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Mr. BACA. Madam Speaker, I oppose this repeal of the health bill that is good for my district.
Madam Speaker, right now, Democrats and Republicans should be coming together to create new jobs, help struggling middle class families, and reduce the deficit. But instead of dealing with the problems of today, our Republican friends want to turn back the clock. Now is the time for job creation, not job elimination.
We have heard some say that health reform will bankrupt our Nation. But we know that is not true. In fact the Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that health reform lowers the deficit by over $1 trillion.
We have heard some say that the business community cannot afford health care reform. But we know that repealing reform actually increases taxes on America's small businesses, by eliminating health care tax credits.
Repealing the health care reform law means:
Discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions--jeopardizing coverage for up to 305 thousand individuals in my District;
Gender discrimination that allows insurance companies to charge women higher premiums than men for the same coverage; and
Higher prescription drug costs for seniors on Medicare--including over 5 thousand seniors in my District who will be thrown back into the ``Donut Hole.''
Hospitals in my District are already busting at the seams. They can't afford the $146 million in uncompensated care costs that repeal would bring.
I refuse to go back home and tell parents in my District that 56 thousand of their children will no longer be able to find insurance because of pre-existing health conditions.
We must continue to move forward and focus on job creation. Now is not the time to return to the failed policies of the past.
Let's stand with American families and say ``no'' to more insurance company control; ``no'' to increasing the deficit; and ``no'' to all efforts to repeal health reform.
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