House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
House Session - May 4, 2017

The House voted 217-213 to approve the Republican replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act,. Members also voted down an exemption for members of Congress from the revised Republican health care bill.

Speakers:
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  • 09:01:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. "NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE." -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:01:15 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I NAND A VOTE ON THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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  • 09:01:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYE VS. T THE…

    SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYE VS. T THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:01:33 AM

    MR. BROWN

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 09:01:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL PLEASE RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNERNEY.

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  • 09:01:55 AM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 09:02:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:02:13 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

    MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 09:02:19 AM

    TEMPORE THE

  • 09:02:21 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST CONGRESS I INTRODUCED A BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO GIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST CONGRESS I INTRODUCED A BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO GIVE SCHOOLS THE FLEXIBILITY TO PROVIDE LOW FAT FLAVORED MILK AS PART OF THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. I'M HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE OMNIBUS BILL WE PASSED YESTERDAY CONTAINS LANGUAGE FOR LEGISLATION AND ALLOWS THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO GRANT EXEMPTIONS TO SCHOOLS THAT WISH TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH FLAVORED, NUTRITIONAL, LOW FAT FLUID MILK AT BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. MILK IS THE NUMBER ONE SOURCE OF NINE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS IN YOUNG AMERICANS' DIET AND PROVIDE MULTIPLE HEALTH BENEFITS INCLUDING BETTER BONE HEALTH, AND REDUCED RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. CONSUMPTION OF MILK IN SCHOOLS HAS BEEN ON THE DECLINE FOR SEVERAL YEARS DESPITE THE FACT THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT CONTINUES TO GROW. NOT ONLY IS THE DECLINING CONSUMPTION DETRIMENTLE TO HEALTH OF YOUNG PEOPLE, BUT ADVERSELY AFFECTING OUR NATION'S DAIRY FARMERS. THE BOTTOM LINE, IF CHILDREN WON'T CONSUME MILK, THERE IS NO WAY IT CAN BE NUTRITIONAL. I'M GLAD TO SEE FLAVORED MILK BACK IN OUR SCHOOL CAFETERIAS. MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER THERE WILL BE -- TODAY WITH BILLS BEING CONSIDERED MANY WORDS AND POWERFUL WORDS BEING SPOKEN HERE TODAY, BUT NONE MORE POWERFUL SPOKE ON THIS DAY THAN THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IN OUR CAPITAL THAN THREE WORDS, LET US PRAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:03:50 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:03:55 AM

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:03:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:04:03 AM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    THANK YOU. WELL, THE SO-CALLED AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT IS UP TODAY. IF…

    THANK YOU. WELL, THE SO-CALLED AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT IS UP TODAY. IF YOU ARE OVER AGE 50, INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN CHARGE YOU FIVE TIMES THE NORMAL RATE. THIS COUPLE, 64, $30,000 A YEAR INCOME, $1,700 FOR POLICY NOW. AFTER THIS GREAT BILL PASSES, THIS GREAT BEAUTIFUL BILL, $15,000 A YEAR FOR HEALTH CARE OUT OF A $30 INCOME. HOW THE HECK DOES THAT WORK? IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS, 24 MILLION AMERICANS WILL LOSE COVERAGE. AMONG THEM 153,000 IN MY DISTRICT ON THE OREGON HEALTH PLAN, SO-CALLED EXTENDED MEDICAID. THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH TO GET THIS BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE. THE RIGHT WING DEMANDED MORE. SO THEY HAVE DONE AWAY WITH THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSION. OH, NO, IT'S STILL IN THERE BUT THE INSURANCE COMPANY CAN CHARGE YOU WHATEVER THEY WANT. YOU HAVE CANCER, OH. THAT WILL BE $100,000 A YEAR FOR YOUR POLICY. OH, BUT DON'T WORRY. DON'T WORRY. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A RISK POOL, A FEW MEMBERS WITH WEAK KNEES WENT DOWN TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND GOT A DEAL WITH THE DEAL MAKER TRUMP, $8 BILLION. A LOT OF MONEY FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE 130 MILLION AMERICAN ADULTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AS DESCRIBED BY THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. OVER FIVE YEARS THAT WILL BE $1 PER MONTH.

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  • 09:05:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:05:37 AM

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    I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND…

    I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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  • 09:05:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:05:44 AM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK AND RISE TO CELEBRATE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK AND RISE TO CELEBRATE THE MORE THAN 27 SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE 31,000 IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO OWN THESE FIRMS ARE TRULY THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY. SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE MOST OF THE NEW JOBS IN THE ECONOMY, SUPPORTING THEIR FAMILIES, EMPLOYEES, AND COMMUNITIES. SMALL BUSINESSES WANT TO GROW AND CREATE JOBS BUT HAVE DIFFICULTY ACCESSING CAPITAL. FURTHERMORE, TOO MANY PEOPLE REMAIN OUT OF WORK THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. WE MUST DO MORE TO FIGHT HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES BY HELPING TO ENSURE THAT SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED AND THRIVE. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED H.R. 2313, THE SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT. MY BILL PROVIDES TAX CREDITS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO HIRE PEOPLE WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY UNEMPLOYED, AND INCLUDES ADDITIONAL TAX CREDITS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES LOCATED IN HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AREAS. I WELCOME MY COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 2313 TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

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  • 09:06:49 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:06:53 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

  • 09:06:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:07:02 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR FIRST LIEUTENANT WESTON SEELEE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR FIRST LIEUTENANT WESTON SEELEE OF GEORGIA WHO DIED IN MOSUL IRAQ IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION RESOLVE. HE DIED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED WHILE PART AFTER MISSION IN SUPPORT OF PARTNER FORCES. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO CHARLIE COMPANY, FIRST BATTALION, 325 INFANTRY REGIMENT, FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA. I'D LIKE TO EXTEND MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO HIS TEAM, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS WHO SUFFERED THIS LOSS. THAMMING YOU LIEUTENANT LEE FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I NOW ASK THAT THE REMAINDER OF OUR TIME BE USED IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN HONOR OF LIEUTENANT LEE.

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  • 09:07:56 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 09:07:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:08:04 AM

    MR. BROWN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 09:08:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:08:11 AM

    MR. BROWN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE SO-CALLED AMERICAN HEALTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE SO-CALLED AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. IT WAS A BAD DEAL FOR AMERICA BEFORE AND IT'S A WORSE DEAL TODAY. IT'S AN OFFENSE TO WORKING FAMILIES. YOU ARE GOING TO PAY MORE FOR YOUR PREMIUMS, CO-PAYS, AND DEDUCTIBLES, AND YOU'RE GOING TO GET LESS. PREVENTIVE SERVICES, GONE. MENTAL BEHAVIOR HEALTH SERVICES, NO MORE. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, GONE OR AT BEST A WHOLE LOT MORE EXPENSIVE. IT'S A LIFE AND DEATH PROPOSITION FOR THE 326,000 PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. SEGREGATED INTO EXPENSIVE HIGH-RISK POOLS, FACING MIND-BOGGLING PREMIUM INCREASES IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE ASTHMA, DIABETES, CANCER, OR BECOME PREGNANT. IT'S A BROKEN PROMISE TO AMERICA. PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED NOT TO CUT MEDICAID, BROKEN. HE PROMISED INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY, BROKEN. HE PROMISED PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WOULD BE COVERED, BROKEN. MR. SPEAKER, I WON'T BE COME POLICE IT IN THIS BROKEN PROMISE. I WON'T UNINSURE 24 MILLION AMERICANS. I'M RESISTING. I'M VOTING NO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:09:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:09:22 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 09:09:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:09:31 AM

    MR. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF OUR NATION'S HEROES. ON APRIL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF OUR NATION'S HEROES. ON APRIL 27, ARMY RANGER SERGEANT JOSHUA P. ROGERS OF BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS, WAS KILLED IN ACTION SERVING HIS THIRD TOUR IN AFGHANISTAN. AT AGE 22, SERGEANT ROGERS HAD ALREADY EARNED THE PRESTIGIOUS RANGER TAB, PARACHUTIST BADGE, MARKSMANSHIP QUALIFICATION BADGE, EXPERT RIFLE, AND MANY OTHERS. HE LEAVES BEHIND HIS PARENTS, SISTERS, BROTHER, AND COUNTLESS OTHERS WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN FOREVER CHANGED BY HIS. I NEVER HAD THE HONOR OF MEETING SERGEANT ROGERS BUT THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST REMEMBER HIM AS A WARRIOR. TENACIOUS, HUMBLE, DETERMINED, A TRUE INSPIRATION TO EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM. WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL TO SERGEANT ROGERS AND THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT COUNTRY ABOVE ALL ELSE, A DEBT WHICH WE CAN NEVER REPAY. IT IS BECAUSE OF SERGEANT ROGERS AND MANY LIKE HIM THAT WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE. IT TRULY IS BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE. ON SATURDAY, SERGEANT ROGERS WILL BE LAID TO REST AS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS GATHER TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE. A LIFE FILLED WITH PATRIOTISM, HONOR, AND SERVICE. THIS HOUSE AND HIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER FORGET SERGEANT ROGERS' SACRIFICE. MAY GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS HE SERVED ALONGSIDE. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:10:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:10:59 AM

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    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 09:11:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:11:07 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. SMALL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY. AND THIS WEEK IS DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING AND RECOGNIZING THEM AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR NATIONS. BECAUSE OF THIS I WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE A FEW STELLAR SMALL BUSINESSES ON NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA. ARCHER AUTOMOTIVE AND TIRE FOUNDED IN GOUR CAME ABOUT AFTER A FLEET MECHANIC OF OVER 20 YEARS DECIDED HE WANTED TO OPEN HIS OWN SHOP. 13 YEARS LATER THEY EXPANDED INTO A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY EMPLOYING OVER EIGHT FAMILIES, ALLOWING THEM TO SERVE EVEN MORE OF THEIR COMMUNITY.

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  • 09:11:47 AM

    MR. YOHO

    BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION OF THE YEAR. I YIELD BACK.

  • 09:12:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:12:49 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 308 AND…

    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 308 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 09:12:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 09:12:57 AM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 46, HOUSE RESOLUTION 308. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 46, HOUSE RESOLUTION 308. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 2192, TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO ELIMINATE THE NONAPPLICATION OF CERTAIN STATE WAIVER PROVISIONS TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SECTION 2, DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1628, TO PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION PURSUANT TO TITLE 2 OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, AS AMENDED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 228, THE FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED.

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  • 09:14:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 09:14:15 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 09:14:25 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:14:26 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE…

    DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 308 UNDER -- CURBLE UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 09:14:42 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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  • 09:14:45 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TODAY TO BRING FORWARD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TODAY TO BRING FORWARD THIS RULE ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS THE RULES COMMITTEE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM NUMEROUS STAKEHOLDERS FROM THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEES OFIES DIRKS TO AMENDMENTS. WE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM MR. MACARTHUR AND MR. UPTON TO EXPLAIN THEIR AMENDMENTS AND A DRESS QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND MS. MCSALLY TOKES PLANE HER LEGISLATION. THIS RULE PROVIDE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 162LE 8, THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT AND INCORPORATES THREE AMENDMENTS, THAT STRENGTHEN THE UNDERLYING BILL. IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2192, LEGISLATION AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE MCSALLY WITH ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE. MR. SPEAKER, ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CONTINUES TO STRIP HARDWORKING AMERICANS AND FAMILIES OF ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND QUALITY MEDICAL CARE AND OFFER THEM SKYROCKETING PREMIUMS AND ANEMIC PROVIDER NETWORKS IN RETURN. DEMOCRATS HAVE STRUGGLED -- SMUGGLED OBAMACARE WITH LITTLE GUARD, LEFT LOFTY PROMISE THAT IS BENEFIT A BUREAUCRATIC MACHINE. SEVEN YEARS LATER WE HAVE SEEN THESE OVERWHELM PRISSES EVAPORATE AS THEY LOSE ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS, LOOSE THE INSURANCE PLAN THEY WOULD PROMISE WOULD REMAIN INTACT, AND OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE CLAIM THE COVERAGE BEEN EXPANDED, INDIVIDUALS WHO NEVER HAD QUALITY HEALTH CARE BEFORE IS HAVE ACCESS. WISH THAT WERE TWO BRU BUT IT'S NOT. I WISH MY COLLEAGUES AND I DIDN'T HEAR FROM NEIGHBOR AFTER NEIGHBOR TO ACCEPT A.C.A. INSURANCE WHO AVOIDS MEDICAL CARE ALL TOGETHER BECAUSE THEIR DEDUCTIBLE IS HY. BUT WE DO HEAR FROM THEM BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING AS INSURANCE PROVIDERS FLEA FROM THE NOT SO FREE MARKET. . YOU SEE, COVERAGE DOESN'T MEAN ACCESS TO CARE. WE HAVE HEARD TOO OFTEN THAT INDIVIDUALS MAY HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE BUT CAN'T USE IT BECAUSE THEIR PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES ARE TOO HIGH BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD THE CARE. WHAT GOOD IS THE COVERAGE DOES A WOMAN WHO HAS EARNS $22,000 A YEAR AND HAS $5,000 DEDUCTIBLE? WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO TO SAY WE WANT TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS WHEN AMERICAN BUSINESSES ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN DUE TO THE OBAMACARE MANDATE? WE HAVE WITNESSED INSURERS DROPPING OUT OF THE EXCHANGES AND SEEN PREMIUMS CLIMBING WHILE CONSUMERS ARE LEFT WITH LESS AND LESS CHOICE. FIVE STATES HAVE ONE OPTION AND NOTHING GUARANTEES THEIR RESIDENTS WILL KEEP THAT MUCH. OBAMACARE HAS HIJACKED THE FREE MARKET AND HAS TAKEN SOME AMERICANS' LIBERTIES WITH IT. EXCHANGING FREEDOM, CHOICE, SELF-DETERMINATION AT THE HANDS OF BIG BROTHERS LEAVES US TOO OFTEN WITHOUT SECURITY. WE KNOW OBAMACARE WAS DESIGNED TO KEEP A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM INEVITABLE AND TO THE EXTENT A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM MEANS A ZERO CHOICE SYSTEM, THE PROPHECY IS ALREADY COMING TRUE. FAMILIES CAN'T SAVE FOR RETIREMENT OR SAVE FOR A MORTGAGE BECAUSE PREMIUMS SUCK UP THEIR BUDGET. PEOPLE WHO WANT A P.P.O. CAN'T BECAUSE THEIR COUNTY ONLY OFFERS H.M.O. PLANS. VETERANS FIND OBAMACARE HAS GIVEN MORE FEDERAL FUNDING TO MORE ABLED-BODIED AMERICANS. A YOUNG MOTHER WHO WANTS TO TAKE CARE OF HER YOUNG SON TO THE FAMILY DOCTOR POST-OBAMACARE CAN'T BECAUSE SHE CAN'T FIND A PROVIDER THAT WILL TAKE THEIR NEW INSURANCE. MS. IVEY WAS WORK FOR A SMALL BUSINESS. THEIR FAMILY WENT TO THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET WHERE A MID-LEVEL PLAN TOOK 65 HOME RUNS OF HER MONTHLY GROSS INCOME EVEN AFTER SMALL FEDERAL SUBSIDY. UNABLED TO AFFORD INSURANCE THROUGH HER EMPLOYER, SHE RETURNED TO THE FEDERAL EXCHANGE WHERE SHE OBTAINED A PLAN WHETHER NEITHER HER NOR HER CHILDREN'S DOCTORS WOULD ACCEPT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DESTROYED THE INSURANCE MARKET ALONG WITH THE BENEFITS THAT COMPETITION AND INNOVATION OFFER ALL OF US. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. OBAMACARE REPLACED OUR DOCTORS WITH BUREAUCRATS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT SOCIALIZED MEDICINE DOES. AND THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO GET OFF THE FEDERAL FERRIS WHEEL BEFORE WE'RE LOCKED INTO A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT TAKES US NOWHERE AND OFFERS NEIGHBORS NOTHING BUT HEARTBURN. THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT GUTS THE MOST EGREGIOUS PROVISIONS OF OBAMACARE, ROLLS BACK TAXES, HELPS MAKE QUALITY CARE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS I CAME TO CONGRESS WAS TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE AND REIN IN OUR NATION'S BLOATED BALLOONING ENTITLEMENT SYSTEM. THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT DOES THAT AND FOR THE FIRST TIME MAKING MAJOR REFORMS TO AN ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAID. IT ROLLS BACK THE MEDICAID EXPANSION UNDER OBAMACARE, ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PILLARS, AND IT MAKES STRUCTURAL CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM TO MAKES SURE IT ONLY GOES TO THE INDIVIDUALS WHERE IT'S INTENDED TO HELP. THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT HAS STATES TO -- LET'S STATES CHOOSE BETWEEN THE PER CAPITA CAP AND INCREASES GROWTH RATE TO COVER DISABLED AND THE ELDERLY MEDICAID POPULATIONS. THE BILL ENACTS PATIENTS UNDER REFORMS AND CREATES A PATIENT AND STATE FUND TO HELP STABILIZE INSURANCE MARKETS THAT HAVE CONTRACTED DURING OBAMACARE. OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS, WE HAVE WORKED IN THIS HOUSE TO STRENGTHEN THE BILL. WE HAVE LISTENED TO FEEDBACK FROM CONSTITUENTS, NEIGHBORS, STAKEHOLDERS AND EACH OTHER. IMPORTANTLY, COVERAGE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IS MAINTAINED AS A BASELINE WITHIN THE BILL. AN AMENDMENT FROM THE MACARTHUR PROTECTS INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS FROM BEING DENIED COVERAGE. STATES CAN SEEK A WAIVER. INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL NOT BE LEFT OUT TO DRY. IN FACT, THERE ARE CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO THE WAIVER THAT ENSURES STATES USE FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE BILL SHOULD THEY RECEIVE THE WAIVER TO SET UP HIGH-RISK POOLS FOR THOSE VERY INDIVIDUALS. WITH THE ADDITION OF THE UPTON AMENDMENT, THE BILL PROVIDES $108 BILLION TO HELP STATES FUND PROGRAMS SUCH AS HIGH-RISK POOLS. MR. SPEAKER, MY HOME STATE OF GEORGIA HAS A VERY DIFFERENT NEED THAN CALIFORNIA. THAT'S WHY I THINK IT MAKES SENSE TO GIVE STATES MORE SAY IN WHAT WORKS FOR THEIR POPULATION. OUR PLAN DOES THIS BUT IT DO SO IN A WAY THAT ENSURES PROTECTIONS EXIST FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR REPRESENTATIVE MCSALLY'S LEGISLATION TO ENSURE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THEIR STAFF ARE TREATED THE SAME AS ALL AMERICANS. I FULLY SUPPORT THIS BILL AND FIRMLY BELIEVE ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO LIVE UNDER THE SAME LAWS AS THOSE ELECTED TO REPRESENT. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS MADE HIS SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT AND ITS STRENGTHENING AMENDMENTS ARE CLEAR AND I STAND WITH HIM IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION TO GUT OBAMACARE AND RESCUE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, AVERAGE PREMIUMS ROSE BY 40% OR MORE IN 11 STATES JUST THIS YEAR. THE STATISTICS AND THE STORIES SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. WE MUST ACT TO DISMANTLE OBAMACARE AND THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT DOES THAT. I SUPPORT THE RULE BEFORE US TODAY TO PROVIDE FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING BOTH THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HALF THE TIME TO THE MINORITY, 30 MINUTES?

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    MR. COLLINS

    DID I IN MY OPENING STATEMENT,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

    WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I WANT TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU. PATHETIC -- THAT IS THE WORD TO DESCRIBE THIS PROCESS AND THIS…

    THANK YOU. PATHETIC -- THAT IS THE WORD TO DESCRIBE THIS PROCESS AND THIS BILL. IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD SUE CONGRESS FOR MALPRACTICE, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WOULD BE IN DEEP TROUBLE. HOW COULD YOU DO THIS? HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO THE PEOPLE YOU REPRESENT? YOU ARE TAKING AWAY ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS. YOU ARE ALLOWING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. YOU'RE SUPPORTING A BILL THAT WILL THROW 24 MILLION PEOPLE OFF OF THEIR HEALTH CARE AND CUT MEDICAID BY $880 BILLION TO GIVE $1 TRILLION TAX BREAK TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS? TODAY'S RULE SELF-EXECUTES THREE OF THE NEWEST REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS TO THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH PLAN. THIS MEANS WITHOUT ANY SORT OF DEBATE OR DISCUSSION WHATSOEVER THE PALMER, MACARTHUR AND UPTON AMENDMENT ALSO MAGICALLY PASS THE HOUSE. WHAT I FIND SO HARD TO BELIEVE ABOUT THIS LATEST BACKROOM DEAL IS THEY ACTUALLY MAKE THIS BILL WORSE. I DIDN'T THINK THAT WAS BAD, MR. SPEAKER. TO SHORE UP SUPPORT AMONG THIS CHAMBER'S MOST CONSERVATIVE FACTION, THEY MADE A DEAL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP TO GUT PROTECTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND TO ELIMINATE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS LIKE MATERNITY CARE, MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE, JUST TO NAME A FEW. THESE ARE AMONG THE MOST POPULAR PROVISIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WEREABLY OUTRAGE AND THEY SHOWED UP TO THOUSANDS OF TOWN HALLS TO EXPRESS THEIR ANGER AND THERE WERE SOME ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WHO ACTUALLY LISTENED. THEY HAD THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AND SAY NO. BUT WHEN REPUBLICAN LEADERS CAME UP SHORT IN THEIR WHIP COUNT, REPRESENTATIVE UPTON RAN TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONCOCTED A DEAL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP TO TRY TO WIN BACK VOTES. HIS AMENDMENT ADDS A MEASLY $8 BILLION SPREAD OUT OVER FIVE YEARS AND AN ATTEMPT TO SOFTEN THE DEVASTATING IMPACT THIS BILL WILL HAVE ON MILLIONS AND MILLIOS OF AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. $8 BILLION OVER FIVE YEARS SOUNDS LIKE A LOT, BUT WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AN ENTIRE COUNTRY IT REALLY ISN'T. BUT DON'T TAKE IT FROM ME. ROBERT GRAYBOIS FROM A CONSERVATIVE CENTER SAID, AND I QUOTE, THE $8 BILLION AMOUNT IS A PITTANCE SPREAD OUT OVER FIVE YEARS. IT'S A FIFTH OF A PITTANCE, END QUOTE. THIS IS NOT A LEFT-WING ORGANIZATION. THIS IS AN ORGANIZATION FOUNDED BY THE KOCH INDUSTRIES, THE KOCH BROTHERS. MY FRIENDS LOVE THE KOCH BROTHERS. WHAT'S MORE, AN ADDITIONAL $2 BILLION WILL BE NEEDED OVER THE DECADE TO ADEQUATELY FUND HIGH-RISK POOLS. SO THIS AMENDMENT IS BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SHORT. AND AS THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS POINTS OUT, THE UPTON AMENDMENT -- AND LET ME QUOTE -- WILL HAVE ALMOST NO EFFECT, END QUOTE. NOW, MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE BEEN WON OVER BY THIS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. WE'RE SUPPOSED TO FIX PROBLEMS AND HELP PEOPLE, NOT MERELY SETTLE FOR POLITICAL COVER THAT COULD BE USED IN A PRESS RELEASE. $8 BILLION TO COVER A $200 BILLION SHORTFALL. BACK WHERE I COME FROM WE CALL THAT BEING A CHEAP DATE. I GUARANTEE YOU YOUR CONSTITUENTS ARE GOING TO FIGURE THIS OUT AND THEY WILL NOT BE HAPPY. SO TO SO-CALLED MODERATE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE CONTORTED THEMSELVES THIS WEEK TO TRY TO FIND A FIX TO THE DAMAGE BEING DONE TO THE PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, I HAVE BREAKING NEWS. I HAVE A MAGIC BULLET FIX IF REPUBLICANS REALLY WANT TO PROTECT PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. ARE YOU READY? BRACE YOURSELVES. DON'T CHANGE THE LAW. EVERYONE IS ALREADY PROTECTED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, INCLUDING PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND THOSE WHO STRUGGLE TO FIND AFFORDABLE CARE. AND LET ME SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, TO CLAIM OR IMPLY THAT THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN COVERS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IS A LIE. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. NOW, LET ME SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE PROCESS THAT'S BEEN USED TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. IT HAS BEEN A DISASTER FROM START TO FINISH WITH SECRET NEGOTIATIONS, BACKROOM DEALS AND BRIBES TO BUY OFF FACTIONS WITHIN THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE. THERE HAVE BEEN NO HEARINGS ON THIS BILL WHATSOEVER. AND THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP COULDN'T EVEN SLOW DOWN LONG ENOUGH TO RECEIVE A SCORE FROM THE C.B.O. I HAVE ONE SIMPLE QUESTION -- WHAT'S THE RUSH? WAIT A WEEK AND GET A C.B.O. SCORE. WHY IS THAT SUCH A RADICAL IDEA? MR. SPEAKER, ARE REPUBLICAN LEADERS JAMMING THIS BILL THROUGH TO APIECE DONALD TRUMP? ARE THEY CONCERNED THAT A NEW -- APPEASE DONALD TRUMP? ARE THEY CONCERNED THAT A NEW C.B.O. SCORE WILL SHOW WHAT IS TRUE, THAT THIS BILL WILL BE DEVASTATING TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, FORCE EVEN MORE PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE, ESPECIALLY TO OLDER, SICK AND LOW-INCOME AMERICANS? OR MAYBE, MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE WORRIED THEIR COLLEAGUES WILL GO HOME OVER THE WEEK -- OVER THIS WEEK-LONG BREAK AND ACTUALLY HEAR FROM THEIR CONSTITUENTS WHO OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE THIS EFFORT TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. HONESTLY, I DON'T KNOW HOW MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS CAN DEFEND THIS TERRIBLE, CLOSED, AUTHORITARIAN PROCESS. IT'S AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE, SO I'D URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL, OR BETTER YET, I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO DO WHAT THEY DID A COUPLE WEEKS AGO AND PULL THIS DISASTROUS BILL. WITH THAT I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    TIME.

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    MO

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    THE MESSENGER

    MESSAGE -- THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE…

    MESSAGE -- THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED

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    THE SECRETARY

    SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

    SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE SENATE HAS AGREED TO H.J.RES. 66, JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELATING TO SAVINGS ARRANGEMENTS ESTABLISHED BY STATES FOR NONGOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COLLINS

    I RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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    TEMPORE RESERVES

    RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON BUDGET,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION EVERY MEMBER…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS SHOULD BE ASKING THEMSELVES TODAY IS, WHO IN THE WORLD IS BETTER OFF BECAUSE OF TODAY'S BILL? IT'S NOT THE 24 MILLION PEOPLE THE C.B.O. SAYS WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE IF THIS BILL BECOMES LAW. IT'S NOT THE SENIORS WHO WILL BE PRICED OUT OF THE MARKET BY AN AGE TAX OR MILLIONS OF FAMILIES THAT WILL SEE THEIR HEALTH CARE GUTTED BY THE MORE THAN $800 BILLION CUTS TO MEDICAID. AND IT'S NOT THE $881,000 NONELDERLY ADULT -- 881,000 NONELDERLY ADULTS IN KENTUCKY WHO WILL FACE REDUCED CARE. SO WHO IS BETTER OFF? WELL, CERTAINLY CORPORATIONS AND MILLIONAIRES WHO WILL SEE NEARLY $1 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS FROM THIS BILL. AND AT LEAST IN THEIR MINDS, A FEW REPUBLICAN MEMBERS WHO ARE SO DESPERATE FOR SOME TYPE OF POLITICAL VICTORY THEY'RE WILLING TO RISK THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS TO RAM THROUGH A BILL WITHOUT HEARINGS, ANALYSIS OR MOST ALARMINGLY ANY SENSE OF MORALITY. THAT'S THE CRUEL TRADEOFF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE. OUR FAMILIES DESERVE FAR BETTER. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO EXERCISE BETTER JUDGMENT AND VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 09:30:05 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOT SURE MY COLLEAGUES ARE AWARE OF THIS BECAUSE WE'RE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOT SURE MY COLLEAGUES ARE AWARE OF THIS BECAUSE WE'RE MOVING SO QUICKLY HERE. I WANT TO FLAG AN OP-ED IN "THE HILL." SHE POINTS OUT IN THE LATEST VERSION OF THIS LEGISLATION, RAPE CAN ONCE AGAIN BE CATEGORIZED AS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AS IT OFTEN WAS BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER HER COLUMN ENTITLED "HEALTH REFORM WILL MAKE SEXUAL ASSAULTS SICKER."

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, MS. DELBENE.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. DELBENE

    THIS BILL HURTS MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND DISRUPTS OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM…

    THIS BILL HURTS MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND DISRUPTS OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND IT'S ONLY GONE FROM BAD TO WORSE. STRIPPING PROTECTION FATHERS 133 MILLION AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS ISN'T JUST WRONG, IT'S INHUMANE. . NOBODY SHOULD GO BANKRUPT TRYING TO GET THE MEDICAL CARE THEY NEED TO STAY ALIVE. THIS ISN'T ABOUT POLITICS. IT'S ABOUT HUMAN DECENCY AND WHO WE'RE AS AMERICANS. IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE JACKIE A CANCER SURVIVOR WHO SAID THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SAVED HER LIFE. SHE WROTE TO ME SAYING, MY CANCER RECURD BUT I WAS COVERED. I WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE MY TREATMENTS WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT HOW TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE OR BEING LEFT TO DIE. BECAUSE OF THE A.C.A., I SURVIVED. WE ALL HAVE STORIES LIKE THIS IN OUR DISTRICTS, BUT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AREN'T LISTENING. I HOPE THEY FIND THE COURAGE AND THE WISDOM TO VOTE NO ON THIS DANGEROUS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CASTRO.

