Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the extreme Republican budget and the success of the Affordable Care Act on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and Fox News' "Fox & Friends" this morning. See excerpts of the interviews and links to the videos below.
Click here to watch Whip Hoyer's interview on MSNBC.
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MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
“I think the polls clearly indicate that people agree with [Democrats] on almost every issue that we've talked about in terms of growing jobs and making sure that people can make it in America. … The budget that is being offered on the Floor this coming week… is a budget which disinvests. I call it [Budget Committee Chairman Paul] Ryan's retreat. It repeals the Affordable Care Act without repealing the revenues the Affordable Care Act generates. He uses that for tax cuts for the wealthiest in America. He changes Medicare from a guaranteed program to a premium support or a non-guaranteed program in the years ahead. And he disinvests. He disinvests in education and innovation and research and infrastructure, all the things that are necessary to grow our economy and grow jobs. I think it’s a budget that I think is going to make the Republicans very vulnerable because the people are going to see a budget that does not help them.”
“I think we can point to this [Republican] budget as a budget that predicts… what the Republicans would do if they took over the Senate and kept the House. The American people are going to reject that.”
Fox News' "Fox & Friends"
“We want the [health care] exchanges to work. The reason we want the exchanges to work is because the access to affordable quality health care is something the American people need, want and have been advantaged by over the last few years. With the Affordable Care Act protection, such as getting insurance notwithstanding a preexisting condition, making sure that preventive care is not an extra charge to encourage people for getting preventive care. Seniors are paying less for their prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. People aren't having their policies canceled because they get too sick, so they don’t go into bankruptcy. All of those facets of the Affordable Care Act are working and have benefited literally millions and millions of Americans, young people on their family's policies before age 26. So millions of people have been advantaged and 7.1 million people have signed up....”
“The Paul Ryan budget is a disaster. It's a retreat. It disinvests in America and America's future. It disinvests in growing jobs and creating opportunities for people. It is a budget that is more of the same…. The budget that … was presented last year … but never implemented by the Republicans is a budget which changes Medicare, which undermines Medicaid, and nutritional programs for people. It disinvests in basic research. It disinvests in infrastructure and disinvests in education, all of which are necessary to grow our economy and create the kind of jobs that we need. So it is a bad budget. I don't think it reflects the priorities of the American people and I think the American people are going to reject it as the Congress … rejected almost the same budget last year.”