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  • Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    by Representative Jim McDermott

    Posted on 2015-02-03

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    McDERMOTT asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. McDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, I feel like I am telling a story told to children. The story to the children is this: When President Obama became President, most people didn't live in the house of health. There were 30 million people who were out in the street who had nothing. So President Obama built them a house and said everybody can live in the house of health and have health care.

    Their next-door neighbor didn't like the house, complained about the house, said there was everything wrong with the house, and has tried 55 times to blow the house down, just like the Big Bad Wolf in the ``Three Little Pigs.'' This time, they have come with a bulldozer, and they want to knock the house down and put everybody out in the street again.

    Now, this would be not so silly if it wasn't for the fact that they have no plans to build anything for the people to live in. They have talked for 5 years: We have plans. We have a committee. We are going to have plans here any day now.

    The fact is they have no plan for the people. They simply say to the American people: We want to knock down your house of health. Your preexisting condition will now keep you from health care. Your kids are off before 26. All of this is going to happen because we don't think you should have a house of health in this country.

    They have no plan, and they know it, and they are ashamed of it. But they can't stand the fact that Mr. Obama [[Page H730]] built a house that covered everybody. It is a glorious creation.

    Is it perfect? No.

    Did they come over with a hammer or paint or something to change it? No.

    It was always: Knock that house down.

    Folks, vote ``no.'' Keep the house up.

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