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GOP Freshman Special Order

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PALAZZO. Thank you, Congressman Reed. I appreciate you organizing this Special Order tonight. It's a very important issue, not just to my constituents back in the State of Mississippi, the Fourth Congressional District, but to all Americans. So thank you for doing that.

Over the past 2 years, our Nation has engaged in the debate of the future of our country and the future of health care reform. When the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the health care law as a tax, they never meant to send a message that this is a good policy. Their ruling did not change the fact that it is bad for our job creators, which are our small businesses. It's bad for families, and it's bad for seniors.

They weren't putting their stamp of approval on the enormous burden of regulations and tax hikes that this bill brings. They weren't making a statement in favor of a law that takes health choices out of the hands of individuals and doctors and that places more control in the hands of government bureaucrats.

What they did when they ruled on this law was reaffirm that this is, indeed, a multibillion dollar tax. The Court reaffirmed that it is, indeed, unconstitutional to force a massive Medicaid expansion upon States like Mississippi, which cannot afford it.

Finally, the Supreme Court reaffirmed for myself and my colleagues and for millions upon millions of Americans that there is a need to fully repeal this law. So today, with this vote, we are listening to the majority of the American people who do not want this law, and we renew our commitment to them to bring real step-by-step commonsense solutions that Americans want and provide them with the access to the care they need from the doctor they choose and at a price that they can afford.


Mr. PALAZZO. Well, Congressman, there are so many bad things about this bill. We could spend a lot more than an hour talking about it.

The American people have had over 2 years to fully digest the bill that was crammed down their American throats by the 112th Congress. What the Republican House is doing is we are not going to make the same mistakes that they did.

We had a President, we had a Speaker of the House, and we had a Senate that ignored the pleas and cries of the American people. Nonetheless, they passed a 2,700-page bill. There is nothing good in a 2,700-page bill. They did it under the cover of darkness.

The former Speaker of the House said, ``You have to pass it before you'll know what's in it.'' We're not going to make those same mistakes. We're not going to repeat their failures. What we're going to do is we're going to listen to the American people. We're going to take their solutions so that we can address the care that they need from the doctor that they choose and at a price that they can afford.

There's some good things that are going to be coming forth. So I don't understand. Our colleagues on the other side are saying, Hey, this bill isn't perfect, but let's keep it and tweak it. There's no small fix to this bill. It is garbage. We have to throw it out and start over. But we're going to listen to the American people. And I think that's where they went wrong. We are even going to offer, I believe, our colleagues, as we've done in almost every bill, allow them to bring amendments to the floor, where in 2009 they did not allow one Republican amendment to the bill.

So the old saying: If you're ignorant of the past, you're doomed to repeat it. Well, we've learned from our history, and we're going to make right for the American people on health care.

Thank you, Congressman.


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