This week, the House Republican Leadership brought this legislation to the House floor for a vote. Congressman Hinojosa spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Here is some of what he said:
“My number-one priority for the 112th Congress is creating jobs, but instead of focusing on job creation, the top Republican leadership is focusing on repealing patients’ rights and putting insurance companies back in charge.
“Hundreds of thousands of residents in the 15th District of Texas will lose rights that protect them from insurance company abuses. This repeal will directly deprive our senior citizens of their rebates that they deserve. This repeal will take away freedom and control over our citizen’s health care choices.
“My constituents simply can’t afford the Patients’ Rights Repeal Act. Over one-third of our residents in District 15 are currently uninsured. I project that the percentage could drop to only 10 percent uninsured if we keep moving forward.
“The focus of the 112th Congress should be reducing the high 9.4 percent unemployment rate. Instead, we have a bill before us today that makes it harder for businesses to provide benefits to employees and that eliminates the hundreds of thousands of new jobs that were being created in the health and medical fields,” Hinojosa said.