Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015by Representative Richard E. Neal
Posted on 2016-01-06
NEAL. Mr. Speaker, 62 times we have now voted to repeal the
Affordable Care Act. Let me contrast what we are about to do in the
next few minutes with the manner in which Democrats handled the
Medicare part D prescription drug benefit. We voted against it. We
opposed it. We became the majority, and we improved it. That is the
reality of legislating. We closed the doughnut hole. We took a very
difficult piece of legislation--largely resisted on their side as
well--and became the majority and asked: How can we singularly improve
this legislation so that it has broad appeal for the American people?
Today, people take it for granted. They just accept the idea that the
prescription drug bill works for all members of the American family.
Instead, this is the 62nd time of repealing this for the purpose of
messaging, with no alternative ever provided--not once.
I hope the media members will use the contrast that I have just outlined about the prescription drug legislation in Medicare part D with what the Republicans are doing, once again today, with no hope other than that of trying to win political points in messaging.