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Health Care

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, D.C.

Mr. Speaker, what we're seeing here is, we are on the brink of passing health care reform in this country. Why are we doing that? We're doing this for my constituents and constituents across the country. We're doing it for the grandparents who I saw on Sunday, whose 12-year-old granddaughter, a life full of promise, is awaiting a transplant, but she might not be able to get that transplant. They have optimistic signs that she would be fine, but she might not get that because her health insurance is about to reach its cap.

And we're doing it for the elderly gentleman who I met. He had a part of his arm stripped away because he had melanoma as a young man. He never had another day of sickness regarding melanoma in his life, but he has dodged health care issues forever because he couldn't get insurance because of his preexisting condition. Now he's on Medicare, and he has that system that is working for him.

But that's not how it should be in this country. You shouldn't have to wait to be 65 in order to access affordable, quality health care. We're better than that, and we're going to give the American people better than that.

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