Reid, McConnell, Graham, Enzi, Barrasso, Murphy

Morning Business

Senator Reid: (10:29 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "Today in this great country of ours, the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, has survived the latest partisan attempt to deny health care to working families, millions of working families won today - America won today. The Supreme Court ruled against Republicans who were seeking to strip 6.5 million Americans from the subsidies that enabled them to buy health insurance. America won, I repeat. Very pure, very simple. More than 10 million Americans are covered by the exchanges operating across the country, many of them insured for the first time. 85% of these men and women receive tax credits that help them afford that coverage. But on top of that, 12 million more Americans now have coverage through the Medicaid and children's health insurance programs. The commonwealth fund recently found that more than 8 in 10 adults, that's four-fifths of people who have these programs, are satisfied with them."

 

Senator McConnell: (10:36 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "Today's ruling won't change ObamaCare's multitude of broken promises, including the one that resulted in millions -- literally millions of Americans losing the coverage they had and wanted to keep. Today's ruling won't change ObamaCare's spectacular flops. Spectacular flops. From humiliating website debacles to the total collapse of exchanges in states run by the law's loudest cheerleaders. Today's ruling won't change the skyrocketing costs in premiums, deductibles and co-pays that have hit the middle class so hard over the last few years. The politicians who forced ObamaCare on the American people now have a choice. They can crow about ObamaCare's latest wobble towards the edge or work with us to address the ongoing negative impact of a 2,000-page law that continues to make life literally miserable -- miserable - for so many of the same people it purported to help."

 

Senator Graham: (10:37 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "I'm surprised. I'm disappointed. But the ruling is now in and Senator McConnell said it well this doesn't mean that ObamaCare is fixed. It means that it's going to continue until somebody finds a better way or we're going to be left with Obamacare for the rest of our lives and your children's lives and those that follow. 2016 race domestically will be centered on health care as the most dominant domestic issue in the country. If you're run for - if you're running for the house or you're running for the senate or you're running for senate, here is what this Supreme Court ruling means. If the public wants to continue Obamacare, which I think would be a huge mistake, vote Democrat if you want to repeal and replace Obamacare with something better for you and your family, bipartisan, vote Republican. "
  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "As I speak, Secretary Kerry is on his way to Geneva to try to conclude nuclear negotiations with the Iranian regime. To Secretary Kerry, I urge you to suspend negotiations until we clear up two matters. Number one, the supreme leader, Ayatollahal Khamenei, said on state-run television in Iran yesterday and the day before, "all economic, financial and banking sanctions implemented either by the United Nations Security Council, the United States Congress, or the administration must be lifted immediately when the deal is signed." Secretary Kerry, would you please tell the Ayatollah that is unacceptable and repudiate that statement before you negotiate any further. The Iranian parliament several days ago passed draft legislation prohibiting the international community from having access to Iranian military facilities to determine the state of the Iranian nuclear program. Secretary Kerry, please suspend negotiations until the Iranian government repudiates this concept. The p-5 plus 1 should be first in this area. There will never be signed with Iran that will not allow inspections anytime, anywhere, particularly military sites. How can you negotiate any further until they repudiate the actions they have taken?"

 

Senator Enzi: (10:45 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "I ran into one man who said, you know, I have a very successful business, and I just got this tremendous location that's only 50 miles away that I could put in another one. But that would put me over 50 employees, and that puts me in a different category on health care costs. The people that are working for me like the health care costs I'm providing, but I would have to go to a whole different level or pay huge fines, and I can't afford to do that. So I'm not going to do that other location. I'm not going to put 50 more people to work. For too long the debate over health care has placed politics before the best interest of patients. No matter the court's ruling, it's time for Democrats and Republicans to deliver what the president promised but ultimately mailed to deliver. We need a health system that expands access and promotes quality patient-centered care while actually bring bringing the costs down. We must allow states the freedom and flexibility to ensure hardworking Americans can get the care that they need. It's time for both parties to work together on real solutions that rely on these principles. We should move forward on a bipartisan basis to provide more choices and a better health care system for hardworking Americans."

 

Senator Barrasso: (10:56 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "I would say that ObamaCare cannot be fixed, but health care in America must be fixed. They say what are you going to do about it as a Republican? There are incredible Republican plans out there, each of which is much better than the president's health care law. We still have 30 million Americans without insurance, concerned about the fact that they still need care. So we are going to continue to work to repeal and replace this health care law with a law that will allow people to get what Senator Enzi has been talking about. We need people, we need patients to get the care they need from a doctor they choose at lower costs. That's what Republicans are committed to and that's what Republicans, in spite of today's ruling by the Supreme Court, will continue to work for."

 

Senator Murphy: (11:08 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "Hopefully we can move on after a presidential election, two Supreme Court cases, 60-plus votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives, end debates here in the united states Senate. Maybe now is the moment where Republicans will choose to close the books on trying to strip away from millions of Americans the benefits that they have received from the Affordable Care Act. This is an important day for over 10 million Americans who have health care right now because of the Affordable Care Act. I'd argue it is an important day well for the separation of powers, the recognition that it is the legislative body that sets policy for this country."