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Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. SEWELL. Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to this bill that seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act, legislation that has helped so many constituents of mine and Americans all across this Nation.

Nearly 2 weeks ago, I was honored by being sworn in as a Representative for the Seventh Congressional District of Alabama. On day one I received numerous calls from my constituents urging me to oppose this repeal, and this weekend I heard from countless voices that the health care bill that's currently enacted has begun to help them.

Let me tell the story about Mr. and Mrs. Cheatem in Greene County from my district. Both are on Medicare. Mr. Cheatem suffered several heart attacks, and Mrs. Cheatem has a chronic back condition. Prescription medication alleviates her pain and keeps him alive.

Several provisions in the Affordable Care Act have helped Mr. and Mrs. Cheatem to get their prescriptions. Now they don't have to choose between putting food on the table, gas in their cars, or paying for their medication.

The Affordable Care Act is a first step towards strengthening our health care system and is already helping to save the lives of many in my district.

I urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' on this bill.


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