House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed today's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take away health care benefits and patient protections from millions of Americans on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"The Republican party continues to pursue its message and not substance. This is the 31st time we've voted on repealing the health care bill and it's the 31st time that it will fail. Everybody knows that the President is committed to it -- he's not going to sign that bill if it passes; but they also know the Senate is not going to pass that bill. It's about politics and not policy. Very frankly, if it passed and if it became law, literally millions of millions of Americans would lose benefits they already have - young people would be kicked off their family's insurance policy; pre-existing conditions would now be used by the insurance company to keep children from getting health care insurance; seniors in the "donut hole' would be again placed in a position where they may not be able to afford prescription drugs they need to keep their life healthy.
"What the President said and what I believe is everybody in the Congress agrees or at least says they agree that those [making] under $250,000 should not have a tax increase. We agree with that. The Republicans agree with that. Isn't it a shame that we're holding [it] hostage [to] that on which we don't agree and that is that the richest folks in America should not get a tax cut but should pay a fair share?"
"We need to set aside sequestration and very frankly, we need a big, bold, balanced plan, but we do agree that nobody under $250,000 ought to get a tax increase. Isn't it a shame that on which we agree we can't get the Republicans and Democrats together to move on? We're for that. The President is for that. I'd hope the Republicans would be for that."