Here's a video of Gerry Connolly speaking in favor on health care reform on the floor of the House of Representatives today. Rep. Connolly definitely made the right decision by not only voting in favor of the bill, but also speaking in support of it on the floor. Gerry's the President of the Freshman class in the House and I think this shows true leadership as he's standing up for what's right for the American people. I certainly hope other freshmen members of Congress will be following his example. Well done, Rep. Gerry Connolly. (Note that a transcript of Connolly's remarks can be found below the video.)
Mr. Speaker, I rise to address the issue of health care reform. H.R. 3962, this bill, has been a century in the making.
Teddy Roosevelt first called for comprehensive health care in the early 1900's. Some rush.
A hundred years after that Republican's vision, T.R. has been vindicated. Americans need the reform he endeavored to achieve.
Today's vote will mark an epic turning point for our country, for it enshrines national principles far more important than legislative pages:
The principle of universal access and affordability;
The principle of protection for American families against bankruptcy from the cost of catastrophic illness;
The simple justice of shielding millions, including our children, from the caprice and devastation of health care benefits denied because of a pre-existing medical condition.
If we have common American values that include compassion and economic common sense, if we have some sense of commonwealth in which your need is also mine, if we can rise above partisan advantage and understand our responsibilities to our fellow countrymen, here in this place, then we will seize this moment, this one transformative moment to make America a better place.
I will vote for this bill. I yield back.