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Joseph C.
Democrat NY 14

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    by Representative Joseph Crowley

    Posted on 2014-01-16

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    CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Michigan for yielding me this time.

    Mr. Speaker, it is a shame we are not up here considering an extension of the unemployment insurance. American families are looking for some kind of sign that their Congress isn't going to leave town without extending unemployment insurance, and I don't think they are amused by this 48th attempt to undermine health care in our country.

    The fact is the legislation before us is supposedly all about the numbers. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle are fixated on the numbers behind the Affordable Care Act. They seem to think they will find numbers that somehow discredit the law and the important benefits it provides. But you know what? It is true that numbers tell an important story, so here are some numbers that actually matter for the American people: Nine million, that is how many people have already obtained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act--9 million. It is also 9 million people who don't have to worry that a major medical incident could bankrupt them and their families; Twenty-five million, that is how many seniors on Medicare received free preventive care last year because of the Affordable Care Act--25 million. That is 25 million seniors who can get a mammogram or a cholesterol screening without financial barriers, so that serious diseases can be caught and treated earlier, saving taxpayers' dollars; Eight million--big number, 8 million--that is how many jobs have been created in this country since the passage of the Affordable Care Act--8 million. That is more than twice as many jobs created than were lost during the 10 years before the Affordable Care Act was enacted.

    These are just some of the numbers that tell the true story of the Affordable Care Act, not to mention the number of people with preexisting conditions who can no longer be discriminated against, or the seniors who are seeing reduced prices on their prescription drugs, or the small business owners who now have a way to provide insurance for themselves and their employees.

    These are the numbers. These are the numbers that matter to me because the Affordable Care Act is about helping the American people afford care in this country.

    So my colleagues on the other side of the aisle can go and play their numbers games as long as they want, but their fixation doesn't add up. These numbers do.

    Mr. CAMP. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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