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Alcee Hastings“Had governors worked with the administration, we might not be in this position. I don’t know about in your state, which I think is a crazy state to begin with – and I mean that just as I said it.”
Alcee Hastings, 2015-02-02

Kathleen Sebelius“Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot of paid advertising.”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2014-12-10

Chuck Schumer“After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem – health care reform.”
Chuck Schumer, 2014-11-25

Mike Michaud“But Maine can actually play an important role in this issue. The first Eboli, uh, Ebola patient showed up at the Dallas hospital with a 103 fever, at that hospital. Because he had no insurance, they gave him aspirin and sent him on his way. He contacted, he had contact with 50 other individuals. The virus doesn’t pick and choose who is infected. Our health care should not pick and choose who we care for.”
Mike Michaud, 2014-10-15

Mike Michaud“And that’s why, uh, when you look at the whole Eboli issue the reason why they were turned away is because they had no insurance.”
Mike Michaud, 2014-10-15

Barack Obama“Like me, Eric married up. He and his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, a nationally-renowned ohbeeguynee, have been great friends to Michelle and me for years.”
Barack Obama, 2014-09-25 Audio and/or video clip available

Jeanne Shaheen“My office will call you back, because that doesn't sound right to me. It sounds, and there’s a lot of misinformation about what’s happening with the health care law, so we’ll get back in touch with you, we’ll find out what’s going on with your plan, and we’ll help you sort that out because you shouldn’t be paying that much more.”
Jeanne Shaheen, 2014-04-18

Mark Pryor“You know, I would have, course I would want to see some changes back then, but I think on something like this, it's big, it's complicated, it's difficult. If you get 80 percent of this right, you've really done something. We probably did get 80 percent of it right.”
Mark Pryor, 2014-04-04 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”
Barack Obama, 2014-04-01

Angus King“You know, there's no such thing as Obamacare. You can't sign up for Obamacare. You sign up for an Anthem policy or an Aetna policy or a WellPoint policy. It's private insurance.”
Angus King, 2014-03-30 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Reid“There are some people who are not like my grandchildren who can handle everything so easily on the Internet, and these people need a little extra time. It's not. The example they gave us is a 63-year-old woman came into the store and said, 'I almost got it. Every time I just about got there, it would cut me off.' We have a lot of people just like this through no fault of the Internet, but people are not educated on how to use the Internet.”
Harry Reid, 2014-03-26 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Reid“Mr. President, the Junior Senator from Wyoming has come to the floor several times recently talking about the fact that examples that he and other Republicans have given dealing with Obamacare, examples that they think are bad, I called lies. Mr. President, that is simply untrue. I have never come to the floor, to my recollection, I have never said a word about any examples that Republicans have given regarding Obamacare and how it's not very good.”
Harry Reid, 2014-03-26 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“You know, if you have a family where some people are citizens or legally here, and others are not documented, the immigration people will never get that information.”
Barack Obama, 2014-03-18

Barack Obama“And they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they're saving money.”
Barack Obama, 2014-03-12 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“I guess what I would say is, if you looked at that person's budget, and you looked at their cable bill, their telephone, uh, their cell phone bill, uh other things that they're spending on, it may turn out that it's just they haven't prioritized health care because right now everybody is healthy.”
Barack Obama, 2014-03-06 Audio and/or video clip available

Michelle Obama“These places are not easy places to run, but you are doing God’s work.”
Michelle Obama, 2014-03-05

Michelle Obama“We nag you because we love you. So go to healthcare.gov and enroll today.”
Michelle Obama, 2014-03-00 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Reid“Despite all that good news, there's plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America.”
Harry Reid, 2014-02-26 Audio and/or video clip available

