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The Trump administration has so far completely botched the national response to the opioid epidemic. More than two months after President Trump described the epidemic to reporters as a “national emergency” and a week after Trump promised to declare it so, the White House stopped short of that designation. Instead, it opted to declare a “public health emergency, ” waiving some health-care regulations for states and promising other initiatives in the weeks to come.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
Donald J. Trump, Jennifer Rubin and Chuck Schumer, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Trumpcare. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 471 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 946 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: “We have become friends while working to get health care and tax cuts for the American people. Senator Graham is a fighter and a good person.”.
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Lamar Alexander

We had a great talk. I said, I've done what you've asked me to do.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

Christopher S. Murphy

The president clearly doesn't understand the American health care system. He doesn't know the first thing about what the Affordable Care Act does. It's impossible for me to respond to his comments on health care because they're largely nonsensical.feedback

John Kennedy

I don't want to just vote to put paint on rotten wood. I don't. I'm not saying that we are doing that. I'm just trying to understand what the benefits are.feedback

Patty Murray

I would hope it would have gotten done a month ago where it would have been easier to be enacted. I would hope it would have gotten done a month ago before the president created more chaos. Every day that goes by has a challenge to it, and the sooner the better.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

Patty Murray

Here's what's really at stake, patients and families across the country are looking ahead to next year and they are realizing they are about to pay the price for the uncertainty and partisanship we've seen – especially from the Trump administration – on health care over the last nine months.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Frankly, the president doesn't know what he's talking about in the compromise. It doesn't bail out insurance companies. It helps people who are sick and who need health care.feedback

Chuck Schumer

We're all of the same mind. And we can do that. This president keeps zigging and zagging. Our only hope is maybe tomorrow, he'll be for this bill.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The compromise from Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would provide states with greater flexibility under the Affordable Care Act in exchange for authorizing cost-sharing reduction payments known as CSRs for two years. Those payments help offset deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for low-income consumers who obtain insurance under the ACA.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

Tom Cole

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

Lamar Alexander

I'm grateful to the president for encouraging me on two occasions and phone calls to try and get a bipartisan agreement with Senator Murray. He said he didn't want people to be hurt during these next two years, while we're arguing about the long-term direction of health care in the country.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

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

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

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

Donald J. Trump

My relationship with this gentleman is outstanding, has been outstanding. We are working very hard to get the tax cuts. We will continue to work hard to get the health care completed.feedback

Xavier Becerra

Taking these legally required subsidies away from working families' health plans and forcing them to choose between paying rent or their medical bills is completely reckless. This is sabotage, plain and simple.feedback

Seth Meyers

This week, we've seen examples of powerful men at the highest levels of entertainment and politics from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump abusing their power to silence, bully, or coerce. And it's a reminder that our toxic culture of male entitlement is still very much intact… Of course, we have a president who built his political career almost entirely on bullying. His campaign and now his presidency have been in many ways a performance of dominance, a performance that has in many cases been explicitly misogynist.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

Donald J. Trump

It is step by step by step. And that was a big step yesterday, another big step was taken the day before yesterday, and one by one it is going to come down, and we're going to have great health care in our country.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

Jimmy Fallon

I'm never too hard on anyone. We'll have Hillary [Clinton] on tomorrow, and we'll do something fun with her too.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You saw what we did yesterday with respect to health care. It's step by step by step. And that was a very big step yesterday. Another big step was taken the day before yesterday. And one by one, it's going to come down and we are going to have great health care in our country. We're taking a little different route than we had hoped because getting Congress…they forgot what their pledges were. So we're going a little different route, but you know what? In the end, it's going to be just as effective and maybe it will even be better.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

Joseph Kennedy III

It is reflective of a continued vision for Republican leadership here, and under President Trump, that health care in this country for some reason is a zero-sum game, that you can only extend coverage and care for kids, for community health centers, at the expense of something else. In order to cover somebody, you have to take it away or degrade the quality of care for somebody else.feedback

William A. Galston - The Brookings Institution

It's equivalent to hitting a mule over the head with a two-by-four and then expecting it to nuzzle up to you. In the current climate, it's difficult for me to believe that Democrats are going to come running to Trump and say, O.K., let's negotiate now on health care.' I just don't see that happening.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

Andrew M. Cuomo

With a swipe of a pen, President Trump puts the health of New Yorkers at risk. We will not stand silently by as the federal government tries to take away health care from New Yorkers.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

