The House Will Convene At 9:00 AM Today
House Session - October 27, 2009
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  • 10:29:51 AM

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    ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR MORNING HOUR SPEECHES, WHERE MEMBERS CAN TALK ABOUT…

    ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR MORNING HOUR SPEECHES, WHERE MEMBERS CAN TALK ABOUT ANY SUBJECT. LEGISLATIVE WORK STARTS AT NOON EASTERN. TODAY THE HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO WORK ON FISCAL YEAR 2010 INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPENDING AND FOUR OTHER BILLS, INCLUDING ONE ENCOURAGING ADOPTION. THE U.S. SENATE MEETING TODAY. THEY ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WORK ON EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. CAN YOU FOLLOW THE SENATE LIVE ON C-SPAN-2. THE HOUSE NOW LIVE HERE ON C-SPAN. EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 10:31:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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  • 10:31:26 AM

    THE CLERK

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 27, 2009. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE…

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 27, 2009. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DONNA F. EDWARDS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:31:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE . THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO 30 MINUTES AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:32:12 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OCTOBER 20, 2009, SHOULD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OCTOBER 20, 2009, SHOULD HAVE MARKED THE 36TH BIRTHDAY OF SHANNON. INSTEAD, SHE WILL BE FOREVER THE 19-YEAR-OLD VICTIM OF KIDNAPPING AND RAPE, WHOSE LIFE WAS TRAGICALLY ENDED AT THE HANDS OF A RUTHLESS KILLER. SHANNON WAS A GIFTED YOUNG COLLEGE SOPHOMORE FROM MIAMI ATTENDING EMERY UNIVERSITY IN ATLANTA. IN MIAMI AT SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, MY ALMA MATER, SHE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE JUNIOR AND SENIOR CLASS, A CHAMPION ORATOR, WHO WAS CAPTAIN OF THE DEBATE TEAM FOR THREE YEARS. SHE WAS ALSO IN THE HONORS SOCIETY. AS A MEMBER OF THE CLUB LEGAL EAGLES, SHANNON WAS AN ASPIRING ATTORNEY WHOSE ULTIMATE GOAL WAS TO SIT ON THE SUPREME COURT. DURING HER SENIOR YEAR, SHANNON EVEN SPOKE BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS AND CONGRESS. WITH GRAND DREAMS AND A PROMISING FUTURE AHEAD OF HER, NOTHING COULD HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE MORE TRAGIC THAN HER DISAPPEARANCE. THE NEWS WAS DEVASTATING TO HER HOME COMMUNITY AS IT WAS TO THE ATLANTA AREA WHERE SHE HAD ALREADY ESTABLISHED HERSELF AS A BRIGHT INDIVIDUAL WITH AN EVEN BRIGHTER FUTURE. SHE DISAPPEARED WITHOUT A TRACE ON MARCH 26, 1994, WHILE WORKING AT A PART-TIME JOB AT A SOFTBALL COUNTRY CLUB. SHORTLY AFTER THE FIRST 10,000 POSTERS AND 60 BILLBOARDS WENT UP IN ATLANTA WITH SHANNON'S PICTURE AND DECLARING HER MISSING. NOT LONG AFTER THAT, HER FATHER HAD THE SIGNS CHANGED TO KIDNAPPED. CALVIN HAMPTON WAS NAMED AS A SUSPECT. HE WAS A CO-WORKER AND UMPIRE SHE KNEW THROUGH HER PART-TIME JOB. MANY PIECES OF EVIDENCE LINKED HIM TO THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SHANNON, BUT UNFORTUNATELY NOT ENOUGH FOR A SOLID CASE. IN A STRANGE TWIST OF FAITH, THIS DEMENTED MAN BURNED DOWN HIS OWN HOME TO KEEP THE AUTHORITIES FROM INVESTIGATING HIM FURTHER, BUT HE WAS SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN PRISON FOR FRAUD WHEN HE TRIED TO COLLECT INSURANCE ON THAT HOUSE FIRE. THEN, MORE THAN 11 YEARS LATER AFTER SHANNON HAD DISAPPEARED, HE HAD JUST BEEN RELEASED FROM PRISON WHEN HE WAS REARRESTED AND PLACED ON TRIAL FOR SHANNON'S MURDER. AFTER MANY HEARTWRENCHING MOMENTS IN THE TRIAL, THE VERDICT CAME BACK GUILTY AND HINTON WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON. BECAUSE OF THE ATROCIOUS ACTS OF THIS HORRIBLE MAN, A BRIGHT YOUNG LIFE WAS EXTINGUISH AND THE WORLD IS FOREVER POORER BECAUSE OF THIS. CHILLINGLY, THOUGH, THIS MURDERER IS UP FOR PATROL IN THE YEAR 2011. WITH THE CONFESSED PERPETRATOR BEHIND BARS, WE HAVE THE COMFORT OF KNOWING THAT NO OTHER PERSON CAN FALL VICTIM TO HIM AND THAT IS WHY WE SHOULD FIGHT TO KEEP HIM THERE IN PRISON. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY PERPETRATORS ARE ROLLING THE STREETS TODAY STILL PREYING ON THE MOST INNOCENT OF VICTIMS. LET US MAKE SURE THAT KELVIN HINTON IS NOT ONE OF THEM. SHANNON'S PARENTS AS WELL AS HER SISTER, MONIQUE, ARE STILL ACTIVE TODAY IN EFFORTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN BY STRENGTHENING OUR LAWS, PROTECTING AND EDUCATING YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES ABOUT VIOLENCE AND PERPETRATORS. THEY HONOR THEIR DAUGHTER AND THEIR SISTER, SHANNON, AND THE COUNTLESS OTHER CHILDREN LIKE SHANNON THROUGH THEIR WORK. SHANNON'S STORY MUST SERVE AS A REMINDER TO STUDENTS THAT THEY MUST ALWAYS BE AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS AND STAY SAFE. AS A MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER, I CANNOT IMAGINE THE HEARTACHE THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH. THEY STILL SPEAK TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ABOUT THE DANGERS POSED BY PERPETRATORS AND REMINDS THEM THIS COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE. AND LAST WEEK ON WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THEIR DAUGHTER'S 35TH BIRTHDAY, THE FAMILY SPOKE TO THE STUDENTS TO KEEP SHANNON'S MEMORY ALIVE AND TO DRIVE HOME THE IDEA OF BEING AWARE AND BEING SAFE. WITH THESE EFFORTS AND THE LAWS THAT WE PASS, WE CAN HELP PROTECT OUR NATION'S YOUTH. IT IS IN HONOR AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF SHANNON THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REMAIN CHAMPIONS AND PROTECTORS OF OUR YOUTH. THROUGH THE LIFE OF SHANNON, WE KNOW THAT EVEN THOUGH IT WAS SHORT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM HER MURDER LASTS ETERNALLY. I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME, AND WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER SHANNON.

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  • 10:36:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON,…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:36:39 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE CHALLENGE FOR ALL AMERICA, NOT JUST THE NEW…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE CHALLENGE FOR ALL AMERICA, NOT JUST THE NEW ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS, BUT OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR BUSINESSES, ESPECIALLY AMERICAN FAMILIES IS HOW TO REVITALIZE OUR ECONOMY. THERE ARE -- THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF CONTENTION HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ABOUT THE BEST APPROACH, BUT THIS PROBLEM TAKES ON A NEW URGENCY. AS THE EXPERIOD OF TIMES NOW TELL US THAT WHILE THE -- AS THE EXPERTS TELL US THAT WHILE THE ECONOMY APPEARS TO BE RECOVERING THE JOBS AREN'T. A JOBLESS RECOVERY POSING SPECIAL PROBLEMS FOR AMERICANS FROM COAST TO COAST. BUT BEYOND THE PROBLEMS WITH THE ECONOMY, THERE ARE SERIOUS ISSUES DEALING WITH THE STATE OF REPAIR OF AMERICA. OUR ELECTRICAL GRID IS INADEQUATE AND UNRELIABLE. TOO MANY ROADS AND BRIDGES ARE IN SERIOUS DISREPAIR. THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH INADEQUATE OR NONEXISTENT SEWAGE COLLECTION AND LEAKING WATER MAINS. AND THERE ARE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE IN SITES FROM COAST TO COAST WITH SUPERFUND, GROUND FIELD, EVEN UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE AND MILITARY TOXIN ON MILITARY DEFENSE LOCATIONS. THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE CHALLENGE IS TO COMBINE THE PROBLEMS WITH THE ECONOMY WITH WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO REBUILD AND RENEW AMERICA. LUCKILY, THIS IS A SOLUTION THAT IS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED BY THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS. THIS IS A SOLUTION THAT IN TIMES PAST HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BRING TOGETHER PEOPLE IN CONGRESS TO DEAL WITH THE REVITALIZATION OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES RIGHT NOW. THERE IS PENDING A RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ACT. IF CONGRESS ACTS, THE ADMINISTRATION SIGNS IT, THIS COULD MEAN SIX MILLION JOBS, REVITALIZING TRANSPORTATION FROM COAST TO COAST, BORDER TO BORDER. I HAVE LEGISLATION, HOUSE BILL 3202, A WATER TRUST FUND, THAT WOULD ENABLE COMMUNITIES TO DEAL WITH SERIOUS PROBLEMS LIKE LEAKING WATER MAINS. WE LOSE SIX BILLION GALLONS OF WATER A DAY, ENOUGH TO FILL OLYMPIC-SIZED SWIMMING POOLS FROM HERE TO PITTSBURGH. AND COINCIDENTALLY, PUTTING MORE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO WORK TO DEAL WITH THOSE PROBLEMS. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS REQUESTED AND WE HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO REINTRODUCE THE SUPERFUND TAX TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS OF SUPERFUNDS AGAIN THAT ARE FOUND IN EVERY STATE OF THE UNION. LEFT UNINTENDED, THE POLLUTION ACTUALLY GETS WORSE AND MIGRATES, BECOMING MORE EXPENSIVE TO CLEAN UP OVER TIME. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SOLVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM AND RETURN THIS LAND TO PRODUCTIVE USE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT AMERICA SUPPORTS. THE TIME FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THIS CONGRESS TO UNITE ON A VISION TO REBUILD AND RENEW AMERICA IS NOW. TO ENACT IT INTO LAW AND PROVIDE APPROPRIATE FUNDING. THIS ACTION WILL PAY DIVIDENDS TO AMERICANS FOR DECADES TO COME MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES MORE LIVABLE AND OUR FAMILIES SAFER, HEALTHIER AND MORE ECONOMICALLY SECURE.

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  • 10:40:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:40:46 AM

    MS. FOXX

    YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. DOES AARP GET A FREE PASS IN THE ONGOING…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. DOES AARP GET A FREE PASS IN THE ONGOING HEALTH CARE REFORM DEBATE? SPEAKER PELOSI RECENTLY CALLED INSURANCE COMPANIES IMMORAL VILLIANS, AND SENATOR JAY ROCKEFELLER SAID IT IS REPATIENCE. YET, THE MAJORITY HAS SIMULTANEOUSLY RELIED ON AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS RECEIVED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM WINDFALL PROFITS FROM THOSE SAME INSURERS AS AN QUOTE, INDEPENDENT, END QUOTE SOURCE TO TAKE OVER AARP. THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY HAS RELIED ON AARP'S SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION, S. 1776, THAT WOULD INCREASE THE FEDERAL DEBT BY NEARLY $250 BILLION TO FUND PHYSICIAN REIMBURSEMENTS. EVEN THOUGH THE BILL WOULD RAISE SENIORS' MEDICARE PREMIUMS BY OVER $60 BILLION. AARP OPPOSED FOR UNPAID FOR LEGISLATION AS RECENTLY AS DECEMBER FOR THE RESAME REASONS. IT PROVIDES EVIDENCE WHY AARP MAY HAVE CHANGED ITS POSITION. IN EXCHANGE FOR ITS SUPPORT OF A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE, AARP HAS RECEIVED SPECIAL CONSIDERATION REGARDING SEVERAL PROVISIONS IN HEALTH REFORM LEGISLATION THAT COULD BENEFIT THE ORGANIZATION QUITE HANDSOMELY. WHILE THE AARP WEBSITE SAYS THE ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS, QUOTE, GUARANTEEING THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WISHING TO PURCHASE OR RENEW COVERAGE COULD DO SO REGARDLESS OF AGE OR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, A REVIEW OF THE NEW YORK STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER'S WEBSITE SAYS THAT IT IMPOSES A SIX-MONTH WAITING PERIOD FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. YET, SECTION 111 OF H.R. 3200 WOULD EXEMPT MEDIGAP ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THUS, ALLOWING AARP TO DENY MEDIGAP CLAIMS FOR PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITIONS. THE BILL WOULD ELIMINATE THE TAX DEDUCTIBILITY FOR ALL EXECUTIVE COMPANY SALARIES OVER $500,000. HOWEVER, AS DRAFTED BY THE COMMITTEE, THE LEGISLATION WOULD EXEMPT AARP FROM THIS REQUIREMENT EVEN THOUGH FULLY 38% OF ITS 1.1 BILLION DOLLARS IN 2008 REVENUE CAME DIRECTLY FROM ROYALTY FEES PAID BY UNITED HEALTH CARE. MORE THAN AARP RECEIVED IN MEMBERSHIP DEUCE, PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS COMBINED. BUT FOR CHAIRMAN BACAUS EXEMPTION, AARP SALARIES WOULD BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES IN THE FINANCE BILL. IN 2008, THEN C.E.O. WILLIAM NOVELLI RECEIVED TOTAL COMPENSATION OF $1,,000,508, MORE THAN THE ANNUAL BENEFIT OF $12,708. ACCORDING TO A STORY PUBLISHED TODAY IN "THE WASHINGTON POST," AARP COLLECTED $650 MILLION IN ROYALTIES FROM THE SALE OF INSURANCE POLICIES, CREDIT CARDS AND OTHER PRODUCTS THAT SECURE THE AARP NAME. ONE OF THE MAIN PRODUCTS TODAY AARP PUSHES ARE SO-CALLED M, DIGAP INSURANCE POLICIES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS. THIS SUPPLEMENT EXISTING POLICIES THAT SENIORS ALREADY HAVE. SO WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, AARP IS HELPING PUSH THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE REFORM. THEY'VE BEEN A VOCAL OPPONENT OF THE HEALTH CARE PROPOSALS BEFORE CONGRESS. INTERESTINGLY, THE PROPOSAL BEFORE CONGRESS SLASHED FUNDING FOR A MEDICARE PROGRAM CALLED MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. THIS PROGRAM IS ESPECIALLY POPULAR FOR SENIORS IN MY DISTRICT. ABOUT 40,000 SENIORS IN MY DISTRICT ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF A MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN, BUT THESE PLANS WOULD BE KILLED OFF UNDER THE DEMOCRATS' GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE, AND AARP HAS BEEN PUSHING THIS BRAND OF HEALTH CARE REFORM. AARP HAS THE RIGHT TO OFFER SERVICES TO ITS MEMBERS, BUT PUSHING FOR A VERSION OF HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT WILL HURT MILLIONS OF SENIORS WHO HAVE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS AND WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY INCREASE SHARES OF MEDIGAP POLICIES IS A VERY DANGEROUS CONFLICT OF INTEREST. AARP HAS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN INSURANCE REVENUE ON THE LINE IN TODAY'S HEALTH CARE DEBATE. I THINK AMERICA'S SENIORS DESERVE TO KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT HOW HEALTH CARE REFORM WILL AFFECT THEM AND IT APPEARS THAT AARP MAY HAVE A FEW TOO MANY DOGS IN THIS RACE TO BE AN IMPARTIAL SOURCE OF INFORMATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:45:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA,…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:45:44 AM

    MR. CONNELLY

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMIC ENGINE OF…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMIC ENGINE OF AMERICA, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. SMALL BUSINESSES REPRESENT MORE THAN 99% OF ALL BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY AND EMPLOY MORE THAN 50% OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR NONFARM WORK FORCE. IN FACT, 25% OF THE TOTAL JOB GROWTH FROM 1992 TO 2005 CAME FROM THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES WITH FEWER THAN 20 EMPLOYEES REPRESENTED 25% OF THE TOTAL GROWTH FROM 1992 TO 2005. FOR ALL BUSINESSES, LARGE AND SMALL, THE EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE DURING THAT PERIOD WAS 19%, DEMONSTRATING THAT SMALL BUSINESSES LED THE WAY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH. SIMPLY PUT, THE HEALTH OF AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES IS THE HEALTH OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE COST OF KEEPING THE EMPLOYEES OF SMALL BUSINESSES HEALTHY IS PERILING THE SAME SMALL BUSINESSES. UNDER OUR CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHERE LARGER COMPANIES PULL THEIR RISKS OVER LARGER WORK FORCES TO PURCHASE INSURANCE FOR LOWER RATES SMALL BUSINESSES OBTAIN UP TO 18% MORE PER EMPLOYEE FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THAN THEIR LARGER COMPETITORS. SADLY, IT'S EASY TO SEE HOW THIS HAPPENS. INDIANAPOLIS SMALL BUSINESSMAN BRUCE HEDRICK TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE WITH HIS WIFE. SHE GOT CANCER AND THE -- WOULD RISE 28%. WHEN HIS WIFE TRAGICALLY PASSED AWAY ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE PREMIUM TAKING EFFECT, THE INSURANCE COMPANY STILL INCREASED THE ENTIRE FIRM'S PREMIUM BY 10%. DUE TO THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, ONE ILLNESS IN A SMALL BUSINESS CAN HAVE DRASTIC CONSEQUENCES FOR EVERYBODY. IN FACT, FROM 1999 TO 2007, FOR ALL BUSINESSES, LARGE AND SMALL, THE EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR FAMILIES INCREASED 120% FROM $4,270 TO $9,325. THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL PREMIUMS INCREASED ALMOST 118% IN THAT TIME PERIOD. WHILE LARGE BUSINESSES WERE BETTER SITUATED TO KEEP COSTS DOWN DUE TO BIGGER RISK POOLS, REDUCED ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AND BROKER FEES, SMALL BUSINESSES OFTEN HAVE BUT ONE OPTION WITH RESPECT TO HEALTH CARE. MORE AND MORE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE UNABLE TO AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. IN 1999, 68% OF SMALL BUSINESSES OFFERED HEALTH CARE. ONLY 38% OFFERED HEALTH CARE THIS YEAR. WHILE JUST 10% OF EMPLOYEES AT LARGE BUSINESSES ARE UNINSURED, 29% OF EMPLOYEES AT FIRMS WITH FEWER THAN 25 EMPLOYEES HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT CURRENTLY OFFER HEALTH CARE OFTEN ARE FORCED TO REDUCE BENEFITS DUE TO THOSE INCREASING COSTS. FAMILY DEDUCTIBLES ARE ROUGHLY 60% MORE FOR COMPANIES FEWER THAN 20 EMPLOYEES. WITHOUT REFORM, MADAM SPEAKER, SMALL BUSINESSES WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE REDUCING BENEFITS AND INCREASING COSTS. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL BUSINESS GROUP ON HEALTH, IN 2010, AND I QUOTE, EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES WILL FACE SHOCKINGLY HIGHER HEALTH CARE COSTS. MADAM SPEAKER, THOSE PREMIUMS ARE PROJECTED TO INCREASE ANOTHER 10% TO 20% NEXT YEAR. THIS SMALL, SMALL -- THIS YEAR, SMALL BUSINESSES WILL PAY $156 BILLION FOR THEIR EMPLOYEE'S HEALTH CARE. WITHOUT REFORM, THOSE COSTS WILL MORE THAN DOUBLE TO $339 BILLION BY 2018, JUST NINE YEARS FROM NOW. OVER THE NEXT DECADE, SMALL BUSINESSES WILL SUFFER THE CUMULATIVE IMPACT OF THESE INCREASED COSTS BETWEEN $546 BILLION AND $855 BILLION. IN OTHER WORDS, ABSENT REFORM, SMALL BUSINESSES' HEALTH CARE COSTS WILL HIT -- 2.4 TRILLION IN THIS TIME PERIOD. AS THEY HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BE FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR ECONOMIC HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. WITHOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM, THE INCREASED COST OVER THE NEXT DECADE WILL FORCE MANY SMALL BUSINESSES TO LAY OFF EMPLOYEES. THOSE INCREASED COSTS REPRESENT UP TO 178,000 EMPLOYEES, 178,000 AMERICANS WHO CAN LOSE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE THEIR EMPLOYERS CAN NO LONGER AFFORD THE COST OF HEALTH CARE. 57% OF EXISTING SMALL BUSINESSES ALREADY HAVE HAD TO ELIMINATE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND MORE SOON WILL BE FORCED TO DO THE SAME. 29% OF SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES HAVE NO INSURANCE OF ANY KIND. ACCORDING TO THE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION'S RECENT SURVEY, 8% OF EXISTING BUSINESSES SAY THEY WILL ELIMINATE HEALTH CARE ENTIRELY THIS NEXT YEAR. INCREASING HEALTH CARE COSTS ARE CRIPPLING OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES. ALTHOUGH EVERY COMPANY FACES INCREASING COSTS UNDER THE EXISTING HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM, THE ECONOMIC BURDEN FALLS DISPROPORTIONATELY TO SMALL BUSINESSES. MADAM SPEAKER, I SUPPORT HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM THAT WILL LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH CARE TO THESE SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR EMPLOYEES. AND I URGE ADOPTION OF HEALTH CARE REFORM.

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  • 10:50:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LUNGREN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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  • 10:51:05 AM

    MR. LUNGREN

    VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, WE ARE ENGAGED IN A SERIOUS…

    VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, WE ARE ENGAGED IN A SERIOUS DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THERE ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IS THROUGH A WASHINGTON, D.C. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. AND I SAY THAT ADVISEDLY BECAUSE I HAVE LOOKED AT THE BILLS THAT ARE THE SERIOUS BILLS IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE THAT ARE GOING TO BE PRESENTED TO US AT SOME POINT IN TIME, OR AT LEAST PARTS THEREOF ARE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS OBVIOUS TO ME IS THAT THESE BILLS STAND ON A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PRINCIPLES. AND ONE OF THEM IS THAT THERE WILL BE A REQUIREMENT THAT EVERY LIVING MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD MUST HAVE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE AS DEFINED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR BE SUBJECT BE TO A FINE. NOW, THEY CALL IT A TAX, BUT IT'S TRULY A FINE. AND THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THAT IS AN APPROPRIATE EXERCISE OF AUTHORITY BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SOME PEOPLE SAY WHY DO YOU EVEN GET INVOLVED IN THIS SORT OF THING? WHY WOULD YOU EVEN ASK THAT QUESTION? BECAUSE THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION IS A HISTORY OF A NATION THAT WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE CONCEPT OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY. FREEDOM WITH RESPONSIBILITY. AND BECAUSE IT WAS, OUR CONSTITUTION GAVE US A LIMITED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT COULD NOT DO EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING IT WISHES TO DO. IT IS, PERHAPS, THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH IN THIS DEBATE, OR PERHAPS I SHOULD SAY THE CONSTITUTION IS THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH. LET ME JUST START WITH JAMES MADISON, OFTEN CALLED THE FATHER OF THE CONSTITUTION, SAID IN THE FEDERALIST PAPERS THE DOCUMENTS THAT WERE WRITTEN AND THEN PLACED UPON THE PUBLIC IN ORDER TO GET STATES TO RATIFY THE CONSTITUTION, THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID. IN THE FIRST PLACE IT IS TO BE REMEMBERED THAT THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT TO BE CHARGED WITH THE WHOLE POWER OF MAKING AND ADMINISTERING LAWS. ITS JURISDICTION IS LIMITED TO CERTAIN ENUMERATED OBJECTS. CONGRESS, IN OTHER WORDS, CAN'T GET UP IN THE MORNING AND JUST SAY, WELL, WE SEE A PROBLEM, THEREFORE WE ARE GOING TO FIX IT AND WE ARE GOING TO IMPOSE THE AUTHORITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UPON THIS PROBLEM BY WAY OF OUR SOLUTION. THINK OF THIS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SPOKE HERE FROM THE ROSTRUM BEHIND ME IN HIS JOINT SESSION TO THE CONGRESS A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AND A HALF AGO. AND AT THAT TIME HE ARGUED THAT AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE WAS CONSTITUTIONAL OR WAS LAWFUL BECAUSE HE SAID IT IS SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO DRIVE IN THIS COUNTRY. YOU HAVE TO HAVE INSURANCE TO DRIVE ON THE PUBLIC ROAD. BUT THERE'S A FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE, IF YOU ANALYZE ALL THE LEGAL AUTHORITY ON THIS QUESTION, IT IS NOT THAT YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO DRIVE ON PUBLIC ROADS, IT IS A PRIVILEGE. THEREFORE IT CAN BE CONDITIONED BY THE PURCHASE OF INSURANCE. WHAT WE ARE SAYING HERE IS YOUR RIGHT TO BREATHE IN THE UNITED STATES, TO CONTINUE TO EXIST IN THE UNITED STATES, WILL NOW BE CONDITIONED ON YOU BUYING HEALTH INSURANCE, AND IF YOU DON'T, YOU WILL BE FINED. WE ARE NOW TOLD $1,500. IF YOU DON'T PAY THE FINE YOU CAN BE JAILED. NOT BECAUSE YOU WANT TO ENTER INTO THE UNITED STATES AS AN IMMIGRANT, NOT BECAUSE YOU'RE ASKING ANYTHING OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT RATHER FOR THE RIGHT TO EXIST IN THE UNITED STATES. NOW, THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY THAT THE COMMERCE CLAUSE IS SO EXPANSIVE IT CAN INCLUDE EVERYTHING. WELL, THE COURTS HAVE TOLD US IT IS NOT THAT EXPANSIVE. EVEN AS THEY HAVE BROADEN ITS APPLICATION, THEY HAVE SAID IT IS LIMITED TO AN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THAT AFFECTS INTERSTATE COMMERCE. IF WE ARE GOING TO SAY THAT THE RIGHT FOR YOU TO BREATHE IN THE UNITED STATES, THE RIGHT FOR YOU TO EXIST IN THE UNITED STATES IS AN IMPACT ON INTERSTATE COMMERCE, THERE IS NOTHING LEFT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT DO. THAT'S WHY THIS DEBATE OVER HEALTH CARE IS IMPORTANT FOR MANY DIFFERENT REASONS. BUT IF WE ARE GOING TO ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKEWAY -- TAKEWAY OUR LIBERTY. TO ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SAY THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO IN THIS COUNTRY, INCLUDING BREATHE, UNLESS YOU HAVE THE PERMISSION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ACT IN A CERTAIN WAY, AND IF YOU DON'T ACT IN THAT CERTAIN WAY YOU WILL BE FINED, AND IF YOU DO NOT PAY THE FINE, YOU WILL BE JAILED. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LEFT OF THE FREEDOM THAT THIS COUNTRY WAS BASED UPON. THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES LIKES TO TALK ABOUT INCONVENIENT TRUTHS. THE GREAT INCONVENIENT TRUTH IN THIS COUNTRY IS THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. LET US NOT FAIL --

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  • 10:56:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON TODAY.

