07.25.17

Senator David Perdue Takes To Senate Floor To Combat Democrat Misinformation On Obamacare

“The problem is we have a campaign of disinformation that's underway right now.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke at 11:00 PM last night after presiding over the Senate floor, to combat Democrat’s continued stream of misinformation on the damaging effects of Obamacare and why the Senate must act now to fix the failing health care system.

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floor speech

Highlights:

Setting The Record Straight: “I don't think there's a member of this United States Senate that doesn't want America to have the best health care in the world. The problem is, we have a campaign of disinformation that's underway right now and it is outrageous, and I cannot let it stand.”

Five Health Care Systems: “We only talk about Obamacare right now, but there are five health care systems in America. First, we have group policies. This is what the vast majority of Americans are in. Anybody who works in a company or in a large organization has a group policy. Then there's the individual market. The individual market is what Obamacare addresses, but it's only 13% of the entire health care system—only 13%. Then there's the VA, Medicare and Medicaid.”

Obamacare Hurts People It Claims To Help: “Let me talk about who’s hurting people in America today. In 2014, the IRS – under Obamacare – fined nearly 8 million people almost $1.8 billion. The irony of that is that 85% of the people that were fined $1.8 billion in 2014 made less than $50,000, and almost half of them made less than $25,000.”

CBO Numbers Don’t Add Up: “Today, the CBO is determined to be the Holy Grail up here in Washington. I haven’t seen a number come out of the CBO that I would depend on yet. In fact, in 2010, they overestimated the number of people who would sign up for Obamacare by 12 million people. They missed the estimate by more than 50%. This isn’t a rounding error.”

Premiums Up Because Of Obamacare: “The premiums under Obamacare, prior to this year, over the last two years, are up over 105% in America. Democrats say premiums are going up because of uncertainty coming out of the White House. This year’s rates were determined last year before we even knew President Trump was going to be a nominee. It sounds like a good story, until you see the facts.”

Georgia’s Reality Today: “The premiums in my state of Georgia alone, going into next year, are going up 42% and here’s the untold truth. In my state, 96 of 159 counties only have one carrier. That’s a monopoly. They can pretty much do whatever they want. That’s under Obamacare, not anything else we’re talking about. That’s the reality today.”

Single-Payer? Double Your Tax Bill: “Big government does not work in situations like this. I lived under a single-payer. This is the alternative that Democrats are after. I’ve heard it mentioned three times on the floor of the Senate tonight. We cannot go there. It bifurcates delivery. It would add $3.2 trillion – that’s more than we spend on all mandatory expenses today – every single year. That’s impossible. If you think that will work, imagine this. Go home and look at your tax bill. Whatever you paid the federal government last year, double it.”

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.