Michelle Obama“And a lot young people think they're invincible. But the truth is, young people are knuckleheads. They're the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open, they're dancing on the bar stool.”
Michelle Obama, 2014-02-20 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“I, I like it. I, I don't mind. And I tell you, five years from now, when everybody's saying, 'Man, I'm sure glad we got healthcare,' there are gonna be a whole bunch of people who don't call it Obamacare anymore because they don't want me to get the credit.”
Barack Obama, 2014-02-16 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“We'd like to encourage more young people to sign up, partly because the since they're healthier, their premiums uh uh are actually generally uh gonna be fairly cheap. They can find good options for less than their cable bill, less than their cell phone bill. And it's just part of growing up.”
Barack Obama, 2014-02-16 Audio and/or video clip available

Dick Durbin“Ten million Americans have health insurance today who would not have had it without the Affordable Care Act — 10 million.”
Dick Durbin, 2014-02-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Chuck Schumer“The single mom, who’s raising three kids, has to keep a job because of healthcare, can now spend some time raising those kids. That’s a family value.”
Chuck Schumer, 2014-02-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Keith Ellison“We need a better work-life balance. Ask a working mother, okay, if she could use a few more hours in a day to take care of her family. That's what's really going on.”
Keith Ellison, 2014-02-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Kathleen Sebelius“There's nothing people can do but kind of get in line.”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2014-01-15

Kathleen Sebelius“If they have taken steps to get themselves ready, they don’t have to worry about that at all.”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2014-01-15

Michelle Obama“And we urge people to reach out. And if they signed up their child, then signed up -- sign up their friends. You know, if you've got grandkids, make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care. You know, ring in the new year with a -- new coverage.”
Michelle Obama, 2013-12-18

Keith Ellison“You know, I just want to say I think that everything that the President said and did was in pursuit trying to get all Americans health care, so, I think, even though he may have said, if you like your decent insurance, your insurance that works, then you can keep it, I think that people really get that. And when there he, he owned it. He said, 'look man, I, if you misunderstood what I was trying to say, I'm sorry about that.' I think that shows integrity. ”
Keith Ellison, 2013-12-01 Audio and/or video clip available

Charles Rangel“They’re concentrating on the small misjudgments that have been made and nobody’s speaking for the 40 and 50 million people that have dreamed and hoped and prayed for that they could be included and insured.”
Charles Rangel, 2013-11-22

Barack Obama“In the first month alone, we've seen more than 100 million Americans already successfully enroll in the new insurance plans.”
Barack Obama, 2013-11-18

Kirsten Gillibrand“He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.”
Kirsten Gillibrand, 2013-11-17 Audio and/or video clip available

Jim McDermott“Mr. Speaker, my mother used to say, patience is a virtue. I haven’t seen so much panic on this floor since 9/11”
Jim McDermott, 2013-11-15 Audio and/or video clip available

Howard Dean“I wonder if he has the legal authority to do this, since this was a congressional bill that set this up.”
Howard Dean, 2013-11-14 Audio and/or video clip available

Jim Clyburn“I don't think there's anything for us to apologize for.”
Jim Clyburn, 2013-11-14 Audio and/or video clip available

Nancy Pelosi“There is nothing in the Affordable Care Act that said that your insurance company should cancel you.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2013-11-14 Audio and/or video clip available

Nancy Pelosi“Did I ever tell my constituents that if they liked their plan they could keep it? I would have if I'd ever met anybody who liked his or her plan. But that was not my experience.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2013-11-14 Audio and/or video clip available

Nancy Pelosi“As far as the Affordable Care Act is concerned, what the president said was completely accurate.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2013-11-14 Audio and/or video clip available

Steny Hoyer“The statement that was limited to the bill itself was absolutely accurate.”
Steny Hoyer, 2013-11-14 Audio and/or video clip available

Steny Hoyer“I was absolutely accurate when I said nothing in this bill is going to take this policy away from you and that is accurate. And was accurate. And it is accurate.”
Steny Hoyer, 2013-11-14 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“On the website, I was not informed directly that the website would not be working as — the way it was supposed to. Had I been informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great. Um, you know, uh I’m accused of a lot of things, but uh I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, this is going to be like uh shopping on Amazon or Travelocity, uh a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.”
Barack Obama, 2013-11-14 Audio and/or video clip available

