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In Opposition to the Rule Governing Debate on H.R. 2667, The "Authority for Mandate Delay"

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Location: Washington, DC

Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the Rule and the underlying legislation because this bill would delay the implementation of the employer mandate a key provisions of the Affordable Care Act until 2014.

The House majority on May 16, 2013 placed before this body another bill in another attempt to end the Affordable Care Act also known as Obama Care. Their efforts to do anything and everything they can think of to stop millions of Americans from enjoying the security of health care enjoyed by all of my colleagues in this body is astounding. The Health care we enjoy is at the taxpayer expense so we do know what a federally supported health plan can do.

27.6 percent of Texans are without health care coverage

The Department of Health and Human Services announced over $9 million in grants to fund community health centers all over the State of Texas. The funds will be used to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options made available under the Affordable Care Act--or Obama Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act is needed and we should not pretend otherwise. The Administration announced that it would on its own allow a delay to work with the 5 percent of employers who are having difficulty meeting the mandate for providing health insurance for all of their employees. This means that 95 percent have met the obligation so the need for this change in law is not founded in fact.

In my district over the weekend, I held a press conference to congratulate Community Health Centers in the City of House who received part of $9 million to the State by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Grants to Community Health Centers will fund work to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options made available under the Affordable Care Act--or Obama Care Act.

Community Health Centers are non-profit, community focused health care providers who serve low-income and medically underserved communities.

Community Health Centers care for over 22 million people nationally.

In 2012, 50 million people in the United States had no health insurance coverage, with many losing insurance as a result of the recent recession.

The grants provided to Community Health Care Centers like Legacy Community Health Services located in my district will help millions of uninsured people in our nation get the medical care they need and deserve. List of Community Health Centers Awarded Funds in the City of Houston

- Fourth Ward Clinic--$124,395
- El Centro Del Corazon--$144, 525
- Houston Community Health Care--$90,691
- South Central Houston Community--$165,755
- Asian American Health Coalition of the Greater Houston Area--$90,867
- Spring Branch Community Health Center--$108,346
- Houston Area Community Services--$73,981
- Legacy Community Health Services--$267,747
- Health Care for the Homeless--$104,000
- Harris County Hospital District--$154,326

In 2012, Texas had 67 health centers operating in 388 sites providing services to over 1 million patients. Fifty-one percent of the 1 million people cared in my state for were uninsured. Statistics on the Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act Benefits to the 18th Congressional District:

- 11,400 young adults have insurance through their parents.
- 4,100 seniors received $5.4 million in discounts for prescription medication and average of $600 per person. This was a cost savings of $650 on average and so far in 2013 the savings are $1,040.
- 71,000 seniors are now eligible for Medicare prevention services without paying co-pays.
- 121,000 individuals, including 23,000 children and 50,000 women now have health insurance that prevent insurance companies from spending more than 20 percent of their premium dollars on profits and administrative overhead.
- 46,000 children with pre-existing illnesses can no longer be denied insurance.
- 153,000 people in my district have health insurance that have no lifetime limits on their coverage and will not face annual limits.
- Up to 193,000 people in the 18th Congressional District of Houston Texas will have access to quality health affordable health care without fear of discrimination or higher rates because of preexisting health conditions.
- 17,000 individuals who purchase insurance on the private health insurance market established for individuals or small groups will have access to more secure, higher quality coverage and many will have access to financial assistance. National Benefit of Obama Care
- 13 million Americans received $1.1 billion in rebates from their health insurance companies last year.
- 105 million Americans have free preventive services.
- Millions of women now have free coverage for comprehensive women's preventive medical services.
- 100 million Americans no longer have a life-time limit on healthcare coverage.
- 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers.
- 6.6 million young-adults up to age 26 can stay on their parents' health insurance plans.
- 6.3 million Seniors in the `donut hole' have saved $6.1 billion on their prescription drugs.
- 3.2 million Seniors have access to free annual wellness visits under Medicare.
- 360,000 Small Businesses are using the Health Care Tax Credit to help them provide health insurance to their workers. Statistics on Texas and the Affordable Care Act
- 3.8 million Texas residents receive preventative care services.
- 7 million Texans no longer have lifetime limits on their healthcare insurance.
- 300,731 young adults can remain on their parents' health insurance until age 26.
- 5 million Texas residents can receive a rebate check from their insurance company if it does not spend 80 percent of premium dollars on healthcare.
- 4,029 people with pre-existing conditions now have health insurance.

In 2014, Insurance companies will be banned from: discriminating against anyone with a preexisting condition; charging higher rates based on gender or health status; enforcing lifetime dollar limits; enforcing annual dollar limits on health benefits.

The healthcare law has many benefits.

For these reasons, I urge my Colleagues to join me in voting no on the rule for this bad bill.

The House and the Senate have real work to create jobs, strengthen the food security for our most vulnerable--children, elderly, disabled and low-wage workers. We need to address immigration reform and Border Security and we should be focused on the need to pass appropriations bills that eliminate Sequestration that is strangling the financial security of millions of Federal workers. Sequestration not only hurt Federal workers but the local economies that no longer have the incomes provided by Federal agencies to stimulate the recovery our Nation is now entering.

We should be about the business of the people sent us to Washington to work in their interest.

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to reject the rule for this bill.


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