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November 7, 2009

Velázquez Floor Statement on the Health Care Reform Bill

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) today delivered the following statement on the floor of the House of Representatives during debate of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act:

"I rise in support of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.  For too long, millions of Americans have suffered without access to the medical treatment they need.  Right now, as we debate this measure on the floor, too many Americans are worrying about how they will find health care coverage if they lose their job. On this day alone, 14,000 Americans will lose their coverage.  And millions of our citizens, including one in three Hispanics, lack health insurance coverage. 

"Today, all of that changes.  No longer will insurance companies abandon Americans when they most need help.   This bill will end the practice of denying Americans coverage because of preexisting conditions.  36 million uninsured Americans will finally have coverage.   Choice, competition and transparency will be brought to the insurance market, meaning better care at lower costs.   I say this to my colleagues: it has been too long.  Let us pass this bill."

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Click here for video of Rep. Velázquez's floor statement.