Schakowsky blasts Republicans at anti-Obamacare hearing: ‘Get over it!’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:51 EDT
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Jan Schakowsky speaks at a House hearing (CNN)
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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) had a message for House Republicans on Wednesday who she said had waged a 3-year campaign to destroy President Barack Obama’s health care reform law: “Get over it!”

At a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing called by Republicans to grill Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over failures of the health care law’s website, Schakowsky insisted that lawmakers should be spending their time working together to fix problems.

“I want to thank you, especially as a woman,” the Illinois Democrat told Sebelius. “Being a woman can no longer be considered being a pre-existing condition, women can no longer be charged more than a man for the same coverage, women have access to comprehensive benefits — like prescription drugs and preventative screenings and free contraceptive coverage and maternity care, which is often left out of coverage.”

“You know, I want to say to my colleagues, after a three and a half year campaign to repeal, to discredit, to even shut down the government over Obamacare. I want to say, get over it!”

“We all agree that there are problems, but these are problems that I see being fixed.”

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Oct. 30, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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