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