"We created the popular Children Health Insurance Program that millions of families rely on today.
"We created the prescription drug program in Medicare to help seniors get the medicine they need.
"We created the first law that established protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.
"We want people to have access to quality, affordable health care that fits their needs, not Speaker Pelosi's.
"And we also support cures for serious and life-threatening diseases that plague so many families and our loved ones. Eliminating the hope for those cures is why this bill is so dangerous.
"Let me also be very clear about what isn't in this bill,
"We've heard a lot today from my friends on the other side of the aisle bemoaning the
"Let me state it again, for all to hear:
"But we cannot have a healthy society-- we cannot protect Americans with pre-existing conditions-- if we don't have access to life-saving cures. And as we continue to fight COVID-19, we should be doing all we can to accelerate medical innovation, not destroy it the way today's bill proposes.
"We're not just talking about a few cures for some very rare diseases. According to the independent
"Our country is in a time of uncertainty; millions are unemployed, and states still have deep restrictions set in place.
"For folks who are relying on a short-term limited plan for this period of uncertainty, why do
"We know that Obamacare plans are really expensive, and a lot of people can't afford the higher premiums and the higher deductibles. Why don't we work together to find ways to make health insurance cheaper instead of covering up the fact it's too expensive with more taxpayer-funded subsidies?
"Today's vote is a messaging vote. It's political. Politics should not control how we write health-care policy.
"Instead we should be working on bipartisan provisions that can be signed into law.
"We know we can lower out-of-pocket costs for Americans by cracking down on overpriced drugs.
"We can empower seniors to choose where to get medicines, which can cut the cost of chemotherapy in half.
"We can pull back the curtain on those who set drug prices, forcing drug companies to justify their increases and list their prices in their advertising.
"We can accelerate - not kill - lifesaving medical cures.
"We can permanently make it easier for Americans to deduct high medical expenses from their taxes.
"And importantly, we can work together to expand access to quality health-care plans that fit patients' needs, instead of putting politics first and propping up Obamacare's one-size-fits-all approach.
"This is a dangerous time to be playing politics with patients' health care, and I strongly urge all my colleagues to reject this game that