Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) appeared on CBS's Face the Nation this morning where he discussed the deal with Iran and the Affordable Care Act. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“Our policy is that Iran should not have a nuclear arms capability. That continues to be our policy and the military option, as Secretary Kerry just said, is still on the table and it needs to be on the table. We need to make sure that Iran does not move forward. I think this is a marginal improvement. It does freeze some of their activity in place and it continues the major sanctions in place. It's going to be costly on a continuing basis to them. I think that the Senate has a sanction bill that increases sanctions which we passed in the House in July. I think moving forward with that, but not implementing it for six months assuming that the Iranians do in fact what they say they're going to do, [is the right thing to do]. I think the Secretary of State is absolutely correct, verification is the key here. We don't trust Iran, we need to verify that in fact they're going to do what they say they’re going to do and will move towards final agreement which will ultimately dismantle and eliminate their ability to have nuclear weapon.”
“The process has been terrible, we're all very disappointed, those of us who support the Affordable Care Act. But the Affordable Care Act … the majority of the American public says, we need to fix it, not repeal it. And what they mean by that is, they know they need affordable quality health care access. As a result, the necessity is that we fix this access to it and I think over time the American public are going to see it works well. … I don't think Obamacare has failed. Access to Obamacare has been a failure at this point in time and it needs to be fixed. So from that standpoint the substance of Obamacare is yet to be tested, and to the extent it has been tested it's been a success for millions of people.”