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Older Americans Lack Health Insurance

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

(Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, it has been 133 days since the Republicans promised to present their health insurance reform legislation, and we still have no alternative plan from them.

The fastest growth group of uninsured Americans is older Americans age 50 to 64. Saying ``no'' to health insurance reform hurts millions of Americans who lack health insurance.

There was a 36 percent increase in the number of older Americans without insurance from 2000 to 2009. It used to be if you worked most of your life here in America you could retire to someplace warm and sunny like my home State of Florida. There were 7.1 million uninsured people age 50 to 64 in 2007. How can we allow more than 7 million Americans over 50--many who have worked their entire life--to go without health insurance? They certainly can't afford to retire when they're worried about how to pay for their medical bills.

Republicans point to a bunch of different solutions offered by their Members, including dismantling or privatizing Medicare. So which plan do they stand behind? Americans deserve to know.

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