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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Over 24 Hours Later, Bilirakis and Energy & Commerce Committee Conclude Marathon Health Care Debate

March 10, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. --  The House Energy and Commerce Committee, where U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) serves as the only Florida Republican, surpassed the 24 hour mark during a full committee debate on the American Health Care Act, the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The debate began at 10:30am on March 8, and continued through the night until 1:30pm on March 9. Over 60 amendments were debated and voted on. See below for highlights. 

Hour 8: Bilirakis highlights constituents who faced higher premiums, higher deductibles, and less choices because of the Affordable Care Act.


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Hour 12: As Republicans on the committee sought serious and thoughtful debate on this important bill, Bilirakis joined his colleagues in voting down a Democrat amendment to rename the bill “The Republican Pay More for Less Care Act” 



Hour 23: Meeting with Governor Scott to discuss solidifying Medicaid in Florida. 



Hour 25: Bilirakis speaks on legislation he introduced to address the issue of high prescription drug costs. 


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Further resources:

  • Please click here to read the full text of the American Health Care Act, and here to read a section-by-section summary.
  •  Click here for more details on background and the next steps for the American Health Care Act.
  • To stream the committee debate live and learn more about amendments, click here.