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The Affordable Care Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, one of my colleagues this morning talked about creating jobs, and I am delighted to be one of those who saw and advocated in the Affordable Care Act the expansion of service and use on behalf of the American people.

First, as a woman, let me say for women, the Affordable Care Act will take away forever this dastardly assessment that pregnancy was a preexisting disease. The lifetime caps will be removed for women. The costs are going down for women. In fact, a small business owner indicated that she was going to save $10,000 on her insurance.

This creates jobs, scholarships for medical professionals, doctors, nurses, and expands the federally-qualified clinics.

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, with consumer protection that will provide for the right kind of health care for the American people.

Don't be fooled. It is going to be the civil rights legislation of the 21st century: women given dignity, children provided health care, seniors not denied health care.

I am delighted that this particular legislation is going to be what we desired it to be: civil rights and health care for all Americans.

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