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  • 10:56:35 AM

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    BREAK NOW BEFORE STARTING LEGISLATIVE WORK AT NOON EASTERN TODAY. THE…

    BREAK NOW BEFORE STARTING LEGISLATIVE WORK AT NOON EASTERN TODAY. THE HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO WORK ON FISCAL YEAR 2010 INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPENDING AND FOUR OTHER BILLS, INCLUDING

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  • 11:59:41 AM

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    THIS YEAR 2010 INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPENDING AND FOR OTHER BILLS ON THE…

    THIS YEAR 2010 INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPENDING AND FOR OTHER BILLS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES FIRST AND WE UNDERSTAND FROM OUR CAPITOL HILL REPORTERS THAT -- PRODUCER, RATHER -- REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE ASKING THEIR MEMBERS TO COME TO THE FLOOR FOR WHAT COULD BE AN EXTENDED SESSION OF ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. ALSO, FROM CAPITOL HILL, " THE CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY" IS REPORTING THAT DEMOCRATIC LEADERS WANT TO BRING MASSIVE HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK IF THEY CAN LINE UP A MAJORITY BEHIND A SINGLE PUBLIC OPTION PROPOSAL. WE WILL HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT LATER. RIGHT NOW, TO THE HOUSE FLOOR ON C-SPAN. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND CHRIS WILLIAMSON, FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE.

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    THE CHAPLAIN

    THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GATHER TOGETHER AND SEEK YOUR WISDOM. WE ACKNOWLEDGE…

    THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GATHER TOGETHER AND SEEK YOUR WISDOM. WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOU AS OUR GREAT GOD, KING, AND IT IS OUR DESIRE TO DO THINGS THAT PLEASE YOU. IN CENTURIES PAST YOU HAVE PROVEN YOUR LOVE TO US AND YOU HAVE BLESSED US TO THE DEGREE THAT WE CONSTANTLY ASK YOU TO BLESS AMERICA. BUT, FATHER, IN THESE PRESSING TIMES, WE RISE UP AND AMERICA CHOOSES TO BLESS YOU. WE BLESS YOU FOR YOUR LOVE. WE BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GRACE. WE BLESS YOU FOR YOUR POWER, AND WE BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SON, THE LORD, JESUS CHRIST. PLEASE, GUIDE THESE MEN AND WOMEN AS THEY DISCUSS MATTERS TODAY THAT AFFECT SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS GREAT NATION. WE PROMISE TO GIVE YOUR NAME ALL OF THE PRAISE FOR ANY GOOD THING THAT HAPPENS AS A RESULT OF OUR MEETING HERE TODAY. FOR IT'S IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, THAT WE PRAY. AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE.

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    MR. LANCE

    PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

    PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TODAY IN WELCOMING PASTOR…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TODAY IN WELCOMING PASTOR CHRIS WILLIAMSON OF FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE, AS HE SERVES AS OUR HONORARY CHAPLAIN FOR TODAY. AND HE BRINGS WITH HIM TODAY THE ASSOCIATE PASTOR FROM HIS CHURCH, ANTHONY HENDRICKS, AND ALSO A LONGTIME FRIEND OF MINE, SCOTT ROWLY, WHO IS NOW THE SENIOR PASTOR OF CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH. THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS REALLY WHAT BROUGHT PASTOR WILLIAMSON TO MIDDLE TENNESSEE, AND AS HIS MUSIC PERFORMANCE CAREER ENDED, HOWEVER, HE REALLY FELT A CALLING TO THE PULPIT. IN 1995, HE FOUNDED THE STRONG TOWER BIBLE CHURCH AND HAS BUILT STRONG TOWER INTO ONE OF FRANKLIN'S MOST DYNAMIC AND WELL-KNOWN CHURCHES. MY COLLEAGUES WILL BE INTERESTED TO KNOW THAT CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS' SON AND HIS FAMILY ATTENDS STRONG TOWER. HIS COMMITMENT TO RACIAL RECONCILIATION IS EVIDENT THROUGH HIS WORK AS AN AUTHOR, HIS MISSION WORK, AS WELL AS THE INTENTIONAL MULTIETHNIC AND DIVERSE BACKGROUND OF HIS CONGREGATION. HE'S A DEVOTED FAMILY MAN, AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT HIS FINE FAMILY IN CONGRESS. PLEASE JOIN ME IN HONORING HIM ON HIS SERVICE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY, AND I WISH HIM ONLY THE BEST IN YEARS TO COME. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN THE IMPORTANT STRIDES…

    WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN THE IMPORTANT STRIDES CONGRESS IS MAKING IN TERMS OF HEALTH CARE REFORM. I'M PROUD THAT THE SENATE WILL INCLUDE A PUBLIC OPTION. A PUBLIC OPTION IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT WILL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD AND PROTECT CONSUMERS. THE PUBLIC OPTION WOULD BE -- THAT WE CREATE MUST BE FAIR AND PAY DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS ACCORDINGLY. MANY OF US ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT RURAL DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS ARE HAVING MANY TROUBLES. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT LANGUAGE THAT WILL DIRECT THE INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO FIX THESE FLAWED REIMBURSEMENTS. MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS IN MY HOME STATE OF IOWA RANKED SECOND IN PROVIDING HEALTH CARE IN THE NATION. THEY RECEIVED HALF AS MUCH COMPARED TO OTHER STATES. WITHOUT FAIR PAY, THESE DOCTORS WILL BE PUSHED OUT OF IOWA AND OTHER STATES WITH THE SAME PROBLEM. IT WILL PAVE THE WAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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    MR. BOEHNER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:05:41 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    MR. SPEAKER AND MY COLLEAGUES, AS WE STAND HERE, THE HEALTH CARE BILL IS…

    MR. SPEAKER AND MY COLLEAGUES, AS WE STAND HERE, THE HEALTH CARE BILL IS BEING WRITTEN IN SECRET. IN THE SPEAKER'S OFFICE, SPEAKER PELOSI'S OFFICE, AND IN THE SENATE BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID. EVEN THOUGH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DURING HIS CAMPAIGN MADE CLEAR THAT THESE NEGOTIATIONS OUT TO BE OUT IN THE PUBLIC, THAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE C-SPAN CAMERAS IN THERE TO ALLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SEE WHO'S FIGHTING FOR WHAT SIDE. BUT YET IT'S NOT HAPPENING. IT'S BEING WRITTEN IN SECRET. AND NO WONDER IT'S BEING WRITTEN IN SECRET. IT'S BECAUSE THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IS DOING EXACTLY WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT, A BIG GOVERNMENT-RUN PLAN. 153 NEW AGENCIES, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND MANDATES WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN THIS BILL THAT'S BEING WRITTEN IN SECRET. BUT THIS BILL'S IN SECRET FOR ONE BIG REASON, IT'S GOING TO COST OVER $1 TRILLION, IT'S GOING TO RAISE TAXES, IT'S GOING TO HAVE MANDATES ON INDIVIDUALS, IT'S GOING TO DESTROY JOBS AND IT'S GOING TO CUT MEDICARE FOR OUR SENIORS. WHAT CUTS TO SENIORS ARE GOING TO BE IN THIS BILL? NO ONE KNOWS. ALL I KNOW IS $162 BILLION WORTH OF CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE IN THE ORIGINAL HOUSE BILL. $162 BILLION. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, SOME 80% OF THEM ARE LIKELY TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE UNDER THIS PROPOSAL. REPUBLICANS HAVE BETTER SOLUTIONS. JUST GO TO HEALTHCARE.GOP.GOV AND SEE THE REPUBLICAN SOLUTIONS THAT WILL HELP MAKE OUR CURRENT SYSTEM WORK BETTER AND NOT HAVE THIS BIG GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF OUR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE RISE?

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  • 12:07:28 PM

    MR. MICHAUD

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. MICHAUD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORT TO BOOST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORT TO BOOST SMALL BUSINESS LENDING. LATER THIS WEEK, WE'LL BE TAKING UP A BILL THAT MY COLLEAGUES AND I ON THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE DRAFTED TO DO JUST THAT. EACH YEAR THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO SUPPORT $44 BILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS LENDING HELPING TO SAVE OR CREATE 1.3 MILLION JOBS ANNUALLY. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE BACKBONE OF MAINE'S ECONOMY, AND THEY ARE KEY TO OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. THE RECESSION AND CREDIT CRUNCH HAVE HURT THEIR ACCESS TO CAPITAL, AND THEY CANNOT AFFORD INACTION. THIS BILL WILL GIVE THEM ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WHEN THEY NEED IT MOST. I URGE THE SENATE TO JOIN THE HOUSE IN PASSING A STRONG BILL THAT WE CAN GET TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:08:34 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN THE MIDST OF THE INCREASING…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN THE MIDST OF THE INCREASING MOMENTUM WE DETECT ON THE OTHER SIDE TO PUSH THROUGH A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND TO ME IT IS REALLY ABOUT FOUR DISTINCT QUESTIONS. ONE, DOES ANYONE BELIEVE THAT THE PASSAGE OF $1 TRILLION BILL, DOES ANYONE BELIEVE THAT WON'T AGGRAVATE THE DEFICIT? I THINK THE ANSWER IS RESOUNDINGLY NO. SECONDLY, IF IT IS GOING TO BE $1 TRILLION, WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THAT? WELL, WE KNOW THAT THE MAJORITY IS TALKING ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES AND SENIORS PAYING FOR THAT. THIRD, DOES ANYONE REALLY THINK THAT THE HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL BEING PROPOSED IS GOING TO MAKE YOUR HEALTH CARE BETTER? I DON'T THINK SO. AND LASTLY, IS THERE ANY GUARANTEE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOING TO GET IN BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR? NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I SAY TO THAT, THE ANSWER IS NO. WE REPUBLICANS HAVE A BETTER WAY. WE BELIEVE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH REFORM AIMED AT THE DISCREET PROBLEMS THAT EXIST TO FIX THOSE AND THEN EXPAND HEALTH CARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE IT, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND RISE?

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    FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:09:52 PM

    MR. KENNEDY

    ABOUT COSTING A LOT OF MONEY FROM THE OTHER SIDE. RIGHT NOW, THE CONSUMERS…

    ABOUT COSTING A LOT OF MONEY FROM THE OTHER SIDE. RIGHT NOW, THE CONSUMERS IN AMERICA ARE SPENDING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PAYING THAT TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. ONE THIRD OF THE HEALTH CARE DOLLARS GOES TO NO SUCH THING AS HEALTH CARE. IT GOES TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. THAT'S WHY THE DEMOCRATIC PROPOSAL RESTRICTS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN SPEND ON BUREAUCRACY. THAT'S WHERE THE OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES ACTUALLY GO TO HEALTH CARE. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A SMART IDEA TO ME. FURTHERMORE, THE INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN NO LONGER DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. NO LONGER CAN DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WHO NEED HEALTH CARE. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA. FINALLY, FOR TALKING ABOUT REDUCING DEFICIT SPENDING, THIS BILL REQUIRES INSURANCE COMPANIES KEEP COSTS UNDER CONTROL. THAT SAVES THE GOVERNMENT MONEY AND REDUCES THE DEFICIT BECAUSE THE BIGGEST SPENDER IN HEALTH CARE IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH ENTITLEMENTS. I DON'T KNOW WHY THE OTHER SIDE IS SO HELL-BENT ON PROTECTING INSURANCE COMPANIES' MEDICAL INFLATION THAT ONLY ADDS TO THE DEFICIT IN THIS COUNTRY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

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  • 12:11:07 PM

    MR. PENCE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. PENCE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    DISCUSSION OVER HEALTH CARE REFORM HAS BEEN EMOTIONAL FOR ALL AMERICANS.…

    DISCUSSION OVER HEALTH CARE REFORM HAS BEEN EMOTIONAL FOR ALL AMERICANS. PEOPLE FROM EVERY CORNER AND EVERY BACKGROUND OF OUR COUNTRY HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO TELL THEIR STORY, TO WEIGH IN ON THIS ISSUE. MANY OF THE STORIES WE HAVE HEARD FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME HAVE BEEN PERSONAL. THEY'VE BEEN HEARTBREAKING ABOUT THE STRUGGLES WITH THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THOSE KINDS OF EXPERIENCE CAN SOMETIMES BE DIFFICULT AND THEY CAN BE EMOTIONAL TO SHARE, BUT THEY HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE CONVERSATION. BECAUSE WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THAT IN OUR UNIQUELY PLEARN WAY, ALL OF THAT PASSION IS BEING CHANNELED FOR -- PRODUCTIVE CHANGE. WE ARE BRINGING TOGETHER A LIFE-CHANGING BILL. AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS. FOR THE FIRST TIME, MILLIONS OF UNINSURED AMERICANS CAN HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE, AND ALL OF US WILL HAVE HEALTH SECURITY KNOWING WE CAN'T LOSE OUR COVERAGE. ULTIMATELY, VOTING ON REFORM MEANS VOTING FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS' PEACE OF MIND. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON RISE?

  • 12:13:50 PM

    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS MORNING I REFLECT ON A RECENT TOWN HALL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS MORNING I REFLECT ON A RECENT TOWN HALL MEETING WHERE NEARLY 1,000 PEOPLE SHOWED UP, MANY OF THEM SENIORS, AND THEY WERE NOT HAPPY. IN EASTERN WASHINGTON IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT 20,000 SENIORS MAY LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE BECAUSE OF THE CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. HOUSE RESOLUTION 3200 CUTS $162 BILLION FROM THAT PROGRAM, AND IT'S CUTS THAT HIT ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT LIVE IN THE RURAL COMMUNITIES THE HARDEST. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROMISED AMERICANS THAT IF THEY LIKE THEIR DOCTOR THEY COULD KEEP THEIR DOCTOR. IF THEY LIKE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN, THEY COULD KEEP IT. BUT I GUESS THAT DOESN'T APPLY TO SENIORS. THESE ARE REAL CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, AND IT WILL MEAN CANCELED INSURANCE POLICIES AND HIGHER PREMIUMS. FOR THOSE LIVING ON A FIXED INCOME, THESE ARE -- THIS COULD MEAN LESS MONEY FOR FOOD, CLOTHING, SHELTER. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE COMMITTED TO A STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH TO ADDRESSING HEALTH CARE THAT WILL START BY REDUCING THE COST DRIVERS. WE SHOULD PASS THESE COST CONTROL REFORMS RATHER THAN FINANCING A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER ON OUR SENIORS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII RISE?

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  • 12:15:09 PM

    MS. HIRONO

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. HIRONO

    OF THE MOST NOTABLE IMPROVEMENTS I'VE SEEN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS…

    OF THE MOST NOTABLE IMPROVEMENTS I'VE SEEN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS ADMINISTRATION IS THE IMPORTANCE THE PRESIDENT HAS PLACED ON EDUCATION. I KNOW I'M NOT ALONE ON RECOGNIZING HOW PRESIDENT OBAMA AND EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN HAVE CHANGED THE TONE IN THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY. LAST FRIDAY, DAVID BROOKS USED HIS COLUMN IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" TO PRAISE THE PRESIDENT AND THE SECRETARY FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN RAISING THE BAR ON EDUCATION REFORM. PARTNERING WITH CONGRESS, THEY HAVE SET HIGH STANDARDS AND ARE PROVIDING $5 BILLION IN COMPARATIVE GRANTS TO THOSE STATES THAT CAN BEST DEMONSTRATE THEIR COMMITMENT TO REFORM. AS A RESULT, THERE IS REAL EXCITEMENT AMONG THE STATES TO PUT THEIR BEST EDUCATION REFORM FOOT FORWARD AS THEY GEAR UP FOR THE COMPETITION FOR THESE GRANTS. AT A TIME WHEN THE U.S. IS FALLING BEHIND OTHER COUNTRIES IN EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, AT A TIME WHEN STATES' BUDGETS ARE STRETCHED THIN, WE NEED TO FOCUS MORE, NOT LESS, ON STRENGTHENING EDUCATION IN OUR COUNTRY TO ENABLE US TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 12:16:20 PM

    MR. DREIER

    LAST MONTH PRESIDENT OBAMA STOOD BEHIND ME HERE IN OUR CHAMBER AND…

    LAST MONTH PRESIDENT OBAMA STOOD BEHIND ME HERE IN OUR CHAMBER AND DELIVERED AN ADDRESS TO THIS JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS IN WHICH HE SAID ANYONE WHO MISCHARACTERIZES OUR BILL, WE WILL CALL YOU OUT. HIS NEXT LINE WAS, WILL I NOT ACCEPT THE STATUS QUO. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THAT NO ONE, NO ONE WANTS TO ACCEPT THE STATUS QUO. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO MY CALIFORNIA CONSTITUENTS AND THEY HAVE BEEN SAYING WE NEED TO HAVE EXACTLY WHAT OUR COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON, MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS, JUST DESCRIBED AS A STEP BY STEP APPROACH. THEY KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THAT A MASSIVE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE IS NOT THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEM. IN FACT, IT COULD EXACERBATE THE PROBLEM, ESPECIALLY WITH THE PROPOSED MEDICARE CUTS THAT WILL HURT OUR SENIORS. WE NEED TO DO THINGS LIKE ALLOW PEOPLE TO PURCHASE INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO HAVE THE BEST QUALITY PRODUCT AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE 3R50EUS. -- PRICE. WE NEED REAL MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM WHICH ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE WOULD BRING ABOUT A SAVINGS OF $54 BILLION. WE NEED TO HAVE THE STEP BY STEP APPROACH THAT MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS SAID THAT WE NEED. LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND RISE?

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  • 12:17:37 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:17:41 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE SO CLOSE TO ACHIEVING QUALITY, AFFORDABLE,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE SO CLOSE TO ACHIEVING QUALITY, AFFORDABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS. IF WE WERE PLAYING FOOTBALL THE TEAM IN SUPPORT OF CONSUMER CHOICE, THE PUBLIC OPTION, IS IN THE RED ZONE. WE ARE DETERMINED NOT TO GO THREE AND OUT AS WE HAVE DONE FOR THE LAST SIX DECADES. AT LAST WE ARE GOING TO TAKE HEALTH CARE REFORM WITH A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION RIGHT ACROSS THE GOAL LINE. YESTERDAY THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HELPED MOVE THE CHAIN. HE INSERTED A STRONG PUBLIC OPTION IN THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL. THIS MOVED DOWN THE FIELD POSITIONS US ONE STEP CLOSER TO MEANINGFUL REFORM. MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND I ARE KEEPING OUR OPTIONS STRONG IN SUPPORT OF THE ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION. IT'S TIME TO SCORE THIS TOUCHDOWN FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, FOR WORKING PEOPLE, AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE, INCLUDING THOSE IN THE HILLSIDE PROGRAM AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL TO BEAR THE BURDEN AND BRUNT OF THIS FAILED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE STATUS QUO IS UNACCEPTABLE. INCLUDING A ROBUST PUBLIC HEALTH OPTION IS REAL CONSUMER CHOICE. IT'S THE LOGICAL OPTION TO SCORING THE GOAL AND ACHIEVING SUCCESS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:18:53 PM

    MR. SESSION

    RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE LOOMING HEALTH CARE DEBATE HERE IN WASHINGTON,…

    RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE LOOMING HEALTH CARE DEBATE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEMOCRAT HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL. WE KNOW THAT IT'S FULL OF MANDATES, FULL OF TAXES, AND WILL RESULT IN FURTHER JOB LOSSES. BUT IT ALSO CUTS REIMBURSEMENT TO PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS AND CREATES AN EVEN LARGER ACCESS PROBLEM. IN THE PROPOSED HEALTH CARE REFORMS, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE RACING TO CREATE AN UNSUSTAINABLE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT WOULD REIMBURSE PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS MORE THAN 30% TO 60% OF MARKET RATES. PUBLIC SAFETY NET HOSPITALS LIKE PARKLAND HOSPITAL IN DALLAS, TEXAS, IS A CRITICAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER THAT NEEDS TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPENED TO MAKE THIS PLAN SUCCESSFUL. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO GUARANTEE PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS ADEQUATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR THEIR SERVICES TO ENSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO DELIVER A SYSTEM THAT WORKS NOT MANDATE, NOT TAXES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:20:14 PM

    MR. TONKO

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE THIS MORNING, THIS AFTERNOON TO TELL YOU ABOUT A…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE THIS MORNING, THIS AFTERNOON TO TELL YOU ABOUT A CONSTITUENT OF MINE WHO IS WAITING ON CONGRESS TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM. KAREN RESIDES IN COLONY, NEW YORK. SHE HAD TO QUIT HER JOB AS A CASHIER BECAUSE HER DAY BETEES GOT SO BAD SHE COULDN'T STAND AND SHE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIND OTHER WORK. WHEN SHE LEFT HER JOB, SHE AND HER HUSBAND LOST THEIR INSURANCE. THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD RELY ON COBRA BUT IT COST THEM TOO MUCH AND THEY WERE FORCED TO LET THEIR INSURANCE LAPSE. HER HUSBAND, A PAINTER, DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH HIS EMPLOYMENT. AS A DIABETIC, KAREN SHOULD BE BE SEEING A DOCTOR REGULARLY BUT SHE DOESN'T. A COUPLE YEARS AGO SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR A STAFF IN-- STAPH INFECTION. SHE WAS ONLY ABLE TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL UNTIL THE INFECTION CLEARED UP. SHE SIGNED HERSELF OUT BEFORE HER DOCTORS WANTED HER TO BECAUSE SHE KNEW SHE COULDN'T AFFORD THE COST. IT TOOK HER YEARS TO PATE BILL. AFTER LIVING WITHOUT INSURANCE HER HUSBAND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CHRONIC OBJECT STRUCKIVE CORONARY DISEASE. SHE TOLD ME SHE WORRIES EVERY TIME HER HUSBAND SNEEZES. NO ONE DESERVES TO FEEL LIKE THIS.

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    MR. MCCOTTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN MICHIGAN THE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THE MOST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN MICHIGAN THE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THIS CONGRESS IS. IT'S CALLED JOBS. MY STATE HAS A 15.3% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, IT IS EXPECTED TO RISE. AND YET WE SEE IN YOUNG IS AN UNWILLINGNESS OF THE MAJORITY TO LISTEN TO THE CONCERNS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY WANT THIS ECONOMY FIXED. THEY WANT TO PROVIDE FOR THE LIVELIHOOD OF THEIR FAMILIES, THEY WISH TO PURSUE THEIR HAPPINESS. YET THEY WANT A CONGRESS THAT IS WILLFULLY INTENT UPON PASSING A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE BILL DESPITE THE VOICES OF AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF WE ARE TO -- WANT TO RESTORE SANITY, THE CONGRESS STARTS LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND START TO ACT ACCORDINGLYLY. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ELLISON

    CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND THE SENATE.…

    CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND THE SENATE. WHAT DID THEY DO FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REGARDING HEALTH CARE? NOTHING. NOTHING AT ALL. THEY DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND NOW THAT THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IS WITHIN A HAIR'S BREATH OF DELIVERING REAL REFORM, ALL WE HEAR ABOUT IS, DEATH PANELS, SEX SCHOOL CLINICS, AND NOW, OH, MY GOD, THE DEMOCRATS ARE AFTER THE SENIORS. SENIORS OF AMERICA, IN 1965 WHEN MEDICARE WAS PASSED ONLY 22 REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR IT. PROBABLY NONE WILL VOTE FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM NOW. REMEMBER THAT AT THE POLLS.

