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Democrat WA 7

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  • Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

    by Representative Jim McDermott

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    McDERMOTT asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. McDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, here we are again, the same fraudulent bill being brought out here again.

    The gentleman from Michigan says that they have a plan. They have a plan. We have been waiting 5 years for you to bring that plan to the floor and let us have a vote on it.

    There is no plan that you are willing to bring to the floor because you do not care about the American people and their health security. Taking it away from 22 million people and assaulting women with this bill is simply clear evidence that you do not care what happens.

    Now, you may think this is good election year politics. But back in the States, the Republicans--even the Governor of Kentucky, a Republican, has decided, you know, I don't want to take it away from people who are on Medicaid.

    We tried this in Washington. We already know that if you leave in place the requirement that insurance companies give insurance to people, no matter what their healthcare state is, you are going to sink the individual market. We lost it in the State of Washington, and you are sentencing the whole country to that. Besides, you have said you want the repeal vote to be on the 22nd. You know it is going nowhere.

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