folks being here.  We love you very much.  You’re very kind and very understanding.  (Laughter.)  But we will now ask you to leave.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.

Q    Mr. President, what do you think of the Senate bill?

THE PRESIDENT:  I think the Senate bill is going to be great.  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you.  Such an understanding lot.

END 
4:10 P.M. EDT 

 

Vice President Pence and Kellyanne Conway speak with and about “Obamacare Victims”.  Kellyanne said that people actually had a physical card and no ability to use it, the system considers you insured, and you are not.  Ms. Conway said that the President sees this as a “Moral Imperative” to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

 

 

On the other hand, the “OBSTRUCTIONISTS”, the Democrats are using lies, fear-mongering, and divisive rhetoric to push their agenda instead of debating the issues.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said the GOP bill’s spending cuts amount to “blood money.”  The Democrats are saying “everyone should be very scared.”  This is the Democratic Party,  Celebrities they basically called for the assassination of the President. Hillary Clinton tweeted that the Republican Party will become “the death Party” if the bill passes.  The Democrats are willing to destroy our nation with lies and rhetoric to get their way.  Their ultimate Goal is a single-payor system which is Socialism and Communism.

 

 

My View:  America is a democracy, not a dictatorship.  The democratic party has been holding America hostage for over 8-years with their lies, and comments. While they were in control, they destroyed healthcare, immigration, borders, security, etc. Now, they lost, BIGLY, but they are still holding us hostage with rhetoric designed to set aflame their base with lies that the uninformed believe.  All this is setting America up for, I hate to say it, a civil war if cooler, decent, patriotic heads do not prevail.  

I also know that Republicans under President Trump care for America and what happens to Americans.  They are working diligently to get this healthcare problem solved, and do not want to rush to get it passed if it is not done right.  The President is working with both sides to get this done right.  There is a faction of Senate Republicans and a few in the House who are second guessing this initial healthcare bill.

The left does not want to help because they are still pushing for a single-payer system. The left wants socialism and communism in America.  The Majority of Americans we reject Socialism and Communism, that is why we voted for President Donald J. Trump.

Let me know your thoughts.  Thank you for reading my work. 

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6/23/17 – Weekly Address of President Donald J. Trump – White House

Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Obamacare has led to higher costs and fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans. The 2010 healthcare law has brought the American people rising premiums, unaffordable deductibles, fewer insurance choices, and higher taxes. President Donald J. Trump promised to repeal and replace this disaster, and that is exactly what he is working with Congress to achieve.

 

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LINKS TO FURTHER PROOF AND READING:

  1. Nearly 30 Million Americans Still Without Health-Insurance Coverage

  2. Americans’ Health Insurance Options Are Disappearing At a Startling Rate

  3. Obamacare is Failing the American People

  4. Secretary Price Hosts Listening Session with Obamacare Victims

  5. Consumer advocacy groups protest CareFirst rate increase proposal

  6. CMS: 47 counties won’t have Obamacare coverage in 2018

  7. Last Insurer in Delaware Requests Rate Hike of 33.6% For 2018

  8. Anthem pulls out of ObamaCare exchanges in Midwest, fueling GOP repeal push

  9. Only ObamaCare insurer in most Iowa counties to hike premiums by 43.5 percent

  10. State insurers to seek rate hike for 2018 ObamaCare policies

The Senate Healthcare Bill is here – 6/22/2017 – Read it yourself – Keep in mind OBAMA created this disaster -Obamacare- Republicans are trying to stop the suffering!

Below please find the link to the just released Senate Healthcare Bill, so that you can read for yourself.  I have included a video below from Senator Mitch McConnell (R) Majority Leader.  Half way through he enumerates all the advantages that are included in this new “DRAFT” Bill.

I am paraphrasing Mitch McConnells comments below:

This is a draft that includes many members input.  There will be ample time to analyze and discuss and provide thoughts before the legislation comes to the floor.  All senators are invited.  

Next week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release the score, followed by a robust debate and an open amendment process on the Senate floor and all are invited to participate in.  

When legislation comes to the floor, it will present Senate Democrats to do what is right for the American people. They can choose to stand by or bring relief to the American people.  

It’s time to act.  Obamacare is a direct attack on the Middle Class and American families deserve better care.  That’s just what we are going to continue to work to bring them.

