Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) appeared this morning on Fox News’ Fox and Friends, and Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria to discuss the latest on the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and upcoming anti-trafficking legislation to be voted on in the House.
Fox and Friends
“Let’s not wait until August. We have three more weeks right now. I know during the Fourth of July, when people were back in their district, they were working out different ideas…. This is much of what had happened inside the House. Remember a lot of people didn’t give us the opportunity–or thought we could get it done, and we did. So, I have high hopes that they [the Senate] get it done, send it over to this House, and let’s solve this problem once and for all. Because every day that goes by, we have a new story. Just in the short amount of time since the House passed the bill, one more of those co-ops have collapsed. It’s now 19 out of 23 co-ops that were given $2 billion under Obamacare have now collapsed…. There is story after story where the premiums have doubled in the individual market. Forty-one percent of counties have one provider. What more do individuals need to understand that they need to move this bill forward quality of care?”
On Senate action:
“I know the president is always helpful when he is talking to members. And I think talking to the American public is a great idea. Explain to them–because if we simply go on the facts, I mean, remember this, under Obamacare it mandates that you have health insurance. If you don’t, you have to pay a penalty or take a waiver. More people, almost twice as many, pay the penalty or take the waiver than signed up for it. If you want to go back to the old CBO score, it never materialized what Obamacare said it would do. All it did was raise premiums, push more people out of the market. Look at the number of counties next year that will not even have any healthcare. We cannot wait. And I think the president talking to the American people will help drive those phone calls to those Senators and encourage them to get it done this month.”
Mornings with Maria
On working with the White House to put an end to human trafficking:
“There are three bills that we are moving this week–we have already done 13…. More than 20 million people are trafficked every single year across the world…. This is happening in every single district and we must stop it. We have an Administration that has engaged in this in a bipartisan way. I have been to a number of meetings at the White House and Ivanka Trump has really worked diligently on this by bringing a bicameral group together…. We must work as one to help put a stop to individuals being trafficked.”