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Jim Jordan
We haven't cut taxes yet, we haven't repealed Obamacare. We haven't started construction on the wall. But there has been an increase in spending, and some members of our conference are talking about bailing out insurance companies, imposing gun control and granting amnesty.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
The latest person who has talked about Obamacare is Donald J. Trump: “No, and sometimes it helps, to be honest with you. We will see what happens in the end. I think actually sometimes it helps. Sometimes it gets people to do what they are supposed to be doing and you know that's the way it is. I just want what's right. And I think, for the most part, they want what's right too. So we will see what happens. But I do believe we have the votes for health care at the appropriate time. And I think that we're going to have the votes for taxes.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Donald J. Trump and all the other people that have spoken about Obamacare. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Vince Chhabria

Although you wouldn't know it from reading the states' papers in this lawsuit, the truth is that most state regulators have devised responses. Both sides have reasonable arguments.feedback

Xavier Becerra

The fight for affordable healthcare moves forward. The actions by the Trump Administration undermine critical payments that keep costs of healthcare affordable for working families. The judge made clear in his ruling that the ACA is the law of the land. Without an emergency order halting the Trump action, swift action in this litigation becomes even more compelling.feedback

Lamar Alexander

It does not bail out insurance companies, it does benefit consumers, it does benefit taxpayers to the tune of $3.8 billion.feedback

Vince Chhabria

State regulators have been working for months to prepare for the termination of these payments. And although you wouldn't know it from reading the states' papers in this lawsuit, the truth is that most state regulators have devised responses that give millions of lower-income people better health coverage options than they would otherwise have had. This is true in almost all the states joining this lawsuit.feedback

Joseph R. Swedish - Anthem Inc.

The big unknown ... is the stability in the individual marketplace. And that is a story that is going to unfold in the coming 12 to 18 months.feedback

Mark Meadows

We've got to get something major done. Had we repealed and replaced Obamacare, there may not have been as much flexibility or pressure. Am I feeling the pressure to get this done? Yes. Have I been willing to negotiate a little bit more generously because of that pressure? Yeah. That's just shooting straight with you.feedback

Michael F. Neidorff - Centene

We fully recognize the possibility that cost-sharing reductions, CSRs, might not continue to be funded.feedback

Lamar Alexander

It is encouraging to see a growing consensus that Congress should fund the cost-sharing reduction payments for two more years.feedback

Lindsey Graham

Our problem is that we promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, and we failed. We promised to cut taxes and we have yet to do it. If we're successful, Mitch McConnell's fine. If we're not, we're all in trouble. We lose our majority […].feedback

Josh Peck - Modern HEALTHcare

In past years, we've seen that younger consumers and presumably healthier consumers are more likely to respond to outreach.feedback

Josh Peck - Modern HEALTHcare

They're clearly going to say that the declining enrollment is evidence of lack of popular support of Obamacare, and I think there's a lot of evidence that shows that is patently false. Nearly 500,000 fewer people enrolled at the end of January compared to the equivalent time period the previous year.feedback

Donald J. Trump

No, and sometimes it helps, to be honest with you. We will see what happens in the end. I think actually sometimes it helps. Sometimes it gets people to do what they are supposed to be doing and you know that's the way it is. I just want what's right. And I think, for the most part, they want what's right too. So we will see what happens. But I do believe we have the votes for health care at the appropriate time. And I think that we're going to have the votes for taxes.feedback

Josh Peck - Modern HEALTHcare

Sending email and making calls costs very little, but both tactics are dependent on people coming to Healthcare.gov and signing up.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We can pretty much do whatever we have to do just the way it is. So this was going to be temporary, prior to repeal and replace. We're going to repeal and replace Obamacare ... And I think we actually have the votes. People are criticizing me for saying that. I think we actually have the votes for that. You know, we were basically one short and I think we're going to have the votes for that also, Maria.feedback

Brianna Ehley
Josh Dawsey - Politico
Sarah Karlin-Smith

Officials are now scrambling to develop such a plan, but it is unclear when it will be announced, how or if it will be done, and whether the administration has the permanent leadership to execute it. Trump's off-script statement stunned top [HHS] officials, who said there is no consensus on how to implement an emergency declaration for the drug epidemic, according to interviews with officials from the White House, a half dozen federal agencies, state health directors and lobbyists.feedback

Mitch McConnell

What I'm waiting is to hear from President Trump what kind of health-care bill he might sign.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I know that Lamar Alexander's a fine man and he is really in there to do good for the people. We can do pretty much what we have to do without, you know, the secretary has tremendous leeway in the -- under the Obama plans.feedback

Kimberly Reynolds

Unfortunately, it now appears Obamacare's waiver rules are as inflexible as the law itself. I'm extremely disappointed.feedback

Sarah Lueck

This is a case of the law's guardrails protecting people and their coverage. Hopefully now Iowa can start looking at more practical and less disruptive solutions to deal with the challenges in its market.feedback

Patrick Leahy

I've been here with every president since Jerry Ford. I've always been willing to negotiate with anybody because they always keep their word. If you have a president who doesn't keep his word, it makes it more difficult.feedback

