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Spending Reduction Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WAXMAN. Mr. Speaker, and my colleagues, we've seen this business all over and over again from the Republicans. Plan B, Plan C. Let's work on a bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff.

But what they presented to us today would slash Medicaid, which will hurt hundreds of thousands of people, including cutting off 300,000 children from health insurance, hurting some of our most vulnerable citizens. It would impede implementation of the health reform law that's already benefiting millions of Americans.

It fails to protect Medicare from billions of dollars in cuts under the sequestration. It establishes a Federal medical malpractice system trampling on the rights of States. It undermines our future health by cutting today's prevention and public health investments.

This is so unacceptable. We have nothing to solve the looming physician payment cuts.

These are exactly the same Republican proposals that were rejected by the American people. They don't want more tax breaks for the millionaires and billionaires and big corporations paid for by cuts to our poorest Americans.


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