I yield myself such time as I may consume. I am proud to have joined with the Speaker and other Committee Chairs to introduce the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Enhancement Act and welcome the measure's consideration in the House today.
Just last week, under the cover of night and while many Americans were likely sleeping, the
In our new Patient Protection & Affordable Care Enhancement Act, we expand tax credits to lower premium costs for consumers. For the first time in the history of the ACA, no one will pay more than 8.5 percent of their income on a silver plan through the Marketplace.
I'll quickly share a few other scenarios where people will see savings:
- A family of four earning
- An adult earning about
- And a 64-year-old earning
These are significant savings that would make a big difference for Americans - particularly during the current health and economic crisis. I thank
I also want to thank
These tax credits aren't the only benefits consumers can expect under this important legislation. We also slash prescription drug costs, reduce consumers' deductibles, encourage more states to expand Medicaid and establish their own
And notably, this bill reduces the number of uninsured Americans by 4 million.
These are the issues that matter to Americans - perhaps now more than ever. Ensuring all Americans can access quality health care without risking their family's financial security should not be a partisan issue.
After almost 70 votes on Republican bills to repeal or undermine the ACA, I am proud stand on the House floor in support of legislation that builds on the gains of the ACA; for legislation that increases access to affordable quality health care; for legislation that is for the people.
With that, I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this timely legislation and I reserve the balance of my time.