Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WATCH, READ: Rep. Grijalva Speech Re: Repeal Of Obamacare Vote

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-CD7) gave a 90-second speech on the House floor yesterday before the party-line vote (240-182, 4 Dems voted aye) to proceed to a vote to repeal Obamacare (aka Affordable Care Act).  Grijalva focused on how the repeal would affect American Indians.

This transcript was provided by the Congressman's office; it is as written and Grijalva did add/change a bit:

“The middle class and men and women looking for work in this country are asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’ The Republican majority in the House will be responding, once again, by voting to take away health coverage for struggling Americans. “Instead of bringing a jobs bill up, or a fair taxation bill up, we will be taking away health care from a very significant and important group of Americans: the first Americans, American Indians. By upholding health care reform, the Supreme Court decision affirmed that the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement act has been affirmed. The Affordable Care Act permanently authorizes daily health care delivery to nearly two million American Indians and Alaska Natives who are in critical need of improved health care and services to their communities. There will be critical updates, modernizations, expanded cancer screenings, long-term care, hospice care, and care for the elderly and the disabled. “The passage of health care reform represented a fourteen-year struggle by tribal leaders to make permanent a legislative commitment by the federal government that had not been upheld. It is wrong for Republicans to take this promise away from Indian country and the first Americans. Americans want a jobs plan, not their health care taken away.”

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