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    MR. CASTRO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS HAVE SAID…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS HAVE SAID THAT THEY WOULD FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE HEALTH CARE IN THE UNITED STATES. AND IT'S CLEAR TODAY THAT THEY HAVE. THEY HAVE MADE IT MUCH WORSE. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ONE PROVISION THAT ALLOWS FOR STATES TO PERMIT INSURERS TO GET RID OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE BENEFITS AND CHARGE PEOPLE MORE WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND. IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, THE GOVERNOR AND OTHER STATE LEADERS HAVE ALREADY TURNED THEIR BACK ON SO MANY PEOPLE. ALLOWING FOSTER CARE CHILDREN TO SLEEP IN STATE OFFICES. ALLOWING SEX TRAFFICKING AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS TO GO TO JAIL BECAUSE THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE TO PUT THEM. YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELVES, WHAT WILL YOUR LEADERS DO? WILL THEY ALLOW INSURERS TO CHARGE YOU MORE FOR PRE-EX-ISING CONDITION LIKE DIABETES, CANCER, AND ASTHMA? DO YOU THINK AND DO YOU TRUST THAT THEY ARE GOING TO DOT RIGHT THING BY YOU? BECAUSE TODAY -- DO THE RIGHT THING BY YOU? BECAUSE TODAY THIS PLAN ALLOWS THEM TO ABANDON YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I THINK ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I THINK ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS IS -- DISCUSSED IS THE CRITICISM OF THIS. I THINK JUST A REMINDER, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT HAPPENED SEVEN YEARS AGO WHEN THE UTTERLY HEALTH CARE MARKET WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN HELPED BY MANY GOOD IDEAS WAS DECIDED TO BE TAKEN ON A VERY UNHEALTHY BENT. WE'RE PAYING THE PRICE FOR THAT. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THAT UNLESS WE CHANGE THAT. WE'RE CHANGING IT FOR THE BETTER. ONE OF THE STRONGEST VOICES THAT WE HAVE HAD IN THIS BODY IS SOMEONE WHO IS ACTUALLY TAKEN HIS LIVING TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE. DR. BURGESS NOT ONLY CAME TO THIS CONGRESS WITH A STRONG VOICE OF NOT ONLY WHAT DOCTORS AND THE MEDICAL PROINVESTIGATION HAVE, BUT IT GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO WHAT PATIENTS NEED AS WELL. HE'S BEEN A CLARION VOICE THROUGH THIS WHOLE PROCESS. BEFORE OBAMACARE. DURING THE DISASTER OF OBAMACARE. AND NOW AS WE LOOK TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT EXISTED. WITH THAT I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, DR. BURGESS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, HOW DID WE GET TO THAT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, HOW DID WE GET TO THAT POINT? THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS SIMPLY NOT WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT IS LIMITING CHOICES. IT IS RISING COSTS. IT IS LEAVING MILLIONS WITHOUT ACCESS TO CARE. AND UNFORTUNATELY THESE ARE NOT JUST TALKING POINTS BUT VERY REAL ISSUES AFFECTING VERY REAL AMERICANS. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS LEFT THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET IN SHAMBLES AND DRIVEN INSURERS AWAY FROM OFFERING COVERAGE. NOW WE'RE SEEING 1/3, 1/3 OF ALL COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WITH ONLY A SINGLE INSURER. AND AMONG THE PLANS THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO REMAIN IN THESE MARKETS THERE HAVE BEEN WIDESPREAD DOUBLE-DIGIT PREMIUM INCREASES. IN TEXAS, PREMIUMS HAVE JUMPED 29% A YEAR ON AVERAGE FROM 2014 TO 2017. THE MARKETS ARE IN DIFFICULTY. THEY ARE FAILING TO LIVE UP TO THE PROMISE MADE SEVEN YEARS AGO THAT AMERICANS WOULD BE ABLE TO RECEIVE, AND I QUOTE, AFFORDABLE CARE, CLOSE QUOTE. AS WE KNEW THEN AND STILL KNOW NOW, THIS WAS AN EMPTY PROMISE AND HAS PRICED OVER IT 19 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF THE MARKET. WHAT'S WORSE THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE FORCED TO PAY THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE PENALTY OR SEEK A HARDSHIP EXEMPTION BECAUSE OF THE COST TO PURCHASE AND USE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. MR. SPEAKER, 11 MONTHS AGO SPEAKER RYAN RELEASED THE BETTER WAY PLAN TO SAVE THE NATION'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND BRING RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS PLAN, WHICH SERVED AS THE BLUEPRINT FOR THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT, LAID OUT POLICIES TO STABILIZE THE MARKETS DAMAGED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, REPEAL THE BURDENSOME AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TAXES AND MANDATES THAT HAVE HINDERED INNOVATION AND LIMITED ACCESS TO CARE. SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT DOES. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT PROVIDES IMMEDIATE RELIEF TO THE STATE INSURANCE MARKETS. AS REPUBLICANS WE KNOW THAT ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL WORKS FOR NO ONE AND CERTAINLY DID NOT WORK FOR THE INDIVIDUAL MARKETS. THE STATES SHOULD HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO SUPPORT THEIR INSURANCE MARKETS AND ENSURE THAT PLANS CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE OPTIONS FOR COVERAGE. TO DO THIS WE RELAX TWO OF THE MORE EGREGIOUS MARKET REGULATIONS THAT WERE IMPOSED -- IMPOSED UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE MANDATE PLEEMUMS CANNOT VARY FOR YOUNGER AND OLDER AMERICANS BY MORE THAN THREE TO ONE RATIO, AND THE MANDATE CREATING FIXED ACTUARIAL VALUES FOR PLANS. THE MANDATE LIMITING A PLAN'S ABILITY TO SET PREMIUMS BY AGE HAS DRIVEN UP THE COST OF COVERAGE FOR YOUNGER AND HEALTHIER AMERICANS AND SUBSEQUENTLY PUSHED THEM AWAY FROM SEEKING COVERAGE BY THE MILLIONS. OF THE OVER 19 MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE SIDE STEPPED THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT AS MANY AS 45% OF THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 35. WITHOUT THESE YOUNGER AMERICANS SEEKING COVERAGE, THE MARKETS HAVE PLUNGED. AS INSURERS HAVE HIKED UP PREMIUMS YEAR AFTER YEAR TO COMPENSATE FOR UNHEALTHY RISK POOLS. TO CHANGE THIS, THERE IS RELAXATION OF THE FIVE TO ONE RATIO. IT WILL LOWER PREMIUM COSTS AND PROVIDE NECESSARY OPPORTUNITIES TO STABILIZE MARKETS. WE ALSO GIVE STATES THE OPTION, THE CHOICE, TO GO HIGHER OR GO LOWER WHICH HONORS THE SPIRIT OF FEDERALISM. ADDITIONALLY, WE'RE REPEALING THE ACTUARIAL VALUES MANDATE TO PROVIDE INSURANCE -- INSURERS WITH ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY TO OFFER MORE COVERAGE OPTIONS. THE REQUIREMENT FOR INSURERS TO OFFER SPECIFIED BRONZE, SILVER, AND GOLD LEVEL TIERS HAS LIMITED CONSUMER CHOICE, DRIVING EVEN MORE INDIVIDUALS AWAY FROM SEEKING COVERAGE AND FURTHER CONTRIBUTING TO THE COLLAPSE OF THE HEALTH CARE MARKETS. TO FURTHER SLEMENT THESE -- SUPPLEMENT THESE EFFORTS, WE'RE UPPING THE STATES FUND. IT PROVIDES STATES ACCESS TO A TOTE A.F.L. OVER $140 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS TO PROMOTE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO LOWER COSTS AND INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR UNIQUE PATIENT POPULATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE GOAL IS SIMPLE, TO PROVIDE STATES WITH MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY IN HOW THEY ADDRESS THE COST OF CARE FOR THEIR CITIZENS. THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT PROVIDES STATES WITH OPTIONS FOR HOW TO USE FUNDS, INCLUDING PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR HIGH-COST INDIVIDUALS INCENTIVIZING INSURANCE PARTICIPATION IN THE THOSE MARKETS, REDUCING THE COST OF INSURANCE, PROMOTING ACCESS TO PREVENTIVE SERVICE, AND REDUCING OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR PATIENTS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THE COMBINATION OF THE STABILITY FUND AND OTHER PRO-CONSUMER CHANGES WOULD REDUCE PREMIUMS BY 10% BELOW CURRENT PROJECTIONS OF 2026. WE WANT PATIENTS TO HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY, AFFORDABLY PRICED HEALTH COVERAGE. THE PATIENT AND STATE STABILITY FUND CAN HELP STATES LOWER COSTS AND CAN INCREASE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR CITIZENS. IN ADDITION TO SUPPORTING THE INSURANCE MARKETS, THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT CREATES NEEDED REFORMS THROUGH THE MEDICAID PROGRAM ITSELF. WITHOUT ANY CHANGES THE MEDICAID -- CURRENT MEDICAID EXPANSION IS EXPECTED TO COST $1 TRILLION IN 10 YEARS' TIME. $1 TRILLION A YEAR IN 10 YEARS' TIME. MEDICAID NEEDS REFORM SO THAT STATES CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE COVERAGE TO CHILDREN, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND OTHER VULNERABLE GROUPS. THE VERY POPULATIONS THAT THIS SAFETY NET PROGRAM WAS CREATED TO SERVE. TO ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT FIRST PHASES OUT THE COMPADE EXPANSION, NOT TRADITIONAL BUT MEDICAID EXPANSION. THE EXPANSION HAS HURT STATE BUDGETS AND LIMITED STATES' ABILITIES TO ENSURE THAT RESOURCES WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE VULNERABLE POPULATIONS FOR WHICH MEDICAID WAS DESIGNED. BY PHASING OUT EXPANSION, WE'RE PROVIDING STATES WITH GREATER BUDGET AUTONOMY. ADDITIONALLY, OUR BILL HELPS FURTHER BEND THE MEDICAID COST CURVE BY SHIFTING THE PROGRAM TOWARD A PER BENEFICIARY ALLOTMENT. PER BENEFICIARY ALLOTMENT SET LIMITS ON THE ANNUAL GROWTH PER CAPITA EXPENDITURES FOR WHICH THE STATES WILL RECEIVE MATCHING FUNDS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. PER BENEFICIARY ALLOTMENTS CREATE GREATER FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND ENSURE THAT THE PROGRAM CAN CONTINUE TO EXIST FOR YEARS TO COME. THIS IS NOT A NEW IDEA. THIS WAS AN IDEA PUT FORWARD BY PRESIDENT CLINTON AND AT ONE TIME SUPPORTED BY EVERY DEMOCRATIC MEMBER OF THE SENATE IN 1995. SECOND, THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT INCREASES THE AMOUNT OF FLEXIBILITY THAT STATES HAVE IN MANAGING THEIR MEDICAID PROGRAM. THE BILL SCALES BACK THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MANDATES THAT HAVE LIMITED A STATE'S ABILITY TO TAILOR PLANS TOWARDS THE NEEDS OF BENEFICIARIES. STATES CAN AND STATES SHOULD BE TRUSTED TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE THE NEEDS OF THEIR MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES. THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT WILL ALLOW THEM TO DO SO. ADDITIONALLY, THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT FURTHERS THE GOAL OF PROVIDING THE STATES WITH GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN MANAGING THEIR MEDICAID PROGRAMS BY PROVIDING STATES WITH THE OPTION TO IMPLEMENT TWO ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. WORK REQUIREMENTS AND BLOCK GRANTS FOR MEDICAID. WHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS BEING DEBATED, SOME OF THE MOST CONSISTENT COMPLAINTS THAT WE HEARD THROUGHOUT THE DISCUSSION CAME FROM GOVERNORS AND STATE REPRESENTATIVES EXPRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES THAT THEY SAW ON THE HORIZON. THIS TIME AROUND WE CHOSE TO ENGAGE OUR STATE COUNTERPARTS IN THE DISCUSSION AND LISTEN TO THEIR INPUT AS WE DESIGNED THE BILL AND AT THE TOP OF THEIR LIST WAS A DESIRE TO SEE THE WORK REQUIREMENTS BUILT IN TO THE MEDICAID AND THE EXPANSION POPULATIONS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH MEDICAID AS A BLOCK GRANT. REPUBLICANS TRUST THAT STATES KNOW WHAT WORKS FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE POPULATIONS AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO STAND IN THE WAY OF STATES SEEKING TO DESIGN MEDICAID PROGRAMS THAT WORK FOR THEM. FINALLY, THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT PROVIDES ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO BOLSTER STATE SAFETY NET PROVIDERS IT OFFERS ENHANCED FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE SAFETY NET PROVIDERS IN STATES THAT DID NOT EXPAND MEDICAID, AND ENDS, ENDS THE CUTS TO DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE OF HOSPITAL PAYMENTS, CUTS THAT ARE GOING TO OCCUR UNDER CURRENT LAW ON OCTOBER 1 OF THIS YEAR. WE'RE COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT OUR LOCAL PROVIDERS CAN CONTINUE TO DELIVER LIFESAVING CARE AND THAT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT TURNS THIS COMMITMENT INTO ACTION. FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN RURAL AND MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED AREAS, THESE ACTIONS WILL PROVIDE NEEDED RELIEF THAT WAS UNDERCUT BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND WILL ALLOW THESE AMERICANS TO CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO CARE. MOVING FORWARD, TOGETHER THESE EFFORTS WILL PROVIDE MEANINGFUL REFORM AND RELIEF FOR THE STATES AND INDIVIDUALS SEEKING HEALTH CARE. WE'RE STABILIZING THE MARKETS, REFORMING MEDICAID IN THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL WAY IN ITS 52-YEAR HISTORY. AND ENSURING THAT ALL AMERICANS CAN MAINTAIN ACCESS TO CARE THROUGH LOCAL SAFETY NET PROVIDERS. WE DO RECOGNIZE THERE IS STILL MORE WORK TO BE DONE IN HEALTH CARE. AND THAT IS WHY WE ONLY CONSIDER THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT TO BE THE BEGINNING. IT IS THE KEY THAT GETS US THROUGH THE DOOR INTO ADDITIONAL HEALTH REFORM. FROM HERE WE WILL WORK WITH SECRETARY PRICE, AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, TO FURTHER DEREGULATE THE MARKETPLACE AND INCREASE CONSUMER CHOICE IN THE HEALTH CARE MARKETS, AND WE WILL ENHANCE THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT WITH ADDITIONAL LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS TO FURTHER THE GOAL OF LOWERING HEALTH CARE COSTS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS SHOULD BE A VERY EXCITING TIME IN HEALTH CARE WITH ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HAS BEEN GAINED OVER THE YEARS IN THE PRACTICE OF MED SKIN SINN. I'M HUMBLE TO BE HERE TODAY SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. IT WILL BEGIN THE MUCH AWAITED PROCESS OF UNWINDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND WE'LL FINALLY RETURN PATIENTS TO THE CENTER OF HEALTH CARE. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. .

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  • 09:45:10 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    LET ME PUT INTO THE RECORD THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. THE AMERICAN HEART…

    LET ME PUT INTO THE RECORD THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION, CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION. JUFE NIGH DIABETES FOUNDATION. MARCH OF DIMES. NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY, AND THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR WOMEN WITH HEART DISEASE AMONG OTHERS.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MARTIN LUTHER KING GOVERN:00-I WILL ASK UNANIMOUS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MARTIN LUTHER KING GOVERN:00-I WILL ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A

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    GOVERN WILL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    IF THIS BILL WAS SO GREAT THEY WOULD BE SUPPORTING IT, NOT OPPOSING IT AND…

    IF THIS BILL WAS SO GREAT THEY WOULD BE SUPPORTING IT, NOT OPPOSING IT AND THEY ARE STRONGLY OPPOSING IT. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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    MR. DOGGETT

    REPUBLICANS TO THE AMERICANS ARE SO STRONG. TRUMP HAD A TWEET STORM WITH…

    REPUBLICANS TO THE AMERICANS ARE SO STRONG. TRUMP HAD A TWEET STORM WITH FAKE NEWS, BUT THESE REPUBLICANS WHO FOLLOW HIM, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FIND AN EXCUSE AS ONE FAMILY AFTER ANOTHER SUFFERS. TODAY'S SURPRISE ATTACK ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE HAS BEEN WIDELY CONDEMNED BY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO REPRESENT THE DISABLED AND SICK, LIKE THE CANCER SOCIETY AND THE MARCH OF DIMES. JIMMY KIMMEL, KNOW THAT YOUR BABY WAS FORTUNATE, BUT OTHERS BORN WITH A DISABILITY WILL FACE THE BARRIER OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND THEY DIDN'T LISTEN TO THE AARP THAT KNOWS THAT THOSE AMERICANS TOO YOUNG FOR MEDICARE BY A FEW YEARS WILL GET SOCKED WITH UNAFFORDABLE PREMIUMS. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS MONSTROSITY OF A BILL COSTS TO THE TAXPAYER. THEY DON'T KNOW HOW MANY FAMILIES WILL LOSE COVERAGE, HOW MANY JOBS WILL BE LOST. THEY DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT'S IN THIS BILL. THEY KNOW ONLY THAT THE PIED PIPER OF TRUMP TOWER IS PLAYING A TUNE TODAY AND THEY MUST DANCE. THERE'S MUCH TALK ABOUT HIGH-RISK POOLS. THE REAL HIGH-RISK POOL IS THE ONE THAT EVERYONE WHO VOTES FOR THIS OUTRAGEOUS PROPOSAL IS ABOUT TO PLUNGE INTO. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:47:45 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MS. SLAUGHTER.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I CERTAINLY THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING ME…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I CERTAINLY THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BRING THE A.C.A. TO THE FLOOR AFTER YEARS OF WORKING ON IT. EXPERTS WRITING IT. AND IT HAD SUCH INCREDIBLE THINGS IN IT. I THINK IT WOULD BEHOOVE US TO TALK ABOUT WHAT AMERICANS WILL LOSE BECAUSE THE BENEFITS OF THE A.C.A. INCLUDE ALL OF US. NOW, YOU NEED TO KNOW FIRST, 85 CENTS OF EVERY PREMIUM DOLLAR WILL GO FOR HEALTH CARE. IT WILL GO BACK TO INSURANCE PROFITS. ALSO GOING TO LOSE THE FACT THAT FAMILIES COULD NO LONGER GO BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF HEALTH CARE. THE LARGEST CAUSE OF BANKRUPTCY OF FAMILIES WAS MEDICAL BILLS AND THE A.C.A. TOOK CARE OF THAT. NOBODY EVER TALKS ABOUT THAT THAT MUCH. IF SANGLE PERSON SPENT $45,000 A YEAR ON HEALTH CARE, A FAMILY, $12,500, THE INSURANCE COMPANIES PICKED UP THE REST OF IT. HOW ABOUT THAT? THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD LOSS, ISN'T IT, THAT WE'RE GOING TO FACE? SO WHY IN THE WORLD ARE WE RUSHING INTO THIS THING? WELL, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD TRUMP, VERIFIED AS RECENTLY AS LAST SATURDAY EVENING IN PENNSYLVANIA THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS FIRST BECAUSE $800 BILLION HAS TO COME OUT OF HEALTH CARE SO THEY CAN DO THE TAX BILL WITH GREAT CORPORATE RELIEF AND TAX RELIEF FOR THE 1%. SO AS YOU LOSE YOUR HEALTH CARE, YOUR ABILITY TO GO TO THE DOCTOR, YOUR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS BECAUSE RISK POOLS DON'T WORK, BE COMFORTED BY THE FACT THAT WE ARE IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO PUT THE NEEDS OF CORPORATIONS AND WEALTHY PEOPLE AHEAD OF THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. AND JUST IN CASE YOU THINK PEOPLE AREN'T PAYING ANY ATTENTION, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, MY OFFICE HAS 185 APPLICATIONS FOR SIX SEATS AS INTERNS IN THE SUMMERTIME. IT IS UNHEARD OF. CALLS IN MY OFFICE HAVE GONE FROM ABOUT 10 A DAY TO 80, ALL OF THEM TALKING ABOUT THIS. I HAVE NEVER SEEN POLITICAL SUICIDE IN MY LIFE LIKE I'M SEEING TODAY, AND I THINK OUR LEADER PUT IT SO SUCCINCTLY, TATTOOING THAT ON YOUR FORE HEAD. NOW, THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO HAVE GOTTEN SORT OF USED TO THIS, ALL WE HEARD ALL WEEK LONG IS THIS IS GOING TO FALL APART. THE PROBLEMS GOING ON WITH A.C.A. RIGHT NOW ARE THAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE SUCH UNCERTAINTY BECAUSE OF WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON HERE. AND I NEED TO BRING UP ONE OF THE GREATEST HOAXES IN AMERICAN -- ANY INSTITUTION THAT PASSES LAWS. FOR OVER 60 TIMES YOU BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE AND WE DEBATED BILLS TO DO AWAY WITH THE HEALTH CARE. REPEAL AND REPLACE, YOU SHOUTED. MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF TIME -- WORTH OF TIME SPENT ON THIS FLOOR WAS AN ABSOLUTE HOAX BECAUSE YOU HAD NO REPEAL AND REPLACE PLAN. IT WAS SIMPLY ALL TALK, AND NOW YOU GOT TO RUSH THROUGH THIS SO YOU CAN DO YOUR BIG TAX BILL. I'M SORRY TO SEE THIS HAPPEN. IT IS A SAD DAY FOR THE UNITED STATES. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. COLLINS

    VERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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    MR. COLLINS

    RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I'D LIKE TO MAKE AN INQUIRY OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. COLLINS

    YES.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I FEEL BAD FOR YOU BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE ONE SPEAKER SUPPORTING…

    I FEEL BAD FOR YOU BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE ONE SPEAKER SUPPORTING THIS RULE. NEARLY OUR ENTIRE CAUCUS WANTS TO SPEAK ON THIS AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE REPEAL BILL. SO I WAS WONDERING WHETHER YOU MIGHT CONSIDER SHARING TIME WITH US.

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  • 09:51:52 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    AS A WONDERFUL MANAGER OF TIME, HE WILL BE ABLE TO PARCE TIME AS HE SEES…

    AS A WONDERFUL MANAGER OF TIME, HE WILL BE ABLE TO PARCE TIME AS HE SEES FIT. I HAVE OTHER SPEAKERS THAT WILL COME BY. I ENCOURAGE THE MANAGER TO MANAGE THE TIME.

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  • 09:52:05 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    IT LOOKS LONELY OVER THERE. IT SPEAKS VOLUME TO HOW MANY PEOPLE SUPPORT…

    IT LOOKS LONELY OVER THERE. IT SPEAKS VOLUME TO HOW MANY PEOPLE SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

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  • 09:52:13 AM

    MR. PASCRELL

    GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    I SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE, WE -- YOU SOLD OUT CHEAP, AS WE SAY…

    I SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE, WE -- YOU SOLD OUT CHEAP, AS WE SAY IN NEW JERSEY, ALL TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO INSURANCE COMPANIES. THE UPTON AMENDMENT IS, OF COURSE, AN ADMISSION. AFTER SEVEN YEARS YOU CAME UP WITH THIS? YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. THIS IS WORSE THAN -- AT LEAST HE ACCIDENT SDNT TAKE SEVEN YEARS TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FANTASY AND REALITY. FOR A NEW JERSEYAN WITH ASTHMA, THIS WILL MEAN A $4,340 PREMIUM SURCHARGE. FOR AUTISM, $5,510. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. $60,000, $70,000 IF YOU HAVE CANCER. BUT LET'S DISCUSS THE ATTEMPT TO RID THE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS WHICH REMOVES YET ANOTHER A.C.A. PROTECTION FOR EVERYONE. SO NOW THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HEAD FOR THE CYCLE. YOU JEOPARDIZE HEALTH CARE FOR NEAR EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN, THOSE ON MEDICARE, THOSE ON MEDICAID, THOSE IN THE A.C.A. EXCHANGES AND NOW 150 MILLION PEOPLE WITH EMPLOYER COVERAGE. YOU SOLD OUT. IT'S A SHAME. I LIKE MOST OF YOU. YOU ARE ON THE WRONG PATH AND IT TOOK YOU SEVEN YEARS FOR THIS? I WILL NEVER YIELD. I WILL NEVER YIELD.

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    TEMPORE MEMBERS

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR, THE GENTLEMAN…

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 09:53:51 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE LETTER FROM THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT A LETTER FROM THE CANCER ACTION NETWORK AGAINST THIS BILL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT A LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY AGAINST THIS BILL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN CONGRESS OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE AGAINST THIS BILL. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE CONSORTIUM FOR CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES AGAINST THIS BIFMENT

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  • 09:54:31 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:54:32 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MOULTON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:54:37 AM

    MR. MOULTON

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S ONLY ONE REASON THIS BILL IS ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S ONLY ONE REASON THIS BILL IS ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THE PRESIDENT CARES MORE ABOUT CUTTING A DEAL THAN KEEPING HIS PROMISES. HE PROMISED WE'D LOWER COSTS. THAT TURNED OUT TO BE A LIE. HE PROMISED WE'D EXPAND COVERAGE. THAT TURNED OUT TO BE A LIE. HE PROMISED WE'D PROTECT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THAT, TOO, WAS A LIE. BACK IN MASSACHUSETTS AT A DINER, I MET A VETERAN NAMED CLIFF WHO TOLD ME WHEN I WAS ON MY WAY TO WASHINGTON FOR THE FIRST TIME TO GO TO WASHINGTON AS AN AMERICAN, NOT AS A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN, BUT AS AN AMERICAN. TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, HEED CLIFF'S ADVICE TODAY. DON'T VOTE AS A REPUBLICAN. VOTE AS AN AMERICAN. DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR CREDIBILITY TO GIVE A LEGISLATIVE VICTORY TO A PRESIDENT WHO WILL NEVER STICK HIS NECK OUT FOR ANYONE OTHER THAN HIMSELF. AND FOR WHAT? TO BETRAY THE PEOPLE WHO TRUSTED THEM? I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO PUT COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY AND VOTE NO ON THIS RIDICULOUS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 09:55:57 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT IS INTERESTING TODAY. WE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT IS INTERESTING TODAY. WE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY IF THERE WERE NOT THE PROBLEMS THAT YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I HAVE SEEN. ONE THIRD OF THIS COUNTRY HAS ONE INSURER. PREMIUMS, DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASES. PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD MAYBE WITH SUBSIDIES THE AMOUNT OF THEIR PLAN CAN'T AFFORD THE DEDUCTIBLES AND CO-PAYS. THEY GO TO DOCTORS WHO WON'T TAKE THEIR INSURANCE. WE'RE NOT HERE BY MISTAKE, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE HERE BECAUSE OBAMACARE IS AN ABJECT FAILURE. WITH THAT I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE CHILDREN'S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL OPPOSED TO THIS BILL.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM PARALYZED…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM PARALYZED VETERANS AGAINST THIS BILL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD LETTER FROM THE MARCH OF DIMES AGAINST THIS BILL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN LETTER FROM ASK ME IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND A LETTER FROM THE NATIONAL FARMERS ASSOCIATION IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL.

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  • 09:56:55 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    AT THIS POINT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

    AT THIS POINT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, MR. NEAL.

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  • 09:57:02 AM

    MR. NEAL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. NEAL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. MCGOVERN. THIS PROCEDURE THAT WE'RE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. MCGOVERN. THIS PROCEDURE THAT WE'RE WITNESSING HERE THIS MORNING BASED ON WHAT HAPPENED AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE LAST 48 HOURS HAS ALL THE CHARM OF A RANSOM NOTE. THE IDEA THAT THIS IS PUT IN FRONT OF US SO THEY CAN PROVIDE A TAX CUT AT THE EXPENSE OF MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS IS REALLY WHAT WE'RE VOTING ON TODAY. SO THAT CHILD WHO IS BORN WITH DIABETES ACROSS AMERICA CAN NO LONGER BE GUARANTEED HEALTH INSURANCE IF WE TURN THIS OPTION OVER TO THE STATES. ANYBODY WHO'S COME FROM LOCAL OR STATE GOVERNMENT, YOU KNOW THIS. THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO BALANCE THE BUDGETS IN ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS AT THE EXPENSE OF THOSE WHO NEED IT FOR HEALTH CARE. AND ANOTHER ESSENTIAL POINT HERE AS I THINK WE GO FORWARD. THE OTHER SIDE -- BY THE WAY, THERE'S ONLY TWO ON THE OTHER SIDE. WHAT'S AMAZING ABOUT THIS, WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT ARGUMENT THEY HAD WITH US YESTERDAY ABOUT NATIONAL DEFENSE, UNDERSTAND THIS. REAL NATIONAL DEFENSE ALSO INCLUDES PROVIDING HEALTH CARE FOR MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY. THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION. THEY ARE ABOUT TO SUBTRACT FROM GUARANTEED BENEFITS TO THE AMERICAN FAMILY FOR THE PURPOSE OF OFFERING A TAX CUT TO PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP, AGAIN, AT THE EXPENSE OF MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:58:42 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    DID THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA -- OH, GOOD. PEOPLE ARE FINALLY COMING IN.…

    DID THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA -- OH, GOOD. PEOPLE ARE FINALLY COMING IN. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, MR. CROWLEY.

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  • 09:58:53 AM

    MR. CROWLEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN. THE MAJORITY THINKS THEY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN. THE MAJORITY THINKS THEY FINALLY FOUND THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF POLITICAL GIVEAWAYS TO PASS THEIR BILL. A BILL THAT WE HAVE TO REMEMBER STILL KICKS 24 MILLION AMERICANS OFF THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. IT STILL CHARGES SENIORS MORE. IT STILL TAKES AWAY THE MOST BASIC PROTECTIONS OF YOUR HEALTH PLAN THAT IT SHOULD COVER, AND DESPITE WHAT YOU HEAR, THIS LATEST BAND-AID AMENDMENT IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE ANY OF THAT. SINCE THIS BILL WAS BUILT ON BACKROOM DEALS AND HAPHAZARD GUESSES, WE DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH THIS BILL WILL COST AMERICA. NOT JUST DOLLARS ADDED TO THE DEFICIT BUT THE HUMAN COST OF HOW MUCH MORE DAMAGING THIS BILL WILL BE. IT'S THE HEIGHT OF IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNING, NOT JUST RUSHING SOMETHING THROUGH WITHOUT FULL AND FAIR CONSIDERATION. FRANKLY, WE'RE GETTING USED TO THAT ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. BUT TO FORCE THROUGH A BILL THAT YOU KNOW IS GOING TO HURT, IT'S GOING TO HURT 24 MILLION AMERICANS. IT'S MORE THAN IRRESPONSIBLE. IT'S JUST PLAIN WRONG.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NURSE MID WIVES, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, THE AMERICAN CONGRESS OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NATURAL PRACTITIONERS, PLAINED FEDERATION -- PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH. I WANT YOU TO LOOK AND KEEP YOUR EYES ON…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH. I WANT YOU TO LOOK AND KEEP YOUR EYES ON WHO WILL FEEL THE TRUMPCARE'S MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS OF HEALTH CARE DROPPED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL. I AM A PERSON LIVING WITH A PRE-EXISTING DISEASE. I AM A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR. AND THIS HEARTLESS AND CALLUS -- CALLOUS BILL WITH 20 MILLION PLUS PEOPLE BEING THROWN OFF OF HEALTH CARE AND REVERSE ROBIN HOOD OF STEALING FROM THE POOR OR SENIORS LAYING IN YOUR BED WHERE YOU ARE DOING AN AGE TAX THAT IS FIVE TIMES MORE THAN ANY OTHER YOUNG PERSON HAS TO PAY IS DISGRACEFUL. OR THE PITTANCE YOU HAVE GIVEN FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. $8 BILLION. THEY SAY YOU NEED $25 MILLION BILLION. THEN YOU ARE TELLING THE ---$25 BILLION. THEN YOU ARE TELLING THE STATES, GET A WAIVER. THEN YOU ARE SAYING TO TRUMP THE KING THAT WE HAVE THE VOTES TO DROP THAT MOTHER OF ALL BOMB OF HEALTH CARE. LET ME JUST SIMPLY SAY I WANT TO STAND WITH THE PEOPLE -- I WANT HER TO LIVE IN DIGNITY AND TO BE ABLE TO GET WELL. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT MEDICAID IS PROVIDED FOR WORKING FAMILIES. I WANT INSURANCE COMPANIES WHO MAKE A LOT OF PROFIT. AND I WANT TO SAY THIS. I DON'T WANT THE POOR TO SLEEP UNDER BRIDGES, TO BEG IN THE STREETS. TO STEAL BREAD FROM THE MARKETS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET ANY HEALTH INSURANCE. GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL.