Nancy Pelosi“Despite website glitches, ~1m have applied and are eligible to #getcovered on #ACA marketplaces. 500,000 have already secured coverage”
Nancy Pelosi, 2013-11-13

Kathleen Sebelius“Even with the issues we've had, the marketplace is working, and people are enrolling.”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2013-11-13

Bill Clinton“So I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”
Bill Clinton, 2013-11-11 Audio and/or video clip available

Debbie Wasseerman Schultz“I think, actually, Candy, that Democratic candidates will be able to run on ObamaCare as an advantage leading into the 2014 election.”
Debbie Wasseerman Schultz, 2013-11-10 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“I am sorry, that they uh you know are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”
Barack Obama, 2013-11-07 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed.”
Barack Obama, 2013-11-04

Dianne Feinstein“Well, as I understand it, you can keep it up to the time — and I hope this is correct, but this is what I’ve been told — up to the time the bill was enacted, and after that, it’s a different story.”
Dianne Feinstein, 2013-11-03 Audio and/or video clip available

Joe Biden“Neither he and I are technology geeks, and we assumed that it was up and ready to run.”
Joe Biden, 2013-10-31 Audio and/or video clip available

Joe Biden“I don’t know, I wish I could tell you. That’s why I became a lawyer.”
Joe Biden, 2013-10-31 Audio and/or video clip available

Joe Biden“Actually, the president tried to get online and my daughter tried to get online. I did not because it was clear that I wasn’t getting online.”
Joe Biden, 2013-10-31 Audio and/or video clip available

Kathleen Sebelius“Don’t do this to me”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2013-10-30 Audio and/or video clip available

Kathleen Sebelius“Because we were anxious to get the web site up and running and functional, which we clearly have failed to do to date, although I would suggest the web site has never crashed. It is functional but at a very slow speed and very low reliability.”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2013-10-30 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy.”
Barack Obama, 2013-10-30

Nancy Pelosi“The President said: 'If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.' And if you had that plan when the President said that in 2010, you can keep your plan.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2013-10-30

Mary Landrieu“And it was our understanding when we voted for that bill that people when they have insurance could keep with what they had. So I’m going to be working on that fix”
Mary Landrieu, 2013-10-30

Steny Hoyer“We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage.”
Steny Hoyer, 2013-10-29

Steny Hoyer“[It] should have been caveated with – ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.'”
Steny Hoyer, 2013-10-29

Howard Dean“I think Obamacare is in fact going to be the reason that we are going to pick up seats in the House and we are not going to lose the Senate.”
Howard Dean, 2013-10-27

Harry Reid“He had voted 45 times to get rid of Obamacare! Talk about anti-woman. You know remember, before Obamacare came along, being a woman was a pre-existing disability.”
Harry Reid, 2013-10-24

Harry Reid“Okay, if you're over age 50, the internet is something you're just learning about.”
Harry Reid, 2013-10-24

Harry Reid“If you want to go to the internet, it has not done well, just like when Google started doing all their things, it didn't work out well.”
Harry Reid, 2013-10-24

Harry Reid“I think the administration should have known how difficult it was going to be to ask 35 million or 40 million people to suddenly hook up to a place to go on the internet.”
Harry Reid, 2013-10-24

Harry Reid“Now, if you're a senior, your donut hole is being filled.”
Harry Reid, 2013-10-24

Kathleen Sebelius“The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place.”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2013-10-24 Audio and/or video clip available

Nancy Pelosi“I think somebody should fix it. And I'm a big uh, you know again, I'm a big believer, coming from where I do in California, I have great confidence in technology and its ability to bring fresh eyes to the subject and fix it so that we can go forward. Just fix it, just fix it.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2013-10-23 Audio and/or video clip available

