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This is not going to be easy. President Trump and I are undeterred.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
Donald J. Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Affordable Care Act. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 542 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 1242 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Donald J. Trump is: “I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people. My Administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk. As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis.”.
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All quotes about Affordable Care Act

Lisa Murkowski

Let's just say that they do something that's so Alaska-specific just to quote, get me.' Then you have a nationwide system that doesn't work. That then comes crashing down and Alaska's not able to kind of keep it together on its own.feedback

Jeff Flake

This doesn't fix everything with Obamacare. It can't. We're going to have to do that with a bipartisan bill. This is the first step.feedback

Ron Johnson

If we bring this up on the floor, I think every Republican senator is in play because every Republican senator will be faced with that binary choice. Okay, maybe this isn't everything they want, but the binary choice is: 100 percent guarantee that Obamacare remains in place, and we may have a path to single-payer, versus this choice of federalism, where we start putting the states back in charge.feedback

Pat Roberts

You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn't be considered. But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That's pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.feedback

Sarah Binder

Those notions of a more fluid, collegial Senate don't fit the contemporary Senate very well.feedback

John McCain

Let's trust each other. Let's return to regular order. We've been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That's an approach that's been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down, without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires.feedback

John McCain

We seem convinced that majorities exist to impose their will with few concessions and that minorities exist to prevent the party in power from doing anything important. That's not how we were meant to govern.feedback

Dean Heller

This is all about Medicaid expansion. It's going to be very difficult to get me to a yes.feedback

Pat Roberts

This is not the best possible bill – this is the best bill possible under the circumstances. Look, we're in the back seat of a convertible being driven by Thelma and Louise, and we're headed toward the canyon. ... So we have to get out of the car, and you have to have a car to get into, and this is the only car there is.feedback

Mitch McConnell

From skyrocketing costs to plummeting choices and collapsing markets, our constituents have suffered through an awful lot under Obamacare. I imagine many of our colleagues on the other side are ... pretty happy about all this. So now I think it's appropriate to ask: What are their ideas? It'll be interesting to see what they suggest as the way forward.feedback

Doug Ommen

I think we would make it work here. We are a proponent of flexibility.feedback

Asa Hutchinson

Graham-Cassidy is putting federal spending on a budget. That is the fiscal discipline the federal government and states both need to ensure the sustainability of Medicaid and other state health care programs.feedback

Richard J. Zall

It's not at all required that their explanation or plan meets any kind of standard.feedback

Timothy Jost

The biggest problem is how are states are going to do this in two years.feedback

Asa Hutchinson

The decisions about individual mandates, mandated benefits, and all the other decisions the ACA moved to Washington are best made at the state level by governors who understand the unique needs of their states.feedback

Larry Levitt

This is by far the most radical of any of the Republican health care bills that have been debated this year. And the reason for that is that this would be the biggest devolution of federal money and responsibility to the states for anything, ever. It would unleash massive health care debates in every state capital. All these tough decisions would no longer be on Congress' plate but on the plates of governors.feedback

Roy Mitchell

Year after year we have fought to get our policy makers to take money from the feds. I could just see another scenario like that with this bill. These states that would see more money are just rife with ideologues that do not want to see this specific population get any kind of opportunity for affordable coverage. That's my stark reality.feedback

Jim Carnes

The early gains from the redistribution will take a nose-dive 10 years out and we will lose billions. No state is a winner in the end.feedback

Ron Johnson

Millions of people lost coverage of Obamacare. There are no guarantees other than the fact that premiums have already doubled. They continue to skyrocket. We'll have to continue to throw money at a failing program. It just simply doesn't work.feedback

Ryan Mackenzie

There is no doubt that the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare lies at the feet of Congress. You can't frame it any other way.feedback

Lanhee Chen

Graham-Cassidy is not perfect, but it creates a competition of ideas and gives power back to states.feedback

Karl Rove

Start with Rand Paul. Can he vote ‘no’ on Graham-Cassidy after voting ‘yes’ in July?feedback

