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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today on the severe impact repealing the Affordable Care Act without offering a replacement would have on millions of Americans with disabilities. Below is a transcript of his remarks and a link to the video:
“Mr. Speaker, I absolutely disagree with the previous speaker. He is wrong. He is wrong on the facts... The Affordable Care Act was on the table longer than any bill since I’ve been in Congress – which was 36 years – to read, to review, to analyze, and to make a decision. Every American will be adversely affected if we repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“Millions of Americans with disabilities depend on access to quality, affordable health care and deserve to have their voices heard in the debate over our health care system.
“In fact, only one in five Americans, when polled, think we ought to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a replacement. There is no replacement. [Sixty-five] times they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they still do not have a replacement.
“According to the CDC, 53 million Americans live with a form of disability. Were the Affordable Care Act to be repealed, insurers would again be permitted to discriminate against them, denying coverage [or] increasing premiums based on their disabilities. Repeal would also allow insurance companies again to impose annual and lifetime limits on coverage for every American.
“Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act, and show us the beef, show us the alternative. I yield back the balance of my time.”