Nancy Pelosi“But I think that our focus and energy should be used to fix it because the American people are depending on it, and it’s going to be a beautiful thing in their lives to have that freedom of — I keep talking about life — a healthier life, liberty, the freedom to pursue their happiness, not chained to a policy but — but able to follow their passion.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2013-10-23 Audio and/or video clip available

Jeanne Shaheen“The Affordable Care Act has already positively impacted the lives of millions of Americans and once fully implemented, this law has great promise.”
Jeanne Shaheen, 2013-10-22

Jeanne Shaheen“And I fully understand that the healthcare law has already had a significant impact on the lives of millions of Americans; seniors are now paying less for their prescription drugs, important preventive care services, such as some cancer screenings and immunizations, are available for free and important work is being done to improve the quality of care we receive.”
Jeanne Shaheen, 2013-10-22

Jeanne Shaheen“The difficulty that people in New Hampshire and in other states that are relying on the federally facilitated marketplaces are experiencing is incredibly frustrating and disappointing. For over three years, we have been waiting for the creation of the health insurance exchanges, which now in their fourth week of existence, are riddled with problems.”
Jeanne Shaheen, 2013-10-22

Kathleen Sebelius“We didn't have enough testing, specifically for high volumes, for a very complicated project.”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2013-10-18

Kathleen Sebelius“We had two years and almost no testing.”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2013-10-18

Martha Coakley“Well, that is the myth that's out there, that somehow this hurts businesses.”
Martha Coakley, 2013-10-15 Audio and/or video clip available

Sheldon Whitehouse“The, the uh notion that Obamacare is a failure I think is a product of right wing historyonics”
Sheldon Whitehouse, 2013-10-10 Audio and/or video clip available

Sheldon Whitehouse“The report from Christy Ferguson, who's running it, is that people are hugging their employees when they find out what the options are.”
Sheldon Whitehouse, 2013-10-10 Audio and/or video clip available

Eddie Bernice Johnson“I have not read the final regulations, don't plan on doing it. I haven't had the time to do it. I don't think that that's my responsibility to do it.”
Eddie Bernice Johnson, 2013-10-10

Harry Reid“Why, why, why would we want to do that?”
Harry Reid, 2013-10-02 Audio and/or video clip available

Henry Waxman“Is it important that I read it?”
Henry Waxman, 2013-10-02

George Miller“He was prepared to sacrifice the local economy, he was prepared to sacrifice the towns around Yosemite, when he was on the jihad against American citizens getting access to health care. He was fully prepared to sacrifice the parks, and the economy, and fire recovery.”
George Miller, 2013-10-02 Audio and/or video clip available

George Miller“So when you were on the jihad against Americans' access to healthcare, shutting down the parks wasn't a problem. Shutting down NIH wasn't a problem.”
George Miller, 2013-10-02 Audio and/or video clip available

Tom Harkin“It's dangerous, it's very dangerous. I believe Mr. President that we are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break up of the Union before the Civil War.”
Tom Harkin, 2013-09-27 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“So what we did...it’s paid for by a combination of things. We did raise taxes on some things.”
Barack Obama, 2013-09-24 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Reid“We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obama is, that the Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who refuse to accept the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare be constitutional.”
Harry Reid, 2013-09-23 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Reid“America will know exactly who to blame: Republicans fanatics in the House and the Senate.”
Harry Reid, 2013-09-23 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Reid“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever.”
Harry Reid, 2013-08-09

Mark Pryor“No, actually, I'm not. It actually is working in a lot of ways.”
Mark Pryor, 2013-08-08 Audio and/or video clip available