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

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

Donald J. Trump

Before ... the ink was dry on the contract, they were already starting again with the missiles, and with the nuclear, frankly. We cannot allow this to happen. This should have been taken care of long ago.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

Dania Palanker

The reason these plans are currently limited to three months is that they were hurting the risk pool of the individual insurance market by siphoning off healthy people, who were often left without adequate coverage if they became sick or injured.feedback

Nicholas Bagley

Insurers hate uncertainty and they hate rules that will enable healthy people to opt out of the insurance markets. So the (order) could destabilize the market, even if the (order) itself doesn't actually do anything.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're going to have great healthcare across state lines...It will cost the government nothing. I don't know, people say 30 percent, some people say 25 percent and some people say it could be 50 percent. It's going to cover a large percentage of the people that we're talking about. Take care of a big percentage of the people that we're talking about, too.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

Donald J. Trump

We can't let this to go on. We just can't. They cut off banking to North Korea. We cannot allow this to happen. This should have been taken care of long ago.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It should have been taken care of long ago. I think it was one of the most incompetently drawn deals I've ever seen...we got nothing. So this is the worst deal. We got nothing. We got nothing.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'll also be signing something, probably this week, which is going to go a long way to take care of many of the people that have been so badly hurt on health care. With Congress the way it is, I decided to take it upon myself.feedback

Timothy Jost

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

Rand Paul

The health care debate is not over. Conservatives are still fighting for free-market reforms to the health care system. I am excited to be working with President Trump on this initiative. Association plans would let plumbers, carpenters, welders or any type of small business band together to get group health insurance. Literally any group -- your church, the National Rifle Association, the American Civil Liberties Union -- any group of people who choose to do so could offer cheaper, better health insurance.feedback

Ron Bonjean

Trump is running an outside game working to appeal to his core base of support and doesn't necessarily care how this may or may not affect his relationship with the Senate. While it may really bother other Senate Republicans and it's unnerving that one of their own is being attacked, most aren't retiring and know they must still work with the White House or answer to frustrated voters.feedback

Bob Corker

The most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months. I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career. [Mattis, Kelly and Tillerson] work very well together to make sure the policies we put forth around the world are sound and coherent. There are other people within the administration that don't. I hope they stay because they're valuable to the national security of our nation.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's a shame the White House has become an adult day-care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.feedback

Bob Corker

There are other people within the administration in my belief that don't. OK? Sorry.feedback

Todd Womack

We led the opposition to the Iran deal and there would have been no vote in Congress had it not been for Corker's bill. We forced a vote on the Iran deal, [the Obama Administration's] plan was to go around Congress.feedback

Bob Corker

I deal with people throughout the administration and he from my perspective is in an incredibly frustrating place. They work very well together to make sure the policies we put forth across the world are, you know, sound and coherent.feedback

Todd Womack

Last week President Trump called Senator Corker and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection and said I would have endorsed you.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I got to my desk. I said, Where's the health care bill, where is repeal and replace?' And it's just been constant fighting.feedback

Cecile Richards

The Trump administration just took direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women. This is an unacceptable attack on basic health care that the vast majority of women rely on. With this rule in place, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control. Birth control is not controversial -- it's health care the vast majority of women will use in the course of their lifetime.feedback

Stanley Greenberg

Immigration is a powerful issue for these Trump voters, representing a demand that citizens come before noncitizens, Americans before foreigners, and that we take care of home first before abroad.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

Stephen Colbert

Today the national conversation is about the shooting in Las Vegas, and jokes aren't appropriate to address the shock, and the grief, and the anger we all feel. This afternoon the president called [the mass shooting] an act of pure evil. And I think he's right. So what then are we willing to do to combat pure evil? Now, President Trump, you said you want to be a transformative president, who doesn't care about the way things have always been done in Washington, D.C.feedback

Stephen Colbert

President Trump, you've said you want to be a transformative president who doesn't care about the way things have always been done in Washington. This is your chance to prove it. I mean this sincerely, you don't owe the Republicans anything. You know the Republicans tried to stop you from being president. Screw 'em!feedback

Dan Sullivan

I'm not going to go into the details, but I fear that the strong economic growth, pro-energy, pro-mining, pro-jobs and personnel from Alaska who are part of those policies are going to stop. I tried to push back on behalf of all Alaskans…. We're facing some difficult times and there's a lot of enthusiasm for the policies that Secretary Zinke and the president have been talking about with regard to our economy. But the message was pretty clear.feedback

