WASHINGTON (United Press Association, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013)–Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced six amendments to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act today.
“I don’t believe the President needs Congressional approval to add these improvements to what we all call ‘ObamaCare’,” Rep. Johnson said. “I respect his decision to seek authorization through these amendments. At this time, I am deeply concerned that the current law harms seniors and that these amendments are in our national interest.
“The legacy of aging has left a severe economic and physical gap between seniors and non-seniors but the PPACA’s push for equality which has already spread to Hispanics, gays, immigrants and many others, can now hold its head high as it treats seniors with compassion and respect. The arc of justice seems to get a little better with each passing generation, as we all stand on the shoulders of the great leaders and visionaries who lead the march to pass universal health care four years ago.”
- Amendment 1 bans lipofuscin deposits in muscle tissue.
- Amendment 2 bans reduction of the hepatic blood supply as well as cellular multinucleararity and mandates phagocytosis.
- Amendment 3 bans senescent changes of the cornea including a reduction in epithelial luster.
- Amendment 4 bans the production of apolipoprotein, APOE4.
- Amendment 5 bans magic dust.
- Amendment 6 bans osteopenia.
Co-sponsors included Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
“Building on House Democrats 2012 success, these outstanding leaders of our party are committed to standing up for the elderly and improving their quality of life!” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “These exceptional Members will lead the charge to pick up seats in 2014 and continue reversing the Tea Party wave that would condemn our elderly to shortened lives of pain and deterioration.
“Rep. Johnson has determined that the United States Congress, through its ability to amend the laws of nature, can virtually eliminate these canons put into effect by another party.”
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