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Janice H.
Democrat CA 44

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  • Government Shutdown

    by Representative Janice Hahn

    Posted on 2013-10-08

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    HAHN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. HAHN. Mr. Speaker, today we find our Nation in the midst of a government shutdown and in the shadows of a debt default.



    A week into the shutdown, the partisan gridlock in Congress is as bad as ever; but across the country, millions of Americans are finding new hope in the affordable health coverage on the online exchanges.

    Despite the more than 40 Republican attempts to repeal, defund, or derail this law, the Affordable Care Act is finally fulfilling the promise of dependable, affordable health coverage for millions of our fellow Americans.

    On opening day, the exchanges were inundated with millions of users-- [[Page H6359]] Americans excited to learn more about their new coverage options. It was a little bumpy, as expected, but no fleeting Web page glitches can distract us from the fact that for the first time millions of uninsured Americans who have lived in dread that an illness or an accident could plunge them into financial ruin will finally have access to good coverage that they can afford.

    Today is a dark day here in D.C., but for the thousands of people I represent, a long night is ending. And that's worth celebrating.

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