Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015by Representative Gene Green
Posted on 2016-01-06
GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R.
3762, the Senate-Passed GOP Reconciliation Bill, appropriately dubbed
the ``Taking Health Coverage Away from Millions of Americans and
Attacking Women's Health Care Act.''
This measure marks the 62nd House vote to repeal or undermine the
Affordable Care Act.
It is the 11th time the House has voted this Congress to attack women's health care.
Make no mistake: champions of these damaging, reactionary policies are putting politics over people and undermining the fundamental notion that health care is not a privilege, but a right.
It is unfortunate that, instead of using this time to advance legislation that improves our health care system, we are again engaging in another futile attempt to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and put women's health at risk, disinvest in public health and chronic disease prevention, and roll back coverage gains, consumer protections, and reforms advanced by the Affordable Care Act.
This Reconciliation measure flies in face of patient access and good governance.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this damaging legislation will lead to an estimated 22 million Americans losing their health insurance after 2017.
Among its many nefarious provisions, H.R. 3762 is designed to halt Medicaid expansion.
This would devastate millions of hard-working adults and their families across the country, particularly those in high need communities.
H.R. 3762 would eliminate Planned Parenthood's ability to receive reimbursement for all health care services provided under Medicaid.
Health centers like Planned Parenthood are the bedrock of our health care safety net Medicaid patients deserve to choose their health care provider and should not have their choice limited by politically motivated agendas.
Texas is a case study in what happens when Planned Parenthood is attacked and access is rolled back.
[[Page H66]] In short, this measure takes away affordable health care coverage and puts politics ahead of common sense.
Our constituents deserve better.
I strongly urge my colleagues to oppose H.R. 3762 and get back to work on behalf of the American people.