Louise Line: The president’s address to Congress tonight
Tonight, President Trump will speak before a joint session of Congress regarding his agenda for the country. While I was pleased that the president withdrew from the 12-country trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership, I believe that the start of this administration has been a troubling one. The president’s travel ban from seven majority-Muslim nations, his appointment of Steve Bannon to the National Security Council, and his environmental agenda are particularly concerning, among many other recent actions.
I feel that one of the most devastating priorities for this administration and the Republican Congress is repealing the Affordable Care Act, a bill I brought to the floor of the House of Representatives as Chairwoman of the Rules Committee in 2009. This law has provided health care to millions of people nationwide, and millions more have been able to access substantially-improved coverage. If the president and his allies in Congress get their way, all of this might be ripped away.
It is my belief that the president should see firsthand the people who would be impacted if he moves forward with repealing this landmark law. That’s why I have invited Rochester’s own Jonathan Siegel to attend the president’s address tonight as my guest. Jonathan recently shared his personal story about how the Affordable Care Act helped change his life for the better. This law not only provided affordable health care for him and his family, it also made it possible for Jonathan to start his own business. His story resonated with me, which is why he spoke at our recent Affordable Care Act event in Rochester. It’s also why President Trump and the Majority need to see him in the House chamber tonight.
I find it unconscionable that the president and conservatives in Congress have made repealing the Affordable Care Act their top priority for the 115th Congress. Our roads and bridges are crumbling and the cost of education is skyrocketing, however this does not seem to be a priority for the Majority. Instead, the work they are doing could take away health care for tens of millions of people just like Jonathan. It is my belief that Congressional Republicans should be working to improve this law instead of eviscerating it, which would be devastating for families and our economy.
I will not let them repeal this law without a fight. Many of you have a story just like Jonathan’s, and I will make sure your voices are heard tonight.