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Affordable Health Care For America Act

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. SCALISE. I want to thank the ranking member from Texas for yielding.

I rise in opposition to Speaker Pelosi's 1,990-page government takeover of health care. Weighing in at nearly 20 pounds, this bill comes out to over $530 million of spending per page. And where does this bill spend that money? Well, first of all, it fails the American people. It fails those small businesses and families that are going to have to pay the $730 billion in new taxes in this bill. It fails our seniors who have to deal with over $500 billion in cuts to Medicare. And it fails many of President Obama's own pledges and promises he made right here on this floor, like when he said, If you make less than $250,000 a year, you won't pay any new taxes, ``not a dime.''

In this bill, there is over $20 billion of new taxes just on people who have no insurance. The President has said multiple times, If you like what you have, you can keep it. Unfortunately, this bill fails the President's promise because it allows the health care czar to take away your insurance even if you like it. It's so bad, that even when we brought our amendment to say all Members of Congress have to abide by this bill, they actually refused to allow a vote on that amendment.

We need to defeat this legislation and do real reform.

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