Lindsey Graham

Instead of a Washington-knows-best approach like Obamacare, our legislation empowers those closest to the health care needs of their communities to provide solutions. Our bill takes money and power out of Washington and gives it back to patients and states.feedback

John McCain

Why did -- why did Obamacare fail? Obamacare was rammed through with Democrats' votes only. Are we going to ram through our proposal with Democrats and the president? That's not the way to do it.feedback

Rand Paul

This bill keeps 90 percent of the spending of Obamacare and reshuffles it.feedback

Lindsey Graham

Let's get back to the basics of being conservative. We take the money that we would spend on Obamacare in Washington, and we block grant it to the states. No longer will four blue states get 40 percent of the money. A state like Mississippi, they get a 900 percent increase. South Carolina gets 300 percent.feedback

Bill Cassidy

There are more people who will be covered under this bill than under the status quo. Everybody fears change. Even if it's worse to better, they don't want change. We have a September 30th deadline on our promise. Let's finish the job. We must because there is a mother and father whose child will have insurance because of Graham Cassidy Heller Johnson. There is someone whose pre-existing condition will be addressed because of GCHJ.feedback

Sarah Sanders

I certainly respect the position that he's in as a parent. He is speaking for the protection of his kid, as he should do. But at the same time, we have to have a program that actually works and we know that that's not Obamacare.feedback

Caroline Pearson - Avalere Health

The Graham-Cassidy bill would significantly reduce funding to states over the long term, particularly for states that have already expanded Medicaid. States would have broad flexibility to shape their markets but would have less funding to subsidize coverage for low- and middle-income individuals.feedback

Caroline Pearson - Avalere Health

It redistributes from higher income to lowest income. It also redistributes among the states.feedback

Robert Laszewski

You've only got two years to figure all of this out. You need a comprehensive plan to phase Obamacare out to something that replaces it.feedback

Lamar Alexander

It surely makes getting a bipartisan consensus more difficult. A lot more difficult. Last week we, I think, had a pretty good opportunity. Then 15 Democrats jumped in with Medicare-forfAll, Republicans got busy with another repeal and replace, and it completely changed the political environment. It's hard to get a result if the House won't pass it and the president won't sign it. I know how to get a bipartisan result, but I'm not a magician.feedback

Rand Paul

I think some people just want to do something and aren't too concerned with what they are doing. The people that are putting this forward are immortalizing Obamacare. So I consider this effort to be sort of petty partisanship – they're just taking the Obamacare money, keeping it and taking it from Democrat states and giving it to Republican states.feedback

Susan Collins

What I found out so far causes me great concern. It seems to have many of the same flaws of the bill that we rejected previously, and in fact it had some additional flaws because there is some language that leads me to believe that people with pre-existing conditions might not be protected. In some states, insurers would still be required to offer them insurance, but rates might well be unaffordable.feedback

Ron Johnson

Time is running out. The only thing guaranteed is that if we do nothing Obamacare continues. It's a collapsing system, and we can all point to the disaster in real people's lives in every one of our states, and this is the last best chance for putting us back on a path where states get greater control and we start repairing our health care system.feedback

Kamala Harris

We have to fight sometimes. Let's not throw up our hands. Let's roll up our sleeves.feedback

Lindsey Graham

It was a gift from the political gods. Bernie made this issue easy.feedback

Jeff Merkley

They were going to do this anyway. The bill existed beforehand. They were taking a lot of heat from the president for not getting it done.feedback

Corey Booker

It's like a horror movie – Nightmare on Capitol Hill, part five.feedback

Angel Padilla

That was a blunder on the part of Democrats. Why not wait until September 30 to cut that deal? We would have otherwise been talking about the debt ceiling and disaster relief.feedback

Chris Coons

A number of Democrats have introduced a number of bills which are clearly aspirational, so I don't see what this has to do with it.feedback

Charle E. Schumer

They're going to hear from us one more time! Protesting, picketing, emailing – you name it!feedback

James Madara

We believe the Graham-Cassidy Amendment would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage, destabilize health insurance markets, and decrease access to affordable coverage and care. We sincerely urge the Senate to take short-term measures to stabilize the health insurance market.feedback

