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Repeal of Obamacare Act

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CLYBURN. Mr. Larson, thank you for yielding me the time.

Madam Speaker, I rise today in opposition to this partisan charade to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

This is the 31st time the majority has orchestrated a vote to repeal in whole or in part this very important and long-awaited law to increase accessibility and decrease the cost of quality health care.

Fortunately, the other body rejected this ill-fated effort the first 30 times, and this 31st time will be no different. Why, then, are we having this debate?

Do my Republican colleagues really believe that the majority of the other body is now ready to take from children born with diabetes the right to coverage under their parents' health care policies?

Do my Republican colleagues really believe that a majority of the other body is now ready to take from children who are seeking employment the right to remain on their parents' health care policies up to their 26th birthday?

Do my Republican colleagues really believe that a majority of the other body is now ready to take from a woman with breast cancer, or a man with prostate cancer, the right to keep their coverage once they get sick?

The American people are smarter than that. They know the deal. They do not wish to be taken down this primrose path for the 31st time. The American people want stability in their lives, security for their families, and safety in their communities.

Americans want us to stop jerking them around. They cannot have stability in their lives when we are shipping American jobs overseas. They cannot have security in their homes when they are fearful of getting sick. They cannot have safety in their communities when their teachers, policemen, and firefighters are being led off while we are engaged in symbolic episodes.

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