Ted Cruz

I think it's a mistake to bailout the big insurance companies. For whatever reason, Senate Democrats are fixated on providing corporate welfare to giant insurance companies instead of real relief to the millions of people hurting under Obamacare.feedback

Melanie Coon

Whenever our members hear in the media that these things are going away, their immediate thought is 'Oh my gosh, does this affect me now?'.feedback

Kristine Grow - Health Insurance

They're focused on open enrollment and how do we ensure in this environment, where we've had so much uncertainty, that consumers know where to get their plans. That's kind of job No. 1 as we're standing here today.feedback

Ben Isgur - PricewaterhouseCoopers

You're really kind of sitting there with a lot of uncertainty. For some insurers who are sitting on the bubble, maybe they haven't been doing very well in the exchanges, this may be the last door for them to exit.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We will probably like a very short-term solution until we hit the block grants, until that all kicks in. And if they can do something like that, I'm open to it, but I don't want it to be at the expense of the people. I want to take care of our people; I don't want to take care of our insurance companies.feedback

Lamar Alexander

What's conservative about creating chaos so millions can't buy insurance, or at least failing to deal with the chaos that has been created?feedback

Mika Brzezinski - MSNBC

And Joe, a couple of things that come to mind here. First of all, they're saying what a lot of people are thinking, that the president is mentally ill. It's considered inappropriate to say.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The president is working really hard to make sure enrollment numbers are as weak as possible. ObamaCare is finished. It's dead. It's gone. It's no longer – you shouldn't even mention it. It's gone. There is no such thing as ObamaCare anymore.feedback

Mitch McConnell

The goal is to get it done this calendar year. But it is important to remember that Obama signed Obamacare in March of year two. Obama signed Dodd-Frank in July of year two.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We want the money to go to the people. We don't want the money to go into the pockets. I have a list here where it talks about the insurance companies. … Anthem, big company, from the beginning of Obamacare, 270 percent increase in their stock price. Humana, 420 percent up. Aetna, 470 percent increase from Obamacare. Cigna, 480 percent increase since Obamacare. The insurance companies have absolutely taken advantage of this country and our people. And I stopped it by stopping the CSRs.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're going to see the bipartisan. And Lamar Alexander is working on it very hard from our side. And if something can happen, that's fine. But I won't do anything to enrich the insurance companies because right now the insurance companies are being enriched. They've been enriched by ObamaCare like nothing anybody has ever seen before.feedback

Marc Short

The gist is we believe that the individual mandate should (be) repealed, employer mandate repealed and allow Americans to contribute to health savings accounts.feedback

Marc Short

We're willing to work on this but we need to make sure that we're getting something that will actually reduce healthcare costs.feedback

Roger Heuring

I support the president because I think Obamacare is imploding and it not only impacts those on Obamacare, but everybody. Forget the president – it's the Congress's responsibility. They're the ones that passed this mess to begin with.feedback

Donald J. Trump

So let's give our country the best Christmas present of all – massive tax relief. And speaking of Christmas. You know I'm just talking about Christmas, I'll give you a bigger Christmas present: You're gonna be saying 'Merry Christmas' again.feedback

Timothy Jost

In fact, the ACA requires the federal government to reimburse insurers for these reductions. This is not a bailout. It is rather a statutory obligation of the federal government to pay insurers for services they have provided as required by law.feedback

Donald J. Trump

While I commend the bipartisan work done by Sens. Alexander and [Patty] Murray – and I do commend it – I continue to believe Congress must find a solution to the Obamacare mess instead of providing bailouts to insurance companies.feedback

Orrin Hatch

No way to pay for it. Oh my gosh, give me a break. I appreciate the innovation and the attempt to do it right. But it doesn't help.feedback

Sarah Sanders

Look, we've said all along that we want something that doesn't just bail out the insurance companies but actually provides relief for all Americans. And this bill doesn't address that fact.feedback

Xavier Becerra

It's long past time that President Trump learns that he doesn't get to pick what law he follows.feedback

Lamar Alexander

Trump completely engineered the plan that we announced yesterday. He wanted a bipartisan bill for the short term.feedback

Mark Walker

Obamacare is in a 'death spiral.' Anything propping it up is only saving what Republicans promised to dismantle. The GOP should focus on repealing & replacing Obamacare, not trying to save it. This bailout is unacceptable.feedback

Adam Pittler - UPMC Health Plan

We're all aware there was some pent-up demand within the population – maybe a little more pent-up demand than many carriers expected. A lot of carriers might have underpriced in 2014. But that pent-up demand started to go away a little bit. We educated people on how to utilize health care.feedback

Mario Molina - Molina Healthcare

The notion that this is a market-driven phenomenon is ridiculous. This is Donald Trump monkeying around with health insurance, which is something he doesn't understand.feedback

Mario Molina - Molina Healthcare

The president has used this as a club, and he has been beating up the industry with this. It's an even bigger effect than it would have been because of the president's behavior.feedback

Robert Laszewski

If your definition of market stability is an efficient pool giving people the lowest possible rate base, we aren't even in sight. But is there a death spiral? There isn't a death spiral because the subsidies keep the subsidized people in the pool.feedback

