Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Actby Representative Jared Polis
Posted on 2015-02-03
POLIS. Mr. Speaker, it is week five of the 114th Congress, and I
really feel like that movie ``Groundhog Day,'' where the same day just
keeps repeating itself over and over and over again. This is the 56th
time that we have been through this particular exercise, repealing the
Affordable Care Act here in the House. We get it. Republicans want to
repeal the Affordable Care Act. Go ahead and try to get President
Obama's signature on that piece of legislation. It ain't going to
happen. But here we go again and again and again.
We are considering recycled political gimmicks that everyone here knows deprive the American people of affordable health care and won't create a single job and would increase our deficit by over $200 billion.
By the way, there is an accounting trick in the Ryan budget. What the Republican budget does is it keeps all of the ObamaCare taxes and gets rid of all of the benefits. That is the worst of both worlds. The Republicans want you to pay for ObamaCare and not get it. Does that make any sense, Mr. Speaker? We are starting to see the dangers of this strange ``Groundhog Day'' brand of so-called policymaking.
This is what happens when we abandon regular order. We don't have markups in committee, we don't have hearings--to jam through partisan legislation under a closed process without an opportunity to even suggest what might replace the Affordable Care Act or what kind of health care policy we want to help make health care more affordable in our country.
This bill would leave 27 million Americans out in the cold without health care. What about even more Americans who wouldn't have coverage for preexisting conditions or who wouldn't have access to affordable prescription drugs? This bill would mean real harm and real hardship for people in my district--couples like Mike and Lynn in Loveland, whose health care cost more than their mortgage before the Affordable Care Act. It cost $850 a month. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, they were able to find a plan that costs $200 a month. Or people like Robin in Eagle County in my district, who could barely afford $600 a month in health care costs but now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the tax credits, pays just $132 a month.
Another constituent of mine didn't go to the doctor for years because he was uninsured. But because of the Affordable Care Act, he was eligible for the Medicaid expansion. For the first time he received a colonoscopy and doctors discovered and removed a precancerous polyp. Without ACA, that might have become a cancer, costing him his life, not to mention the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money for that procedure that were saved thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
We can do better. We can escape this endless loop, this ``Groundhog Day,'' and start talking about real job-creating legislation, improvements to health care that Democrats and Republicans can agree on because they make sense for our country. There are real lives at stake. I urge my colleagues to vote ``no.'' Mr. BYRNE. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to yield 1 minute to the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Carter), a new member of the Education and the Workforce Committee and a new Member of this body.