“Judge Gorsuch needed to convince me he would not join the posse of Republican appointees that has relentlessly stretched the law to benefit Republican partisans and corporations at the expense of everyone else. He needed to convince me he would stand up to real threats to our democracy like dark money. Over and over again during his hearing, he dodged and ducked and failed.”
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In a floor speech yesterday in opposition to the Republican Party’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) spoke of health care as a right not a privilege – and vowed to fight any repeal.
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my friend for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise to oppose this bill.
As elected representatives, we have a mission, an obligation, and a mandate to fight for each and every American. I ask you, Mr. Speaker, who will stand for the American people? Who will speak up for those who have been left out and left behind?
Mr. Speaker, I have said it time and time again — health care is a right. It is not a privilege reserved for a wealthy few. For what does it profit this body to pass this bill and lose our soul? This bill is a shame. It is a disgrace.
Mr. Speaker, today my heart breaks for the disabled, for women, for seniors, and working families. My heart aches for those who are living paycheck-to-paycheck. My heart mourns for innocent, little children whose very life depends on if their families can pay the bills. This is the right and wrong of it. This is the heart and soul of the matter. We cannot abandon our principles. Mr. Speaker, we cannot forget our values.
I have fought too hard and too long to back down now. I will fight any bill that turns the clock back to a darker time. I will fight every single attempt to turn a deaf ear, a blind eye, and a cold shoulder to the sick, to our seniors, and to working families. Mr. Speaker, I will fight every day, every hour, every minute, and every second. I will oppose this bill with every breath and every bone in my body.
We must not give up. We cannot – I will not — give in. Not today, not tomorrow, and never ever. On this bill, there is only one option – and that option is to vote NO. You can do better. Mr. Speaker, you must do better. Vote no on this bill!
Today, as the Affordable Care Act turns 7 years old, Republicans in Congress will be voting to repeal it. Not because the law does not make great strides in delivering on its promise of providing affordable care to all Americans but because it does deliver on that promise – the number of uninsured Americans is at an all-time low. Without the ACA, 36,000 people a year would die from treatable illnesses and thousands of families would be plunged into medical bankruptcy, forced to choose between caring for a loved one or paying the mortgage. The value of the social safety net has never been “settled law” in America and as long as Republicans are willing to put profits over people, tax cuts over children’s health, deficit reduction over common decency, Democrats will have to keep fighting with everything we have. We may not have political power right now but we have the power of the people behind us.
Here is a reminder of what happened seven years ago.
President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have rejected bipartisanship. They are tying themselves in knots trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act – often called Obamacare. But for millions of everyday Americans, health coverage isn’t about politics, it’s a matter of life and death.
“On Monday in Concord, NH, I met with a former construction supervisor named Philip Spagnuolo. Like millions of others in my state and across America, Philip had been struggling with addiction. But thanks to the expansion of Medicaid in New Hampshire – made possible by Obamacare – he has been able to get treatment, enter recovery, and build a new life.
“I talked with a police officer in Laconia, NH, who has been reaching out to families struggling with substance use disorders. He estimates that of the nearly 170 families he has worked with, almost three-quarters rely on health coverage through Medicaid.
“The oldest rule in medicine is “do no harm.” But millions of Americans like Philip and those families in Laconia will be hurt by efforts to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the Republican healthcare plan, also known as Trumpcare.
[The Washington Republicans are] calling it the American Health Care Act: the AHCA. But they should call it the BBBA: the Big Breaks for Billionaires Act. That’s because you pay more, you get less, while billionaires get all the breaks. […]
For seven years now, Washington Republicans guaranteed they’d repeal and replace.
Well, this week, they were finally forced to put their cards on the table.
And it turns out they’ve been bluffing.
Because when you get past the smoke and mirrors of President Trump’s repeal plan, it’s clear they’ve dealt America a bad hand. […]
It means raiding 170 billion dollars from the Medicare Trust Fund, shortening the solvency of this vital lifeline for our seniors by three years. It means putting rural hospitals and small clinics on life support.
And it means taking coverage away from about 10 million Americans – including tens of thousands of farmers, factory workers and hardworking families across Illinois!
Just like Trump University, their bill is a scam designed to rip off folks like you.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Co-Chair of the DPCC, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Matt Cartwright and Congressman Darren Soto to hold a press conference call ahead of House Democrats’ National Day of Action on Saturday, February 18.
Good morning, everyone. This is a pretty exciting time for us. Four weeks since the Inauguration of a new President. Eight years ago, on this day, President Obama signed the Recovery Act, which got us down the path already for moving toward health care for all by having the electronic medical records contained in it already. He had signed SCHIP to cover many children in our country. Progress was already made on this four-week anniversary. Oh, and Lilly Ledbetter – did I mention that?
“But I didn’t want the morning to pass without acknowledging what this date meant eight years ago. It also began our path toward health care for all Americans as a right, not a privilege for the few. Inspired by so many and seeing the urgency – and captured best by Dr. Martin Luther King when he said, ‘Of all the forms of injustice, of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most inhumane.’ […]
“[February 18th] will be our centerpiece day for events – town halls, real hospital visits, roundtables and many things in between. The American people are mobilizing against the Republican assault on affordable health care, but Democrats will keep fighting to ensure that health care is right of every American, while Republicans want to Make America Sick Again.
Last week, House Democrats met at a leadership conference in Baltimore MD to discuss 2017 issues and their response to the Trump administration and the Republican majority.
(“House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Vice Chair Linda Sanchez (D-CA) spoke to reporters at the closing press conference of their caucus retreat in Baltimore. They talked about issues of party unity, their goals for the 115th Congress, and answered questions about their approach to the Trump administration. They also offered favorable reactions to a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the Trump administration’s request to remove a stay on the executive order on immigrants and refugees. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined the briefing in progress and praised Reps. Crowley and Sanchez for what she called a “remarkable” issues conference for the caucus“)
I’ve said to you over and over again: we don’t unite our Caucus. Our Caucus is united by our values. What was particularly rewarding to all of us here are the values panels that our Chairman and Vice Chairwoman brought forth, speaking from the diversity of our country, from the soul of who we are as Americans – and really, not in a political way. Really, not Democrats and Republicans, but about America.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke with concerned Americans and offered solutions on behalf of House Democrats at a Live CNN Town Hall moderated by Jake Tapper. During the event, she discussed the urgency of protecting health care for millions of Americans, combatting President Trump’s hateful Muslim and refugee ban, the importance of sanctuary cities and empowering women to stay engaged despite Republican attacks on women’s health and reproductive freedoms.
Politico: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spewed verbal daggers at President Donald Trump on Tuesday night, saying she feels pity for the commander-in-chief and calling him “reckless,” “brash” and “so insecure.”
“If you detect some impatience in my voice, it’s because your family is suffering and our president is reckless, reckless, and his administration is incompetent,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, answering a question from a Yemeni refugee about Trump’s controversial immigration order.”
Pelosi divulged additional details about her meeting with Trump and other congressional leaders last week during which the president insisted he was robbed of the popular vote due to widespread voter fraud.
The California Democrat spoke up during the meeting, telling the president his widely debunked claim just wasn’t true. Trump’s response, according to Pelosi’s retelling the episode on CNN: “And I’m not even counting California.”
“You’re the president of the United States and you’re so insecure. This isn’t even true, it’s like the size of your inauguration,” Pelosi said.”