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Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Floor Speech

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Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas. Mr. Chairman and Members, I thank my colleague from Connecticut for yielding to me.

Let me first say that I have read the bill. I was on the subcommittee and the full committee and served on the Health Subcommittee for many years. And I had many people ask me that. And believe me, when you spend hours and hours literally in testimony and amending the bill, you have the chance to read it.

And I would hope my Republican colleagues, and all of us, would do the same thing, our appropriators, I would hope they would read the appropriations bill if they are accusing us on the Energy and Commerce Committee who drafted that bill.

What this amendment would do would take away the funding that the Department of Labor and Health and Human Services would be able to enforce that insurance can't drop someone from coverage when they become sick.

They would take away that funding. Seniors would be saving money. They should enforce it, saving money for seniors for prescription drugs. Young adults up to age 26 are getting back on insurance with their parents. That would stop the Department of Labor and Health and Human Services from enforcing that law. Small businesses are receiving billions of dollars in tax credits to provide health care coverage. This would stop it.

Defunding health care would end these benefits and put insurance companies back in charge. The whole goal of the health care bill, whether you call it ObamaCare--I wanted it to be called the Gene Green bill. But I admit, I'm only one of 435 is to cut these benefits. That's what this bill is about in this amendment. It will defund the great things in the health care law.

Let's go back and talk about the things that we all agree that need to be changed. But if you take away the money, we'll lose this for all the folks in our districts.

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