Repeal of Obamacare Act

Floor Speech

By:  John Larson
Date: July 11, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Madam Speaker, I yield myself 30 seconds.

To respond here, as Mr. Andrews has very patiently and eloquently pointed out, the $500 billion that was just discussed by the previous speaker is something that the Republicans have voted on twice. Perhaps they didn't get a chance to read that bill as they sometimes claim about health care on this side.

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. I yield myself 15 seconds as we ask the dean of the delegation to step forward and just say that aside from the platitudes that we've heard today as have been expressed by many on our side and some of the eloquence of debate that we've heard, we continue to see no plan from the other side but a persistent endeavor to repeal a plan that would cost more than a hundred billion dollars for the taxpayers.

I yield 1 minute to the dean of the House of Representatives, the gentleman from Michigan, John Dingell.

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

I want to compliment both sides for the quality of debate that has occurred on this floor over the last couple of days.

Today, we are here for the 31st time to act on repealing the Affordable Care Act. I give my colleagues credit for their persistence, but I'm deeply troubled by the obstinacy and the obstruction that they have demonstrated in an almost callow indifference to the needs of American families. Most importantly, the simple dignity that comes from a job that more than 14 million of our Americans are being denied, and we can't, in this great civil body, bring forward the President's bill that will create jobs.

One of the people in my district, Signe Martin, said, do you not understand that you have plunged us into the dark abyss of uncertainty?

The only thing that creates and corrects that situation is the simple dignity that comes from a job. And yet today, we spend our time on the floor talking about something where we should be working together, where Members on our side of the aisle, who would have preferred Medicare for everyone--the majority of our caucus would have been there--and yet embraced the compromise that extolled the virtues of the Romney plan in Massachusetts. But there is no room for compromise on the other side of the aisle.

So we can only surmise this: that you would rather see the President fail than the American people succeed. Person after person on both sides of the aisle have gotten up and talked about the need for us to come together. You embrace most everything that's in this plan but would rather see the President fail than the Nation succeed.

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