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Keith R.
Republican PA 12

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    by Representative Keith J. Rothfus

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    ROTHFUS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. ROTHFUS. Mr. Speaker, the Affordable Care Act came with a lot of promises. Remember the President's words in 2009, ``If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you'll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.'' This, Mr. Speaker, was false advertising. While some may have gained coverage under the ACA, far too many others were harmed by the law. Millions of Americans lost their plans or saw their premiums and out- of-pocket costs skyrocket, like the mom in my district who now has to pay $400 for her daughter's lifesaving peanut allergy medication when it used to cost her $10. That is not what was promised.

    [[Page H88]] We need to empower all patients with more choice while also offering solutions for the uninsured and those with preexisting conditions. And there is a way. For decades, Republicans have proposed patient- centered, market-based answers to our health insurance challenges.

    Today's historic vote, which is a victory over Harry Reid's 5 years of obstruction, gets us a step closer to real reform. I urge the President to sign today's bill.


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