Adam Pittler - UPMC Health Plan

We're about able to keep those increases below medical trend. I think carriers have much more experience with this population. The risk pool itself is stabilizing.feedback

Mario Molina - Molina Healthcare

If this was a normal world, where everything was working, you would have single-digit rate increases.feedback

Craig Garthwaite

We have just not done a good job of getting healthier higher income people into the ACA. I have grown increasingly pessimistic that we'll have the non-group market that I thought the ACA would be.feedback

David Anderson

The biggest difference, I believe, is you would have an administration actively interested in making things work and work over the long term.feedback

Larry Levitt

While there clearly were problems with the law's original design, the market has been stabilizing and insurers are now mostly profitable in the ACA marketplace. The problems going forward are now largely a result of uncertainty sowed by the Trump administration.feedback

Kim Cepullio - UPMC Health Plan

For us, our population is starting to stabilize. The elimination of the CSRs has a big impact on our rates next year.feedback

David Anderson

We probably would be seeing rate filings for 2018 … between 5 to 10 percent, on average.feedback

Robert Laszewski

We've got this laundry list of things he has done that has clearly made it worse than if Hillary Clinton were president.feedback

Mario Molina - Molina Healthcare

I think at this point, the experience factor in all of this has improved a lot. Actuaries feel much more comfortable about who the patients are, what services they need.feedback

John Connley

It's a pretty standard 80/20 plan with a 20 percent coinsurance, and $1,000 deductible. I added dental and vision and it cost me about $150 a month. If I go into (an ACA) compliant plan they're in the high $300s, roughly $400 a month, for the same plan.feedback

Caroline Pearson - Avalere Health

With all of the changes from the president … there is a lot of market instability and premiums are going to rise considerably, so there may be more unsubsidized people that are going to be looking to see what their other coverage options are. This represents an appealing potential business opportunity (for insurers), which might make them push harder to get uptake, including stronger incentives for brokers.feedback

John Connley

I'd rather stay out of the government insurance, and I can keep that money in my pocket through the year.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It will get us over the immediate hump. It is a short-term solution so that we don't have this very dangerous little period.feedback

John Barrasso

I appreciate what the president has done in terms of executive orders to get the premiums down. Under Obamacare, we knew that premiums were going to go up again significantly this year, because of the way the law was passed.feedback

Bradley Byrne

From what we've been told, there's very little real reform. I don't think this is going to fly.feedback

Lamar Alexander

We've been stuck for seven years on individual market health care insurance. That only affects about 6 percent of Americans, but every one of them is important.feedback

Chris Condeluci

The inflexibility on the plan design is contrary to what many conservative Republicans have been calling for, which leads me to believe this might find some resistance among conservatives in the House as well as in the Senate.feedback

Robert Laszewski

Ironically, it is these unsubsidized folks who have complained the loudest about Obamacare's big premiums and deductibles. They will now have even more to complain about.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Money pouring into Insurance Companies profits, under the guise of ObamaCare, is over. Obamacare is finished, it's dead, it's gone … there is no such thing as Obamacare anymore.feedback

Lamar Alexander

In my view, this agreement avoids chaos, and I don't know a Democrat or a Republican who benefits from chaos.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I am supportive of Lamar as a person & also of the process, but I can never support bailing out ins co's who have made a fortune w/ O'Care. Obamacare is a broken mess. Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!feedback

Eric T. Schneiderman

President Trump's abrupt move to cut these subsidies is reckless, dangerous, - and illegal. These payments are vital to thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Americans who rely on them to afford their health care. Yet President Trump is using those families as political pawns, putting their lives at risk to advance his own partisan agenda. We won't stand for it – and we're moving to block these dangerous cuts before they do any more harm.feedback

Doug Andres

The speaker does not see anything that changes his view that the Senate should keep its focus on repeal and replace of Obamacare.feedback

Tom Cole

None of our guys voted for Obamacare. They're not very interested in sustaining it.feedback

Matthew Rosendale

My department was advised by both companies just months ago, that with or without CSR payments, they would be able to honor the rates they provided to us and the public. Today, by their actions, they inform me that was not true.feedback

Chuck Schumer

The president had been sabotaging [ObamaCare] and the agreement would undo much of that sabotage. So overall we are very pleased with this agreement.feedback

Patty Murray

We are ironing out a few of the last details right now but I am very optimistic that we will be able to make an announcement with all the details very soon.feedback

John Thune

I think he wanted to create a forcing action to get Congress to do something. He was trying to trigger action by Congress.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I want them to say, Merry Christmas. Everybody. Happy New Year. Happy Holidays. But I want Merry Christmas. It's happening already. You know it. You know it's happening again.feedback

Donald J. Trump

So we're going a little different route. … [I]n the end, it's going to be just as effective. Obamacare is dead. It's finished. It's gone.feedback

Dan Holler

A deal that helps people sign up for Obamacare when Obamacare should be repealed doesn't sound encouraging.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The gravy train ended the day I knocked out the insurance companies' money, which was last week. Hundreds of millions of dollars a month handed to the insurance companies for very little reason. Believe me. I want the money to go with the people. I want the money to go to poor people that need it. I want the money to go to people that need proper health care, that need proper health care. Not to insurance companies, which is where it's going as of last week. I ended that.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm wondering, at this point, what is your health care plan, sir? Well if you look, ah, insurance companies, and you take a good strong look at the numbers, you'll see since the formation of Obamacare they're up 400 percent, 450 percent, 250 percent, 300 percent – they've made a fortune, the insurance companies.feedback

