Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today on how Congress will use reconciliation to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood.
Leader McCarthy’s full speech is below, or watch online here.
“I thank the gentleman for yielding. I appreciate the work that the chairman has made. You know, he is the Chairman of the Budget [Committee] but before he stood on this floor, he was a doctor. He’s still a doctor today, and I know the passion in which he brings to bring the right type of reform for a medical facility that actually works in this country. And I know that’s why today is so important not just to him but to all of us.
“We’ve worked hard—I’d say relentlessly—to make this day happen. Yes, we fought to delay, defund, and actually repeal Obamacare. This law is a failure. We know it, and I know all of you on the other side of the aisle know it as well. Twelve co-ops have failed. State exchanges are failing.
“No matter where you stood on this issue you went home and you heard from your constituents. Now if you voted for it, you’re going to have to answer to the President’s promises. Because he just didn’t promise a few in this room, he promised all of Americans. Do you remember what he said?
“He said, ‘If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.’ He said also said, Mr. Speaker, ‘If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.’ Mr. Speaker, he also said Obamacare would ‘lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.”
“Those are direct quotes. Not one of them came to fruition.
“Now I know what I’ll hear on the other side of the aisle. And they probably won’t mention this, but you know on this floor Republicans and Democrats joined together to dismantle the employer and individual mandates. In a bipartisan fashion we delayed the Medical Device Tax. In a bipartisan fashion—a lot driven from the other side—delayed the Cadillac Tax, cut funding to the health care rationing board, and stopped the taxpayer bailout of insurance companies.
“Many of our attempts have been successful in undoing key parts of this law. But today, for the first time, we send a bill repealing Obamacare to the President’s desk.
“We also—after watching the horrific videos of Planned Parenthood employees casually discussing the sale of infant organs, we knew something had to be done. Something had to be done to make sure taxpayers were never forced to support organizations that engage in such inhumane practices.
“Today, we send a bill to the President’s desk that ends taxpayer funding for abortion coverage and abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood.
“No matter where you go in this country, no matter who you talk to, no matter what party they belong to, they know things are wrong in this country. People are hurting under Obamacare. Human life is being disregarded. And now, Congress will put it to the President and hold him accountable for the terrible policies his Administration has pursued.
“Mr. Speaker, I don’t have any delusions. For the sake of the American people and too many unborn children, I hope the President signs this bill. But the President has made his position very clear. No matter how wrong he is, he will veto any bill that repeals Obamacare or defunds Planned Parenthood.
“If he does, we’ll vote to override that veto. I—and I know many of my colleagues—have worked with colleagues on the other side of the aisle trying to persuade them to join with us. We asked them to join us and stand with the American people against Obamacare and against taxpayer funding for the abortion industry.
“But no matter how the override vote ends up, what we are doing today is still important. When a Republican President takes office next year, Mr. Speaker, we can use reconciliation again. But we won’t have to worry about a veto from the White House, and we can overcome any attempts by the Democrats to filibuster and obstruct.
“You see, from the foundation of this bill, and from the work of many colleagues in the medical community and doctors that serve as members of Congress, we’ll create a patient-centered health care system that gives power to the people, not to bureaucrats in Washington.
“So Mr. Speaker, that’s why today is important. Because with this bill, we can do it—this year or the next. But we will.”