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Defending ACA & Improving Healthcare for All Americans

Mar 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House Floor to voice his long-standing and continued support of the Affordable Care Act amid the upcoming seventh anniversary of the health care law and Republicans’ repeal efforts.

Below is a video and transcript of the speech. 

Mr. Speaker—

Tomorrow, we will celebrate seven years since President Obama 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 to women’s health care programs.

And, we vote to reduce access to care for LGBTQ people.

Policies that were once derided as socialist and are now main stream—considering so many of the popular parts of ACA are retained in the Republican replacement.

The majority of the country does not want to repeal ACA, but to improve it, in a bipartisan way.

The only way to create meaningful change for the American people is to work together, across the aisle.

And as Lincoln said, it is not too late to escape history. We will be remembered in spite of ourselves.

A vote to repeal ACA will be a stain on our legacy as policy makers. I yield back.