Washington—Today, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, spoke in opposition to House Republicans’ 37th attempt to repeal Obamacare.

“We should come together to make this law work better to provide more access for most cost-effective care.  But the only true Republican alternative to Obamacare is Nothingcare,” Rep. Doggett said.


Rep. Doggett’s full remarks as delivered follow below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the Patients’ Rights Repeal Act.  Like a broken record repeating the same old scratchy, sad verse, these Republicans cannot stop repeating their record of indifference to the healthcare crisis.  They have given up on “repeal and replace” because all they ever cared about was the repeal part.  As the party of No, this year, they have not advanced a single health care proposal as an alternative.

I only wish that the Affordable Health Care Act were as good as they think it is bad.  But to the millions who have received refunds from insurance company monopolies for overcharging, to the millions who are no longer denied coverage by the fine print in an insurance policy they didn’t write, to the seniors who are getting some help on their prescription drugs and preventive care, to the millions more who will be able to finally apply in October for coverage they do not have now, for the small businesses who will receive assistance in supplying their employees with the coverage they have been unable to afford in the past, you know this Obamacare?  It works pretty well. 

Together, we could make it better.  We could make it more accessible for more individuals, like the many people in Texas who will be denied by Governor Perry’s decision to refuse 100% of the costs of Medicaid protection.  Together, we could provide more cost-effective care and do something more about spiraling healthcare costs.  But really, the only true Republican alternative to Obamacare is Nothingcare.