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Public Statements

Health Care

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, 2 weeks ago when the President addressed the Nation from this very Chamber, my Republican colleagues made a big show of waving their plans for the health reform and of waving them all over the floor, five bills and particularly a specific bill.

Unfortunately, just as I hope all of us read our bill, I hope all of you read your own bills. The plans that have been bandied about by my Republican friends lack any commitment to guaranteeing affordable, quality health care for all Americans.

The truth about the Republican plans is that they dismantle and disrupt the health insurance system. Get this, the American people: the provisions espoused by the Republicans would unravel the employer-based system where 159 million Americans get their health coverage. It erodes the employer-provided coverage. It provides fewer choices at higher costs for those who need insurance the most.

Wait until Americans read the Republican plans for us and what they have available.

By the way, the CBO does not in any manner, shape or form tell us how we're going to pay for this under the Republican plans. You've criticized us, and hypocritically, you've done what you say we've done.


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