KENNEDY STATEMENT ON ACA VOTE
Washington, DC -- Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement after Republicans on the House Energy & Commerce Committee voted to move forward with repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“Yesterday we spoke of mercy -- for the elderly, the poor, the sick and the suffering who this legislation clearly leaves behind. But this is about more than mercy, it is about common decency. Because there is nothing more universally human than the stubborn truth that fortunes change. That no one among us is immune to illness or addiction or bad luck or real loss. So we fortify a system of shared protections that are deep and strong enough to catch any brother or sister who falls. Shame on those who take that protection for granted.”
Over the course of the 27-hour hearing, Kennedy took Speaker Ryan to task for calling repeal an 'act of mercy,' secured an admission from Republicans that their plan guts mental health care, and defended Planned Parenthood.
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For Immediate Release:
March 9, 2017
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