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Charles R.
Democrat NY 13

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

    by Representative Charles B. Rangel

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    RANGEL asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, I am almost embarrassed to get up here and discuss this legislation and believe that its sponsors really think that it is going to become law. That is what the reputation of the Congress is supposed to be all about.

    But even when it is such an important decision, we like to talk about things that we are doing as a matter of life and death, but we don't really mean it. It is just a political expression.

    But when you are talking about health care and realize that this is the only industrialized country left that has not seen fit to believe that health care is a matter of right, it goes beyond politics when we pass a bill so that people throughout the United States will be able to enjoy health care, that we don't find one Member of the opposition party joining in that legislation.

    It is beyond belief that people can complain that not enough young people are signing up, or that employers are skeptical, or that there are people who lack confidence in this bill, when the majority party in this Congress has condemned this bill with such utter contempt that, for over 50 times, they would come and attempt to repeal it, and then expect that everybody should have confidence in it.

    Why are we doing this? How can any party dislike, hate, or disagree with the President so much that they would spend millions of dollars of the taxpayers' money to attack a national healthcare-providing bill and not have the least idea as to whether or not, [[Page H48]] first of all, they know it is not going to become law, but not enough common sense and decency to provide an alternative.

    We all know that 7 years ago, when President Obama was first elected, that the leaders of the Republican Party said that their first job would be to get rid of President Obama.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.

    Mr. McGOVERN. I yield the gentleman an additional 20 seconds.

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