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Mr. Speaker, increasing access to high-quality health care while reducing costs, that was the goal of the recently enacted health care law. But no matter how well-intentioned, very few now stand by that law in its entirety. The new health care law will cost money that taxpayers don't have, and it will cost jobs we can't afford to lose.
Now is the time to reexamine this misguided law before young families are forced to buy something they can't afford or face fines from their government, before seniors are forced to find new doctors or lose the kind of insurance plans they enjoy now, before small businesses shed jobs or are forced to close their doors due to budget-busting regulations.
More access, lower cost. It's safe to say that every American supports that idea. As an emergency medicine doctor, I know that I do. And working on the front lines of health care I've seen what works and what doesn't. Forcing people to buy insurance or fining them, eliminating seniors' access to Medicare Advantage, and burdening small businesses with onerous taxes don't work.
What the American people want are solutions that don't cost more taxpayer money and don't prevent small businesses from hiring new employees; making sure people don't lose their coverage once they get sick; letting dependent children stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26; making sure anyone who wants to buy insurance can purchase a policy regardless of preexisting condition; and allowing consumers choice while creating incentives to purchase insurance that fits their needs works. Some of these solutions are there, but there is more wrong with this bill than there is right.
So let's repeal this law that doesn't work. Let's repair those pieces that could work. Let's replace it with patient-centered solutions that will work. And let's give the American people the health care they deserve.
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