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Health Care Reform

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC


HEALTH CARE REFORM -- (House of Representatives - June 18, 2009)

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Mr. COURTNEY. Mr. Speaker, as our country embarks on a great national debate about health care, we are already seeing the fear-mongering beginning, that people are going to lose their health insurance.

Let us be very clear. As President Obama says, if you have health insurance and a doctor, if you like your health insurance and your doctor, you will keep your health insurance and your doctor. And there is no group for which that is more true than our military personnel and our veterans.

Recently, at the Groton Navy base, I was at the PX being approached by individuals asking if President Obama was going to take away their TRICARE and their veterans benefits. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, we are going to be strengthening veterans benefits and TRICARE under the great leadership of the VA Secretary, Eric Shinseki.

So let the message be clear. Before all the fear-mongering, and before all the misleading information begins, if you are serving our country, if you are wearing the uniform of our Nation, your health care will be protected and strengthened under President Obama's health care reform effort.

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