Matt Selman - Simpsons

There's a massive industry of nothing but Trump comedy. We can't beat them to the punch. We can only show how Trump's America has sadly seeped its way into Springfield. Wealth and equality and the 1 percent and health care – we just wrote those because we thought these were eternal issues, and then they turned into terrifying issues.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We want tax reform that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro- worker, pro-family, and, tax reform that is pro-American. It's time to take care of our people, to rebuild our nation, and to fight for our great American workers.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's time to take care of our people, to rebuild our nation and to fight for our great American workers. Economy roaring.feedback

Jim Kessler

I don't expect Democrats to say that GOP tax proposals are dead on arrival, but I expect a lot of skepticism. Many Democrats would like to see a lower corporate tax rate and help for the middle class. At the same time, they'll be looking at what it means for the deficit and whether top earners get too much of a break. It defies conventional wisdom, but Democrats have been guardians of fiscal responsibility since 1993 and that will weigh heavily in this debate.feedback

Chuck Schumer

This is 'wealth-fare'. It's little more than an across-the-board tax cut for America's millionaires and billionaires.feedback

Rand Paul

Nobody really could get their you-know-what together to actually figure out how you get people to come together to get the votes. It needs more of that.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

David Tamasi

Opponents may try to use today or the failure to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act to give their candidacy a little bit of a push. The question is can that fuel today sustain itself over the long term of an election cycle.feedback

Lamar Alexander

Let's get … some governors in there as well and say what can work and what can we really look at. We all agree that we want to control this ridiculous medical inflation that we've been seeing for the last 30 years, long before the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Timothy Naftali

Trump wanted the message to be loud and clear: 'We care,' . That attention has been sorely lacking in the case of Hurricane Maria.feedback

Susan Collins

I think we also ought to focus on the underlying problem of escalating health care costs, which has received very little attention and debate back when the Affordable Care Act was first passed and today.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

Bernie Sanders

The truth of the matter is the Affordable Care Act has done some very important things. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.feedback

Susan Collins

There are many problems in the Affordable Care Act that do need to be fixed. However, it was clear to me that the Graham-Cassidy bill was not the answer.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

Bill Cassidy

We've made the decision that since we don't have the votes we will postpone that vote.feedback

Stephen Stromberg

In a piece titled “The War Over Obamacare May Never End, ” FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon Jr. surprisingly lays out the case for optimism on Obamacare, arguing there is a real chance that President Trump and Republicans will give up on repealing the Affordable Care Act and implement the law with some conservative tweaks.feedback

Greg Sargent

We must continue to prohibit insurers from discriminating against pre-existing conditions.feedback

Susan Collins

The CBO's analysis on the earlier version of the bill, incomplete though it is due to time constraints, confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance. The Affordable Care Act has many flaws that need to be addressed. The current state of health insurance, where premiums are skyrocketing, choices are limited, and small businesses are struggling, needs fixing. My focus will remain on remedying these problems.feedback

Susan Collins

I have a number of serious reservations about it. We already have a problem under the Affordable Care Act with the cost of premiums and deductibles. And finally I'm very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with preexisting conditions – like asthma, arthritis, cancer and diabetes – and what it would mean for them.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have some really, really bad people and we are going to take care of the bad people. It's about time. We can't have mad men out there shooting rockets all over the place.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're going to take care of the bad people. You are protected. Nobody's going to mess with our people. Nobody's going to play games. Nobody's going to put our people in that kind of danger. Nobody. I say we still have a chance. We're going to do it eventually.feedback

Matthew Fiedler

I think Republicans remain pretty trapped between an abstract promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the reality of what that would mean. That basic tension is going to remain.feedback

Karina Petersen

Senator Murkowski is still focused on how the bill will impact Alaska, specifically. She's continuing to gather data and is looking at the details of the bill to determine what's best for her state.feedback

Ken Zinn

It's worse than even the previous Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It's going to be devastating for their patients across the country.feedback

