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Health Care

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. TSONGAS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to discuss the important responsibility in front of us on health care reform. We are at a momentous time in our history. For the first time, we have a bill that has been approved by all five committees of jurisdiction. And although there are still details to be worked out, for the first time the majority of us have consensus on the structures and goals of this bill. We have never gotten this far, and I feel privileged to be in the House of Representatives at this time.

So now is not the time to say ``no,'' to instill false fear, and to derail this important effort. We must work together to make sure that what we end up passing is the best it can be for the American people because the cost of doing nothing is too great. Without reform, the cost of health care for the average American family is expected to rise $1,800 every year, with no end in sight. If we don't act now, this problem is only going to get worse. If we don't act, 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their health insurance every single day. We are in a unique moment.

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