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Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BARTON. I thank the gentlelady from Tennessee.

You've seen the TV commercial about oil filters where somebody brings their car in, and they haven't had their oil changed, and the guy says, Well, they could have paid me before by changing the oil filter or they can pay me later when they bring the car in.

That's why we're here today. We're going to repeal this Act. We can repeal it today or we can repeal it later, but it's going to be repealed.

My friends on the minority side talk about all the good things of it and act like there is no government intervention. There is just a government mandate that you have to have insurance. There is a government mandate that employers have to provide it. There is a government mandate on what has to be included in that coverage. There is a government price control on the price of the premiums. Of course, there is a mandate that everybody in the country has to have insurance, and the IRS can enforce that as a penalty if, in fact, you choose not to participate in that mandated program. Other than that, there is no government involvement in this law.

So, my good friends, I would say: vote with us to repeal it now so we don't have to come back later next year or the year after when health care is in a shambles, and we will repeal it then.

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