Lady Gaga

My threshold for bullshit with men is… I don't have one anymore. I just don't care. Maybe cause I'm 30 and I feel better than ever, you know? All my insecurities are gone, I don't feel insecure about who am I as a woman. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed of what I have. If I had kept that gap, then I would have even more problems with Madonna. The whole right side of my body is in a spasm. My fucking face hurts. Let's put Trump on. That'll knock me out. I have chased this pain for five years. When I feel the adrenaline from my fans, I can fucking go. But it's not like I'm not in pain.feedback

Patty Murray

I am disappointed that Republican leaders have decided to freeze this bipartisan approach and are trying to jam through a partisan Trumpcare bill, but I am confident that we can reach a deal if we keep working together – and I am committed to getting that done.feedback

David Weigel - The Washington Post

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

Elizabeth Warren

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

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I can't think of anything worse than having government more involved in your healthcare.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single payer healthcare plan – a curse on the U.S. & its people. I told Republicans to approve healthcare fast or this would happen. But don't worry, I will veto because I love our country & its people. I'm a Republican through and through, but I'm also finding that sometimes to get things through, it's not working that way. And, you know, we got very poorly treated on the health care plan, and now you see what's happening where people are going single-payer – exactly what I said would happen. And single-payer would be a terrible thing for our country.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're not looking at citizenship. We're not looking at amnesty. We're looking at allowing people to stay here. . . . We're talking about taking care of people, people who were brought here, people who've done a good job. We're not talking about amnesty. Look, 92 percent of the people agree on DACA, but what we want is very, very powerful border security, okay?feedback

Donald J. Trump

I really believe Congress wants to take care of it. We discussed that also today, and Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I. And I said if we can get something to happen, we're going to sign it and we're going to make a lot of happy people. That's going to be discussed later, but we want to talk about legal right now. We haven't discussed that.feedback

Thomas Friedman - The New York Times

The climate has always changed by itself through its own natural variability. But that doesn't mean that humans can't exacerbate or disrupt this natural variability by warming the planet even more and, by doing so, making the hots hotter, the wets wetter, the storms harsher, the colds colder and the droughts drier.feedback

Aviva Aron-Dine

The similarities are more striking than the differences.feedback

Andy Slavitt

It is because we need bipartisanship that I want this to fail.feedback

Ben Cardin

It was clearly exercising the type of decision-making that can get things done, because we're now going to take care of keeping the government open, the debt ceiling and taking care of the initial funds for the hurricane. So it was a good result. With President Trump, you never know. You don't see much consistency. What he does is the unexpected ... I don't give a great deal of hope that this is a new chapter.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred – very important – always we'll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it. So we have an extension, which will go out to December 15th. That will include the debt ceiling, that will include the CRs, and it will include Harvey – the amount of money to be determined, but it will include – because everyone is in favor obviously of taking care of that situation. So we all very much agree.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

Simon Rosenberg

Donald Trump has invited Barack Obama into the arena. No president has trashed a former president more than Trump has trashed Obama – personally and in terms of his legacy. It's been direct, persistent and out of bounds.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

We will immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties in which he defied federal law and the Constitution. They shouldn't be very worried. They are here illegally. They shouldn't be very worried. I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The first time I met with President Trump, we disagreed on three things in my first 40 minutes with him, on NATO, on torture and something else, and he hired me. This is not a man who's immune to being persuaded if he thinks you've got an argument. You know, when a president of the United States asks you to do something, I come – I don't think it's an old-fashioned school at all I don't think it's old-fashioned or anything. I don't care if it's Republican or Democrat, we all have an obligation to serve. That's all there is to it.feedback

Dean Heller

I work very closely with the White House and with President Trump. I talked to him last week on the phone. We were talking about taking care of our veterans here in this country. So we're in a very good place right now working together.feedback

Chuck Schumer

The Trump administration is deliberately attempting to sabotage our health care system. When the number of people with health insurance declines and costs skyrocket, the American people will know who's to blame.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

Donald J. Trump

Ideally ... we would like to bring our business tax rate down to 15 percent. We cannot restore our wealth if we continue to put our businesses at such a tremendous disadvantage. This includes helping parents afford child care and the cost of raising a family. That's so important to Ivanka Trump. It's one of her real big beliefs.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We love you, you are special, we are here to take care, it's going well. We are gonna get you back and operating immediately. This has been a total cooperative effort. We will see you soon. I will tell you this is historic, it's epic what happened. But you know what, it happened in Texas, and Texas can handle anything.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're dealing with Congress. As you know, it's going to be a very expensive situation. We want to take care of the people of Texas and Louisiana when that happens ... we'll be there for the people of Louisiana, also. Very much so.feedback