 

 

SENATEHEALTHCARE.pdf

  1. WE AGREED TO FREE AMERICANS FROM OBAMACARE’S MANDATES SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO BUY INSURANCE THEY DON’T WANT OR NEED.  REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE

  2. REPEAL THE EMPLOYER MANDATE 

  3. IMPROVE THE AFFORDABILITY OF HEALTH INSURANCE 

  4. ELIMINATE COSTLY OBAMACARE TAXES THAT ARE PASSED ON TO CONSUMERS – PUT DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON PREMIUMS 

  5. EXPAND TAX-FREE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT and 

  6. DEPLOY TARGETED TAX CREDITS TO DEFRAY OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS

  7. SHIFT POWER FROM WASHINGTON TO THE STATES SO THEY HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY TO PROVIDE MORE AMERICANS WITH THE KIND OF INSURANCE OPTIONS THEY WANT.

  8. WE AGREE ON THE NEED TO STABILIZE THE INSURANCE MARKETS THAT ARE COLLAPSING UNDER OBAMACARE AND THESE NEW POLICIES WILL IMPLEMENT STABILIZATION POLICIES SO WE CAN BRING FINANCIAL CERTAINTY TO INSURANCE MARKETS AND HOPE TO AMERICANS WHO FACE THE POSSIBILITY OF LIMITED OR ZERO OPTIONS NEXT YEAR UNDER OBAMACARE

  9. TRANSITION AWAY FROM OBAMACARE SYSTEM ENTIRELY SO MORE AMERICANS WILL NOT BE HURT.

  10. STRENGTHEN MEDICAID

  11. PRESERVE ACCESS TO CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

  12. AND ALLOW CHILDREN TO STAY ON THEIR PARENTS HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE AGE OF 26.

 

President Trump Made a Statement on Healthcare and how Millions of American Families are Still Suffering from Obamacare while Democrats ‘OBSTRUCT’ – 6/13/2017

Republicans just took a major step toward rescuing Americans from Obamacare MAY 8, 2017 AT 9:55 am By: Andrew Bremberg – White House

On Thursday, Republicans in the United States House of Representatives took a major step toward repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare.

Despite promises of lowering healthcare costs for all Americans, Obamacare has sent premiums and deductibles through the roof, making quality healthcare unaffordable. In fact, premiums have risen by an average of over 40 percent nationally. Forty-one states saw average deductibles increase last year, with 17 of them facing double-digit rate increases.

And it keeps getting worse.

Five states now have only one insurer on the Obamacare marketplace and nearly a third of all counties have only a single insurer. Just in the past few weeks, more insurers have announced they will drastically reduce their participation for next year, too. Take Iowa. In the past month, two insurers have announced they are leaving the individual market in the state. The last insurer with a significant presence in the state is considering leaving, too. What will Iowans do next year.

It’s not just insurers that are abandoning Obamacare. With skyrocketing costs and dwindling options, Americans are choosing to flee Obamacare, too.

In 2017, enrollment fell by 500,000 people year-over-year, missing initial estimates by millions. In 2016, nearly 20 million people opted out of Obamacare altogether, with 6.5 million forced to pay the mandate penalty.

And yet, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that Obamacare is hurting the American people, Congressional Democrats have chosen not to lift a finger to help.

Democrats claim they’re opposed to repealing and replacing Obamacare, but the flawed program is effectively “repealing” itself through the total collapse of the Exchange marketplaces. It’s regrettable that Democrats inexplicably continue to fiddle on the deck of the Titanic, excoriating those of us trying to deploy the lifeboats for the American people in the short-term and simultaneously build a more seaworthy vessel for the long-term.

Seeing this, President Trump refused to sit idly by, choosing instead to work closely with House Republican leaders to craft a plan that will reduce health insurance costs, provide greater choice and flexibility to families, and take care of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The American Healthcare Act (AHCA), which the House passed Thursday afternoon, will provide middle and low income Americans with tax credits to help them pay their health insurance premiums.  It will expand access to health savings accounts by nearly doubling the maximum allowed contribution to be deductible. It eliminates one-size-fits-all mandates and enables states to promote innovation and competition. Under this plan, Americans will see nearly $1 trillion in tax relief.

All of this means that costs are going to come down and the American people will be able to keep more of their hard-earned money.

On top of that, AHCA will protect the most vulnerable Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions. Nobody can be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition — insurance companies are banned from turning away patients from renewing their plans simply because they are sick.

Lower costs. More choices. Better care. Protection for the most vulnerable among us.