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    MR. MCCARTHY

    SMALL BUSINESS OWNER I KNOW THAT SUCCESS IS MEASURED BY RESULTS. IF YOU…

    SMALL BUSINESS OWNER I KNOW THAT SUCCESS IS MEASURED BY RESULTS. IF YOU DON'T ACHIEVE RESULTS, YOU HAVE TO RETHINK YOUR APPROACH TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS SUCCESSFUL. THE SAME CANNOT BE SAID OF THIS CONGRESS. BIPARTISAN STIMULUS IDEAS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS GROW JOBS. INSTEAD A TRILLION DOLLAR SPENDING BILL WAS CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH THE STATED PURPOSE TO CREATE 3 $5 MILLION JOBS. THE RESULT? WE NOW FIND OURSELVES WITH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE NOT SEEN IN OVER 25 YEARS. IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA ALONE, THE WHITE HOUSE PREDICTED THAT 396,000 JOBS WOULD BE CREATED. WELL, 336,000 JOBS AND COUNTING HAVE BEEN LOST. SO WHERE ARE THE JOBS? NOW ADDRESSING HEALTH CARE, DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IS AGAIN CRAFTING A BILL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. CAN WE EXPECT THE SAME LACK OF RESULTS? LIKELY. BECAUSE HOW DO YOU SAVE MONEY FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESS BY RAISING TAXES AND ONCE AGAIN IGNORING BIPARTISAN IDEAS? OUR FAMILIES DESERVE BERT, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES DESERVE BETTER, AMERICA DESERVES BETTER.

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    MR. PIERLUISI

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    MR. PIERLUISI

    CONGRESS' EFFORTS TO REFORM OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. TOO MANY…

    CONGRESS' EFFORTS TO REFORM OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. TOO MANY AMERICANS HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. OR ARE A JOB LOSS AWAY FROM LOSING THEIR INSURANCE AND REFORM WILL GET THEM ACCESS TO SECURE, AFFORDABLE COVERAGE. THE HOUSE BILL WILL ALSO BENEFIT THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO ALREADY HAVE INSURANCE. YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DENY YOU COVERAGE OR RAISE YOUR RATES BECAUSE OF A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DROP OR REDUCE YOUR COVERAGE WHEN YOU GET SICK. MR. SPEAKER, I REPRESENT NEARLY FOUR MILLION U.S. CITIZENS FROM PUERTO RICO. MY FELL DELEGATES FROM THE TERRITORIES AND I HAVE FOUGHT HARD TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE HOUSE LEADERPSHIP LISTEN TO OUR CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE NO LESS AMERICAN THAN THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS IN THE STATES AND NO LESS DESERVING OF CARE. THANKS TO THE DETERMINED EFFORTS OF OUR LEADERSHIP, I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE HOUSE BILL WILL ENSURE THAT QUALITY COVERAGE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL AMERICANS WHATEVER THEIR FINANCIAL MEANS AND WHEREVER THEY HAPPEN TO RESIDE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. FOXX

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT DOES A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT DOES A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE MEAN FOR SENIORS? IT'S SIMPLE. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE AND TAX INCREASE BILL SLASHES FUNDING FOR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS USED BY MILLIONS OF SENIORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ALL TOLD THE DEMOCRAT PLAN CUTS $162 BILLION FROM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. THAT WILL DIRECTLY AFFECT THE 40,000 SENIORS IN MY MOSTLY RURAL NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT WHO ENJOY MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS. WITH SUCH HUGE CUTS, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS ARE EXPECTED TO DISAPPEAR. LIMITING SENIORS' CHOICES AND CAUSING REAL HARDSHIP FOR SENIORS IN RURAL AREAS WHO SIMPLY DON'T HAVE MANY OPTIONS. SO MUCH FOR THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE THAT, QUOTE, IF YOU LIKE YOUR CURRENT PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP IT, END QUOTE. SURE THIS PROMISE IS TRUE, UNLESS OF COURSE YOU'RE ONE OF THE MILLIONS WHO WILL LOSE THEIR PLAN. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL GOVERNMENT-RUN PLAN AND TAX INCREASE COMBINATION IS BAD NEWS FOR AMERICA'S SENIORS. I YIELD BACK.

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    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    VERY ENCOURAGED BY THE PROGRESS BEING MADE ON HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM IN…

    VERY ENCOURAGED BY THE PROGRESS BEING MADE ON HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM IN THIS CONGRESS. WHERE WE ARE IN THIS HEALTH CARE DEBATE IS HISTORIC. HOWEVER WE ARE NOT THERE YET AND WE CANNOT LET THIS OPPORTUNITY PASS US BY. THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WITHOUT INSURANCE, HEALTH REFORM WILL MEAN ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY COVERAGE. BUT WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE COVERAGE? FOR THEM HEALTH REFORM WILL CREATE STRONGER CONSUMER PROTECTIONS THAT ENSURE COVERAGE ISN'T DROPPED -- OR SCALED BACK WHEN THEY GET SICK. IT WOULD ENSURE LOWER OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS TO MAKE COVERAGE MORE AFFORDABLE, AND PROVIDE GREATER ACCESS TO ROUTINE CHECKUPS AND PREVENTIVE CARE. IT WILL ENSURE REAL COMPETITION AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE BEST PLANS AS AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. IN SHORT, HEALTH REFORM WILL MEAN SECURITY AND STABILITY FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND WE SHOULD NOT MAKE THEM WAIT ANY LODGER FOR THESE COMMONSENSE REFORMS. THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. THIS IS AN HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THIS CONGRESS CANNOT LET THEM DOWN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WILSON

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. WILSON

    ADVANTAGE PROGRAM AS PARTS OF THEIR GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. A…

    ADVANTAGE PROGRAM AS PARTS OF THEIR GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. A CRUCIAL PROGRAM, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE OFFERS SENIORS GREATER CHOICE AND AFFORDABILITY. THE PRIMARY GOAL OF HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM. THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO CUT FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM. SQUEEZING SENIOR CITIZENS OUT OF THEIR CURRENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN IN ORDER TO IMPOSE NEW TAXES AND UNWORKABLE GOVERNMENT MANDATES ON TO AMERICAN FAMILIES IS NOT THE WAY TO REFORM HEALTH INSURANCE. WE NEED TARGETED REFORMS THAT WILL EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INSURANCE LIKE ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS AND PURCHASING INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES. THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE LED BY DR. TOM PRICE HAS OFFERED H.R. 3400 TO PROMOTE AFFORDABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A CHOICE ON HAVING REFORM. WE DO NOT NEED A BIG GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER WHICH WILL DE.6 MILLION JOBS ACCORDING TO THE NFIB. IN CONCLUSION GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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    SPEAKER, OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH AND NOW MORE THAN…

    SPEAKER, OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH AND NOW MORE THAN EVER IT IS TIME TO DRAW ATTENTION TO HOUSEHOLD VIOLENCE THAT RESULTS IN MORE THAN TWO MILLION INJURIES AND 1,200 DEATHS AMONG WOMEN EACH YEAR. ESTIMATES OF ASSAULTS ON WOMEN BY PARTNERS RANGE FROM APPROXIMATELY TWO MILLION TO FOUR MILLION ANNUALLY. SADLY WE HAVE NO REAL IDEA HOW MANY INSTANCE OF VIOLENCE ACTUALLY OCCUR EACH YEAR BECAUSE SO MANY GO UNREPORTED. . ONLY WHEN WE ARE NO LONGER AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WILL WE EMPOWER THOSE WHO CURRENTLY SUFFER IN SILENCE. IN MY STATE OF ILLINOIS ALONE, THERE WERE 114,000 REPORTED CASES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN 2006. IT IS FOR THOSE THOUSANDS OF WOMEN AND THE COUNTLESS OTHERS WHO SUFFER SILENTLY THAT I SPEAK TODAY. AND IT IS FOR THOSE WOMEN THAT I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 817, WHICH SUPPORTS THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH. THANK YOU.

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    GOVERNMENT'S HANDLING OF THE OUTBREAK OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FLU -- OF H-1-N-1…

    GOVERNMENT'S HANDLING OF THE OUTBREAK OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FLU -- OF H-1-N-1 FLU, KNOWN AS SWINE FLU, WE SHOULD ALL BE GREATLY CONCERNED. WITH THE MEDIA REPORTING THAT LINES OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WAIT FOR H-1-N-1 VACCINATIONS AND THAT IT TOOK A PRESIDENTIAL NATIONAL DECLARATION JUST TO CUT THROUGH THE BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. IF THIS CONGRESS IS SERIOUS ABOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM, WHY NOT START WITH SIMPLE PRINCIPLES ON WHICH MOST OF US CAN AGREE, SUCH AS PROHIBITING HEALTH INSURANCE FROM DENYING COVERAGE BASED ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, PORTABILITY OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, INVESTING IN MEDICAL RESEARCH TO ENSURE QUALITY CARE, DEDUCTIBILITY OF HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS, ENSURING ACCESS TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, LIMITS FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS WHICH RAISE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND ALLOWING SMALL BUSINESSES TO GROUP TOGETHER TO NEGOTIATE INSURANCE PLANS? INSTEAD OF THE PRESIDENT'S SWEEPING OVERHAUL, WHICH WILL LIKELY RESULT IN PITFALLS, WE SHOULD HAVE MUTUALLY AGREED UPON PRINCIPLES ENSURING THAT THOSE WHO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE CAN KEEP IT AND THOSE WHO DON'T CAN OBTAIN IT. THANK YOU.

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  • 12:33:55 PM

    MR. LANCE

    FOR DECADES, THE U.S. DOLLAR HAS BEEN USED TO PRICE VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE…

    FOR DECADES, THE U.S. DOLLAR HAS BEEN USED TO PRICE VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE WORLD'S COMMODITIES. NEARLY EVERY COUNTRY HAVING U.S. DOLLAR-BACKED SECURITIES AND RESERVE. YET, THIS COULD ALL CHANGE. THERE'S GROWING EVIDENCE SUGGESTING THAT FOREIGN INVESTORS ARE LOSING FAITH IN THE DOLLAR AS A SECURE INSTRUMENT. SEVERAL IMPORTANT COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA, INDIA, RUSSIA AND THE ARAB STATES HAVE VOICED THEIR GROWING CONCERN OVER THE ROLE OF THE U.S. DOLLAR. THEY SUGGEST A NEW WORLD CURRENCY TAKE ITS PLACE. THOSE INVESTING IN THE U.S. ECONOMY HAS THE -- YET, DESPITE OF THIS, THE MAJORITY PARTY CONTINUES TO PUSH AHEAD AN AGENDA THAT TAXES, SPENDS AND BORROWS, INCLUDING A HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL THAT COULD COST AS MUCH AS THERE ARE 800 BILLION TO $1 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. HOW MANY ALARM BELLS MUST BE SET OFF BEFORE WASHINGTON GETS SERIOUS ENOUGH IN TACKLING OUR GROWING DEBT AND MASSIVE DEFICIT? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:35:10 PM

    MS. WATSON

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  • 12:35:15 PM

    MS. WATSON

    MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO STOP RANTING AND START REASONING. HEALTH CARE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO STOP RANTING AND START REASONING. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS HAVE PUSHED AGAINST THE PUBLIC OPTION CITING PAYMENTS AS ONE OF THEIR PRIMARY CONCERNS. INSTEAD OF SEEING THE ISSUE WITHIN THE LENS OF PAYMENTS BASED ON MEDICARE RATES VERSUS NEGOTIATED ONES, I BELIEVE WE CAN ATTRACT HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO THE PUBLIC OPTION WITH A NEW INCENTIVE TO BREAK THE STALEMATE. IT IS AN ISSUE WITH DOCTORS, DENTISTS, HOSPITALS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND PHARMACISTS. ADDITIONALLY, IT IS A PRINCIPLE ISSUE OF ECONOMIC OBSESSION WITH PROVIDERS WHO RESENT PAYING FOR LIABILITY INSURANCE. WHEN IT COMES TO YOU, IT IS NOT PETTY. IF THERE IS MALPRACTICE YOU CERTAINLY WANT TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY. PROGRESSIVES HAVE ALWAYS CHAMPIONED COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, AND MY PROPOSAL EXPANDS THE LIABILITY PROGRAM USED BY THESE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    OLD SAYING COMMON IN SOUTH ALABAMA THAT WE NEED TO PRACTICE WHAT WE…

    OLD SAYING COMMON IN SOUTH ALABAMA THAT WE NEED TO PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH. WELL SHES IF REPORTS ARE ACCURATE, IT -- WELL, IF REPORTS ARE ACCURATE, IT SEEMS LIKE CONGRESS WILL BE MOVING FORWARD WITH HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION THAT CONTAINS A GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION NO MATTER HOW HARD THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP MAY TRY TO REBRAND THIS POISON BILL. WELL, I WILL TRY TO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH DR. JOHN FLEMING OF LOUISIANA WHO SAYS ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT VOTES FOR A PUBLIC OPTION SHOULD BE THE FIRST ONE TO SIGN UP FOR IT. HOWEVER, IF A PUBLIC OPTION IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU, MR. AND MRS. TAXPAYER, THEN YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE THE FIRST ONES TO TRY IT OUT. THIS IS TRUE FOR SENIORS WHO ARE LOOKING AT DRACONIAN CUTS TO MEDICARE, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. AND ACCORDING TO C.B.O., A 20% INCREASE IN THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PREMIUMS OVER THE NEXT DECADE. NOT TO MENTION HIGHER TAXES FOR ALL AMERICANS JUST TO HELP PAY FOR THIS MAJOR STEP TOWARDS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. PRACTICING WHAT WE PREACH MEANS JUST THAT. CONGRESS WON'T ASK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TAKE ANY POISON THAT WE DON'T TAKE FIRST. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:37:41 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:37:47 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CONTINUE TO AMAZE ME WITH THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CONTINUE TO AMAZE ME WITH THE CREATIVITY THAT THEY DISPLAY IN FINDING NEW WAYS TO SAY NO TO HEALTH CARE REFORM. FIRST, A FEW WEEKS A SENATOR SAID I'M AGAINST THE PUBLIC OPTION BECAUSE, GET THIS, IT MIGHT WORK PEOPLE WILL LIKE IT. HE WAS AGAINST IT BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL LIKE A PUBLIC OPTION. AND NOW WHEN WE FIND OUT THAT THE SENATE HAS PROPOSED AN OPT OUT FOR THE STATES, WE'RE HEARING FROM OUR OPPONENTS WHO SAY, WELL, THEY WON'T OPT OUT, THEY JUST WON'T OPT OUT. I WONDER WHY. PROBABLY BECAUSE IT WILL BE OFFENSIVE IN PROVIDING COMPETITION AND CHOICE FOR THEIR CITIZENS, FOR THE CITIZENS OF AMERICA WHO NEED AFFORDABLE, SECURE HEALTH CARE. THAT'S WHAT OUR EFFORTS ARE FOR. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. WE NEED REPUBLICANS TO STOP SAYING NO AND TO SAY YES TO THE HEALTH CARE THAT AMERICANS DESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:38:40 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. FLEMING

    FAMILY PHYSICIAN FOR OVER 30 YEARS, I COULD NEVER IMAGINE THAT THE TRATS…

    FAMILY PHYSICIAN FOR OVER 30 YEARS, I COULD NEVER IMAGINE THAT THE TRATS WOULD COME UP WITH SUCH A CRAZY IDEA AS OBAMACARE PAID FOR ON THE BACKS OF THE AMERICAN SENIORS. AS IT STANDS TODAY, 162 BILLION DOLLARS WILL BE CUT FROM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE FORCING SENIORS TO BUY MEDICARE INSURANCE LIKE THAT SOLD BY AARP. ONE OF THE MANY SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS THE PRESIDENT CUT A SWEETHEART DEAL WITH BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THERE'S ALSO ANOTHER $350 BILLION THAT WILL BE CUT FROM THE REGULAR MEDICARE WHICH WILL DIRECTLY REMOVE ACCESS TO CARE FOR THIS THE NATION'S GREATEST GENERATION. IN RURAL AREAS LIKE MUCH OF MY DISTRICT IN LOUISIANA, SENIORS WILL LOSE ACCESS TO CRITICAL MEDICAL CARE AS HOME HEALTH, DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS, THEY'LL ALL BE CLOSING THEIR DOORS. AND I CALL ON SPEAKER PELOSI TO STOP THIS HORRIBLE ATTACK ON THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF OUR SENIOR CITIZENS NOW. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RISE?

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:40:01 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE MANTRA OF THE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE MANTRA OF THE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE IS, JUST SAY NO, WE LIKE THE STATUS QUO. WELL, THAT WAS THEIR MANTRA WHEN IT CAME TO THE RECOVERY ACT WHICH HAS NOW HELPED IMPROVE THE STOCK MARKET, HOUSING STOCKS ARE UP, AND IN COLORADO UNEMPLOYMENT IS DOWN FROM 7.8% IN JULY TO 7% TODAY. THE TREND IS RIGHT. COLORADO, WE HAVE SOME 42 PROJECTS, TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS AS A RESULT OF THE RECOVERY ACT. WE HAVE INCREASES IN ENERGY. WE HAVE WIND COMPANIES COMING. WE HAVE SOLAR COMPANIES COMING TO COLORADO. IT'S BEEN A SUCCESS. TO THEIR CHAGRIN. NOW, WE HEAR JUST SAY NO, WE LIKE THE STATUS QUO WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE. THIS COUNTRY CAN'T STAND THE STATUS QUO WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE. PREMIUMS ARE UP, DEDUCTIBLES ARE UP, DISCRIMINATION EXISTS AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PRIOR ILLNESS. THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE AND WE NEED TO STOP THIS INEQUITY IN HEALTH CARE. THANK YOU.

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    MS. SCHMITT

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    MRS. SCHMIDT

    TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ISSUE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, HEALTH CARE. THE…

    TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ISSUE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, HEALTH CARE. THE POTENTIAL BILL BEFORE US SHOULD CONCERN ALL AMERICANS. WHILE I HAVE NUMEROUS ISSUES WITH THIS BILL, I WILL HIGHLIGHT TWO. THE FIRST IS ABORTION. THERE IS NO LANGUAGE TO EXCLUDE ABORTION COVERAGE IN THIS BILL. AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE AGAINST FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS PAYING FOR ABORTION, YET, THIS BILL OPENS THE DOOR TO DO JUST THAT. SECOND, CUTS TO OUR SENIORS. THIS BILL IS PAID FOR OUT OF THE POCKETS OF OUR SENIORS WITH $162 BILLION COMING FROM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, A PLAN MILLIONS OF OUR AMERICAN SENIORS, INCLUDING 17,000 IN MY DISTRICT, ENJOY. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. LET US NOT PASS A BILL THAT COULD HARM OUR MOST VULNERABLE, OUR INFANTS AND OUR ELDERLY. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. GINGREY

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    MR. GINGREY

    MY PATIENT'S HEALTH CARE REFORM SHOULD NOT BE WRITTEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.…

    MY PATIENT'S HEALTH CARE REFORM SHOULD NOT BE WRITTEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. WHEN DEMOCRATS CAME TO CONGRESS, THEY PLEDGED -- A PLEDGE, LED BY SPEAKER PELOSI, THE MOST OPEN CONGRESS IN HISTORY, YET, NOW THEY ARE PLANNING A COSTLY GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE IN THE DARK OF THE NIGHT WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT. MR. SPEAKER, $1 TRILLION, 2,000-PAGE PLAN THAT WILL DICTATE HOW WASHINGTON WILL RUN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DESERVES REAL TRANSPARENCY, NOT JUST EMPTY PROMISES ABOUT OPENNESS. AND SPEAKER PELOSI, MY PATIENTS DESERVE BETTER. YOUR LEGISLATION IS GOING TO TELL THEM WHAT TYPE OF HEALTH CARE THEIR FAMILY CAN RECEIVE AND WHAT MEDICARE BENEFITS WILL BE CUT FROM OUR SENIORS. MR. SPEAKER, EVEN IF THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY'S GOING TO PREVENT MINORITY PARTICIPATION, MY PATIENTS DESERVE TO KNOW, WHAT'S GOING ON BEHIND THESE CLOSED DOORS IN THE DARK OF NIGHT? IF THIS BILL IS REALLY THE RIGHT PRESCRIPTION FOR REFORMING THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THEN IT WILL STAND UP TO THE LIGHT OF DAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT HOUSE RULES REQUIRE THAT THEY ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RISE? -- CONNECTICUT RISE?

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    MR. MEASURE MY -- MR. MURPHY

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS RISE?

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    MS. JENKINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS HAVE HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS, BUT OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS HAVE HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS, BUT OUR SOLUTIONS DON'T INVOLVE BREAKING PROMISES TO AMERICA'S SENIORS. OUR SOLUTIONS DON'T INVOLVE STHRASHING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, A -- SLASHING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, A PROGRAM THAT SENIORS FROM MY DISTRICT RELY ON DAY IN AND DAY OUT. OUR SOLUTIONS DON'T INVOLVE MASSIVE CUTS TO MEDICARE THAT WILL GO FAR BEYOND REDUCING WAYS AND DO REAL HARM TO CURRENT PROGRAMS THAT KANSAS SENIORS ENJOY. ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S STATED GOALS FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM IS TO INCREASE CHOICE AND COMPETITION IN HEALTH CARE. RATHER THAN MOVING FORWARD WITH A PLAN THAT WILL REDUCE CHOICE AND HAVE HARMFUL EFFECTS ON OUR SENIORS ACROSS THE NATION, IT IS TIME TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE AN HONEST DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE CAN EXTEND HEALTH CARE COVERAGE WITHOUT A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER AND WITHOUT CUTTING MEDICARE. I YIELD BACK. .

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MR. SPEAKER. MY MOTHER IS 83 AND NOT IN THE BEST OF HEALTH. WHEN I SEE…

    MR. SPEAKER. MY MOTHER IS 83 AND NOT IN THE BEST OF HEALTH. WHEN I SEE WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED IN THIS HOUSE, HEALTH CARE AGENDAS THAT TAKE AWAY FROM SENIORS LIKE HER, I GET A COLD SHIVER DOWN MY SPINE. MEDICARE AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE ARE LIFELINES FOR MANY ELDERLY AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY IN MY AREA OF SOUTH FLORIDA. HOW CAN THIS HOUSE JUSTIFY $162 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE? WHY IN THIS ECONOMIC RECESSION ARE WE LIMITING THE CHOICES FOR SENIORS OR CAUSING MANY TO LOSE THEIR CURRENT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE? FOR SENIORS IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WOULD BE DISASTROUS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS THAT MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PREMIUMS WILL INCREASE BY 20% BECAUSE OF THE DEMOCRAT PLAN. I KNOW AND MY CONSTITUENTS KNOW THAT SENIORS SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD THIS. THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL MAKES IT TOUGH ON SENIORS TO GET THE COVERAGE AND THE TREATMENT THEY DESERVE AFTER A LIFETIME OF HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE. OF COURSE WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM, BUT REFORM SHOULD NOT BE ON THE BACKS OF OUR SENIORS.

