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Repeal of Obamacare Act

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. POLIS. Mr. Speaker, in this bill before us today, there are several provisions about which I think the American people would be very angry, and they will be very angry when they find out what this body is up to.

In this bill before us today, Members of Congress would be able to maintain their government-subsidized health care after they retire instead of getting insurance, like everybody else, from a plan created under the Affordable Care Act.

Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, Members of Congress were eligible to continue to receive government subsidized health insurance under the Federal employees health benefits program, even after they retired. This bill before us today would return that benefit and would give government subsidized health insurance to Members of Congress, even as it took it away from millions of other Americans. Members of Congress should not have access to special health insurance plans paid for by American taxpayers, as Republicans would have us do under this bill.

In addition, this bill would increase the deficit. We don't know by how much. It could be $143 billion or it could be $230 billion. The issue is we won't even have that estimate until July 23. Once we have that estimate, it should be important for the Republicans, if they intend to modify this bill, to say how they're paying for it and be honest with the American people. Are the Republicans in favor of increasing the deficit by $150 billion and at the same time giving lifetime retiree health care benefits to Members of Congress, or do the Republicans intend to pay for this repeal by increasing taxes on the American middle class?

I urge a ``no'' vote on this Republican bill to give benefits to Members of Congress and to raise taxes on the middle class.

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