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like subsidies. but the fact is that 75% of the american people get their benefits in the workplace. premiumsthese at lower with the formal character is. thank you. >> vice president elect mike pence was also on capitol hill, meeting with house republicans. this picture is from representative diane black, who says she is happy to have hence joining them at the meeting this morning.
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afterward, they held a press conference. . >> i want to welcome you all to the start of the 115th congress. first, we'd like to start with thanking the american people for entrusting us, and we take it to heart and responsibility. we have a special guest with us today. someone who has been here many times before in the service. i want to congratulate the trump-pence team. they have the wisdom to listen and now they have the courage to lead america. when you watch on the floor today, we're going to start with that courage. we watched what has happened to jobs across this country. the regulations that has been impounded for the last eight years. you'll see this week, that we
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will bring up the reins act. many of you know about that legislation. it simply says give the people a , voice when it comes to regulation in america. the rains act only deals with those bills of regulation that get imposed upon that cost more than $100 million on business. you think that would have been few of those, but if you look in just the last six years, there was 82 of those presented and put in place every single year in this administration. we have to get that burden off and start working. so the rains act will say no new major rulings will be imposed without a vote of the house and the senate, for the people have a voice. we will also be dealing with obamacare. so many of you know of what these failed policies have done to america. if you look at those families that have employer based insurance, premiums have increased by more than $4300. of the 23 co-ops that were
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created in obamacare, 18 of them have already failed. but what is most concerning to so many, more than 1,022 america, that's have only one choice inside the exchanges. everything president obama promised about health care has failed. we're so thankful that we have a new administration coming that had the wisdom to listen and the courage to lead. gov. pence: good morning everybody. an exciting day yesterday to see all of the new members get sworn in had to see this new majority excited about getting the work for the american people. >> there's a lot that we want to do and there's a lot that we're going to do working with our new president and our new vice president. it's great to welcome our friend and former colleague mike pence
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back, not as a member of congress but as the soon to be vice president of the united states, as a great partner in working to get our great country back on track. and there's a lot we need to do an a lot we're going to do but you know there's somebody else that is here at the capitol today and that's barack obama. i i think when the president comes back here today, maybe for the last time as president, it's important to remember the first time that barack obama came here as president. barack obama came here and made very specific promises to the american people about obamacare . he came here and said if you like what you have, with you can keep it. how did that work out? today today, millions of americans lost the good health care plans that they liked and expected to keep and are not able to today because of the broken promise of his law and president obama came to the capitol and said if his bill passes health insurance costs will drop dramatically for families. instead, what have we seen? the reverse. dramatic increases in health care costs. in my state of louisiana over
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25% increases that families are paying in higher costs for health care because of those broken promises of his law. i hope he comes here to apologize for those broken promises but i don't think that's going to be the case. i i think he's going to be here more concerned about preserving his legacy than about fulfill -- fulfilling those promises. the good news is we are here to fulfill those promises to the american people. we told the american people that if you give us this great opportunity, that we're going to work hard every day not just to repeal obamacare but to replace it with reforms that actually put patients back in charge of their health care decisions, that actually focus on lowering cost in increasing access to health care, and to bringing doctors back in the practice of medicine who are getting out of the practice because they don't want unelected bureaucrats in washington telling them how to deliver the health care that they were trained to provide. an exciting time for the country, we're really excited about getting to work to restoring those promises that were made to the american people and to get our economy become on track and to make america great
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again. >> happy new year everyone. energizedxcited and by the opportunities it brings. this is a movement we have been given by the people. the moment to think big, reimagine the federal government with the people back at the center of it. you know, just down the road is the washington monument. and right now it is closed to visitors. you think about families, individuals that travel from all around the country. from eastern washington, it is a long trip. maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the washington monument. and yet they'll be met with a closed sign because the federal government is going to take more than two years to fix an elevator. now, in is just one example. but people are doing what these