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    MR. BROUN

    SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE GROWING TIRED OF HAVING TO SPECULATE ABOUT WHAT'S…

    SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE GROWING TIRED OF HAVING TO SPECULATE ABOUT WHAT'S IN A 1,000-PLUS PAGE BILL THAT IS STILL BEING BROADCASTED IN SECRET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TRANSPARENCY IN THIS PROCESS AND THEY WANT REAL BIPARTISAN REFORM. THEY WANT A STEP BY STEP APPROACH. WHY DON'T WE WORK TOGETHER OUT IN THE SUNSHINE AND ADD EVEN A FEW OF THE ELEMENTS THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SUBMITTED IN THE OUR 53 HEALTH CARE ALTERNATIVES. ONE OF THESE ALTERNATIVES IS MY OPTION ACT, H.R. 3889, THAT AMONG OTHER THINGS WOULD, NUMBER ONE, MAKE THE PURPOSES OF HEALTH INSURANCE MORE AFFORDABLE. IT WOULD ALLOW TRANSPARENCY INTO HEALTH CARE PRICING. MAKE ALL HEALTH CARE RELATED EXPENSES TAX DEDUCTIBLE FOR EVERYBODY. ALLOW FOR INDIVIDUALS TO KEEP THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE ONCE THEY LEAVE THEIR JOBS OR SHOP ACROSS STATE LINES. WE MUST BRING HEALTH CARE REFORM BACK FROM THE PARTISAN ABYSS AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REAL BIPARTISAN HEALTH CARE REFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE RECENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE RECENT INVESTMENTS THAT THE RECOVERY ACT HAS MADE IN MY HOME DISTRICT OF UPSTATE NEW YORK. A FEW WEEKS AGO THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY CAME TO SYRACUSE TO TOUR SOME OF OUR INNOVATIVE RENEWABLE RESEARCH FACILITIES. IN WHEN -- WHEN HE WAS IN TOWN HE ANNOUNCING FUNDING FOR THE CITY OF SYRACUSE ALONE. THE DOORS, WINDOS, HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM ATCYY HALL WILL BE SWITCHED TO HIGH EFFICIENCY ENERGY SAVING MODELS. THIS IS A GREAT INVESTMENT BECAUSE NOT ONLY DOES IT PROVIDE FOR LOWER CARBON EMISSION IT IS WILL REDUCE THE ENERGY BILLS SYRACUSE TAXPAYERS HAVE TO FOOT. THIS WEEKEND I ANNOUNCED ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUNDING. THEY WILL MAKE THE MOST OF THE $440,000 GRANT. THEY WILL PURSUE PROJECTS LIKE REPLACING LIGHT BULBS AT OFTEN USED PUBLIC PARKS. IN MY DISTRICT, MR. SPEAKER, THE RECOVERY ACT IS MAKING SMART, SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS. IT'S GIVING COMMUNITIES IN MY DISTRICT TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND CREATING JOBS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. REHBERG

    SATURDAY AS AMERICANS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN WE SHOULD LEARN A VALUABLE…

    SATURDAY AS AMERICANS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN WE SHOULD LEARN A VALUABLE LESSON FROM THE FRIGHTENING RESULTS DR. FRANKENSTEIN'S EXPERIMENTATION HAD. TODAY CONGRESS IS EXSPARETTING -- EXSPARNTING. STITCHED TOGETHER FROM PARTS OF AT LEAST FIVE DIFFERENT BILLS AND COUNTLESS SPECIAL INTERESTS, THE FINAL HEALTH CARE MONSTER WILL ULTIMATELY HURT AMERICA'S SENIORS. IN MONTANA ALONE MORE THAN 26,000 SENIORS CHOOSE TO USE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE WARNS THAT OF $162 BILLION IN CUTS TO THIS POPULAR PROGRAM, THOSE WILL HURT THOSE MONTANA SENIORS. WORSE, THIS PLAN WILL INCREASE THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG PREMIUMS FOR SENIORS BY 20% OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WHEN IT COMES TO AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH FOR RECKLESS LEGISLATIVE EXPERIMENTATION. NO ONE WILL REMEMBER HOW THE MONSTER WAS MADE BUT THEY WILL REMEMBER THE DAMAGE IT DID.

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    WE ARE TREATED THIS AFTERNOON TO A STEADY STREAM OF PEOPLE RISING DESPITE

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    ARE TREATED THIS AFTERNOON TO A STEADY STREAM OF PEOPLE RISING DESPITE…

    ARE TREATED THIS AFTERNOON TO A STEADY STREAM OF PEOPLE RISING DESPITE WHAT THEY SAY IN OPPOSITION TO FUNDAMENTAL HEALTH CARE REFORM. THESE LONG LINE OF SPEAKERS WHAT, DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON APART FROM THEIR PARTY AFFILIATION? THEY HAVE REALLY GOOD HEALTH CARE. AND THEY'VE GOT JOBS GUARANTEED UNTIL JANUARY OF 2011. WHAT ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO FIND THEMSELVES WITHOUT JOBS TODAY? AND WHO AS THEY THINK ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS ALSO THINK ABOUT, WORRY ABOUT, AND ARE TERRIFIED BY THE FACT THEIR CHILD MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEE A DOCTOR WHEN THAT CHILD NEEDS TO? WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT TORT REFORM. WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT INTERSTATE COMPETITION OF OF INSURANCE. BUT ONLY THE BILL BEING DISCUSSED NOW NOT IN SECRET, ONLY THE BILL BEING DISCUSSED NOW PROVIDES FOR THE COVERAGE OF THOSE MANY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOB IN THIS RECESSION. THAT IS SERIOUS BUSINESS AND THAT IS WHAT THIS HOUSE SHOULD CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    MY DISTRICT ARE FRUSTRATED AND SCARED. THEY FEEL LIKE THEIR FEDERAL…

    MY DISTRICT ARE FRUSTRATED AND SCARED. THEY FEEL LIKE THEIR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS OUT OF CONTROL. NOW SPEAKER PELOSI IS PLAYING A GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK WITH A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT COMPRISES 1/5 OF OUR G.D.P. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE HIDING AS THEY SEEK SEW FIND OUT WHAT'S IN THIS BILL, THIS MASSIVE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE BILL. PERHAPS YOU'RE HIDING THE FACT THAT THIS WILL LEAD TO A GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRAT TAKING OVER CONTROL OF SENIORS' HEALTH CARE. A BILL DESIGNED TO -- MAYBE YOU'RE HIDING THE FACT THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO INCLUDE $163 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. THESE CUTS WILL HAVE AN EXCEPTIONALLY HARMFUL IMPACT ON SENIORS IN RURAL AREAS FORCING MANY SENIORS INTO A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE PLAN. I'D LIKE TO KNOW BUT I HAVEN'T SEEN THE DETAILS OF THE BILL BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE HIDING TODAY. IF YOU CLAIM THAT IT'S ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER HEALTH CARE Y. IS THIS PROCESS SO CLOSED AND SECRETIVE, MADAM SPEAKER? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR SENIORS DESERVE TO KNOW BETTER. MADAM SPEAKER --

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    MR. HALL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER THIS WEEK I ATTENDED THE OPENING OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER THIS WEEK I ATTENDED THE OPENING OF THE JAMES A. FARLEY BRIDGE IN STONY BRIDGE NEW YORK. EIGHT MONTHS AGO IT WAS 80 YEARS AGO AND STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT. ONE OF 13 ON THE LIST ISSUED BY D.O.T. AFTER THE I-35 BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN MINNESOTA. THIS MONDAY THANKS TO -- JUST YESTERDAY THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF SO MANY, WE CELEBRATED THE EARLY OPENING OF ITS REPLACEMENT. THIS PROJECT IS MORE THAN JUST A BRIDGE BUT IT'S AN INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY, COUNTRY, AND FUTURE. IT CREATED JOBS THAT CANNOT BE OUTSOURCED WHILE STRENGTHENING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THE NEW TRIDGEBRIDGE WILL HOLD THREE LANES OF TRAFFIC AND SIDEWALKS ON EITHER SIDE, KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES CONNECTED, REDUCE CONGESTION, AND STRENGTHEN THE CORRIDOR PROVIDING FASTER RESPONSE TIMES FOR LOCAL E.M.S. AND LESS NOISE FOR NEIGHBORHOODS WITH REDUCED DETOUR TRAFFIC. WE SHOULD CELEBRATE THE COOPERATION BETWEEN FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, ESPECIALLY THE SUPERADVISORS HOWARD PHILLIPS, AND PHIL MORE RENO -- MARINO. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THEM AND ALL THE WORKERS ON A JOB WELL-DONE.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE PUBLIC OPTION IS NOW…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE PUBLIC OPTION IS NOW BACK ON THE TABLE BUT WE HAVE TO CALL IT BY SOME OTHER NAME. I HAVE DONE A LITTLE WORK ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SIDE AND WE USED TO HAVE SOMETHING CALLED PRIOR EVIDENCE. PRIOR ACTS EVIDENCE. YOU LOOK AT WHAT SOMEONE HAS DONE IN THE PAST AND YOU SEE HOW THAT ALLOWS YOU TO INTERPRET WHAT THEY ARE DOING NOW. LET'S LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH THE ISSUE OF STUDENT LOANS. OH, YES, WE GOT RID OF THE PRIVATE OPTION FOR STUDENT LOANS THIS WEEK -- THIS MONTH. BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATS SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO TAKE IT OVER. AND NOW WE HAVE IN THIS BILL AN EFFORT TO TRY AND GET RID OF THE ONLY PRIVATE OPTION IN MEDICARE. IT'S CALLED MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. BUT FORGET ABOUT THAT BECAUSE WHEN THEY TELL US NOW THE PRIVATE OPTION IS JUST AN OPTION FOR COMPETITION AND THEY ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE OVER BY GOVERNMENT THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, TRUST THEM WITH THAT. FORGET ABOUT THE PRIOR EVIDENCE. GIVE THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN'T FOOLED. THEY LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAVE DONE BEFORE. THEY LOOK AT WHAT THEY ARE DOING NOW. AND THEY ARE TELLING US, HELP US STOP THEM.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S SCARY.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S SCARY. WHAT'S SCARY IS WHEN THE WOMAN WHO CAME INTO MY OFFICE A FEW WEEKS AGO SHARED HER STORY WITH ME TO TELL ME ABOUT HER BREAST CANCER EXPERIENCE THAT SHE HAD JUST BEEN THROUGH FOR THE THIRD TIME. AND SHE TOLD ME HOW I AS A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR WAS FORTUNATE BECAUSE WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED ALL I HAD TO WORRY ABOUT WAS FIGHTING THE CANCER. WHEN SHE WAS DIAGNOSED SHE ALSO ONE DAY LATER LOST HER JOB AND WITH IT HER HEALTH INSURANCE SO NOT ONLY DID SHE HAVE TO BATTLE BREAST CANCER BUT SHE ALSO WAS FACED WITH BATTLING HOW SHE WAS GOING TO GET HER HEALTH CARE TAKEN CARE OF SO THAT SHE COULD GET WELL FROM BREAST CANCER AND CONTINUE TO BE THE SURVIVOR THAT SHE HAS BEEN FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. AMERICANS ARE TIRED OF THE PARTY OF NO. AMERICANS ARE TIRED OF OBSTACLE AFTER OBSTACLE STANDING AT THAT PODIUM INSISTING ON MAKING UP THINGS THAT JUST AREN'T TRUE. THERE ARE BILLS OUT THERE THAT ARE AVAILABLE, ACCEPTABLE TO ANYONE TO LOOK AT. THIS HAS BEEN AN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THERE ARE 46 MILLION PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. WE HAVE TO PROVIDE STABILITY AND SECURITY TO THOSE THAT DO AND BRING THE COSTS DOWN. I CHALLENGE OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO WORK WITH US FOR TRUE HEALTH CARE REFORM.

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    MR. LATTA

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME FROM NORTHWEST, OHIO, I KNOW THAT MANY OF MY…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME FROM NORTHWEST, OHIO, I KNOW THAT MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM AROUND THIS HOUSE GO HOME EVERY WEEKEND. IT WASN'T VERY LONG AGO I WAS HOME AND SPEAKING WITH ONE OF OUR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. HE CAME UP TO ME, I HAVE A QUESTION TO ASK YOU. WHERE WE ARE ON THIS HEALTH CARE. AND I TOLD HIM, I SAID, THIS IS WHAT IT'S LOOKING LIKE WHERE WE'RE GOING. DO YOU THINK IT'S GOING TO PASS? I SAID I'M NOT SURE RIGHT NOW. HE SAID YOU KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO READ THESE BILLS TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, FIND OUT WHAT'S IN THEM, AIM GOING TO TELL YOU RIGHT NOW IF THIS BILL PASSES THERE IS NO WAY I CAN SURVIVE. I HAVE TO CLOSE UP. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE AND THEIR HEALTH CARE THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON IN THIS CHAMBER THAT WOULD SAY WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT WE ALSO HAVE PEOPLE OUT THERE TRYING TO PUT JOBS OUT THERE SO PEOPLE CAN WORK. WHEN I LOOK AROUND THAT BUSINESS WHERE HE WAS AND I -- YOU START SEEING WHERE THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GO, WE HAVE OVER 10% UNEMPLOYMENT IN OHIO AND IT'S GETTING TOUGHER. THE WORSE IS YET TO COME. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT HEALTH CARE REFORM.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    BE WONDERING WHAT'S GOING ON HERE TODAY. WELL, YOU'RE WATCHING THE CHARGE…

    BE WONDERING WHAT'S GOING ON HERE TODAY. WELL, YOU'RE WATCHING THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE. THE REPUBLICANS BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN JUST THROW THEMSELVES INTO IT AND THEY WILL STOP IT, BUT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO STOP IT BECAUSE THE OTHER NIGHT, TUESDAY NIGHT, NEW YORK CITY, FRIEND OF MINE HAD A PROBLEM, CALLED THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE, AND GOT THE FIRST QUESTION WHICH IS ALWAYS, WHAT KIND OF INSURANCE DO YOU HAVE? HE SAID, WELL, I DON'T HAVE ANY INSURANCE. I'M FROM OUT OF THE COUNTRY. THEY SAID, OH, WELL, YOU CAN COME IN AND SEE THE DOCTOR BUT YOU HAVE TO BRING $250 IN CASH OR THE DOCTOR WILL NOT SEE YOU. HE SAID I DON'T HAVE THAT KIND EVER CASH. THEY SAID WELL, TOUGH LUCK. GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. NOW, THAT'S THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT MY COLLEAGUES IN THE LIGHT BRIGADE WANT TO PROY TEXT. KEEP TRYING TO PROTECT IT, GUYS. IT AIN'T GOING TO WORK. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A CHANGE AND THEY ARE GOING TO GET ONE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PLAN THAT ACTUALLY CONTROLS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PLAN THAT ACTUALLY CONTROLS HEALTH CARE COST, THE SENATOR MAJORITY LEADER HAS DEVISED A GIMMICK. UNDER THE PLAN ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IMPOSES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TKSES IN ALL 50 STATES, IMPOSES BILLIONS IN UNFUNDED MANDATES VIA THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, INCREASING THE DEBT LOAD OF EVERY CITIZEN, CREATE AGNEW GOVERNMENT-RUN INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O.'S OFFICIAL ANALYSIS IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE STATUS QUOTE. INDIVIDUALS THEY CAN OPT OUT, THEIR CITIZENS CANNOT OPT OUT OF THE TAXES OR THE DEBT AND THEY CAN'T KNOCK OPT OUT OF THE JOB LOSS THAT IS WILL RESULT. REAL REFORM WILL NOT REQUIRE GIMMICKS OR JOB LOSS, STATES SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PASS LAWS TO SAVE THEMSELVES. REAL HEALTH REFORM LOWERS COSTS BY EMPOWERING PATIENTS. . I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. INSLEE

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    MR. INSLEE

    WE ARE HAVING TODAY IS BETWEEN TWO GROUPS. THOSE WHO BELIEVE WE CAN…

    WE ARE HAVING TODAY IS BETWEEN TWO GROUPS. THOSE WHO BELIEVE WE CAN IMPROVE AMERICA AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE WE CAN'T IMPROVE AMERICA. WE BELIEVE WE CAN IMPROVE AMERICAN ENERGY. THEY BELIEVE WE CAN'T. WE BELIEVE WE CAN IMPROVE THE HEALTH CARE. THEY BELIEVE WE CAN'T. WE BELIEVE WE CAN STOP INSURERS FROM PREVENTING US FROM HAVING COVERAGE BECAUSE WE HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THEY BELIEVE WE CAN'T. WE NEED SOME MORE REPUBLIC-ANS INSTEAD OF REPUBLIC-ANTS. LET'S HELP US REFORM HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY.

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    MR. POE

    THE DARK CAVERNS OF THE CAPITOL WHERE THE TROLLS ROAM AT NIGHT, THE…

    THE DARK CAVERNS OF THE CAPITOL WHERE THE TROLLS ROAM AT NIGHT, THE HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE BILL IS BEING DRAFTED BY A SECRET FEW. THE BILL IS BEING WRITTEN IN SECRET SO NO ONE, ESPECIALLY SENIORS, CAN SEE IT. WHAT IS BEING COOKED UP IN THE DUNGEONS OF THIS BUILDING? IS IT TOO SCARY TO KNOW ABOUT? WELL, PROBABLY SO. IT TAKES $500 BILLION FROM MEDICARE AND GIVES THAT MONEY TO THE NATIONAL HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE BILL. THAT'S A FRIGHTENING NIGHTMARE FOR PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY SENIORS. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT TURNS AMERICANS' HEALTH OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT. DOES ANYONE ACTUALLY THINK THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO IT BETTER? WELL, THE HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE BILL, WHICH HAS THE CONFIDENCE OF FEMA, THE EFFICIENCY OF THE POST OFFICE, AND THE COMPASSION OF THE I.R.S. WELL, THE BILL MAY BE READY JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN, AND IT WILL BE A TREAT FOR THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, BUT IT'S A TRICK ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE SENIORS. NO WONDER THEY'RE SCARED ABOUT IT, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS PAST SUNDAY THE FRONT PAGE OF "THE NEW YORK…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS PAST SUNDAY THE FRONT PAGE OF "THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED A SURVEY OF INSURANCE BROKERS ACROSS AMERICA WHO NOW PREDICKED THAT THE INCREASE IN INSURANCE RATES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN 2010 WILL BE 15% TO 23%. LAST YEAR IT WAS 7% TO 12%. SO IF YOUR PREMIUM AS A SMALL BUSINESS FOR A WORKER WAS $4,500 IN 2008, IT WILL BE $5,500 IN 2010. THAT IS THE HALLOWEEN SURPRISE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN AMERICA TODAY. THERE IS NO GROUP IN AMERICA THAT TAKES A HARDER HIT THAN THE SELF-EMPLOYED AND SMALL GROUP MARKETS WHO HAVE NO MECHANISM TO POOL THEIR RISK THAT LARGE EMPLOYERS AND PEOPLE IN THE CONGRESS HAVE THE BENEFIT FROM AS MEMBERS OF THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH PLAN. THIS BILL WILL CREATE A NATIONAL PURCHASING EXCHANGE SO THAT THE RISK TAKERS IN AMERICA WILL ACTUALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE AND BUY AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR EMPLOYEES. IT IS FOR AMERICA'S CAPITALISM, FOR AMERICA'S ENTREPRENEURS THAT THE NEED TO FIX THIS MARKET IS THE MOST CRITICAL, AND THAT IS WHY IT IS TIME TO STOP LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF NO AND MOVE FORWARD FOR REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA'S ECONOMY BE MORE VIABLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A PHYSICIAN WITH OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A PHYSICIAN WITH OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN TREATING PATIENTS, I CAME TO WASHINGTON TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT HEALTH CARE DEBATE. EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER AGREES WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM, AND I WILL TELL YOU TO BE THE FIRST, I WANT TO OPT OUT OF THE PUBLIC OPTION. WE TRIED THAT IN TENNESSEE AND IT WAS A PHYSICAL DISASTER. COSTS TRIPLED IN LESS THAN 10 YEARS. QUALITY DECREASED, ACCESS DECREASED. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? WE'RE GOING TO TAKE $400 BILLION TO $500 BILLION AWAY FROM OUR SENIOR CITIZENS' HEALTH CARE WHILE IN 2011 WE WILL ADD 2.5 MILLION BABY BOOMERS EACH YEAR. THAT'S 30 MILLION MORE PEOPLE. THEY CAN DO THE MATH. DECREASE TO ACCESS, DECREASE QUALITY AND INCREASED COSTS WILL BE THE RESULT OF THIS RIGHT HERE. AMERICANS SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES ONE QUESTION AT THE END OF THE DAY. WHEN THIS HUGE 1,000-PAGE, INCOMPREHENSIBLE BILL, WHICH I READ EVERY PAGE OF, COMES TO FRUITION, WILL THE HEALTH CARE THAT I GET AND MY FAMILY GETS AND THAT MY DOCTORS WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE TO ME, WILL IT IMPROVE? THE ANSWER IS NO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SUTTON

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE, WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF PASSING…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE, WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF PASSING HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WHY ARE WE DOING THAT? WE'RE DOING THIS FOR MY CONSTITUENTS AND CONSTITUENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE'RE DOING IT FOR THE GRANDPARENTS WHO I SAW ON SUNDAY WHOSE 12-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER, A LIFE FULL OF PROMISE, IS AWAITING A TRANSPLANT BUT SHE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GET THAT TRANSPLANT WHICH WOULD HAVE HUGE, HUGE -- THEY HAVE OPTIMISTIC SIGNS THAT SHE WOULD BE FINE. BUT SHE MIGHT NOT GET THAT BECAUSE HER HEALTH INSURANCE IS ABOUT TO REACH ITS CAP. AND WE'RE DOING IT FOR THE ELDERLY GENTLEMAN WHO I MET WHO HAD A PLACE IN HIS ARM STRIPPED AWAY BECAUSE HE HAD MELANOMA AS A YOUNG MAN, WHO HAD NO OTHER DAY OF SICKNESS REGARDING MELANOMA IN HIS LIFE BUT HAS DODGED, DODGED HEALTH CARE ISSUES FOREVER BECAUSE HE COULDN'T GET INSURANCE BECAUSE HE HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. AND NOW HE'S ON MEDICARE, AND HE HAS THAT SYSTEM THAT IS WORKING FOR HIM. BUT THAT'S NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE IN THIS COUNTRY. IT SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WAIT TO BE 65 IN ORDER TO ACCESS AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE. WE'RE BETTER THAN THAT, AND WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BETTER THAN THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. COFFMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL SOON BE DEBATING A HEALTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL SOON BE DEBATING A HEALTH CARE REFORM PROPOSAL ON THE FLOOR OF THIS CHAMBER. THE BIGGEST QUESTION IN THIS PROPOSAL WILL BE WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD HAVE A GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED HEALTH INSURANCE OPTION CALLED THE PUBLIC OPTION THAT IS TARGETED TO COST ABOUT $900 BILLION, HALF OF WHICH IS ON THE BACKS OF THE TAXPAYERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES OF THIS COUNTRY IN THE FORM OF HIGHER TAXES, SURCHARGES AND FEES AND THE OTHER HALF IS MONEY STRIPPED OUT OF THE MEDICARE SYSTEM. HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS STRIPPED OUT OF MEDICARE. WHEN THEY TELL YOU, THE PROPONENTS TELL YOU THAT IF YOU LIKE THE INSURANCE THAT YOU HAVE, YOU CAN KEEP IT, THEY ARE NOW REFERRING TO THE 10 MILLION SENIORS WHO ARE ON THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM THAT WILL BE PHASED OUT. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE PROPONENTS OF THE PUBLIC OPTION --

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    MRS. CAPPS

    MR. SPEAKER, THE NEWS FROM THE SENATE THAT THEY WILL INCLUDE A PUBLIC…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE NEWS FROM THE SENATE THAT THEY WILL INCLUDE A PUBLIC OPTION IN THE HEALTH REFORM BILL IS ENCOURAGING AS WE IN THE HOUSE PREPARE TO VOTE ON COMPREHENSIVE REFORM. IT IS ALSO PRECISIVE WHAT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT. THEY WANT TRUE COMPETITION IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET, AND ONLY THE PUBLIC OPTION CAN DO THAT. IF THE CURRENT INSURANCE MARKET HAD WANTED TO PROVIDE EQUITABLE AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE FOR AMERICANS, WE WOULDN'T HAVE 47 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS. THESE ARE OUR NEIGHBORS AND EVEN OUR FAMILY MEMBERS. IT'S THE YOUNG MOTHER WHO CALLED AND TOLD ME THAT HER DAUGHTER, BORN WITH SPINA BIFIDA, WAS BEING DENIED LIFE-SAVING SURGERY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WELCOMING THE NEWS FROM THE SENATE, LET'S PASS REAL HEALTH REFORM NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE JURY IS OUT. THE JURY IS LOOKING RIGHT NOW AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE JURY IS OUT. THE JURY IS LOOKING RIGHT NOW AND THEY'RE WONDERING, WHAT'S GOING ON WITH HEALTH CARE? WE'VE KNOWN ALL THIS EVIDENCE HERE TODAY, SOME SAY THIS, SOME SAY THAT BUT THE DEMOCRATS SAY WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT BETTER. THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO IT BETTER, AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT BETTER. AND OUR EXPERIENCE SAYS, WAIT A MINUTE, THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T DO THINGS VERY WELL. SO WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE WE'LL DO BETTER? WELL, HOLD ON. IT'S STILL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. WHEN WE COME OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THESE CLOSED DOORS, LET'S GIVE YOU 72 HOURS AND THEN WE'LL MAKE YOU VOTE. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE JURY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THIS TO STAY OUT IN THE SUNLIGHT, OPEN THE DOORS, SHARE THE INFORMATION, LET US KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW, THEIR HEALTH CARE IS AT STAKE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    WELL, THE REPUBLICANS ARE INVOKING FREDDY KRUEGER AND SAYS HE DOESN'T LIKE…

    WELL, THE REPUBLICANS ARE INVOKING FREDDY KRUEGER AND SAYS HE DOESN'T LIKE THE HEALTH REFORM. SCARY IS LOSING YOUR JOB AND BEING CONFRONTED WITH A BILL FOR CONTINUED HEALTH INSURANCE THAT EATS UP 2/3 OF YOUR BENEFITS. EVEN MORE SCARY, AND THIS HAS HAPPENED TO PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT, IS HAVING YOUR COMPANY GO BANKRUPT AND BEING TOLD THAT YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE WILL COST MORE THAN YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. THAT IS IF YOU CAN GET IT. IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN SICK. IF YOUR KIDS HAVE NEVER BEEN SICK YOU CAN GO IN THE PRIVATE MARKET AND BUY A POLICY THAT EXCEEDS YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN SICK, PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, FORGET ABOUT IT. 132 DAYS AGO, THE REPUBLICANS PROMISED THEY WOULD HAVE THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE PLAN. WHERE IS IT? 132 DAYS LATER, KNOW WHY WE DON'T HAVE IT? WELL, THERE'S A RESOUNDING SILENCE ON THAT SIDE, BECAUSE IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE WITH HEALTH CARE, YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE ON THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY AND THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. AND THAT'S THE LAST THING THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO, TO TAKE ON THEIR BIGGEST CAMPAIGN BEN FACTORS. WE HAVE TO TAKE -- BENEFACTORS. WE HAVE TO FAKE ON THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY AND THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY.

