This morning, a series of Democratic Members took to the House floor to call out their colleagues on the other side of the aisle for continuing to defend the status quo at the expense of American families, small businesses and our nation’s fiscal health. 126 days ago, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), leader of the House Republican Health Care “Solutions” Group declared, “I guarantee you we will provide you with a bill that costs less and provides better care for the American people”:
Instead, the Republican leadership has yet to support or introduce their own official alternative bill and have spent the last 126 days propagating myths and protecting the health insurance industry. Not surprisingly, a Washington Post/ABC News poll released yesterday found nearly 8 in 10 Americans lack confidence in Republicans to make the right decisions for our country's future.
Watch videos from today’s floor action:
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY): Our Republican Colleagues Continue To Find Different Ways of Saying No
Our Republican colleagues continue to find different ways of saying no to the health care reform that the American people so desperately need and want. One of those outrageous ways of saying no is to claim that the government is somehow going to get between doctors and their patients. Well, America’s seniors know that’s not the case because under Medicare doctor-patient relationships are sacred. Veterans know that’s not the case because the VA knows the doctor-patient relationships are sacred. But the people of California don’t know that. A recent study revealed that 22% of the claims made to insurance companies are denied. Now who’s getting between the doctor and patient relationship? It’s the insurance companies, not the government.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT): Which is it? Too fat? Too thin?
This month a health insurance company tried to deny health coverage to a 4 month-old baby in Colorado. Why? Because they said he was too fat. An insurance company also just this week denied coverage to a 2 year-old girl. Why? Because they said she was too thin. Too fat, too thin, sounds like a no-win situation. A Catch-22. And in fact it was designed that way. An industry spokesman said they might reconsider covering those children if they got medical treatment and seemed healthy over a period of time. So in order to get health insurance these children need to get treated without health insurance until they prove they are healthy enough to see the insurance company.
Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ): It’s Been 126 Days
It’s been 126 days and the minority party has not given us their plan for health care. What they have given America’s seniors is a lot of misrepresentations on Medicare. This bill does not cut Medicare benefits for seniors. It cuts corporate welfare for insurance companies.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL): No Is Not A Solution
Rather than working with Democrats, Republicans are choosing to be the party of no and the status quo. No is not a solution. Saying no costs the average family $1,800 in increased health costs each year. Health insurance reform is about putting the American people and doctors back in charge, not the insurance companies to guarantee stability, lower costs, higher quality, and more choices of plans. Our friends on the other side of the aisle can’t run away from the fact that they have no plan as much as they might like to.
Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-CT): We’re Tired Of Waiting
I’m a patient man so I have been willing to take my Republican colleagues at their word that they're not really trying to obstruct health care reform, that they want to fix the system as well. So I have been willing to wait for a plan and many people out there in the public have been willing to wait as well for the Republicans to produce a health care reform plan before they pass judgment on what the best course is to fix our broken health care system. 126 days later, we are tired of waiting. Americans are ready for health care reform now because they want an affordable choice that competes with private plans. They know that they are one bad checkup, one pink slip away from being kicked off their coverage. And they can’t wait any longer for Republicans to share their solution.
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD): I Rise Today To Set The Record Straight
The American people overwhelmingly support a robust public health option. And despite months and months of insurance companies, lobbyists, and even political leaders spreading the myths that the American people don’t support public health insurance option we have clear evidence to the contrary. We have a poll released by The Washington Post and ABC news earlier this week confirming that 57% of Americans support a public health insurance option…but instead of supporting reform, the party of no, 126 days later, and insurance profit mongers, continue to work to kill reform and defend a system that discriminates against people with chronic illnesses, history of domestic violence, and continue to see premiums and deductibles skyrocket -forcing 14,000 Americans each day to lose their health care coverage.