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Repeal of Obamacare Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. COSTELLO. Madam Speaker, I rise today in opposition to yet another effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Passed by the House and the Senate, signed by the president and confirmed by the Supreme Court, I do not support repeal of this law.

While the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, it has had tremendous positive impacts already, eliminating pre-existing condition restrictions, allowing young adults to remain on their parents' insurance until age 26, and making prescription drugs more affordable for our seniors. For too long our system has needed to be reworked to achieve greater savings and improved patient outcomes. Now that the Supreme Court has found this law constitutional, we need to concentrate on implementing it as efficiently as possible. The statistics speak for themselves:

105 million Americans no longer have a lifetime limit on their coverage.

As many as 17 million children with pre-existing conditions are no longer threatened by denial of coverage.

6.6 million young adults up to age 26 are covered under their parents' policies. Without that coverage nearly half of them would be uninsured.

5.1 million seniors in the ``donut hole'' have already saved over $3.2 billion on prescription drugs.

Madam Speaker, rather than practicing partisan politics, we owe it to our constituents to work together to ensure the Affordable Care Act continues to make health care more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans. Today's vote is another effort to take us in the wrong direction, and I urge my colleagues to oppose it.


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