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Floor Statement on Repeal of Affordable Care Act

January 13, 2017

Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to this budget resolution. The Affordable Care Act saves lives.

Today I want to talk about Mark Rouska from Tualatin, Oregon. Mark was diagnosed with stage IV renal cancer, and doctors told him the cancer had metastasized to his lungs. He had to resign from a job he loved as a special education teacher. Without chemotherapy, he would probably not be alive. That treatment costs about $20,000 a month, but because he has insurance through the Affordable Care Act, Mark pays about $175 a month.

At the end of this month, Mark and his wife, Patrice, will celebrate their 31st anniversary. Repealing the Affordable Care Act will endanger health coverage for millions of people. One of them is Mark.

I will do everything in my power to protect the many Oregonians who rely on the Affordable Care Act. I urge my colleagues to oppose this resolution.