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WORKING TOGETHER ON THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT
(Mr. QUIGLEY asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. QUIGLEY. Mr. Speaker, tomorrow we will celebrate 7 years since
the President signed the Affordable Care Act into law. The following
day my colleagues across the aisle will vote to eradicate the
undeniable progress it has made.
On Thursday, when the House votes on the American Health Care Act, we
will vote to take away health insurance from millions of Americans; we
will vote to raise premiums on seniors; we will vote to damage women's
healthcare programs; and we will vote to reduce access to care for
Policies that were once derided as socialist are now mainstream,
considering so many of the popular parts of ACA are retained in the
The majority of the country does not want to repeal ACA but to
improve it in a bipartisan way. The only way to create a meaningful
change for the American people is to work together across the aisle.
As Lincoln said: “We cannot escape history. We . . . will be
remembered in spite of ourselves.” A vote to repeal ACA will be a
stain on that legacy.