In a “Speaker’s Minute” on the House floor today, Speaker John Boehner shared two of the hundreds of stories he’s heard from constituents in Ohio who are struggling under the president’s health care law. Boehner also urged President Obama to support the Keep Your Health Plan Act (H.R. 3350), which is up for a vote in the House this week. Here’s the transcript of his remarks:
“Mr. Speaker, I’ve heard from many of my constituents over the last couple weeks who are struggling mightily under the president’s health care law.
“Ed from Hamilton is one of them. He and his wife are retired, but aren’t old enough yet for Medicare. Their health care plan is being canceled. It’s being replaced with one that’ll cost $500 more per month. Now think about that: $500 more per month, every month, for their new health care plan.
“Then there’s Brian from West Chester, my hometown. He runs a small business, just like I used to. Brian’s been told that his health care premiums are going to double. If that happens, Brian said to me he might have to close his doors. That means his workers will lose their plan and lose their job.
“Now these are just two stories from my district Ohio. And there’s millions more of them all around the country. Premiums are going up. People are losing their coverage. And small business owners are being terrified.
“The president’s health care law is hurting a lot of our constituents. If he’s serious about helping them, he can start by making good on his promise and supporting the Keep Your Health [Plan] Act. I would encourage every member to help keep that promise and vote for this important bill.”