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    MR. COLLINS

    MR. SPEAKER, IF I HAD TO DEFEND OBAMACARE I WOULD GO INTO HYSTERICS, TOO.…

    MR. SPEAKER, IF I HAD TO DEFEND OBAMACARE I WOULD GO INTO HYSTERICS, TOO. SINCE OBAMACARE WENT INTO EFFECT THE INSURANCE CHOICE AND COVERAGE HAVE GOTTEN LOWER AND COSTS HIGHER. VIRTUALLY NO DOCTORS TAKE THE INSURANCE. I HAVE HAD TO SWITCH TO NEW DOCTORS I DON'T TRUST. I HAVE A BRAIN TUMOR I HAVE MONITORED BY A VERY SKILLED NEURO ONCOLOGIST. NOT ANY MORE. THE THREE CHOICES I WAS GIVEN AREN'T EVEN INSURANCE FOR THIS DOCTOR. YEP, LEFT THEM OUT AGAIN. WITH THAT I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA,

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    MR. MESSER

    DESPITE THE RHETORIC ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY IS AN EXCITING…

    DESPITE THE RHETORIC ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY IS AN EXCITING DAY FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING AND FIGHTING TO END OBAMACARE'S REIGN OVER THIS COUNTRY. IT'S RACE MONTH IN INDIANA AND I WANT TREE MIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT AS EXCITING AS TODAY'S IS, TODAY'S VOTE IS A GREEN FLAG, NOT A CHECKERED FLAG. IT'S THE BEGINNING OF THE RACE, NOT THE END. TODAY THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TO MOVE LEGISLATION FORWARD THAT WILL REPEAL OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING FAR BETTER. THE BILL WILL SURELY UNDERGO MORE CHANGES AS WE CONTINUE THIS PROCESS THROUGH THE SENATE, BUT IT'S ON ITS WAY TO THE FINISH LINE. AND THERE'S SOME REALLY STRONG POLICY IN THIS BILL. IT CUTS TAXES BY $1 TRILLION ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND GOVERNMENT SPENDING BY HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS, TOO. AND DESPITE THE RHETORIC, IT KEEPS PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PROHIBITIONS. NO ONE WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WILL BE DENIED COVERAGE BECAUSE OF THE POLICIES IN THIS BILL. AND INSURANCE COMPANIES CANNOT RAISE PREMIUMS ON INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AS LONG AS THEY MAINTAIN COVERAGE. THE BILL ALSO WILL MAKE SURE 26-YEAR-OLDS CONTINUE TO STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' HEALTH CARE PLANS AS THEY ENTER THE WORK FORCE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THOUGH, THE BILL UNSHACKLES AMERICAN FAMILIES FROM THE MANDATES, TAXES, AND PENALTIES THAT ARE COSTING THESE FAMILIES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR. OBAMACARE HELPS SOME, WE HAVE TO REMEMBER OBAMACARE MAKES THINGS WORSE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THAT'S WHERE THE NATIONAL ANGER HAS COME FROM. I HAVE HEARD FROM COUNTLESS HOOSIERS WHO TELL ME THE STORY OF THEIR PREMIUMS GOING FROM $500 A MONTH TO $1,500 A MONTH WITH DEDUCTIBLES THROUGH THE ROOF. 10,000-PLUS A MONTH. THEY HAVE TO SPEND $30,000 OUT OF POCKET BEFORE THEY EVEN GET TO THEIR INSURANCE, AND FOR A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY THAT MEANS THEY HAVE NO MEANINGFUL INSURANCE AT ALL. WE CAN DO BETTER. AND WE WILL. THAT STARTS TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OPPOSED TO THIS BILL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN THORACIC SOCIETY OPPOSED. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE ACADEMY AND DIETICIAN. ONE FROM THE JEWISH FEDERATION. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT AN ARTICLE IN THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" TODAY ENTITLED EMPLOYERS LOOKING TO LOWER THEIR COSTS CAN IMPOSE LIFETIME LIMITS AND ELIMINATE THE OUT-OF-POCKET COST CAP FROM THEIR PLANS UNDER THE G.O.P. LEGISLATION.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

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    MR. LEVIN

    YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST BEEN SAID NO ONE WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WILL BE…

    YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST BEEN SAID NO ONE WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WILL BE DENIED TREATMENT. THAT IS A CRUEL FALSEHOOD. ROUGHLY 129 MILLION AMERICANS TODAY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. AND HERE'S WHAT THE A.M.A. SAYS TO REFUTE WHAT WAS JUST SAID. THE HISTORY OF HIGH-RISK POOLS DEMONSTRATES THAT AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL BE STUCK IN SECOND CLASS HEALTH COVERAGE IF THEY ARE ABLE TO OBTAIN COVERAGE AT ALL. SO NOW WE HAVE A PROPOSAL FOR $8 BILLION. THAT IS A DECEITFUL FRAUD. AND I INTEND GOING BACK HOME TO TRAVEL THE STATE OF MICHIGAN AND ELSEWHERE AND TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THOSE WHO HAVE SAID THAT ARE SIMPLY NOT BEING TRUTHFUL. THEY ESSENTIALLY ARE TURNING THEIR BACKS ON 129 MILLION AMERICANS. WE DEMOCRATS WILL NEVER TURN OUR BACK ON THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE, IT'S A VITAL, VITAL NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVEN WITH AGAIN THE MOTTLED HYSTERICS, THERE IS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVEN WITH AGAIN THE MOTTLED HYSTERICS, THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS BILL, EVEN IF YOU HAVE PRE-EXISTING COVERAGE NOW. THERE'S NOTHING THAT SAYS YOU LOSE T TALK ABOUT FAMILIES ON WHY WE'RE HERE. DESPITE OBAMA'S PROMISES MY PLAN WAS CANCELED AND $450 A MONTH WHEN OBAMACARE WAS IMPLEMENTED. MY NEW PLAN WILL BE $1,300 A MONTH. MY HUSBAND AND I CANNOT KEEP UP THESE INCREASES. SOON IT WILL BE CHOICES FROM FOOD AND HEALTH CARE. WITH THAT I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION TODAY IS HOW LONG WILL THE OPPOSITION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION TODAY IS HOW LONG WILL THE OPPOSITION TRY TO HOLD ON TO THE FAILINGS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. HOW LONG WILL THEY DESPERATELY TRY TO HOLD ON WITH THEIR FINGERNAILS SCREAMING AND SLASHING AT SOMETHING THAT'S FAILING MISERABLY. IT WAS ANNOUNCED 99 OF 99 COUNTIES IN IOWA WILL NOT HAVE A CARRIER AT ALL. WHILE IN MICHIGAN THIS YEAR INDIVIDUAL POLICY PREMIUMS WENT UP 20%.

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    MR. MITCHELL

    WHILE CURRENTLY 26 MILLION AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE COVERAGE, 19.2 MILLION…

    WHILE CURRENTLY 26 MILLION AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE COVERAGE, 19.2 MILLION EITHER CLAIM A WAIVER FOR PAY A PENALTY THAT LAST YEAR WAS $3 BILLION. YET SOMEHOW THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CLAIMS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS SOME MORE OF NIRVANA. THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT AARON TEES ISSUANCE OF COVERAGE AND TARGETS ASSISTANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE CHALLENGES. IN CONTRAST TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT THINKS WE SHOULD THROW MONEY AT T WHAT AMAZES ME IN MY FIRST FEW MONTHS HERE IN CONGRESS THERE IS A PROBLEM WE'LL THROW MONEY. THE OPPOSITION WANT AS BLANK CHECK WHICH WILL NOT WORK IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S GOING TO KILL THIS COUNTRY. LET ME SUGGEST TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN, MY NEIGHBOR, THAT IF HE WANTS THE SCHEDULE TO GO AROUND THE STATE AND TALK ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM VERSUS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, I WILL GO WITH HIM. WE'LL GO ANYWHERE HEED LIKE TO GO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A STATEMENT FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT A STATEMENT FROM FAMILIES U.S.A. IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. AND STATEMENT FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    I CAN'T BELIEVE HERE HERE AGAIN TO VOTE OR NOT ON THE REPUBLICAN SO-CALLED…

    I CAN'T BELIEVE HERE HERE AGAIN TO VOTE OR NOT ON THE REPUBLICAN SO-CALLED HEALTH CARE BILL. LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES WE'RE FINALLY HERE ONLY AFTER REPUBLICANS FAILED TO EVEN HOLD A VOTE ON MARCH 24 AND THEN OFFERED EXTREME MULTIPLE AMENDMENTS TO APPEASE THE FURTHEST RIGHT OF THEIR PARTY. BUT I HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THEM. IT TAKES REAL CAN HONEAS -- CAN HOBEAS -- CAN HONEAS TO STAND ON A BILL THAT THEY KNOW PROVIDES NOTHING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT TAKES CONVICTION TO STAND UP TO A BILL THAT CUTS COVERAGE FOR 24 MILLION AMERICANS, GUTS MEDICAID, REDUCES THE SOLVENCY OF MEDICARE, AND SEGREGATES THE SICKEST. THE TRUTH IS REPUBLICANS LACK THE BRAVERY TO CALL THIS BILL WHAT IT REALLY IS. A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR THE RICH ON THE BACKS OF WORKING MOM AND DADS AND THE SICK. THEY LACK THE INTEGRITY TO DO THE HARD WORK THAT IT TAKES TO CRAFT AN ACTUAL HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WOULD BUILD UPON CURRENT LAW AND IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF AMERICANS. I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES TO COME TO THEIR SENSES, VOTE AGAINST THIS TERRIBLE BILL, AND WORK WITH US TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY FOR ALL AMERICANS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE BEEN WAITING ALSO FOR MY FRIEND ACROSS THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE BEEN WAITING ALSO FOR MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE TO STAND UP AND SAY THAT OBAMACARE IS A FAILURE. I GUESS THEY CAN'T THE VOTERS FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS V THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, AN AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR TWO SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN, A.C.A. IS EXPENSIVE. BOTH MY HUSBAND AND I ARE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND PAY INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE. THE HIGHEST DEDUCTIBLE PLAN OFFERED TO US, OUTSTANDING BILLS WE STRUGGLE TO PAY OFF. WE HAVE SEEN OUR PREMIUM GO UP 14%. WITH ALL EXCEPTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT, WE'RE THE ONES WHO GET IGNORED. THAT'S THE TRUE FACE OF OBAMACARE W THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BARTON.

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    MR. BARTON

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. BARTON

    LET ME SAY HOW PROUD I AM TO SEE YOU IN THIS CHAIR ON A HISTORIC DAY. YOU…

    LET ME SAY HOW PROUD I AM TO SEE YOU IN THIS CHAIR ON A HISTORIC DAY. YOU ARE DOING A FINE JOB. MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MANDATES SELDOM WORK. MARKETS DO WORK. MY FRIENDS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVEN'T POINTED OUT THAT 19 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE CHOSEN TO PAY THE TAX PENALTY TO THE I.R.S. RATHER THAN BE FORCED INTO ONE OF THESE OBAMACARE PLANS. THEY TALK ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE GOTTEN COVERAGE, MOST OF THEM GOT COVERAGE WHEN THE BILL THAT'S NOW CALLED OBAMACARE EXPANDED MEDICAID TO HEALTHY ADULTS AND PAID 100% OF THE COST TO COVER THOSE INDIVIDUALS. AT A COST RIGHT NOW OF ABOUT $70 BILLION A YEAR. MANDATES DON'T WORK. MARKETS DO. I CHOOSE LESS GOVERNMENT MANDATE, MORE PERSONAL FREEDOM. VOTE FOR THE RULE. VOTE FOR THE BILL. LET'S RESTORE MARKETS AND FREEDOM TO HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

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    MS. CHU

    HER SON WHO IS 1 YEAR OLD AND WAS BORN WITH MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY. HE WILL…

    HER SON WHO IS 1 YEAR OLD AND WAS BORN WITH MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY. HE WILL NEED CARE FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. WITHOUT THE BAN ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, THE COST OF INSURANCE FOR HER SON WILL BE ASTRONOMICAL. SHE'S PARALYZED WITH FEAR ABOUT HOW SHE'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO CARE FOR HIM FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. BECAUSE UNDER TRUMPCARE THE HEALTH CARE BILL WRITTEN FOR DONALD TRUMP AND NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD BE ABLE TO CHARGE KATE'S SON MORE BECAUSE HE HAS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. IMAGINE THAT. HER SON'S HEALTH CARE WILL BE OUT OF REACH, HIS PRECIOUS LIFE IN DANGER. THAT'S UNIMAGEABLY CRUEL, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HAVE A SYSTEM IN PLACE RIGHT NOW THAT GETS KATE'S SON THE TREATMENT HE DESERVES. THAT'S WHY I'M OPPOSING THIS BILL TODAY. I CANNOT SUPPORT A MEASURE THAT WE KNOW WILL COST SICK PEOPLE MORE MONEY. WILL FORCE FAMILIES TO PAY HIGHER PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES, WILL FORCE 24 MILLION PEOPLE OFF THEIR INSURANCE AND GUTS ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS HORRIFIC BILL TODAY.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKERMENT I BELIEVE PROBABLY THE REASON THEY WON'T FOR IT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKERMENT I BELIEVE PROBABLY THE REASON THEY WON'T FOR IT BECAUSE THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS ARE COVERED. IF YOU HAVE COVERAGE NOW, NOBODY WOULD LOSE THAT. I GUESS IT'S EASIER TO TALK YOUR TALKING POINTS AND HAVE YOUR POSTER AND GO FROM THERE. WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. MR. MAST. .

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    MR. MAST

    I, TOO, AM A PERSON WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, AND I BELIEVE IT'S NOT…

    I, TOO, AM A PERSON WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, AND I BELIEVE IT'S NOT JUST SOMETHING I SHOULD DO, IT'S A RESPONSIBILITY FOR ME TO BE THE STAUNCHEST ADVOCATE FOR PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND THAT IS WHY I AM SUCH AN ARDENT SUPPORTER OF THIS BILL. I THINK EVERY AMERICAN AND EVERY PERSON OUT THERE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS SHOULD BE ASKING THEMSELVES, HOW IS IT THAT THEY HAVE COVERAGE IF EVERY SINGLE INSURANCE PROVIDER HAS PULLED OUT OF THE MARKET? IF THERE'S NO ENTITY TO GO OUT THERE TO PROVIDE INSURANCE, HOW COULD PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS POSSIBLY BE COVERED? I HAD THE QUESTION CONSTANTLY, HOW IS IT SO DIFFICULT FOR REPUBLICANS TO GET THIS BILL PASSED, TO GET THIS THROUGH THE FLOOR AND THE ANSWER IS THIS AND THIS IS THE QUESTION EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE ASKING THEMSELVES, WHO IS IT THAT'S GOING OUT THERE AND SAYING THAT PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WON'T BE COVERED? IT IS THE EXACT SAME GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT WENT OUT THERE AND LIED TO THE FACE OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN, TELLING THEM IF THEY LIKE THEIR PLAN THEY WOULD KEEP THEIR PLAN. IF THEY LIKE THEIR DOCTOR THEY COULD KEEP THEIR DOCTOR. THAT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY WOULD SAVE $2,500 OR MORE ON HEALTH INSURANCE. THAT WAS A BOLD-FACE LIE AND IT WAS ORCHESTRATED BY ARCHITECTS WHO WENT OUT WITH THE INTENTION TO PREY ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT IS WHO'S GOING OUT THERE SELLING THESE LIES AGAINST MY PARTY. AND I RESENT THAT COMPLETELY BECAUSE WE HAVE COME UP WITH A PLAN, WITH A STRATEGY TO GO OUT THERE AND SAVE HEALTH CARE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF THAT.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MAYBE THE GENTLEMAN HASN'T BEEN LISTENING TO ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS AND…

    MAYBE THE GENTLEMAN HASN'T BEEN LISTENING TO ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS AND HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES WHO HAVE COME OUT STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THE REPUBLICAN BILL THAT I HAD READ INTO THE RECORD WHO KNOW A LOT MORE ABOUT HEALTH CARE THAN ANYBODY IN THIS HOUSE, WHO SPEND THEIR LIVES PROTECTING PEOPLE AND PROTECTING PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE RIGHTS. THEY ARE ALL IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BILL BECAUSE YOU TAKE AWAY THE PROTECTIONS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    HERE TODAY SUPPORTING THE REPUBLICAN BILL. WELL, FRANKLY, I THINK HE…

    HERE TODAY SUPPORTING THE REPUBLICAN BILL. WELL, FRANKLY, I THINK HE SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED. EMBARRASSED THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE AFRAID TO HAVE A FULL, OPEN, LENGTHY DEBATE ABOUT THESE IMPACTS. WE'RE TAKING A CONSEQUENTIAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND WE'RE JAMMING IT THROUGH WITHOUT A C.B.O. SCORE, SO THEY DON'T KNOW THE IMPACTS AND WE DON'T HAVE THE CONFIDENCE. WE DO KNOW, HOWEVER, MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS READ INTO THE RECORD ITEM AFTER ITEM IN THE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, DISEASE ADVOCACY GROUPS, ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PEOPLE. IT'S AN HONOR ROLL OF PEOPLE WHO KNOW ABOUT HEALTH CARE, WHO FOUGHT TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT AND ENHANCE AND THEY HAVE NO ANSWER TO REFUTE THIS LITANY OF EXPERTS WHO ARE INDEPENDENT, WHO ARE PROFESSIONAL, WHO CARE. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF. THEY HAVE HAD SEVEN YEARS, CHIPPING AWAY AT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO TRY AND MAKE IT WORSE. IT'S STILL SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE WHO KNOW.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    AND THEIR APPROACH SHOULD BE REJECTED.

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  • 10:19:11 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO.

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    MS. DELAURO

    THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE BILL IS RECKLESS AND HEARTLESS. IT INCREASES…

    THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE BILL IS RECKLESS AND HEARTLESS. IT INCREASES THE COSTS OF PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES. IT IMPOSES AN AGE TAX ON OLDER AMERICANS. IT UNRAVELS PROTECTIONS FOR PATIENTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IT ELIMINATES MATERNITY CARE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT, PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE AND IT DOES AWAY WITH LIFETIME LIMITS AND ANNUAL TAX. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CLAIM THAT PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL BE COVERED, THAT IS FALSE, AND IT IS A BETRAYAL AND IT WILL HAVE THREATENING CONSEQUENCES FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IT WILL COST LIVES. IF THIS PASSES TODAY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD BE IN THE STREET TO CALL OUT THE IMMORALITY OF THIS LEGISLATION. THEY SHOULD DECRY THIS OFFENSE AGAINST HUMANITY AND THIS OFFENSE AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I CALL ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:20:57 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    RESERVES.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' LATEST…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' LATEST PLAN TO DISMANTLE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AFTER REPUBLICANS FAILED TO EARN THE VOTES TO PASS THEIR AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT IN MARCH, I THOUGHT THAT WE COULD FINALLY MOVE FORWARD TO FIND BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVING HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. INSTEAD, REPUBLICANS HAVE RE VIFED THEIR GOAL BY MAKING A BAD BILL EVEN WORSE. MR. SPEAKER, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WILL MAKE AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE WORSE IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS LEGISLATION WILL CAUSE 24 MILLION PEOPLE TO LOSE COVERAGE WHILE DRASTICALLY INCREASING HEALTH CARE COSTS ON EVERYDAY FAMILIES. IT ELIMINATES FEDERAL SAFEGUARDS TO PREVENT INSURERS FROM CHARGING OLDER AMERICANS HIGHER PREMIUMS IT GUTS ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS LIKE MATERNITY CARE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IT REMOVES CRUCIAL PATIENT PROTECTIONS THAT PREVENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, LEAVING OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS WITH A FALSE PROMISE OF SUFFICIENT COVERAGE THROUGH THESE FAILED HIGH-RISK POOLS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM SADDENED THAT SO MANY REPUBLICANS APPEAR WILLING TO PLACE HALLOW PARTISAN VICTORIES ABOVE THEIR CONSTITUENTS. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO PUT THE HEALTH OF AMERICANS FIRST.

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  • 10:22:46 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    MR. SPEAKER, SEVEN YEARS AGO OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE PUT PARTISAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, SEVEN YEARS AGO OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE PUT PARTISAN INTERESTS ABOVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WE ARE SEEING THE RESULTS OF THAT TODAY. IN FACT, A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER FROM MISSOURI SAYS, I RECALL THE DAYS BEFORE THE A.C.A. WHEN WE'D RECEIVE A TWO-INCH NOTEBOOK THAT WOULD RECEIVE MULTIPLE QUOTES FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES. NOW IT'S LIST ON A SINGLE SHEET OF PAPER. TWO WERE ADEQUATE FOR OUR TRIEGE. IN 2013 OUR INSURANCE COST WERE $180,000 FOR 92 LIVES WITH A $2,000 DEDOUBLES. IN 2016 WE PAY $262,000 WITH $5,000 DEDUCTIBLES. OUR EMPLOYEES ARE ULTIMATELY SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THE A.C.A. AGAIN, A DEFENSE OF THE DEFENSELESS OR A POSITIVE SOLUTION FOR AMERICA, THAT IS WHAT WE'RE OFFERING. I RESERVE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE -- A HALF A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE -- A HALF A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE.

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    MS. MOORE

    ANALYSIS OF HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS, ANALYSIS OF…

    ANALYSIS OF HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS, ANALYSIS OF DATA FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SHOW THAT FOR OVER 455 PEOPLE WHO ARE INSURED, ONE LIFE WILL BE SAVED. WITH THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 43,000 -- 43,956 PEOPLE A YEAR WILL DIE. LONG LIVE THE REPUBLICAN PRIORITY. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    RESERVES.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD A HALF A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD A HALF A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH.

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    MR. WELCH

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED BY RURAL AMERICA. THIS BILL…

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED BY RURAL AMERICA. THIS BILL BETRAYS RURAL AMERICA THREE WAYS. HEALTH CARE, 24 MILLION-PLUS ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. MANY OF THEM IN RURAL AMERICA. SECOND, IT TAKES HEALTH CARE DOLLARS AND TURNS IT INTO A TAX CUT. $7 MILLION FOR THE WEALTHIEST FAMILIES IN THIS -- 400 FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY. THIRD, THE TENANT OF RURAL AMERICA IS WE ARE IN IT TOGETHER AND THAT MEANS IF YOU'RE BORN WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, WE ARE GOING TO BE THERE FOR YOU. THIS BILL TURNS ITS BACK ON RURAL AMERICA, THE PEOPLE WHO STAND UP FOR ONE ANOTHER AND BELIEVE WE ARE IN IT TOGETHER. YOU'RE NOT ON YOUR OWN. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE IT BUT IT IS AMAZING THE CONCERN FOR RURAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE IT BUT IT IS AMAZING THE CONCERN FOR RURAL HEALTH CARE NOW. OBAMACARE, RURAL AMERICA IT'S DOWN TO ONE PROVIDER. THAT'S NOT A CHOICE. I YIELD 45 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    I AM HEARING DEMAGOGUERY AND NO SOLUTIONS. NO SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE THAT…

    I AM HEARING DEMAGOGUERY AND NO SOLUTIONS. NO SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE SEEN SKYROCKETING PREMIUMS, FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN, LOST THEIR DOCTORS, NO SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS OR SUBJECT TO THE SAME SKYROCKETING PREMIUMS AS EVERYBODY ELSE, NO SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WHO DON'T EVEN HAVE AN INSURER IN THEIR EXCHANGES. I, TOO, HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. I'M A CANCER SURVIVOR. I AM IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET. I AM SEEING THE SAME SKYROCKETING PREMIUMS AS EVERYBODY ELSE.

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  • 10:26:17 AM

    MR. ROTHFUS

    PROTECT NOT ONLY THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS BUT WILL WORK TO BRING…

    PROTECT NOT ONLY THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS BUT WILL WORK TO BRING DOWN PREMIUMS. IMPORTANTLY, THOSE DEFENDING THIS LEGISLATION HAD A GOAL -- SINGLE PAYER, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, AND THIS LEGISLATION WILL STOP IT. VOTE FOR THIS LEGISLATION. SAVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND HAVE A MUCH BETTER RESULT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:26:43 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    CAN I INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS HE HAS?

  • 10:26:48 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    I'M STILL WAITING ON A COUPLE MORE BUT WE'RE READY WHENEVER YOU ARE.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I'M NOT REALLY PREPARED BECAUSE WE HAVE A TON MORE TO SAY BUT WE'RE OUT OF…

    I'M NOT REALLY PREPARED BECAUSE WE HAVE A TON MORE TO SAY BUT WE'RE OUT OF TIME.

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  • 10:26:58 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    AS I SAID BEFORE, MR. MCGOVERN, YOU HAVE YOUR TIME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    GIVEN THE FACT WE HAD NO HEARINGS IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE TIME. I YIELD…

    GIVEN THE FACT WE HAD NO HEARINGS IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE TIME. I YIELD MYSELF FOR THE REMAINING TIME. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE THAT WOULD CHANGE THE RULES OF THE HOUSE TO PREVENT THIS BILL OR ANY OTHER HEALTH CARE-RELATED LEGISLATION FROM BEING CONSIDERED IF IT DOES NOT HAVE A C.B.O. COST ESTIMATE OR IF IT WOULD DENY HEALTH COVERAGE OR REQUIRE HIGHER PREMIUMS DUE TO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, IMPOSE LIFETIME LIMITS ON HEALTH COVERAGE, PREVENT INDIVIDUALS UNDER AGE 26 FROM BEING COVERED UNDER THEIR PARENTS' PLAN, REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE RECEIVING HEALTH COVERAGE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, INCREASE COST TO SENIORS BY REOPENING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND RISING PRESCRIPTION COSTS, REDUCE MEDICARE SOLVENCY OR CHANGE THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE OR REDUCE FEDERAL TAXES ON THE 1% OF THE POPULATION WITH THE HIGHEST INCOMES OR INCREASE TAXES ON THE 80% OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS EARNING MODERATE TO LOW INCOMES. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 10:28:08 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, NONE OF US ON THIS SIDE ARE CLAIMING THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE…

    MR. SPEAKER, NONE OF US ON THIS SIDE ARE CLAIMING THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS PERFECT. IN FACT, FOR SEVEN YEARS WE HAVE BEEN PREPARED TO WORK WITH OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER, TO COVER MORE PEOPLE, TO FIND WAYS TO LOWER COSTS, BUT FOR SEVEN YEARS MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAD NO INTEREST IN DOING THAT. ALL THEY WANTED TO DO WAS REPEAL THE BILL, REPEAL THE BILL, REPEAL THE BILL AND OFFER NO ALTERNATIVE. NOW WE SEE THEIR ALTERNATIVE, AND IT'S AN AWFUL ALTERNATIVE. IT IS A DISASTER. IT IS AN ALTERNATIVE THAT CAME NOT ONLY OF THE DELIBERATIVE PROCESS BUT OUT OF SOME BACKROOM SOMEWHERE. PEOPLE HAVEN'T READ THIS BILL. WE ARE NOT WAITING FOR A C.B.O. SCORE. THIS IS A PATHETIC PROCESS THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF. AND LET ME JUST SAY, TO CLAIM OR TO IMPLY THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN COVERS PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, IT IS A LIE. IT IS A LIE. AND LET'S BE HONEST ABOUT IT. THIS DOES NOT COVER PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND TO COME ON THE FLOOR AND SAY IT DOES, TO TRY TO FOOL PEOPLE, WELL, YOU MAY GET AWAY WITH IT IN THE SHORT TERM, YOU MAY GET A HEADLINE BUT I TELL YOU PEOPLE WILL FIGURE OUT SOON ENOUGH WHEN THEY ARE DENIED HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, WHEN THEY SEE THEIR COSTS RISE AND RISE AND RISE. TO HAVE A HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THAT THROWS 24 MILLION PEOPLE OFF OF HEALTH INSURANCE, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. TO HAVE A HEALTH CARE BILL THAT CUTS MEDICAID BY $880 BILLION SO YOU CAN GIVE A TAX CUT TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. AND LET ME -- I SPENT A GOOD DEAL OF MY TIME READING LETTERS FROM ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION, UNION, THE AARP, THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION, MARCH OF DIMES, THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, ON AND ON AND ON, ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO HELP PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, THAT KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT, AND WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO WHO DO I TRUST, THEM OR YOU, ON WHETHER OR NOT YOUR BILL COVERS PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, THERE'S NO CONTEST. I TRUST THEM. THEY SEE WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS BILL IS A FRAUD. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE, TO NOT ONLY ME AND TO PEOPLE ON OUR SIDE, BUT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING THIS DEBATE, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS ALIKE, THAT WE WOULD BE SPENDING TIME DEBATING A HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WILL MAKE LIFE WORSE FOR PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. YOU KNOW, ANY KIND OF HEALTH CARE BILL THAT CAME TO THIS FLOOR OUGHT TO BE ABOUT EXPANDING COVERAGE AND LOWERING COSTS. WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU ON THAT. AND INSTEAD YOU COME TO A BILL THAT'S GOING TO RIP HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. HOW CAN YOU DOING THIS? HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO THE PEOPLE? HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS? THIS IS A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE BILL. YOU SHOULD VOTE NO ON IT OR BETTER YET PULL IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 10:31:17 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:31:26 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    I TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE HAVE SEEN FOR THE LAST FEW MINUTES I…

    I TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE HAVE SEEN FOR THE LAST FEW MINUTES I WOULD CHEER, TOO. NOW LOOK AT IT THIS WAY. YOU WANT NO KNOW WHAT THEY CLAIM AS A DISASTER THEY DIDN'T RECOGNIZE SEVEN YEARS AGO. THEY CHOSE TO CRAM IT DOWN THE AMERICANS THROAT. FOR SEVEN YEARS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SAID NO. STOP IT. WE DON'T WANT A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FROM GOVERNMENT THAT TAKES FREEDOM AWAY FROM US, THAT REMOVES IT FROM US. WE HAVE BEEN PRESENTED WITH A LIST OF LETTERS SAYING FOLKS WHO ARE AGAINST THIS BILL. A QUICK REMINDER TO THOSE, MR. SPEAKER, WHO MAY BE WANT TO REMEMBER SOME OF THESE SAME FOLKS WERE THE SAME FOLKS WHO SAID OBAMACARE WAS GREAT, WHO GAVE LETTERS OF SUPPORT. I GUESS THEY ARE TRYING TO COVER UP FOR SEVEN YEARS OF THEIR FIRST MISTAKE. WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THIS, LET'S GO TO SOME EXPERTS -- AIL JUST CLARIFY THEM AS EXPERTS, MR. SPEAKER. PRESIDENT CLINTON CALLING OBAMACARE LAST YEAR THE CRAZIEST THING IN THE WORRELL. HE SUMMED IT UP PRETTY WELL. BECAUSE WHAT SUMMED UP HERE IS THEY FORGOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. REPUBLICANS HAVE DECIDED THAT WE'RE GOING TO PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK IN CONTROL. WE'RE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO HELP FOR A SELF-EMPLOYED PERSON, LOST INSURANCE FOUR TIMES UNDER OBAMACARE. IF WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT MISLEADING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IT STARTED SEVEN YEARS AGO AND IT ENDS TODAY. IT ENDS TODAY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. THEY HAVE BEEN THROWING UNDER THE BUS FOR SEVEN YEARS. THEY DESERVE INSURANCE MARKET THAT'S OPEN, ACCESSIBLE, THAT DOES COVER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.DITIONS. IF YOU WANT THE DECEPTION, FOLLOWER SIDE FUFMENT WANT TRUTH, FOLLOW THIS SIDE. MR. SPEAKER,, MR. SPEAKER --

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  • 10:33:14 AM

    MR. COLLINS

    IF I HAD TO DEFEND THE LAST SEVEN AND OFFER NOTHING INTO THE FACES OF…

    IF I HAD TO DEFEND THE LAST SEVEN AND OFFER NOTHING INTO THE FACES OF THESE, I WOULD HAVE BEEN HYSTERICAL ON THE FLOOR THIS MORNING, TOO. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE SEEN. SO FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE, IT'S TIME TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE. YES ON THIS BILL. AND START GIVING BACK TO AMERICA THE LIBERTY AND FREEDOM FOR A HEALTH CARE SYSTEME SYSTEM THAT IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD AND HAS BEEN ATTACKED FOR SEVEN YEARS. AGAIN, THAT ENDS TODAY. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 10:34:01 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 193. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION SON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. -- IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 10:56:06 AM

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    WE ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE THE AYES ARE 233. THE NAYS 186. TWO MEMBERS VOTING PRESENT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

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    H.R. 274, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE USE OF MODERN TRAVEL…

    H.R. 274, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE USE OF MODERN TRAVEL SERVICES BY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TRAVELING ON OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT BUSINESS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 308, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R.…

    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 308, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 2192 AND ASK FOR-I ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 2192 A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO AMEND STATE…

    H.R. 2192 A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO AMEND STATE WAIVER PROVISIONS TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.

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  • 11:12:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY,…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 11:12:15 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 2192.

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  • 11:12:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE GRANTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 11:12:46 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 11:12:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:12:50 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER SEVEN YEARS WE HAVE HEARD THE STORIES FROM OUR…

    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER SEVEN YEARS WE HAVE HEARD THE STORIES FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS, FROM OUR PATIENTS, FROM OUR FRIENDS, FROM OUR FAMILIES WHO HAVE SUFFERED UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. TODAY, WE'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE ON A PLAN THAT WILL RESCUE AND REVITALIZE THE MARKET AND LOWER COSTS AND INCREASE FLEXIBILITY FOR PATIENTS TO CHOOSE AND KEEP A HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN THAT WORKS FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. HOWEVER, BEFORE WE CAN DO THAT, WE HAVE TO PASS A BILL THAT WILL INSURE THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THEIR STAFFS ARE TREATED THE SAME WAY AS THE REST OF AMERICA. SO LET'S BE CLEAR. WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD LIVE BY THE SAME RULES AS EVERYONE ELSE. PERIOD. THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING NOW WILL MAKE A SIMPLE TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO INSURE THAT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT AND ITS AMENDMENTS APPLY EQUALLY TO EVERYONE WHEN SIGNED INTO LAW. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS WE HAVE WORKED THOUGHTFULLY AND THOROUGHLY WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO ACHIEVE OUR SHARED GOAL OF REPEALING AND REPLACING OBAMACARE. THROUGHOUT THESE DISCUSSIONS WE HAVE COME TO BETTER APPRECIATE AND BETTER UNDERSTAND THE OTHER CHAMBER'S RECONCILIATION LIMITATIONS. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE DRAFTED THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT WITH CONSTANT AWARENESS OF WHAT THE SLIGHTEST MISSTEP MAY MEAN FOR THE LEGISLATION'S PRIVILEGED STATUS OR THAT 51-VOTE THRESHOLD IN THE OTHER BODY. SOME MIGHT SAY IT'S EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE THAN TO DRAFT HOUSE POLICY TO SENATE PROCEDURE, BUT WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED THAT CHALLENGING FETE. ONE -- FEAT. ONE OF THE LIMITATIONS WE HAVE COME TO RESPECT IS NO COMMITTEE OTHER THAN THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE OR THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS CAN RECEIVE A JURISDICTIONAL REFERRAL. FOR EXAMPLE, IF WE WERE TO CROSS-REFERENCE MULTISTATE PLANS ESTABLISHED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WE WOULD GET A REFERRAL TO THE SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE BECAUSE THOSE PLANS ARE UNDER THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT. SO LET'S BE CLEAR, CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH CARE OPERATES AS A SMALL GROUP PLAN WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S SHOP EXCHANGE. THIS WAS A DECISION THAT WAS MADE BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. SO FOR WAIVERS IMPACTING THE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF AGE RATING, WHICH IMPACTS BOTH THE INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP MARKETS, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OUR STAFFS WOULD BE TREATED THE SAME. AS FAR AS COMMUNITY THIS IMPACTS THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET SO NO GROUP PLANS OR CONGRESS OR OUR STAFF WOULD BE IMPACTED. EVEN SO IN AN ATTEMPT TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR, WE ARE PASSING A BILL OUT OF FAIRNESS AND TRANSPARENCY TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS OPERATES UNDER THE SAME LAWS AS PRIVATE CITIZENS. A PRINCIPLE THAT BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS SHOULD SUPPORT. MY THANKS TO REPRESENTATIVE MCSALLY FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. HER BILL HELPS DELIVER US A STEP CLOSER TO FULFILLING OUR PROMISE. TODAY WE WILL FULFILL OUR PROMISE TO PROVIDE RELIEF FROM THE HIGHER COSTS AND DWINDLING CHOICES FOR PATIENTS UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WE WILL REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE WITH A BETTER SOLUTION. I RESERVE.