Lance Wilkes - Sanford Bernstein

It's not a high-margin business for the managed care companies, but it's a steady one and it has been a growing one.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They have given them, you could almost call it, a payoff. And it's a disgrace. I'm never going to get campaign contributions, I guarantee you that, from the insurance companies. But a lot of other people got them. If you look at the Democrats, take a look at that. We want to take care of poor people; we want to take care of people that need help with health care.feedback

Ken Provencher

The great ironic thing is that we actually struggled in the individual market in the first three years of the ACA and constantly refined our strategy. In 2017, we've actually seen some stability. We feel like we're in a reasonably comfortable place to offer coverage to the market.feedback

Jake Sunderland - Department of Consumer & Business Services

We've been preparing for this type of action since the day the administration hinted it might happen. We'd already done the math and had a pretty good idea of what increase would be necessary to compensate for the missing funding.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think we'll have a short-term fix with Republicans and Democrats getting together.feedback

Donald J. Trump

He did not provide details. Last week, the Republican president said he would stop Obamacare's federal subsidy payments to insurers, which are designed to help lower-income people afford health insurance.feedback

Donald J. Trump

And I'm pleased the Democrats have finally responded to my call for them to take responsibility for their Obamacare disaster and work with Republicans to provide much-needed relief to the American people. While I commend the bipartisan work done by Senators Alexander and Murray – and I do commend it – I continue to believe Congress must find a solution to the Obamacare mess instead of providing bailouts to insurance companies. It's a short-term solution. The solution will be for about a year or two years and it will get us over this intermediate hump.feedback

Brian Tanquilut - Jefferies

Hospitals will avoid a potential spike in bad debt and charity care next year. This is obviously a good step. It's bipartisan and guaranteed for two years.feedback

Lamar Alexander

He said he doesn't want people to be hurt during these next two years by the possibility of rising premiums, or by not being able to buy insurance.feedback

Daniel Hemel

Trump’s latest attack threatens state exchanges. If states sue, they’ll win.feedback

Lindsey Graham

The president is not going to continue to throw good money after bad, give $7 billion to insurance companies unless something changes about Obamacare that would justify it. It's got to be a good deal.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!feedback

Donald J. Trump

We'll have a long-term fix. Most people know that's going to be a very good form of health insurance.feedback

Donald J. Trump

When the premiums go up, that has nothing to do with anything other than the fact that we had poor health care, delivered poorly, written poorly, approved by the Democrats. It was called Obamacare. But I think we'll have a short-term fix, and then we'll have a long-term fix, and that will take place probably in March or April. We will have a very solid vote. It'll be probably 100 percent Republican, no Democrats, but most people know that's gonna be a very good form of health insurance.feedback

Susan Collins

But there's no doubt that this president's been extremely unconventional in his approach and that has caused more chaos than I think is good for our country and for our relationship with both our allies and our enemies. I would urge the president to remember that every single word that he says matters. What the president is doing is affecting the ability of vulnerable people to receive health care right now.feedback

Doug Ommen

What we are trying to address is a really large number of people being priced out.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I hope that we can get a deal between Senator Alexander and Patty Murray that would allow us to continue the payments, but get reform.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think the Democrats will be blamed for the mess. This is an Obamacare mess. Obamacare is finished. It's dead. It's gone. It's no longer – don't – you shouldn't even mention it. It's gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore. When the premiums go up, that has nothing to do with anything other than the fact that we had poor health care delivered poorly, written poorly, approved by the Democrats.feedback

Donald J. Trump

With these actions … We are moving toward lower costs and more options in the health care market, and taking crucial steps toward saving the American people from the nightmare of Obamacare.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obamacare is finished, it's dead. It's gone. It's no longer … you shouldn't even mention it. It's gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore. This will direct [agencies] to take action to increase competition, increase choice, and increase access to lower-cost, high-quality health-care options. This will cost the United States virtually nothing, and people will have great, great health care.feedback

Susan Collins

I'm very concerned about what the impact is going to be for people. I do believe that.feedback

Donald J. Trump

That's not going to people; that's making insurance companies rich . That money is going to insurance companies to prop up their stock price.feedback

Ted Cruz

If we do nothing, if tax reform crashes and burns, if on Obamacare nothing happens, we could face a bloodbath. I think we have the potential of seeing a Watergate-style blowout.feedback

Paul Ryan

Under our Constitution, the power of the purse belongs to Congress, not the executive branch. Today's decision by the Trump administration to tend the appeal of that ruling preserves a monumental affirmation of Congress' authority and the separation of powers.feedback

Lindsey Graham

Mitch McConnell's not our problem. Our problem is that we promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, and we failed. We promised to cut taxes and we have yet to do it. If we're successful, Mitch McConnell's fine. If we're not, we're all in trouble. We lose our majority and I think President Trump will not get re-elected [in 2020].feedback

