Approaching his first 100 days, Congressman Pappas reaffirms his commitment to expanding access to quality affordable health care on House floor

April 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Approaching his first 100 days in office, Congressman Chris Pappas took to the House floor to reaffirm his commitment to expanding access to health care for New Hampshire families while calling on his colleagues to cease efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Since entering office, Congressman Pappas has condemned the Administration’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act through the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit and voted to empower House Counsel to intervene. Additionally, Congressman Pappas co-sponsored The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act which will lower health insurance premiums, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and crack down on junk health insurance plans.

Read the full remarks as written for delivery from Congressman Pappas below:

Mr. Speaker, 

When we took our oath in January, no issue before us was more critical than health care.

Over the past 100 days, we have fought the Administration’s efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act at every turn.

We must keep at it because the ACA has allowed 53,000 New Hampshire residents to enroll in Medicaid expansion, and the coverage for substance use disorder is the best tool we have to combat the opioid crisis.

We also voted to empower House Counsel to intervene in the courts, and defend access to health care for those with pre-existing conditions.

Half the adult population in New Hampshire has a pre-existing condition and we can't go back to the days when insurance companies could discriminate against them.

We also introduced legislation which will lower premiums, strengthen patient protections, and crack down on junk plans that could send New Hampshire families right into bankruptcy.

Lowering costs and expanding access to care must continue to be at the top of our priority list.

Nothing is more important to the health of our districts and the well-being of this nation.

Let's work together to improve our health care system, not play politics with it.

Thank you, I yield back. 

You can watch my speech here

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