Mark Pryor“I would say if you want a good opinion about Obamacare, go right here to Mercy Hospital and ask them how they feel about it. It’s been an amazing success story so far.”
Mark Pryor, 2013-08-07 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“And you know uh, we were just talking with some folks earlier about the fact that, for a lot of people, uh it'll be cheaper than your cell phone bill”
Barack Obama, 2013-08-00 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“Oh he’d like that. Well, because I uh think he understood that uh health care, health security uh is not a privilege, uh it’s something in a county as wealthy as ours, everybody should have access to.”
Barack Obama, 2013-08-00 Audio and/or video clip available

Jeanne Shaheen“If you have health coverage that you like you can keep it. As I said, you may have missed my remarks at the beginning of the call, but one of the things I that I said as a requirement that I have for supporting a bill is that if you have health coverage that you like you should be able to keep that.”
Jeanne Shaheen, 2013-08-00

Jeanne Shaheen“But under ever scenario that I’ve seen, if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it.”
Jeanne Shaheen, 2013-08-00

Kathleen Sebelius“We are on track to flip the switch on Oct. 1 and say to people, 'Come on and sign up.'”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2013-07-28 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Reid“Max said unless we implement this properly it’s going to be a train wreck, and I agree with him.”
Harry Reid, 2013-05-01

Kathleen Sebelius“As I answered before, congressman, we will be open for open enrollment Oct. 1.”
Kathleen Sebelius, 2013-04-12 Audio and/or video clip available

Ed Markey“The vote for President Obama’s Healthcare Bill was the proudest vote of my career.”
Ed Markey, 2013-03-27 Audio and/or video clip available

Mary Landrieu“I understand your concern and frustration with reports that Members of Congress and their staff are receiving and "exemption" from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, my staff and I are explicitly required to receive our health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.”
Mary Landrieu, 2013-00-00

Mary Landrieu“Once again, let me assure you that there is no exemption for Members of Congress and their staff in the ACA, nor will I ever support an 'exemption' for myself or my staff.”
Mary Landrieu, 2013-00-00

Mark Pryor“I think what business wants to know is, what’s the bottom line on health care coverage? Are we gonna be able to stick with our plan? The answer is yes.”
Mark Pryor, 2012-09-00 Audio and/or video clip available

John Conyers“Well it’s a platform. I don’t think they flow smoothly but without that, if we didn’t have this then health care, universal health care would be an even more difficult legislative objective.”
John Conyers, 2011-03-14

John Conyers“We both ended up voting for it in the end for this reason, that had that bill, with all its flaws, failed, it would have taken us another decade or longer to get single payer up and going. We view the health care reform bill as a platform on which we are now able to move forward.”
John Conyers, 2011-03-14

Barbara Boxer“So we want people to be able to keep the health care they have. And the answer to that is choice of plans. And in the exchange, we're going to have lots of different plans, and people will be able to keep the health care coverage they need and they want.”
Barbara Boxer, 2011-02-08

Tom Harkin“One of the things we put in the health care bill when we designed it was the protection for consumers to keep the plan they have if they like it; thus, the term ‘grandfathered plans.’ If you have a plan you like — existing policies — you can keep them.”
Tom Harkin, 2010-09-29

Barack Obama“And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.”
Barack Obama, 2010-04-01

Joe Biden“This is a big f***ing deal.”
Joe Biden, 2010-03-23 Audio and/or video clip available

Nancy Pelosi“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2010-03-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Martha Coakley“You can have religious freedom, you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.”
Martha Coakley, 2010-01-14 Audio and/or video clip available

Mary Landrieu“He told people if you have what, if you like the insurance that you have, you'll be able to keep it.”
Mary Landrieu, 2009-12-16 Audio and/or video clip available

Chuck Schumer“It’s Harry Reid calling, I guess health care will have to wait until we land.”
Chuck Schumer, 2009-12-13

Jeanne Shaheen“Now, under the current legislation, everyone will have the freedom to keep their health care plan if they like it.”
Jeanne Shaheen, 2009-10-15 Audio and/or video clip available

Chuck Schumer“If you like your insurance, you keep it.”
Chuck Schumer, 2009-09-29