Joseph Antos

Medicaid was probably the policy area that was the most sensitive in the Senate.feedback

James Madara

Similar to proposals that were considered in the Senate in July, we believe the Graham-Cassidy amendment would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage, destabilize health insurance markets, and decrease access to affordable coverage and care.feedback

Tracy Watts

Our take away from this is that the trend for employers remains stable, and it remains low.feedback

Matthew Fiedler

We've got lots of indicators, across a constellation, that the health care trend is pretty low.feedback

John McCain

I am not supportive of the bill yet. We'll talk more about it. I'll talk with my governor and all that. I want regular order.feedback

Chris Sloan - Avalere Health

You could stretch the definition pretty broadly of what counts. Maybe you fund a high-risk pool that only allows in some number of people, and that counts. It's a pretty wide space.feedback

Chuck Schumer

It would be outrageous for our Republican colleagues to vote for this bill without knowing its effect on people. That, whatever your ideology, would be nothing short of a disgrace.feedback

Lindsey Graham

This is Bernie Sanders' worst nightmare. Number 45, Donald Trump, is on the phone. He's the Mariano Rivera of presidents. He's going to come in and close the deal with some of these governors who are showing reluctance. We got 15 days left to do this. We are two votes short.feedback

Julie Tarallo

Senator McCain continues to review the bill to assess its impact on the people of Arizona. As he has said before, Senator McCain believes health care reform should go through the regular order of hearings, open debate, and amendments from both sides of the aisle.feedback

John McCain

We just need to have a regular process rather than, Hey I've got an idea, let's run this through the Senate and give them an up-or-down vote.feedback

John Thune

I just told Bill Cassidy he's a grave robber. This thing was six feet under, and I think he's revived it to the point where there's a lot of positive buzz and forward momentum. But it still comes down to, in the Senate, getting 50 votes.feedback

Rand Paul

I think this is a game of Republicans taking money from Democratic states. What happens if Democrats take power back?feedback

Bill Cassidy

We're trying to set up good policy. Whether it's done now or later, the good policy will still be there.feedback

Elizabeth Warren

The Graham-Cassidy @SenateGOP 'health care' bill IS Trumpcare, & it will rip health care away from millions of Americans.feedback

Orrin Hatch

It's pretty hard to get excited about what he's doing. He's got a very broad jurisdiction but it isn't as broad as he sometimes thinks. That doesn't mean he can't do legislation that's outside of his jurisdiction – he can. But if he's doing it, it ought to at least be something he runs by us.feedback

Jason Pye

It's not the repeal of Obamacare that was promised. Nevertheless, FreedomWorks is treating it as what is likely to be the last serious attempt to reform Obamacare.feedback

Mara Gambineri

It's shocking that these trained medical professionals put patients' lives in needless jeopardy. The fact is that this facility never called 911. The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is responsible for the health and safety of their patients.feedback

Aviva Aron-Dine

For example, a state that used a small portion of its block grant funding to provide even tiny subsidies to all individual market plans could then waive these protections for its entire individual market. Likewise, states that used block grant funding to offer or subsidize coverage for low-income people could offer plans with large gaps in benefits. States seeking waivers would have to explain how they 'intend' to maintain access to coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but they wouldn't have to prove that their waivers would actually do so.feedback

Bill Cassidy

I'm confident we'll get there on the Republican side. People are coming out and saying they are for it, either publicly or privately. Talking to a few more.feedback

Ernest Hawk

Nevertheless, the reduction in the number of newly diagnosed cancer patients in conjunction with the downward stage-shift documented in this study is a promising step towards helping to address the disparities in cancer outcomes, including survival.feedback

Randal Serr

We will have to make some tough decisions, there's no way around it.feedback

Randal Serr

They don't count all the other ways we help people. This is completely a political decision, and not a decision made by people who do this for a living.feedback

Karen Pollitz

At least so far, based on the grantees I've been in touch with, [they] do not understand the basis on which these cuts are made. There doesn't seem to be a pattern. It looks like this could drastically cut back on the availability of in-person assistance in a lot of the heavily impacted states.feedback

