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Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GOWDY. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Mr. Speaker, the Constitution of the United States has limits.

Surely one of those limits must be that Congress cannot compel a private citizen to engage in a private commercial transaction.

Surely the Congress of the United States cannot compel a person to purchase life insurance, because generational debt is a bad thing.

Surely the Congress of the United States cannot compel someone to purchase vision insurance or dental insurance.

The Constitution of the United States places limits on Congress, and it is time that this body honored those limits envisioned by our Forefathers. To ask for self-restraint or respect for the Constitution should not invite challenges to our humanity or accusations of moral acquiescence.

I am from the upstate of South Carolina; and every time I go home, I hear about the need for health reform and about the fear that people have with respect to preexisting conditions; but I support a solution that is patient centered and not government centered. I support a solution that is affordable and not generational embezzlement, and I support a solution that is consistent with the Constitution.


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