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Media Advisory: NPR News Interview with Congressman Kevin Brady

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has vast jurisdiction over the tax code, trade bills and health care. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has vast jurisdiction over the tax code, trade bills and health care.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017; Washington D.C.- In an interview airing today on All Things Considered, NPR's Audie Cornish spoke with the House Ways and Means chair, Republican Representative Kevin Brady about the Affordable Care Act and the Republicans' replacement, the American Health Care Act.

The interview aired at 4:11 p.m. ET on All Things Considered.

Excerpts from the interview:

When asked about criticism from Sen. Rand Paul that the ACA's mandate is merely being replaced with a new mandate, with penalties to be paid to insurers, he said:
"I disagree with Senator Paul and note that his legislation is often called Obamacare Plus by others, because it doesn't repeal any of the taxes or the subsidies of Obamacare, keeps them in place. He has the equivalent of three new unlimited subsidy programs that aren't paid for. It's a huge budget buster. So there's a reason it has limited support. I disagree with his characterization, in fact, rather than a mandate that forces Americans to buy government-approved healthcare or pay a tax, Republicans in the house take a different approach."

When asked about Sen. Tom Cotton's assessment that the AHCA cannot pass the Senate so House members should not vote for it, he said:
"I appreciate Senator Cotton and I'm always anxious for our Senate Republican Senators, especially respected ones like Tom Cotton, to bring their ideas forward. We are in the House writing this legislation to the Senate rules that Senator Cotton and others control. To the extent that they can address these issues themselves — and we're always excited when Senate Republicans do their job, not ours — I'm convinced that repealing the awful taxes and the subsidies and mandates of Obamacare and beginning to restore state control in the free market are exactly the recipes for more affordable healthcare. And we are always anxious to have our Senate Republicans working in the Senate to improve upon our ideas going forward."

When asked why tax reform is the next crucial issue after the healthcare battle, he said:
"For Americans who want a different direction, who don't want sub two percent growth, where there are few opportunities and fewer opportunities for new jobs and salaries, tax reform is critical to getting out economy healthy again and providing the jobs- good paying jobs that people want. And so you know, yes these are difficult issues but the last election made it clear that people want the direction this country changed they want to shake up Washington and they want problems solved so that's exactly what we're doing."

Audio and transcript will be available on NPR.org later today.

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