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Public Statements

Repeal of the Patients' Bill of Rights

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BUTTERFIELD. Mr. Speaker, today we continue debate on the Republicans' most unfortunate effort to repeal health care reform that we passed during the last Congress. This repeal will increase the deficit by $230 billion. No one disagrees with that but Republicans. That's why the Republican majority exempted this legislation from pay-as-you-go budgeting. You know this repeal will increase the deficit.

Keeping the law in its present form not only decreases the deficit but will provide 32 million uninsured Americans the opportunity to obtain insurance and provide dependable coverage for their families; it allows children to remain on their family's policy to age 26; it closes the doughnut hole, and it does so much more.

Mr. Speaker, I can usually see both sides of an issue, but for the life of me, I can't see what the Republicans are trying to achieve but to score political points with their right-wing base.

I call on my friends to abandon your efforts and let's concentrate on putting Americans to work. That's what my constituents are demanding and your constituents as well.


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