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Rep. DeLauro (D-CT): I Remind the Gentleman from Georgia

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Uploaded on Feb 18, 2011

Today, the House is considering several Republican amendments to the GOP spending (HR 1) bill to defund implementation of the health care law.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) responds to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) who calls the provisions in the health reform law extending health insurance to young adults until they're 26 part of the 'nanny state.' Rep. DeLauro explains "I remind the gentleman from Georgia that the taxpayers pay for Congress' health insurance as well. and any children that we have are covered under our health insurance."

The Republican spending bill cuts jobs. Republicans say "so be it."

Now Republicans want to block funds from being used to implement any aspect of the health law, including patients' rights. This will put insurance companies back in charge. Republicans say "so be it."

The "so be it" GOP efforts would guarantee that insurers and employers do not have to comply with the new patients' rights and insurance reforms that already took effect and are helping millions of Americans.

As a result:

Children with pre-existing conditions would once again be denied coverage.

Young adults up to age 26 would lose the assurance that they can stay on their parents' plans.

Lifetime caps could once again be placed on coverage

Pregnant women and breast and prostate cancer patients could once again be thrown off the insurance rolls

Many seniors would have to pay more for drugs.

Many small businesses would have to pay higher taxes -- because the tax credits for millions of small businesses that choose to offer coverage to their employees would stop being implemented

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