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  • 11:16:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 11:16:36 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL…

    I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR 4 ,536,000 WITH PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN TEXAS. I HEARD MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS TALK ABOUT REPEAL AND REPLACE. THIS IS A MYTH, THE HOAX, THAT THE REPUBLICANS AND THE PRESIDENT ARE TRYING TO PLAY ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS REPEAL. THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT. THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR INSURANCE AND PAY MORE AND HAVE LOUSY INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY WON'T HAVE ANY PROTECTIONS. WE PASSED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BECAUSE THE STATES WERE NOT DOING THE RIGHT THING. PEOPLE COULDN'T AFFORD INSURANCE, THEY COULDN'T PAY FOR PREMIUM, THEY WERE TOO HIGH. WE EXPANDED MEDICAID AND PROVIDED GENEROUS SUBSIDIES FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO NEEDED IT. AND UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM WHERE THE STATES WERE IN CHARGE THAT PEOPLE GOT LOUSY INSURANCE IF THEY COULD FIND IT. SOMETIMES THEY DIDN'T HAVE HOSPITALIZATION AND WE INSISTED A PACKAGE THAT INCLUDED PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND WE SAID IF YOU WERE PAYING A LOT FOR CO-PAYS AND DEDUCTIBLES, WE WOULD PUT LIMBS ON THOSE. WE HAD COMMUNITY RATINGS. WHAT ARE THE REPUBLICANS DOING HERE TODAY? THEY ARE GETTING RID OF ALL THAT AND WANT TO GO BACK TO THE OLD DAYS AND WHEN THEY TELL YOU THAT SOMEHOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS, THE REASON THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING IS BECAUSE THEY REPEALED MOST OF THE PAY-FORS THAT PAY FOR THE SUBSIDIES THAT PAY FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WHEN THEY TELL YOU WE ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU EXTRA MONEY FOR THIS, HIGH RISK POOLS OR HELP THE STATES IF THEY DECIDE TO HAVE WAIVERS, THERE IS NO MONEY LEFT HERE. THERE IS NO MONEY TO PAY FOR SUBSIDIES OR MEDICAID EXPANSION. NOT ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR HIGH-RISK POOLS BECAUSE THEY THEY USED IT TO PAY FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THEY ARE GOING TO THE WILD WEST OF THE STATES, OK? THEY ARE ALLOWING STATES TO WAIVER THE ESSENTIAL BENEFITS PACKAGE AND SAYING TO STATES THEY CAN CHARGE WHATEVER THEY WANT FOR THE INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY -- I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS. DO NOT BUY INTO THIS HOAX. THERE IS NO MONEY LEFT AND THEY WANT TO GO BACK TO THE OLD SYSTEM. WE CORRECTED THE PROBLEMS OF THE OLD SYSTEM. DON'T BELIEVE THIS CRUEL HOAX.

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  • 11:19:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 11:19:14 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, THE…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, REPRESENTATIVE MCSALLY.

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  • 11:19:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:19:23 AM

    MS. MCSALLY

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, A MEASURE THAT ELIMINATES DOUBLE STANDARDS…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, A MEASURE THAT ELIMINATES DOUBLE STANDARDS BY PREVENTING MEMBERS BEING EXEMPT. DUE TO VERY ARCANE SENATE PROCEDURAL RULES AND WITHIN THE BUDGET RECONCILIATION PROCESS, IT DOES NOT CANNOT APPLY TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. TO ADDRESS THIS, I INTRODUCED THIS SIMPLE STAND-ALONE TWO-PAGE BILL THAT WOULD EXEMPT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. IN THE MILITARY, THE SAME CODE OF CONDUCT APPLIES TO THE CHAIN OF COMMAND. AS A LAWMAKER, ANY LAW WE PASS APPLY TO OUR CONSTITUENTS MUST APPLY EQUALLY TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE THE PUBLIC TRUST MUST ABIDE BY THE RULES THEY MAKE. MY BILL WILL ENSURE THAT CONGRESS ABIDE BY THE LAWS THEY PASS AND ARE TREATED NO DIFFERENTLY. REGARDLESS OF YOUR VOTE, THIS IS A BILL THAT EACH AND EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:20:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

  • 11:20:28 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARIZONA HER VOTE FOR THIS BILL WOULD INCREASE…

    I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARIZONA HER VOTE FOR THIS BILL WOULD INCREASE PEOPLE WITH BREAST CANCEREDLY $4,450. I YIELD TO MS. ESHOO FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 11:20:49 AM

    MS. ESHOO

    I THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER. I THINK TODAY IS YET ANOTHER SAD DAY HERE IN…

    I THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER. I THINK TODAY IS YET ANOTHER SAD DAY HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY. BECAUSE WHAT IS BEING BROUGHT FORWARD IS THE SAME BILL THAT WE DEBATED AND WENT DOWN BECAUSE IT WAS THE WEIGHT OF THE PROBLEMS AND THE CRUELTY OF THAT BILL. IT'S THE SAME THING WITH A FEW MORE POISON PILLS IN IT. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY HIGHER PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES AND IT'S GOING TO INCREASE WHAT COMES OUT OF THEIR POCKETS. THERE IS GOING TO BE LESS COVERAGE, 24 MILLION PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR COVERAGE. THAT REMAINS IN THIS BILL. AND KEY PROTECTIONS ARE GUTTED, AMERICAN PEOPLE. EMERGENCY ROOMS, MATURNT CARE, OPIOIDS, MENTAL HEALTH CARE, A STRING OF THINGS YOU WANT IN YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE, INCLUDING A CRUSHING AGE TAX FOR SENIORS. NOW THERE IS THE REAL PIPOCKCRASI HERE. EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS HAS BEEN ENROLLED IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WHICH ONE OF YOU DROPPED OUT OF IT. IF IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU, GREAT, ONE PERSON, TWO, BIG DEAL. IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU, BUT IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? WHO'S STANDING WITH YOU? NOT THE DOCTORS IN OUR COUNTRY OR THE AARP, NOT NURSES. NOT ANYONE.

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  • 11:22:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME IS EXPIRED. AND MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME IS EXPIRED. AND MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 11:22:39 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    IS NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY VICE CHAIRMAN…

    IS NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. A CONSTITUENT OF MINE PERSONALLY REACHED OUT TO SHARE HER STORY. UNDER OBAMACARE THE MONTHLY PREMIUM ROSE TO OVER $1,000 WITH A DEDUCTIBLE OF $12,000. WHEN SHE FELL AND BROKE THREE RIBS, SHE COULDN'T AFFORD TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. SHE SUFFERED FOR WEEKS UNTIL SHE COULD AFFORD CARE AND AS SHE SAID, QUOTE, I PAID 50% OF MY INCOME FOR SOMETHING I AM FORCED TO BUY BUT CANNOT USE. IN KENTUCKY THERE ARE MANY COUNTIES WITH ONE HEALTH INSURER ON THE EXCHANGE. THAT IS NOT RIGHT. AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE WHEN YOU NEED IT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:23:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

  • 11:23:49 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    FOR 881,000 WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN KENTUCKY. AND I WOULD LIKE TO…

    FOR 881,000 WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN KENTUCKY. AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MR. GREEN.

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  • 11:24:08 AM

    MR. GREEN

    IT'S APPALLING WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. IT APPEARS TO…

    IT'S APPALLING WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. IT APPEARS TO BE LET'S JUST PASS A BILL NO MATTER WHAT IT DOES OR WHO GETS HURT WITH IT. TRUMPCARE IS NOTHING MORE THAN BROKEN PROMISES AND WOULD MEAN HIGHER HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR 24 MILLION AMERICANS. KEY PROTECTIONS ARE GUTTED. OLDER AMERICANS ARE HUNG OUT TO DRY. THE END OF MEDICAID AND CUTS IN MEDICARE. IF TRUMPCARE PASSES, AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS COULD BE PUSHED OFF THEIR INSURANCE AND SENT INTO HIGH RISK POOLS THAT ARE NOT AFFORDABLE. HIGH RISK INSURANCE POOLS DO NOT WORK WHEN E IN THE POOL IS A HIGH RISK. AND I WAS A STATE LEGISLATOR WHEN WE DID THAT. YOU HAVE TO SHARE THE WEALTH. PEOPLE WILL BE LEFT WITH HIGHER COSTS. FRIGHTENING FUTURE FOR AMERICANS WHO NEED DEPENDABLE HEALTH CARE. THERE IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE REASON WHY THIS VOTE IS BEING RAMMED WITHOUT EVEN A CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATE OR OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS TO KNOW WHAT'S IN IT. THEY DON'T WANT PEOPLE FIGURING OUT THE REAL CONSEQUENCES AND DEVASTATION IT WOULD MEAN. HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND TO THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS AWFUL BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES WHAT IS RIGHT AND VOTE NO. A I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:25:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 11:25:38 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    AT THIS TIME, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLES…

    AT THIS TIME, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLES SON, ONE MINUTE -- OLSON.

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  • 11:25:46 AM

    MR. OLSON

    THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS. WHEN OBAMACARE WAS PASSED IN 2010, THE SENATE…

    THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS. WHEN OBAMACARE WAS PASSED IN 2010, THE SENATE ADD -- REFUSED TO USE OBAMACARE AS THEIR PERSONAL INSURANCE. WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER. MY STAFF, MY FAMILY AND I HAVE BEEN ON OBAMACARE SINCE DAY ONE. INCREDIBLY, THE SENATE IS AT IT AGAIN. THEY DON'T WANT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT TO APPLY TO THEM BECAUSE IT'S NOT RIGHT. THEY'RE SPECIAL. IN SUM, THEY PUT A CLAUSE TO EXEMPT CONGRESS SO THEY CAN FILIBUSTER THE HEALTH CARE BILL. IT AIN'T HUNTING IN 2017. IF IT IS GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, OUR BOSSES, IT'S GOOD THAT CONGRESS, US. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BE TRUE PUBLIC SERVANTS. VOTE FOR H.R. 2192.

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  • 11:26:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

  • 11:27:00 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    INCREASE PREMIUMS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES $5,100.

  • 11:27:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:27:19 AM

    MS. DEGETTE

    THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT WAS PULLED FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR IN MARCH…

    THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT WAS PULLED FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR IN MARCH BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REALIZED IT WAS A DEEPLY FLAWED BILL. THAT BILL WOULD HAVE RIPPED HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AWAY FROM 24 MILLION OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. FOR THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH TO MAINTAIN COVERAGE, THE BILL WOULD HAVE RAISED PREMIUMS, DEDUCT I BELIEVE SO AND OUT OF POCKET COSTS. THE CRUSHING AGE TAX WOULD FORCE OLDER ADULTS TO PAY HIGHER PREMIUMS. WHAT DOES THE MAJORITY DO? THEY MADE THE BILL WORSE. THE MCARGUMENT THUR AMENDMENT -- NOT ONLY WOULD THIS JEOPARDY DIES INSURANCE ABILITY FOR ONE-THIRD OF AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS BUT LET INSURANCE COMPANIES DENY COVERAGE FOR MATERNITY, FOR EMERGENCY ROOMS, FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND OTHER ESSENTIAL BENEFITS. AND BECAUSE THE MCARTHUR AMENDMENT ELIMINATES COMMUNITY RATINGS EVERYBODY'S INSURANCE COSTS WOULD SKYROCKET. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE GOING TO BE SORRY THEY RUSHED THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR BEFORE THEY GOT AN AMENDED C.B.O. SCORE. WHEN WE GET THIS AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE WILL GET THIS, THEY ARE GOING TO FIND OUT MANY MORE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SHOCKED TO WAKE UP TO FIND OUT IF THIS TRUMPCARE BILL PASSES, MANY MILLIONS MORE WILL LOSE THEIR COVERAGE. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS POORLY CONCEIVED LEGISLATION.

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  • 11:29:02 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 11:29:04 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, MR.…

    GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. BILIRAKIS FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 11:29:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:29:16 AM

    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2192 TO ENSURE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2192 TO ENSURE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND STAFF ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. MAKING GOOD ON OUR WORD, THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE PASSED ALONG SIDE THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT AND FIXES A TECHNICAL ERROR MADE TO COMPLY WITH SENATE RULES. IN OUR COUNTRY, LAWMAKERS ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW. ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT SHOULD HAVE HAD THE SAME HEALTH CARE PERIOD. AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR, I BELIEVE THIS IS COMMON SENSE AND IT'S STRAIGHTFORWARD LEGISLATION AND IT IS NECESSARY AS A COMPANION BILL TO THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. IT'S REALLY QUITE SIMPLE, CONGRESS SHOULD LIVE BY THE SAME LAWS IT CREATES. WITH THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT BECOMES LAW, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND STAFF WILL HAVE THE SAME HEALTH CARE AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2192. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:30:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

  • 11:30:23 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR 3,116,000…

    HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR 3,116,000 PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN FLORIDA. I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO ON THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 11:30:40 AM

    MR. DOYLE

    PENNSYLVANIA.

  • 11:32:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BE DEFEATED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 11:32:29 AM

    MR. DOYLE

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER WHO VOTED FOR THIS BILL TODAY.

  • 11:32:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 11:32:33 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 11:32:35 AM

    JOHN SOPKO

    TWO MINUTES. JOHN SOPKO: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I WISH TO NOW SPEAK TO THE UNDERLYING MACARTHUR AMENDMENT THAT THE MCSALLY…

    I WISH TO NOW SPEAK TO THE UNDERLYING MACARTHUR AMENDMENT THAT THE MCSALLY BILL IS HERE TO MODIFY. THE MACARTHUR AMENDMENT SPECIFICALLY WOULD ALLOW STATES TO WAIVE THREE OF OBAMACARE'S COSTLIEST MANDATES. LET ME STRESS THAT AGAIN, IT WOULD ALLOW STATES NOT REQUIRE, TO WAIVE THREE OF OBAMACARE'S COSTLIEST MAN DITZ. ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS, AGE RATING, AND COMMUNITY RATING. IN WAIVING THESE FEDERAL MANDATES HEALTH INSURERS WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED, WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO DISCRIMINATE BY GENDER OR PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND NO ONE WOULD BE DENIED COVERAGE, PERIOD. HERE'S HOW IT WORKS. A STATE MAY APPLY TO WAIVE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS OR INCREASE AGE RATING RATIO FROM THE BILL'S UNDERLYING FIVE TO ONE RATIO. THEY MAY MAY ALSO CHANGE THE WAY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT MAINTAINED CONTINUOUS COVERAGE ARE CHARGED FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN, BUT ONLY IF THE STATE HAS A RISK SHARING PROGRAM IN PLACE LIKE THE FEDERAL INVISIBLE RISK SHARING PROGRAM ESTABLISHED BY THE PALMER-SCHWEIKERT AMENDMENT. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A WAIVER, A STATE MUST EXPLAIN TO THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, HOW THE PROGRAM WILL REDUCE AVERAGE PREMIUMS FOR PATIENTS, INCREASE ENROLLMENT FOR RESIDENTS, STABILIZE THE STATE'S HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET, STABILIZE PREMIUMS FOR INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS OR INCREASE THE PATIENT'S HEALTH CARE OPTIONS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IN ORDER FOR -- PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO REDUCE PREMIUMS OR OTHER OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS, INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY BE SUBJECT TO AN INCREASE IN THEIR MONTHLY PREMIUMS BECAUSE THEY DECIDE IN A STATE WITH AN APPROVED WAIVER, PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, OR UNINSURED BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT MAINTAINED CONTINUOUS COVERAGE AND PURCHASED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET, FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS THERE WILL BE $138 BILLION TO ASSIST WITH PREMIUM ASSISTANCE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:34:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MISS SHA…

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MISS SHA DO YOU I ASK.

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  • 11:34:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 11:34:56 AM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    UNDERSTAND THIS. THE REPUBLICANS PLAN TO EXEMPT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM…

    UNDERSTAND THIS. THE REPUBLICANS PLAN TO EXEMPT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF TRUMPCARE UNTIL THEY GOT CAUGHT. SO HERE ARE FIVE NUMBERS THAT SHOW JUST HOW DEADLY AND DANGEROUS THE REPUBLICAN BILL IS. 24 MILLION, THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN, ADULTS, AND VETERANS WHOSE HEALTH INSURANCE WILL BE RIPPED AWAY. $880 BILLION, THE SIZE OF THE CUT, THE CUTS TO MEDICAID, THREATENING HEALTH CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE FOR 74 MILLION PEOPLE, PREGNANT WOMEN, AND CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY, AND THE DISABLED. $600 BILLION, THAT'S THE TAX CUT THAT GOES TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS. 758%, THAT'S THE PREMIUM INCREASE OF 64-YEAR-OLD MAKING $26,000 A YEAR WILL PAY BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICAN AGE 17%, THAT'S THE% OF AMERICANS WHO SUPPORTED TRUMPCARE BEFORE THEY MADE IT WORSE. THE REPUBLICANS' ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE TRUMPCARE IS LIKE TRYING TO DOUSE A DUMPSTER FIRE WITH GASOLINE. THIS BILL IS A DISASTER AND ANYONE WHO VOTES FOR IT DOES SO AT THEIR EXTREME PERIL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WATCHING. AND THEY WILL NOT FORGET. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:36:29 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD POINT OUT WITHIN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD POINT OUT WITHIN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS THERE WERE EIGHT PLANS IN 2015. THERE ARE FIVE PLANS IN 2017. WITH A 57% INCREASE IN PREMIUMS. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE,

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. JOHNSON THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER FOR GIVING TIME TO SPEAK UP. I, TOO, AGREE THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME RULES AND LAWS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE. AND SO I SUPPORT MY COLLEAGUE, MS. MCSALLY, IN THIS LEGISLATION. YOU KNOW, I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE BIGGER, BROADER ISSUE HERE. MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA SAID, WHAT ABOUT THAT FAMILY WITH THAT KID THAT HAS CANCER? WHERE WAS MY COLLEAGUE AND THE FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHEN OBAMACARE RESULTED IN MILLIONS OF POLICY CANCELLATIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOSING THEIR COVERAGE BECAUSE OF THE BROKEN PROMISES? WHERE WAS MY COLLEAGUES AND THE DEMOCRATS WHEN MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WERE FORCED OUT OF WORK BECAUSE OF THE JOB-KILLING POLICIES OF OBAMACARE. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REMEMBERED THAT AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN 2010. WE DIDN'T HIDE IN A BACKROOM TO GET WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY DONE. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR SIX YEARS. AND WE'RE GOING TO GET IT DONE TODAY. WE'RE GOING TO MEET THE PROMISES THAT WE MADE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND STARTING TODAY, OBAMACARE IS ON ITS WAY OUT THE DOOR. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO THAT HIS VOTE FOR THIS BILL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO THAT HIS VOTE FOR THIS BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR 1,119,000 PEOPLE IN OHIO WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. NOW I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    THANK YOU, MR. PALLONE. SO YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR SIX YEARS. MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. PALLONE. SO YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR SIX YEARS. MY INFORMATION IS YOU POSTED THIS BILL AT 8:00 LAST NIGHT. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS NOT GIVEN IT A SCORE. THEY HAVE NOT TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW MUCH IT'S GOING TO COST. OR HOW MANY PEOPLE IT'S GOING TO AFFECT. YOU SKYROCKETED PREMIUMS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, AND THAT'S WHAT MY COLLEAGUES NEED TO UNDERSTAND. IF YOU ARE AN AVERAGE 40-YEAR-OLD ADULT WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND HAVE DIABETES, YOUR PREMIUMS WILL RISE $400 A MONTH IT IS ESTIMATED. IF YOU HAVE RHEUMATOID ART RYE T. $800 A MONTH. HEAVEN FORBID IF YOU HAVE SOME PRE-EX-ISING CONDITION -- PRE-EXISTING CONDITION INVOLVING CANCER, THE NUMBERS GO OFF THE CHART. YOU KNOW AND I KNOW THIS BILL WILL NOT SEAT LIGHT OF DAY IN THE SENATE. THIS IS A POLITICAL STUNT TO SAVE FACE WITH YOUR RIGHT-WING BASE. YOU KNOW IT AND WE KNOW IT. IF THIS WASN'T SO SERIOUS AFFECTING THE ECONOMY AND THE AFFORDABILITY OF INSURANCE, I WOULD SAY GO ON AND DO IT BECAUSE YOU WILL LOSE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN THIS HOUSE AND YOU WILL ULTIMATELY LOSE THE MAJORITY. DON'T DO IT. FORGET ABOUT POLITICS. BUT THINK ABOUT THE 24 MILLION AMERICANS WHO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. THAT'S WHY THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AARP, NURSES ASSOCIATION, AND ALL THE OTHER STAKEHOLDER GROUPS HAVE PLEADED WITH YOU. THEY HAVE CALLED YOUR OFFICE. THEY HAVE WRITTEN YOU LETTERS. THEY HAVE WRITTEN US LETTERS. DON'T DO IT. I ASK YOU TO VOTE NO ON THIS ILL-CONCEIVED LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN AND MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. ALL TIMES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, DIRECTED TO THE CHAIR I WOULD JUST MAKE NOTE OF THE FACT THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, DIRECTED TO THE CHAIR I WOULD JUST MAKE NOTE OF THE FACT THAT NORTH CAROLINA THERE WERE THREE PLANS OFFERED IN 2015. DOWN TO TWO PLANS IN 2017. PREMIUM INCREASE OF 82%. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. WALBERG OF MICHIGAN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. WALBERG

    MR. SPEAKER, REGARDLESS OF THE MYTHS BEING SPUN BY THE OTHER SIDE OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, REGARDLESS OF THE MYTHS BEING SPUN BY THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THAT REFUSE TO READ 129 PAGES OF A BILL, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS ANYTHING BUT AFFORDABLE. MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR RELIEF FROM THIS COLLAPSING LAW FOR YEARS. THEY CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO PAY MORE FOR LESS. AND REFUSING TO ACT IS NOT AN OPTION. UNDER OBAMACARE, OUT OF A POCKET EXPENSES HAVE SKYROCKETED. NOT JUST FOR PEOPLE ON EXCHANGES, BUT FOR ALL PATIENTS. PREMIUM INCREASES ARE NEARLY FOUR TIMES LARGER THAN PREVIOUSLY PROJECTED. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, SEEM CONTENT WITH THE CURRENT FLAWED SYSTEM WHICH PUTS THE GOVERNMENT IN CHARGE OF PEOPLE'S HEALTH AND PROMISES COVERAGE THAT IS GOING AWAY. LET'S VOTE TO INCREASE CHOICE, LOWER COST, ENHANCE PROTECTIONS, TRULY COVER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, AND GET WASHINGTON OUT OF THE WAY SO THAT PATIENTS AND THEIR DOCTORS ARE ONCE AGAIN AT THE CENTER OF HEALTH CARE DECISIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN THAT HIS VOTE FOR THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN THAT HIS VOTE FOR THIS BILL COULD INCREASE PREMIUMS FOR THOSE WHO ARE PREGNANT IN MICHIGAN BY 13,-- $13,7930 PER YEAR. I'D LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATSUI.

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    MS. MATSUI

    TALK. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS ARE TURNING THEIR BACKS ON THE AMERICAN…

    TALK. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS ARE TURNING THEIR BACKS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TODAY. THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES WITH THIS BILL. THIS BILL WILL RAISE COSTS FOR FAMILIES, HITTING PEOPLE NEARING RETIREMENT WITH AN AGE TAX, AND REAL COVERAGE FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IF THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH, THIS REVISED TRUMPCARE BILL GUTS PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. PEOPLE LIKE CAMERON WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AT 24 YEARS OLD. BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HE WAS ABLE TO ACCESS COVERAGE AND ATTEND GRADUATE SCHOOL. NOW, OF COURSE, HE HAS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THIS IS PERSONAL FOR CAMERON AND MILLIONS MORE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE SILENT AS REPUBLICANS RUSH THIS LEGISLATION THROUGH. MR. SPEAKER, LIVES ARE ON THE LINE. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO VOTE NO ON THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER VALUABLE MEMBER…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. CARTER OF GEORGIA FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CARTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS I HAVE WATCHED OBAMACARE CRUSH THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT I WORKED IN FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. THANKS TO OBAMACARE WE HAVE AN INSURANCE EXCHANGE THAT HAS WITHERED TO WHERE A THIRD OF THE COUNTIES IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE ONLY ONE INSURER. AT HOME IN GEORGIA, 96 COUNTIES HAVE ONLY ONE CHOICE ON THE EXCHANGE. THAT'S NOT A CHOICE. OBAMACARE HAS FAILED AND THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT IS CRITICAL TO RESUSCITATE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND MOVE IT INTO A DIRECTION WHERE PATIENTS, FAMILIES, AND DOCTORS ARE MAKING DECISIONS. NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND BUREAUCRATS SITTING BEHIND A DESK IN WASHINGTON. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED AND DESERVE BETTER. AND THAT IS WHY WE MUST PASS THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. THIS LEGISLATION GUTS OBAMACARE AND REBUILDS A SYSTEM THAT WOULD DELIVER THE CHOICE AND CONTROL THAT PATIENTS NEED AND DESERVE. ALL WHILE ENSURING THAT HEALTH INSURERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DISCRIMINATE BY GENDER OR PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, AND NO ONE WILL BE DENIED COVERAGE, PERIOD. PERIOD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND ME COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND ME COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR 1,791,000 PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN GEORGIA. NOW I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE VICE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MS. CASTOR. .

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    MS. CASTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THIS BILL WILL BE DEVASTATING TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THIS BILL WILL BE DEVASTATING TO FAMILIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA. . THIS RIPS COVERAGE FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THE LAST PROJECTION WAS 24 MILLION. THE NEW PROJECTION IS GOING TO BE MUCH HIGHER. THE BILL SHORTENS THE LIFE OF THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND AS WE HAVE MORE BABY BOOMERS REQUIRING MEDICARE. IT IMPOSES A HUGE AGE TAX BECAUSE IT MAKES AFFORDABLE INSURANCE MUCH LESS AFFORDABLE IF YOU ARE 50 OR OLDER. AND THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET HERE THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE NOT DISCUSSED IS THE HARM IT DOES TO THE MEDICAID GUARANTEE. FOR OVER 50 YEARS IN AMERICA, WE SAID IF YOU ARE DISABLED OR A FAMILY MEMBER WITH ALZHEIMER'S OR A CHILD WITH A COMPLEX MEDICAL CONDITION, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE DESTITUTE BECAUSE YOUR HEALTH CARE IS SO EXPENSIVE. THAT IS ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAID. THEY TAKE IT AWAY AND GO TO THE HEART OF THE MEDICAL CARE THAT'S PROVIDED UNDER MEDICAID AS WELL. IT'S SHAMEFUL. IT GOT WORSE. AS WE APPROACH THIS DAY, THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE VOTES, SO THEY MADE IT WORSE BY GOING TO THE HEART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH ENDED DISCRIMINATION AGAINST OUR NEIGHBORS WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND SAID ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS NOT GOING TO MATTER. WHAT IF YOU BUY AN INSURANCE POLICY AND CAN'T GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. WE HAVE TO VOTE AGAINST THIS POWER PLAY THAT TRANSFERS ALL THE MONEY TO THE WEALTHIEST IN THIS COUNTRY. VOTE NO.

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    THE GENTLELADY IS NO LONGER UNDER RECOGNITION AND THE CHAIR WOULD ASK MEMBERS TO RESPECT THE GAVEL AND THE TIME YIELDED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I WOULD POINT OUT THAT WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA THERE WERE 10 INSURANCE…

    I WOULD POINT OUT THAT WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA THERE WERE 10 INSURANCE PLANS AVAILABLE IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET IN 2015 AND DOWN TO FIVE PLANS IN 2017. WITH A 20% INCREASE. I RECOGNIZE MR. COLLINS OF NEW YORK FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. COLLINS

    PLEADED WITH THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON TO REPEAL OBAMACARE.…

    PLEADED WITH THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. TODAY, EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO JUST THAT. WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO ELIMINATE MANDATES AND TAXES THAT ARE SUFFOCATING OUR ECONOMY UNDER OBAMACARE PREMIUMS INCREASED BY 37% SINCE 2014 AND MOST HAVE ONLY ONE INSURANCE PROVIDER. 4.7 MILLION AMERICANS WERE KICKED OFF THE INSURANCE COVERAGE THEY WANTED TO MAINTAIN DESPITE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROMISE THAT IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP IT. BUT TODAY WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO LOWER PREMIUMS, INCREASE COMPETITION AMONGST INSURANCE PROVIDERS AND IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL AMERICANS. AND WE FINALLY HAVE THE CHANCE TO FORMALLY REJECT AN UNPRECEDENTED GOVERNMENT OVERREACH INTO HEALTH CARE AND TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS GIVING PATIENTS CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN HEALTH. IN WESTERN NEW YORK, THIS BILL WILL HAVE EVEN MORE PROFOUND BENEFITS. THE AMENDMENT THAT I AUTHORED WITH REPRESENTATIVE JOHN FASO WILL RELIEVE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS IN NEW YORK OF $2.3 BILLION UNFUNDED MANDATE FORCED ON TO COUNTY TAXPAYERS BY THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK AND WILL SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE THE TAX BURDENS OF PROPERTY OWNERS ACROSS NEW YORK STATE. THIS ONE PROVISION OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT WILL SAVE TAXPAYERS IN THE EIGHT COUNTIES I REPRESENT OVER $470 MILLION. THIS IS A GAME CHANGER FOR LOCAL NEW YORK GOVERNMENTS AND RESTORES REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY AT THE LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT THAT MAKES THE DECISION THAT SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR RAISING THOSE FUNDS. I'M PROUD TO STAND UP FOR WESTERN NEW YORKERS WHOSE VOICES HAVE BEEN SILENCED FOR TOO LONG AND VOTE FOR THE FREEDOM, FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND LOCAL DECISION MAKING THIS BILL GUARANTEES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME.

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    MR. PALLONE

    3,0 31,000 PEOPLE IN NEW YORK WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. I YIELD TO A…

    3,0 31,000 PEOPLE IN NEW YORK WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. I YIELD TO A CHAMPION FROM NEW YORK,

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    MS. CLARKE

    OPPOSITION TO THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. THIS BILL LEAVES 24 MILLION…

    OPPOSITION TO THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. THIS BILL LEAVES 24 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT COVERAGE AND CAUSE THE UNINSURED RATE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK TO SKYROCKET TO OVER 12% AND LEAVES OVER 400,000 IN MY DISTRICT WITHOUT COVERAGE. BECAUSE OF THE SEVERE CUTS TO MEDICAID, THIS BILL WILL PUT PEOPLE IN A TERRIBLE POSITION OF HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BEING ABLE TO EAT, BEING ABLE TO OBTAIN MEDICATION OR VISITING THEIR DOCTORS. WHICH ONE, MR. SPEAKER, DO YOU SUGGEST THEY CHOOSE. FOR MOST AMERICANS, THIS IS NOT THE END GOAL BUT RATHER PROVIDES TEMPORARY SUPPORT AND FOR SENIORS, MEDICAID CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NURSING HOME CARE AND DYING ALONE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THE HARMFUL AND DEADLY REAL-IMPACT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I OPPOSE IT. I ASK THAT WE RESIST THIS, THIS CYNICAL, VERY VERSUS ROBIN HOOD SHAM THAT TAKES FROM THE POOR AND GIVES TO THE RICH. AS PRESIDENT LINCOLN SAID, YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME. THIS IS A SHAM AND WE NEED TO VOTE IT DOWN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SECRETARY

    THE HOUSE THE HOUSE HAS PASSED WITH AN AMENDMENT H.R. 534 AN ACT CITED AS…

    THE HOUSE THE HOUSE HAS PASSED WITH AN AMENDMENT H.R. 534 AN ACT CITED AS THE HOUSE WANTS TO COMPETE AND WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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    MR. BURGESS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE A VALUABLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS, FELLOW POSITION, DR. DUNN, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. DUNCAN

    RISE TODAY ONCE AGAIN IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. I DO…

    RISE TODAY ONCE AGAIN IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT. I DO THIS AS A DOCTOR.

