Diane Black Interview with Opportunity Lives: A Better Way for Health Care and the Budget

Washington, DC  On Wednesday, Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black sat down with John Hart from Opportunity Lives to discuss repealing and replacing Obamacare and the committee’s priorities for the coming year.

Below is a summary of their conversation. You can see the full video here.

On Obamacare repeal:

“For me, I can see a better way for people – obviously our conference can. We want to repeal something that’s not working [immediately] and make it a more patient-centered system for folks. And we don’t want people to fall off a cliff [like] what I saw in Tennessee…We want to be sure that what we do is patient-centered.”

On pre-existing conditions:

“We get demonized all the time, but the fact of the matter is the desire to take care of people with pre-existing conditions pre-dated the Affordable Care Act because the Republicans even backed that many years ago…We have to fix this and we have a fix. The other piece of that is no lifetime limits. If someone is unfortunate enough that they have a condition that’s going to cause them to need care for the rest of their life, they shouldn’t be limited and told that they can’t get coverage for that. And then those that are up to 26-years-old that are still on parents’ plans, they’ll still be able to keep that. Those are the three big provisions that folks are very interested in making sure that we keep.”

On the FY2018 Budget:

“Health care is certainly on our minds and it is what we need to do first out of the gate. We’ve promised the American people we would do that, we would repeal Obamacare and replace it with something patient-centered. So it is absolutely first on our agenda. But that doesn’t mean we can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. So we are beginning the process on formatting our FY18 budget and beginning to have our committee members understand each one of the functions.”