Nancy Pelosi

I fully intend to use every possibility. Well, why are you putting that on us? They have the majority in the House and the Senate and the president's signature. They have the power to keep government open.feedback

Susan Collins

I'm very concerned about what the impact is going to be for people. The funding that is available under the cost-sharing reductions is used to subsidize their out-of-pocket costs. And if they can't afford their deductible, then their insurance is pretty much useless. I do believe that.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

I wonder if he even knows what that path is, because, from what he says, it doesn't sound like he has knowledge, knows the facts.feedback

Lindsey Graham

If we don't cut taxes and we don't eventually repeal and replace Obamacare, then we're going to lose across the board in the House in 2018. And all of my colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat. It will be the end of Mitch McConnell as we know it. So this is a symptom of a greater problem. If we do cut taxes and we do repeal and replace Obamacare, it doesn't matter what Bannon [will] do because we'll win. We promised to cut taxes and we have yet to do it. If we're successful, Mitch McConnell's fine. If we're not, we're all in trouble.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

This is the equivalent of health-care arson. He is literally setting the entire healthcare system on fire just because the president is upset that the United States Congress won't pass a repeal bill.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Sadly, instead of working to lower health costs for Americans, it seems President Trump will singlehandedly hike Americans' health premiums.feedback

Eric T. Schneiderman

This is an effort to blow up the system. We're not going to let him do it. We will be in court to defend these subsidies and fight this decision with everything we've got.feedback

Ross Barkan

Trump’s most dramatic move yet to dismantle Obamacare will punish many of the poor people who voted for him and the rest who didn’t. Whenever talk turns to Donald Trump’s enemies, the Democrats and the media are always assumed to be at the top of his hit list. This is a man, after all, who cries out “Fake News!” almost as often as he draws breath.feedback

John Baackes

What it adds up to me is a gross dereliction of duty. The Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land and the cost-reduction subsidies are part of that. Even if there's a lawsuit about it, it should still be honored until the last appeal is exhausted. I thought they took oaths to uphold the law of the land. They're just flaunting it now.feedback

Jim Cramer

Since UnitedHealth had already pulled out of the Obamacare exchanges, I'm tempted to say it's a buy into weakness. However, we really don't know. The situation's gotten murky. So I'd rather wait until we get more information. This is a must-listen-to conference call. Will Procter be able to maintain better-than-average growth, as it's been doing the last few quarters, or did the proxy take their eye off the ball? We're going to find out.feedback

Xavier Becerra

In one week, the Trump Administration has re-opened the door to 'junk' health insurance plans and cut off access to contraception for millions of women. Now they're refusing to comply with federal law in a way that will hike the cost of care for millions of Americans by withholding critical subsidies that make care more affordable.feedback

Kathleen Sebelius

We're not playing a game here. This is really people's lives ... we're talking about your health, your kids' health and your parents' health. I think there's no question it will cause some insurers to rethink, potentially, being in the market at all, and it causes huge rate increases. In the 19 reddest states.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Republicans in the House and Senate now own the health-care system in this country from top to bottom, and their destructive actions, and the actions of the president, are going to fall on their backs.feedback

Chuck Schumer

In this, politically, he's in much worse shape than we are. So I don't think he has much leverage to threaten or bully.feedback

Brian Sandoval

It's going to hurt people. It's going to hurt kids. It's going to hurt families. It's going to hurt individuals. It's going to hurt people with mental health issues. It's going to hurt veterans. It's going to hurt everybody.feedback

Joseph Antos

It would resolve so many problems all at once that it makes your head spin that Congress didn't do this in January.feedback

Sabrina Corlette

It's hard to know how this is going to play out. Either way, it's incredibly disruptive and will cause mass consumer confusion and anxiety.feedback

Larry Levitt

The timing of this really could not have been worse for the stability of the market.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're taking a little different route than we had hoped because getting Congress – they've forgotten what their pledges were. So we're going a little different route, but you know what, in the end it will be just as effective and maybe it will even be better. In the last 10 months we have followed through on one promise after another. I didn't have a schedule, [but] if I did have a schedule, I would say we are substantially ahead of schedule.feedback

Sheryl Skolnick - Mizuho Securities

Whatever the politics or policy behind this, the effect of the order is likely to be profoundly destabilizing, disruptive and potentially materially damaging to hospitals and those exchange plans are still required to offer benefits despite the loss of the CSR payment.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We got weak inspections for no more than a short term and temporary delay in Iran's path to nuclear weapons. The previous administration lifted sanctions just before what would have been total collapse of Iranian regime. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!feedback

Donald J. Trump

Seven years ago, congressional Democrats broke the American health care system by forcing the Obamacare nightmare onto the American people. And it has been a nightmare.feedback

Robert Laszewski

What we've got going on here is a shuffling of the deck chairs on the Titanic I think. It can help some people but at the direct cost of others who are left behind.feedback

Sarah Sanders

The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system.feedback

Chet Burrell - CareFirst

It's a deliberate pattern. With active sabotage, this makes it more unstable.feedback

Mike Kreidler

I am going to be doing my darnedest to reassure them.feedback

Mike Kreidler

It just continues that drumroll of uncertainty.feedback

Michael F. Neidorff - Centene

It's going to be business as usual. We've stepped in and covered bare markets.feedback

