Schumer: GOP Plan to Repeal Obamacare ‘Will Make America Sick Again’

By Melanie Arter | January 4, 2017 | 12:14 PM EST

Senate Minority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Senate Minority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that the Republicans’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act will “make America sick again,” creating chaos in the health care system and even affect private health insurance.

“The Republican plan to cut health care wouldn’t make America great again, it would make America sick again and lead to chaos instead of affordable care,” Schumer said at a press conference flanked by Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

 



“Republicans would create chaos in the health care system, because they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. They have no idea what to put in place of the Affordable Care Act. For years, they’ve talked about repeal, but for five years now, they have had nothing to put in its place,” Schumer said.

“President-elect Trump even expressed support for the three most popular parts of the law, allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, equal treatment for women, but Republicans will soon learn that you can’t keep the good parts of the ACA and remove the rest of the law and still have it work. That’s what they’re struggling with, and that’s why they’re not getting anywhere,” he said.

Schumer called the ACA “a delicate balance” and said the GOP’s plan to repeal it “would throw the entire insurance marketplace into chaos” and “increase cost for all Americans at all income levels.”

“It would blow a trillion-dollar hole in the deficit, and now I see the president-elect was tweeting again this morning. He said Republicans shouldn’t let the Schumer clowns out of his web. Well, I think Republicans should stop clowning around with the people’s Medicare, Medicaid, and health care,” he said.

“The Republicans are stuck. For years, they’ve promised every conservative group in America that they’ll repeal the ACA ‘root and branch.’ Until today, they could make those extreme promises without suffering any consequences, because they knew Democrats or President Obama would ultimately block any rollbacks in ACA,” he said.

Now, Schumer said Republicans “can’t keep all the things that Americans like about the ACA and get rid of the rest without throwing the entire health care system – not just those with ACA, but those with private insurance - into chaos.

Schumer said the GOP will hurt rural hospitals “right in their heartlands the minute they enact this repeal.” Rural hospitals will “suffer dramatically and in 11 state capitols.”

“Many in red states today, rural hospitals, are protesting the Republican action,” Schumer said.

Pelosi said the only thing going for the Republican’s plan to repeal and replace is “alliteration.”

“Now, the Republicans say repeal and replace. The only thing that has going for it is alliteration. They have no replacement plan. They have no replacement plan, because they just, they can’t agree—they don’t have the votes for a replacement plan,” she said.

“So to repeal and then delay is an act of cowardice. That means we don’t really know what we’re doing, and it recognizes that the consequences to them of just straight out repealing. So we have a values debate on our hands. It’s very personal in the lives of the American people,” Pelosi said.

“If you’re senior. You know Medicaid, almost half of Medicaid is about long-term health care. You want grandma living in the guest room? You repeal the Affordable Care Act,” she said.

“If there had been no other reason for us to pass the Affordable Care Act, one compelling reason was cost – the cost to the individual, to families, businesses – small and corporate – and to our public sector was totally unsustainable,” Pelosi said.

“So we have three goals: One was to lower cost, other to improve benefits, and third to increase access. In all three of those arenas, the Affordable Care Act has been a big success,” she said.

“When we talk about rolling back the ACA, we’re also having an impact on Medicare. The Affordable Care Act prolonged the life, extended the solvency of Medicare. It had expanded Medicaid. This is very important to America’s families. The former speaker once said all politics is local. Well in this case, all politics is personal,” Pelosi added.(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that the Republicans’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act will “make America sick again,” creating chaos in the health care system and even affect private health insurance.

“The Republican plan to cut health care wouldn’t make America great again, it would make America sick again and lead to chaos instead of affordable care,” Schumer said at a press conference flanked by Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

 “Republicans would create chaos in the health care system, because they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. They have no idea what to put in place of the Affordable Care Act. For years, they’ve talked about repeal, but for five years now, they have had nothing to put in its place,” Schumer said.

“President-elect Trump even expressed support for the three most popular parts of the law, allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, equal treatment for women, but Republicans will soon learn that you can’t keep the good parts of the ACA and remove the rest of the law and still have it work. That’s what they’re struggling with, and that’s why they’re not getting anywhere,” he said.

Schumer called the ACA “a delicate balance” and said the GOP’s plan to repeal it “would throw the entire insurance marketplace into chaos” and “increase cost for all Americans at all income levels.”

“It would blow a trillion-dollar hole in the deficit, and now I see the president-elect was tweeting again this morning. He said Republicans shouldn’t let the Schumer clowns out of his web. Well, I think Republicans should stop clowning around with the people’s Medicare, Medicaid, and health care,” he said.

“The Republicans are stuck. For years, they’ve promised every conservative group in America that they’ll repeal the ACA ‘root and branch.’ Until today, they could make those extreme promises without suffering any consequences, because they knew Democrats or President Obama would ultimately block any rollbacks in ACA,” he said.

Now, Schumer said Republicans “can’t keep all the things that Americans like about the ACA and get rid of the rest without throwing the entire health care system – not just those with ACA, but those with private insurance - into chaos.

Schumer said the GOP will hurt rural hospitals “right in their heartlands the minute they enact this repeal.” Rural hospitals will “suffer dramatically and in 11 state capitols.”

“Many in red states today, rural hospitals, are protesting the Republican action,” Schumer said.

Pelosi said the only thing going for the Republican’s plan to repeal and replace is “alliteration.”

“Now, the Republicans say repeal and replace. The only thing that has going for it is alliteration. They have no replacement plan. They have no replacement plan, because they just, they can’t agree—they don’t have the votes for a replacement plan,” she said.

“So to repeal and then delay is an act of cowardice. That means we don’t really know what we’re doing, and it recognizes that the consequences to them of just straight out repealing. So we have a values debate on our hands. It’s very personal in the lives of the American people,” Pelosi said.

“If you’re senior. You know Medicaid, almost half of Medicaid is about long-term health care. You want grandma living in the guest room? You repeal the Affordable Care Act,” she said.

“If there had been no other reason for us to pass the Affordable Care Act, one compelling reason was cost – the cost to the individual, to families, businesses – small and corporate – and to our public sector was totally unsustainable,” Pelosi said.

“So we have three goals: One was to lower cost, other to improve benefits, and third to increase access. In all three of those arenas, the Affordable Care Act has been a big success,” she said.

“When we talk about rolling back the ACA, we’re also having an impact on Medicare. The Affordable Care Act prolonged the life, extended the solvency of Medicare. It had expanded Medicaid. This is very important to America’s families. The former speaker once said all politics is local. Well in this case, all politics is personal,” Pelosi added.