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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Defending the Affordable Care Act

May 16, 2013

I am proud to have spoken on the floor of the U.S. House in defense of the Affordable Care Act.  A video of my speech and text of my statement can be found below.

Mr. Speaker, here we are again.  The 37th attempt by the Republican majority to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  A law that was held up by the Supreme Court and one that will help not only the millions of uninsured but also everyone with health insurance because the ACA improves coverage.

Repeal means that insurance companies can once again deny coverage for pre-existing conditions.  It means college-aged dependent children can be kicked off their parents’ health insurance.  Medicare beneficiaries would lose access to vital preventive screenings.  And, the insurance company practices of the past, which frustrated the insured and drained their savings, will be allowed to return.

The Affordable Care Act makes sure that 80% of the premium dollars are spent on providing healthcare.  The law prevents insurance companies from providing their executives with extraordinary perks while failing to provide health care to their customers.

But, this will never happen.  Repeal of the Affordable Care Act was not successful the previous 36 times and it won’t work this time.

The law isn’t perfect.  The medical device excise tax and the Independent Payment Advisory Board should be addressed.  This majority refuses to work with our side to fix the problems.

The American people want to see Congress work together to fix problems.  What they don’t want is more political theater.

I yield back.