March 21, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 49 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
REPEALING AND REPLACING OBAMACARE; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 49
(Senate - March 21, 2017)
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[Page S1857] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] REPEALING AND REPLACING OBAMACARE Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, last night in my home State of Kentucky, the President called for an end to ObamaCare as Congress continues working to repeal this disastrous law and replace it with patient-centered solutions. In Kentucky, just like across the country, costs are spiking, choices are dwindling, and insurance markets are edging closer and closer to collapse. Listen to this wife and small business owner who lives in Shelby County. She wrote to my office about her problems with ObamaCare. Here is what she said: I have seen little or no success where ObamaCare is concerned. [T]he current insurance available is causing working class Americans to choose between paying their bills and getting needed medical care. . . . We need help. Kentuckians deserve better than ObamaCare. The American people deserve relief from ObamaCare. The law is failing right in front of us. It will continue to get worse unless we act. So we have to act. This week the House will continue working to advance ObamaCare repeal-and- replace legislation. The House has already done some great work on the bill, and I look forward to taking it up in the Senate soon. We will have an amendment process here in the Senate. At the end of that process, we will send a bill to the one person who can sign it into law, and that is the President of the United States. But the legislation before the House isn't our only tool to help stabilize the healthcare marketplace. It is one prong of a three-part strategy. The second prong is the administration continuing to use its broad authority to bring relief. Officials like the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, are already working to bring relief to stabilize health markets that ObamaCare has rattled. The third prong is further legislation to reform the healthcare market and make it more competitive for consumers. Taken together, these three prongs aim to restore power to the States and move more healthcare decisions out of Washington and back to the States. They also represent the best way to bring relief to Americans who continue to suffer under ObamaCare. The American people deserve better than this failing law. We promised we would repeal and replace it for four straight elections. We are working to fulfill that commitment right now. ____________________