Michael F. Neidorff - Centene

The world knows what his message has been from the beginning. They want to unwind the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Alex Feldvebel

We're feeling pretty O.K. here that this will not throw everything into a cocked hat.feedback

Eric T. Schneiderman

Hundreds of thousands of New York families rely on the Affordable Care Act's subsidies for their healthcare–and again and again, President Trump has threatened to cut off these subsidies to undermine our healthcare system and force Congress to the negotiating table. That's unacceptable. This summer, the courts granted our intervention to defend these vital subsidies and the quality, affordable healthcare they ensure for millions of families across the country. Our coalition of states stands ready to sue if President Trump cuts them off.feedback

Mark Walker

Under no circumstance should Congress attempt to expand Obamacare by cutting a check for President Obama's bailout of insurance companies. Instead, Congress must fulfill the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with high-quality, patient-centered health care.feedback

Ron Williams

I would probably back off and avoid a rush to judgment on what we're actually going to see.feedback

Joe Crowley

This is a last-ditch effort by President Trump to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, despite desperate pleas from Americans for Republicans to join with Democrats to improve health care in this country. This executive order is not a solution, it's just another way for President Trump to sabotage Americans' health care.feedback

Ron Williams

I don't think we're going to see changes that would do away with fundamental access to health care.feedback

Ceci Connolly

Instead, it would draw younger and healthier people away from the [Obamacare] exchanges and drive additional plans out of the market. In turn, premiums would continue to increase, threatening the security of affordable coverage for millions of working families.feedback

Randy Johnson - US Chamber of Commerce

Businesses – especially small businesses – continue to struggle to provide health care coverage that their employees value and can afford. We appreciate the administration's efforts to expand access to more coverage options, lower premiums, and offer greater benefit flexibility.feedback

Dave Ratner - National Retail Federation

Large companies with thousands of employees have their own plans but a small business like mine can't possibly negotiate rates close to what they can get. By letting associations negotiate for their members, small businesses will finally be able to take advantage of better rates their employees can afford and provide better coverage in the process.feedback

Xavier Becerra

It should come as no surprise that California is prepared to fight in court to protect affordable healthcare for its people. We're heading in a different direction.feedback

Robert Laszewski

But it is a pretty hollow order since he is only ordering the relevant cabinet departments to consider issuing new regulations. The details he leaves to his administration with this executive order are daunting.feedback

Robert Laszewski

Every healthy person that leaves a state individual or small employer risk pool because of them means that the cost of the existing state-run pool has to go up by that much. Overall, there is no reduction in costs, only a shifting of costs from the healthiest to the sickest.feedback

Robert Laszewski

We have had bills pending in the Congress off and on for more than 20 years that would have created association health plans. In those years, Republican Congress' could not pass the legislation. Now, he thinks what we all thought had to be done through legislation is something his administration can suddenly do via regulation? Any such controversial regulations will surely be challenged by state-run insurance exchanges and state insurance regulators who will certainly be harmed by association health insurance pools that will attract healthy people from existing state-run pools.feedback

Robert Laszewski

This order would reverse that. Instead of actually decreasing the cost of health insurance, the Trump executive order would just offer the market the illusion of lower costs by charging the healthier less but the sickest more.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday intended to allow small businesses and potentially individuals to buy a long-disputed type of health insurance that skirts state regulations and Affordable Care Act protections.feedback

Amelia Haviland

Between having children and general OB/GYN needs, adult working women are much more likely to interact with the health-care system than men.feedback

Jennifer Benz

Women are more acutely concerned about their own health-care needs and that of their families, so it makes sense that that would extend to women business owners' concerns about their employees. In our work serving Fortune 500 companies, we know that reaching the female spouse is key to getting male employees and families engaged in their health.feedback

Sophia Bland

There are such a vast number of plan options out there that it takes a tremendous amount of time to peruse them and find the right plan for our company. With a business like ours that employs workers from a large variety of backgrounds, it's extremely difficult to implement a benefits strategy that appeals to all demographics and ages.feedback

Amelia Haviland

It could be that there are gender differences where women small-business owners are more likely to be empathetic about their employees' health-care needs than male business owners. Certainly, differences in empathy have been well documented between genders.feedback

Arthur Tacchino

The implications in the short-term are practically nothing. [Obamacare] premiums have already been set by carriers for 2018. They won't change them now because of an executive order with no detailed regulations.feedback

Larry Levitt

This executive order is good for healthy people (while they're healthy) and bad for sick people. Only question is the extent of the effect.feedback

Linda J. Blumberg

When they have health problems, they may get very nasty surprises. It can be very problematic.feedback

Linda J. Blumberg

One of the central goals of the ACA was to spread risk, so they have healthcare when they need it. This is going in the absolute opposite direction.feedback

Linda J. Blumberg

If something is marketed to them as health insurance that's as good as something from a large employer, and it's hard for them to figure out what's in there, then they buy it and figure out their physical therapy isn't covered once they get cancer mid-year.feedback

Donald J. Trump

(Consumers) will have so many options. This will cost the United States government virtually nothing, and people will have great, great healthcare. And when I say people, I mean by the millions and millions.feedback

