Published On: Sun, Jan 19th, 2014

This Day in History: Sheila Lee Jackson says repealing Obamacare would kill Americans

Two years ago Democrats were even more vocal in their support of Obamacare with Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee stating that repealing the bill would be “killing Americans.”

While appearing on FOX’s “Your World With Cavuto” she was given a chance to explain or even change direction this bold statement:

Sheila Jackson Lee Obamacare repeal kill AmericansThis is about saving lives. This is killing Americans, if we take this bill away, if we repeal this bill.

January 19, 2011 was the day she doubled down on this stance, defending Obamacare by using Medicare as an example.

“I am standing in front of a picture of a senior citizen who had pneumonia. And if it had not been for her constitutionally protected Medicare, she might have truly, under certain circumstances, lost her life.

There are people would have been living with preexisting conditions where now they will be able to have insurance, people with chronic illnesses, like a hemophiliac. One of individuals that we saw yesterday by the name of Ed said that he would be worried about his medical care with lifetime caps, because he had been a hemophiliac…”

She continues defending the bill, but never addressing the constitutional status of the mandate.

“Well, the argument — the argument, Neil, is that government-run health care is bad. The argument is that it is unconstitutional.

“And I am here to say to you, first of all, I’m going to vote no on the repeal and I look forward to working with Republicans on certain fixes, because you can amend, but I’m certainly not going to repeal.”

JACKSON LEE: … of this bill that is saving lives.

CAVUTO: … by repealing it — so, you think, by repealing it, people are going to die? You are literally saying that?

JACKSON LEE: I certainly — I — I certainly believe that there is a real possibility of that.

“This is not a bill about jobs. It’s about saving lives. And that is, of course, prescription drug benefits for seniors, closing those doughnut holes. Those are forthcoming. Yes, the — as you indicated, the preexisting condition, the 26-year-old being on your — on your health care coverage, because suppose your youngster who doesn’t have a job just graduated from college, got into a catastrophic accident, and you didn’t have the means.

“People have been turned away from hospitals simply because they have no insurance. People have been put out of hospitals because they have reached the lifetime caps. So, this…”

Check out the full transcript of the interview: http://votesmart.org/public-statement/579141/#.Usha9_RDuAk

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