Lori Wing-Heier

We are very concerned that it will have a major impact on our enrollment. This would be devastating, to our population.feedback

Karen Pollitz

At what point does it become ineffective to do any of that? What would I be advertising? I guess I could be advertising about navigator assistance. But in terms of the in-person help, we may not have those people.feedback

Sarah Sessoms

I don't know how the people who need this help are going to get it.feedback

Jared Bernstein

Progressives need to walk and chew gum, or, in this case, build on the ACA while planting the seeds for single payer.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people. My Administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk. As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I think Mitch would vote for it but he said, Go get 50 votes. Here's my challenge to the Republican leadership: Act like this matters, because it does. The idea that the Republican Party has done its best to repeal and replace ObamaCare is a joke.feedback

Lindsey Graham

We need people onboard now to stop what I believe is inevitable if we fail. The only thing stopping us from having this debated on the floor of the United States Senate is lack of leadership. I think Mitch would vote for it, but he said, Go get 50 votes. Mr. President, help us. Because we're trying to help you.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The question is, is there any fight left in Washington when it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare?feedback

Lindsey Graham

This is the only thing standing between you and single-payer health care.feedback

Ron Johnson

I chair the Homeland Security subcommittee. I'll hold a hearing tomorrow.feedback

Lindsey Graham

It should have been our first bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but it is now our last. To those in the Republican Party who feel like we have not fought as hard as we could, you're right. The president said, if you get 20 governors on board, he'll stand with them. Make some calls; help us get to 20.feedback

Larry Levitt

It's a massive devolution of federal money and responsibility to states, on a scale I don't think we've ever seen. Over time, it's less federal money than is being spent now on health care, but it's still a huge pot of money available to states with very few strings attached.feedback

Dan Holler

What has been proposed isn't actually repeal and replace. I'm not convinced that the solution here is to unveil another sweeping bill ahead of a tight deadline. That hasn't worked for anyone so far.feedback

John Thune

It would take an extraordinary lift to get that done before the deadline.feedback

Doug Holtz-Eakin

I believe that language has become unhelpful and needs to go away.feedback

Michael Cannon - Cato Institute

That's a frustration I have with a lot of conservatives saying it's not gonna happen. Look, pal, if you say it's not gonna happen then it won't because you're framing political reality right now, whether you know it or not.feedback

Michael Cannon - Cato Institute

Incrementalism is easier than wholesale change. I think there are incremental steps you can take. The problem is that most of the incrementalism Republicans are discussing now is incrementalism in the wrong direction, incrementally more money being thrown at Obamacare, which is not gonna solve anything.feedback

Jim Capretta

Until there is some kind of bipartisan negotiation and agreement that builds more consensus, the instability we've witnessed will continue. The best way out is to try to force some kind of bipartisan negotiation to try to get the best deal [Republicans] can and call it a day.feedback

Doug Holtz-Eakin

Insurance is a way of shifting around the national health care bill from people who incur to the people who pay it. The real issue is the underlying bill. It's actually the practice and the conduct of the delivery system that drives people crazy. It's not like the rest of the economy where consumer sovereignty still matters.feedback

Marie Fishpaw

We know what we don't want to see. We don't want to see any bailout of a program we believe is fundamentally flawed.feedback

Dan Holler

There really wasn't a robust and serious conversation about what is the conservative or Republican solution to health care policy. There was really no consensus within the Republican Party on where to go forward. I'm not sure how realistic or plausible that is. My sense is Democrats sense they have an opportunity to push this debate closer to single payer than they ever have. I think they'll be loath to take their foot off the pedal.feedback

Doug Holtz-Eakin

Health care reform is not a bill. It's a process. It'll be an ongoing process.feedback

Michael Cannon - Cato Institute

They either keep trying to repeal Obamacare and they're closer than most people acknowledge. They were really only a few votes away. The other option is to try to fix Obamacare. If Republicans do that, they are going to be alienating a huge chunk of their political base.feedback

Marie Fishpaw

There's no permanent victory. There's no permanent defeat. We have a very clear definition of the problem, and we're returning to the basics of where we agree. Did Republicans and conservatives make progress in thinking about health care, or are they playing the same record they've been playing since 2010? I think that's a good test.feedback

