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McCarthy Floor Statement on the Repeal of Obamacare

Jan 19, 2011
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy and his colleagues kept their Pledge to America today by bringing the repeal of the job-destroying health care law to the House floor for a vote. McCarthy spoke on the House floor in support of the repeal measure. Below is the video link and text of his remarks:

Video of House Floor Statement


Well, I thank the gentleman for yielding.

First of all let me say, I respect my friends on the other side of the aisle and I do believe you all, like us, want to improve America's health care system. Congressional Republicans and Democrats don't differ on that goal.

Where we differ, and differ quite drastically, is on how to accomplish this goal.

And the American people's opinion on health care reform radically differs from that, Mr. Speaker, of President Obama and the Congressional Democrats.

Americans understand that our health care system, warts and all, is still the very best in the world. We have the best doctors, nurses, hospitals and health innovators in the world. We should be working together to improve the system rather than turning it over to thousands of health care bureaucrats, who believe they can make better choices than patients and doctors.

You know the debate today is a little different than the debate I remember when this bill was passed, Mr. Speaker.

Members are not held over for a weekend vote. There are not protestors outside rallying, wanting to, Mr. Speaker, to have their voices be heard. Today is an open, cordial discussion.

That's what the American people asked for, a health care system that works, that doesn't deter. A health care system devised by the patient and doctor.

Mr. Speaker, our families deserve better, our small businesses deserve better and to all my colleagues, America deserves better.

Let's repeal this health care bill. Start to replace it with an open and honest debate where the American people are involved, patients are involved, doctors are involved and the American public can have a health care bill that lowers the cost without destroying jobs and health care system that keeps the innovation we know so well. I yield back.