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Affordable Care Act Deadline

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. PAYNE. Mr. Speaker, with the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act approaching, I want to encourage everyone, especially young people and people in my district, to sign up for health insurance.

For those who think the process is too cumbersome or you won't get an affordable rate, listen to this story from a 29-year-old woman from New Jersey, Fawziah Qadir. She said: My employer agreed to provide $300 a month towards any health plan I could find.

Unfortunately, trying to find an affordable insurance plan on her own in New Jersey where she lives, she said, was insane. One quote was over $700; others provided flimsy coverage.

Full of frustration, Fawziah's mother told her about the health care insurance marketplace. She says that when she logged onto, she was surprised to find out how easy it was to enroll.

With her employer's contribution, she has a comprehensive plan that costs just $63 a month. That is less than a cell phone bill or a cable bill, and we are talking about something much more important--our Nation's health.

Don't wait. Go to and find a plan that works for you.

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