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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning to discuss President Trump's address to Congress. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:
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“I don't know what's going to happen because the Republicans have been talking about that for six years, about how they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Trump's been talking about it for 15 months or longer even, before he started running for President. We still have no bill from President Trump. We have no bill from the Republicans. We have a plan that was leaked from the Republicans, which, apparently now, Mr. Scalise said is not operative. But as long as it was operative, or on the table, you saw substantial division within the Republican Party as to whether it was a viable alternative.”
“The Affordable Care Act has made real progress in covering America, getting America access to affordable, quality health care, to preventive care. And, of course, what the Republicans know is that there are a lot of citizens who like a lot of the facets of the Affordable Care Act. Is it working perfectly? No. Should we be working to make it better? Yes. Have we been doing that? No, unfortunately. So, we'll see what happens. When President Trump, as you just put in this clip, says he wants to do all the things that will make it more accessible, make it cheaper, make it better, but he doesn't tell us how he's going to do it, doesn't tell us how he's going to pay for it…”
“Talk is cheap. Policy is tougher. Let's see what they come up with. But they didn't do it last night. President Trump didn't do it last night, but it was a speech that I’m sure some of the objectives resonated with the American people. We all want to have all of our children get good quality education, but how you do that is the trick.”