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Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule XIX, proceedings will now resume on the bill (H.R. 2) to repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

The Clerk read the title of the bill.


Mr. LEVIN. I yield myself 4 minutes.

Madam Speaker, health care reform is an American family law. Repealing it would hurt families all across our Nation. Repeal would mean rescission, taking away benefits from millions of Americans, giving power back to health insurance.

Let's be clear: This law is working. Repealing it would have real-life consequences for millions of Americans.

As many as 19 million kids in our country have health problems considered preexisting conditions. In the past it could have led health insurance companies to drop their coverage. This new law changed that. One example--there are millions: One mother in my district, Felicia Tisdale, said she has been anxious about her daughter's health insurance since she was diagnosed with diabetes at age 3. Ms. Tisdale and others like her no longer have to worry about their children being denied coverage.

More than 1 million young adults are already benefiting from the provision that allows them to stay on their parents' plan until they turn 26. Just one example: A constituent, Sean McCarthy, an auto worker, told me in a letter that his two children, ages 19 and 23, could not afford to stay in college, but he was grateful that the new law at least enabled them to get health insurance by joining his plan.

And then seniors, millions, millions have seen their out-of-pocket drug costs go down under this new law. Nearly 3 million Medicare recipients have received a reimbursement check in the mail in the last year relating to the doughnut hole.

One gentleman who I represent, Harry Wimble of Warren, Michigan, wrote to me, thankfully, that his wife received $250 that she otherwise would not have. He said his wife paid thousands of dollars out of pocket in 2010 because of the doughnut hole.

Repeal would mean releasing insurance companies once again to impose unreasonable premium increases, to deny insurance to whomever they please whenever they please, to set annual lifetime benefit limits, to discriminate against women through higher rates and arbitrary definitions of preexisting conditions. Repeal would mean retreat, retreat, from moving America ahead.

We will fight that retreat. It will not happen.

I reserve the balance of my time.


Mr. LEVIN. I yield myself 10 seconds.

Almost 50 million people have no health insurance. For most of them, there is no freedom to choose. There's no ability to obtain it.


Mr. LEVIN. Madam Speaker, I yield myself 10 seconds.

I am disappointed that this diatribe about socialism comes to the floor today.


Mr. LEVIN. I yield myself 5 seconds.

The truth is we moved to repeal 1099. It was opposed by the now majority.


Mr. LEVIN. Madam Speaker, I yield myself 10 seconds.

What the reform did was to make sure that the doctor-patient relationship was maintained and that there would be millions more patients in the United States of America.


Mr. LEVIN. I regret this bill is being brought up today, but there are at least two silver linings.

Number one, this bill will not become law. Health care reform remains the law of this land. And, secondly, and most importantly, it gives us Democrats a further chance to talk sense with the American people.

We on this side are on the offensive on this issue. We are going everywhere. We are an American truth squad. There will be a vote today on this bill. It may well pass. It will not prevail.

More Than 200 Organizations Opposed to H.R. 2, Patients' Rights Repeal Act

AIDS United
Alliance For A Just Society
Alliance for Children and Families
Alliance for Retired Americans
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Art Therapy Association
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
American Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation
American Association of Pastoral Counselors
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Association on Health and Disability
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Counseling Association
American Dance Therapy Association
American Diabetes Association
American Federation of Teachers
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/SPAN USA
American Group Psychotherapy Association
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
American Mental Health Counselors Association
American Muslim Health Professionals
American Nurses Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
American Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
American Small Business League
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare
Association for Community Affiliated Plans
Association for the Advancement of Psychology
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Black Women's Health Imperative
B'nai B'rith International
California Primary Care Association
California Rural Indian Health Board
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Campus Progress
Catholic Health Association
Catholics United
Center for American Progress Action Fund
Center for Clinical Social Work
Center for Community Change
Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Policy
Center for Medicare Advocacy
Center for Reproductive Rights
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Centers for Community Change
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Inc.)
Child Welfare League of America
Childbirth Connection
Children's Defense Fund
Children's Dental Health Project
Children's Health Fund
Clinical Social Work Association
Clinical Social Work Guild 49, OPEIU
Coalition on Human Needs
CommonHealth ACTION
Communication Workers of America
Community Action Partnership
Community Catalyst
Community Organizations in Action
Consumer Action
Consumers Union
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Direct Care Alliance
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Doctors for America
Easter Seals
Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action
Every Child Matters Education Fund
Faith in Public Life
Faithful America
Faithful Reform in Health Care
Families USA
Health Care for America Now
Herndon Alliance
HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York (Planning Council)
Japanese American Citizens League
Jewish Women International
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Leadership Council on Aging Organizations (65 organizations)
Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights
League of Women Voters of the U.S.
Main Street Alliance
Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform
Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization
Medicare Rights Center
Mental Health America
Montana Women Vote
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
National Association for Children's Behavioral Health
National Association for Rural Mental Health
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders--ANAD
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National Association of Community Health Centers
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
National Association of Mental Health Planning & Advisory Councils
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

National Coalition for LGBT Health
National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
National Coalition on Health Care
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
National Consumers League
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Council of API Physicians
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza
National Council of Urban Indian Health
National Council on Aging
National Council on Problem Gambling
National Disability Rights Network
National Education Association
National Farmers Union
National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
National Foundation for Mental Health
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
National Health Law Program
National Hemophilia Foundation
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Indian Health Board
National Institute for Reproductive Health
National Latina Health Network
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Medical Association
National Minority AIDS Council
National Network of Public Health Institutes
National Organization for Women
National Partnership for Women and Families
National Physicians Alliance
National Puerto Rican Coalition
National Research Center for Women & Families/Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund
National Senior Citizens Law Center
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
National WIC Association
National Women's Health Network
National Women's Law Center (and 37 other orgs)
Out of Many, One
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Partnership for Prevention
PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute)
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Prevention Institute
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
Progressive States Action
Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Safe States Alliance
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
School Social Work Association of America
Small Business Majority
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.
The AIDS Institute
The Arc
The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP)
The Greenlining Institute
The Ministry of Caring, Inc
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
The Patients' Union
Therapeutic Communities of America
Third Way
Treatment Access Expansion Project
Trust for America's Health
U.S. Positive Women's Network
U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
Union for Reform Judaism
United Autoworkers
United Cerebral Palsy
United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society
United Neighborhood Centers of America
United Spinal Association
United Steel Workers
Universal Health Care Action Network
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
Vermont Legal Aid--Office of Health Care Ombudsman
Voices for America's Children
Witness Justice
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
Young Democrats of America
Young Invincibles

I yield back the balance of my time.


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