Jane Timken

The only place Bernie Sanders' socialist sales pitch will be welcomed today is in Senator Sherrod Brown's office. Scioto County voters rejected socialized health care and the job destroying economic policies of Sanders and Brown last year by overwhelmingly electing President Trump.feedback

Ben Tulchin

Our view is that within the Democratic Party, this is fast-emerging as a litmus test.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

Bernie Sanders

The pay-for is going to be a separate piece of legislation. It will not be radically different from the proposal we introduced during the presidential campaign. It will exempt lower income people from making any payments at all. But people in the average middle class family, when they recognize they don't have to pay for private insurance anymore, are going to save tremendously.feedback

Scott de Marchi

The problem with Trump is that on any area like the budget or tax policy or even health care, people need to be led to a position to support.feedback

David Attenborough

I spend a lot of time wringing my hands, but there are signs of hope. People used to get upset that we couldn't get international agreement. But, never in history has there been so much international agreement. The Paris Agreement was a big advance. Leaders are beginning to realise that people wish to protect the natural world. I have a sense that worldwide, in Europe, China and the US – bar Trump – there is a rise in people who care about the environment. People should know what's happening to the world – what damage is being done.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You mean Senator McCain, who voted against us getting good health care?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

Tina Fey

So it broke my heart to see these evil forces descend upon Charlottesville. And then our president, Donald John Trump, and I don't think enough people talk about what a stupid, jackass name that is. Whatever, he gets away with it because he's gorgeous. Anyway, Donny John comes out and he says that he condemns violence 'on many sides,' on many sides, Colin. I'm feeling sick because, you know, I have seen Raiders of the Lost Ark and I wasn't confused by it. No, Colin, Nazis are always bad, I don't care what you say.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

Kevin Brady

To me, it feels so much different than health care. The points we're going to make is that President Reagan wouldn't recognize the tax code we have today. America's really fallen into bad, old habits on tax reform, and the final point we're making is that we are on track to deliver transformational, bold tax reform this year, because President Trump, the House, and Senate are working together to deliver on that timetable.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Well, you're right about that, but unfortunately, you know, we're living with a very obstructionist group, but maybe that will change. But regardless, our military is so incredible, and there's no partisanship there, believe me. We are rock solid, and we have the best in the world by a factor of five. So you just take care of yourself. I'll talk to you anytime you need. And again, it looks like just a beautiful place.feedback

Elizabeth Warren

It's not enough just to defend the Affordable Care Act, we're going to improve it, starting with bringing down the costs of prescription drugs – and leading the fight for Medicare for all.feedback

James Madara

Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or 'first, do no harm'. [Trumpcare] violates that standard on many levels. We sincerely hope that the Senate will take this opportunity to change the course of the current debate and work to fix problems with the current system. We believe that Congress should be working to increase the number of Americans with access to quality, affordable health insurance instead of pursuing policies that have the opposite effect.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

Delegating to May and Davis, never mind Johnson and Fox, the settlement of a workable alternative to EU membership is a delusion, not just an abdication. This transatlantic malaise has a common root. Politics based on what you are against, not what you are for. Look at the campaigns against the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and against the EU. There is a common trope: the politics of grievance.feedback

Doug Heye

Discerning a particular strategy or goal from these tweets is hard. It just doesn't help enact any part of his agenda, and it sends a further troubling sign to Capitol Hill Republicans already wary of the White House.feedback

Sean Hannity

. @SenateMajLdr No Senator, YOU are a WEAK, SPINELESS leader who does not keep his word and you need to Retire!feedback

Ben Wikler

There were thousands of people at these rallies – in state after state after state after state. It was transformative for Democratic senators to see. They learned that people will show up, even in the bitter cold, to fight for the Affordable Care Act – which had once been written off as an unpopular and potentially doomed chunk of the Obama legacy.feedback

Joe White

In retrospect, a better approach would have been to undertake a full review of the organization in anticipation of the potential growth resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Instead of increasing investment in existing processes, we should have conducted the full redesign of our business that we are doing now.feedback

Eric T. Schneiderman

The court's decision is good news for the hundreds of thousands of New York families that rely on these subsidies for their health care. It's disturbingly clear that President Trump and his administration are willing to treat them as political pawns.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They built the country, they started this whole beautiful thing that we have, and we have to take care of them. And people have not taken care of them, and we're going to.feedback