Mark W. Warner

If there's one thing we've seen, when either political party tries to do big things only with one side of the aisle, you generally screw up. We saw that perhaps with Democrats when we passed Obamacare [and] Dodd-Frank. We clearly saw it this year when Republicans tried to do health care. I spent ... more years in business than I have been in politics. I think I've got something to add to that debate. But so far, there's been no outreach at all. Nobody calls.feedback

Drew Altman

Repeal and replace went from a very popular idea, getting rid of Obamacare, to a real proposal with winners and losers and trade-offs.feedback

Astrid Silva

DACA recipients and undocumented people still have to sign up for selective service if they're men between the ages of 18 and 25, even though we're not allowed to join the service to gain citizenship. We still can't get any federal financial aid for college, you can't receive any type of federal benefits, you still can get student loans – anything that is federal, you cannot obtain. We still can't apply for Obamacare.feedback

Donna Friedsam

If CMS intends to provide notice of the grant award three weeks from now, that may be all well and good, at that point I may have lost my well-trained staff. To re-constitute my staff in time for an open enrollment that begins November 1 is going to be extremely hard.feedback

Shelli Quenga

We know nothing right now. I laid off two people today and cut everybody else back to part-time for the remainder of the month. We have to pull from our own money at this point.feedback

Shelli Quenga

We're taking our schedules down and not making appointments available. I've curtailed everyone's mileage because a lot are community based.feedback

Donna Friedsam

I have delivered 10 layoff notices to staff members. We don't have a funding flow anymore. As someone who has worked on many federal grants, this is really unusual. Usually if the grant letter shows up late, it still goes back to the project start date. The Trump administration is essentially saying, you need to deconstruct your organization on September 1 and reconstruct it on whatever day we provide funding. In what world is that possible?feedback

Sonja Smith

The assumption was we would be reimbursed. Now, we're not sure if we will be. I have to sit down with our financial person and we might have to furlough a couple of people.feedback

Dave Brat

I don't want to go there yet. But it's up to the leadership, right now, to get it straight. The big picture is that we've failed on Obamacare; we didn't do what we said we'd do. What's it going to look like on tax? What about the debt ceiling? No one is really sure. We said we'd do all of these different things, and we have to follow through.feedback

Orrin Hatch

We need real health-care reform, not a Band-Aid solution.feedback

Mitch McConnell

From working to find a path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare with common-sense market reforms to responding to one of the worst disasters Texas has seen, Ted's been a constructive player trying to get results.feedback

Ken Schrad

All I can say is the Bureau of Insurance is in serious discussions with carriers to see if the bare counties will have an option on the federal exchange in 2018.feedback

Steve Bullock

I'd love to see three years. You're sending a message to the market there is going to be some stability there, and they can plan accordingly.feedback

Gary Herbert - Brandywine Global Investment Management

It would be irresponsible to allow these markets to collapse simply because of [federal] inaction. I would urge Congress to get past the health-care impasse and delegate to states, the laboratories of democracy.feedback

Gary Herbert - Brandywine Global Investment Management

If you empower the states to determine their own health-care destiny … we'll learn from each other and therefore improve.feedback

Lamar Alexander

That's a remarkable level of interest. I think we did a pretty good job today of not blaming each other.feedback

Bill Cassidy

Every American, no matter where that American lives, will ultimately get about the same amount of money to support health care. Right now four states get 37 percent of all the money that is spent on behalf of the Affordable Care Act. We equalize that.feedback

Michael Dudley - Optima Health

The decisions we made were challenging ones given the recent changes and ambiguities in the marketplace. Our most recent filing with the state reflects these dynamic changes, as would be expected in these circumstances.feedback

Rush Limbaugh

Now we find out the Republican caucus in the Senate is infected with essentially leftist members. Collins, Murkowski, Capito – these three female leftists in the Republican caucus are running the Senate, not Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell is not running the Senate. These three women are running the Senate. The conservative Republicans in the Senate are not running the Senate. Three liberal women who call themselves Republicans are running the Senate.feedback

