WASHINGTON, June 13, 2017 – Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the administration’s goal of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act in a speech to US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) employees.
Speaking from the headquarters of HHS, Vice President Pense said:
“We’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare.” Pence said “We all remember all the broken promises of Obamacare.”
Pence then noted that then President Obama repeatedly promised “If you like your health insurance you can keep your health insurance; if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor,” two promises which turned out to be false.
Vice President Pense said that the ACA worked under the “misguided premise that government should force people to buy health insurance whether they want it or need it.”
Quoting Abraham Lincoln Pence said, “give the people the facts and the republic will be saved.”
He then noted that in Ohio the last statewide insurer recently announced it would be leaving the marketplace for individuals.
In Missouri, approximately twenty-five counties have either one or zero insurers to choose from.
Approximately twenty-eight million people are still without health insurance and premiums have more than doubled since the ACA was passed in 2010.
It’s no surprise Obamacare has woefully fallen short.” Pence concluded of the ACA. “It is a death spiral
“We want a dynamic national insurance marketplace.” Pence said, “We want American businesses to have the freedom to provide health care to their employees. We want to empower the American people to make healthcare choices which make sense for them.”
Pence was introduced by HHS Secretary Tom Price who said the goal of health care reform included: stabilizing insurance markets and letting states innovate.
On May 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, a bill which would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The bill barely passed in the House with a vote of 217-213.
It faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where a filibuster looms. Thus far, no bill has been brought forward.