Barack Obama“First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”
Barack Obama, 2009-09-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“Some of people's concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but by prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Now, such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple.”
Barack Obama, 2009-09-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms, the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. It's not true.”
Barack Obama, 2009-09-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up -- under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
Barack Obama, 2009-09-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“First, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits -- either now or in the future.”
Barack Obama, 2009-09-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period. And to prove that I'm serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don't materialize.”
Barack Obama, 2009-09-09 Audio and/or video clip available

Jerrold Nadler“It is fascist. It is a fascist tactic. That's exactly what they did in Weimar, Germany. Let me put it this way. It is a fascist tactic not to disagree with you, or to say you are an idiot or whatever, but to try to shut you up. That's what I mean. That's a fascist tactic.”
Jerrold Nadler, 2009-09-00

Harry Reid“I think it's going to help us.”
Harry Reid, 2009-08-29

Barack Obama“All I'm saying is let's take the example of something like diabetes, one of, uh, a disease that's skyrocketing, partly because of uh obesity, partly because it's not uh treated as effectively as it could be. Right now if we paid a family...if a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet, monitors whether they're taking their medications in a timely fashion, they might get reimbursed a pittance. But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that's $30,000, $40,000, $50,000, immediately the surgeon is reimbursed. Well, why not make sure that we're also reimbursing the care that prevents the amputation, right? That will save us money.”
Barack Obama, 2009-08-11 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Reid“In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.”
Harry Reid, 2009-08-03

Sheldon Whitehouse“[I]t honors President Obama’s programs and the promise of all of the Presidential candidates that if you like the plan you have, you get to keep it. You are not forced out of anything”
Sheldon Whitehouse, 2009-08-03

Barney Frank“Uh uh, because we don’t have the votes for it. I wish we did. Uh, I think if we get a good public option it could lead to single payer and that's the best way to reach single payer. Saying you’ll do nothing till you get single payer is a sure way never to get it.”
Barney Frank, 2009-07-27 Audio and/or video clip available

John Conyers“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill.' What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”
John Conyers, 2009-07-24 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings, and inefficiencies to our health care system.”
Barack Obama, 2009-07-20 Audio and/or video clip available

Steny Hoyer“If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes.”
Steny Hoyer, 2009-07-07

Barack Obama“And we're not going to solve every difficult problem in terms of end-of-life care. A lot of that is going to have to be, we as a culture and as a society starting to make better decisions within our own families and and and uh for ourselves. But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that's not making anybody's mom better, uh that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what? Maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off uh not having the surgery, but taking uh the painkiller.”
Barack Obama, 2009-06-24 Audio and/or video clip available

Robert Menendez“If you like what you have, you get to keep it.”
Robert Menendez, 2009-06-19

Barack Obama“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
Barack Obama, 2009-06-15

Dick Durbin“We believe — and we stand by this — if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward.”
Dick Durbin, 2009-06-10

Barack Obama“Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma. They end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs when, if you, they just gave, you gave, treatment early, and they got some treatment, and uhhh a breathalyzer, or uhh, an inhalator, not a breathalyzer.”
Barack Obama, 2008-07-05 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“It's a transitional system building on the existing systems that we have. [Transitional to what?] Well, transitional hopefully because I, the system currently is so, such a patchwork of inefficiency that over time I would want to see Medicaid, Medicare, uh the children's health insurance program, SCHIP -- all those integrated more effectively.”
Barack Obama, 2007-11-21 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“But I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There's going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out.”
Barack Obama, 2007-03-24 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“By the way, Canada did not start off immediately with a single payer system. They had a similar transition step.”
Barack Obama, 2007-00-00 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent! 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, universal health care plan. That’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”
Barack Obama, 2003-06-30 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Truman“We should resolve now that the health of this Nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all its citizens deserves the help of all the Nation.”
Harry Truman, 1945-11-19

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