Bass on Health Care Reform: Republican Plan Will Cover Pre-Existing Conditions

Speaks during House floor debate on health care repeal bill

WASHINGTON – During House floor debate on the health care repeal bill this afternoon, Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) stressed that Republicans will cover individuals with pre-existing conditions while saving costs and keeping premiums down.

The final vote on legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is expected later this afternoon.

You can view the video of Bass’ floor speech here.

The full text of Bass’ remarks follows:

“I thank the distinguished Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

“Mr. Speaker, this health care reform bill was a bad bill passed at the wrong moment.  It is, in my opinion, one of the major reasons why we face such economic uncertainty in this country. 

“Businesses don’t know what it will cost to hire somebody.  Businesses don’t know what’s coming down.  Employers don’t know what the world is going to be like.  And consumers feel the same way.

“Now in the course of this debate, we’ve talked about the issue of pre-existing conditions and how the Republicans are not going to allow for pre-existing conditions to be included in their alternative.

“Nothing could be further from the truth!

“Republicans have consistently offered proposals to give individuals with pre-existing conditions access to affordable health care coverage.

“But we will do it in a way that will be predictable; it will be fair; it will be competitive; it will save costs; it will make health care transparent; and it will keep premiums down.

“We have an opportunity now to make changes that should have been made from the very beginning.

“Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”