Providing for Consideration of H.R. 596, Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Actby Representative Steve King
Posted on 2015-02-03
KING of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Texas for
yielding and for leading around this Nation on this issue. So far away
from Texas as even Iowa, the gentleman from Texas has fought for the
full 100 percent repeal of ObamaCare and laid out, I think, a good
strategy for the future health care circumstances in America.
First, Mr. Speaker, I would say that, when this passed, many of us went through a long battle here on the floor of the House of Representatives and outside among the masses of people that came here and surrounded the United States Capitol to plead: Do not take our liberty. Let us manage our own health and our own health care, and let us purchase a health insurance policy that is right for us, not one that the government thinks is right for us, and let's do something that is constitutional.
Well, we watched as that drama unfolded and engaged in that drama. I have a number of scars left over from that. In the end, ObamaCare passed by hook, by crook, and by legislative shenanigan. History shows that. The litigation that has emerged and the litigation yet to emerge will shape this to some degree, but this Congress needs to resolve this.
What had happened was, in the election in 2010, 87 freshmen Republicans were elected into office here to come, and every single one of them ran on the full 100 percent repeal of ObamaCare. That was a transformative election. It shifted the majority from the Democrats to the Republicans, Mr. Speaker, a mandate to repeal ObamaCare. We acted on that mandate.
In fact, the morning after ObamaCare was passed, I was at the door-- my staff was actually at the door. I had written a bill in the middle of the night to repeal ObamaCare. I had the first draft to repeal ObamaCare, a component of 40 words, and it applies to two sections of the bill. That bill was drafted March 24, 2010. It was filed March 25, 2010. I filed a discharge petition down here on the floor on the 16th of June 2010--it received 173 signatures--with Republicans in the minority, Mr. Speaker. It has been a long effort.
We voted on the full repeal of ObamaCare, H.R. 2 by the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Cantor), on the 19th of January 2011; another repeal by Mr. Cantor on the 9th of July 2012, always with the 40-word King language in it; and again on the 16th of May 2013, H.R. 45.
We have been bringing the full repeal of ObamaCare here to the floor over and over again to give everybody an opportunity--even those who didn't have an opportunity to get involved in this debate--to go on record and tell us where you want to see the future of the health care circumstances here in the United States. Every Republican up to this point has voted to repeal ObamaCare.
Every Member of the House, with the exception of those that were sworn in for the first time this Congress, has had that chance. Now we give everyone that chance, and we will send a full repeal over to the Senate so the nine freshmen Republicans over there can clearly also go on record.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.