BOWIE, MD -- Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) joined elected officials from throughout Maryland at the Maryland Rally to Save Health Care, part of the national day of action in opposition to Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without immediately replacing it. Below are highlights from his remarks:
"Good afternoon and thank you all for being here. When the Democrats in the House and Senate were working to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2009, a lot of people showed up at the Capitol and they called themselves the 'Tea Party'. Well I call them the 'Me Party.' And I call all of us Democrats the 'We Party.'
"We are in this together. We care about our fellow citizens. We care about seniors, and young people, and those with disabilities, and those with pre-existing conditions, and those who have health care costs that they can't afford. We care about them.
"I am a grandfather, and I tell people who ask me why I am worried about someone else's health care that I have grandchildren going to school. I want the kids to the left of them, and to the right of them, and in front of them, and behind them to be healthy. We are all in this together. We are the 'We Party.'
"America is the richest land on the face of earth, and we must make sure that all of our fellow citizens have access to affordable, quality insurance because that is what this is all about. That's what America is about. That's what Obamacare is about.
"We are going to win. We are going to win because they don't have an alternative. It's a shell game. There is no pea under any one of the shells. It's been seven years now and they can't find the pea.
"The 'We Party' will prevail. I want all of you to understand this. We just had an election, and over two million more people voted to keep the Affordable Care Act. We represent the majority of Americans willing to say we are in this together. Thank you!"