Dirk Van Dongen

Small to midsize businesses have very little leverage in the insurance market. Anything that allows them to amalgamate their purchasing power will be helpful.feedback

Topher Spiro

By siphoning off healthy individuals, these junk plans could cannibalize the insurance exchanges. For older, sicker people left behind in plans regulated under the Affordable Care Act, premiums could increase.feedback

Mike Kreidler

Two employers in an association can be charged very different rates, based on the medical claims filed by their employees.feedback

Katherine Hempstead

The easier you make it not to buy comprehensive coverage, the harder you make it to buy comprehensive coverage.feedback

Andrew Bremberg

This is the beginning of the actions the administration will take to provide relief to Americans.feedback

Peter Lee - Microsoft Research

Covered California worked hard to come up with a plan that ensures a stable market and protects as many consumers as possible from an unnecessary price hike. While some consumers will face higher costs than expected this year unrelated to the CSR surcharge, they can still shop for a better deal to reduce the impact of their surcharge.feedback

Lori Lodes

I don't actually think that's possible anymore. I really do think what they want to be able to do is come out on December 16 and say, See, we told you Obamacare is imploding; it's failing. When the reality is they are going to be responsible because of the decisions they've made to undermine open enrollment.feedback

Lori Lodes

There is no way that anything we do or anyone else does can fill the footprint of what the admin should be doing. They were unable to get repeal passed through the Congress, so they really seem intent to do everything they can do to make sure open enrollment is not successful.feedback

Kathleen Sebelius

They're either the least familiar or they are the healthiest. Either way, they either don't know or don't believe they need or want health insurance. For somebody to suggest that there is no persuasion needed is just nuts.feedback

Lori Lodes

What that means over the long term is the health of the marketplace is at risk.feedback

David Anderson

The last person to sign up is probably the healthiest person to sign up.feedback

Lori Lodes

There is no doubt that the actions by the administration will mean that fewer people get covered.feedback

Lori Lodes

There is a difference knowing Obamacare is the law and knowing what you should do with that information, between knowing you need to sign up in this finite period of time or you do not get health coverage.feedback

Mike Kreidler

It would have a very negative impact on the markets. Our state is a poster child of what can go wrong. Association health plans often shun the bad risks and stay with the good risks.feedback

Timothy Jost

It's a decision to abandon a number of key principles of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Joel Ario

You still have some real problems from the perspective of making sure low-income people can afford coverage.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If we made a temporary deal, I think it would be a great thing for people, but it's really up to him. Obamacare is a disaster. The numbers are out. It's exploding like I said it would. So basically, if we could do a one-year deal or a two-year deal as a temporary measure, you'll have block granting ultimately to the states, which is what the Republicans want. That really is a repeal and replace.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

Birth control is the key to our ability to stay healthy, take care of our planned families, and contribute to our communities and society. Giving our bosses decision-making power over whether and which birth control we can have goes the extra mile to be destructive and demeaning.feedback

Brenna Smith - Reynolds

The federal government recently deemed Iowa's Stopgap Measure application complete and is currently conducting a 30 day public comment period that ends October 19. We are working with the White House and CMS to approve Iowa's Stopgap Measure in a timely manner to relieve 72,000 suffering Iowans from Obamacare.feedback

Tom Price

We face an immediate collapsing [individual insurance] market that could leave thousands without health insurance and the rest with 56 [percent] or higher premium rate increases.feedback

Timothy Jost

It is unclear whether this will end the Iowa waiver process, which in any event faced an unrealistic implementation schedule to be in place by the launch of the 2018 open enrollment period in less than a month.feedback

Terry Cline

While we appreciate the work of your staff, the lack of timely waiver approval will prevent thousands of Oklahomans from realising the benefits of significantly lower insurance premiums in 2018.feedback

Lori Lodes

If the administration was committed to making sure people had the information they needed to sign up for health care, we wouldn't need to start Get America Covered. But people's lives are at stake, so everyone has to step up and fill whatever gaps they can so people get the health care they need.feedback

Josh Peck - Modern HEALTHcare

We can't make up for what the [Trump] administration refuses to do. We're taking everything we learned about how to reach people with the information they need about deadlines and financial help and are getting to work to helping more people enroll.feedback

Edward Yardeni

The Republicans need to make tax reform the law of the land to hold onto their slim majorities in both houses of Congress come next year's mid-term elections. They might fail as miserably on this challenge as they did on repealing and reforming Obamacare, when their majority splintered and not one Democrat in either the House or the Senate supported their effort.feedback

Dave Brat

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

Rand Paul

I just spoke to @realDonaldTrump and he fully supports my plan to replace Obamacare the same day we repeal it. The time to act is now.feedback

Maggie Norris Bent

What we're seeing is confusion that's been caused by not knowing if the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land or not.feedback

Greg Mueller

Since 2010, the GOP has [run] in every election promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, secure the border, provide tax reform and relief, end taxpayer funding of abortion, appoint constitutionalist judges, and grow the economy again. Other than confirming Justice [Neil] Gorsuch, the GOP so far has nothing to show for earning the majority.feedback