This is a plan that puts politics aside and focuses on the needs of the American people.

RECAP OF THE HISTORIC – Remarks by President Trump on Healthcare Vote in the House of Representatives – May 4, 2017

 

President Obama signed The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act a/k/a ACA into law on March 23, 2010.  Most major provisions phased in by January 2014; remaining provisions phased in by 2020.  In my eyes Obamacare was a fraud with 5-10K deductibles, who can afford that?  They professed that they were saving us money, instead regular people were trying to navigate this nightmare of an Act.  The most vulnerable were not being helped and businesses were unable to maintain the costs.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 the Republicans, under President Trump’s Leadership, finally took the first steps to Repeal and Replace Obamacare. It has taken the Republicans 8 years to get to this point.  President Trump is #MakingAmericaGreatAgain.

 

Remarks by President Trump on Healthcare Vote in the House of Representatives

Rose Garden. —  3:18 P.M. EDT

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, Majority Whip Scalise, Chairwoman McMorris Rodgers, Chairman Brady, Chairman Walden, Chairwoman Black, Congressman McArthur, Congressman Meadows, and all the principled members of Congress who are standing with us here today, on behalf of President Donald Trump and the first family, welcome to the White House.  (Applause.)  And thanks to the leadership of President Donald Trump, welcome to the beginning of the end of Obamacare.  (Applause.)  

It was March, 2010, seven years ago, Democrats passed a government takeover of healthcare.  And at that time, Republicans in Congress promised the American people that law would not stand.  Today, thanks to the perseverance, the determination, and the leadership of President Donald Trump, and all the support of those gathered here, we’ve taken a historic first step to repeal and replace Obamacare and finally give the American people the kind of healthcare they deserve.  (Applause.) 

So, today, with heartfelt gratitude for all he has done to keep his word to the American people, and for all he will do to continue to make America great again, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to you the President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you, Mike.  (Applause.)  That’s the group.  Thank you.  

Thank you very much.  This really is the group.  What a great group of people.  and they’re not even doing it for the party, they’re doing it for this country — because we suffered with Obamacare.  I went through two years of campaigning, and I’m telling you, no matter where I went, people were suffering so badly with the ravages of Obamacare.  

And I will say this, that as far as I’m concerned, your premiums, they’re going to start to come down.  We’re going to get this passed through the Senate.  I feel so confident.  Your deductibles, when it comes to deductibles, they were so ridiculous that nobody got to use their current plan — this nonexistent plan that I heard so many wonderful things about over the last three or four days.  After that, I mean, it’s — I don’t think you’re going to hear so much.  Right now, the insurance companies are fleeing.  It’s been a catastrophe.  And this is a great plan.  I actually think it will get even better.  And this is, make no mistake, this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare.  Make no mistake about it.  Make no mistake.  (Applause.) 

And I think, most importantly, yes, premiums will be coming down.  Yes, deductibles will be coming down.  But very importantly, it’s a great plan.  And ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.  

We knew that wasn’t going to work.  I predicted it a long time ago.  I said, it’s failing.  And now, it’s obvious that it’s failing.  It’s dead.  It’s essentially dead.  If we don’t pay lots of ransom money over to the insurance companies it would die immediately.  

So what we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted.  Tell you what, there is a lot of talent standing behind me.  An unbelievable amount of talent, that I can tell you.  I mean it.  (Applause.)  And coming from a different world and only being a politician for a short period of time — how am I doing?  Am I doing okay?  I’m President.  Hey, I’m President.  Can you believe it?  Right?  (Applause.)  I don’t know, it’s — I thought you needed a little bit more time.  They always told me, more time.  But we didn’t.

But we have an amazing group of people standing behind me.  They worked so hard and they worked so long.  And when I said, let’s do this, let’s go out, just short little shots for each one of us and let’s say how good this plan is — we don’t have to talk about this unbelievable victory — wasn’t it unbelievable?  So we don’t have to say it again.  But it’s going to be an unbelievable victory, actually, when we get it through the Senate.  

And there’s so much spirit there.  But I said, let’s go out — we have a little list of some of the people — and I think after that list goes, if they don’t talk too long, our first list, we’re going to let some of the other folks just come up and say whatever you want.

But we want to brag about the plan, because this plan really — uh oh.  (Laughter.)  Well, we may.  (Laughter.)  But we’re just going to talk a little bit about the plan, how good it is, some of the great features.  

