Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3, Keystone XL Pipeline Act, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 30, Save American Workers Act of 2015by Representative Gerald E. Connolly
Posted on 2015-01-08
CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I would just say to my friend from
Illinois that, yes, this is politicized all right, and now we have got
Congress in the business of permitting. And if we are going to go down
that route, I have a 7-Eleven in my home county that can't get a
permit. Maybe I will bring it to Congress.
This is not the way to solve environmental problems, and this oil is for export from Port Arthur, Texas. It is not designed to help domestic supply in the United States.
Mr. Speaker, my friends on the other side of the aisle have now tried more than 54 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act in some fashion. Today they are at it once again, offering the so-called, Orwellian- named Save American Workers Act.
I am still trying to figure out what they are trying to save the American workers from. Good health care? Doctors? Nurses? Free preventative checkups? The denial of insurance based on a preexisting condition? Exactly what are you trying to save them from? Despite the repeated distortions and assaults, the Affordable Care Act is working. In the most recent open enrollment, more than 6.5 million people have registered for or renewed their health insurance coverage through the marketplace exchange, and open enrollment will continue through February 15 of this year.
Just this week, new data show the uninsured rate has sunk to 12.9 percent, a 4-point drop in the past year, and one of the lowest in decades. Many of these are our constituents who, without the Affordable Care Act, would not have health insurance. They are realizing the benefits of a patient-centered insurance model in which their coverage cannot be rescinded or denied because of a preexisting condition and does not put them at risk of bankruptcy in the event of an emergency.
But my friends on the other side will not be deterred in their zeal to repeal, at any cost, no matter who it hurts, even if it means abandoning their own professed principles.
The Congressional Budget Office says this bill would increase the Federal deficit by at least $53.2 billion over the next 10 years. I thought my colleagues wanted to reduce the deficit, which is exactly what the Affordable Care Act does do, to the tune of $109 billion over the same period.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.