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    MR. DUNN

    WE ARE GIVING IT BACK TO THE PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT WILL…

    WE ARE GIVING IT BACK TO THE PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT WILL LOWER THE COSTS AND SERVE PATIENTS. THIS ACT ELIMINATES ORK'S SUBSIDIES AND MANDATES AND DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND PUTS MEDICAID ON A BUDGET AND LARGEST ENTITLEMENT REFORM IN A GENERATION. WITHOUT WASHINGTON MANDATES DRIVING UP COSTS AND LIMITING ACCESS TO CARE, AMERICANS WILL HAVE THE FREEDOM TO OBTAIN QUALITY HEALTH CARE PLANS THAT FIT THEIR NEEDS AT A COST THEY CAN AFFORD. AND ALL THIS TALK ABOUT PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, THIS BILL PROVIDES GUARANTEED ISSUANCE. LET'S NOT BREAK OUR PROMISE ON REPEALING OBAMACARE. WE OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE WHO SEPTEMBER US HERE. I SUPPORT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT, MR. SPEAKER, AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE COULD INCREASE PREMIUMS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE COULD INCREASE PREMIUMS FOR PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA BY $4,090 A YEAR. I YIELD TO MR. KENNEDY 1.5 MINUTES. CONTEND CONTEND WHAT THIS --

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    MR. KENNEDY

    WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE EXPENSIVE AND THE MORE YOU…

    WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE EXPENSIVE AND THE MORE YOU NEED IT, THE SICKER, OLDER OR POORER YOUR THE FURTHER OUT OF REACH IT WILL BE. DOCTORS, HOSPITALS AND NURSES AND MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY HAVE SPOKEN UP AND OUT AGAINST THIS BILL. THIS BILL JUST DOESN'T CUT COVERAGE OR HIKE PREMIUMS BUT FOR A TAX CUT FOR THE HEALTHY. CODIFIES A WORLD VIEW THAT IS DEAD SET IN DIVIDING AMERICA AMONG THE LINES OF WHO YOU LOVE, WHERE YOU COME FROM OR YOUR FAITH OR FORTUNE. WE SEE IT IN THEIR TAX PLAN, BUDGET CUTS, IMMIGRATION POLICY AND NOW IN HEALTH CARE. IN A WORLD THAT SCAPE GOATS THE STRUGGLING AND SUFFERING THAT SEES FAULT IN ILLNESS, THAT REJEGGETS THE MOST BASIC UNIVERSAL TRUTH OF HUMAN EXISTENCE THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US WILL BE BOUGHT TO OUR KNEES BY A DIAGNOSIS WE DIDN'T EXPECT, A PHONE CALL WE CAN'T IMAGINE AND A LOSS WE CANNOT ENDURE. SO WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER, BECAUSE BUT FOR THE GAYS OF GOD THERE GO I ONE DAY AND WE HOPE WE WILL BE SHOWN THAT MERCY. IT IS THE ULTIMATE TEST CONFRONTING OUR COUNTRY, NO, SIR THE POWER WE GIVE THE STRONG BUT THE STRENGTH WITH WHICH WE EMBRACE THE WEAK. I YIELD BACK.

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    MAY I INKIRE AS TO THE TIME REMAINING.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 13 1/4. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS 11 1/4 REMAINING.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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    THIS BILL GUARANTEES ACCESS FOR ALL. AND WHEN I SAY ACCESS, LET ME BE…

    THIS BILL GUARANTEES ACCESS FOR ALL. AND WHEN I SAY ACCESS, LET ME BE CLEAR, IT IS ACCESS FOR ALL WHEN YOU HAVE INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT THEY ARE PULLING OUT, WHEN YOU HAVE COUNTIES ACROSS THESE UNITED STATES THAT HAVE NO ONE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE OBAMACARE INSURANCE THAT'S NOT ACCESS. WHEN YOU HAVE A SITUATION WHERE SOMEBODY COMES UP TO YOU AT THE LOCAL COUNTY FAIR AND SAYS YOU HAVE GOT TO GET ME OUT OF OBAMACARE, IT IS KILLING ME AND KILLING OUR FAMILY'S FINANCES BECAUSE WE HAVE A HIGH DEDUCTIBLE AND HIGH CO-PAY AND MY HUSBAND IS VERY SICK AND MAY HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HE MAY HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER, BUT IT'S NOT REALLY HEALTH INSURANCE WHEN YOU CAN'T REALLY USE IT WITHOUT HAVING TO SELL OFF ASSETS OR WORRY ABOUT WHETHER YOU CAN HAVE A ROOFOVER OUR HEAD ANY LONGER. THIS IS NOT WORKING. OBAMACARE IS NOT WORKING. THIS BILL WILL BRING SOME SANITY BACK TO THE SYSTEM. IT WILL TAKE US A COUPLE OF YEARS BUT THE RATES OF INSURANCE WILL IN FACT COME DOWN. AND THIS BUSINESS THAT WE KEEP HEARING THAT ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE WITHOUT INSURANCE, IT'S JUST FAKE NEWS. IT'S NOT TRUE. THIS BILL DOES EVERYTHING THAT PEOPLE WANT IT TO DO, BUT GIVES THEM CHOICES, NOT MANDATES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUT CHOICES ABOUT THEIR HEALTH CARE AND I HAVE BEEN INTERESTED TO HEAR PEOPLE SAYING, YOU ARE RAM, INC. THIS THROUGH BECAUSE THE BILL WASN'T POSTED UNTIL LAST NIGHT. WHAT WASN'T POSTED UNTIL LAST NIGHT WAS THE LONG-UP TON. IT IS TWO PAGES. THE MCSALLY BILL IS A PAGE AND A QUARTER. THE MCARTHUR AMENDMENT, WHICH HAS BEEN OUT FOR OVER A WEEK IS ABOUT EIGHT PAGES. THEY COULD HAVE READ IT WHILE WE ARE STANDING HERE. THEY DON'T CHOOSE TO ERP READ THE BILL OR LEARN THE FACTS OR TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY WANT TO SCARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO MAKE THEM THIS IS A BAD BILL. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. I URGE EVERYONE TO VOTE YES.

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    MR. PALLONE

    HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE WOULD TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE TO 1,331,. I WAS…

    HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE WOULD TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE TO 1,331,. I WAS THERE FOR THE 26 HOUR MEETING WE HAD AT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND WE DIDN'T HAVE AN ANALYSIS FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE EITHER AND ACCUSE US OF NOT WANTING TO KNOW THE FACTS. WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT HERE. HERE WE ARE ON THE FLOOR WITHOUT THE ANALYSIS. THROUGH ALL THE TIME, THE SAD THING WE HAVE NOT HEARD ONE REAL ARGUMENT ABOUT HOW THIS WOULD MAKE IT AFFORDABLE FOR MY FAMILIES IN SAN DIEGO OR ANYWHERE IN COUNTRY. THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ISN'T PERFECT. THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH SOME INSURANCE MARKETS AND NOT PROVIDING THE INSURANCE THEY SHOULD. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE ARE DOING. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS ON THE CUSP OF PASSING A BILL THAT IS OPPOSED BY DOCTORS, NURSES, HOSPITALS, PATIENTS AND SENIORS AND JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY BUS IT WOULD MAKE THE PROBLEMS WORSE, NOT BETTER. A BILL IF IT WERE TO BECOME LAW WOULD RIP HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FROM AT LEAST 24 MILLION AMERICANS AND THAT'S THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. THAT IS NOT FAKE NEWS. THAT'S THE TRUTH. WOULD LEAVE MANY AMERICA CAPS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WITHOUT COVERAGE THEY CAN AFFORD OR ANY COVERAGE AT ALL. THIS TAKES US ONE STEP CLOSER WHERE FAMILIES GO BANKRUPT AND OUR EMERGENCY ROOMS ARE FILLED WITH MOTHERS SEEKING BASIC CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT THAT IS THE BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I'M VOTING NO.

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  • 11:59:34 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A FELLOW PHYSICIAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE…

    I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A FELLOW PHYSICIAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, DR. ROE.

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    MR. ROE

    THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT IN NO WAY CHANGES EXISTING REGULATIONS THAT…

    THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT IN NO WAY CHANGES EXISTING REGULATIONS THAT ALLOW A VETERAN WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR BUT NOT NOLD IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SYSTEM TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE. LANGUAGE THAT WOULD HAVE CODIFIED THAT LANGUAGE WAS REMOVED FROM AN EARLIER VERSION TO COMPLY WITH SENATE RULES. REMOVING LANGUAGE NO WAY CHANGES EXISTING REGULATION OR A VETERAN'S ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE A TAX CREDIT. THAT WAS THE EXACT SAME LANGUAGE IN THE A.C.A. NO WAY AFFECTS A VETERAN TO ACCESS TAX CREDITS. I'M DISTURBED THAT OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE MINORITY WOULD ASSERT THAT IT DOES IN AN EFFORT TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION. . FEAR MONGERING HAS NO PLACE IN THEY DATE. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, AS A MEDICAL DOCTOR, AND AS A VETERAN MYSELF, ENSURING THAT VETERANS' HEALTH CARE IS PROTECTED IS MY HIGHEST PRIORITY HERE IN THIS CONGRESS. AND I WOULD NOT STAND FOR LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL OR ANY OTHER BILL THAT WOULD COMPROMISE A VETERAN'S ABILITY TO ACCESS CARE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO THIS MORALLY BANKRUPT…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO THIS MORALLY BANKRUPT BILL AND TO INSERT THIS LETTER OF OPPOSITION FROM THE NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION INTO THE RECORD.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY'S REQUEST WILL BE GRANTED. THE GENTLEMAN…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY'S REQUEST WILL BE GRANTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMIND MEE COLLEAGUE THAT THIS COULD INCREASE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMIND MEE COLLEAGUE THAT THIS COULD INCREASE COVERAGE FOR BREAST CANCER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AND A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL.

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    MRS. DINGELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS MISGUIDED LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THIS VOTE MIGHT BE THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OUR CONGRESS DEALS WITH. IT LITERALLY MEANS LIFE OR DEATH FOR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. WHAT WE VOTE ON TODAY IS ULTIMATELY A REFLECTION OF OUR VALUES AS A NATION. I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. THE NUNS TAUGHT ME THAT, THE BIBLE TEACHES US THAT. THE SICK, THE POOR, THE ELDERLY. AND THIS DANGEROUS BILL DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT THEM. IN FACT, IT WILL DO MORE HARM TO OUR MOST VULNERABLE. 129 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THEY ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR FRIENDS, AND FOR SOME, OUR FAMILY. THEY ARE THE PEOPLE ATTENDING THEIR TOWN HALL MEETINGS. FOR ME, I AM A CAREGIVER. I SPEND MORE TIME AT THE HOSPITAL AND THE DOCTOR THAN I WANT TO. AND PERSON AFTER PERSON COMES UP TO ME AND TELLS ME THEIR STORY AND BEGS ME THAT THEY WILL NOT LOSE THEIR INSURANCE. HEALTHY MICHIGAN LET THEM GO TO THE DOCTOR FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MADE A GUARANTEE THAT WE WOULD NOT -- THAT SOMEONE WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WOULD BE CHARGED MORE THAN HEALTHY PEOPLE. AND THAT COVERAGE WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ALL. THANK YOU. PLEASE VOTE AGAINST THIS SHAMEFUL BILL.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO --

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE TYPE I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE TYPE I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M ALWAYS AMAZED WHEN I START HEARING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M ALWAYS AMAZED WHEN I START HEARING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND HOW IT'S WORKING SO WELL TODAY. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT TWO SITUATIONS IN MY HOME STATE OF TENNESSEE. WHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT WENT PLACE IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, WE HAD A RISK POOL. THE RISK POOL COVERED ABOUT 2,000 PEOPLE. THEY WERE HAPPY -- 28,000 PEOPLE. THEY WERE HAPPY WITH THEIR CARE. THEY WERE HAPPY WITH THEIR PROVIDERS AND THEY WERE HAPPY WITH THE COST. IT WAS PATIENT-CENTERED. THEY DETERMINED WHAT BEST FIT THEIR NEEDS. THESE WERE PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. HAPPY WITH FROM WHERE THEY WERE. AND IN ONE DAY -- HAPPY WITH WHERE THEY WERE. AND IN ONE DAY, BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAID YOU DON'T MEET THIS AND YOU DON'T MEET THAT AND YOU DON'T MEET THIS, THEY LOST THEIR INSURANCE. THEY'RE IN THE MARKETPLACE. I'M TALKING ABOUT TWO SITUATIONS THAT HAVE ARE VERY CLOSE -- THAT ARE VERY CLOSE TO ME, BUT THESE ONLY REPRESENT A FEW OF THE MANY CALLS I GET IN MY OFFICE. A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE HAS LUPUS. SHE WENT ON THE MARKETPLACE. FOR THE FIRST YEAR SHE DID PRETTY GOOD. HER PREMIUMS WERE PRETTY LOW. HER DEDUCTIBLE WAS REASONABLE. BUT HERE'S WHAT SHE FOUND. SHE COULDN'T KEEP HER DOCTOR. NOW, CAN YOU IMAGINE SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD LUPUS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, IT'S CONTROLLED, AND NOW SHE'S TOLD SHE CAN'T KEEP HER DOCTOR. SHE HAD TO FIND OTHER DOCTORS. WHICH SHE WAS NOT HAPPY WITH BECAUSE SHE HAD A RELATIONSHIP. THEY DIDN'T USE THE SAME TREATMENT AND CARE THAT SHE HAD RECEIVED BEFORE. SO SHE'S NOT FELT VERY HEALTHY. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, EVERY YEAR THAT IT'S RENEWED SHE CALLS ME TO SAY, MY PREMIUMS HAVE GONE UP. MY DEDUCTIBLES HAVE GONE UP. NOW IT'S MORE THAN WHAT I WAS PAYING BEFORE WHERE I LIKED WHAT I HAD AND I COULDN'T KEEP IT. OPPOSITE WHAT HAVE THE PRESIDENT THEN TOLD EVERYONE, IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU HAVE, YOU CAN KEEP IT. THE SECOND ONE IS SOMEONE WHO HAS THAT SAME RISK POOL SHE LOST HER OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE MEDICATION -- POOL. SHE LOST THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE MEDICATION SHE WAS RECEIVING. AN I.V. MEDICATION. SHE WAS VERY CONTROLLED. ABLE TO WORK, LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. SHE LOST HER OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THAT MEDICATION. BECAUSE INSTEAD OF THAT MEDICATION ONLY BEING $400 A MONTH -- WOULD YOU YIELD ME ONE MORE MINUTE?

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    MR. BURGESS

    BE HAPPY TO YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    BECAUSE OF THAT HEADCATION BEING INSTEAD $400 A MONTH, IT WAS NOW $3,400 A…

    BECAUSE OF THAT HEADCATION BEING INSTEAD $400 A MONTH, IT WAS NOW $3,400 A MONTH, WHICH MEANS NO LONGER CAN SHE GET HER MEDICATION. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OR THE OTHER SIDE TALKS ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL THIS SYSTEM IS, I IMPLORE THEM TO COME TO OUR STATE. AND TALK TO THE PEOPLE IN MY STATE. I'M A REGISTERED NURSE. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE HEALTH CARE CONDITIONS. THAT NEED TO BE IN A RISK POOL. BUT LET'S DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. LET'S GIVE IT TO OUR STATES. LET'S ALLOW THIS NOW TO BE USED IN A WAY THAT'S PARENT-CENTERED, THE WAY IT WAS WORKING IN MY HOME STATE OF TENNESSEE, AND I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE VOTE LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE THAT HER VOTE FOR THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE THAT HER VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR 1,265,000 PEOPLE IN HER STATE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD 45 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND,

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    MR. SARBANES

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE LOOKING FOR A WIN. THEY WANT TO PUT POINTS ON THE SCOREBOARD. BUT WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO WIN BY TAKING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AWAY FROM 24 MILLION AMERICANS? WHY WOULD YOU CONSIDER IT A VICTORY TO RAISE PREMIUMS AND CO-PAYMENTS AND DEDUCTIBLES ON MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, INCLUDING MILLIONS OF OLDER AMERICANS? AND WHY WOULD YOU VIEW IT AS SUCCESS TO ELIMINATE PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS? IF I COULD VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL 100 TIMES, I WOULD DO IT. IF I COULD VOTE AGAINST IT 1,000 TIMES, FOR THE THOUSANDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS THAT WILL BE HURT BY THIS BILL, I WOULD. IT'S WRONG, IT'S IMMORAL. AND A IT'S INHUMANE. I YIELD BACK. -- AND IT'S INHUMANE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, TWO MINUTES.

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    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING, AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT I WANT…

    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING, AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS WHAT'S UNDERLYING IN THIS BILL, THE TRADITIONAL REFORM AND MEDICAID. MEDICAID CURRENTLY COSTS STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT $600 BILLION. IT'S ESTIMATED IN 10 YEARS IN A DECADE, TO COST $1 TRILLION. IT'S A SYSTEM THAT'S SET UP TO IMPLODE ON ITSELF.

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  • 12:08:23 PM

    MR. GUTHRIE

    WHAT WE WANT TO DO, LET'S FIX THE PROBLEM BEFORE WE GET TO THE CRITICAL…

    WHAT WE WANT TO DO, LET'S FIX THE PROBLEM BEFORE WE GET TO THE CRITICAL POINT WHERE THE GOING TO IMPLODE. AND LET'S FIX IT NOW. AND LET'S MAKE IT RIGHT. WHAT WE DO IS ALLOW STATES TO HAVE THE SAME MONEY THEY HAD IN 2016, THE EXACT SAME MONEY, WITH GROWTH. GROWTH WOULD BE THE C.P.I., MEDICAL, AND IN SOME CATEGORIES, PLUS-ONE. THEY ALSO HAVE GROWTH IN DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOME PEOPLE FROM STATES WHERE PEOPLE RETIRE TO. WHAT IF I'M FROM A STATE WHERE SOMEBODY LIVES IN AN AREA, THEN THEY MOVE TO MY STATE WHEN THEY'RE HOLDER AND TYPICALLY COST MORE IN THE MEDICAID SYSTEM? WE ADJUST FOR THAT. IT'S IN THE PER CAPITA ALLOTMENT. AS THEY MOVE, THEY WOULD TRANSFER. IT'S NOT A TRADITIONAL BLOCK GRANT UNLESS THE STATE CHOOSES TO DO SO. SO WE'RE HERE REFORMING ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM, THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 1990'S. AND IT IS THS A VERY SOUND -- AND IT'S A VERY SOUND, IT'S A VERY SOLID WAY AND A WAY THAT PRESERVES AND PROTECTS THE PROGRAM AND IT PREVENTS THE PROGRAM IN IMPLODING ON ITSELF WITHIN A DECADE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM KENTUCKY THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM KENTUCKY THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR 881,000 PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN KENTUCKY. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE 911 THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. RUIZ.

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    MR. RUIZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IS WORSE THAN A SHAM. IT'S WORSE THAN A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IS WORSE THAN A SHAM. IT'S WORSE THAN A SUGAR PILL. THIS BILL IS DOWN RIGHT UGLY. IT'S POISON. AS AN EMERGENCY MEDICINE DOCTOR, I URGE YOU TO DO NO HARM. AND I URGE EVERYBODY TO DO NO HARM. LET'S BE CLEAR. A VOTE FOR THIS BILL IS A VOTE FOR 24 MILLION PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR INSURANCE. A VOTE FOR THIS BILL IS TO ADD AN AGE TAX TO THOSE 55 YEARS OLD AND OLDER. A VOTE FOR THIS BILL IS TO RAISE OUT OF POCKET COSTS FOR EVERYONE WITH LESS COVERAGE. A VOTE FOR THIS BILL IS TO TAKE AWAY GUARANTEES FOR EMERGENCY CARE, MEDICINE, MENTAL HEALTH, MATERNITY CARE. A VOTE FOR THIS BILL IS TO ALLOW PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DROP PATIENTS WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING ILLNESS. HOW, YOU MAY ASK? LET'S SAY I SEE A PATIENT WITH DIABETES WHO DOESN'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY CAN SAY, NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO COVER YOU, WHY DON'T YOU GO TO THE HIGH-RISK, HIGH-COST, STATE INSURANCE POOL THAT IS WAY TOO EXPENSIVE WITH NO GUARANTEE THEY WILL COVER WHAT THEY NEED. THEREFORE THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT, THEY WON'T HAVE COVERAGE. THEY'RE GOING TO GO INTO FINANCIAL RUIN. ALL OF THIS IN ORDER TO GIVE $6 BILLION TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST. I URGE EVERYBODY TO VOTE NO.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. WALDEN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK OUR COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD ON…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK OUR COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD ON THIS LEGISLATION, TO TRY AND RESCUE THESE FAILING INSURANCE MARKETS. WE LEARNED YESTERDAY I THINK MOST OF IOWA NOW WILL NOT HAVE A SINGLE INSURER LEFT ON THE EXCHANGES. IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE PEOPLE OUT THERE IN THE COUNTIES ACROSS AMERICA, ONE OUT OF THREE COUNTIES THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ONLY HAVE ONE OPTION FOR INSURANCE. WE'RE TRYING TO DO HERE IS FIX THIS MARKET SO YOU HAVE INSURANCE TO COVER YOU. WE BELIEVE THAT GOING FORWARD WITH THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, NOT ONLY DO WE GIVE MORE FLEXIBILITY TO STATES TO INNOVATE, THEY CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN THEIR STATES. I KNOW MY HOME STATE OF OREGON DOES. AND YET THEY'RE FACING A SHORTFALL RIGHT NOW THAT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD PROVIDE OVER $320 MILLION TO HELP FILL. ONE OF THEIR PROPOSALS IS TO KICK 350,000 PEOPLE OFF OF MEDICAID. THIS WOULD HELP FILL THE GAP. $320 MILLION IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS TO FILL AN D -- $ 82 MILLION SHORTFALL THEY HAVE. THANKS PROBLEM ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO HERE IS REFORM OBAMACARE, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, IN A WAY THAT WILL WORK GOING INTO THE FUTURE, BECAUSE OTHERWISE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE LEFT WITH NOT ONLY ENORMOUS RATE INCREASES IN THE PREMIUMS, BUT ALSO YOU'VE SEEN AN EXPLOSION IN THE COST OF WHAT THEY HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET. SO THERE ARE PLACES NOW, I'VE HAD PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT SAY, LOOK, I'M OUTSIDE OF THAT AREA WHERE I GET A SUBSIDY AND I'M PAYING FULL PRICE. OUR PREMIUMS HAVE GONE UP 50% IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. MY OPTIONS HAVE GONE DOWN FROM FOUR OR FIVE TO MAYBE ONE OR TWO. MAYBE THREE. AND IT'S GETTING WORSE. AND THEY'RE THREATENING TO PULL OUT. AND MY OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS ARE SO HIGH I'M PAYING FOR SOMETHING I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO USE. WE'RE TRYING TO FIX AND RESCUE THIS MARKET. BRING PEOPLE IN. YOU HEAR ALL THESE NUMBERS ON STATE BY STATE. I'M NOT BUYING INTO THAT AT ALL. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR BILL DOES. WE'RE GIVING STATES AUTHORITY, WE'RE GIVING PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE, AND WE'RE GOING TO GET THIS STRAIGHTENED OUT ONCE AND FOR ALL SO THAT WE HAVE AN INSURANCE MARKET THAT WORKS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE HAVE THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM THAT PEOPLE CAN AFFORD AND THAT WE CAN GET QUALITY HEALTH CARE WHEN THEY GO TO SEE A DOCTOR, BETWEEN THEM AND THEIR DOCTOR, WITHOUT A BUREAUCRAT IN BETWEEN. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO EXPRESS MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO THIS HORRIBLE BILL AND INSERT THIS LETTER OF OPPOSITION FROM THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL INTO THE RECORD.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY CHAIRMAN THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY CHAIRMAN THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR 654,000 PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN OREGON. AND NOW --

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  • 12:13:49 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. PALLONE

    I DON'T HAVE ANY TIME. NOW I YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS.…

    I DON'T HAVE ANY TIME. NOW I YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL, ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. JAYAPAL

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHERE WE ARE WITH TRUMPCARE 2.0. THIS BILL STILL STRIPS 24 MILLION AMERICANS OF HEALTH CARE, CUTS $880 BILLION FROM MEDICAID, AND INCREASES PREMIUMS FORMAT JORT OF AMERICANS. IT STILL -- FOR THE PAJORT OF AMERICANS. IT STILL HAS -- FOR THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. IT STILL HAS AN AGE TAX AND IT STILL GIVES $1 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS ON THE BACKS OF WORKING PEOPLE WHO WILL PAY MORE AND GET LESS. TRUMPCARE 2.0 ADDS INSULT TO INJURY BECAUSE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WOULD LIKE TO YOU BELIEVE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO COVER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND THAT IS JUST NOT TRUE. AMERICAN PEOPLE, BE CLEAR. THIS WILL NOT COVER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND 133 MILLION AMERICANS WITH THOSE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL SUFFER. KIDS LIKE JAMES, AN -YEAR-OLD IN MY DISTRICT WHO HAS -- 8-YEAR-OLD IN MY DISTRICT WHO HAS A BRAIN TUMOR AND LITERALLY STANDS TO DIE IF THIS BILL PASSES. MR. SPEAKER, HUNDREDS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE CALLING OUR OFFICES AND WEEPING, WE SHOULD ALL WEEP THAT THIS BILL IS COMING TO THE FLOOR. WE SHOULD VOTE NO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:15:22 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I YIELD 20 SECONDS.

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    MR. WALDEN

    I HAVE TO SAY THE INFORMATION WE ARE BEING TOLD EVEN "NEW YORK TIMES" HAS…

    I HAVE TO SAY THE INFORMATION WE ARE BEING TOLD EVEN "NEW YORK TIMES" HAS CHARACTERIZED AS IT BEING MISLEADING WHEN YOU SAY THE PEOPLE OF OREGON ARE GOING TO BE THROWN OFF AND THAT IS NOT TRUE. THERE IS NOT A WAIVER REQUEST. YOU ARE MAKING THAT STUFF UP. AND I DISPUTE IT. IT IS MISLEADING, IT IS WRONG AND I'M SORRY IT'S HAPPENING ON THIS FLOOR.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMIND MY CHAIRMAN THAT HE REPRESENTS MORE PEOPLE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMIND MY CHAIRMAN THAT HE REPRESENTS MORE PEOPLE ON MEDICAID EXPANSION THAN ANY REPUBLICAN IN THE COUNTRY AND THIS BILL ENDS MEDICAID EXPANSION. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TRUMPCARE IS ANOTHER FALSE PROMISE, ACTUALLY, IT'S…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TRUMPCARE IS ANOTHER FALSE PROMISE, ACTUALLY, IT'S MUSICAL CHAIRS. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL BE LEFT OUT, PRICED OUT, ESPECIALLY THE OLD, THE PREGNANT AND MENTALLY ILL. HEALTH INSURANCE MEANS LIFE OR DEATH. IN THIS CON COX, WHO IS ELIGIBLE, WHO WILL BE LEFT OUT, THERE IS NO BUDGET SCORE FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. REPUBLICANS AREN'T GUARANTEEING AFFORDABLE COVERAGE. ONE-WORD CHANGE IN YOUR INSURANCE POLICY CAN MAKE A GIGANTIC DIFFERENCE. WHY NOT CALCULATE THE BILL'S TRUE COSTS AND HOW IT WILL IMPACT. ONE MILLION PEOPLE OF OHIO NOW HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT DIDN'T HAVE IT BEFORE. HERE WE ARE AT THE END OF OUR LONG VOTING WEEK WITH A MAJOR PROPOSAL THAT WILL RIP AWAY THE HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS AND MAKE THEM UNAFFORDABLE. MUSICAL CHAIRS IS NOT THE WAY TO RUN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE NOR LIFE AND DEATH AFFAIRS OF A NATION. TRUMPCARE SETS UP A CRUEL GAME OF MUSICAL CHAIRS. SHAME. SHAME. SHAME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. GUTHRIE

    I'M SURPRISED A AT MY FRIENDS ARE DEFENDING THE OBAMACARE AGE TAX WHICH IS…

    I'M SURPRISED A AT MY FRIENDS ARE DEFENDING THE OBAMACARE AGE TAX WHICH IS A TAX ON YOUNG PEOPLE. I'M THE RIGHT DEMOGRAPHIC FOR IT. PEOPLE 26-34 PAY MORE. I'M 53 AND THREE YEARS, I WILL BE 56 AND MY DAUGHTER WILL BE 26. WHAT WE'RE ASKING HER TO DO IF WE DON'T REPEAL THIS, IF YOU ARE WANTING TO BUY A HOUSE, START A FAMILY, GET HER FAMILY MOVING FORWARD, WE ARE GOING TO SAY WE WANT YOU TO PAY MORE FOR YOUR HEALTH CARE SO I CAN PAY LESS. THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE DOING, HAVING PARENTS PAY MORE AND WE WANT OUR CHILDREN AS THEY START THEIR FAMILIES AND START THEIR LIVES, HAVE MORE BREAKS AND NOT A BURDEN ON THEM. WE ARE GIVING TAX RELIEF TO YOUNG PEOPLE, PEOPLE FROM 26 TO 34 WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD THE PREMIUMS WE ARE PUTTING ON THEM. AND I GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:18:36 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, CAN I INQUIRE ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT REMAINS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM TEXAS HAS THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    THIS IS THE CRUELEST AND MOST IMMORAL THING I HAVE SEEN THE REPUBLICAN…

    THIS IS THE CRUELEST AND MOST IMMORAL THING I HAVE SEEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DO TO THE AMERICAN MILLION PEOPLE. REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DECEIVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT WORKING PEOPLE AND THIS BILL PROVES IT. THEY CARE ABOUT INSURANCE COMPANIES AND DRUG COMPANIES THAT FUND THEIR CAMPAIGNS AND THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES THAT GET HUGE TAX CUTS. DON'T TRY TO TELL ME THEY CARE ABOUT FACTORY WORKERS. DON'T TELL ME THEY CARE ABOUT SINGLE MOMS WHO WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE AND DON'T TELL ME THEY CARE ABOUT CANCER SURVIVORS WHO ARE GOING TO PAY $140,000 MORE. I DON'T KNOW HOW ANYONE CAN LOOK THEIR CONSTITUENTS IN THE EYE IF THEY VOTE FOR THIS BILL AND SHAME ON YOU. IF YOU VOTE FOR THIS BILL, THERE WILL COME A DAY WRILLH WHERE YOU WILL HAVE TO LOOK AT A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER IN THE EYE WHO IS SICK OR DYING AND SAY I DID THIS TO YOU. DON'T DO IT. VOTE NO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFER THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN…

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFER THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 12:20:09 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    AT THIS TIME, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA…

    AT THIS TIME, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RICE

    I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING DRAGGED DOWN BY THIS…

    I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING DRAGGED DOWN BY THIS FAILING DISASTER CALLED OBAMACARE. SINCE I FIRST GOT TO CONGRESS, I HAVE CONSISTENTLY HEARD FROM PEOPLE ACROSS THE 7TH DISTRICT ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA HAVE BEEN NEGATIVELY AFFECTED. WE WERE TOLD PREMIUMS WOULD GO DOWN BY $2,500 PER FAMILY AND PROVIDE MORE CHOICE. BUT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. 232,000 PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA PLANS WERE CANCELED. AND PREMIUMS ARE UP 28% THIS YEAR. THERE IS ONLY ONE INSURER LEFT IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND THEY ARE THREATENING TO PULL OUT. THE LAW IS GETTING DIVORCE. THIS BILL REPEALS HARMFUL OBAMACARE TAXES ACROSS THE BOARD THAT DROVE UP HEALTH CARE COSTS AND TRANSITIONS HEALTH CARE TO A MORE COMPETITIVE PATIENT-CENTERED INSURANCE MARKET. THERE ARE STILL FIXES THAT NEED TO BE MADE TO FURTHER IMPROVE HEALTH CARE, BUT THIS IS A DRAMATIC MOVE FORWARD FROM WHERE WE ARE TODAY AND THE FIRST STEP IN MOVING AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE FROM AN UNSUSTAINABLE SYSTEM TO A SUSTAINABLE ONE.