Seth Meyers

Now that he's president, Trump is realizing just how difficult the job is. He doesn't have much to show for: his health care bill failed, there's constant infighting and staff changes in the White House, and of course the Russia investigation continues to loom over him. And it's often in dark times like this that a man will turn to God. Not only is the Bible better than The Art of the Deal, it's also the opposite. The only thing they have in common is that Trump has never read either of them.feedback

Mitch McConnell

It's pretty obvious that our problem on health care was not the Democrats. We didn't have 50 Republicans. The good news is, the top two priorities of the president don't require anything more than a simple majority: tax reform and health care.feedback

Mitch McConnell

Well, I mean it's pretty obvious our problem on healthcare was not the Democrats. We didn't have 50 Republicans.feedback

Lanhee Chen

There’s plenty of flexibility to change the Affordable Care Act without repealing it.feedback

John Cornyn

I don't think [Mulvaney's] got much experience in the Senate, as I recall. And he's got a big job. He ought to do that job and let us do our job.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

I will not obey imperial orders. I do not obey any foreign governments. I'm a free president. Why the hell should we care what Trump says? We care about what the sovereign people of Venezuela say.feedback

Orrin Hatch

If we change those rules, it'd be the end of the Republican Party. And it'd be the end of the Senate. It doesn't help. He just doesn't understand. He'd like to get more cooperation up here. And he's not getting very much, to be honest with you.feedback

Roy Blunt

Do I think we should stay on health care until we get it done? I think it's time to move on to something else. Come back to health care when we've had more time to get beyond the moment we're in and see if we can't put some wins on the board. Tax reform, infrastructure are the kinds of things we ought to be looking at.feedback

Daniel W. Drezner

If the past week has made anything clear, it is that President Trump is a bad strategist. Consider three issues bedeviling his administration: Iran, health care and North Korea.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

A spokesperson for emperor Donald Trump said that they would not recognize the results of Venezuela's constituent assembly election. Why the hell should we care what Trump says? We care about what the sovereign people of Venezuela say.feedback

Duncan Clark

As a merchant, it's about knowing your customer, and Trump doesn't care about anything that's not huge. Realistically, without a major acquisition, I fail to see how that's possible. In the US context, it's a very big number.feedback

Alex Conant

Anyone in a position of responsibility in GOP politics is quickly losing patience with President Trump. The dysfunction is beyond strange – it's dangerous. If Trump's poll numbers were above 50 percent, health care reform would have passed. Instead, he's spent more time responding to cable TV chatter than rallying support for his agenda.feedback

Susan Collins

Neither party has a monopoly on good ideas, and we must work together to put together a bipartisan bill that fixes the flaws in the ACA and works for all Americans.feedback

Susan Collins

These problems require a bipartisan solution. The Democrats made a big mistake when they passed the ACA without a single Republican vote. I don't want to see Republicans make the same mistake.feedback

Lisa Murkowski

I have said pretty consistently that process really does matter, particularly when you're dealing with something that is as direct and personal as health care, something that has an impact on one-sixth of the nation's economy. I hear from fishermen who can't afford the coverage that they have, small business owners who can't afford insurance at all, and those who have gained coverage for the first time in their life. These Alaskans have shared their anxiety that their personal situation may be made worse under the legislation considered this week.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

He vanquished sixteen opponents who were formidable, he had all the odds against him and people are counting him out after health care? I would never bet against Donald Trump. He's not gonna allow the misvote by the Senate last night to stop him from providing relief for all these Americans who are suffering. He's not gonna allow personnel changes to get in the way of tax reform or pushing back against these MS-13 gangs like he did today.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

Right now, we go forward recognizing the value of the Affordable Care Act, which last night was once again protected and we take great pride in that.feedback

Ted Cruz

The democratic process is a long process. I believe this Congress will come back and will with time honor our promises.feedback

Lamar Alexander

The Senate's failure to do this leaves an urgent problem that I am committed to addressing: Tennessee's state insurance commissioner says our individual insurance market is very near collapse.feedback

Bob Corker

My sense is people aren't so much focused on the substance as they are this being the lifeline to get to a conference and expanding the bill.feedback

