Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Thank you for that introduction. It is great to be here with Dr. Ben Carson and so many of my former colleagues from the Congress, Sen. John Barrasso, Rep. Tom Price, Rep. Andy Harris, Rep. Mike Burgess, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Rep. Renee Ellmers and Rep. Cynthia Lummis.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is wonderful to be back in Pennsylvania, just outside of Valley Forge, a turning point in the Revolutionary War, where Americans showed the resilience and determination to launch this experiment for freedom.
I appreciated Dr. Carson’s introduction, but as he well knows I prefer an introduction that is a little shorter. I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republicans, in that order.
It is really amazing to think that a little more than three months ago, with my wife at my side, that I accepted my party’s nomination to run – and serve – as the next Vice President of the United States of America.
Now it’s just seven days away. I have to tell you I joined this campaign in a heartbeat, because you have nominated a man for president who never quits, who never backs down. He is a fighter, he is a winner, and until very recently it seemed like he was fighting all on his own but now this movement is coming together, Pennsylvania is coming together and we are going to make Donald Trump the next President of the United States of America.
And Donald Trump laid out his Contract with the American Voter short time ago. Working with Congress, we are going to get this economy growing again and create 25 million new jobs by reducing and simplifying our tax system, reforming our trade policies and reducing the regulatory burden. We are going to end the war on American energy, and we are going to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. We are going to bring choice to our education system so that every child in America receives a great education. We will secure our border and end illegal immigration. We will rebuild our military and take care of our veterans, and we will bring law and order back to our communities struggling with crime, drugs and violence.
And most importantly we are going to repeal and replace Obamacare.
I am humbled that Donald Trump has asked me to address this issue and speak to you about it.
Some of you may know, before becoming Governor of the State of Indiana, I spent twelve years in Washington representing the Sixth District of Indiana in the House of Representatives.
In 2009 and 2010, I was Chairman of the House Republican Conference, leading the fight with my fellow Republicans against Obamacare. I said then, and it has proven true, that when you mandate every American have a government-approved insurance whether they want it or need it, and when you create a government-run plan paid for with job-killing tax increases, that’s a government takeover of health care. And that’s the reason that not a single House or Senate Republican voted for Obamacare.
Since 2010, Republicans have united in our desire to replace Obamacare with free market health care solutions that work for the American people. Good things happen when Republicans stand united.
As Republicans head to the voting booth in one week, the momentum is with the Trump-Pence ticket. We are actually leading in the ABC/Washington Post poll that came out this morning.
Independents and Democrats are joining this movement and Republicans across the country are continuing to come home. Across the spectrum, Americans know that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced, and that only by electing Donald Trump as the next President of the United States will we get it done.
Today open enrollment begins on the Exchange, and once again millions of Americans are going to be disappointed in their lack of options and shocked by the high premiums.
This government takeover of health care that we call Obamacare is failing in states across America, as it is in Pennsylvania, and the case has never been stronger for its repeal. It’s important to remember, as Hillary Clinton boasted a little bit earlier this year, and I’m quoting, “before it was called Obamacare, it was called Hillarycare.”
Do you remember the promises that President Obama and Hillary Clinton made?
- President Obama said his health plan would cut the cost of family premiums by up to $2,500 a year. , Not true.
- If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Not true.
- If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it. Not true.
The truth is premiums for employer plans have gone up by almost $5,000 since President Obama took office. And last week the Obama administration announced that the average premiums under Obamacare on the Exchanges are going to go up another 25% nationally.
But that average hides the specific states where families are about to be pummeled with unprecedented sticker shock: for a 27 year-old buying an Obamacare plan, Arizona’s premiums are going up by: 116%, Tennessee- 63%, Minnesota: 59%, Alabama: 58%, North Carolina: 40%. American wages haven’t gone up by this much. Right here in Pennsylvania, it’s a whopping 53% for next year, and a total of 69% increase when you add it to last year’s rate hike. Your paycheck didn’t go up by 53%!
In Pennsylvania almost 110,000 households will see their rates spike drastically with absolutely no help from the government.
Remember how Nancy Pelosi famously said “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Well, they did, and it’s even worse than we feared. What good is a healthcare plan if you can’t afford to use it? With its increasing costs and high deductibles, most people are paying for something they can’t afford to use. Fifty percent of Obamacare customers are now skipping medical visits to cut costs. Think about that, Americans are putting their personal health second because Obamacare’s skyrocketing costs come first.
Obamacare truly is a crushing weight on the American people and the American economy.
I mean, even Bill Clinton said “costs are going up, coverage is going down, it’s the craziest thing in the world.” I guess even with the Clintons, sometimes the truth happens.
But don’t be deceived by Bill Clinton’s newfound skepticism, Hillary Clinton’s plan is actually to introduce what we call ‘single payer’ into the system, government run health insurance.
She actually went to Canada and gave a speech and she told these Canadians and business groups that she wanted to get “universal health care coverage like you have here in Canada.” Of course, we all know they’ve got socialized medicine in Canada.
But my favorite quote came from President Obama himself. It was a week or so ago, and he was celebrating the third anniversary of the roll out of Obamacare. In his speech he actually compared Obamacare to the Samsung Galaxy 7 phones that spontaneously burst into flames. Here’s the quote: President Obama said “when one of these companies comes out with a new smartphone that has a few bugs, what do they do? They fix it, they upgrade it, unless it catches fire then they pull it off the market.” Well, what a coincidence, Mr. President, because that’s exactly what we’re going to do with Obamacare! We’re going to pull it off the market so it stops burning up our wallets.
Almost 20% of Americans eligible for Obamacare will have only one Exchange insurer this year. , , , One plan is not a choice, it’s a monopoly. At least 1.4 million Americans are about to lose their plan in 2017, and that’s after millions already lost their plans in the first years of Obamacare. This means that too many people won’t be able to continue seeing their doctor, which will interrupt treatment and care.
Part of the reason costs went up is because Obamacare dictates that Americans buy a government designed insurance plan… laden with expensive and unnecessary benefits.