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Congressman Lloyd Doggett: "The Only True Republican Alternative to Obamacare is Nothingcare"


by: Katherine Haenschen

Thu May 16, 2013 at 05:02 PM CDT


Today, as Republicans in Congress tried to come between Americans and their doctors with their 37th feckless attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, staunch progressive and champion of healthcare Congressman Lloyd Doggett stood up and offered his strong defense of the bill.

In his remarks, Doggett took it to the GOP for being the party of "No," and emphasized how Republicans like Governor Rick Perry are still standing in the way of millions of Americans receiving access to affordable, quality care through the refusal to expand Medicaid.

Watch Doggett's remarks below:


Read the full transcript of his statement below the jump.  

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Transcript of Congressman Lloyd Doggett's remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the Patients' Rights Repeal Act.  Like a broken record repeating the same old scratchy, sad verse, these Republicans cannot stop repeating their record of indifference to the healthcare crisis.  They have given up on "repeal and replace" because all they ever cared about was the repeal part.  As the party of No, this year, they have not advanced a single health care proposal as an alternative.

I only wish that the Affordable Health Care Act were as good as they think it is bad.  But to the millions who have received refunds from insurance company monopolies for overcharging, to the millions who are no longer denied coverage by the fine print in an insurance policy they didn't write, to the seniors who are getting some help on their prescription drugs and preventive care, to the millions more who will be able to finally apply in October for coverage they do not have now, for the small businesses who will receive assistance in supplying their employees with the coverage they have been unable to afford in the past, you know this Obamacare?  It works pretty well.

Together, we could make it better.  We could make it more accessible for more individuals, like the many people in Texas who will be denied by Governor Perry's decision to refuse 100% of the costs of Medicaid protection.  Together, we could provide more cost-effective care and do something more about spiraling healthcare costs.  But really, the only true Republican alternative to Obamacare is Nothingcare.  



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