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Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Madam Speaker, I rise today in opposition of H.R. 2 and I am disappointed that the House has acted to repeal the landmark health reform legislation we passed last year.
This act represents a huge step backwards in ensuring that everyone has access to affordable health care. This bill flies in the face of the idea that health care is a right and that everyone deserves access to care.
The repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-142) and the health provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (P.L. 111-152) will have a major impact on the people in my district. Without maintaining the strong protections enacted under these laws, hundreds of thousands of people in the 4th district, including 60,000 children, could be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition. Additionally, nearly 5,000 seniors on Medicare will face immediate increases in the cost of their medication, while an additional 58,000 will be forced to pay out of pocket for preventive screenings for conditions such as breast and colon cancer. And with our economy struggling to get back on track, repealing health care will deny hundreds of small businesses and thousands of families in my district crucial tax credits to help offset the cost of coverage.
I have long supported the idea that health care is a right, not a privilege. It is with that in mind that I strongly oppose this misguided action.
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