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Fairness for American Families Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. JACKSON LEE. Thank you to the manager--Dr. McDermott, I like to call him--who has been a mainstay of good health care in this Congress for a very long time. He is managing as well with the gentleman from Georgia, who has practiced medicine.

But we can have a disagreement. The vigorous disagreement that we have, I must say, Mr. Speaker, is with the weight of truth that falls on what we have done on behalf of ObamaCare, the Affordable Care Act.

I enjoy sledding. I enjoy the snow. When you get on a sled, it rolls down and you're happy, and you come to a successful end. We've rolled down, and we keep on rolling because the Affordable Care Act is allowing young people to have insurance. It's reducing the cost of prescription drugs for our seniors. It's allowing a State like Texas, which has the highest number of uninsured--some 121,000-plus in my district--to now have insurance. It allows about 10 community health facilities to be able to begin enrollment this coming September and to be able to outreach to those families, who will now have coverage for them and their children.

Let me be very clear. How many times do I have to say, no, you cannot have your way?

The Supreme Court has ruled. This is the law of the land, and there is no reason whatsoever to go back on a plan that has allowed the New York insurance rates to go down on health care. There is nothing wrong with the President engaging business. These are large companies that have said we just need to look at it so we can streamline it. That's to make it better. If they undermine the individual mandate, 13 million Americans will not have insurance.

How many times do I have to say ``no''?

The Affordable Care Act is going well. People are insured and Americans are healthier. Let's keep the Affordable Care Act. Vote ``no'' on the underlying bills.

When will you ever understand that it's over? It's over.


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