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kind of roadblock -- dealing with these kind of roadblocks every day at the v.a., the doctor's office, when they're just trying to do the right things. provide for their families, get a job. this is how the government has come to operate. one person, one agency at the top designing for everyone. why it is our responsibility as the people's voice and the people's representatives in their government to protect the constitution and the balance of power. representative government the rule of law, equal opportunity for all is protected here in the house by the people and for the people. want to thank vice president-elect mike pence for joining us today. it is so exciting for us as we start this unified republican government. all that it has in store for the 2017 people of this country creating opportunities for everyone. happy new year, everybody. it throughout this transition, we have been working hand in hand with the vice
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president-elect with one goal in mind, and that is to make sure president-elect trump can hit the ground running when he takes office on the 20th. so we're getting right down to business. we're starting today on our work to deliver relief to americans struggling under obamacare. we must remember this, this law has failed. americans are struggling we need struggling. the laws failing while we speak. we need to reverse the damage that has been done. then once we repeal this law, we need to make sure there's a truly transition to a patient centered system. we want every american to have access to quality, affordable health coverage. all of the things that obamacare has kept from the american people. more choices, more control, more freedom. we want to put them back in their hands. we know that things are only getting worse under obamacare. this is about people paying higher premiums every year and feeling powers it best powerless
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to stop it. families paying deductible so -- deductibles so high it doesn't feel like you have health insurance in the first place and in so many parts of the country, as you always heard, even if you want better coverage you're stuck with one option. one choice is not a choice. it is a monopoly. the health care system has been ruined, dismantled under obamacare. the answer here is not to ignore the problem. the answer here is not to ignore the problem to keep some failed legacy. the answer here is bold action. solve problems. bring relief to americans. we we will help americans crying out for relief from obamacare, and we will keep our promise to the people. as you can see, as you can see, we'll be working with the new administration on every step of this law, every step of the way, even before day with that, i want to hand it one. over to somebody that we all know very well because he served here with us. we're so proud of him and we're so pleased about this new
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working relationship with our new vice president-elect mike pence. [laughter] [applause] pence: thank you to the speaker and the leadership for the warm welcome today. i will be meeting later today with members of the senate at their weekly luncheon. this is a day where our message is very simple. we are 16 days away to the end of business as usual in washington dc. going to be in the promise keeping business. the president-elect campaigned all across this country. he gave voice to the frustration and the aspirations of the american people.
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he laid out an agenda to make america great again. and my message on his behalf today before this conference and , before members of the senate is that we intend to keep those , promises. now, that begins with assembling a government and energetic effort through the course of this transition to build a cabinet that will be able to implement that agenda and speak for itself. it will literally begin on day one. before the end of the day we do anticipate that the president-elect will be in the oval office, taking action to both repeal executive orders and also set into motion through executive action policies to implement promises that were made on the campaign trail. working with the congress, we're going to have that classic three-part agenda that the president-elect talked about so often on the campaign trail. jobs, jobs, jobs. the focus is going to be from
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day and to work with the one. congress. you heard about the efforts this week to begin to rollback the regulations that have been stifling growth in the american economy and stifling jobs and opportunities. we're going to be working with the congress over the course of the first several months to construct the kind of tax reform for businesses and individuals that unleash the boundup energy -- bound-up energy in the american economy. we're going to keep our promises to end illegal immigration. build a wall, have an infrastructure bill and invest in rebuilding our military, as our commander in chief marshal strategy with our military commanders to hunt down and destroy isis. but the first order of business is to repeal and replace obamacare. and that was our message today and it will be our message on capitol hill. and it needs to be done. not just as a promise kept, but because in the course of this election, the american people and what appeared
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to many as against all odds, oftentimes against overwhelming opposition, our president-elect took his case to the american people to repeal and replace obamacare and american people voted desice ofly for a better future for health care in this country. we are determined to give them that. the reality is that i was here in march of in another capacity 2010 when obamacare was signed into law. i remember all of those promises. we were told that if you like your doctor, you can keep it. not true. we were told if you like your health insurance, you can keep it. not true. we were told that the cost of health insurance was going to go down. not true. the reality is today, premiums this year are increasing by an 25% in some states.
