Barrasso: One-Size-Fits-All Health Care Will Take Away Health Insurance for Millions of Americans



I come to the floor once again today to address Democrats one size fits all healthcare scheme it's a radical plan to take over all of healthcare in America and to take away to take away mr. president health insurance from millions of Americans still nearly every Senate Democrat running for president and a hundred and nine members of the House of Representatives Democrats all have backed one-size-fits-all health care last week former senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota had some words of wisdom for her fellow Democrats she writes in the Washington Post most Americans are satisfied with the health care they receive and do not want their coverage options taken away and replaced as she said with a one-size-fits-all government program I agree the fact is according to the Census Bureau 90% of Americans have health care coverage of those 200 million 200 million mr. president are covered by private health plans 180 million have employer-provided health coverage and most say that their current plan works well for them now the 180 million Americans covered through their jobs they work hard and these people go out every morning and support their families according to a survey released last year the vast majority of people with employer-provided coverage 71 percent of them to be precise like their current health care plan so who exactly are those workers on employer-sponsored plans well many are union members they negotiate their health coverage through their union representatives many are public employees federal and state employees people who serve this country so why did Democrats who support one-size-fits-all health care one to outlaw proven popular and predictable health coverage for millions of these working families Democrats certainly seem to be putting politics above principle and what's more they clearly believe that Washington knows best but shouldn't we be asking what these hardworking Americans who have good at private insurance want well shouldn't we ask them what's best for them what's best for their families let's take the Teamsters Union for example in an article published in 2017 the Teamsters said the availability of high-quality health care has been a top selling point for those who belong to unions a benefit these workers have bargained for and often times they have sacrificed higher pay for these excellent insurance benefits let me underscore this point the Teamsters Union believes their health benefits are excellent and maybe Democrats should ask the United Steelworkers about their insurance coverage if you go to a steel workers website you'll find their answer the steel workers benefit plan this is from the steel workers website provides high quality affordable health and welfare benefits to us W United Steel Workers us W members and their families basically if you're a union worker watching this debate right now you need to know that Democrats in Washington are coming from your hard-earned health care benefits make no mistake under the one-size-fits-all health care legislation offered by senator Bernie Sanders and so many Democrats running for president this high-quality health insurance program and their insurance will cease to exist no wonder last year some high-profile public sector unions started sounding the alarm about losing their health benefits when New York State debated a Sanders like proposal to take over health care who raised the loudest objections well it was the public sector unions of course so again we have millions of union workers federal and state employees and their families all with excellent health care benefits that are on the Democrats chopping block but instead of helping fix the nation's health care problems Democrats are looking to destroy what is actually working and remember it's more than union workers and public sector employees who are threatened Democrats one size fits all health care plan is gunning for retired military members health insurance as well talking about the TRICARE health insurance program for military families they're more than nine million military families enrolled in TRICARE our service members have earned their TRICARE coverage through years of faithful service defending this nation now I believe one of our greatest responsibilities is to provide those who protected this nation in terms of our retired service members back home in Wyoming mr. president I talked with service members veterans nearly every weekend these proud Americans want me to make sure that TRICARE works for them and to protect and to strengthen benefits that work and they have earned through their service still far left Democrats don't want to listen to reason they are hell-bent on our one-size-fits-all approach to health care and mr. president it's especially ironic the Democrats even want to ban Obama care plans the plans they voted for they put in place it's less than a decade since Democrats passed Obama care and now they want to repeal it and replace it basically saying Obama care has failed for years I've come to the floor to discuss the shortcomings of Obama care every time Republicans have offered to improve health care we've heard from the Democrats that Obamacare is off limits and they can't possibly make any changes to that law but now that Democrats are running for president well suddenly they're singing a different tune they're done defending Obama care in fact Democrats are happy to repeal Obamacare so they can replace it with a one-size-fits-all health care plan for America senator Hyde King is actually warning warning them not to cast aside Obamacare and start all over again with a one-size-fits-all plan well mr. president let me just say as a doctor as a physician who has taken care of patients for decades my focus continues to be on improving health care for Americans patients and for their families Americans want to focus on real health care reforms that make a difference for them for their families in terms of the cost and in terms of the quality of their care these are the issues that Republicans are working on right now protecting patients with pre-existing conditions lowering prescription drug costs and ending surprised medical bills mr. president surprise medical bills are bills patients receive that come out of nowhere these bills are an unfair financial burden on many families completely unexpected medical costs that they can't afford and aren't expecting and just last week I was at the White House with President Trump announcing a plan to help patients by ending these surprise bills Republicans also remain committed mr. president to protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and to lowering the cost of prescription drugs so Democrats have a choice to make they can follow the far left Democrats pushing their radical one-size-fits-all approach to health care and again this extreme scheme will mean the loss of health insurance coverage for millions and millions and millions of hardworking people union workers and their families members of our veterans people that have helped protect and save this country federal and state employees and their families and all the Americans who are currently enrolled in Obamacare plans better option for Democrats is to work with Republicans on Commons cents bipartisan solutions real reforms that improve health care for all Americans let's reject one-size-fits-all health care that will make Americans pay more to wait longer for worse care that's the key mr. president one size fits all health care I will tell people listening in today mr. president you will pay more to wait longer for worse care it's time to reject the one-size-fits-all care for Americans let us work together to give all patients the care they need from a doctor that they choose at lower costs

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