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Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. SPEIER. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.

You know, the real question is who is supporting this repeal of health reform. Are the doctors of America supporting the repeal? No; the American Medical Association opposes it.

Is AARP supporting a repeal? No; they are opposed to it.

Are the hospitals supporting a repeal? No; they are opposed to it as well.

Who supports a repeal of health care reform? The National Chamber of Commerce, period.

So what do our constituents really want? They want the costs to be brought down. There is not one of us who hasn't heard a complaint from a constituent saying, I can't afford it anymore.

Well, health care reform requires that 80 percent of the premium go to providing health care. It is starting to put a governor on the costs of health insurance.

The second thing that people are concerned about is access for their kids and for themselves. Well, let's talk about these children.

In my district there are 30,000 children with preexisting conditions, and I know you have gotten the same phone calls I have gotten; a parent calling, crying on the phone, talking about the leukemia their child has or the asthma their child has and their fear if their spouse loses their job they won't have health insurance and they will go to the individual market and there will be no health insurance.

Let me tell you about Sophie O'Riley, who, at 5 years of age, had very serious asthma. Her parents went to every insurer in the individual market and could not get insurance. So what did they do? They went bare for a year in order to be able to access insurance.

H.R. 2 is bad medicine. I urge a ``no'' vote.


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