Lamar Alexander

Our goal is a small step, and so many millions of Americans will be hurt if we fail. Otherwise, we won't be able to affect insurance rates the flexibility of insurers until next year.feedback

Lamar Alexander

To get a result, Democrats will have to agree to something – more flexibility for states – that some may be reluctant to support. And Republicans will have to agree to something, additional funding through the Affordable Care Act, that some may be reluctant to support. That is called a compromise.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obamacare is imploding. It is a disaster and 2017 will be the worst year yet, by far!feedback

Tony Lourey

Reinsurance itself is a good tool, a valuable tool, to mitigate premium spikes, and this program does work. This is the type of risk-mitigation tool that the feds defunded in an effort to sabotage Obamacare. It's left to states then to put this massive investment in place. The feds need to be stepping up to the plate and not leaving it to the states.feedback

Shelli Quenga

It's ludicrous to believe that everyone now knows that the Affordable Care Act is alive and well and open for enrollment. Many people believe that the law is dead, or will be dead, based on the administration's claims.feedback

Lamar Alexander

I'm looking for the simplest bill possible that Republicans and Democrats can agree on that will stabilize the individual insurance market.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I think we're going to pull a rabbit out of a hat on health care reform.feedback

Michael Needham

Obamacare is becoming a zombie law, and throwing more taxpayer money at Zombiecare is unacceptable.feedback

Bernie Sanders

People are saying 'the ACA did some good things, and the Republicans wanted to throw 22 million people off of it'. That's an absurd idea to most people. Brian is doing good work. I think we need to have short-term solutions to the health-care crisis, while working toward Medicare for All. I would hope we could get some support for making more people eligible for Medicaid. We need to substantially lower the prices for prescription drugs. I'd favor a public option, right now, and we're working on that in the [Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions] Committee.feedback

Barry Bennett

It's right out of the Bill Clinton playbook. Triangulation is something that he perfected. If we have a majority in both houses and we can't cut taxes and we can't repeal Obamacare, then shame on us.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies.feedback

Craig Garthwaite

It's an option in name only. It's not like you have a ton of extra funds to pay for what's going to be very expensive insurance. Just having an insurer offering doesn't solve the problem for everyone.feedback

Michael Dowling

It has become increasingly clear that continuing the CareConnect health plan is financially unsustainable, given the failure of the federal government and Congress to correct regulatory flaws that have destabilized insurance markets and their refusal to honor promises of additional funding. The continuing uncertainty in Washington about the future of the ACA, intractable regulatory problems and the federal government's broken promise of so-called 'risk corridor' payments to insurers provide us with no viable path to profitability in the foreseeable future.feedback

Jim Cramer

When President Trump sticks to the script on his teleprompter, the market seems to go higher. When he's all caught up in the enthusiasm of the moment and starts improvising, he says things that get in the way of his economic agenda. So let me be real, Mr. President: I like your economic agenda! So would you mind being kind enough to emphasize it even when you extemporize? It could be fun! Instead, talking about the wall or Obamacare or protesters or the non-Fox News media just creates a distraction that pushes out the agenda.feedback

Craig Garthwaite

When there's a monopoly provider in the exchanges, we lose that ability to match with the plan that's best for you. We've had trouble offering insurance in rural counties for a long time. This was neither created by nor will it be solved by the ACA.feedback

David Anderson

If there is an empty county, insurers are seeing a population of people who are willing to pay at least the subsidized premium amount and no competition that severely constrains pricing. The business case for getting into a bare county is strong because of the way the subsidies are designed for the ACA.feedback

Dan Mendelson - Avalere Health

I think it says, Don't underestimate the influence of the state insurance commissioners. Or maybe, Health care is ultimately locally controlled.' There are many things states can do to entice smaller plans into the market, and that's what happened here.feedback