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    WE'RE HEARING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WRITING A SWEEPING CHANGE TO OUR HEALTH…

    WE'RE HEARING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WRITING A SWEEPING CHANGE TO OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. UNFORTUNATELY, A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE AS WE KNOW WOULD RAISE TAXES, ELIMINATE CHOICES, FINE SMALL BUSINESSES AND CUT MEDICARE BY MORE THAN $500 BILLION. ACCORDING TO A NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE PROPOSED CUTS WOULD RESULT IN MILLIONS OF SENIORS LOSING THEIR CURRENT PLANS, INCLUDING 100,000 IN MY STATE OF WASHINGTON. I HAVE SPOKEN WITH MANY HOSPITALS IN MY DISTRICT WHO SAY THAT MEDICARE CUTS WOULD HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES ON THEM. WE NEED REFORM, MR. SPEAKER, BUT AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER THAN SECRET DEALS. I SUPPORT PROPOSALS TO MAKE PURCHASING INSURANCE MORE AFFORDABLE, EXPAND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, HELP SMALL BUSINESSES AFFORD THEIR BENEFITS AND END LAWSUIT ABUSE. IT'S TIME TO BEGIN AN OPEN, TRANSPARENT, BIPARTISAN WORK ON LEGISLATION THAT ACTUALLY INCREASES CHOICES AND LOWERS COSTS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. WEINER

    I HAVE A VIEWERS GUIDE THAT WILL BE GOING ON THIS MORNING AND THIS…

    I HAVE A VIEWERS GUIDE THAT WILL BE GOING ON THIS MORNING AND THIS AFTERNOON. WHAT ESSENTIALLY COMES DOWN TO IT IS THE REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT WHAT YOU HAVE. 55 OF THEM HAVE MEDICARE. YOU DON'T SEE THEM SENDING THAT BAFPBLGT THEY SAY WHILE THEY DON'T WANT THE PLAN THAT WE HAVE TO CREATE MORE CHOICES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WELL, THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO HAVE WHAT THEY HAVE. GO TO THE WEBSITE FOR THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN AND SEE WHAT A GREAT PLAN THEY HAVE. BUT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO HAVE MORE CHOICE. FRANKLY, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS THEY DO WANT. THEY SAID 131 DAYS AGO THEY WOULD HAVE A PLAN. YOU HEAR THAT SOUND? THAT'S THE SOUND OF THEIR PLAN. THEY DON'T SEEM TO HAVE ONE. AND I'VE HEARD THIS TALK ABOUT ALL THE STUFF GOING ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. MY FRIENDS, THERE ARE FIVE COMMITTEES, FIVE BILLS YOU CAN READ THEM. ALSO A LOT OF WORDS BUT YOU CAN SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE PLAN IS. LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GIVE THEM WHAT YOU IN CONGRESS HAVE. A PUBLIC OPTION, LIKE MEDICARE, AND CHOICES, LIKE THE INSURANCE PLAN YOU HAVE.

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    ON THE WAY. -- HANG ON AMERICA, HELP IS ON THE WAY. A BILL THAT WILL CREATE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO INSURANCE COVERAGE NOW IS ON THE WAY. A BILL THAT WILL PROVIDE BETTER COVERAGE FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNDERINSURED, THAT WILL DEAL WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSION FROM COVERAGE PROVISIONS IS ON THE WAY. A BILL THAT WILL STRENGTHEN MEDICARE IS ON THE WAY. A BILL THAT WILL IMPROVE OUR DELIVERY SYSTEM IS ON THE WAY. A BILL THAT WILL STRENGTHEN THE HEALTH CARE WORK FORCE IS ON THE WAY. THAT IS WHAT'S COMING. AND THE SIMPLE PROPOSITION WE NEED TO TEST HERE, WHAT AMERICANS WANT TO KNOW IS, WHEN IT COMES TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, ARE WE GOING TO GO ON LIVING IN THEIR WORLD PLAYING BY THEIR RULES, OR ARE THEY GOING TO START LIVING IN OUR WORLD PLAYING BY OUR RULES? THAT'S THE QUESTION HERE. AND THE BILL WE ARE PUTTING FORWARD IS FINALLY GOING TO MAKE THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY ADHERE TO GOOD PRACTICES. THAT'S WHY WE ARE GOING TO PASS THIS BILL AND WE ARE GOING TO DO IT FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, SOMEWHERE IN THIS CAPITAL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THE DEMOCRATS…

    MR. SPEAKER, SOMEWHERE IN THIS CAPITAL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THE DEMOCRATS BY THEMSELVES ARE WRITING A HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL THAT IS GOING TO COST THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY MORE THAN $1 TRILLION ADDED ON TOP OF THE ENORMOUS DEBT THAT WE ALREADY HAVE, THIS LEGISLATION IS ALSO GOING TO INCLUDE MANDATES THAT ARE GOING TO RISK MILLIONS OF AMERICANS' JOBS. AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE NEARLY 10% UNEMPLOYMENT, NEARLY 15 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY LOOKING FOR WORK, THEY ARE GOING TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT'S GOING TO COST MILLIONS MORE JOBS AS THEY ATTEMPT TO MANDATE ON SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE STRUGGLING AN ADDITIONAL OBLIGATION OF AN 8.5% PAYROLL TAX. IN ADDITION, THIS IS GOING TO HARM OUR SENIOR CITIZENS IN A MULTITUDE OF WAYS. THOSE OF THEM WHO ARE ON MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS LIKE THOUSANDS IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN VIRGINIA ARE GOING TO LOSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PLANS AS THEY TAKE $162 BILLION IN CUTS OUT OF THAT PORTION OF MEDICARE AND $400 BILLION IN CUTS FROM MEDICARE OVERALL. SAVE OUR SENIORS, VOTE AGAINST THIS BAD PLAN.

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    MR. BACA

    MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED HEALTH REFORM RIGHT NOW. WE NEED IT ON BEHALF OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED HEALTH REFORM RIGHT NOW. WE NEED IT ON BEHALF OF THE 47 MILLION PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE INSURANCE. WE NEED IT ON BEOF HALF OF THE 217 IN MY DISTRICT THAT DON'T HAVE INSURANCE. THEY TALK ABOUT COSTS. WHAT COSTS IS GOING TO GO UP IF WE DON'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT HEALTH COVERAGE. RIGHT NOW MANY OF OUR SENIORS ARE SUFFERING. THEY ARE WONDERING HOW THEY ARE GOING TO PAY THEIR HEALTH BILL. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE? HOW ARE THEY GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES? A LOT OF YOUTH ARE SAYING HOW ARE WE GOING TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE TO LOT A THAT DON'T HAVE IT? THIS IS NOT ABOUT MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO AND PROTECTING THE INSURANCE COMPANY. THIS IS ABOUT DOING SOMETHING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S TIME WE HAVE A HEALTH PLAN THAT COVERS ALL AMERICANS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE NOT LEFT OUT. TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY HAS THE ABILITY TO ENJOY THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE, TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I KNOW I'M GOING TO NEED COVERAGE. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE I'M AT. I'M NOT GOING TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO. THE REPUBLICANS, IT'S ALL ABOUT MAINTAINING STATUS QUO. THAT'S NOT WHAT AMERICA WANTS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A HEALTH PLAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER. SENATOR MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID HAS INCLUDED OPT OUT PLAN…

    MR. SPEAKER. SENATOR MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID HAS INCLUDED OPT OUT PLAN INTO THIS HEALTH CARE PLAN. WE ALL KNOW THAT THAT'S STILL JUST A GOVERNMENT-RUN PLAN THAT'S GOING TO REQUIRE A VOTE OF THE LEGISLATURE. DO WE REALLY THINK THAT THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR A PLAN THAT OPTS THEM OUT OF THE PLAN BUT YET REQUIRES THE TAXPAYERS OF THAT STATE TO PAY FOR THAT PLAN? WHY OF COURSE NOT. OPT OUT, OPT IN, TRIGGERED PLAN. WHATEVER IT'S CALLED IT'S STILL A GOVERNMENT-RUN PLAN THAT'S GOING TO CREATE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE FOR THE GOVERNMENT AGAINST PRIVATE INSURANCE. CAUSING MANY PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR PLAN. I AM NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR A PLAN THAT RAISES TAXES, CUTS BENEFITS, OR DRIVES A WASHINGTON BUREAUCRAT BETWEEN THE PATIENTS WHOM I REPRESENT AND THE PHYSICIAN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:21:23 PM

    MR. MILLER

    I SPENT TIME WITH MANY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ARE STILL IN BUSINESS WHO…

    I SPENT TIME WITH MANY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ARE STILL IN BUSINESS WHO ARE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN BUT THEY DO SO BY CUTTING BACK THE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS TO THEMSELVES, THEIR WORKERS, AND SOME CASE GETTING RID OF THAT HEALTH CARE. THEY LAMENT THAT FACT BECAUSE THEY ARE FOND OF THEIR WORK FORCE, THEY BELIEVE THEY ARE PRODUCTIVE. THAT THEY HAVE HELPED THEM. THEY SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD IT. BUT THEY ARE PART OF LARGER MOVEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY OF BUSINESSES BOTH LARGE AND SMALL TO GET OUT OF THE HEALTH CARE FIELD TO STOP OFFERING THESE BENEFITS, IN SOME CASES TO NEW HIRES, IN SOME CASES TOUAL THEIR EMPLOYEES. WE ARE SEEING RECORD NUMBER OF COMPANIES, WHY ARE THEY DOING THAT? FOR THE SAME REASON FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING. BECAUSE OF HEALTH CARE CONTINUES TO GUP AND UP AND UP. IT'S CRUSHING AMERICA'S FAMILIES. IT'S CRUSHING THE BUSINESSES. AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE GOING TO HAVE IN THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS A VOTE ON HEALTH CARE IN THIS HOUSE, IN THE SENATE, AND SEND A BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK SO THAT FINALLY WE'LL HAVE REAL COMPETITION IN THIS SYSTEM SO THE INSURANCE COMPANY WILL NO LONGER RUN THE SYSTEM FOR THEIR PROFIT. THE TIME FOR CHANGE IS COMING.

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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  • 01:22:40 PM

    MS. FALLIN

    ONE OF THE GROUPS SUFFERING UNDER THE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES ARE SENIORS.…

    ONE OF THE GROUPS SUFFERING UNDER THE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES ARE SENIORS. SOME ARE STILL WORKING TO EARN ENOUGH MONEY JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET. SOME ARE ON FIXED INCOMES AND EVERY SLIGHT INCREASE IN EXPENSES CAN CAUSE THEM TO EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT TIMES. THAT'S WHY I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL TO MAKE MASSIVE CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS THAT WOULD TAKE BENEFITS AWAY FROM OUR SENIOR CITIZENS EVEN THOUGH PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS PROMISED AMERICANS THAT IF THEY LIKE THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN, THEY CAN KEEP IT. THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN TO CUT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WILL LIMIT CHOICES, WILL CAUSE SENIORS TO LOSE THEIR COVERAGE, WILL INCREASE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PREMIUMS BY AS MUCH AS 230% -- 20%, AND THEY'LL HAVE EXCEPTIONALLY HARMFUL IMPACT ON SENIORS IN RURAL AREAS WHEN WE TRIED TO FIT THEM INTO A ONE-SIZE-FITS ALL GOVERNMENT PLAN. WILL I NOT SUPPORT A PLAN THAT CUTS BENEFITS FOR MILLIONS OF OUR SENIORS WHO WORKED THEIR ENTIRE LIVES PAYING INTO THIS SYSTEM. WE CAN'T ASK OUR SENIORS ON FIXED INCOME TO PAY HIGHER COSTS AND FORCE SENIORS OFF THEIR HEALTH CARE PLANS THEY CHOOSE. AS A REPUBLICAN I AM FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM BUT IT'S WRONG TO FINANCE HEALTH CARE REFORM ON THE BACKS OF OUR SENIORS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. SCOTT

    HAVE HAD THEIR SHOT.

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    MR. SCOTT

    WE NEED THIS BILL.

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  • 01:25:15 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MRS. BACHMANN

    THE REPUBLICANS WERE JUST CASTIGATED FOR BEING THE PARTY OF NO. I WOULD…

    THE REPUBLICANS WERE JUST CASTIGATED FOR BEING THE PARTY OF NO. I WOULD SUBMIT THAT IT IS JUST THE OPPOSITE. THIS IS WHY. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN A HISTORIC MOVE GAVE YOU A SPEECH TO THE JOINT SESSION OF THE HOUSE. HE SAID, IF ANY REPUBLICANS HAVE POSITIVE IDEAS, THEY NEED TO COME TO ME AND I'LL BE BE HAPPY TO SIT DOWN WITH THEM. WELL, I WROTE A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT TAKING HIM UP ON THAT WONDERFUL OFFER AND SAID I HAVE A POSITIVE ALTERNATE, MR. PRESIDENT. COULD I SIT DOWN AND SHARE THAT WITH YOU? I'M STILL WAITING BY MY DESK FOR THAT RETURN PHONE CALL AND I HAVE YET TO RECEIVE THE COURTESY OF A REPLY. AS HAVE MULTIPLE OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES OFFERED TO THE PRESIDENT TO SHARE WITH HIM THEIR POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES. THE PARTY OF NO IS THE PARTY THAT LOCKS THE DOOR ON REPUBLICANS TO EVEN PREVENT THEM FROM COMING INTO A COMMITTEE ROOM TO OFFER OUR POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES. WE HAVE THEM. WHAT'S THE MAJORITY OFFERED? THEY HAVE OFFERED TO CUT MEDICARE TO SENIOR CITIZENS BY $500 MILLION. IS THAT A POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE? WE ARE THE PARTY OF YES. STOP BEING THE PARTY OF NO.

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    MS. JOHNSON

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MISS MCCLINTOCK

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 9.8% LAST WEEK'S LEVEL IN 1983.…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 9.8% LAST WEEK'S LEVEL IN 1983. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN RESPONDED BY CUTTING TAXES AND REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS ON THE ECONOMY AND HE PRODUCED THE BIGGEST PEACETIME ECONOMIC EXPANSION IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. TODAY PRESIDENT OBAMA IS DOING EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. OBAMACARE AND CAP AND TRADE AND THE OTHER MEASURES PROMISE THE BIGGEST TAX INCREASES AND HEAVIEST REGULATIONS THAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN. THREE PRESIDENTS WITHIN THE LAST 100 YEARS HAVE RESPONDED TO RECESSIONS BY REDUCING TAXES AND REGULATIONS. WARREN HARDING, JOHN F. KENNEDY, AND RONALD REAGAN. AND ALL PRODUCED RAPID AND DRAMATIC ECONOMIC RECOVERIES. WE HAVE HAD TWO PRESIDENTS IN THOSE 100 YEARS WHO REACTED TO RECESSIONS BY DOING THE OPPOSITE, HERBER HOOVER IN THE EARLY 19 -- HERBERT HOOVER IN THE EARLY 1930'S AND THE OTHER IS BARACK OBAMA. THOSE WHO REFUSE TO LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY AMERICAN. THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES HAD MANY PUBLIC HEARINGS AND PUCK LIG VOTES ON THE BILL, 32 00. DEMOCRATS ARE USING THE SAME PUBLIC RULES THAT THE REPUBLICANS USED WHEN THEY WERE IN CHARGE, THEY JUST DON'T LIKE IT BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE MAJORITY NOW. WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE UNINSURED IN OUR COUNTRY. MY OWN DISTRICT HAS THE HIGHEST UNINSURED IN THE COUNTRY OF. OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRIVATE INSURANCE. 35% OF OUR DISTRICT HAS PRIVATE HEALTH CARE. OVER 40% HAVE -- ARE UNINSURED BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT OR THEIR EMPLOYER DOESN'T PROVIDE IT. WE GIVE PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES PLENTY OF TIME TO COVER THE 39 MILLION U.S. SIT -- CITIZENS WHO DON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE BUT THAT HE CAN'T DO IT BECAUSE THEY CAN'T MAKE A PROFIT ON SOMEONE LIKE THAT. THAT'S WHY THEY NEED A PUBLIC OPTION. H.R. 3200 WILL HELP THAT. WE WILL HAVE HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE. .

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO OBSERVE THE WELL WHEN ANOTHER MEMBER HAS THE TURN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE FIRST DISTRICT OF FLORIDA AND THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE FIRST DISTRICT OF FLORIDA AND THE PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY HAVE SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR. WE DO NOT WANT A PUBLIC OPTION OR GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. I GUESS THE DEMOCRATS CAN'T HEAR FROM BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE MAJORITY LEADERS HAVE TURNED A DEAF EAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND CONTINUE TO INSIST ON A PUBLIC OPTION. WHETHER IT BE AN EXCHANGE, CO-OP OR WHETHER STATES OPT IN OR OPT OUT, THE FACT IS THAT THE MAJORITY LEADERS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ARE CRAFTING A FINAL HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WOULD FORCE A PUBLIC OPTION DOWN OUR THROATS. IF A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO HEALTH INSURANCE FOR AMERICANS, THEN WHY DOES THIS INCREASE COVERAGE NOT OCCUR UNTIL AT LEAST FIVE YEARS AFTER ENACTMENT? THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL IS A FARCE AND SHOULD BE VOTED DOWN. AMERICANS DON'T WANT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE AS THEIR ONLY OPTION.

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    MS. SCHWARTZ

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. SCHWARTZ

    AS I SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO ONE AFTER ANOTHER OF THE REPUBLICANS HERE IN…

    AS I SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO ONE AFTER ANOTHER OF THE REPUBLICANS HERE IN CONGRESS FINDING REASONS NOT TO MOVE AHEAD, NOT TO FIND THAT UNIQUELY AMERICAN SOLUTION TO HELPING EVERY AMERICAN HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE, THE FACT IS WE HAVE TO DO MORE, WE HAVE TO ACT RIGHT NOW TO ENSURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN HAS ACCESS TO INSURANCE COVERAGE, THAT THAT INSURANCE COVERAGE IS AFFORDABLE, AND THAT IT IS MEANINGFUL. THAT IT COVERS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND FOR CHRONIC DISEASES. THAT WE CAN ENSURE THAT AMERICANS GET THE QUALITY CARE AND THE RIGHT CARE, INCLUDING OUR SENIORS. LEGISLATION WE HAVE COMING BEFORE US PROTECTS SENIORS, MAKES SURE THEY HAVE LOWER CO-PAYMENTS FOR PRIMARY CARE, LOWER CO-PAYMENTS FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE. WE WILL HELP ENABLE AMERICAN TO HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE. THIS IS IMPERATIVE FOR OUR FAMILIES, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND FOR OUR NATION. 50 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, 14,000 A DAY BEING UNINSURED, IT'S TIME TO GET THIS DONE. IT'S TIME TO ACT.

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  • 01:33:14 PM

    MR. KING

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. KING

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WHOLE HEALTH CARE DEBATE STARTED OUT BACK DURING…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WHOLE HEALTH CARE DEBATE STARTED OUT BACK DURING THE OBAMA-HILLARY DEBATE DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS COME TO TWO PREM SEES, ONE IS WE SPEND -- PREMISESES, ONE WE SPEND TOO MUCH ON HEALTH CARE. SPEND A LOT MORE. $1 TRILLION TO $2 TRILLION. WHEN YOU SUBJECT FROM 47 MILLION, ILLEGAL ALIENS AND IMMIGRANTS AND THOSE WHO QUALIFY UNDER THEIR EMPLOYER AND THOSE WHO MAKE OVER $75,000 A YEAR AND THOSE WHO QUALIFY FOR GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, YOU'RE DOWN TO 12.1 MILLION UNINSURED, NOT 47 MILLION. THAT'S LESS THAN 4% OF THE POPULATION. THEY SEEK TO OVERHAUL 100% OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY IN AMERICA AND 100% OF THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM IN AMERICA TO, WHAT, TO REDUCE THAT NUMBER OF UNINSURED FROM 4% DOWN TO SOMETHING TO LIKE 2%? AND IN PROCESS PUT IN PLACE THE FRAMEWORK FOR SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. ADDITIONALLY, THEY GIVE US AN OPT OUT. WELL, HERE'S WHAT I'LL OPT OUT OF, I'LL OPT OUT OF FUNDING ABORTION, I'LL OPT OUT OF FUNDING ILLEGALS, I'LL OPT OUT OF TAX INCREASES AND MEDICARE CUTS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. FUDGE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO ALL OF THIS TODAY AND I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO ALL OF THIS TODAY AND I THINK IT'S TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HEAR THE TRUTH. THE TRUTH IS THAT MORE THAN 60% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT HEALTH CARE REFORM. THE TRUTH IS THAT SENIORS ARE PAYING MUCH TOO MUCH FOR THEIR PRESCRIPTIONS AND FOR THEIR MEDICATIONS. THE TRUTH IS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BEING MISTREATED BY THEIR INSURANCE COMPANIES AS A -- AS IT EXISTS TODAY. AND THE TRUTH IS THAT DEMOCRATS ARE WORKING TO FIX THE PROBLEM AND NOT JUST BE OBSTRUCTIONISTS. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 01:35:28 PM

    MR. CAMPBELL

    THAT WILL BE COSTLY, INEFFICIENT AND PROVIDE BAD HEALTH CARE. I HAVE…

    THAT WILL BE COSTLY, INEFFICIENT AND PROVIDE BAD HEALTH CARE. I HAVE SOMETHING CALLED THE PATIENT CHOICE ACT WHICH IS INSTEAD OF PUTTING NEW BUREOCKRASS SEES BETWEEN PEOPLE AND THEIR DOCTORS, YOU WOULD ELIMINATE SOME OF THE EXISTING BUREOCKRASS SEES AND GET EMPLOYERS -- BUREAUCRACIES AND GET EMPLOYERS OUT OF THE WAY. AS IMPORTANT AS THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE IS HERE, YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE IN AMERICA WANT RIGHT NOW? JOBS. THEY WANT JOBS. AND IF THERE'S ONE THING THIS PLAN WILL DO THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE PROPOSING IS COST AMERICANS THEIR JOBS. I ASK THE CHAIR AND THE PRESIDENT, WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU PROMISED? LET'S MOVE FORWARD ON A JOB AGENDA, NOT AN AGENDA OF GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 01:36:36 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'VE BEEN HERE 18 YEARS FIGHTING FOR HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS. THERE ARE,…

    I'VE BEEN HERE 18 YEARS FIGHTING FOR HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS. THERE ARE, REGARDLESS OF WHOSE NUMBERS YOU USE, MILLIONS OF UNINSURED PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND TENS OF MILLIONS WHO ARE UNDERINSURED AND HAVE BECOME IN MANY RESPECTS THE PRIME JUSTIFICATION FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH ONE OF THE MOST AGGRESSIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM AGENDAS IN MODERN HISTORY. HOWEVER, DESPITE THE UNQUESTIONABLE NEED FOR INTERVENTION, SOME HAVE SOUGHT TO DOMINATE THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE WITH FEAR MONGERING, MISINFORMATION AND BLIND OPPOSITION TO KEY REFORM ELEMENTS WITHOUT OFFERING SUBSTANTIVE AND HIGH-QUALITY ALTERNATIVES. THIS PERPETUATION OF FICTION AND MISINTERPRETATIONS IS OFFBASE AND HAS STEERED THE HEALTH CARE DISCUSSION OFFCOURSE. ONE THING I ASK AMERICANS ALL SUMMER LONG AS WE GOT TO THIS POINT WAS, NAME ME THE DAY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS THAT YOUR HEALTH CARE WENT DOWN? NAME THE DAY. YOU NAME THE DAY.