Chuck Schumer

First, let me say it's been a long, long road for both sides. First, I would suggest we turn the page, we turn – it's time to turn the page. I would say to my dear friend, the Majority Leader, we are not celebrating. We are relieved. And millions and millions of people who would have been so drastically hurt by the three proposals put forward will at least retain their health care, be able to deal with preexisting conditions, deal with nursing homes and opioids that Medicaid paid for. We are relieved, not for ourselves but for the American people.feedback

Ted Cruz

Republican senators are going to go home. They're going to hear from their constituents, and I don't expect the response to be muted.feedback

Amy Klobuchar

That is a steep lift, with the way pharma influences legislation in this town, but maybe this is the opening that we need.feedback

Bill Cassidy

Maybe this had to happen to actually begin to have a conversation. Clearly this is a difficult problem, because the president challenged us to replace, not just repeal. And so once you decide that you want to replace, not just repeal, it becomes more difficult.feedback

David Perdue

I think if anyone starts talking about the last seven years or tonight, then they're talking about the wrong thing.feedback

Tom Carper

The governors have to speak out on this; they have been speaking out, and we need to listen. The insurance companies themselves, too.feedback

David Perdue

I would never criticize anybody's votes, but I'm very disappointed. I think the self-interest is still alive in the Senate. I think it's time to put that aside and put the national interests first.feedback

Mitch McConnell

Our only regret is we didn't achieve what we hoped to accomplish. I think the American people are gonna regret we couldn't find a better way.feedback

Lisa Murkowski

I have repeatedly said that healthcare reform, and especially major entitlement reform, should go through the committee process where stakeholders can weigh in and ideas can be vetted in a bipartisan forum.feedback

Anthony Scaramucci

The president is bringing it back to its roots of disruption. We're going to disrupt and half the political system to take care of the American people. (Trump) loves the U.K. Don't you want a trade deal for your great nation? (Trump)'s about fair and equal trade. He just wants it to be reciprocal.feedback

John Ficarra

Al has written and illustrated almost 500 fold-ins for MAD, and he never stops surprising us.feedback

Elizabeth Hagan

There's a clear pattern of the administration trying to undermine and sabotage the Affordable Care Act. It's not letting the law fail, it's making the law fail.feedback

Leslie Dach

The most important thing is that people understand what repeal means for them. And what repeal means is millions losing their insurance, costs going up, not down, and anxiety coming back in their lives. We've had a simple goal from the beginning, which is to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, to protect Medicaid.feedback

Steven Livingston

This is going to force some of Trump's Democratic Party opponents who are doing their very best to pay attention to the Russia investigation, or the Republican repeal and replace fiasco with the Affordable Care Act, to focus on something else. And it's going to put them potentially on the defensive. So that's a way that this could be seen as a strategic move rather than simply Trump spouting off on Twitter.feedback

Jennifer Peace

At this point, I am confident that the military will so the right thing and ensure that those who are qualified and capable of serving will be given every opportunity to do so. I have served in the military for almost 13 years now and plan to continue doing so. Trump has more money in his wallet than it takes for trans care in the Department of Defense.feedback

Benjy Sarlin - NBC News

Scrapping the mandate could create major policy headaches, however, including millions more uninsured, a spike in premiums, and a potential exodus of insurers from the market. If these changes came to pass, they would violate Republican promises to lower premiums and increase competition.feedback

Leigh Ann Caldwell - National Broadcasting Company
Vaughn Hillyard - National Broadcasting Company

With Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, Republicans moved forward on health care reform Tuesday as the Senate successfully opening debate on the issue. But just six hours later, Republicans faced their first defeat in that process, failing to pass a measure that they've been working on that would have partially repealed and replaced Obamacare.feedback

Benjy Sarlin - NBC News

By voting on a partial repeal bill, Republicans would avoid heated debates within their party over cuts to Medicaid, subsidies for private insurance, and which Obamacare regulations to change or eliminate.feedback

Paul Waldman

As Republicans struggle to figure out which spectacularly unpopular, viciously cruel and perfunctorily considered version of their health-care bill they want to become law, one former member of the House leadership has come out with an extraordinary admission about what a scam the whole project is. In an interview with Elaina Plott of Washingtonian magazine, former House majority leader Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a primary in 2014 by a tea party extremist, explains that Republicans knew they were lying to their base about their ability to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they just couldn’t help themselves.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We will no longer be the stupid people who get taken care of by their politicians so badly because they don't know what they're doing.feedback

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