Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Floor Speech

Date: May 16, 2013
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. NEAL. Madam Speaker, today I rise in opposition to the repeal of the Patients' Rights Act. Seventy-one million Americans have already taken advantage of this opportunity for preventive health care services, 100 million Americans no longer will have a lifetime limit on their health insurance program, and young adults can stay on their parents' health insurance until they're 26. Ninety-eight percent of the people of Massachusetts are insured. The number regularly polls in the high 70s for customer satisfaction.

Let me just state this with some degree of certainty: the best hospitals in the world are in Massachusetts. Arguably, the best doctors in the world are in Massachusetts. Certainly the best teaching hospitals in the world are in Massachusetts. They've made it work. People are happy with the plan. If you're going to get sick, I say this to my Republican friends, as well, I'm going to get you a spot in Massachusetts.

Here's the point that we ought to be discussing today: the implementation of this successful plan. And I want to say this today tongue-in-cheek, but also with some satisfaction, we should thank Governor Romney for working with a Democratic legislature to make sure that the model for the Affordable Care Act was in place.

Let me say that again: thank Governor Romney for helping to make sure this plan was successful.