Cicilline Slams Trump Effort to Dismantle Affordable Care Act

Jun 26, 2020 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this morning mere hours after the Trump administration filed legal briefs requesting the Supreme Court to rip away health care from 20 million Americans and eliminate protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript of his speech, as delivered, is below.

 


David N. Cicilline
Protect Access to Health Care
June 26, 2020

Mr. Speaker, on Monday, the House will vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, a bill that will lower health care costs and prescription drug costs, protect patients with pre-existing conditions expand Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs.

Democrats have been committed since the day we arrived here to strengthen access to quality health care. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle, on the other hand, are trying to rip away health care from 20 million Americans and weaken protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.

They've been trying to do this for 10 years. They're obsessed with the very idea.

And yesterday, President Trump joined 18 Republican governors and attorneys general in filing a brief in the United States Supreme Court to have the entire Affordable Care Act declared unconstitutional -- in the middle of a global health epidemic.

More than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment. 120,000 Americans have died. And more than two and a quarter millions have been infected with this virus.

There has never been a more important time to protect access to quality, affordable health care than right now. And that's why democrats are going to move forward with another bill that will further strengthen access to high quality, affordable health care.

It's important that we continue this fight to protect the American people and their access to health care with that Mr. Speaker, I yield back.