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

    by Representative Loretta Sanchez

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    SANCHEZ of California. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Massachusetts for the time.

    Here we go again. Congress reconvenes and the majority is starting out the new year doing the same old thing. We come back from the holidays, a time for family, for reflection, and we begin this new year with a vote to cripple the health care of our families. The vote today would defund Planned Parenthood, and it would repeal essential pieces of the Affordable Care Act.

    Mr. Speaker, I really don't know how else to put this except to say that the Affordable Care Act works. It actually works for the people that I represent, for Californians, and for Americans, especially those who never had health care before.

    Not only has this law been affirmed constitutionally by our Supreme Court, it has survived countless votes to dismantle it in this Chamber and the other. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the folks in my district have seen massive improvement in their community. From 2012 to 2014, more than 60,000 people at home in my area now have health insurance, and they never had it before.

    This is just about partisan politics today. You are right, Mr. McGovern, it is just about partisan politics. Instead of focusing on the issues that are important to our families--immigration reform, addressing climate change, creating jobs--no, here we go back again.

    Mr. Speaker, let's cut the partisan politics. Let's do what families need. Let's vote against this.

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