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Floor Remarks: H.R. 4038 The Republican Alternative " Common Sense Health Care Reform and Affordability Act"
Saturday, November 07, 2009
The American people deserve and demand a common sense approach to health care reform that:
1) Makes health care reform affordable,
2) Guarantees all Americans, regardless of a pre-existing condition, have access to affordable health care and
3) Does so without raising taxes, without increasing the deficit and without the federal government making health care decisions that should be made by patients and doctors.
The Common Sense Health Care Reform and Accountability Act, the House Republican health care bill, does that. The plan offered today by the Speaker does not.
Just some of the highlights of the Republican’s Common Sense Health Care Reform and Affordability Act include:
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Republican health care reforms would reduce premiums by up to 3 percent for Americans who get insurance through a large business, up to 8 percent for Americans without employer sponsored insurance, and up to 10 percent for those working for a small business. CBO has not made a claim that the Democrats’ bill would lower premiums.
What do those numbers mean? It means families who do not have health insurance in 2016 through their job could buy health insurance that is $5,000 less expensive than the cheapest plan the Democrats offer.
The health insurance reforms in the Republican bill will significantly reduce health care premiums, insure millions of Americans, guarantee those with pre-existing conditions have access to quality, affordable health care.
Clearly, the bill offered by the Speaker is not what the American people want. Americans are clamoring for lower cost health care and that is what the Republican plan offers.
I urge my colleagues to reject the Democrats’ government takeover of health care and vote yes on the Republican substitute that will lower health care premiums.###