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Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. MURPHY of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, the health care bill, indeed, has some good things in it: no lifetime cap, kids on their parents policy, people can't be denied, and some prevention. But good intentions do not guarantee good results.

Because of the guarantee of this bill, we were told it would lower costs; and we are now in a position where it may cost families more, and they won't be able to cover it.

On top of $835 billion in taxes, our Energy and Commerce Committee did a study. Getting responses from 17 insurance companies, they reported there will be a 96 percent increase in cost for those getting a new policy, 73 percent for those keeping, and some will be as high as 413 percent. Some will see lower costs, but most Americans will see some increase in the health care costs.

That is a reason why we need to repeal this and get back to really reforming health care, keeping the good parts. But Americans cannot afford this. And when it is not affordable, it is not accessible care.


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