Rep. Jeffries Stands Against Trump Administration Attacks on Health Care

I thank the distinguished chair for his leadership on this critically important issue the reckless and reprehensible Republican assault on health care is unamerican unconscionable and unacceptable this administration wants to take away health care protection from tens of millions of Americans this administration wants to impose an age tax on people between 50 and 64 which will dramatically increase premiums co-pays and deductibles this administration wants to take away protections for those with pre-existing conditions adversely impacting more than 100 million Americans here is the Democratic response keep your hands off of the health care of every day Americans our legislation will strengthen the Affordable Care Act protect people with pre-existing conditions lower health care costs and drive down the high cost of life-saving prescription drugs because Democrats believe that in this great country no American should ever have to choose between putting food on the table paying the rent or getting access to life-saving medication we believe that health care is a right it is not a privilege we are not going backward we are just going to move forward this is the wealthiest country in the history of the world every single American should have access to high buddy and affordable health care and we are taking a substantial step in that direction today I thank the chair and the tremendous members of the relevant committees for their great work I urge a yes vote and I yield back the balance of my time

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