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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks at a press conference with the House Democratic leadership today following a Democratic Caucus meeting with White House officials on the Affordable Care Act. Below is a transcript and a link to the video:
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“Thank you very much, Madam Leader, and Chairman Becerra, thank you, and Jim Clyburn, our Assistant Leader. First let me say the Democratic Caucus is almost unanimous in the belief that the Affordable Care Act is good for our country, good for our people, that it will make affordable, quality health care available to all Americans. That is the substance of what we're talking about.
“It's the substance of what we're talking about, and we have not changed the message either from our party's perspective, where we think the Affordable Care Act will make health care available to all Americans and have all Americans participate to the extent that they can in paying for that health care, which we think is fair to all Americans.
“The message has not changed on our side. Nor has it changed on the other side of the aisle – it’s ‘repeal the Affordable Care Act.’ [The Upton bill] is just another in that effort to do so.
“We believe the President has taken positive steps to make it very clear that people who had a policy can continue in that policy for another year while figuring out what alternatives are available to them. It also bears repeating that some 83% of the people who are in the individual marketplace have changed their policies on a regular basis. This is not something that's unusual and not something that was caused by the Affordable Care Act.
“To the extent that policies were canceled because they did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, the President has now said we're going to give you another year to look at alternatives. We think that's a good step forward, and we may well have an alternative of our own tomorrow. But the bottom line is this: the Affordable Care Act passed by the Congress of the United States, signed by the President of the United States, held – as the Leader pointed out – to be constitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States, is working for millions and millions of people right now. And will work for millions and millions of more people who will have the security of having insurance and the availability of affordable health care.
“So we're going to continue this fight for the American people. I now would like to yield to my friend the Assistant Leader, Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.”