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Ernst and Grassley support vote to begin debate on repealing and replacing ObamaCare

This news story was published on July 25, 2017.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate – including Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley – today mustered 50 votes plus one from Vice President Mike Pence to go ahead with debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Sen. Chuck Grassley today made the following comment on the motion to proceed to health care legislation expected this afternoon.

Charles Grassley

“I’d like to see every Republican senator vote in favor of the motion to proceed. Democrats ought to join the effort, too. By not voting to move to proceed, senators would send the message that Obamacare is fine as it is. We have to be intellectually honest and acknowledge that that’s not the case. Moving to proceed to health care legislation gives all 100 senators the chance to debate the issue and offer their amendments and ideas. Then each senator can decide how to vote, based on the final bill and how it’s amended. The Senate process should have a chance to work for the benefit of the American people.”

Senator Joni Ernst issued the following statement to begin debate on repealing and replacing ObamaCare:

Joni Ernst

“Today we took a significant step forward and voted to allow the full Senate to begin debate over repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

“For years, I have heard from Iowans who are struggling under the weight of ObamaCare and are looking for affordable, and patient-centered health care solutions. The reality in our state is that continuing the status quo isn’t an option because ObamaCare is unsustainable. Therefore, I will not stand by and do nothing while Iowans in the individual market have seen their choices vanish and will likely see a massive rate increase – all under the weight of ObamaCare.

“This is the long-overdue opportunity we’ve been waiting for to roll back this disastrous law and replace it with affordable, patient-centered solutions for Iowans. As we move forward in the time ahead, I will closely examine the amendments to see how they will affect Iowans’ insurance availability and affordability in 2018 and beyond.”

According to the United States Senate, the motion to proceed to consider is “a motion, usually offered by the majority leader to bring a bill or other measure up for consideration.”

President Trump

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Senate Supporting the Motion to Proceed on Healthcare:

I applaud the Senate for taking a giant step to end the Obamacare nightmare. As this vote shows, inaction is not an option, and now the legislative process can move forward as intended to produce a bill that lowers costs and increases options for all Americans. The Senate must now pass a bill and get it to my desk so we can finally end the Obamacare disaster once and for all.

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4 Responses to Ernst and Grassley support vote to begin debate on repealing and replacing ObamaCare

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Earnst and grassley, just offer us same insurance you get and we would be happy. By the way, how much is your insurance costing you? Probably don’t know because we as tax payers are paying for it

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Why I why in the hell would any politician vote for repeal when they don’t have a plan to replace it that doesn’t include tax breaks for big money! Come on, start paying your fare share

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

    At least they are following through on what they were voted in to do.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Are these the debates we have heard of in the past – I will vote for it if you approve my bridge to nowhere as I promised my voters – okay we will give your state permission to build
    a gas pipeline for 80 million dollars which the taxpayers of our state will pay for -( PORK BARREL) – it’s an age old tradition and about as honest as DC will ever get. See any corporate owned elected officials taking part in this – To hell you say ? Give me your 2 cents on this – You know the demorats will ask for many favors to please the people who provide them with cash and property for their favors.