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  • 12:21:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PALLONE

    I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE…

    I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE FOR THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR 822,000 PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA. AND NOW I YIELD 45 SECONDS TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. I'M A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR.…

    AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. I'M A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR. PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED AMERICANS LIKE ME AT THE WE WOULDN'T BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. I'M NOT SURE IF REPUBLICANS KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE WAITING FOR THE OTHER SHOE TO DROP. WITH THIS BILL, YOU YANK THAT PIECE OF MIND WE HAVE WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW STATES TO SEGREGATE INTO DIFFERENT COVERAGE AND BENEFIT SOLUTIONS. HIGH RISK POOLS SENDS PEOPLE INTO A DEATH SPIRAL, PREMIUMS GO HIGHER AND COVERAGE IS SPOTTY. I CAN ONLY HOPE MY COLLEAGUES COME TO THEIR SENSES BEFOREHANDING AMERICANS A DEATH SENTENCE. PEOPLE WILL DIE AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:22:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I INQUIRE --?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    1.5 MINUTES REMAINING. I DO WANT TO THANK --

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    MR. BURGESS

    I WANT TO THANK THE SUPERIOR TEAM WE HAVE IN THE HOUSE LEGISLATIVE…

    I WANT TO THANK THE SUPERIOR TEAM WE HAVE IN THE HOUSE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THEY HAVE PUT IN MEN AND WOMEN HOURS TO DRAFT THIS BILL THAT IS BEING CONSIDERED IN THE HOUSE TODAY. ED, JESSICA, MICHELLE AND JESSE FOR THEIR DEVOTION AND TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES IN HELPING US DRAFT THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD MY REMAINING TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. SPEAKER HOW TRAGIC IT IS BEFORE HOUSE REPUBLICANS SKIP TOWN, THEY WILL…

    MR. SPEAKER HOW TRAGIC IT IS BEFORE HOUSE REPUBLICANS SKIP TOWN, THEY WILL STEAL FROM MEDICARE, PASS AN AGE TAX ON OLDER AMERICANS SAYING THAT CHILDREN WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND TELL FOLKS YOU HAVE DIABETES YOU ARE PAYING MORE. THIS MORNING I HEARD FROM DOCTORS, HOSPITALS AND NURSES FROM ILLINOIS, THEY KNOW WHAT HAS TO BE AND NOT STRIPPING 24 MILLION AMERICANS IS IN THE BEST INTEREST. TO MY EIGHT ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLEF YOU VOTE YES, THE EIGHT OF YOU OWN ITS AFTERMATH AND YOU OWN THE 47,000 JOBS YOU WILL KILL AND THE HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS WHO WILL BE STRIPPED THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. LET'S KILL THIS BILL AND WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE HEALTH INSURANCE ACCEPTABLE FOR ALL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR REMINDS MEMBERS TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THAT WOULD…

    THE CHAIR REMINDS MEMBERS TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THAT WOULD BE THIS CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. WE ARE HERE TODAY TO CORRECT A…

    YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. WE ARE HERE TODAY TO CORRECT A PROBLEM WITH -- A PROBLEM WITH TRYING TO DRAFT SENATE RULES WITH THE HOUSE LEGISLATION RECOGNIZING THE PROBLEM, REPRESENTATIVE MCSALLY FROM ARIZONA HAS INTRODUCED A STRAIGHTFORWARD AND PRACTICAL BILL TO FIX THE PROBLEM. IT IS A SIMPLE TWO-PAGE BILL THAT WHEN AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT BECOMES LAW, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WILL BE TREATED THE SAME WAY AS EVERY OTHER CITIZEN. IT'S ONLY RIGHT AND PROPER. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE…

    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL. THE QUESTION IS ON ENCOMBROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 12:25:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO ELIMINATE STATE WAIVER…

    A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO ELIMINATE STATE WAIVER PROVISIONS TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. WHO CALLED? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 12:26:09 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REQUEST YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THE YAPED ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO…

    REQUEST YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THE YAPED ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION PIB POSTPONED.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1628 WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1628 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1628, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION PURSUANT TO TITLE 23 OF…

    H.R. 1628, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION PURSUANT TO TITLE 23 OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 308, FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 308, FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE 115-109 IS ADOPTED. WHEN 41 3/4 MINUTES WAS REMAINING. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 12:28:25 PM

    MRS. BLACK

    EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON H.R. 1628.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. BLACK

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. BLACK

    I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT A BILL…

    I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT A BILL THAT REPEALS THE WORST PARTS OF OBAMACARE AND BEGINS TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE IT HAS CAUSED. THIS BILL BRINGS CHOICE AND COMPETITION BACK INTO THE HEALTH CARE MARKETPLACE AND PUTS HEALTH CARE DECISIONS BACK INTO THE HANDS OF PATIENTS AND DOCTORS, WHERE IT BE LONGS. IT'S BEEN A WINDING ROAD TO GET TO THIS POINT BUT WE ARE HERE TO FULFILL THE PROMISE WE MADE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I'LL POINT OUT RIGHT NOW TO THOSE WHO SAY WE SHOULD HAVE MOVED ON FROM HEALTH CARE REFORM, AMERICAN FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS ARE SUFFERING FROM RISING COSTS AND BARRIERS TO GETTING THE CARE THAT THEY NEED RIGHT NOW. AND UNDER OBAMACARE, THE SITUATION IS GETTING WORSE EVERY DAY. IN IOWA, JUST YESTERDAY, ONE OF THE LAST REMAINING INSURERS SAID IT WILL PULL OUT OF THE OBAMACARE EXCHANGES LEAVING NEARLY ALL OF THE STATE'S RESIDENTS WITH NO AVAILABLE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN FOR THE PURCHASE UNDER OBAMACARE. AND IN A FEW OF THE IOWA COUNTIES WHICH ARE REMAINING INSURERS, THAT COMPANY IS SAYING THEY MIGHT STOP OFFERING PLANS, LEAVING THE ENTIRE STATE WITHOUT AN INSURANCE PLAN AVAILABLE UNDER OBAMACARE. THAT'S HAPPENING THIS VERY WEEK. . WE NEED TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE. I APPLAUD THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WHO STUCK WITH US DURING THIS PROCESS AND WORKED HARD TO MAKE THE BILL BETTER. I MYSELF HAD CONCERNS ABOUT THE BILL AS IT WAS INTRODUCED. I WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BILL TRULY REFLECTED MY IDEALS AND THE VIEWS AND DESIRES OF MY CONSTITUENTS. AND WHEN THE BILL CAME BEFORE THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, WHICH I CHAIR, I URGED MY MEMBERS TO STAY IN THE FIGHT, AND TO WORK TO IMPROVE THE BILL, RATHER THAN TO STOP IT IN ITS TRACKS. YOU KNOW WHAT? OUR MEMBERS JUST -- DID JUST THATCHT MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE -- JUST THAT. MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE INCLUDED IN THE AMENDMENTS. THAT MESSAGE WAS HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR BY MEMBERS OF OUR CONVERSATION WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY TO FINALIZE A BILL THAT TRULY REFLECTS OUR VISION FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM. THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, OUR COMMITMENT TO UNDOING THE DAMAGE DONE BY OBAMACARE HAS REMAINED STEADFAST. DAY AFTER DAY MY CONSTITUENTS CALL MY OFFICE BEGGING US TO DO SOMETHING TO SAVE THEM FROM OBAMACARE. AND IT'S BECAUSE OBAMACARE IS COLLAPSING. IN MY STATE OF TENNESSEE, FAMILIES ARE SUFFERING. PREMIUMS HAVE INCREASED BY 60%, WHILE DEDUCTIBLES ARE SO HIGH THAT EVEN IF SOMEONE HAS AN INSURANCE CARD, IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY HAVE GUARANTEED CARE. THERE ARE PARTS OF MY STATE IN TENNESSEE THAT DON'T HAVE A SINGLE INSURANCE PROVIDER IN THE MARKETPLACE. AND 2/3 OF THE COUNTIES HAVE ONLY ONE PROVIDER. THAT'S NOT COMPETITION, THAT'S CALLED A MONOPOLY. WHILE NO LEGISLATION IS PERFECT, THIS BILL MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES GET QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE. IT ZEROS OUT THE MANDATES, IT REPEALS THE TAXES, AND IT REPEALS THE SUBSIDIES. IT ALLOWS PEOPLE, PEOPLE TO CHOOSE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS TO MEET THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THEIR FAMILIES. INSTEAD OF PURCHASING A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL PLAN MANDATED BY A WASHINGTON BUREAUCRAT. AND IT MODERNIZES MEDICAID, A ONCE IN A LIFETIME ENTITLEMENT REFORM, ENDING MEDICAID'S OPEN-ENDED, FUNDING -- OPEN-ENDED FUNDING STRUCTURE WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE. THIS IS A PARTICULARLY PROUD MOMENT FOR ME. I WAS WORKING AS A NURSE IN NASHVILLE IN THE 1990'S WHEN CLINTON ADMINISTRATION PUSHED A SINGLE-PAYER PILOT PROGRAM ON TENNESSEE CALLED TENNCARE. I SAW FIRSTHAND THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE, AND I SAW COSTS RISE AND THE QUALITY OF CARE FALL. IT INSPIRED ME TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE. AND WHEN IN 2009 AND 2010 I SAW THOSE SAME PRINCIPLES BEING DEBATED AND EVENTUALLY IMPLEMENTED ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL, I THOUGHT MY EXPERIENCE IN TENNESSEE COULD BE VALUABLE IN THE NATIONAL DEBATE. SO IN 2011 I SPONSORED THE FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT REPEALED A PART OF OBAMACARE. AND TODAY WE TAKE THE LARGEST STEP YET IN RESCUING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THIS DAMAGING GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I AND MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS BILL TRULY REFLECTS OUR VISIONS FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM. I FOR ONE CANNOT SIT IDLY BY AND LET THIS OPPORTUNITY GO TO WASTE. YOU KNOW, GOVERNING IS HARD. BUT OUR CONSTITUENTS DID NOT ELECT US TO DO WHAT IS EASY. THEY ELECTED US TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING YES ON THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT, TO RESCUE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM OBAMACARE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 12:34:14 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HER VOTE FOR THIS BILL COULD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HER VOTE FOR THIS BILL COULD INCREASE PREMIUMS FOR PEOPLE WITH BREAST CANCER IN TENNESSEE BY OVER $3,000 -- $38,000. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCOTT

    LET'S BEGIN WITH A FEW FACTS. SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE…

    LET'S BEGIN WITH A FEW FACTS. SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, COSTS HAVE GONE UP AT THE LOWEST RATE IN 50 YEARS. THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS GET INSURANCE AT THE STANDARD RATE. INSTEAD OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LOSING THEIR INSURANCE EVERY YEAR, 20 MILLION MORE PEOPLE HAVE INSURANCE. PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES ARE DOWN. 50 -- ARE DOWN 50%. STILL ALL WE HEAR ARE COMPLAINTS, PRESS RELEASES AND PROMISES ABOUT SOMETHING BETTER. BUT C.B.O. HAS DEBUNKED THIS PROPOSE ALBIE POINTING OUT THAT 24 MILLION -- PROPOSAL BY POINTING OUT THAT 24 MILLION FEWER PEOPLE WILL HAVE INSURANCE, COSTS WILL GO UP AND INSURANCE WILL COVER LESS. SO WHATEVER YOU THINK ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THIS BILL MAKES THINGS WORSE. EXCEPT FOR MILLIONAIRES WHO GET A TAX CUT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY HONOR NOW TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY HONOR NOW TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO A FELLOW TENNESSEAN, A PHYSICIAN, AND THE CHAIR OF THE VETERANS' COMMITTEE. DR. ROE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SEVEN YEARS AGO I STOOD RIGHT IN THIS WELL TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SEVEN YEARS AGO I STOOD RIGHT IN THIS WELL TO DEBATE THE A.C.A., WHICH WAS TO DECREASE COSTS. WE ALL AGREE WITH THAT. THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED. IN MY DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, OVER 1/3 OF THE COUNTIES HAVE NO PLACE THEY CAN BUY INSURANCE AND MULTIPLE COUNTIES IN MY STATE, INCLUDING THE THIRD LARGEST, HAVE NO ACCESS. PEOPLE WILLUMS HAVE SOARED OVER -- PREMIUMS HAVE SOARED OVER 60%. 1 OF THE 23 CO-OPS WENT -- 18 OF THE 23 CO-OPS WENT BANKRUPT, INCLUDING THE ONE IN MY STATE. NO MATTER WHAT VERBIAGE YOU HEAR, NOTHING IS THIS BILL -- NOTHING IN THIS BILL CHANGES HOW VETERANS ARE TREATED UNDER THE LAW. NOTHING. THE CRITICISMS ARE FLAT-OUT WRONG. I'M A VETERAN, A DOCTOR, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. IT AIN'T GOING TO HAPPEN. IN MY STATE, WHERE I PRACTICE MEDICINE FOR OVER 30 YEARS, LISTEN TO THIS, 60% TO 70% OF THE UNCOLLECTIBLE DEBT NOW ARE PEOPLE WITH INSURANCE. SO WHY DO I SUPPORT THIS BILL? ONE, IT PROTECTS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. TWO, IT PUTS PATIENTS AHEAD OF SPECIAL INTERESTS. AND RESTORES THE PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. THIRDLY, IT REFORMS MEDICAID SO THAT FIRST CLASS PEOPLE DON'T GET SECOND CLASS CARE. AND REPEALS INDIVIDUAL MANDATES SO THAT 160,000 TENNESSEANS DON'T GET FINED FOR A PRODUCT THEY CANNOT AFFORD. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL ISN'T PERFECT. BUT IT'S A HUGE IMPROVEMENT OVER OBAMACARE AND IT'S WORTHY OF EVERY MEMBER'S SUPPORT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE FOR THIS BILL COULD TAKE HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS AWAY FROM OVER A MILLION PEOPLE IN TENNESSEE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON, THE VICE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE, MS. BONAMICI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY THE HOUSE IS VOTING ON A HARMFUL BILL THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY THE HOUSE IS VOTING ON A HARMFUL BILL THAT PUTS THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY AT RISK. WE KNOW THAT MILLIONS WILL LOSE COVERAGE. AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROTECTS PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THIS BILL DOES NOT. HIGH RISK POOLS DON'T WORK. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE SCARED. AND SO ARE PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. ARDEN WROTE TO ME, DISTRAUGHT BECAUSE SHE AND HER DAUGHTER COULD LOSE COVERAGE. ARDEN TOOK THE LOVING STEP OF ADOPTING A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND NOW THE SUPPORT PROGRAM THEY RELY ON IS AT RISK OF BEING TERMINATED BY THIS BILL. THIS IS A CRITICAL VOTE. I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES TO THINK ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE, LIKE ARDEN AND HER DAUGHTER, AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. THINK ABOUT THE MILLIONS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO RISK LOSING COVERAGE. AND I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO NO HARM. VOTE NO ON THIS HARMFUL BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. -- THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. -- THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 12:38:41 PM

    MRS. BLACK

    THANK YOU. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. WALDEN

    I THANK THE CHAIR AND I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA FOR…

    I THANK THE CHAIR AND I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA FOR PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN.

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    I HAVE HEARD FROM MY GOVERNOR, STATE OFFICIALS, PROVIDERS, ABOUT THE…

    I HAVE HEARD FROM MY GOVERNOR, STATE OFFICIALS, PROVIDERS, ABOUT THE CHALLENGES ON THE GROUND IN FLORIDA. AND WHAT THEY'RE FACING. THE DEMOGRAPHIC ISSUES IN FLORIDA RAISE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND THE MEDICAID PROGRAM. PARTICULARLY THE STATE MEDICAID PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES COSTS COVERING THE ELDERLY AND THE MOST DISADVANTAGED IN NURSING HOME PROGRAMS. AS WELL AS THE RISING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH FLORIDA'S AGING POPULATION. AS THE PROCESS MOVES FORWARD, FLORIDA'S UNIQUE CHALLENGES MUST BE RECOGNIZED AND ACCOUNTED FOR AS WE RELOCATE DOLLARS, REALLOCATE DOLLARS FOR THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY NET PROGRAM.

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    MR. WALDEN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR NOT ONLY RAISING THIS ISSUE, BUT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR NOT ONLY RAISING THIS ISSUE, BUT BEING A REAL PARTNER IN THIS LEGISLATION. I MET WITH YOUR GOVERNOR AS WELL, WHO HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL IN THE DISCUSSIONS. WE BELIEVE THAT ACCOUNTING FOR AGING DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM AND BROADER POPULATION IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR WE MUST CONSIDER TO ENSURE THAT ANY MEDICAID REFORM IS SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED. I'M COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, TO ENSURE FLORIDA'S UNIQUE CHALLENGES RELATED TO AN AGING MEDICAID DEMOGRAPHIC ARE RECOGNIZED AND ACCOUNTED FOR APPROPRIATELY. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE REMAINING PART OF MY TIME, I'D JUST LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS MEASURE. MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IS ESSENTIAL AND IT'S SOMETHING I WOULD SAY WE ALL CARE ABOUT. WE ALL CARE ABOUT FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE SUFFERED FROM CANCER OR OTHER DEBILITATING DISEASES, OR AFFLICTIONS. WE'RE TRYING TO FIND PLACE HERE THAT WORKS FOR ALL AMERICANS, WHERE WE HAVE INSURANCE MARKETS THAT ARE ACTUALLY AVAILABLE, WHERE YOU CAN GET AN INSURANCE PRODUCT THAT WORKS FOR YOU, THAT'S AFFORDABLE FOR YOU. WE KNOW THAT TODAY IN AMERICA THE INSURANCE MARKET AND THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET, THAT'S A VERY SMALL SEGMENT, 7%, OF INSURANCE IN AMERICA, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE TODAY, THAT THAT MARKET IS COLLAPSING BEFORE OUR EYES. IN FACT, IN IOWA I THINK THEY JUST ANNOUNCED 94 AND 99 COUNTY, PEOPLE THERE WON'T EVEN HAVE AN INSURANCE PRODUCT THEY CAN TRY TO PURCHASE ON THE EXCHANGE. WE'VE MET A METH WITH GOVERNORS, WE'VE MET WITH INSURERS, WE'VE SAID, WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO INTERSEED, TO GET THIS MARKET BACK TO WHERE IT WORKS? THE PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN OUR LEGISLATION ARE DESIGNED TO DO EXACTLY THAT. TO GET BACK TO WORK WHERE CONSUMERS HAVE CHOICES -- TO WHERE CONSUMERS HAVE CHOICES WHEN THEY'RE REQUIRED TO BUY INSURANCE, TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES, THOSE CHOICES NEED TO BE AFFORDABLE. THEY'RE NOT NOW TODAY. MY OWN STATE OF OREGON, PREMIUMS HAVE GONE UP 50% IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. AND MEANWHILE, THE NUMBER OF OPTIONS YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE FROM HAS GONE DOWN AND CONTINUES TO GO DOWN. WE HAVEN'T GONE AS FAR AS SOME STATES WHERE YOU HAVE EITHER NO OPTION IN MOST AREAS OF THE STATE OR JUST ONE. BUT HOW FAR OFF IS IT? WHEN INSURERS ARE FAILING, PEOPLE LOSING THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO GET AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE. WE TAKE CARE OF THE DISABLED, WE TAKE CARE OF THE ELDERLY. IN FACT, WE PLUS-UP TO MEDICAL C.P.I. PLUS-ONE TO MAKE SURE WE TAKE CARE OF THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED IN OUR MEDICAID PROGRAM. BY THE WAY, THAT IS PROBABLY MORE THAN MOST STATES ARE SPENDING TODAY. SO WE HAVE THOUGHT THIS THROUGH CAREFULLY. WE CARE ABOUT PEOPLE AND THEIR MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND THEIR FAMILIES. BECAUSE WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AS AMERICANS. AND I THINK THE BILL WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY WORKS. IT WORKS TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE MOST IN NEED, IT WORKS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PEOPLE CAN GET ACCESS TO INSURANCE. AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, IT IS A FIRST STEP IN A MANY-STEP PROCESS TO ALSO LOOK AT FAMILIES WHO ARE DEALING WITH OPIOID ADDICTION AND WHAT WE CAN DO THERE. THERE ARE EFFORTS AT N.I.H., WHICH WE JUST SUPPORTED YESTERDAY, TO FUND MEDICAL RESEARCH SO THAT WE CAN GET TO CURES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DISEASES AND OTHER AFFLICTIONS. WE ARE FULLY COMMITTED TO IMPROVING HEALTH CARE NOT ONLY FOR AMERICANS, BUT AROUND THE GLOBE, THROUGH INNOVATION AND SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:42:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE FOR THIS HEALTH CARE BILL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE FOR THIS HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR OVER 600,000 PEOPLE IN OREGON WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO.

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  • 12:43:18 PM

    MR. TAKANO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. TAKANO

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SEVEN MILLION VETERANS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR V.A.…

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SEVEN MILLION VETERANS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR V.A. CARE BUT NOT ENROLLED AT THE V.A. ALL OF THEM COULD BE DENIED ACCESS TO THE TAX CREDITS IN THIS BILL. AND EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND HOW. ON PAGE 10, LINE 6, OF MANAGER'S AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, IT STATES THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IS NOT HE WILL VISIBLE FOR TAX CREDITS IF THEY'RE ELIGIBLE FOR CARE AS DEFINED BY U.S. CODE 500-F-1-A. THIS CODE SPECIFICALLY INCLUDES V.A. CARE. SO THIS MEANS THAT THOSE SEVEN MILLION VETERANS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR V.A. CARE, EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT ENROLLED, WOULD NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE TAX CREDITS IN THIS LAW. THIS IS NOT FEAR MONGERING, THIS IS NOT HYPERBOLE. THIS IS THE TEXT OF THE BILL WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY. THIS BILL JEOPARDIZES HEALTH CARE FOR UP TO SEVEN MILLION VETERANS AND EVERYONE SHOULD OPPOSE IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:44:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 12:44:40 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. WITHOUT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 12:44:57 PM

    MR. HOYER

    SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS NOW CONTROL ALL OF OUR GOVERNMENT. WHATEVER HAPPENS…

    SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS NOW CONTROL ALL OF OUR GOVERNMENT. WHATEVER HAPPENS TO OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL BE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. INCLUDING WHAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED SINCE JANUARY, WITH THE DESTABILIZING OF OUR INSURANCE MARKETS AND HEALTH PLANS, ANNOUNCING RATE HIKES DUE TO UNCERTAINTY. . THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT HAPPENS. AMERICANS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE EXACTLY WHERE THEIR REPRESENTATIVES STAND. THIS VOTE IS A SIMPLE ONE. IT VOTES TO KICK 24 MILLION AMERICANS OFF OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. I DON'T SAY THAT. C.B.O. SAYS THAT, WHICH IS PERHAPS WHY WE DON'T HAVE A C.B.O. REPORT ON THE AMENDMENT. IT INCLUDES 7 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE COVERED THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYERS. IT IS A VOTE TO MAKE COVERAGE UNAFFORDABLE FOR ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND RATIONED CARE THROUGH HIGH RISK POOLS. IT IS A VOTE TO IMPOSE AN AGE TAX ON OLD AMERICANS. QUITE A HIKE. IT'S A VOTE TO FORCE AMERICANS TO PAY MORE FOR LESS TO RAISE PREMIUMS 24% TO 29% ON AVERAGE OVER EACH OF THE NEXT TWO YEARS. C.B.O. SAYS THAT, NOT ME. AND NO MATTER HOW REPUBLICANS TRY TO SPIN IT, HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES FROM THE A.M.A. TO AA RMP P AND EVERYBODY THAT FOLES HAVE SAID THAT IT ENDS PROTECTION FOR THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IT ENDS PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IT ENDS PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND TAKES AWAY ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS LIKE DOCTOR VISITS AND EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THIS WILL BE AN INSTRUCTTIVE VOTE AND REPUBLICANS STAND WHO DON'T WANT TO LOSE THEIR COVERAGE AND 75% SAYING FIX IT, DON'T REPEAL OR STAND WITH A PRESIDENT WHO WANTS TO CLAIM A VICTORY BUT DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT HIS OWN TRUMPCARE BILL SAYS. I RECOMMEND AS A POLITICAL STRATEGIST WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT 2018, THAT YOU ONCE AGAIN WITHDRAW THIS BILL. INSTEAD WE OUGHT TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WORKS FOR ALL AMERICANS AND DELIVER, DELIVER ON THE PROMISE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE AND MADE FROM THAT PODIUM WHEN HE SAID THAT HE WANTED INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY. NOT KICK 24 MILLION OFF, FOR EVERYBODY. NOT MAKE SENIORS PAY MORE, FOR EVERYBODY. NOT TO PUT MEDICAID AT RISK, FOR EVERYBODY. IT'S FAR LESS EXPENSIVE AND FAR BETTER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES COME TO YOUR SENSES, DEFEAT THIS BILL.

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  • 12:48:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE OTHER SIDE THAT IF THEY READ THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE OTHER SIDE THAT IF THEY READ THE BILL THEY WILL SEE UNDER SECTION 137, IT SAYS NO LIMITING ACCESS TO COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. NOTHING SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT ACCESS TO HEALTH COVERAGE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO YIELD. IT IS NOW MY HONOR TO -- IT IS MY HONOR TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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  • 12:48:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. BRADY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I FIRST WANT TO THANK CHAIRWOMAN BLACK FOR HER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I FIRST WANT TO THANK CHAIRWOMAN BLACK FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS EFFORT AS WELL AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN AND WALDEN FOR AN INCREDIBLE WORK. MR. CHAIRMAN AND ON BEHALF OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHO WORKED ALONG SIDE YOU, I'M HONORED TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT BECAUSE IT GUARANTEES COVERAGE FOR THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING ILLNESSES. IT GUARANTEES COVERAGE FOR THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING ILLNESSES. THE BILL TAKES DECISIVE ACTION AND REPEAL ALL THE DAMAGE DONE BY OBAMACARE AND BEGIN A THOUGHTFUL STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS TO DELIVER A PATIENT-CENTERED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM NOT A WASHINGTON-CENTERED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WHILE OBAMACARE HAS HELPED SOME, FAR MORE HAVE BEEN HURT BY THIS LAW. IN MORE OBAMACARE FAILURES ARE PILING UP EVERY DAY. JUST YESTERDAY, AETNA ANNOUNCED IT WILL EXIT VIRGINIA'S INDIVIDUAL HEALTH MARKET NEXT YEAR AND NOT JUST THE ORK EXCHANGES THEY ARE LEAVING BEHIND, AETNA WILL NOT OFFER ANY PLANS IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET IN VIRGINIA. SAME THING IS HAPPENING IN IOWA. AND DEMOCRATS, MY FRIENDS ON THE DEMOCRATIC AISLE HAVE DONE NOTHING TO STOP THIS, NOTHING. BUT TODAY, BECAUSE OF THIS BILL, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL HAVE HOPE FOR NEW PLANS TO PROVIDE THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THEY NEED. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ARE FACING TERRIBLE OPTIONS. PEOPLE IN TEXAS HAVE BEEN HIT PARTICULARLY HARD. BETWEEN THIS YEAR AND LAST YEAR, NINE HEALTH CARE INSURERS HAVE EXITED OBAMACARE EXCHANGES IN THE LONE STAR STATE. NO OTHER STATE SAW MORE INSURERS LEAVE. FOR MY FAMILIAR HAVE MADE INCREDIBLE TOUGH CHOICES. YOU CAN'T ACCESS AFFORDABLE COVERAGE TAILORED TO WHAT THEY NEED. AND LEARNED HOW TO GET BY OF THE BIGGER THAN THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS AND CHOSE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR THE CARE THEY NEED OR NOT GETTING CARE AT ALL. UNDER OBAMACARE, RECEIVING FROM A TREATMENT HAS BEEN A LUXURY. TODAY WITH THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT, THE REPUBLICANS PROPOSED WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF FROM THIS FAILING LAW. MORE THAN THAT, WE CAN PROVIDE AMERICANS WITH REAL CHOICES IN HEALTH CARE, NOT THE PAINFUL DECISION THEY ARE FORCED TO LIVE WITH UNDER OBAMACARE. UNDER THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AREA, THIS STARTS BY REPEALING THE LAW'S CRUSHING TAXES AND MANDATES AND THAT'S WHERE WAYS AND MEANS TAKES ACTION. UNDER OBAMACARE, THE INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYER MANDATE PENALTIES ALLOW WASHINGTON TO STRONG ARM YOU, STRONG ARM AMERICANS INTO AN OBAMACARE PLAN YOU DO NOT WANT AND CAN'T AFFORD. NOT ANYMORE. WE REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TAX PENALTIES SO AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE THE CHOICES. UNDER OBAMACARE, TRILLIONS OF TAXES WERE IMPOSED. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, THOSE TAXES ARE GONE, TAXES THAT BURDENED AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES. AND UNDER OUR PLAN WE PROVIDE INCREASED HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS SO AMERICANS CAN SAVE EASIER THAT HIT THEM AND WE CREATE A PERSONAL INDIVIDUAL TAX CREDIT SO AMERICANS CAN BUY PLANS THAT ARE RIGHT FOR THEM AND NOT WHAT IS RIGHT FOR GOVERNMENT. HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS, THEY CAN CHOOSE A PLAN THAT CAN GO WITH THEM FROM JOB TO JOB OR STATE TO STATE. TODAY IS ABOUT TAKING ON THE COLLAPSING OBAMACARE AND REPLACING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY WANT, THEY CAN USE AND THAT THEY CAN AFFORD, DRIVEN NOT BY WHAT WASHINGTON WANTS, BUT DRIVEN BY WHAT AMERICAN FAMILIES NEED IN THEIR HEALTH CARE. I URGE SUPPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:53:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

  • 12:53:11 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    COULD TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS TO 4.5 MILLION PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING…

    COULD TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS TO 4.5 MILLION PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN TEXAS WHO MIGHT HAVE ACCESS TO COVERAGE BUT IF THEY HAVE DIABETES, THEIR RATES COULD GO UP BY $5,000. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 12:53:35 PM

    MS. ADAMS

    LATEST FAILED ATTEMPT TO ROLL BACK THE A.C.A., SPEAKER RYAN SAID OBAMACARE…

    LATEST FAILED ATTEMPT TO ROLL BACK THE A.C.A., SPEAKER RYAN SAID OBAMACARE IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. LESS THAN 50 DAYS LATER, PAUL RYAN SHAMEFULLY IS GOING AGAINST HIS WORD TRYING TO RAM TRUMPCARE DOWN OUR THROATS. IT'S AN EMBARRASSMENT WE ARE WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO TRUMPCARE OR TRUMP DON'TCARE. AND GIVES TAX BREAKS AND FORCES FAMILIES TO PAY HIGHER PREMIUMS AND PLACING HEALTH CARE OUT OF THEIR REACH AND CHANGES MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT AND STRIPS ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS AND PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. WHAT A PITIFUL DISPLAY. TRUMPCARE IS SO BAD, REPUBLICANS EXEMPTED THEMSELVES FROM IT. THEY DON'T WANT TRUMPCARE. THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY DOESN'T WANT TRUMPCARE. DEMOCRATS DON'T WANT TRUMPCARE. WHY AREN'T REPUBLICANS LISTENING. THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT IT AND I WON'T SUPPORT IT.

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  • 12:54:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

  • 12:54:53 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    ACTION SAYING IT JEOPARDIZES THE HEALTH OF AMERICA'S KIDS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WOMENT

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    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE JAM FROM NEW…

    I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE JAM FROM NEW YORK, MR. JEFFRIES.

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  • 12:55:20 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    I ENTER A LETTER FROM F.C.I.U. WHICH STATES IT WILL LEAVE MILLIONS WITHOUT…

    I ENTER A LETTER FROM F.C.I.U. WHICH STATES IT WILL LEAVE MILLIONS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE.

