Congressman Gene Green spoke out on the floor of the House of Representatives against repealing the Affordable Care Act, a law which has already benefited millions of Americans in Texas and across the nation. In his statement, Representative Green noted:
"This Congress we have spent most of our time voting on messaging bills and very little time actually legislating. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle and I agree on many issues, we even agree about some of the short comings of the ACA. No bill is perfect and we should be spending our time improving the bill, not abolishing it.
Repealing this law is a vote to drop college students from their parents' health plan. It is a vote to allow insurance companies to discriminate against women and withhold life saving procedures because of pre-existing conditions. A repeal would mean children, families, and working Americans are denied health insurance. A repeal would mean 13 million Americans do not receive rebates on their health insurance.
In my district in Houston and East Harris County, Texas, we have one of the highest uninsured rates in the country. The bill today denies my hardworking constituents a chance to qualify and purchase health insurance. There is no question that repeal is a bad policy, this is all politics and it's not what the American people want. I am asking the majority to put partisanship aside and reach across the aisle to improve this bill and not resort to partisan gimmickry that exposes our nation's most vulnerable to even more pain and suffering."
Rep. Green served on the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health during drafting of the Affordable Care Act and helped write and amend the legislation.