I want to thank Paul Ryan.  (Applause.)  He has worked so hard.  I was joking, I said, you know, Paul, for the last week I’ve been hearing “Paul Ryan doesn’t have it.  It’s not working with Paul Ryan.  He’s going to get rid of Paul Ryan.”  And then today I heard, “Paul Ryan is a genius, he’s come a long way.”  (Laughter.)  Right?

SPEAKER RYAN:  I’ll take whatever.

THE PRESIDENT:  The groups have all come together.  We have the Tuesday Group — we have so many groups.  We have the Freedom Caucus.  We have — and they’re all great people.  But we have a lot of groups.  But they all came together.  Really, Paul, I’d say in the last three, four days — especially in the last day.  I see Mark and I see Kevin, I see so many people — Jim. 

We just have developed a bond.  This has really brought the Republican Party together, as much as we’ve come up with a really incredible healthcare plan.  This has brought the Republican Party together.  We’re going to get this finished, and then we’re going — as you know we put our tax plan in, it’s a massive tax cut, the biggest tax cut in the history of our country.  I used to say the biggest since Ronald Reagan.  Now, it’s bigger than that.  Also, pure tax reform.  So we’re going to get that done next.

And this really helps it.  A lot of people said, how come you kept pushing healthcare, knowing how tough it is?  Don’t forget, Obamacare took 17 months.  Hillary Clinton tried so hard — really valiantly, in all fairness, to get healthcare through.  Didn’t happen.  We’ve really been doing this for eight weeks, if you think about it.  And this is a real plan.  This is a great plan.  And we had no support from the other party.

So I just want to introduce somebody to say a few words who really has been I think treated very unfairly, but it no longer matters because we won and we’re going to finish it off.  And we’re going to go on with a lot of other things, and we are going to have a tremendous four years and maybe, even more importantly, we’re going to have a tremendous eight years.  But we’re going to start off with just a great first year.

And, Paul Ryan, come up and say a few words.  Congratulations on a job well done.  (Applause.) 

END
3:26 P.M. EDT

President Trump Leads Listening Session on Healthcare – 3/13/2017

President Trump is committed to repealing and replacing Obama’s Healthcare Plan.

President Trump explained that the House Bill to repeal and replace Obamacare will give you:

  • More choices

  • Lower Costs

  • Pick the Plan you want

  • Pick the Doctor you want

  • Unleash the power of the private marketplace to let insurers compete for your business so rate go down

  • More Competition and less regulation will bring down the cost of healthcare, it will take a little while (1-2 years). President Trump was NOT happy about that, but commented that is how long it takes to implement the new plan.

 

President Trump commented how the Press is making Obamacare look so good. He remarked that Obamacare covers very few people and it’s imploding. Obamacare is a disaster. 

President Trump invited regular citizens to share their horror stories of the impact that Obamacare had on their lives.  How some of them paid thousands of dollars and never received the care for their families that they needed and were unable to keep their doctor and had to opt out of Obamacare and ended up paying the penalties.

One citizen, an attorney, does not believe in the public funding of abortion with the “Affordable Care Act” and believes in religious freedom and building a culture of life.  There was a doctor from Tennessee that educates folks about healthcare and said that the people there cannot afford to pay for the healthcare plan and they pay the tax penalty because it’s cheaper, so they go without healthcare. 

Most of the stories were about people not being able to afford Obamacare and had to opt out of the plan and can only  afford to pay the penalties.  The rate increases are astronomical and the high premiums for a plan they don’t want and do not need.  Some counties in Tennessee only have one option, one plan.  There are 35 counties in Tennessee that have no options.

A Physician from Texas said patients he had in the hospital were shocked to receive a $20,000 bill that they were responsible for $6,000 of the total.  Medicaid expansions do not cover Obamacare, so folks with chronic care like cancer, most physicians do not accept the Medicaid Expansion.  The Folks with Obamacare are not really covered at all because of the high premiums. This doctor really liked the changes made to the healthcare plan.

A nurse from Wisconsin, a mom, commented how middle class families were impacted by the ACA.  Her insurance was cancelled and it forced her to have to get another job, a full-time position at another hospital so that she could get insurance for her family and her deductible is $6,500 and it forced her to leave her part-time job and go into a full-time job and lose time with her young children.

All the stories were different but the outcome is the same.  People unable to have healthcare that they need but saddled with high deductibles and those that cannot afford the deductibles, just pay the penalties and go without insurance.