Here is video of new Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD8) speaking on the House floor this morning. He plans to vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare today, and called the vote a "charade". He also ticked off several things that should be improved, including ensuring Medicare pays the same for prescription drugs as the VA.
Here's the transcript of the speech (from Barber's office - thanks, Mark!) and the news release from his office, below the jump:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today as the member who has most recently faced an electorate.
I have heard loud and clear that the people of Southern Arizona elected me for the very same reason the people of any other district elected their Representatives. To stand up for them. To fight to make their lives better.
I wasn’t here to vote on this legislation when it was passed, but I appreciate its benefits and that we must work to improve it.
I rise today to speak against its repeal.
We should be here, having a robust conversation about how to make this law better. We should be discussing how to ensure that Medicare doesn't pay more for prescription drugs than the Veterans Administration. We should be debating how to keep rising health insurance costs from hurting small businesses.
We should be looking for ways to create jobs. Ways to strengthen our middle class. Ways to bolster our economy.
We should challenge each other to rise above partisan bickering to GET SOMETHING DONE.
Instead, this bill sends a message to American families that this body cares more about political grandstanding than improving their lives. I ask that we put aside this charade and let us do the work we were elected to do.
I yield back.
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