The rhetoric over re­peal and re­place

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On Capi­tol Hill last week, po­lit­i­cal lead­ers warned their par­ties that what lies ahead in the bat­tle to re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act will in­clude a pub­lic re­la­tions strug­gle where both sides point fin­gers and swap words. And ev­ery­one from pol­i­cy­mak­ers to pun­dits has al­ready weighed in.

“The Democrats, led by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad Oba­maCare is and what a mess they are in. ... time for Repub­li­cans & Democrats to get to­gether and come up with a health­care plan that re­ally works.” Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump on Twit­ter

“Re­peal­ing ACA would bal­loon the Fed­eral bud­get & throw state bud­gets into tur­moil. This is fis­cally con­ser­va­tive?” CMS Act­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tor Andy Slavitt on Twit­ter

“Losses of this mag­ni­tude ... dec­i­mate hos­pi­tals’ and health sys­tems’ abil­ity to pro­vide ser­vices, weaken lo­cal economies that hos­pi­tals help sus­tain and grow, and re­sult in mas­sive job losses.” Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion CEO Rick Pol­lack and Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tals CEO Chip Kahn

“In­stead of call­ing names, [the] pres­i­dent-elect should roll up his sleeves and show us a re­place­ment plan that will cover the 20 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who gained cov­er­age.” Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer

“It is not nec­es­sary for Congress to ad­dress ev­ery is­sue in a re­place­ment bill. But the so­lu­tions to the prob­lems in U.S. health care, and with the ACA, are not to be found in tin­ker­ing around the edges of ex­ist­ing pol­icy.” Joseph An­tos and James Capretta of the Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute

“I will take the re­spon­si­bil­ity for not hav­ing fully com­mu­ni­cated with the Amer­i­can peo­ple for why this is an ex­tra­or­di­nary vic­tory for them.” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama

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