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Democrat WI 2

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  • Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

    by Representative Mark Pocan

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    POCAN. Mr. Speaker, we were told just a couple of months ago on the floor of this Congress that there is a new day in Congress. Well, it doesn't feel like a new day. It feels a lot like Groundhog Day.

    I feel like Bill Murray from that early 1990s movie. I wake up, I shower, I get on a plane, I come to Washington, I plan on voting how to create jobs or help lift people's wages. Instead, I am voting on taking away health care from 22 million people.

    The next week, I wake up, I shower, I get on a plane, I fly to Washington. What do I do? I vote on taking away health insurance for 22 million people.

    Sixty-two times this body has voted to repeal health care. But we have also now made a new one of a dozen times we have now devoted to defund Planned Parenthood which, with this body's Speaker, in my home State of Wisconsin, means 62,000 women last year would not have gotten access to health insurance.

    It is no wonder that with bad, recycled ideas like that, the public has such disdain for Congress. It is not a new day in Congress. It is just Groundhog Day.

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