Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: ACA repeal bill would leave 10-15 million more uninsured

Mar 8, 2017
Press Release
Opening Statement of Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip And Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Committee Markup of The American Health Care Act

VERBATIM, AS DELIVERED

Chairman, even though the majority has refused to send this bill for a score to the CBO before we mark it up, Joe Antos from the American Enterprise Institute has estimated that 10 to 15 million people will lose their insurance because of this legislation, and a number of other think tanks have said the same.

I want to ask you a question, Mr. Chairman: Who are those 10 to 15 million people?

Is it Laurie Dunklee, my high school classmate, who finally got insurance when she was age 56 through the Medicaid expansion?

Is it the young woman who came to my listening session and said that finally, after years of mental illness, she was able to get treatment – and now she is in graduate school, and she’s going to have a great job?

Is it your next-door neighbor? Is it your health care provider?

Who are these 10 to 15 million people who are going to lose health insurance?

We should sit down together, just like we did on 21st Century Cures. We should come up with a bill that fixes Obamacare that we could pass unanimously, and then we could uphold the proud tradition of this committee. Thank you.