Providing for Consideration of H.R. 45, Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Floor Speech

By:  Judy Chu
Date: May 16, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. CHU. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the Patients' Rights Repeal Act.

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, that's insanity. This week, House Republicans are trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 37th time. Thirty-six failed attempts weren't enough?

More than 105 million Americans have had arbitrary lifetime coverage caps lifted because of this law. Up to 17 million children with preexisting conditions can no longer be denied coverage. And more than 6.5 million children up to the age of 26 now have coverage on their parents' plan, about half of whom would otherwise be uninsured.

Why would anyone want to roll all of this back? Why would anyone waste 43 days--as Republicans have done so far--to repeal a bill that does so much for the American people? It's not smart; it's not logical. More importantly, it's not right.

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