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  • 01:37:56 PM

    MR. COLE

    MR. SPEAKER, THE DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE BILL NOW BEING DRAFTED BEHIND…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE BILL NOW BEING DRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IS BAD FOR SENIORS, BAD FOR TAXPAYERS AND BAD FOR THE QUALITY OF AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IT WILL CUT MEDICARE SPENDING ON SENIORS. IT WILL COST TAXPAYERS $1 TRILLION, AND IT WILL PUSH THE AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEM TOWARD AND UNDERFUNDED, OVERREGULATED GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. REPUBLICANS HAVE OFFERED IN GOOD FAITH POSITIVE PROPOSALS, PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST. REFORMS THAT PROTECT THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP, INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY AND TRULY MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE. HOWEVER, THESE IDEAS HAVE NEVER BEEN HEARD IN THE BACK ROOMS OF THE CAPITOL WHERE THE DEMOCRATIC -- DEMOCRATS ARE CRAFTING THEIR OWN PARTISAN PROPOSALS. AND, MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY'S PROPOSALS CONTINUE TO IGNORE MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM, SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF SAID WOULD BE ADDRESSED. TORT RSM HAS YET TO BE RAISED DURING THE DELIBERATIONS OF OUR DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO STAND BETWEEN PATIENTS AND HEALTH CARE. AMERICANS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NO CHOICE AND A REAL CHOICE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RISE?

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  • 01:39:10 PM

    MS. NORTON

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. NORTON

    MR. SPEAKER, THE TEA PARTY MINORITY DIDN'T SUCCEED THIS SUMMER AS THEY…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE TEA PARTY MINORITY DIDN'T SUCCEED THIS SUMMER AS THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD SO THEY'VE COME TO THE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON AND THEY ARE NOT GOING TO SUCCEED ANY MORE ON THE FLOOR THAN THEY SUCCEEDED WITH THE NOISE OF THIS SUMMER. AND HOW DO WE KNOW IT? THE PUBLIC OPTION HAS COME ROARING BACK. THE PEOPLE GOT THROUGH THE NOISE, AND THEY UNDERSTAND NOW. IN FACT, MY GREATEST FEAR IS THAT NOW MORE PEOPLE WANT THE PUBLIC OPTION THAN WILL QUALIFY FOR THE PUBLIC OPTION IN THE BILL. ONCE THEY CAME TO UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WHAT THEY'RE PAYING FOR INSURANCE, THAT HEALTH INSURANCE HAS BEEN GOING UP AT A RATE THREE TIMES THEIR WAGES, AND THAT IS WHY THE WAGES OF THE RESIDENTS OF OUR COUNTRY HAVE BEEN FLAT FOR DECADES. ONCE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT, THEY PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SMART. THEY'RE SMARTER THAN THE TEA PARTY CROWD THAT HAS TAKEN TO THE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON.

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:40:36 PM

    MR. KLINE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY CONCERN ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY CONCERN ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE MAJORITY PARTY'S PROPOSED HEALTH REFORM TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR GREATEST GENERATION. AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE STATED OVER AND OVER TODAY, THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE WOULD POSE A MAJOR THREAT TO OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. I AM ESPECIALLY TROUBLED BY THE LEGISLATION'S CONSEQUENCES FOR THE MORE THAN 10 MILLION AMERICANS WHO RELY ON MEDICARE ADVANTAGE FOR THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. IN MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, MORE THAN 230,000 SENIOR CITIZENS RELY ON MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. MORE THAN 17,000 OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN LIVE IN MY DISTRICT, AND AS THEIR REPRESENTATIVE, I SIMPLY CANNOT ABIDE LIMITING THEIR CHOICES LET ALONE STRIPPING THEM OF THEIR COVERAGE COMPLETELY. THESE ARE MINNESOTANS WHO IF THEY LIKE THEIR INSURANCE CAN'T KEEP IT. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER. LET'S PUSH THE RESET BUTTON AND START OVER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO WRITE LEGISLATION NOT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BUT OUT IN THE OPEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MRS. DAHLKEMPER

    MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO CONGRESS IN JANUARY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO CONGRESS IN JANUARY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR MY COMMUNITY, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR MY DISTRICT. TODAY, I HEARD FROM ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO OWNS A SMALL BUSINESS, A PRINTING COMPANY IN NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. THIS SMALL BUSINESS OWNER RECEIVED NOTIFICATION THAT HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS FOR HIS BUSINESS ARE INCREASING BY 51.1% THIS YEAR. THAT DWARFS THE 14% INCREASE OF LAST YEAR AND THE 20% INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND DWARFS THE 28% INCREASE THAT I SAW MY OWN SMALL BUSINESS WHEN I WAS STILL WORKING THERE. ANYONE THAT HAS WORKED IN A SMALL BUSINESS KNOWS THAT THESE COSTS ARE UNSUSTAINABLE. THIS SMALL BUSINESS OWNER SAID THAT THESE NEW RATES WILL BE IN EXCESS OF $1,700 PER MONTH. HE WROTE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT CAN BE DONE, BUT IT'S SMALL BUSINESSES LIKE MINE THAT CANNOT AFFORD THESE INCREASES. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST NOT ALLOW OUR SMALL BUSINESSES SUFFER SO UNNECESSARILY WHEN SOMETHING CAN BE DONE. THIS IS A CLEAR AND URGENT NEED TO PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE FOR REFORM.

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    MR. SPEAKER, IF WE'RE DEBATING HEALTH CARE, YOU CAN WONDER IF SOME OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, IF WE'RE DEBATING HEALTH CARE, YOU CAN WONDER IF SOME OF THESE THINGS CAN BE SAID WITH A STRAIGHT FACE. THIS ISN'T ABOUT HEALTH CARE, THIS IS ABOUT CONTROL. WHO'S GOING TO CONTROL THESE DECISIONS? THIS ENTIRE DEBATE COULD BE PUT ON A BUMPER STICKER THAT SAID SIMPLY "WHO DECIDES?" THE MAJORITY WANTS WASHINGTON DECISIONS, AND WE WANT INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS. MRS. CLINTON SUMMED IT UP BEST 15 YEARS AGO IN THE LAST HEALTH CARE DEBATE. SHE SAID, WE CAN'T TRUST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS. BUT THE MAJORITY CAN'T KEEP THEIR HANDS UP IN THIS $1 TRILLION DECISION, AND SO THEY PUT INTO THE BILL, $1.6 BILLION FOR STREETLIGHTS. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING INSURED WITH THAT? OR $10 BILLION TO SURE UP UNIONS. OR THE PAYOFF TO THE TRIAL LAWYERS WHO CAUSE US TO SPEND $200 BILLION A YEAR IN DEFENSIVE MEDICINE TO PREVENT BEING SUED, WHO'S HELPING THEM? MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT CONTROL.

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    WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE PARTY OF NO. NO HEALTH CARE PLAN, NO IDEAS…

    WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE PARTY OF NO. NO HEALTH CARE PLAN, NO IDEAS FOR AMERICA. TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS AND CAN'T GET HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES SAYS, NO, YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, THEY SAY NO. WELL, OUR PARTY HAS AN ANSWER FOR THAT. OUR HEALTH CARE PLAN WILL STOP THAT. PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE FILED BANKRUPTCY BECAUSE INSURANCE COMPANIES STOPPED PAYING ON THEIR CHRONIC CONDITIONS, THIS PARTY OVER HERE SAYS NO. WELL, DEMOCRATS SAY YES. OUR HEALTH CARE BILL WILL CURE THAT. FOR OUR SENIOR CITIZENS WHO NEED HELP WITH THEIR DRUGS AND CLOSING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, THE PARTY OF NO DOESN'T HAVE A PLAN. THIS HEALTH CARE BILL WILL HELP CLOSE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. SO I SAY TO MY FRIENDS OVER THERE, THE NEGATIVE NAY BOMBS OF NEGATIVE, NO IS NOT A SOLUTION FOR AMERICA. DEMOCRATS HAVE A PLAN THAT WILL COVER ALL AMERICANS AND PROVIDE HEALTH CARE AND REFORM THIS INSURANCE INDUSTRY WHO HAS ABUSED SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    1975 SENIORS WILL NOT BE RECEIVING A COST OF LIVING INCREASE. NOW ON TOP…

    1975 SENIORS WILL NOT BE RECEIVING A COST OF LIVING INCREASE. NOW ON TOP OF THAT THE SENIORS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR MEDICARE PLANS. ALMOST EVERY SENIOR CENTER I HAVE VISITED IN THE DISTRICT IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, 50% OF THE RESIDENTS HAVE TOLD ME THEY ARE ON MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS. THESE SENIORS LIKE THE PLANS THAT THEY HAVE AND THEY WANT TO KEEP THEM. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID MANY TIMES IF YOU LIKE THE HEALTH CARE PLAN YOU HAVE, YOU CAN KEEP IT. THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN WITH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. AND SENIORS ARE UPSET AND ANGRY. LET'S SUPPORT HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT ALL AMERICANS AND--- AND DOESN'T HARM THE PLANS SENIORS RELY ON. LET'S HELP ALL AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE ARE SEEING TODAY IS TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTING. HEALTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE ARE SEEING TODAY IS TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTING. HEALTH CARE REFORM IS NECESSARY. AND IT IS URGENT. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE DETERMINED TO KEEP 47 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE. AND THIS SAME GROUP IS OPPOSED TO GIVING COMPETITION TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. IF WE DON'T REFORM HEALTH CARE, MEDICARE COST ALSO SURELY BANKRUPT OUR NATION. THAT IS A FACT. IF WE DON'T REFORM COST OF EMPLOYEE-SPONSORED INSURANCE WILL BANKRUPT COMPANIES AND FAMILIES F WE DON'T ACT NOW, UNCOMPENSATED CARE WILL CLOSE THE DOORS OF RURAL HOSPITALS IN MY DISTRICT AND YOUR DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE ARE READY TO MOVE FORWARD. DEMOCRATS ARE READY TO MAKE THIS BOLD AND VISIONARY DECISION. I'M DISAPPOINTED WE DON'T HAVE HELP FROM THE OTHER SIDE. I YIELD BACK.

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    CALL ATTENTION TO ANOTHER JOB KILLING PROPOSAL THAT ONLY WASHINGTON COULD…

    CALL ATTENTION TO ANOTHER JOB KILLING PROPOSAL THAT ONLY WASHINGTON COULD DREAM UP. ONLY HERE WHEN PEOPLE BE ABLE TO PROCLAIM THE TO LOWER HEALTH COSTS BY TAXING IT AND MAKING IT MORE EXPENSIVE. TODAY IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT HOUSE LEADERSHIP IS NOW LIKELY TO INCLUDE A $20 BILLION EXCISE TAX ON MEDICAL DEVICES AS PART OF THEIR HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL. THIS NEW PROPOSAL WILL HALT INNOVATION AND ULTIMATELY MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE EXPENSIVE FOR PATIENTS. ONE WEEK AGO I HELD A FIELD HEARING IN MY DISTRICT ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THIS INNOVATION TAX. I HEARD FROM COMPANIES BOTH LARGE AND SMALL THAT WILL RESULT IN JOB LOSSES AND CUTS TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THESE PROPOSED TAXES ARE A VERY WRONG-HEADED APPROACH. LET'S GET BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK, REMOVE THIS TAX, WE CAN KEEP THE JOBS WE HAVE, AND MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE THE INNOVATION THAT'S ALIVE AND WELL IN BOTH MINNESOTA AND OUR NATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HOLT

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THESE DELAYING TACTICS THAT WE SEE FROM THE OTHER SIDE,…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THESE DELAYING TACTICS THAT WE SEE FROM THE OTHER SIDE, LET'S NOT LOSE TRACK OF THE BIG PICTURE. THE HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION TAKING SHAPE RECOGNIZES THE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT AMERICANS GET THEIR HEALTH CARE AND HELPS EACH ONE. THOSE WHO GET THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYMENT WILL FIND THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES CANNOT YANK THEM AROUND. OR CUT THEM OFF IF THEIR HEALTH TREATMENT BECOMES EXPENSIVE, OR DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THEM FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THOSE WHO GET THEIR HEALTH CARE THROUGH MEDICARE WILL KEEP THE MEDICARE THEY KNOW AND LOVE. ONLY IT WILL BE BETTER. CLOSING THE GAP IN THE COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE, THE SO-CALLED DOUGHNUT HOLE, AND MOVING TOWARD A MORE PATIENT BASED, LESS PROCEED QURE BASED SYSTEM. AND THOSE NOT WELL SERVED BY TODAY'S EXISTING SYSTEM. PEOPLE BETWEEN JOBS, INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS CAN GET THEIR COVERAGE AT LOWER GROUP RATES AND CAN GET ASSISTANCE IN PAYING THOSE PREMIUMS. AND OVERALL THIS WILL HOLD DOWN THE RISING COST OF HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA.

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    HAVE GOOD DOCTORS IN THIS COUNTRY? DO WE HAVE GOOD SURGEONS? DO WE HAVE…

    HAVE GOOD DOCTORS IN THIS COUNTRY? DO WE HAVE GOOD SURGEONS? DO WE HAVE GOOD HOSPITALS? AND DO WE HAVE REASONABLE ACCESS TO THAT CARE? THE ANSWER IS CLEAR THAT WE DO. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL MAKE HEALTH CARE BETTER OR WORSE? DO YOU REALLY TRUST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER THIS IMPORTANT PART OF OUR LIVES? THE LAST THING WE NEED IS TO HAVE SOME GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRAT STANDING BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR ON MAKING THESE IMPORTANT DECISIONS. FINALLY THE DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE PLAN WILL HURT SENIORS BY CUTTING MEDICARE. THIS DEMOCRATIC PLAN WILL PUSH UNFUNDED MANDATES TO MY HOME STATE OF MISSISSIPPI AND THE AVERAGE AMOUNT OF $360 MILLION A YEAR FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS. MY DISTRICT AND OUR COUNTRY SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD THIS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. JORDAN

    HAVE THOUGHT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAY…

    HAVE THOUGHT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAY CZAR, A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRAT WOULD TELL A PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZEN HOW MUCH MONEY THEY CAN MAKE, BUT IT HAPPENED LAST WEEK. AND NOW IF THE MAJORITY PARTY HAS THEIR WAY, COMING SOON TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, A FEDERAL TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. WITH ALL THE TAXES AND ALL THE BUREAUCRATS GETTING BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, PAY CZAR, CAR CZAR, ENERGY CZAR, $1.4 TRILLION DEFICIT, SOMETIMES I ACTUALLY THINK THE OTHER PARTY WON'T BE HAPPY UNTIL GOVERNMENT RUNS EVERYTHING. SOMETIMES I ACTUALLY THINK THE OTHER PARTY WON'T BE HAPPY UNTIL THEY HAVE AN I.V. HOOKED UP TO THE TAXPAYER WALLET AND THEY CAN HIT THE DRIP BUTTON EVERY TIME THEY WANT. WHAT WE NEED IS COMMON SENSE. WHAT WE NEED IS REAL REFORM NOT MORE GOVERNMENT. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. FARR

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF A BILL THAT OBVIOUSLY SOME…

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF A BILL THAT OBVIOUSLY SOME PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM HAVEN'T READ. SOME PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM DON'T REALIZE THAT IN ORDER TO GET RESULTS YOU'VE GOT TO DO THE POISIVE. YOU GOT TO WORK HARD. YOU GOT TO VOTE YES. VOTING NO DOESN'T PROVIDE ANY LEADERSHIP. IT JUST KEEPS STATUS QUO. REMEMBER, PART OF THIS BILL IS GOING TO HAVE EVERYONE IN AMERICA HAVE THE SAME KIND OF INSURANCE WE IN CONGRESS HAVE. THEY DON'T WANT TO ADMIT THAT. THEY WON'T SAY NO TO THAT INSURANCE. THEY WON'T SAY NO TO THE TRY CARE -- TRICARE INSURANCE THAT SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF MILITARY FOLKS GET. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO OPEN IT UP TO. THAT'S THE MEDICARE RATE. THEY WON'T SAY NO TO MEDICARE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS. THEY JUST SAY NO TO THE BILL THAT'S GOING TO TRY TO SOLVE IT FOR EVERYBODY ELSE WHO DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH CARE, HAS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS CAN'T GET HEALTH CARE. ALSO INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE RAISING PREMIUMS RIGHT NOW ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE RATES WE IN CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO PAY. AND THE PARTY OF NO HAS SAID NOTHING ABOUT THAT. READ THE BILL. YES, READ THE BILL. THANK YOU.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RISE? THE CHAIR WOULD ASK THAT MEMBERS RESPECT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR EACH MEMBER TO HAVE THEIR SAY UNINTERRUPTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    BELIEVE THE MAJORITY'S HEALTH CARE PLAN WILL RAISE THEIR HEALTH CARE…

    BELIEVE THE MAJORITY'S HEALTH CARE PLAN WILL RAISE THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS. ONLY 18% BELIEVE IT LOWERS COST. FEWER THAN ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS BELIEVE THIS PLAN WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF HACK HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECENT POLL, THIS IS A FACT. SO WHAT'S WASHINGTON'S RESPONSE? TO PRESS ON. THE NONEXISTENT PROBLEMS OF 0% OF AMERICANS ARE CRAFTING ANOTHER PLAN IN SECRET, ONE THEY HAVEN'T EVEN READ YET. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN THIS PLAN A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE. GIVING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR SHORTFALLS THAT PLANS WASHINGTON ALREADY RUNS, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SCHIP, IS IT ANY WONDER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE BEING TOLD? IT'S TIME TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND WE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE STAND READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO WORK WITH YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. TSONGAS

    RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY IN FRONT OF US ON…

    RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY IN FRONT OF US ON HEALTH CARE REFORM. WE ARE AT A MOMENTOUS TIME IN OUR HISTORY. FOR THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE A BILL THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY ALL FIVE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION. AND ALTHOUGH THERE ARE STILL DETAILS TO BE WORKED OUT, FOR THE FIRST TIME THE MAJORITY OF US HAVE CONSENSUS ON THE STRUCTURE AND GOALS OF THIS BILL. WE HAVE NEVER GOTTEN THIS FAR AND I FEEL PRIVILEGED TO BE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT THIS TIME. SO NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO SAY NO TO INSTILL FALSE FEAR AND TO DERAIL THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT WE END UP PASSING IS THE BEST IT CAN BE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BECAUSE THE COST OF DOING NOTHING IS TOO GREAT. WITHOUT REFORM THE COST OF HEALTH CARE FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN AND FAMILY IS EXPECTED TO RISE $1,800 EVERY YEAR WITH NO END IN SIGHT. IF WE DON'T ACT NOW THIS PROBLEM IS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. IF WE DON'T ACT, 14,000 AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE ARE IN A UNIQUE MOMENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BARTON

    MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIENDS ON THE MAJORITY SIDE HAVE STOOD BEFORE THIS BODY…

    MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIENDS ON THE MAJORITY SIDE HAVE STOOD BEFORE THIS BODY TODAY ASKING ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE AND WHERE IT IS. WELL, I WOULD ASK MY FRIENDS ON THE MAJORITY SIDE, WHERE IS THEIR BILL? THE THREE COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EACH PASSED SEPARATE BILLS BACK IN THE SUMMER. THOSE BILLS HAVEN'T BEEN MERGED. THE SENATE PASSED A CONCEPTUAL DOCUMENT, LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE IS NOT YET PUBLIC ON THAT BILL. WE WILL HAVE A REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE AND I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW WHAT WILL NOT BE IN IT, THERE WON'T BE INDIVIDUAL MANDATES THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CAN'T AFFORD. THERE WON'T BE EMPLOYEE MANDATES THAT THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES CAN'T AFFORD. THERE WON'T BE A HEALTH CARE CHOICES ADMINISTRATION THAT TELLS THE PRIVATE INDUSTRY-TELLS THE PRIVATE INSURANCE SECTOR WHAT KIND OF COVERAGE THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE. AND THERE WON'T BE A COMPARATIVE RESEARCH BUREAUCRACY THAT COULD EASILY LEAD TO RATIONING OF CARE. THERE WILL BE A NATIONAL POOL THAT COVERS ALL PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THERE WILL BE SUBSIDIES FOR LOW-INCOME AMERICANS. THERE WILL BE SOME SORT OF A COMPENSATION PACKAGE FOR OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. I WOULD ASK MY MAJORITY WHERE IS THEIR BILL?

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    MR. DINGELL

    I'M SAD TODAY. I HEAR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES JUST GETTING UP TO SAY NO.…

    I'M SAD TODAY. I HEAR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES JUST GETTING UP TO SAY NO. I TELL MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WE HAVE ONE OF THE GREATEST PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE CONFRONTED IN THIS COUNTRY. HEALTH CARE HAS DOUBLED IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. IT WILL DOUBLE IN THE NEXT EIGHT. AND BY THE YEAR 2020, IT WILL BE HEALTH CARE COSTS WILL BE $25,000. THE BANKRUPTCY OF THE STEEL INDUSTRY, THE BANKRUPTCIES IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY, THE BANKRUPTCIES IN THE SMALL BUSINESS INDUSTRIES ARE DIRECTLY A CAUSE OF THIS. LISTEN TO THOMAS JEFFERSON AND HEAR WHAT HE -- DANIEL WEBSTER AND SEE WHAT DANIEL WEBSTER HAS TO SAY. HE SAID THIS, IT'S ON THE WALL UP THERE, I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT IT. LET US DEVELOP THE RESOURCES OF OUR LAND, CALL FORTH ITS POWER, BUILD UP ITS INSTITUTIONS, PROMOTE ALL OF ITS GREAT INTERESTS, AND SEE WHETHER WE ALSO IN OUR DAY AND GENERATION MAY NOT PERFORM SOMETHING WORTHY TO BE REMEMBERED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN THIS. LET US SIGN TOGETHER TO MOVE FORWARD A BILL THAT OFFERS GREATNESS TO OUR COUNTRY.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A LITTLE MEMBER WILL I CHECK -- MEMORY CHECK. DO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A LITTLE MEMBER WILL I CHECK -- MEMORY CHECK. DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION PROMISED BY SPENDING ALMOST $1 TRILLION UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD GO NO LIAR THAN 8%? IT'S CLOSE TO 8%. NOT ONLY IS THIS ADMINISTRATION FAILED TO CREATE JOBS, IT IS RUSHING TO ENACT OTHER BILLS, OTHER LEGISLATION THAT WOULD LEAD TO THE LOSS OF MILLIONS OF MORE JOBS. THE CAP AND TRADE BILL WOULD COST THE LOSS OF TWO MILLION TO THREE MILLION JOBS A YEAR HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL COULD COST AMERICANS 4.7 MILLION JOBS AND LEAD TO A TRILLION IN NEW SPENDING AND CUTTING CUTS IN MEDICARE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO STOP SPENDING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. IT'S TIME TO STOP TARGETING OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. WHAT WILL IT TAKE, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS CONGRESS TO FINALLY START FOCUSING ON CREATING JOBS? I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:01:14 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    OUR CHANCE TO MAKE HEALTH CARE AVAILABLE TO AND AFFORDABLE FOR THE PEOPLE…

    OUR CHANCE TO MAKE HEALTH CARE AVAILABLE TO AND AFFORDABLE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES IS HERE. . I PREFER THAT WE INCLUDE THE ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION IN OUR FINAL PLAN. MORE THAN $110 BILLION OVER ANY OTHER PLAN, IT COVERS FAR MORE PEOPLE AND IT PROVIDES REAL COMPETITION TO PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS WHICH IN TURN WILL PROVIDE LOWER COSTS AND HIGHER QUALITY FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE INSURED IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED, THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO FOR THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY AND NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO GET ON WITH IT AND DO IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. BISHOP

    FORESAW THE HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE TODAY AND THEY PROPOSED A…

    FORESAW THE HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE TODAY AND THEY PROPOSED A SOLUTION. WE CALL IT FEDERALISM. SEE, SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE THE SAME WAY AT THE SAME TIME BY EVERYBODY, ONLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO IT BUT IF YOU WANT CREATIVITY OR TAKE CIRCUMSTANCES FOR JUSTICE THEN STATES ARE THE LABORATORY OF DEMOCRACY. MY STATE OF UTAH HAS INSTITUTED A HEALTH CARE REFORM THE RIGHT WAY BASED ON CONSUMER CHOICE AND OPTIONS WHERE BUSINESS HAS STABLE COSTS, WORKERS HAVE AFFORDABLE OPTIONS AND IT'S DESIGNED FOR THE DEMOCRATS OF UTAH BUT IF THE PELOSI BILL OR BAUCUS BILL WERE TO BE PASSED, THAT STATE INNOVATION IS DESTROYED. ALL SOLUTIONS ARE NOT HERE IN THIS CITY. CREATIVE SOLUTIONS CAN HAPPEN WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GETS OFF THE BACK OF INDIVIDUALS WITH THEIR MANDATES AND REGULATIONS AND OUT OF THEIR POCKETS WITH TAXES AND THEN REAL PEOPLE HAVE THE ABILITY TO FIND TRULY CREATIVE SOLUTIONS IF WE THE CONGRESS LET THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:03:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 02:03:18 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND…

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:03:26 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    SHOW YOU THE HEADLINES IN MY COMMUNITY. IT'S OFFICIAL. IT'S A STINKER AND…

    SHOW YOU THE HEADLINES IN MY COMMUNITY. IT'S OFFICIAL. IT'S A STINKER AND WHAT'S A STINKER? THAT ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CENSUS AND THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY, THE LARGEST COUNTY IN THIS NATION, 22.3% OF THE PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE. IN MY DISTRICT, LONG BEACH, 18.8 -- 18.8%, IN COMPTON, 25.5%. THAT'S ONE OUT OF FOUR PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND AND DO NOT HAVE HEALTH CARE. AND THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US. WHY ARE WE THE ONLY INDUSTRIALIZED NATION THAT DOESN'T PROVIDE HEALTH CARE? WHY IS IT THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, WE CAN SPEND BILLIONS FOR A WAR BUT WE CAN'T SPEND THE SAME FOR HEALTH CARE? SOMETHING'S WRONG. WE APPLAUD THE CONGRESS AND THE SENATE AND SENATOR REID FOR STEPPING UP. WE NEED TO DO THIS AND WE NEEDED IT NOW. I'M NOT WILLING TO LOOK ONE OUT OF FOUR CONSTITUENTS IN THE FACE AND SAY, YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH. EVERYONE DESERVES HEALTH CARE AND, OH, BY THE WAY, IT HELPS ALL OF US. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:04:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 02:04:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU LIKE YOUR CURRENT PLAN, IT BETTER…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU LIKE YOUR CURRENT PLAN, IT BETTER NOT BE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE BECAUSE THE DEMOCRAT HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL CUTS $152 BILLION FROM THAT PROGRAM FOR SENIORS. THE REASON IS TWO FOLD. THEY NEED CUTS TO PAY FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE PROGRAM AND THEY THINK INSURERS ARE OVERPAID BY 14%. 25% OF SENIORS ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM NATIONWIDE, TELL THAT. I GUESS IT'S NOT INCLUDED AS THE FOLKS WHO CAN KEEP THE PLAN IF THEY LIKE IT. STUDIES SHOW THAT THOSE IN THE PROGRAM SPEND FEWER DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL AND EXPERIENCE FEWER READMISSIONS. THOSE ENROLLED IN ADVANTAGE PLANS SPEND 30% FEWER DAYS IN A HOSPITAL AND WERE 15% LESS LIKELY TO BE READMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL. THAT ACCOUNTS FOR A HUGE SAVINGS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ALSO SAYS THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE PLAN, WE INCREASE SENIORS' MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PREMIUMS BY 20% OVER THE NEXT PREMIUM. I THOUGHT REARE FORM WAS SUPPOSED TO BE IMPROVEMENT, NOT A PLAN TO SOAK OUR SENIORS.