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  • 12:55:29 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. JEFFRIES

    HOUSE MAJORITY HAS ONCE AGAIN MADE CLEAR THAT UNDER REPUBLICAN RULE, THE…

    HOUSE MAJORITY HAS ONCE AGAIN MADE CLEAR THAT UNDER REPUBLICAN RULE, THE SYSTEM IS RIGID. THE FIX IS IN. THE DECK IS STACKED AGAINST HARD-WORKING AMERICANS. AND EXHIBIT A IS YOUR RECKLESS REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE PLAN. UNDER TRUMPCARE, 24 MILLION AMERICANS WILL LOSE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE. UNDER TRUMPCARE, A DRACONIAN AGE TAX WILL BE IMPOSED ON PEOPLE BETWEEN 50 AND 64. UNDER TRUMPCARE, COSTS WILL GO UP, PREMIUMS WILL GO UP, CO-PAYS WILL GO UP, DEDUCTIBLES WILL GO UP. UNDER TRUMPCARE TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE LIVING WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL BE SCREWED. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE OUT TO DESTROY THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AS WE KNOW IT. BUT YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT THAT YOU HAVE DECIDED TO INFLICT ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. VOTE NO AGAINST THIS DRACONIAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

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    TEMPORE APPARENTLY

    APPARENTLY FOR THE LAST TIME, THE CHAIR REMINDS THE MEMBERS TO DIRECT…

    APPARENTLY FOR THE LAST TIME, THE CHAIR REMINDS THE MEMBERS TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THIS CHAIR. UNDERSTOOD? THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 12:57:01 PM

    MRS. BLACK

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD AN ARTICLE IN "CONSUMER…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD AN ARTICLE IN "CONSUMER REPORTS" DATED MAY 2, 2017 ENTITLED HOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DROVE DOWN PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY

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  • 12:57:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:57:21 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. NORCROSS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:57:31 PM

    MR. NORCROSS

    A MONTH AGO THIS BILL WAS ABRUPTLY THAT DAY BECAUSE IT WASN'T HARMFUL…

    A MONTH AGO THIS BILL WAS ABRUPTLY THAT DAY BECAUSE IT WASN'T HARMFUL ENOUGH. IT IS SO BAD, IT MIGHT ACTUALLY PASS. I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO EXPLAIN, BUT LET ME TELL YOU TWO GROUPS THAT ARE GOING TO SAY THANK YOU, IT'S THE BILLIONAIRES AND IT'S THE UNDERTAKERS. THIS BILL WILL MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE. MEANWHILE IT GIVES $600 BILLION -- EXCUSE ME $800 BILLION TO THE WEALTHY, TO THE BILLIONAIRES. TRUMPCARE BRINGS US HIGHER COSTS, LESS COVERAGE, GUTS THE BENEFITS, CRUSHING AGE TAX AND STEALS FROM MEDICARE. AND IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, 43,000 PEOPLE WILL LOSE COVERAGE, 9,000 OF THOSE ARE CHILDREN, ELDERLY, THE MEDICAID WILL BE LOST, CLOSE TO 2,000. THERE IS A REASON THEY ARE TRYING TO JAM THIS DOWN OUR THROAT. THERE IS NO C.B.O. SCORE BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO HEAR A SCORE. LET ME MAKE IT PLAIN. LET'S PUT THIS BILL IN A COFFIN AND LET'S KILL AND BURY THIS BILL.

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  • 12:58:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD 1 NA MINUTES TO MR. SCALISE, OUR WHIP.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCALISE

    I THANK THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN…

    I THANK THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, THAT FINALLY PROVIDES RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY FROM THE FAILURES OF OBAMACARE. AND JUST HOW BAD IS IT FAILING? YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK ANY FURTHER THAN WHAT HAPPENED IN IOWA YESTERDAY, THEY WILL HAVE IN 94 OUT OF 99 COUNTIES NOBODY TO WRITE NURNS FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE OBAMACARE EXCHANGES. WHAT DO THOSE WHO ARE OPPOSED SAY TO THOSE PEOPLE IN IOWA? WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE THAT OPPOSE THIS BILL GOING TO SAY TO THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE BEING FACED WITH DOUBLE DIGIT INCREASES IN THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE EVERY YEAR? AND BY THE WAY, PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES AS HIGH AS $10,000 WHICH ARE CREAMING THOSE FOLKS THAT ARE STRUGGLING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THIS BILL. WHAT WE ARE REPLACING IT WITH WITH LOWER PREMIUMS AND PUT PATIENTS BACK IN CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS SO ELITISTS IN WASHINGTON UP HERE WON'T TELL YOU WHAT YOU HAVE TO BUY, YOU GET TO MAKE THAT CHOICE YOURSELF AND FOCUS ON PLANS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR FAMILY AT LOWER COSTS SO YOU CAN BE IN CHARGE AND REFORMING THE MEDICAID SYSTEM, SO THAT STATES HAVE THE ABILITY TO INNOVATE AND HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. THIS BILL IS IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, TO RESCUE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM A LAW THAT HAS FAILED. LET'S END THE SKYROCKETING PREMIUM INCREASES AND LOWER COSTS AND HAVE PATIENTS IN CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE. .

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  • 01:00:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    FOR EXAMPLE, THOSE WITH BREAST CANCER COULD SEE THEIR PREMIUMS GO UP BY…

    FOR EXAMPLE, THOSE WITH BREAST CANCER COULD SEE THEIR PREMIUMS GO UP BY OVER $34,000. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM DELAWARE FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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  • 01:01:08 PM

    MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM DELAWARE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:01:28 PM

    MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW IN THESE POLARIZED TIMES WE OFTEN FORGET…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW IN THESE POLARIZED TIMES WE OFTEN FORGET THAT WE ARE CONNECTED. AND WE ARE ALL CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER. A SICK, UNINSURED EMPLOYEE EFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINE OF A SMALL BUSINESS. UNCOMPENSATED CARE IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM, WE ALL PAY THE BILL. WHEN A CHILD FROM AN UNINSURED FAMILY GOES TO SCHOOL, WITH AN UNDIAGNOSED VIRUS, NOT ONLY DOES IT IMPACT HIS OR HER ABILITY TO LEARN, IT IMPACTS OTHER KIDS AND PUTS THEM AT RISK. WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. AS MARTIN LUTHER KING SO POWERFULLY SAID, WE MAY HAVE COME OVER ON DIFFERENT SHIPS, BUT WE'RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME WE START ROWING TOGETHER. UNFORTUNATELY THIS BILL FAILS TO RECOGNIZE THIS. IT STILL FAILS. THAT WE'RE CONNECTED AND THAT INSTEAD OF BRINGING US TOGETHER, THIS SIMPLY DIVIDES US, BY PROVIDING LESS COVERAGE, IMPOSING AN AGE TAX, FORCING PEOPLE TO PAY MORE, AND STRIPPING KEY PROTECTIONS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 1628. THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI CRISH -- MR. CRISH -- MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI CRISH. -- MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI. I COULD YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST FIRST?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SURE.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU.

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    MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION THAT STATES, QUOTE, NOT ONLY WOULD THE AHCA ELIMINATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, THE LEGISLATION WOULD IN MANY CASES ELIMINATE THE BAN AGAINST CHARGING THOSE WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS VASTLY MORE FOR THEIR COVERAGE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCOTT

    NOW I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE COUNTRY WILL NOT REMEMBER WHAT WE SAY HERE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE COUNTRY WILL NOT REMEMBER WHAT WE SAY HERE TODAY. BUT IT WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT WE DO TODAY, ESPECIALLY IF WE MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE AND ADOPT THIS BILL. THE 159 MILLION AMERICANS WHOSE EMPLOYER-SPONSORED HEALTH CARE COULD BE CUT WOULD NEVER FORGET. NEITHER WOULD THE 24 MILLION AMERICANS WHO WOULD LOSE THEIR COVERAGE OR THE 52 MILLION PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WHO WOULD STRUGGLE TO FIND HEALTH INSURANCE AGAIN. IF THIS BILL PASSES, MR. SPEAKER, NO CANCER SURVIVOR DENIED COVERAGE WILL FORGET, NO SURVIVOR OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGED MORE FOR HER ORDEAL WILL FORGET, AND NO PARENT STRUGGLING TO AFFORD EMERGENCY SURGERY FOR A NEWBORN CHILD COULD EVER FORGET. THEY WOULD NOT HAVE THAT CHOICE. BUT TODAY WE HAVE ONE. WE CAN CHOOSE TO VOTE NO AND PREVENT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FROM LOSING THEIR HEALTH CARE. WE CAN CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH ROOTED IN MORALITY, DECENCY AND REASON. I IMPLORE YOU, VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 01:04:38 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ESPAILLAT

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM -- WHICH STATES THIS BILL WOULD COST MILLIONS TO LOSE -- WOULD CAUSE MILLIONS TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE AND RETURN TO THE DAYS WHEN EVEN INADEQUATE COVERAGE WAS UNAFFORDABLE.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ESPAILLAT

    MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL. WE ALL SHOULD. PROTECTING A.C.A.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL. WE ALL SHOULD. PROTECTING A.C.A. IS A TOP ISSUE FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. CONSTITUENTS LIKE LESLIE WHO WITHOUT THE PROTECTIONS OF THE A.C.A. WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN THE TREATMENT FOR LEUKEMIA THAT SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AT THE AGE OF 22. LESLIE IS NOW IN REMISSION THANKS TO OBAMACARE. FOR LESLIE, THE A.C.A. PROTECTIONS, LIKE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS, WERE A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. THIS REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD DESTROY THOSE PATIENT PROTECTIONS. UNDER THE A.C.A. IN MY DISTRICT, 5% DROPPED IN UNINSURED RATES. SUBSIDIZED BASED ON REGION AND INCOME, NOT ON AGE. MEDICAID EXPANSION COVERING 156,000 PEOPLE WILL BE LOST. THE PRESIDENT PROMISED NOT TO CUT MEDICAID. THIS BILL GUTS IT BY $880 BILLION. THIS BILL IS A GUT PUNCH TO AMERICA. PREGNANT WOMEN SEEKING HEALTH CARE KICKED TO THE CURB. PATIENTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, KICKED TO THE CURB. SENIOR CITIZENS WHO WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR MORE LESS, KICKED -- KICKED TO THE CURB. ONLY 24 MILLION PEOPLE, INCLUDING 6.5 MILLION LATINOS KICKED TO THE CURB.

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    MR. ESPAILLAT

    STOP THIS BILL.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

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    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD THE SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNIONS LETTER VOICING STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE DEADLY AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT FOR THEIR TWO MILLION MEMBERS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS.

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    MS. WATERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES WHICH STATES, THE TREATMENT OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS AND HEALTH STATUS UNDERRIDING THE PROTECTIONS FOR MANY AMERICANS AND WOULD LEAVE INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS FACING HIGHER PREMIUMS AND REDUCE ACCESS TO VITAL CARE.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE TO CAUTION THOSE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE BEEN…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE TO CAUTION THOSE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE BEEN ALLOWED THEMSELVES TO BE PERSUADED BY THIS PRESIDENT AND TO -- INTO SUPPORTING THIS TERRIBLE BILL, WHICH WOULD LEAD MILLIONS OF AMERICANS -- LEAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH CARE AND RAISE THE COSTS OF CARE FOR MILLIONS MORE. YOU ARE GOING TO PAY A TERRIBLE PRICE FOR NOT PROTECTING YOUR CONSTITUENTS. TRUMPCARE WILL CAUSE 24 MILLION AMERICANS TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE AND SLASH MEDICAID BY $880 BILLION. FOR OLDER AMERICANS, PREMIUMS, DEDUCTIBLESANCE CO-PAYMENTS WILL SKYROCKET. THOSE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 50 AND 64 WILL BE FORCED TO PAY PREMIUMS FIVE TIMES HIGHER THAN WHAT OTHERS PAY FOR SAME COVERAGE. THIS CRUSHING AGE TAX WILL FALL ON SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. ELDERLY PEOPLE ON FIXED INCOMES WHO OFTEN HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES. MEANWHILE, HIDDEN IN THIS BILL IS AN OUTRAGEOUS TAX BREAK FOR BILLIONAIRES, TRUMPCARE GIVES $600 BILLION IN TAX CUTS TO LARGE CORPORATIONS AND WEALTHY PEOPLE, INCLUDING $2.8 BILLION TO THE 400 RICHEST FAMILIES IN AMERICA.

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    MS. WATERS

    MADE THIS BILL EVEN WORSE BY GUTTING PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH…

    MADE THIS BILL EVEN WORSE BY GUTTING PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 01:08:58 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS.

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    MR. CONAWAY

    THANK YOU.

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    CONYERS THANK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND --

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    MR. CONYERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I ALSO THANK MR. -- MR. SPEAKER, AND I ALSO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I ALSO THANK MR. -- MR. SPEAKER, AND I ALSO THANK MR. SCOTT. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I'VE BEEN HERE FOR FIVE DECADES. AND I CAN'T RECALL A TIME WHEN WE'VE DEBATED SOMETHING SO OBVIOUSLY HARMFUL TO SENIORS AND WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS BILL STRIPS HEALTH CARE FROM 24 MILLION PEOPLE. IT REQUIRES SENIORS TO PAY SOMETIMES 100% OR MORE OF THEIR INCOME IN PREMIUMS. THIS LEGISLATION DRASTICALLY AND DRAMATICALLY CUTS MEDICAID, DIRECTLY CONTRADICTING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CLAIM NOT TO. IN MICHIGAN, FULLY HALF, HALF OF ALL CHILDREN RELY ON MEDICAID. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, 56,000 PEOPLE WILL LOSE COVERAGE, INCLUDING 16,000 CHILDREN AND 3,200 SENIORS. LET'S BE CLEAR. IF WE PASS THIS BILL, PEOPLE WILL DIE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. CONYERS

    HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT AND NOT A PRIVILEGE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 01:10:32 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST, I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, THE HIGHEST RANKING ENLISTED SOLDIER EVER ELECTED TO CONGRESS, MR. WALZ.

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    MR. WALZ

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA URGING REJECTION OF THE LATEST VERSION OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALZ

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S MANY REASONS THAT PEOPLE MAY…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S MANY REASONS THAT PEOPLE MAY COME TO THIS, COME TO THE CONCLUSION THIS IS NOT THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOR THEM. I WOULD ARGUE MOST EGREGIOUS AMONGST THIS IS THE MANNER IN WHICH IT WAS DONE. THERE WAS CLEARLY AN ERROR MADE ON THE SEVEN MILLION VETERANS YOU HEARD ABOUT. I DO NOT QUESTION A SINGLE MEMBER'S COMMITMENT IN HERE TO CARING FOR VETERANS. YOU DID NOT DO IT ON PURPOSE. YOU DID IT BECAUSE YOU HAD TO, TO MEET THE ARCANE RULES OF THE SENATE. SO YOU STRIPPED IT OUT, AND YOU WILL BY ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES FIX IT IN THE SENATE. FOR YOU I WOULD SAY, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. BUT FOR THE MEMBERS WHO ARE SITTING HERE, WHY WOULD WE NOT DEBATE THIS? WHY WOULD WE NOT FIX IT? WHY WOULD WE NOT GO THROUGH REGULAR ORDER, SO ALL OF US WOULD ENSURE THERE IS NOT A LOOPHOLE THAT WOULD DENY COVERAGE TO SEVEN MILLION VETERANS? THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT TO RUSH, IT'S TOO IMPORTANT TO MAKE ERRORS LIKE THIS. IT'S DARN SURE TOO IMPORTANT TO COUNTERON THE SENATE TO FIX -- COUNT ON THE SENATE TO FIX IT AND IT WAS OUR RESPONSIBILITY. SO HERE WE SIT WITH 30 SECONDS AMONGST 15 OF US TO MAKE POINTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, REJECT THIS, COME BACK AND DO IT RIGHT. AND PROVIDE THE HEALTH CARE OUR VETERANS DESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. IN CASE ANYONE HAS FORGOTTEN, ADDRESS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. IN CASE ANYONE HAS FORGOTTEN, ADDRESS YOUR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 01:12:26 PM

    MRS. BLACK

    RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII, MS. HANABUSA.

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    THE GENTLELADY.

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    MS. HANABUSA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM SAVE MEDICAID IN SCHOOLS, A COALITION OF DOZENS OF ORGANIZATIONS. THIS LETTER STATES THAT THIS BILL JEOPARDIZES HEALTH CARE FOR THE NATION'S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN, STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, AND STUDENTS IN POVERTY.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII.

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    MS. HANABUSA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1168. THE TRUMPCARE ACT. I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN BORN AND RAISED IN HAWAII, WHERE WE ARE TAUGHT TO NEVER FORGET OUR SENIORS. AARP WITH A NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP OF 3 MEMBER AND OVER -- 38 MILLION AND OVER 150,000 IN HAWAII REMAIN OPPOSED TO TRUMPCARE. THE AMENDMENT PROPOSED TODAY MAKES THE BILL WORSE AND FOR OUR SENIORS IN HAWAII AND NATIONALY, THEY WILL HAVE NO RELIEF FROM THE AGE TAX. THIS CHART SHOWS HOW MUCH MORE AT AGE 64 A PERSON WILL PAY IN PREMIUMS. ALMOST $6,8 NUN HAWAII, WHERE WE HAVE -- $6,800 IN HAWAII, WHERE WE HAVE ONE OF THE BEST HEALTH CARES. WHY? WHAT DID THE SENIORS DO THAT TRUMPCARE WANTS TO PENALIZE THEM AND PAY SUCH A PREMIUM WHEN THEY'RE MOVING TOWARDS RETIREMENT? TRUMPCARE IS OUT TO GET THOSE 50 TO 64 WITH THIS TERRIBLE AGE TAX. VOTE AGAINST H.R. 1168. THESE NUMBERS WILL NOT BE DIFFERENT IN YOUR DISTRICT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACK

    I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, COULD YOU ADVISE US HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON BOTH SIDES?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 5 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 5 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 01:14:33 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BUSTOS.

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  • 01:14:44 PM

    MRS. BUSTOS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD LET FRRTS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD LET FRRTS THE UNITED STEEL WORKERS, THE AFL-CIO AND THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCOTT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOT --

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    MRS. BUSTOS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOT HOW WASHINGTON IS POSE -- SUPPOSED TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOT HOW WASHINGTON IS POSE -- SUPPOSED TO WORK. WE'RE SUPPOSED TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF HARDWORKING PEOPLE. INSTEAD THIS RECKLESS AND DANGEROUS TRUMPCARE BILL WOULD UNDERMINE THE HEALTH AND ECONOMIC SECURITY OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. PEOPLE LIKE EMILY CARLSON. SHE'S A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND MOTHER TWO OF FROM RURAL ILLINOIS. SHE LIVES WITH M.S. A LIFE-LONG AND VERY EXPENSIVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. BEFORE HEALTH CARE REFORM, EMILY AND HER HUSBAND, KEVIN, A FARMER, OFTEN HAD TO SIT AROUND THE TABLE AT NIGHT, GO OVER THEIR BILLS, AND DECIDE BETWEEN SICKNESS OR DEBT FROM ONE MONTH TO THE NEXT. IF THIS BILL PASSES, THAT'S A CHOICE THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FACE ONCE AGAIN. FOR FAMILIES LIKE THE CARLSONS, TRUMPCARE MEANS HIGHER COSTS, FEWER CHOICES AND WORSE COVERAGE. TRUMPCARE IS A BAD DEAL FOR AMERICANS, BUT IT'S DEVASTATING FOR RURAL AMERICANS. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NEARLY 700 RURAL HOSPITALS AT RISK OF CLOSURE. THIS BILL WILL PULL THE PLUG ON FAR TOO MANY OF THEM. . KILLING THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND RIPPING THE ECONOMIC HEART OUT OF MANY OF THEM. IT'S TIME TO PUT FAMILIES FIRST. TO THE RIGHT THING AND VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:16:17 PM

    MRS. BLACK

    I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. SHEA-PORTER.

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    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY WHICH STATES CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS NEED AFFORDABLE COVERAGE WITH NO PRE-EXISTING COVERAGE AND THAT HIGH-RISK POOLS HAVE FAILED TO MEET THESE BASIC NEEDS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:17:02 PM

    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    I OPPOSE THIS CRUEL BILL ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IT…

    I OPPOSE THIS CRUEL BILL ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IT WOULD HURT THE MOST, THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, OLDER AMERICANS, WE WILL GO BACK TO THE DAY WHEN PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS COULD BE THENIED COVERAGE OR CHARGED MORE, WHEN INSURANCE COULD DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO COVER BASIC CARE LIKE HOSPITALIZATION AND WHEN SICK BABIES MIGHT HIT A LIFETIME LIMB BEFORE THEY COULD WALK. OLDER AMERICAN WILLS PAY MORE. AMERICANS AGE 50 TO 64 WILL PAY FIVE TIMES MORE THAN OTHERS. SLET RANS WILL LOSE ACCESS TO TAX CREDITS THAT MAKES PRIVATE INSURANCE AFFORDABLE. TAKING AWAY MEDICAID EXPANSION WOULD PUT AFFORDABLE COVERAGE OUT OF REACH FOR MILLIONS AND SET US BACK IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE OPIOID CRISIS. INSTEAD OF THIS BILL LET'S COME TOGETHER TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE. WE'RE BETTER THAN THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:18:03 PM

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    MRS. BLACK

    I YIELD PO SECONDS TO MYSELF. THE

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    MRS. BLACK

    THIS BILL BEGINS TO FULFILL OUR PROMISE BY REDUCING COSTS FOR AMERICAN…

    THIS BILL BEGINS TO FULFILL OUR PROMISE BY REDUCING COSTS FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. IT ELIMINATES OBAMACARE'S BURDENS ON SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, OUR MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY.

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    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I THANK…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN DIANE BLACKFOR MORE THAN FOUR DECADES AS A NURSE. FOR CARING FOR THE SICK. I KNOW HER PASSION FOR THE UNBORN. AND FOR HER WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. NOW MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE A PRACTICAL PEOPLE. WE KNOW THAT WE CAN HAVE FAIR HEALTH CARE THAT HELPS THOSE WHO NEED IT WITHOUT TRAPPING EVERYONE IN A GOVERNMENT-RUN SYSTEM DREAMED UP BY WASHINGTON'S CENTRAL PLANNERS. NOW CONTRARY TO OUR FREEDOM, OBAMACARE FORCED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PURCHASE INSURANCE. CONTRARY TO OUR WELL BEING OR BA MACARE IMPOSED TAXES WE CANNOT BEAR. CONTRARY TO WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE AND RIGHT, BA MACARE MADE MEDICAID UNSUSTAINABLE FOR THE PEOPLE MOST IN NEED. AND CONTRARY TO COMMON SENSE, BA MACARE REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO DRIVE UP THE COST OF INSURANCE BEYOND WHAT PEOPLE CAN AFFORD. YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW OBAMACARE IS WORKING? JUST READ THIS WEEK'S PAPERS. LET ME TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY BACK TO YESTERDAY. THIS IS THE HEADLINE. MEDICA THE LAST INSURER SELLING INDIVIDUAL POLICIES IN MOST OF IOWA IS UNLIKELY TO EXIST. SO NOW 94 OF THE 99 COUNTIES WILL HAVE NO INSURER. IN IOWA. 94 OF THE 99 -- OF THE 94 COUNTIES IN IOWA WILL HAVE IN INSURER. HERE'S ANOTHER HEADLINE FROM YESTERDAY. ETNA WILL EXIT OBAMACARE MARKETS -- AETNA WILL EXIT OBAMACARE MARKETS IN VIRGINIA IN 2018. HUMANA LEFT THE OBAMACARE EXCHANGES, BLUE CROSS LEFT NEBRASKA, UNITED HEALTH CARE LEFT ALL BUT A HANDFUL OF MARKETS THIS YEAR. YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE ROUGHLY 3,000 COUNTIES IN ALL OF AMERICA. ONE THIRD, 1,022, ONLY HAVE ONE PROVIDER. SOON, MORE COUNTIES WILL HAVE NONE. SO YOU KNOW WHAT DOESN'T COVER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS? A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT DOESN'T HAVE COVERAGE. NO OPTIONS MEANS NO COVERAGE. THAT'S THE ROAD OBAMACARE IS LEADING US DOWN. AND DOING NOTHING LEAVE TAOS MANY AMERICANS OUT IN COLD. -- OUT IN THE COLD. AND MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THAT. WE TRIED THE OBAMACARE WAY. IT IS FAILING REMARKABLY. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING A CHANGE. NOW WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING GREAT. WE CAN HAVE CARE WITHOUT CONTROL. CIVILITY WITHOUT CENTRALIZATION. AND SUPPORT WITHOUT MANDATES. WE HAVE A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE. THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT WILL REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL AND EMPLOYER MANDATES. IT WILL REPEAL OBAMACARE TAXES. IT WILL REPEAL OBAMACARE RULES. IT WILL REPEAL OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES. AND IT WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT BY STOPPING TAXPAYER -- TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION PROVIDERS BY REFOCUSING MEDICAID ON THOSE WHO MOST NEED IT. AND WE REPLACE ALL OF THAT WITH A SYSTEM THAT PROTECTS THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I HEARD A LOT ABOUT THIS BILL AND THIS BILL IS NOT ,000 PAGES. IT'S LESS THAN 130. I'VE HEARD THINGS ON THIS FLOOR THAT ARE NOT TRUE. SO LET ME STATE IT ONE MORE TIME. WE WILL REPLACE IT WITH A SYSTEM THAT PROTECTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND REDUCE PREMIUMS THROUGH THE TRIED AND TRUE PROCESS OF FAIR COMPETITION. AND AS THE PRICE OF INSURANCE DECREASES, WE GIVE THOSE WHO STILL CAN'T QUITE AFFORD IT A STEP UP THROUGH TAX CREDITS AND EXPAND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. THIS IS FUNDAMENTAL AND STRUCTURAL REFORM. NOW MR. SPEAKER, SINCE I'VE HAD THE HONOR TO STAND ON THIS FLOOR AND SERVE IN THIS HOUSE, THIS BODY HAS DONE MANY GOOD THINGS. 2 WE HAVE STOOD TIME AND AGAIN FOR WHAT WAS BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY. STRUGGLING AGAINST OTHER BRANCHES FOR SO LONG, MANY TIMES THAT REQUIRED US TO DIG IN OUR HEELS AND STOP SOMETHING TERRIBLE. IT'S GOOD TO STOP BAD THINGS FROM HAPPENING BUT IT'S GREAT TO MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN. FINALLY, AFTER YEARS OF WAITING, WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING GOOD TODAY. THIS BILL IS NOT PERFECT. NO BILL COULD BE. THE QUESTION IS NOT WHY CAN'T IT BE MADE PERFECT. THE QUESTION IS DO WE RETREAT OR DO WE ACT? DO WE TAKE THIS GREAT LEAP TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE, EXTEND A HAND TO OUR FELLOW CITIZENS MOST IN NEED AND BREAK FREE FROM WASHINGTON CONTROL? OR DO WE CONTINUE TO WAIT FOR THE DAY THAT IS ALREADY HERE IN THE HOPE FOR A BETTER DAY THAT MAY NEVER COME. WE WERE NOT SENT HERE TO WAIT. WE ARE CALLED TO ACTION. THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOT WANT TO READ ANOTHER DAY OF HEADLINES OF MORE PEOPLE GOING WITHOUT INSURANCE. WITHOUT INSURANCE IS WITHOUT PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. WITHOUT COVERAGE. TODAY WE'LL DO SOMETHING GOOD. THAT'S WHY TODAY WE WILL ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE FOR THIS BILL COULD TAKE AWAY…

    I REMIND MY COLLEAGUE THAT HIS VOTE FOR THIS BILL COULD TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS FOR ALMOST SIX MILLION PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA WHO WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO COVERAGE BUT THOSE WITH DIABETES COULD SEE THEIR PREMIUMS GO UP BY $5,000 A YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KRIS. -- MR. CRIST.

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    MR. CRIS

    BILL, I ASK TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS BRIEFLY. THIS BILL WILL CUT 24…

    BILL, I ASK TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS BRIEFLY. THIS BILL WILL CUT 24 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF HEALTH INSURANCE THIS BILL WILL GUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN THE FIRST YEAR, AFFECTING WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IT WILL CUT $850 OUT OF MEDICAID.

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    MR. SCOTT

    COULD THE SPEAKER ADVISE HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT?

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    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSES OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO MR. ENGEL.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A STATEMENT OF THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION AGAINST THE BILL AND I JUST WANT TO SAY IN SIMPLE SLOGAN, AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PAY MORE AND GET LESS.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MAKE ONE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MAKE ONE POINT, IT IS MOST SHAMEFUL --

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    YES, I AM. THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT IS TO TAKE $882 BILLION OUT OF MEDICAID --

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    AND GIVE IT TO THE WEALTHY IS THE WRONG THING TO DO.

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    MR. SCOTT

    YES, MR. SPEAKER. CAN YOU ADVISE AGAIN HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD 2 1/4 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. CLYBURN.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUBPOENA IGS -- OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS'…

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUBPOENA IGS -- OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' PAY MORE FOR LESS HEALTH CARE PLAN. I OFTEN REPEAT THE 1966 OBSERVATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. THAT OF ALL THE INEQUALITIES THAT EXIST, THE INJUSTICE IN HEALTH CARE IS THE MOST EGREGIOUS AND INHUMANE. ON THE DAY IT WAS PASSED, I OBSERVED THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF THE 21ST CENTURY. REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD BE INHUMANE. AND PUT EGREGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BACK INTO OUR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAVE PROMISED MORE COVERAGE AND LESS COST FOR EVERYONE. HOWEVER, THIS PLAN WOULD ALLOW ALL STATES TO ELIMINATE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS SUCH AS MATERNITY AND NEW BOSH COVERAGE, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, HOSPITALIZATION, EMERGENCY COVERAGE, AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. IT WOULD ALSO ALLOW STATES TO TAX OLDER AMERICANS FIVE TIMES MORE THAN YOUNGER AMERICANS. REPUBLICANS ARE RENEGING ON THEIR PROMISE TO PROTECT AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. WITHOUT ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFIT STANDARDS, PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WOULD EXIST IN NAME ONLY. REPEAL OF THE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS WOULD DRIVE A RACE TO THE BOTTOM WITH INSURERS DROPPING COVERAGE FOR EVERYTHING FROM CHEMOTHERAPY TO HIGH COST DRUGS. IT WOULD PRECIPITATE A PROLIFERATION OF JUNK POLICIES THAT HISTORICALLY PLAGUE UNSUSPECTING LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES FOR YEARS. PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL HAVE THEIR COSTS -- WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FIND COVERAGE THEY NEED AT ANY PRICE, MUCH LESS AFFORDABLE. WE TOOK A GIANT STEP AWAY FROM THIS WITH THE A.C.A. BUT THIS REPUBLICAN BILL TAKES US BACK TO THAT ERA WHERE PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS ARE LEFT IN THE COLD. ADD IN MONEY TO A STATE'S SLUSH FUND -- ADDING MONEY TO A STATE'S SLUSH FUND IS IN THE A SOLUTION. REPEALING THE AMPLE C.A. WOULD ONCE AGAIN INSTITUTIONALIZE INHUMANITY AND EGREGIOUSNESS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MRS. BLACK

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MANUFACTURE -- OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    MS. PELOSI

