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Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. WELCH. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Madam Speaker, I am a strong ACA supporter. We have got to improve it. We have got to make it work, and that is the reason why I am supporting this legislation.

Some efforts that are brought to the floor about the ACA are about unraveling it, but those of us who are the strong supporters--when an issue is identified that can help jobs and make some improvements, we have the responsibility, in my view, Madam Speaker, to advocate for those changes.

We have the Member from Delaware (Mr. Carney), a strong supporter of the ACA, who has identified a specific problem, and I understand the concerns of the opponents because many efforts are being made to unravel the law, but there has been an acknowledgement that there is a problem, and that is what is being addressed by Mr. Carney.

If the language is not as good as it should be--and part of that may be because we didn't have as much time to consider it--we have strong allies in the Senate. Senator Carper and Senator Coons are both very strong ACA supporters who are willing to make the adjustments over there, not to mention the majority leader, Senator Reid.

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Mr. WELCH. So this is not perfect; but we have got a situation here where it is acknowledged by both sides, the opponents of this bill and the proponents of this bill, that there is an issue because of the language in the ACA bill.

If this Congress were working the way, ideally, it would, when there is a problem that we could identify, we would come up with a specific solution.

If we had more time, it might be better language, but the fact that we would act here to keep this alive, give some hope to those folks that Mr. Carney is concerned about whose jobs are at stake, and then work with our colleagues in the Senate to make whatever improvements can be made, we could maintain the strength of the Affordable Care Act; preserve the jobs that may be lost in Delaware, California, and elsewhere; and demonstrate some flexibility to make all our legislation that, by definition, is imperfect better.

That can be done on a bipartisan basis.

I thank the gentleman from Delaware, and I thank my colleague from California.

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