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arizona, premiums went up 116%. 63% in tennessee, 53% in pennsylvania, 40% in north north carolina. obamacare is worked a hardship on american families, on american businesses, and in a very simple conclusion, the american people have sent new leadership here because obamacare has failed and has been rejected by the american people. but now it is the time first to keep our promise, step one will be to refeel obamacare. but as the president-elect said today, and i admonished members of the house congress important -- congress, it is important to remind american people of what they already know about obamacare, that the promises that were made were all broken. and i expect you'll see an effort in the days ahead to talk about the facts around obamacare, and secondly, of course, is to begin that orderly to something better. the truth is that the commitment that the president-elect made was to repeal and replace
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obamacare. as they said this morning, in a in a tweet it will be important , that we be careful as we do that. that we do that in a way that doesn't work a hardship on on american families who have gained insurance, through this program, doesn't work hardship on our economy. as they told us looking conferences -- as i told house republicans congress today today , we're working on a strategy and concert with the leadership of the house and the senate for both a legislative and executive action agenda to ensure that an orderly and smooth transition to a market-based health care reform system is achieved. the speaker of the house used the word stable, and we will do that. and in his famous speech in philadelphia, the president-elect spoke about an orderly transition, and it will be that. make no mistake about it, we're going to keep our promise to the
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american people, and we're going to repeal obamacare and replace it with solutions that lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government. now there's a broad range of ideas about how we do this. and republicans have been offering is that he is again and again literally every year since , obamacare was first signed into law. we're going to be working with dr. price on both before and after his confirms when he steps into the role at hhs working with the republican leadership in the house and the senate to bring forward those solutions and to take the case for those solutions to the american people. now, that being said, i couldn't be be more humbled and more excited to be back in the capital today. i was encouraged by the president-elect to come here to capitol hill. it is the first full day of work for members of congress because it is time to get back to work. and while others are visiting the capital today, talking about defending failed policies of the past, we're here today speaking
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to republican majorities in the house and senate to advance policies that will make america great again and have a more prosperous future for all of the people of this nation's -- this nation. zero -- questions? [inaudible conversations] speakerer today, the called julian assange a and aant for russia compromise for national security. president-elect trump is siting -- is saying he is a source of intelligence. where do you come down? electence: the president
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has expressed is very sincere and healthy americans that this is him about intelligence conclusions. we will sit down later this week. we have been receiving relevant -- regularegulate intelligence briefings. we will be looking at the facts and the information. i think given some of the intelligence failures of the recent years, the president-elect has made it clear that he is skeptical about conclusions from the bureaucracy, and i think we hear him loud and clear. >> mr. speaker, as mentioned president-elect is warning you to be careful here. is there a danger here why move forward with repeal when you have a clear plan? brian: antive
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important point to emphasize today that is so much damage has already been done to the country. obamacare is a story of broken promise after broken promise after broken promise followed by failing program, higher premium and higher deductible so as we give relief people to obamacare we do it in a transition that pull a rug out from anybody during the transition period. that's the point that we're all trying to make. this law has failed. it is getting worse. families are hurting, no one has changes. we've got to fix this by replacing with something better and it in that transition we want to make sure we don't pull the rug out from anybody during that transition that's the point we're all trying to make. >> but why no plan to replace that? yan: we have plenty of plants to replace it. as the weeks unfold, we will show you how we can have good health care without all of these problems. we are talking about a transition that will happen relatively quick way. he will take action in the first day. is it possible you extend some
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that areprovisions popular for a temporary. of time? people want to know what this is going to look like. >> well, jake, i think it's -- i want to be very clear. and i would commend you and anyone looking on to look into -- [laughter] gov. pence: good to be back. it really is. i would just commend all of your attention to the president elect's speech in philadelphia during the waning weeks of the campaign to repeal and replace obamacare and laid out principles of harnessing the power of health savings accounts. allowing americans to purchase health insurance across state lines. but his commitment was very very clear in that we will , insist upon and implement
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working with the congress, but also using executive authority to ensure that this is an orderly transition. and we're working right now, the white house staff is, on a series of executive orders that will enable that orderly , evention to take place of the congress appropriately debates alternatives to and replacement of obamacare . >> so it sounds like you're saying some of these provisions might stay in place while you are transitioning? in 2017, we do, not want people to because caught with nothing. we want an orderly transition so that the rug is not pulled up under the families that are struggling under obamacare. repeal anday of the replace, can you give detail on the executive actions that are planned and how does that square
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with the complex legislation prompted that is also involved in a co -- also involved? >> this gives us the budget resolution we need to push the regulation through while the senate works on these issues we are talking about. the problem is, just her member, obamacare has failed. families are hurting. it broken health care system. we will make sure it has an orderly transition to a better system, so we can get back to what we all want, which is lower-cost health care, and more choices so families can get affordable health care with decent price without a government takeover that has bankrupted the health care system and left families struggling. that?i can respond to we are working out, right now, with white house staff and in
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concord that concert with legislative leadership, a two track approach to ensuring that it is an orderly transition as the president-elect. you read his tweet this morning that he has admonished the congress to be careful. i reiterated that before the car republican congress today. we're talking about people's lives. families. we're also talking about a ,olicy that has been a failure virtually since its inception. we intend to, over the course of to be days and weeks, speaking directly to the american people about that failure and about a better future we can have in health care. on future that is built not growing government, mandate, or taxes, but rather a future built the people more
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choices in health care. allowing the power of the free marketplace to flow in. the transition to that we will work out in a way that reflects the compassion of the president-elect and every member of congress. that tosee that we do the best interests of the american people. what is clear here is the american people have spoken. they want to see us repeal and replace obamacare. today, i message to the members of congress is that we will be in the promise, keeping this in the first order of business. that is to keep our promise, to repeal obamacare and replace it with the kind of health care reform that will lower the cost of health insurance without increasing the size of government. you prevent private insurance from pulling out? once you repeal? [laughter]


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