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Rep. Welch Remarks on the House Floor Ahead of Procedural Vote Paving the Way to Repeal of ACA

"I thank the gentleman. On probably the most important issue, we’re having the dumbest debate. We say the healthcare bill is good, you say it stinks. We think it’s good because we think it’s good that kids until they’re age 26 can stay on their parents’ plan. We think it’s good because people with preexisting conditions ought to have access to healthcare. We think it’s good that a person who gets sick shouldn’t lose their healthcare.

"You say it’s bad, even though the plan was based on a Heritage Foundation initiative and adopted largely in Massachusetts by a Republican governor. Bottom line, you’re the majority in the House, you’re the majority in the Senate, you’ve got the presidency,” Congressman Welch said. “You’ve got some responsibility to show us the beef. Where is the plan?

"Now there’s a lot of paper over there, but you haven’t shown us a plan and here’s why: because when you put pen to paper, all hell is going to break loose on your side, because you have to move beyond the rhetoric to figuring out how you’re going to pay to keep our kids on our healthcare plan, you’re going to have to figure out how to pay if we’re going to let folks with preexisting conditions have healthcare. Those don’t solve themselves, and you don’t have a plan. We’re entitled, the American people are entitled to have it."