Larry Levitt

It shows how resilient the market is. The open-ended premium subsidies are an enormous carrot for insurers to go into underserved areas, even in the face of significant uncertainty. It's not a great outcome to have monopoly insurers, but it's a whole lot better than having no insurers.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Look, I think the relationships are fine. Certainly there are going to be some policy differences, but there are also a lot of shared goals, and that's what we're focused on. We're disappointed that Obamacare -- they failed to get it repealed and replaced, but at the same time, President Trump has worked with Leader McConnell to reach out to other members and to work on those shared goals, and we're going to continue to do that when the Senate comes back from recess.feedback

Mitch McConnell

The President and I, and our teams, have been and continue to be in regular contact about our shared goals. We are working together to develop tax reform and infrastructure legislation so we can grow the economy and create jobs; to prevent a government default; to fund the government so we can advance our priorities in the short and long terms; to pass the defense authorization and defense appropriations bills so we can support our troops and help implement an effective strategy against ISIL; to provide relief from Obamacare; and to continue our progress for our nation's veterans.feedback

Heather Wilson - Air Force

We are moving forward with modernization of the ground-based leg of the nuclear triad. Our missiles were built in the 1970s. Things just wear out, and it becomes more expensive to maintain them than to replace them. We need to cost-effectively modernize.feedback

Howard Rubel - Jefferies

You went from three competitors to two. You went from what I call broad concepts to now, two competing designers, who will come up with an industrialization concept that will...probably have some testing done to prove certain points along the way.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Senator Mitch McConnell said I had 'excessive expectations,' but I don't think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done? You can do it! Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!feedback

Cynthia Cox

That's a little bit discouraging. You would think one insurer would step in from a neighboring county to offer plans.feedback

David Hopcraft

The director said in a recent interview that she was just hopeful.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

This is about having a clean debt ceiling so that we can maintain the best credit, the reserve currency, and be focused on what we should be focusing are so many other important issues for the economy.feedback

Ted Nickel

In many ways the die has already been cast… if nothing changes before the end of September, we're pretty much looking at those rates being locked in for 2018. We have so little control now, so much of it is coming from the federal government through more of a central planning function rather than letting states engage in ways that best needs of their consumers. We do find ourselves in very difficult straights.feedback

Robert Laszewski

There's no way we can back out these higher rates that the companies put in… We're going to have more expensive health insurance plans, we're going to have fewer people enrolled.feedback

Christina Cousart

The Medical Loss Ratio that was instituted by the ACA will still be in place, meaning that consumers will be reimbursed [if] insures are not spending an 80% minimum on [health] care costs.feedback

Diana Dooley

We have a way to protect consumers, but it is complicated and will cause unnecessary confusion and anxiety. We are extending our deadline to give Congress time to act when they return in September. We are heartened by the bipartisan discussion that put consumers first, but we can't wait past Sept. 30.feedback

Julius Hobson - Polsinelli

What's likely to happen is that Congress will pass some kind of interim funding, which negates the lawsuit.feedback

James Scullary

This is really hard to say at this point, without knowing how it will all play out – which is why we believe that the best solution is for Congress and the administration to resolve this issue now. A resolution now eliminates the need for all of these workarounds to protect consumers.feedback

Steve Bannon

It's the Republican establishment. The Republican establishment has no interest in Trump's success on this. They're not populists, they're not nationalists, they had no interest in his program. Zero. It was a half-hearted attempt at Obamacare reform, it was no interest really on the infrastructure, they'll do a very standard Republican version of taxes.feedback

Robert Blendon

When we reviewed everything, nothing else in our data was close to 18 points. People have not fallen in love with the ACA. What they fell in love with was the idea that the federal government can't drop 30 million people from coverage all at once, that there was a responsibility for universal coverage.feedback

Jeff Hays

I think people are generally displeased, and they tend to be focused on the lack of progress on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. A lot of the people I talk to, they wish they would have gotten this right in the beginning of January, but they're tolerant and they understand.feedback

Robert G. Torricelli

Many of us have a personal concern about Bob Menendez. But there's also an overriding concern about the Republicans strengthening their control in the Senate and, in the near term, being able to repeal Obamacare and 16 million people losing their health care.feedback

Cynthia Cox

I think what this has shown is that the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is stubbornly failing to fail. The market is stabilizing, and insurers are on track to be profitable this year.feedback