CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU HOUSE FLOOR STATEMENT: “A DEFINITION OF INSANITY”

January 6, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County)  took to the House Floor to make the following statement in light of House consideration of the Senate-passed GOP Reconciliation Bill, which attacks women’s health care and takes health coverage away from millions of Americans.  The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill would result in 22 million Americans losing their health coverage after 2017.  Passage of the bill by the House today will send the bill to the President’s desk.  The President has already promised to veto the legislation.

Today the House Republican Caucus unveiled their ‘new’ ideas for America: a 62nd repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and 11th attack on women’s healthcare, both of which are guaranteed to be vetoed by President Obama.  One definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.  Repeal of the ACA would result in 22 million Americans losing their health insurance, including approximately 3.5 million Californians.  Republicans have no plan to cover the millions of Americans they would plunge into health care crisis through an actual repeal.  Millions more will also lose health care access if Planned Parenthood gets defunded.  Hardworking American families deserve a sane, sensible agenda.  If you want hyper-partisan bills that waste time, squander taxpayer resources and are destined to go nowhere, look at the GOP Agenda.  If you want ideas that will move our nation forward—such as investing in education, reducing carbon pollution and creating jobs—take a look at the Democratic Agenda.  At least we’re not insane.”

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