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM, CONGRESSMAN SCOTT, I…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM, CONGRESSMAN SCOTT, I THANK FRANK PALLONE, JOHN YARMUTH, RICHIE NEAL, OUR RANKING MEMBERS WHO HAVE DONE SUCH EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS DEBATE ON THE VALUES OF OUR COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, OUR COLLEAGUE, MR. CLYBURN, BEGAN MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO JOIN HIM. I THINK THOSE WORDS BEAR REPEATING. OVER 50 YEARS AGO DR. KING SAID, OF ALL OF THE FORMS OF INEQUALITY, INJUSTICE IN HEALTH CARE IS THE MOST SHOCKING AND THE MOST INHUMANE, BECAUSE IT OFTEN RESULTS IN PHYSICAL DEATH. WE COME TO THE FLOOR WITH THE MORAL FORCE OF DR. LUTHER KING'S WORDS IN OUR HEARTS. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS A CIVIL RIGHT, A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT FOR EVERY PERSON IN OUR COUNTRY. NOT JUST THE PRIVILEGED FEW. SO IN THE SPIRIT OF MR. CLYBURN AND DR. KING, LET US BE PRAYERFUL ABOUT HOW WE GO FORWARD ON THIS VERY PERSONAL ISSUE, ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF EVERY PERSON IN OUR COUNTRY. SPEAKER RYAN ONCE CALLED THIS BILL AN ACT OF MERCY. AN ACT OF MERCY. THERE IS NO MERCY HERE. INDEED, INEQUALITY AND INHUMANITY IS EXACTLY -- THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT TRUMPCARE HAS IN STORE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT WHEN HE SAID IT'S AN ACT OF MERCY, EARS WHAT OTHERS SAID. FROM THE BEGINNING TRUMPCARE WAS A MORAL MONSTROSITY THAT WILL DEVASTATE SENIORS, CHILDREN AND HARDWORKING AMERICANS. THAT WAS FROM ME. BUT DON'T TAKE IT FROM ME. SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL SAID, THIS IS NOT THE FAITHFUL WAY FORWARD AND MUST BE REJECTED. THE CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION WROTE, WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THE FULL HOUSE TO REJECT THIS REPLACEMENT BILL. AND THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SAID, OPPOSING TRUMPCARE, THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID, PEOPLE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF EFFORTS LIKE THIS TO ROLL BACK HEALTH CARE. LUTHERAN SERVICES OF AMERICA SAID, TRUMPCARE WILL JEOPARDIZE THE HEALTH CARE AND LONG-TERM SERVICE AND SUPPORT OF MILLION OF AMERICANS. THE EMISS CAN PAL CHURCH SAID TRUMPCARE FALLS WOEFULLY SHORT OF OUR SPIRITUAL CALLING TO CARE FOR THE LEAST OF THESE, AS WELL AS THE NOBLE VALUES UPON WHICH OUR GREAT NATION WAS FOUNDED. END OF QUOTE. AND ALL THAT WAS SAID BEFORE THE REPUBLICANS DECIDED TO DESTROY THE PROTECTIONS OF AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. I GRANT OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS THEIR POSITION. I RESPECT THEM AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS WHO SENT THEM HERE. BUT I REJECT THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN TRUMPCARE. TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH AT THE EXPENSE OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA. TRUMPCARE VERY CLEARLY SPOTLIGHTS THE DIFFERENCES IN PRIORITIES BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS. IT HAS STEPPED FORWARD IN THE LONG STANDING REPUBLICAN BELIEFS THAT MEDICARE SHOULD WITHER ON THE VINE, THAT MEDICAID SHOULD BE SHRUNKEN, AND THAT SOCIAL SECURITY SHOULD BE PRIVATIZED. IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, YOU MUST REJECT THIS BILL BEFORE US NOW. IT IS WHAT TRUMPCARE, HERE'S WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT POLICY HERE TODAY AND OVER TIME. MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT POLITICS. BUT WHAT ARE THE POLITICS OF THIS? BUT WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT IS WHAT THIS MEANS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THEY KNOW, THEY ARE LISTENING. THEY KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM. IT MEANS, TRUMPCARE DOES, IT FORCES FAMILIES TO PAY HIGHER PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES, INCREASING OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS. HIGHER COSTS. LESS COVERAGE. TRUMPCARE WILL TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE FROM MORE THAN 24 MILLION HARDWORKING AMERICANS. A CRUSHING AGE TAX. TRUMPCARE FORCES AMERICANS AGE 50 TO 64 TO PAY PREMIUMS FIVE TIMES HIGHER THAN WHAT OTHERS PAY FOR HEALTH COVERAGE. NO MATTER HOW HEALTHY THEY ARE. STEALSES FROM MEDICARE. STEALS FROM MEDICARE. TRUMPCARE SHORTENS THE LIFE OF MEDICARE TRUST FUND AND RAN SACKS FUNDS THAT SENIORS DEPEND ON TO GET LONG-TERM CARE THEY NEED. THAT'S WHY IT'S CONSISTENT WITH THEIR WITHER ON THE VINE FOR MEDICARE PHILOSOPHY. AND THEN, IF THAT WERE NOT BAD ENOUGH, AND THEY COULDN'T PASS THEIR BILL BECAUSE IT WAS THAT BAD, THEY MOVED FURTHER AWAY FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BY GUTTING KEY PROTECTIONS. TRUMPCARE EVISCERATES ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS SUCH ASTHMA TERNLT CARE -- SUCH AS MATERNITY CARE, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, AND GUTS PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICANS WITH PRE-CONSISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. AS BAD AS TRUMPCARE WAS THE FIRST TIME AROUND, IT WAS DEAD, IT DIED. IT DIED RIGHT HERE ON THE FLOOR. NOW IT'S COME BACK TO LIFE. LIKE A ZOMBIE. EVEN MORE SCARY THAN BEFORE. AND IT IS EVEN WORSE. IF REPUBLICANS HAD THEIR WAY, AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WOULD BE PUSHED OFF THEIR INSURANCE AND SEGREGATED INTO HIGH-RISK POOLS WILL WHERE THEY WILL FACE SOARING COSTS, WORSE COVERAGE AND RESTRICTED CARE. TRUMPCARE MEANS HUGE PREMIUM INCREASES. IT'S FRIGHTENING FUTURE FOR FAMILIES WHO NEED AFFORDABLE, DEPENDABLE CARE THE MOST NOW. ON THE FLOOR, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE RECKLESSLY AND SOME WOULD SAY FRAUDULENTLY CLAIMED THAT TRUMPCARE COVERS AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IT DOES NOT. IT DOES NOT. AS THE CONSERVATIVE CENTER SAID ABOUT THE UPTON AMENDMENT, THE $8 BILLION AMOUNT IS A PITTANCE SPREAD OVER FIVE YEARS, IT IS 1/5 OF A PITTANCE. AS THE KEIZER FAMILY MOUNT DATION SAID, THE UPTON MEANS WOULD COVER THE COSTS FOR ONLY 1% OF THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET. OTHERS HAVE GIVEN IT UP TO 5%. 1% TO 5%. DOES THAT MEAN COVERING? NO. FORCING A VOTE WITHOUT A C.B.O. SCORE SHOWS THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE AFRAID OF THE FACTS. THEY'RE AFRAID OF LEARNING THE FULL CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR PLAN TO PUSH AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS INTO THE COLD, OZ AR MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK SAID -- OR AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK SAID, OFF THE SIDEWALK. IF REPUBLICANS THOUGHT THEY REALLY WERE PROTECTING PEOPLE, THEY WOULDN'T BE AFRAID OF THE FACTS. BUT THEY'RE ALSO AFRAID OF THE TRUTH. AND THE TRUTH THAT WOULD COME FORTH IF WE KNEW THE FACTS. AND THEY'RE AFRAID THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL FIND OUT THAT THIS IS NOT A HEALTH CARE BILL. THIS IS A TAX BILL DISGUISED AS A HEALTH BILL. THIS IS A BILL THAT IS THE ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRANSFERS OF WEALTH IN THE -- FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS IN AMERICA. A TAX BILL, NOT A HEALTH CARE BILL. THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE TO DO IT NOW. SO THEY CAN GET ON WITH THEIR TAX BILL. BUT THE SUFFERING TRUMPCARE WILL INFLICT ON PEOPLE IS ALL TOO CLEAR. THAT'S WHY THIS DISASTROUS BILL HAS BEEN CONDEMNED BY THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, AMERICAN DIABETES SOCIETY, AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION, AGE UNITED, THE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, AARP, THE MARCH OF DIMES, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. INSTEAD OF READING ALL OF THESE PAGES, I WILL SUBMIT THEM, WITHOUT OBJECTION, FOR THE RECORD.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. PELOSI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. UNDER TRUMPCARE, FAMILIES, SENIORS, VULNERABLE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. UNDER TRUMPCARE, FAMILIES, SENIORS, VULNERABLE CHILDREN, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES, PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO OVERCOME ADDICTION, AND THE SICK WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. RURAL HOSPITALS WILL BE CLOSED, NEARLY TWO MILLION JOBS WILL BE DESTROYED ACROSS AMERICA. SEVEN MILLION VETERANS WILL LOSE ACCESS TO TAX CREDITS FOR HEALTH CARE. AND ALL OF THIS TO GIVE A MASSIVE TAX CUT TO THE RICHEST IN AMERICA. TRUMPCARE IS A BILLIONAIRE'S TAX CUT DISGUISED AS A HEALTH CARE BILL. IT'S ROBIN HOOD IN REVERSE. ONE OF THE LARGEST TRANSFERS WEALTH FROM WORKING FAMILIES TO THE RICH IN OUR COUNTRY. TODAY WE HAVE -- WITHIN WWE HONOR OF VISIONS OF OUR -- WE HONOR THE VISIONS OF OUR FOUNDERS, WE CAN, WHO RISKED EVERYTHING. THEY RISKED EVERYTHING. THEIR LIVES, THEIR LIBERTY, THEIR SAKE RECEIPT RED HONOR, TO ADVANCE -- SACRED HONOR, TO ADVANCE THE FREEDOM TO PURSUE YOUR HAPPINESS. THE FREEDOM FROM BEING JOB LOCKED OR POLICY LOCKED BECAUSE OF WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO TODAY. TODAY WE FIGHT TO PRESERVE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE AS THE RIGHT OF EVERY AMERICAN, AGAIN, NOT THE PRIVILEGED FEW. TODAY WE FIGHT FOR CHILDREN LIKE ZOE MADISON LYNN. ZOE WAS BORN WITH A CON GENITAL HEART DEFECT IN MAY OF 2010. SHE FACED HER FIRST OF THREE HEART SURGERIES AT 15 HOURS. BY 6 MONTHS OLD, SHE WAS HALFWAY TO HER LIFE-TIME LIMIT HER INSURE HEIR PLACED ON HER. SHE FACED A GRIM FUTURE, NOT ONLY USING UP HER LIFETIME LIMIT BY PRESCHOOL, BY PRESCHOOL, BUT BY CARRYING A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WILL THAT -- THAT WILL REQUIRE ATTENTION AND CARE FOR REST OF HER LIFE. UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, SHE'S PROTECTED. BUT TRUMPCARE PUTS HER FUTURE IN DANGER. I WISH THAT OUR MEMBERS WHO VOTE FOR THIS BILL HAVE BETTER -- I HOPE YOU MAKE TIME TO SIT DOWN WITH THE PARENTS OF A NEWBORN OR WITH A HEART CONDITION OR A YOUNG WOMAN WHO JUST LEARNED SHE HAD BREAST CANCER, THE FAMILY OF LOVED ONES STRUGGLING WITH THE DISEASE OR A CHRONIC CONDITION. ANY OF THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE RIGHTFULLY TERRIFIED OF WHAT TRUMPCARE WILL MEAN IN THEIR LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE WITH THIS BILL A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST CIVICS LESSONS WE CAN ENGAGE IN. BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED FOLLOWING THE ELECTION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ENGAGED. THEY ARE PAYING ATTENTION. I'M NOT SAYING IN A POLITICAL WAY. I'M SAYING IN A PERSONAL WAY. A FORMER SPEAKER SAID, ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL. IN THE CASE OF HEALTH CARE, ALL POLITICS IS PLIT -- IS PERSONAL. ALL POLITICS IS PERSONAL WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE. SO, THIS CIVICS LESSON WILL TEACH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A NUMBER OF THINGS. AS SPECIAL AS WE THINK WE ARE WHEN WE COME TO THE FLOOR HERE, MOST AMERICANS DON'T KNOW WHO THEIR MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS. BUT THEY WILL NOW. WHEN THEY FIND OUT THAT YOU VOTED TO TAKE AWAY THEIR HEALTH CARE. THEY WILL KNOW WHEN YOU PUT AN AGE TAX ON THEM OR UNDERMINE MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND THE REST. OH, YEAH. THEY'RE PAYING ATTENTION. BECAUSE IT'S REALLY PERSONAL WITH THEM. AND THEIR FAMILIES. SO, I THINK WE HAVE TO GET READY FOR THAT. OUR COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE THE MANTLE OF BEING A MODERATE, YOU VOTE FOR THIS BILL, YOU HAVE WALKED THE PLANK FROM MODERATE TO RADICAL. AND YOU'RE WALKING THE PLANK FOR WHAT? A BILL THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE UNITED STATES SENATE. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? DO YOU BELIEVE IN WHAT IS IN THIS BILL? SOME OF YOU HAVE SAID, WELL, THEY'LL FIX IT IN THE SENATE. BUT YOU HAVE EVERY PROVISION OF THIS BILL TATTOOED ON YOUR FOREHEAD. YOU WILL GLOW IN THE DARK ON THIS ONE. WILL YOU GLOW IN THE DARK. WILL YOU GLOW IN THE DARK. SO DON'T WALK THE PLANK. ESPECIALLY UNNECESSARILY. OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE SICK AND THE HURT IS BIBLICAL. IT'S FUNDAMENTAL TO WHO WE ARE. AS POPE FRANCIS SAID, HEALTH IS NOT A CONSUMER GOOD. BUT A UNIVERSAL RIGHT. SO ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES CANNOT BE A PRIVILEGE. TODAY LET US DECLARE ONCE AGAIN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MUST BE THE RIGHT OF THE -- AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE MUST BE THE RIGHT OF EVERY AMERICAN, NOT THE PRIVILEGED FEW. SO DOES TRUMPCARE LOWER HEALTH COSTS? DOES TRUMPCARE PROVIDE BETTER HEALTH CARE? DOES TRUMPCARE PROTECT SENIORS AND FAMILIES? DOES TRUMPCARE -- IS TRUMPCARE GOOD FOR OUR VETERANS? IS THERE ANY CARING IN TRUMPCARE AT ALL? FOR THE SAKE OF OUR VALUES, TO HONOR OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO OUR FOUNDERS, LIKE LIBERTY, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, TO OUR VETERAN WHO PROTECT US, AND TO OUR CHILDREN WHOSE ASPIRATIONS ARE OUR GUIDE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS DISASTROUS TRUMPCARE BILL. AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:43:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE…

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 01:44:07 PM

    MRS. BLACK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT REALLY IS MY PRIVILEGE NOW TO YIELD ONE MINUTE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT REALLY IS MY PRIVILEGE NOW TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED MAN FROM WISCONSIN, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, PAUL RYAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THANK YOU. I HAVEN'T SAID ANYTHING YET. FIRST OFF, THERE ARE A FEW PEOPLE…

    THANK YOU. I HAVEN'T SAID ANYTHING YET. FIRST OFF, THERE ARE A FEW PEOPLE I'D LIKE TO THANK. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE COMMITTEE CHAIRS, I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN, CHAIRMAN BRADY, CHAIRWOMAN BLACK, CHAIRMAN SESSIONS. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THOSE COMMITTEES, ENERGY AND COMMERCE, WAYS AND MEANS, BUDGET AND RULES. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS WHO MADE CONSTRUCTIVE CONTRIBUTIONS THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE DELIBERATIVE BOTTOM-UP ORGANIC PROCESS. I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR HIS STEADFAST LEADERSHIP.

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  • 01:45:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER

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    THE SPEAKER

    HE CALLED ON CONGRESS TO ACT AND TODAY WE TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO REPEAL AND…

    HE CALLED ON CONGRESS TO ACT AND TODAY WE TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE. I WANT TO THANK VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, SECRETARY PRICE, DIRECTOR MULVANEY AND ALL THEIR TEAMS. MY COLLEAGUES, THERE IS A FUNDAMENTAL AND URGENT CHOICE AT THE HEART OF THIS DEBATE. WE CAN CONTINUE WITH THE STATUS QUO UNDER OBAMACARE AND WE KNOW WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. IT MEANS EVEN HIGHER PREMIUMS. EVEN FEWER CHOICES. EVEN MORE INSURANCE COMPANIES PULLING OUT. EVEN MORE UNCERTAINTY AND EVEN MORE CHAOS. LOOK AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN IOWA THIS WEEK. AS IS THE CASE IN SO MANY AREAS IN THIS COUNTRY, IOWA IS DOWN TO ONE INSURER. THAT, OF COURSE, IS NOT A CHOICE. BUT NOW THAT ONE INSURER IS SAYING THAT IT WILL HAVE TO PULL OUT OF 94 OF 99 COUNTIES IN IOWA. THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. SO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IOWANS WILL GO FROM HAVING ONE OPTION TO NO OPTIONS. THAT IS NOT A CHOICE. THIS IS A CRISIS. AND IT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT PROTECTION IS OBAMACARE IF THERE'S NO HEALTH CARE PLAN TO PURCHASE IN YOUR STATE. THIS IS THE DIRECTION OBAMACARE IS RAPIDLY HEADING. SO WE CAN CONTINUE WITH THE STATUS QUO OR WE CAN PUT THIS COLLAPSING LAW BEHIND US, END THIS FAILED EXPERIMENT. LET'S MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO AFFORD THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. LET'S GIVE PEOPLE MORE CHOICES AND MORE CONTROL OVER THEIR CARE. LET'S MAKE INSURANCE COMPANIES COME IN AND COMPETE FOR YOUR BUSINESS. LET'S RETURN POWER FROM WASHINGTON TO THE STATES. LET'S HELP GET PEOPLE PEACE OF MIND. LET'S PUT THE PATIENTS, NOT THE BUREAUCRATS, AT THE CENTER OF THE SYSTEM. THIS BILL DOES ALL THOSE THINGS. THIS BILL DELIVERS ON THE PROMISES THAT WE HAVE MADE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN WAITING SEVEN YEARS TO CAST THIS VOTE. MANY OF US ARE HERE BECAUSE WE PLEDGED TO CAST THIS VERY VOTE. TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE. TO RESCUE PEOPLE FROM THIS COLLAPSING LAW. ARE WE GOING TO MEET THIS TEST? ARE WE GOING TO BE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR WORD? ARE WE GOING TO KEEP THE PROMISES WE MADE? OR ARE WE GOING TO FALTER. NO. AFTER ALL OF THIS, AFTER ALL OF THIS, AFTER SEEING WHAT IS HAPPENING IN IOWA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY, AFTER SEEING THIS LAW COLLAPSING WHILE WE WITNESS IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, KNOWING ALL THIS TURMOIL THAT'S COMING, WE WILL NOT FALTER, WE WILL REPLACE, AND TODAY IS THE DAY THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS. TODAY THIS HOUSE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO MORE THAN JUST FULFILL A PROMISE. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE OUR GAZE AND SET A BOLD COURSE FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THAT WE'VE GOT THE RESOLVE TO TACK THEY WILL BIG CHALLENGES IN THIS COUNTRY BEFORE THEY TACKLE US. TO STOP THE DRIFT OF ARROGANT BIG GOVERNMENT POLICIES IN OUR LIVES AND TO BEGIN A NEW ERA OF REFORM BASED ON LIBERTY AND SELF-DETERMINATION. GIVING PEOPLE CHOICES, LETTING THEM CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINIES. THAT IS THE DAY THAT IS BEFORE US RIGHT HERE. SO LET US PASS THIS BILL TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO PUT OBAMACARE BEHIND US. LET US PASS THIS BILL TO BUILD A BETTER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. LET US PASS THIS BILL TO LEAVE THIS COUNTRY BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT. BECAUSE THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE. THAT IS WHAT IS AT STAKE TODAY. AND THAT IS WHY I AM GOING TO BE SO PROUD TO CAST MY VOTE FOR THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME.

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  • 01:50:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 228, THE…

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 228, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 01:51:01 PM

    THE CLERK

    PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION PURSUANT TO TITLE 2 ON THE CONCURRENT…

    PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION PURSUANT TO TITLE 2 ON THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR 2017.

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  • 01:51:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 01:51:17 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER QUESTIONS ON THIS WILL BE POSTPONE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, VOTE B WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER, THE QUESTION ON PATSAGE OF H.R. 1492 -- OF H.R. 192, THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1628 AND THE PASSAGE OF 1644. THE FIRST VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. THE REMAINING VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 219. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 01:52:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    H R. 2192, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO ELIMINATE THE…

    H R. 2192, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO ELIMINATE THE NONAPPLICATION OF CERTAIN STATE WAIVER PROVISIONS TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.

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  • 01:52:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 02:10:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS ARE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 429. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE BILL IS PASSED, AND…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 429. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 1628 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE BILL.

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  • 02:11:37 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 30, H.R. 1628, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 30, H.R. 1628, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION PURSUANT TO TITLE 2 OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017.

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  • 02:11:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A MINIMUM FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 02:18:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 217, THE NAYS ARE 213. THIS BILL IS PASSED AND…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 217, THE NAYS ARE 213. THIS BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THETO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM KALE, MR. ROYCE, TO SPRUSTE AND -- FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1644 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED THIS ECLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 02:19:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1644, --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THIS WILL…

    THE HOUSE WILL SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 02:30:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419. THE NAYS ARE ONE. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419. THE NAYS ARE ONE. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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  • 02:31:11 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 534 WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO AND TO CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:31:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO TAKE SUCH ACTIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY…

    REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO TAKE SUCH ACTIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THE UNITED STATES TO REJOIN THE BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL EPOSITIONS IN --

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  • 02:31:41 PM

    MR. EMMER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 02:31:59 PM

    MR. EMMER

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 9:00 A.M. ON MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017.

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  • 02:32:10 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 02:32:34 PM

    >>

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN LIGHT OF THIS MORNING'S LONG OVERDUE EXECUTIVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN LIGHT OF THIS MORNING'S LONG OVERDUE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND FREE SPEECH, I RISE TODAY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF A THOROUGH REFORM OF THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT WHICH HAS HINDERED THE ABILITY OF FAITH-BASED AND NONPROFITS IN ENGAGING IN FREE SPEECH AND EXERCISE OF FREEDOM OF RELIGION. THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT HAS GIVEN THE I.R.S. THE BROAD AUTHORITY TO CENSOR THE FREE SPEECH OF PASTORS, CHURCHES AND OTHER TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS AMERICA. THE I.R.S.'S VAGUE INTERPRETATION OF PROHIBITED FORMS OF SPEECH UNDER THIS LAW HAS LED TO UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHAT SPEECH CONSTITUTES A FORMAL VIOLATION. FURTHERMORE, WHEN THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT WAS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED, IT WAS PASSED WITHOUT DEBATE, COMMITTEE HEARINGS OR ANY OTHER PROCEDURE WE USE IN CONGRESS TODAY. WE NEED TO ALLOW AMERICA'S CHURCHES, PASTORS AND OTHER FAITH LEADERS TO SPEAK FREELY ON ALL AREAS OF LIFE, INCLUDING RELEVANT POLITICAL CANDIDATES IN ELECTIONS.

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  • 02:33:42 PM

    MR. BANKS

    WE NEED TO RETURN FREE SPEECH BACK TO OUR SPIRITUAL LEADERS WITHOUT FEAR…

    WE NEED TO RETURN FREE SPEECH BACK TO OUR SPIRITUAL LEADERS WITHOUT FEAR OF GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, FOR ACTING TO ENSURE THAT AMERICA'S CHURCHES WILL BEGIN BE A SAFE PLACE TO DISCUSS ALL IMPORTANT MATTERS IN LIFE. WHILE TODAY'S ACTIONS ARE A STRONG START, THERE IS MORE WORK TO BE DONE TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:34:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? SORRY. FOR…

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? SORRY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:34:16 PM

    MR. COHEN

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2010 I WAS HERE AND VOTED FOR THE AFFORDABLE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2010 I WAS HERE AND VOTED FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT PASSED. ONE OF THE MOST PROUDEST MOMENTS I HAD IN CONGRESS. MY FATHER WAS A DOCTOR. HE PROVIDED HEALTH CARE. I KNOW WHAT HEALTH CARE IS LIKE. I SUFFERED FROM POLIO AT AGE 5, AND A CONSTANT RECIPIENT OF HEALTH CARE. EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD HAVE HAD THAT RIGHT. WHAT HAPPENED TODAY WAS CRUEL AND MEAN AND HEARTLESS. IT GAVE $1 BILLION IN TAX BREAKS TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, AND IT TOOK HEALTH CARE FROM 24 MILLION PEOPLE AND IT MADE THE INSURANCE POLICIES THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE LESS FULLSOME, THEY CAN WAIVE ESSENTIAL BENEFITS AND NOT INCLUDE PARTS OF INSURANCE THAT WERE ESSENTIAL UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE POLICIES WILL BE NEARLY WORTHLESS. THEY WILL HAVE DEDUCTIBLES AND COST PEOPLE MORE AND MORE BECAUSE THE CREDITS ARE NOT AS MUCH AS THE SUBSIDIES. THE POOR WERE HURT. THE MIDDLE CLASS WERE HURT. SENIORS WERE HURT. IT WAS A SAD DAY WHEN THAT WAS CHEERED AND A DAY THAT WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE WORST DAYS IN THE HISTORY OF THIS HOUSE. WE'RE NOT GOING FORWARD AND PROVIDING PEOPLE WITH THE CARE THEY NEED AND HEALTH CARE. WE'RE GOING BACK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:35:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:35:39 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

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  • 02:37:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. NEWHOUSE OF WASHINGTON FOR WEDNESDAY,…

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. NEWHOUSE OF WASHINGTON FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, AND FOR THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK.

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  • 02:37:12 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 02:37:35 PM

    MR. RUSH

    I CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO…

    I CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A TRUE HERO IN MY HEART AND IN THE HEARTS OF MY HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. FATHER GEORGE H. CLEMENS. FATHER CLEMENS CELEBRATED HIS 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION INTO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. HIS PATH TOWARD DIVINITY BEGAN EARLY IN LIFE WHEN HE WAS THE FIRST BLACK GRADUATE OF CHICAGO'S QUIGLEY ACADEMY SEMINARY IN 1945. FROM THERE HE WENT ON TO PURSUE HIS EDUCATION AND EARNED THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN THEOLOGY AND A MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN PHILOSOPHY FROM ST. MARY OF THE LAKE SEMINARY. AFTER ORDINATION, MR. SPEAKER, FATHER CLEMENTS CONTINUED HIS ROLE AS A TRAIL BLAZER WHEN -- TRAILBLAZER WHEN IN JUNE, 1969, HE BECAME THE FIRST BLACK PRIEST OF HOLY ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH WHICH WE IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS ARE PROUD TO CLAIM. FROM THAT POSITION, MR. SPEAKER, FATHER CLEMENTS HAS HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON LIVES ALL ACROSS THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND ALL ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. ONE SUCH INCIDENT THAT IS OF TREMENDOUS SIGNIFICANCE TO ME PERSONALLY ARE HIS ACTIONS THAT HE UNDERTOOK AFTER THE AFTERMATH OF THE ASSASSINATION OF MY DEAR FRIEND AND THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE ILLINOIS CHAPTER OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY. ON DECEMBER 4, 1969, FRED HAMPTON WAS ASSASSINATED. DECEMBER 4, 1969, IN THE DARK DAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND IN THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE HERE IN OUR GREAT NATION. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS A DAY THAT FRED HAMPTON WAS -- AS I SAID BEFORE, WAS ASSASSINATED BY MEMBERS OF THE COOK COUNTY STATE POLICE FORCE WHO WORKED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND WITH THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD THAT I ESCAPED THAT SAME FATE. KNOWING THAT I WAS BEING PURSUED AS A TARGET OF THE F.B.I., THE COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE CITY OF CHICAGO'S POLICE DEPARTMENT, THIS SAME EXTRAORDINARY PRIEST, FATHER GEORGE CLEMENTS, OFFERED ME PROTECTION UNDER THE VERY OLD ECCLESIASTICAL SANCTUARY THAT'S BEEN HONORED THROUGHOUT MANY CENTURIES HERE ALL ACROSS THE WORLD. IN THE CHURCH. NOT ONLY IN AMERICA BUT IN EUROPE, ASIA AND AFRICA. MR. SPEAKER, IF NOT FOR THE HEROIC ACTION OF FATHER CLEMENTS ON THAT DAY, I WILL NOT BE STANDING HERE IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE ON THIS VERY DAY. FATHER CLEMENTS JUST DIDN'T STOP ON THAT INFAMOUS DAY OF DECEMBER 4, 1969. ON OCCURRING DAYS, THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, COUNTLESS OTHERS HAVE ALSO BENEFITED FROM FATHER GEORGE CLEMENTS' BOUNDLESS LOVE FOR HUMANITY. IN 1980, YOU STARTED THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S FIRST ONE-CHILD ONE-CHURCH PROGRAM TO INCREASE -- DECREASE AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORPHANS. HE TOOK THIS NOBLE, GIGANTIC STEP TO HEART. SO TO HEART THAT IN 1981 HE HIMSELF ADOPTED A CHILD, SOMETHING THAT HAD BEEN UNHEARD OF IN THE HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. A CATHOLIC PRIEST ADOPTING A CHILD. HE DID NOT STOP THERE, FATHER CLEMENTS. HE TOOK PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR AND HAVE ADOPTED OTHER CHILDREN AND HAVE BEEN AN EXCELLENT FATHER TO FOUR WONDERFUL CHILDREN, JOY, FRIDAY, STEWART AND ST. ANTHONY , FOUR SONS OF HIS SELFLESS DEVOTION TO HUMANITY DID NOT STOP THERE AFTER RETIRING FROM THE HOLY ANGELS CHURCH IN 1994, FATHER CLEMENTS MADE HIS WAY TO OUR NATION'S CAPITOL. HE CAME HERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C. , TO ESTABLISH THE ONE CHURCH ONE ADDICT PROGRAM BEGINNING HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. MR. SPEAKER, AS ONE OF -- AS SOME OF US MORE SEASONED FOLKS IN THIS CHAMBER MAY RECALL THIS WAS A TIME WHEN OUR NATION -- OUR NATION'S CAPITAL WAS KNOWN AS THE MURDER CAPITAL OF AMERICA. THIS FACT DID NOT DETER FATHER CLEMENTS FROM SEEKING TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. WHILE TRYING TO FIND A LUTION TO A HIGHLY RECOGNIZED PROBLEM. FATHER CLEMENTS' BOUNDLESS LOWE WAS IN FULL EFFECT ONCE AGAIN. EVEN IN ALL THE YEARS OF SUFFERING, SACRIFICE, HARD WORK, FATHER CLEMENTS STILL HAD MORE TO GIVE. IN 1999 HE ESTABLISHED THE ONE CHURCH, ONE INMATE PROGRAM. THIS WAS A SHARED EFFORT TO HELP PRISON INMATES AND THEIR FAMILIES BY HELPING INMATES TRANSITION FROM INCARCERATION TO A LIFE AS PRODUCTIVE AND SPIRITUALLY HEALED LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS. WHAT A REMARKABLE MAN FATHER CLEMENTS WAS, AND WHAT A REMARKABLE MAN HE IS THIS VERY DAY. THE NATION, HOLLYWOOD, HAS RECOGNIZED THIS GLORIOUS MAN. THEY MADE A MOVIE ABOUT HIM CALLED "THE FATHER GEORGE T. CLEMENTS STORY." THE AWARD-WINNING ACTOR LOU GOSSETTE -- LOU FWMBINGS OSSETT STAR -- LOU GOSSETT STARRED AS FATHER CLEMENTS. IN SHORT, MR. SPEAKER, FATHER CLEMENTS HAS BEEN A BEACON OF LIGHT DURING THE DARK DAYS OF OUR NATION. HE'S BEEN A COMMUNITY LEADER, A SELFLESS ADVOCATE FOR THE DOWNTRODDEN. AND ABOVE ALL ELSE, HE'S BEEN A TRUE AND LOYAL FRIEND TO THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED. HE'S A RELIGIOUS MAN WHO WALKS THE WALK JUST AS HE TALKS THE TALK. I CAN SEE NO BETTER WORDS FOR THIS GREAT AMERICAN HERO, FATHER GEORGE C. CLEMENT, NO BETTER WORDS THAN THOSE THAT ARE TAKEN FROM THE BIBLE, FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE. LET ME CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER, WITH THESE VERY WORDS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS, -- OF PROVERBS 29:9. THE BIBLE SAYS HE WHO HAS A GENEROUS EYE WILL BE BLESSED. FOR HE GIVES OF HIS BREAD TO THE POOR. THIS IS THE MIND OF THE MAN, FATHER GEORGE T. CLEMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I HONOR, I LOVE, I'M GRATEFUL FOR, AND I'M INDEBTED TO THE REMARKABLE LOVE AND WORK, COMMITMENT, AND DEDICATION OF MY FRIEND FATHER GEORGE T. CLEMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE -- I WANT TO YIELD SOME TIME, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE AND COMRADE, MY COHORT, MY CO-CONSPIRATOR, MY FRIEND FROM THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, THE ONE AND ONLY CONGRESSMAN DANNY --

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    MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE…

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    SENATE CONCURRED IN THE CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2017.

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    THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS MAY PROCEED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE?

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    I KNOW CONGRESSMAN RUSH EXTOLLED THE VIRTUES OF FATHER CLEMENTS AND I…

    I KNOW CONGRESSMAN RUSH EXTOLLED THE VIRTUES OF FATHER CLEMENTS AND I DON'T NEED 46 MINUTES TO DO THAT. I CAN TELL YOU FATHER CLEMENTS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY, EXEMPLARY MAN A PRIEST OF THE HIGHEST ORDER, BUT A MAN WHO ADOPTED FOUR SONS AND HE HAS JUST BEEN TRIBUTED NOT ONLY HERE BUT CERTAINLY BACK IN OUR HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. AND THE THING ABOUT THE FOUR SON HE IS ADOPTED, BEING A SINGLE PRIEST, THAT WAS NOT THE EASIEST THING IN THE WORLD TO DO, BUT ALL FOUR OF THEM HAVE BECOME OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS EVERY PLACE THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGHOUT AMERICA. FATHER CLEMENTS NOT ONLY SAVED MY COLLEAGUE AT A TIME OF GREAT PERIL AND TIME OF GREAT NEED WHICH DEMONSTRATED TREMENDOUS COURAGE, BUT DOWN THROUGH THE YEAR HE IS HAS CONTINUED TO PROVE PROVIDE CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AND GREAT INITIATIVE, ESPECIALLY AS RELATED TO CHILDREN. AND THE NEEDS THEY HAVE. ONE CHURCH, ONE CHILD. ONE CHURCH ONE FAMILY. ONE CHURCH HELPING INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE IN NEED OF HELP.

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    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE JD ADJOURN.

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1299 (After 537 days)
  • Debate609 Hours
  • Special Orders263 Hours
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