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Health Care

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, D.C.

Mr. LUJÁN. Mr. Speaker, our constituents have asked us to put them first, not say no and support the status quo. I ask my colleagues from the other side, from both sides, to listen to them and help them.

I have a constituent who has had health problems since she was 21, who has spent her life shackled by high co-pays, inaccessible insurance, and little care, and is asking us to help her. She has endured through two bankruptcies and many undertreated health problems that cause her pain every day.

Another constituent is facing increases of 20 percent each year in premiums for her business. Each year, these insurance costs are skyrocketing, and neither she nor her employees can afford them.

Throughout the country, the American people are asking us to help, but we keep hearing ``no''--``no'' to those with illnesses and ``no'' to those who struggle with the high cost of health care.

Let us do what's right. Let's come together. Let's have the courage to say yes for the American people.

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