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  • 02:05:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:07:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:07:07 PM

    >>

    AMERICANS, THE PRESIDENT, THE SPEAKER AND MAJORITY LEADER HAVE BEEN UNABLE…

    AMERICANS, THE PRESIDENT, THE SPEAKER AND MAJORITY LEADER HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO CREATE A SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH PLAN. THE SINGLE LARGEST EXPANSION IN THE COST AND SIZE AND AUTHORITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN 70 YEARS. BUT RATHER THAN GIVE UP, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP HAS DECIDED TO FLOAT AN IDEA AS A MISDIRECTION PLAY TO GET WHAT THEY WANT. THEY CALL IT A TRIGGER, I CALL IT A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. WHILE SOME MIGHT ARGUE THAT IT WILL TRIGGER HEALTH CARE COSTS, AMERICANS ARE AWAKE AND WATCHING AND THEY KNOW BETTER. THEY SEE THIS AND REALIZE THAT A TRIGGER PAVES THE ROAD TO GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF HEALTH CARE AND THE LOSS OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICE IN HEALTH CARE DECISIONS. ON THIS HALLOWEEN WEEK I URGE THE SPEAKER TO TAKE UP THE MASTER REFORM AND FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS THAT DON'T INCLUDE THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE HONESTY IN THIS DEBATE AND WON'T BE SCARED INTO SUPPORTING A TRIGGER AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:07:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:08:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:09:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    SECRET ON THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE JUSTIFIABLY…

    SECRET ON THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE JUSTIFIABLY WORRIED ABOUT WHAT IS BEING DISCUSSED BEHIND THOSE CLOSED DOORS. AS I ALWAYS DO, I'VE SPENT MONTHS LISTENING TO SENIORS ACROSS MY DISTRICT AND THEY'RE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT HOW SO-CALLED REFORM WILL AFFECT THEIR MEDICARE. AND HOW THEIR MEDICAL CARE -- AND THE MEDICAL CARE WHICH THEY RELY ON EVERY DAY. THEY KNOW THE MEDICARE SAVINGS THAT ARE PROPOSED TO PAY FOR THE SPEAKER'S TRILLION-DOLLAR REFORM BILL SOUNDS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE MEDICARE CUTS TO THEM. IN FACT, THERE ARE $500 MILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE OVER 10 YEARS IN THE BILL. CUTS THAT AFFECT THEM, THE DOCTORS THAT TREAT THEM AND THE HOSPITALS WHO CARE FOR THEM. SPECIFICALLY, THE MAJORITY PLANS TO SLASH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAMS BY MORE THAN $120 MILLION. EXPERTS BELIEVE THAT NEAR THE THREE -- NEARLY THREE MILLION SENIORS WILL BE THROWN OFF MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND MILLIONS MORE WILL PAY OUT OF POCKET D EXPENSES OR FACE REDUCED BENEFITS. WE CAN'T LET THIS HAPPEN.

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  • 02:10:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

  • 02:10:30 PM

    MR. PRICE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:10:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:10:36 PM

    MR. PRICE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

  • 02:11:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:11:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:11:50 PM

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES NEBRASKA RISE?

  • 02:13:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES NEBRASKA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:13:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:14:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:14:32 PM

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    SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT SAID OUR HEALTH CARE IS TOO COSTLY. I AGREE. THE…

    SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT SAID OUR HEALTH CARE IS TOO COSTLY. I AGREE. THE DEMOCRAT PLANS DON'T REFORM OR ELIMINATE THE $1 TRILLION IN WASTE SO YOU WILL PAY MORE. NOT JUST YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, BUT YOU. HOW? THEIR PLAN HAS A WHEELCHAIR TAX, A HOSPITAL BED TAX, AS MA DEVICE TAX, -- ASTHMA DEVICE TAX, ALL TAXED. HAVE A HEART ATTACK, THERE ARE TAXES ON HEART MONITORS AND PACE MAKERS. HOW ABOUT HEALTH SHURENTS IN THEY TAX IF YOU HAVE IT, TAX IF YOU DON'T. FOR PAID INSURANCE, THEY TAX THEM IF THEY WILL AND TAX THEM IF THEY WON'T. THEY CAN OPT OUT OF A GOVERNMENT-RUN PLAN BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY THE TAXES. IT'S TAXATION WITHOUT HOSPITALIZATION. LET'S REFORM MEDICARE, REFORM MEDICAID, REFORM HEALTH CARE, CUT THE WASTE, IMPROVE QUAMENT, LET PEOPLE BUY ACROSS STATE LINES, JOIN GROUPS, MAKE INSURANCE PERMANENT. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE BEGGING TO US FIX THE PROBLEM, NOT FINANCE THEM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CAN'T ALL BE WRONG. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 02:15:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO…

    FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM. I HAVE…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM. I HAVE HEARD FROM SEEM ALL ACROSS MY DISTRICT AND OHIO ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY NEED HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM. I HEARD FROM DON A. SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, WHO HAS A STORY THAT IS TRULY HEARTBREAKING. DUE TO A DREAS MISTAKE WHEN HER SON WAS 23 DAYS OLD, DAWN'S SON WAS LEFT WITH LIFELONG BRAIN DAMAGE. FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS SHE AND HER HUSBAND HAVE STRUGGLED TO FIND INSURANCE FOR HER SON. WHEN NO INSURANCE WOULD COVER HIM, THEY WERE FORCED TO PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR ALL OF HIS DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS, PHYSICAL THERAPY, AND THEY ARE CURRENTLY LIVING AT THE POVERTY LEVEL AND BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM HAVE HELD AS MANY AS FIVE JOBS TO TRY TO COVER THEIR SON'S MEDICAL EXPENSES. LAST YEAR IN MY DISTRICT IN OHIO, THERE WERE 1,270 HEALTH CARE RELATED BANKRUPTCIES. WITHOUT COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE REFORM, DAWN'S FAMILY COULD BE THE NEXT ONE. WE ARE AT A BREAKING POINTS. WE MUST COME TOGETHER AND BRING SECURITY AND STABILITY TO OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. SO FAMILIES LIKE DAWN'S AND FOR EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:16:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:16:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:16:56 PM

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    PROVISIONS OF THE DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WE SUPPORT LIKE TAKING…

    PROVISIONS OF THE DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WE SUPPORT LIKE TAKING CARE OF THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PROBLEM. BUT WE ALSO OPPOSE CUTTING MEDICARE BY $500 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. WE OPPOSE TAKING $155 BILLION OUT OF THE HOSPITAL ACCOUNT. WE OPPOSE REDUCING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE BY $123 BILLION. WE OPPOSE TAXING -- PUTTING A SURTAX ON SMALL BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN. THOUSANDS OF THEM. WE OSE -- OPPOSE INDIVIDUALS BEING PENALIZED 2.5% OF A GROSS INCOME IF THEY DO NOT BUY A POLCY. WE OPPOSE REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO PAY 8% OF THE GROSS WAGES OF THEIR EMPLOYEES IF THEY DO NOT PROVIDE INSURANCE. AND THEN AFTER ALL OF THAT, THERE IS STILL $200 BILLION NEEDED TO PAY FOR THIS EXPENSIVE HEALTH CARE BILL. THOSE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IF THEY WOULD SIMPLY OPEN THE DOOR AND GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY.

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  • 02:17:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:18:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:18:05 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    COLLEAGUE FROM KENTUCKY WHO IS ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, BUT I…

    COLLEAGUE FROM KENTUCKY WHO IS ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, BUT I HEARD HIM MOSTLY TALK ABOUT WHAT HE OPPOSES. THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH THE REPUBLICAN MANTRA ON HEALTH CARE REFORM. THEY ARE OPPOSED TO SO MANY THINGS BUT WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE SUPPORTIVE OF. AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING WE TRIED TO INCLUDE BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ON THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM BUT ESSENTIALLY WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WAS THEY DIDN'T LIKE THIS, THEY DIDN'T LIKE THAT, AND ULTIMATELY THEY DIDN'T LIKE ANYTHING. NOW WE ARE FORCED I SUPPOSE TO BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR WHICH PROBABLY WILL GET MOSTLY OR MAYBE ONLY DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT. BUT IT WILL COVER EVERYONE. IT WILL PROVIDE THAT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE THAT'S BEEN SO LACKING WITH SO MANY PEOPLE NOW WHO CAN'T FIND HEALTH INSURANCE OR FIND IT INCREASINGLY UNAFFORDABLE. AND THE PUBLIC OPTION IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THAT BECAUSE BASICALLY IT WILL CREATE COMPETITION AND BRING DOWN COST FORCE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN. WE ARE MOVING FORWARD NOW. WE'D LIKE TO HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, BUT IF WE DON'T, WE ARE STILL MOVING FORWARD BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THE PROMISE OF HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY AMERICAN IS REALLY CRUCIAL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 02:19:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 02:19:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:19:22 PM

    MRS. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, AS DEMOCRATIC LEADERS RETREAT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TO CRAFT…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS DEMOCRATIC LEADERS RETREAT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TO CRAFT THEIR GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE, AMERICA'S SENIORS ARE RIGHTLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT A $500 BILLION IN CUT IN MEDICARE WILL MEAN TO THEM. THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, DEMOCRATS HAVE MADE CLEAR THAT THEY INTEND TO FORCE AMERICA'S SENIORS TO CARRY A LARGE SHARE OF THE COST OF REFORM. THIS INCLUDES ELIMINATING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. DEMOCRATS UNDERSTAND HOW NEGATIVE THE REACTION WILL BE WHEN SENIORS LEARN THAT THEY ARE SCRAPPING THIS PROGRAM. SO THEY HAVE PLACED A GAG ORDER ON COMPANIES THAT PROVIDE THIS COVERAGE, STOPPING 24E78 FROM -- THEM FROM COMMUNICATING WITH SENIORS ON THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS CHANGE. THAT'S RIGHT, THE DEMOCRATS WHO PROMISED TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY HAVE GONE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TO CRAFT LEGISLATION AND HAVE USED THE POWER OF GOVERNMENT TO STOP THE CENTERS FROM COMMUNICATING WITH AMERICAN SENIORS. AMERICAN SENIORS ARE RIGHT TO BE CONCERNED. WITH THE JOB KILLING TAX INCREASES THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT, AMERICAN WORKERS NEED TO BE CONCERNED AS WELL, MR. SPEAKER. PERHAPS THAT IS WHY THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY WILL NOT ALLOW US TO HAVE 72 HOURS TO READ THE BILL BEFORE IT'S VOTED ON. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:20:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:20:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:20:42 PM

    >>

    IF YOU'RE FROM THE NORTHWEST SUBURBS OF CHICAGO TODAY, YOU WOKE UP AND…

    IF YOU'RE FROM THE NORTHWEST SUBURBS OF CHICAGO TODAY, YOU WOKE UP AND LOOKED AT THE CHICAGO TRUBBUNE AND READ AN ARTICLE THAT SAID YOUR PROPERTY TAXES ARE GOING TO GO UP 20%. IF YOU TURNED ON THE RADIO YOU PROBABLY HEARD FOLKS TALKING IN CHICAGO LAND ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT AT 10.5% IN ILLINOIS. A NUMBER WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE EARLY 1980'S. AND IF YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE DEBATE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, YOU HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT THIS CRUSHING DEBT THAT IS COMING ON YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN. I WENT THIS AFTERNOON -- BUREAU OF PUBLIC DEBT IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON AND WATCHED WITHIN A TWINKLING OF AN EYE $44 BILLION WAS BORROWED ON A TWO-YEAR NOTE. THAT TYPE OF ATTITUDE AND THE ATTITUDE OF SPENDING AND SPENDING AND SPENDING IS BECOMING WEARY FOR THE FOLKS THAT I REPRESENT IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS. IT'S TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO DISCIPLINE ITSELF AND COME UP WITH A HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT MEETS PEOPLE'S NEEDS BUT DOESN'T BREAK THE BANK.

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  • 02:21:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 02:21:58 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:22:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:22:02 PM

    MR. CULBERSON

    THE PEOPLE IN TEXAS THAT I REPRESENT OPPOSE THE PELOSI-OBAMA GOVERNMENT…

    THE PEOPLE IN TEXAS THAT I REPRESENT OPPOSE THE PELOSI-OBAMA GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE TAKEOVER BILL BY A MARGIN OF 77% BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND IN TEXAS OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM NEEDS A TUNE-UP NOT A TRADE IN. WE NEED TO FOCUS AS THE CONSERVATIVE MINORITY HAS ON REDUCING THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE AND MAKING IT AFFORDABLE AND PORTABLE. WE IN THE CONSERVATIVE MINORITY, THE TEMPORARY MINORITY, HAVE AUTHORED LEGISLATION THAT WILL MAKE INSURANCE PORTABLE ACROSS STATE LINES, THAT WILL BRING DOWN THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE BY ENACTING TORT REFORMS NATIONWIDE TO PROTECT DOCTORS FROM FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION AS WE DID IN TEXAS. IN TEXAS WE ADOPTED TORT REFORM AND THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE DROPPED FOR ALL TEXANS AND ABOUT 400,000 ADDITIONAL TEXANS GOT HEALTH INSURANCE WHO COULD NOT BEFORE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE GREATEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EVER CREATED IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IS PROTECTED AND WE PROTECT THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. LET'S FOCUS ON REDUCING THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE, MAKING IT AFFORDABLE AND PORTABLE. GIVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM A TUNE-UP NOT A TRADE IN.

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  • 02:23:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

  • 02:23:16 PM

    MR. BROWN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:23:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:23:20 PM

    MR. BROWN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN TO PAY FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN TO PAY FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE BY CUTTING NEARLY $162 BILLION FROM MEDICARE AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR SENIORS. ACROSS THE NATION NEARLY 11 MILLION SENIORS CHOSE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN AS THEIR 3R50E PREFERRED COVERAGE. OVER 11,000 SENIORS IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, ANAIRE WITH MANY RETIREES, MAY HAVE THEIR COVERAGE DROPPED OR BENEFITS CUT IF THE DEMOCRATS HAVE ITS WAY. DESPITE THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE IF YOU LIKE YOUR CURRENT PLAN YOU CAN KEEP IT, IT IS CLEAR THAT SOME SENIORS WILL EVENTUALLY BE FORCE FOOD A GOVERNMENT-RUN PLAN. ADDITIONALLY THE C.B.O. HAS SAID THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN WILL INCREASE SENIORS' MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS BY 20% OVER THE NEXT DECADE. AS MEDICARE DANGEROUSLY APPROACHES BANKRUPTCY, DEMOCRATS MUST OPEN THE PROCESS UP TO REPUBLICANS TO WORK TO REPAIR THIS RAPID FAILING PROGRAM AND PROTECT OUR SENIORS FROM RISING DRUG COSTS, LIMITED COVERAGE, AND REDUCE QUALITY OF CARE. REPUBLICANS VOW TO BLOCK WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS FROM OVERREGULATING THEIR HEALTH CARE AND PROIDVIDING OPTIONS AT THE BEST COVERAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. OLSON

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING RISE?

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. 20 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS WHO JUST CAN'T…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. 20 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS WHO JUST CAN'T AFFORD INSURANCE. OTHERS WHO HAVE LOST INSURANCE WHEN THEY LOST THEIR JOBS. STILL OTHERS HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND HAVE BEEN FROZEN OUT OF THE INSURANCE MARKET. THEN THERE'S FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS WHICH DRAIN VERY LIMITED HEALTH CARE DOLLARS. AND OF COURSE WE FIND THAT OUR BEST INSURANCE PROVIDERS CAN'T SELL THEIR INSURANCE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE FROZEN OUT. THERE IS NO COMPETITION. THESE ARE PROBLEMS THAT REPUBLICANS ARE ANXIOUS TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS ON. AND I PLEAD WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, DON'T HOLD HEALTH CARE REFORM HOSTAGE DEPENDENT ON THE INACCURATE -- ENACTMENT OF SOME SOCIALIST EXPERIMENT WITH GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN WHAT'S BEING DEMANDED HERE IS A TRANSFORMATION OF OUR SYSTEM RATHER THAN A REFORM OF OUR SYSTEM. AND THAT TRANSFORMATION OF OUR SYSTEM WILL HURT SENIORS, IT WILL TAKE PEOPLE WHO NOW HAVE INSURANCE IN SMALL BUSINESS AND PUT THEM OUT OF A JOB AS WELL AS WITH NO INSURANCE. AND OF COURSE IT WILL NOT IMPROVE THE SITUATION BUT WILL BE VERY COSTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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    MR. FRANKS

    IT IS SO INIC THAT THIS CONGRESS IS DEBATING THE MEANS OF COVERING THE…

    IT IS SO INIC THAT THIS CONGRESS IS DEBATING THE MEANS OF COVERING THE UNINSURED WHILE DEMOCRATS ARE PLANNING TO CUT THE EXISTING COVERAGE OF THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST, OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. NEARLY 70,000 OF THOSE SENIOR CITIZENS WILL BE AFFECTED AND LIVE IN MY DIRECTS, MR. SPEAKER. THOSE SENIOR CITIZENS WILL EXPRESS THEIR EXPERIENCE DRASTIC CHANGES TO THEIR MEDICARE COVERAGE AS A RESULT OF THE $500 MILLION MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CUT IMPOSED BY THE DEMOCRATS' BILL, 3200. DEMOCRATS MAY SILENCE ALL OF OUR REPUBLICAN BILLS, BUT THEY ARE WRONG IF THEY BELIEVE REPUBLICANS WILL KEEP SILENCE AND ALLOW SENIOR CITIZENS IN AMERICA WHO HAVE ALREADY SPENT THE MAJORITY OF THEIR LIVES CONTRIBUTING TO THIS NATION TO BE FORCED TO GIVE UP THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THEY SO VITALLY NEED IN ORDER TO PAY FOR A SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE WHICH HAS FAILED IN EVERY STATE AND EVERY COUNTRY THAT HAS EVER BEEN UNWISE ENOUGH TO ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    TO MEET WITH A GROUP OF HONORED FLIGHT VETERANS AND THESE LADIES AND…

    TO MEET WITH A GROUP OF HONORED FLIGHT VETERANS AND THESE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN -- THEY'RE OUR HEROES AND ONE OF THEM CAME UP TO ME AND SAID, CONGRESSMAN, PLEASE DON'T LET THEM TAKE MY MEDICARE AWAY. THAT IS A SOLEMN PROMISE. THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE QUALITY OF CARE, ABOUT THE COSTS THAT ARE GOING TO INCUR. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S TRULY IMPORTANT TO OUR SENIORS. OVER THE WEEKEND I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO A BUSINESSMAN, HE CAME UP AND SAID, CONGRESSMAN, PLEASE DON'T LET THEM IMPLEMENT THESE MANDATES AND EXCESSIVE TAXES ON ME. I CAN'T SURVIVE AS A BUSINESS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING OVER THESE PROPOSALS AND THEY'RE SAYING, NO. A WHILE AGO WE HEARD THAT IT'S NOT LEADERSHIP UNLESS YOU VOTE YES. I SAY IT'S TIME WE START LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE AND DOING WHAT THEY WANT. THEY'VE LOOKED AT THESE ISSUES AND PROPOSALS AND SAID NO. I THINK WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THEM. THEY'RE THE ONCE WHO ARE GOING TO PAY THE BILLS, BE IMPACTED BY IT AND THEY SAY NO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGINIA ISLANDS RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS MAJORITY HAS JUST RUN A $1.4 TRILLION DEFICIT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS MAJORITY HAS JUST RUN A $1.4 TRILLION DEFICIT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009. EVEN AS WE ARE TOLD A NEW HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENT WOULD REDUCE RED INK BY $81 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS, BUT LET'S LOOK AT HISTORY AND WHAT'S HAPPENED SINCE THE GOVERNMENT HAS GOT INVOLVED IN HEALTH CARE. PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID IN 1965, HEALTH CARE INFLATION RAN SLIGHTLY FASTER THAN OVERALL INFLATION. IN THE YEARS SINCE, MEDICAL INFLATION HAS CLIMBED 2.5% FASTER THAN THE COST INCREASE ELSEWHERE IN THE ECONOMY. LET'S START WITH MEDICAID. HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE IN 1965 ESTIMATED THAT THE FIRST FIVE YEARS' COST WOULD BE $238 MILLION. INSTEAD IT HIT MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN COSTS -- AND COSTS HAVE KEPT CLIMBING SINCE. LET'S LOOK AT THIS. IN 1965 MEDICARE, ANOTHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAM, WAS PROJECTED TO COST $12 BILLION BY 1990. IT COST $110 BILLION. MEDICARE HOSPITAL, 1965 PROJECTED 1990 COSTS, $9 BILLION. THE ACTUAL COST, $67 BILLION. LET'S LOOK AT HISTORY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT GETS INVOLVED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS SHOULD HEED THE GAVEL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RISE?

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    MR. RYAN

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. RYAN

    MR. SPEAKER, WISCONSINITES MIGHT WANT TO KNOW THAT JUST RECENTLY OUR BLUE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WISCONSINITES MIGHT WANT TO KNOW THAT JUST RECENTLY OUR BLUE CROSS-BLUE SHIELD PROGRAM ANNOUNCED THAT PEOPLE IN THEIR 20'S UNDER THIS HEALTH CARE BILL WILL SEE A 199% INCREASE IN THEIR HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS. PEOPLE IN THEIR 40'S WILL SEE A $120% INCREASE. PEOPLE IN THEIR 50'S WILL SEE A DRAMATIC DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASE. 214,000 WISCONSINITES MIGHT WANT TO KNOW THAT THEIR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN WILL BE DRAMATICALLY MORE EXPENSIVE OR WILL GO AWAY COMPLETELY. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER MIGHT WANT TO KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT ESTIMATORS ARE TELLING US THAT THIS BILL WILL COST $1 TRILLION TO $2 TRILLION IN A NEW HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENT. WHICH WILL SURELY ADD MORE DEFICIT AND DEBT TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE SHAME OF ALL OF THIS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT WE COULD FIX WHAT'S BROKEN IN HEALTH CARE WITHOUT BREAKING WHAT'S WORKING IN HEALTH CARE. REPUBLICANS HAVE OFFERED 40 DIFFERENT PIECES OF LEGISLATION IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. TO MAKE SURE THAT THE UNINSURED GET INSURED, THAT PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS GET HEALTH CARE AND WE DO THIS WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK, WITHOUT RAISING TAXES AND CREATING NEW DEBT AND DEVASTATION.