Rand Paul

My promise to the voters was to repeal Obamacare – not block grant and keep Obamacare. If Obamacare were truly repealed, this entire trillion dollars would not be spent. This is the primary obstacle to my support, and only a significant reassessment of this trillion-dollar spending regime would get my support.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We'll be filing a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as our secretary is approved and gets into the office.feedback

Jon Godfread

We were hopeful that Congress would come to a resolution regarding health care reform and that we would have more answers at this point. Unfortunately, that is not the case and because of that failure, Obamacare has continued to crumble. Medica's decision further illustrates just how unstable the ACA Exchange is and will hopefully be a reminder to Congress that Obamacare is indeed in a death spiral. It is no longer sustainable and now North Dakotans are not only facing higher rates, but also fewer options.feedback

Geoff Bartsh - Medica

Medica could not be put in the position of being financially liable for the federal government's failure to fund CSRs. We remain hopeful that if clarity can be provided by the federal government we, the (state insurance) department and CMS can quickly react and make the necessary changes so that Medica could be available as on option on the Exchange in North Dakota next year.feedback

Jon Godfread

Although we understand Medica's concerns regarding the uncertainty of CSR funding, without knowing the intentions of Congress regarding CSRs, we had to make the decision to move forward with rates that assumed payments would be made. If the Department approved rates requested by Medica excluding CSR payments, and Congress does fund those payments, it is unknown if the Department would then be able to reduce the rates to reflect the changes made.feedback

Christine Harbin

From the perspective of advocacy and political strategy, I think there's a lot of similarities. Members of Congress campaigned for six or seven years to fully repeal Obamacare, and there were no conversations about replace, or nothing of substance. It may be difficult to fully repeal.feedback

Jimmy Kimmel

Thank you @SenatorCollins for putting people ahead of party. We are all in your debt.feedback

Andy Slavitt

We are past any point of any reasonable person being able to give the administration the benefit of the doubt. Next time Sen.[Lindsay] Graham [R-S.C.] tries to make the case for slashing health care for low-income people, kids, and older people by pointing to a 'failing' ACA, we should all remember these stories of blowing up the ACA bit by bit. We should never allow partisan sabotage to build the case for further destructive partisan actions. Let's make the administration account for these steps and elect lawmakers who will pledge to work in a bipartisan fashion.feedback

Donald J. Trump

He can't vote because he's in the hospital. I can't take him out of the hospital. We're only one [vote] off. Maybe two. On health care, we have the votes, and we have great respect for that gentleman. He has to come [to Washington] to vote. In other words, he can't come here and vote. Let me just say, he's in the hospital.feedback

Paul Ryan

Well, obviously in the House, we're a little frustrated because the House has done its job, we passed our health care bill last May. So yes we're a little frustrated that the Senate has not acted on a seminal promise health care, which, by the way, Obamacare is collapsing.feedback

Ben Sasse

I will readily admit that the Republican Party has done a bad job of explaining what we're for in terms of replace on Obamacare.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's going along, and at some point, there will be a repeal and replace.feedback

Sabrina Corlette

They say insurers don't like uncertainty and things could not be any more uncertain.feedback

John Thune

I'd like to know where they are. He must be using a different calculator than the rest of us.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We will do the block grants. I feel we have the votes. I'm almost certain we have the votes. But with one man in the hospital, we cannot display that we have them. Plus, some people want to go through a process just to make themselves feel better. That's O.K.feedback

Trevor Noah

This isn't the first time we have been told it's dead. It might be really sick, but it keeps surviving. It's almost as if the Republican health bill also has Obamacare.feedback

Lindsey Graham

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

Craig Robinson

I think we are entering an era of more primary challenges in general, The disappointment by activists over the inability for Republicans to repeal Obamacare only adds fuel to this fire.feedback

Lindsey Graham

It's always time to sit down (with Democrats). I'm not going to take more money and give it to insurance companies. If giving more money to insurance companies would fix this, we would have great health care. We'll see what bipartisanship means. If it's just around the edges, if you don't fundamentally change Obamacare then how do you get a fundamentally different result?feedback

Pat Roberts

The decision was a joint one between Lindsey and Bill and the other two sponsors and also the leader that if the votes are not there, not to have the vote, but not to give up. We're going to try to do this in some form in this session of Congress.feedback

John McCain

Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent. You know, it's a very poor prognosis. So I just said, I understand. Now we're gonna do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can.feedback

Ted Cruz

We need to continue to working to get to 50 [votes]. For seven years, Republicans have promised the American people that if you elect us, we'll repeal Obamacare. We've got to honor that promise, and as soon as we have 50 votes, we should pass it. This has been a process. It is frustrating that we haven't gotten there yet. I'm frustrated. Everybody else is frustrated, but we're making progress. We are closer than many outside observers believe.feedback

Mitch McConnell

It's an important debate for our country. It's one that we'll certainly continue.feedback

Orrin Hatch

If the hearing is going to devolve into a sideshow or a forum for simply putting partisan points on the board, there's absolutely no reason for us to be here.feedback

Mark W. Warner

This is the most radical change to our health care system – more radical even than Obamacare was – and to put this slapdash hearing together without appropriate review ... is the height of irresponsibility.