Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the health care exchange open enrollment, which began today, and the need to stop the Republican government shutdown with Ed Schultz on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" this afternoon. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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"[The Affordable Care Act] was hard-fought. We now see the first day in my state literally tens of thousands of people were signing up… . They were so excited about having, finally, access to affordable quality health care and have insurance. So Democrats are going to stand strong on this bill. We think it's good for America. We think it's good for the people. We think it's good for our families and children. And we're not going to allow this to be turned around and to be repealed. … So we’re going to fight to make sure that the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, gives the kind of protection and security that people in this country need. I want all Americans healthy, because we'll be a better, stronger country, and our economy will grow, and we'll create jobs if that's the case.”
“The solution [to our fiscal challenges] is to reason together and to stop simply following unreasonable, ideological courses that says my way or the highway. That doesn't work in a democracy. In a democracy, we come together, and reach an agreement. Realizing that some were elected by Republicans, some were elected by Democrats, some were more independent. But the fact of the matter is, the American people expect a democracy to work. And the only way our families work and our democracy works is if we work together.”