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  • Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

    by Representative John Ratcliffe

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    RATCLIFFE. Mr. Speaker, ObamaCare is intrusive, it is expensive, and it is full of broken promises. Its biggest failure is the simple fact that it makes life more difficult for hardworking Americans. In my district, I have heard countless horror stories from parents, from seniors, from businessowners, all of which underscore that there is simply nothing affordable about the perversely named Affordable Care Act.

    There is the story of Morris from Rowlett, Texas, who is the sole breadwinner for his family. Now, the least expensive plan that Morris could find on healthcare.gov costs him $854 per month, plus a $12,700 deductible. ObamaCare is preventing Morris from investing in things that really matter, like his son's college education.

    Take Heather from Pottsboro, who on a $700-per-month income simply can't afford the $287 per month that ObamaCare costs her. With health problems of her own, ObamaCare is preventing Heather from taking care of her 13-year-old daughter and a father with multiple sclerosis.

    Then there is Bryan, a small-business owner in my district who has seen a 50 percent increase in his monthly healthcare payments and deductible under ObamaCare. On top of that, Bryan can't grow his business beyond 50 employees because he can't afford to comply with the employer mandate or face its penalties.

    Mr. Speaker, these are just a few of the stories that demonstrate the very real problems that ObamaCare is creating for hardworking Americans and why a better name for this law would be the Unaffordable Care Act. It is why I stand in support today of a reconciliation bill that will dismantle ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood for the next year.

    I promised my constituents that I would do more than just vote to repeal ObamaCare, that I would help send a bill to the Oval Office that actually will get rid of this terrible law. Today, I am keeping that promise.

    Mr. McGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2\1/2\ minutes to the gentlewoman from Illinois (Ms. Schakowsky).

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