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Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. MARKEY of Massachusetts. On health care, the Democratic party is the ``party of hope'' and the Republicans are the ``party of nope.''

The Democratic health care bill lowers prescription drug costs for seniors, expands coverage to 32 million more Americans, reduces the deficit by $143 billion over the next 10 years, and gives middle class families tax credits to help pay for health coverage.

What do the Republicans say to this plan? They say ``nope.'' Nope to lowering prescription drug prices, nope to expanding coverage, nope to health insurance tax breaks.

GOP used to stand for Grand Old Party. Now, it stands for grandstand, oppose, and postpone. They grandstand with phony claims about nonexistent government takeovers, they oppose any real reform, and then they want to postpone fixing a broken health care system. GOP: Grandstand, oppose, and postpone.

Today we have a choice between change and more of the same, between ``hope'' and ``nope.'' Ted Kennedy is looking down and smiling today. Vote ``aye'' for John Dingell, for Ted Kennedy, and for all of those Americans that need health care in our country.


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