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    MR. TERRY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:36:56 PM

    MR. TERRY

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RISE?

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    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND…

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    SPEAKER. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS I NOT ONLY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF…

    SPEAKER. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS I NOT ONLY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LOOKING OUT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS BUT ALSO A DUTY TO ENSURE WE'RE TAKING CARE OF OUR SENIORS. REAL REFORM NEEDS TO MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE AND MORE ACCESSIBLE. UNFORTUNATELY THE BILLS BEING CRAFTED BY THE MAJORITY COULD THREATEN THE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS SENIORS RECEIVE WHILE RAISING PREMIUMS. THE PLAN CURRENTLY IN THE HOUSE MAKES MASSIVE CUTS TO MEDICARE WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ANTICIPATES WILL INCREASE SENIOR MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION PREMIUMS BY 20% OVER THE NEXT DECADE. FOR THOSE WHO LIVE ON A FIXED INCOME, THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING TO PAY MORE IS VERY WORRISOME. THEIR PLAN ALSO INCLUDES CUTTING $162 BILLION FROM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. A PROGRAM WIDELY SUPPORTED BY THE SENIORS BECAUSE OF ITS CHOICES AND AFFORDABILITY. WE SHOULD FOCUS ON ENSURING MEDICARE CONTINUES TO BE THERE FOR OUR SENIORS, NOT CUTTING THE BENEFIT TO FUND AN UNPROVEN PROPOSAL. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BURGESS

    RISE AND ADDRESS THE HOUSE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THANK YOU, MR.…

    RISE AND ADDRESS THE HOUSE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, IN AUGUST I HOSTED TWO ROUND TABLES WITH SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES IN NORTH TEXAS. PARTS OF HEALTH CARE REFORM ARE GOING TO AFFECT BUSINESS, LIKE IT OR NOT. THEY'RE GOING TO SEE A TAX INCREASE, A NEW EMPLOYER MANDATE, PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE. THE NORTH TEXAS BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE SAYS THEY NEED MORE TOOLS, NOT REGULATIONS, TO MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. ONE PANELIST EXPLAINED THAT THIS WOULD ADD TO THE BURDEN OF CURING WHAT ARE ARGUABLY TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. THE INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS HEALTH BENEFITS MANAGER A AT A LARGE MANUFACTURING PLANT IN DENTON SAYS OUR EMPLOYEES ARE ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF. IF MORE IS MANDATED ON US WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT WE WILL CUT. WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TAKE AWAY IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO BE COMPETITIVE. ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, IF WE HAVE TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE, WE SIMPLY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO DO SO. WE WILL HAVE TO CUT JOBS. I PROMISED TO MAKE THE LESSONS LEARNED BACK TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON HEALTH CARE REFORM. MOST AMERICANS TODAY ARE CONCERNED MORE ABOUT JOBS AND THE ECONOMY THAN THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL THAT WE'RE DEBATING HERE IN CONGRESS. WASHINGTON SHOULD BE WORKING TO HELP BUSINESSES CREATE JOBS, NOT WRITING PENALTIES FOR THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO --

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCALISE

    FIRST-HAND IN OUR CURRENT GOVERNMENT-RUN PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE WHO LACK…

    FIRST-HAND IN OUR CURRENT GOVERNMENT-RUN PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE WHO LACK REAL ACCESS TO A DOCTOR, LEAVING THEM OUT OF THE SYSTEM. MANY OF OUR MEDICARE PATIENTS AND SENIORS OUT THERE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. SO I ASKED THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, HOW YOU CAN CUT $500 BILLION, A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS, FROM MEDICARE AND NOT HURT ACCESS IN QUALITY FOR OUR SENIORS? I ALSO ASK OUR DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, HOW CAN YOU CREATE A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE TAKEOVER THAT FAILS TO CONTROL COST OR IMPROVE QUALITY? WE CAN DO BETTER. I KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER. WE REQUEST ACHIEVE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. BUT THE CURRENT DEMOCRATIC PLAN BILLS DO NOT DO THAT. THEY DO NOT CONSTITUTE MEANINGFUL REFORM. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE, TO PUT IT BETTER, ON A BETTER AND SOUNDER FINANCIAL FOOTER, TO -- FOOTING, TO ENSURE WE WILL BE THERE FOR OUR SENIORS WHEN THEY NEED HEALTH CARE. WE NEED TO LOWER COSTS FOR HALL SENIORS AND ALL AMERICANS, FOR THAT MATTER, BY INCREASING COMPETITION IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE. PROMOTING WELLNESS PROGRAMS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. SCALISE

    AND LIMITING FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. LET'S PUT THE DOCTORS AND PATIENTS BACK…

    AND LIMITING FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. LET'S PUT THE DOCTORS AND PATIENTS BACK IN CONTROL OF HEALTH CARE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE SPEAKERS MUST HEED THE GAVEL, PLEASE. THERE'S A CERTAIN LIMITATION…

    THE SPEAKERS MUST HEED THE GAVEL, PLEASE. THERE'S A CERTAIN LIMITATION THAT'S ONE MINUTE. I ASK THAT YOU ADHERE TO IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    SO ORDERED.

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    SO ORDERED.

  • 02:42:18 PM

    MR. HERGER

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    HEARD REPEATEDLY FROM THE SENIORS ABOUT THEIR HIGH SATISFACTION WITH…

    HEARD REPEATEDLY FROM THE SENIORS ABOUT THEIR HIGH SATISFACTION WITH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND THEIR FIERCE OF LOSING IT -- FEARS OF LOSING IT. THE SENATE FINANCE PLAN WOULD SLASH $123 BILLION FROM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. OVER 10 MILLION SENIORS ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN AND ACCORDING TO C.B.O. DIRECTOR, THOSE PROPOSED CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WILL FORCE REDUCED BENEFITS FOR MANY SENIORS. OVER 100,000 SENIORS IN THE THREE COUNTIES THAT I REPRESENT. THIS IS IN STARK CONTRAST TO, IF YOU LIKE YOUR INSURANCE, YOU CAN KEEP IT. THE DIRECTOR STATES VERY CLEARLY THAT UNDER THE STATE FINANCED PLAN, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE ENROLLEES WILL SUFFER REDUCED BENEFITS. WE MUST PRESERVE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE FOR THOSE WHO BENEFIT FROM THE PEACE OF MIND THAT IT PROVIDES AND STRENGTHEN IT FOR THOSE SENIORS THAT HAVE NOT YET TURNED 65. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE INTERESTING DEBATE BUOYANTS THAT WE'RE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE INTERESTING DEBATE BUOYANTS THAT WE'RE LISTENING TO TODAY -- DEBATE POINTS THAT WE'RE LISTENING TO TODAY IS THAT SOMEHOW WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS ALLOW PEOPLE TO SELL INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES AND THAT'S GOING TO SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS. WELL, FIRST OF ALL, YOU CAN BUY INSURANCE TODAY ACROSS STATE LINES. WHAT WE DON'T DO IS ALLOW SOMEBODY WHO INCORPORATES IN A STATE WITH VERY WEAK PROTECTIONS AND MINIMAL PROVISIONS TO GO IN AND UNDERCUT THE LAWS OF OTHER STATES THAT SEEK TO PROTECT THOSE CITIZENS. YOU CAN BUY INSURANCE AS YOU SEE FIT, IT'S JUST THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO PLAY IN A MARKET HAVE TO PLAY BY THE RULES AND IF SOMEBODY CHEATS, THEN THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO USE THE LOCAL INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO PROTECT THE CONSUMER. UNDER THE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE PROPOSING, THE ONLY THING THAT CHANGES IS THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME, SOME OF THE STATES THAT HAVEN'T PROTECTED THEIR CONSUMERS WILL HAVE HIGHER STANDARDS. THIS IS A GOOD BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. . WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:46:01 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    THE SENIOR CITIZENS IN MY DISTRICT ARE SCARED. LITERALLY SCARED. THEY ASK…

    THE SENIOR CITIZENS IN MY DISTRICT ARE SCARED. LITERALLY SCARED. THEY ASK ME WHAT ARE THE DEMOCRATS PLANNING TO DO TO MY MEDICARE AND MEDICAID? I HAVE TO TELL THEM I REALLY DON'T KNOW BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS ARE HIDING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN THE DARK AND KEEPING THE REST OF US OUT OF THE PICTURE. WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE EXCEPT WE DO KNOW THIS, THEY ARE PLANNING MASSIVE CUTS TO MEDICARE UPWARDS OF $500 BILLION AND MASSIVE CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE THAT WILL RESULT IN A LOSS OF HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS OF SENIORS. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THAT ADVANTAGE CUT WILL BE AROUND $162 BILLION. AS A RESULT, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS WILL DROP OUT OF THE PROGRAM. LIMITING SENIORS' CHOICES AND CAUSING MANY OF THEM TO LOSE THEIR CURRENT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WILL HAVE AN EXCEPTIONALLY HARMFUL EFFECT ON SENIORS IN RURAL AREAS LIKE MINE. I URGE US TO REJECT THIS PLAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:47:20 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:48:47 PM

    MRS. EMERSON

    MR. SPEAKER, HEALTH CARE REFORM HAS GRIPPED THE CONGRESS FOR THE BETTER…

    MR. SPEAKER, HEALTH CARE REFORM HAS GRIPPED THE CONGRESS FOR THE BETTER PART OF A YEAR NOW AND WE ARE FINALLY GETTING TO THE CORE OF THIS DEBATE -- COST. WITHOUT AN AFFORDABLE SYSTEM OF HEALTH CARE WE'LL FOREVER HAVE PROBLEMS WITH ACCESS. BUT TOO MANY GOOD BIPARTISAN PROPOSALS TO LOWER COSTS HAVE BEEN IGNORED. ELIMINATING INTERNATIONAL BARRIERS TO MARKET ACCESS FOR U.S. CONSUMERS. SPEEDING NEW GENERICS TO MARKET. PROMOTING COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH, AND BETTER DECISIONMAKING TOOLS FOR DOCTORS AND THEIR PATIENTS. YOU MAY ASK WHY? IT IS REAL SIMPLE. THE ADMINISTRATION MADE AN $80 BILLION DEAL WITH THE BIG DRUG COMPANIES THAT PREVENTS US FROM OFFERING OUR PROPOSALS TO SAVE CONSUMERS MONEY ON THEIR MEDICINE. OUR CONSTITUENTS WHO OFTEN HAVE TROUBLE PAYING FOR THEIR MEDICINES TODAY WILL CONTINUE SUBSIDIZING THE PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES WHO PAY HALF OF WHAT WE DO FOR THE SAME DRUGS. SO THIS $80 BILLION DEAL ACTUALLY MAKES MORE MONEY FOR THE BIG DRUG COMPANIES BECAUSE IT WILL ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO TAKE BRAND NAME PILL INSTEAD OF BEGIN NAY,, INCREASING THE MARKET SHARE AND PROFITS OF THE DRUG COMPANIES. NO WONDER THEY WERE SO QUICK TO ACCEPT THIS DEAL. WHAT A SCAM THE ADMINISTRATION HAS FALLEN PREY TO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE RISE?

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  • 02:50:09 PM

    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:50:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:50:12 PM

    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 02:51:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 02:51:23 PM

    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    I KNOW YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO BE IN THIS SITUATION. I DON'T CARE WHETHER…

    I KNOW YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO BE IN THIS SITUATION. I DON'T CARE WHETHER IT'S CALLED RIGHT, BROKEN, PLEASE FIX IT.

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  • 02:51:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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  • 02:51:34 PM

    >>

    SO ORDERED.

  • 02:51:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED.

  • 02:51:37 PM

    MR. FORBES

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I RECEIVED A CALL EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS FEARS. A…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I RECEIVED A CALL EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS FEARS. A PLANT WITH 1,100 JOBS IN A TOWN OF 9,000 RESIDENTS CLOSED ITS DOORS. WE WANT TO BE AND WE WILL BE THERE FOR THEM AS THE SYMPTOMS OF A BAD ECONOMY ENTANGLE THEIR LIVES, BUT AMERICANS ARE ASKING YOU A LARGER QUESTION TODAY. THE QUESTION IS, WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF WISDOM SHOUTING FOR US TO ADDRESS THE CAUSES OF A BAD ECONOMY AND NOT JUST THE SYMPTOMS? AS ONE OF 17 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO VOTED AGAINST EVERY ONE EVER YOUR BAILOUT AND STIMULUS BILLS, I WATCHED YOU IGNORE THAT VOICE OF WISDOM AS YOU SADDLED OUR GRANDCHILDREN WITH A DEBT THEY WILL WEAR FOR DECADES AS A BADGE OF DISHONOR. I WATCHED AS YOU IGNORED IT, TRIED TO IMPOSE YOUR ENERGY AGENDA, KNOWING IT WOULD STIFLE AMERICA'S COMPETITIVENESS AND KILL JOBS. AND I WATCHED AS YOU IGNORED IT WHILE YOU TRIED TO TAX OUR EXISTING JOBS INTO OBLIVION. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY AMERICANS ARE ASKING A SIMPLE QUESTION, WHEN WILL YOU LISTEN? I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:52:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 02:52:44 PM

    >>

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:52:57 PM

    MR. HINOJOSA

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 02:54:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE DEMOCRAT PROPOSAL.

  • 02:54:04 PM

    MR. HINOJOSA

    COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE DEMOCRAT PROPOSAL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 02:54:15 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:54:19 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOW DOES SPEAKER PELOSI PLAN TO PAY FOR HER $1.2…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOW DOES SPEAKER PELOSI PLAN TO PAY FOR HER $1.2 TRILLION GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE? SIMPLE. HIGHER TAX, HIGHER PREMIUMS, AND CUTS IN MEDICARE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO MOM AND DAD BACK HOME? IT MEANS SIX MILLION WILL BE FORCED OFF OF THEIR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM. IT MEANS THEIR DOCTOR WILL NOW BE BE ASSIGNED TO THEM BY A GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRAT NOT BY THEIR OWN CHOICE. IN THE RURAL AREA THAT I REPRESENT, THEY ARE TAKING $83 BILLION IN CUTS SO RURAL NURSING HOMES WILL CLOSE DOWN. FOR SENIORS AND MEDICARE PART D A. 20% INCREASE IN DRUG COST. THIS IS NOT A GOOD PLAN. IF THE KITCHEN SINK IS LEAKING YOU DON'T TAKE A WRECKING BALL TO THE WHOLE KITCHEN. YOU FIX THE SINK. WE NEED TARGETED MARKET ORIENTED REFORMS TO MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE AND MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY OUR SENIORS OR -- ON A FIXED INCOME. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:55:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

  • 02:55:22 PM

    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:55:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:55:26 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    MR. SPEAKER, SO MUCH IS AT STAKE. THE WELL-BEING OF AMERICANS IS ON THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, SO MUCH IS AT STAKE. THE WELL-BEING OF AMERICANS IS ON THE LINE. IT IS CLEAR THAT WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM BUT THAT REFORM MUST PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN THE HEALTH CARE OF ALL AMERICANS. THE CURRENT OVERALL BILL WOULD MAKE $500 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE. $156 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE HEALTH PLANS. AND WOULD AFFECT 14 MILLION AMERICANS ACROSS THIS NATION. THIS IS NOT THE KIND OF REFORM WE NEED. ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, SENIORS PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS, THERE IS AN UNUSUAL ADVOCATE FOR THESE MASSIVE CUTS TO SENIORS HEALTH CARE, IT'S AARP. WHO RECEIVES NEARLY 40% OF ITS REVENUE FROM SELLING HEALTH INSURANCE PRODUCTS. WHY WOULD AARP SUPPORT A BILL CUTTING BENEFITS FOR ITS MEMBERS? ARE THEY TRULY LOOKING OUT FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF SENIORS? COULD IT BE THAT AARP HAS A HIDDEN PROFIT AGENDA? THIS MORNING'S "WASHINGTON POST" EXPLORES THIS ISSUE IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED AARP, REFORM ADVOCATE AND INSURANCE SALESMEN. I URGE PEOPLE TO READ IT. DO I BELIEVE THERE IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST HERE, MR. SPEAKER. AND I'LL CONTINUE ASKING THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ASKED.

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  • 02:56:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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  • 02:56:43 PM

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:56:47 PM

    MR. TIBERI

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:57:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:57:53 PM

    MR. BOOZMAN

    MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO CONTAIN THE COST OF HEALTH CARE TO MAKE IT MORE…

    MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO CONTAIN THE COST OF HEALTH CARE TO MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL AMERICANS. BUT WE CANNOT DO THIS BY CUTTING THE SERVICES TO OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT WE DON'T HARM THE HEALTH CARE THEY CURRENTLY HAVE THROUGH MEDICARE. BUT THE LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE WHITE HOUSE, SPEAKER PELOSI, AND SENATOR REID DOESN'T PROTECT THAT CARE. INCLUDED IN THIS HEALTH CARE PLAN IS MORE THAN $162 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. MORE 25,700 RESIDENTS OF ARKANSAS' THIRD DISTRICT ARE ENROLLED IN THIS PROGRAM, AND I KNOW THE POSITIVE IMPACT IT MAKES IN THE LIVES OF ARKANSANS AND ALL AMERICAN SENIORS. THIS IS A BAD PRACTICE TO CUT FROM CRITICAL SERVICES LIKE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND SOMETHING THAT I CANNOT SUPPORT. RATHER THAN CUT SERVICES, WE NEED TO EXAMINE HOW WE CAN SAVE MONEY BY GETTING RID OF THE WASTE AND FRAUD IN MEDICARE. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN CRAFT A BILL THAT ALLOWS ACCESS TO QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE WITHOUT SACRIFICING SERVICES TO OUR SENIORS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:59:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    >>

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:59:13 PM

    MR. PITTS

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:00:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:00:37 PM

    >>

    CONSENSUS IN A CONGRESS MUST HELP WITH AFFORDABILITY, WITH THE ACCESS AND…

    CONSENSUS IN A CONGRESS MUST HELP WITH AFFORDABILITY, WITH THE ACCESS AND WITH THE AVAILABILITY OF HEALTH CARE OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT CONGRESS MUST ACT AND WE MUST ADDRESS THE ISSUES. BUT THE CURRENT DEMOCRAT HEALTH PLAN IS NOT GOING IN A BIPARTISAN DIRECTION. NOT ONLY IS THE CURRENT DEMOCRAT HEALTH PLAN THE WRONG APPROACH, IT COULD HARM VARIOUS GROUPS OF AMERICANS WHO NEED AND DEPEND ON QUALITY HEALTH CARE THE MOST. IN MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA, SENIORS MAKE UP ABOUT 14% OF THE POPULATION. THAT'S HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. THE SENIORS IN ALABAMA AND ALL OVER AMERICA DESERVE SOMETHING BETTER THAN A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. THE HOUSE DEMOCRAT PLAN INCLUDED MASSIVE CUTS TO MEDICARE THAT WILL RESULT IN MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS DROPPING OUT OF THE PROGRAM, LIMITING -- LIMITING SENIORS' CHOICES AND CAUSING MANY TO LOSE THEIR CURRENT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. CUSTOM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE --

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  • 03:01:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 03:01:52 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 03:01:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    >>

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:02:05 PM

    MR. BILIRAKIS

    MR. SPEAKER, IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA, MILLION OF SEENERS WHO RELY ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA, MILLION OF SEENERS WHO RELY ON MEDICARE FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING 130,000 IN MY DISTRICT ALONE. ON MONDAY I HELD MY ANNUAL SENIORS' HEALTH FARE WHICH INCLUDED HEALTH SPREES TO AREA SENIORS AND GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE GETTING THEIR INPUT ON HEALTH CARE REFORM. THE OVERWHELMING CONSENSUS FROM SENIORS IN MY DISTRICT IS THAT DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE PROPOSALS WILL LEAD TO FEWER CHOICES, HIGHER COSTS AND REDUCED QUALITY. OF PARTICULAR CONCERN TO MANY OF THE SENIORS I SPOKE WITH WAS WHETHER THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR EXISTING COVERAGE. THE HOUSE BILL CALLS FOR $163 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WHICH IS WILDLY POPULAR WITH FLORIDA SENIORS. THE CUTS WILL RESULT IN HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DROPPING OUT OF THE PROGRAM, UNDERMINING CHOICE AND JEOPARDIZING THE MORE THAN 50,000 SENIORS IN THE NINTH DISTRICT WHO RELY ON MEDICARE ADVANTAGE FOR THEIR CARE. WE MUST NOT HARM THE HEALTH CARE SENIORS ALREADY RECEIVE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 03:03:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:03:21 PM

    >>

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

  • 03:04:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    >>

    ONE MINUTE, VERY VICE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:04:36 PM

    MR. AKIN

    PEOPLE GET INTO THE DETAILS OF HEALTH CARE, I THINK THEY SOMETIMES MISS…

    PEOPLE GET INTO THE DETAILS OF HEALTH CARE, I THINK THEY SOMETIMES MISS SEEING THE VERY BIG PICTURE. THE BIG PICTURE HERE IS THAT THE PELOSI AND THE DEMOCRAT HEALTH CARE PLAN HAS THIS FINAL DESTINATION AND THAT IS IT'S GOING TO BE RUN BY SOME CZAR OR COMCZAR IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I GUESS THE QUESTION I HAVE IS, ON WHAT SENSE OF SAFE IS THIS DECISION MADE? IS IT ON THE EFFICIENCY OF THE POST OFFICE PERHAPS THAT INSPIRED IT OR THE COMPASSION OF THE I.R.S. OR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THAT WAS CREATED TO MAKE SURE WE WOULDN'T BE DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN OIL? OR PERHAPS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WHICH WAS STUDIED SOME YEARS AGO AND IT WAS DETERMINED IN THE STUDY THAT IF A FOREIGN POWER HAD DONE WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS DONE TO AMERICA, THEY WOULD BE CONSIDERED AN ACT OF WAR? WHY DO WE WANT TO DESTROY THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT 100 MILLION AMERICANS ENJOY IN ORDER TO JUST SIMPLY SOCIALIZE IT AND TURN IT OVER TO SOME CZAR IN WASHINGTON, D.C.? THAT'S AN ACT OF FAITH THAT'S JUST TOO HARD TO FOLLOW. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 03:05:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:05:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:05:53 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED, DEEP IN THEIR BELLY WHEN THEY GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT, A HUSBAND AND WIFE CONCERNED ABOUT PUTTING FOOD ON THEIR TABLE, THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR JOB AND THEIR FUTURE AND THEIR KIDS AND THEIR COUNTRY. AND YET WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP THEM. BUT YOU LISTEN TO THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE AND YOU HEAR THEM SAY, OH, JUST TRUST US, $787 BILLION ON THE CREDIT CARD, THAT WILL HELP THE ECONOMY. IT HASN'T. UNEMPLOYMENT'S GETTING WORSE. IT'S OVER 10% IN MANY PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY. CASH FOR CLUNKERS, OH, YEAH, THAT WILL BE A GREAT PLAN. WE'LL PULL MONEY OUT OF EVERYBODY'S WALLET AND HAND IT TO A SELECT FEW. IT HASN'T WORKED. I FOR ONE DO NOT TRUST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE ONE SIZE FITS ALL D SLAM IT DOWN YOUR THROAT FEDERAL SLIGSE TO GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE IS NOT THE SOLUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE NEED AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TO RISE UP AND SAY NO, WE ARE NOT GOING TO STAND FOR IT ANYMORE, WE'RE GOING TO BE IN CONTROL OF OUR GOVERNMENT. MAY GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND GOD BLESS THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SERVING, OUR TROOPS, ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.

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  • 03:07:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 03:07:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MS. SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

    MS. SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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  • 03:07:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

  • 03:07:23 PM

    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:07:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:07:31 PM

    MR. SOUDER

    HAVING A DEBATE TODAY ON -- FAR BEYOND HEALTH CARE, FAR BEYOND THE…

    HAVING A DEBATE TODAY ON -- FAR BEYOND HEALTH CARE, FAR BEYOND THE ECONOMY. NOT MANY BUSINESSMEN ARE PROBABLY LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE, THEY'RE TOO BUSY WORKING TO MAKE A PROFIT SO OTHER AMERICANS CAN BE EMPLOYED. AS WE FACE RISING UNEMPLOYMENT AND A STAGNANT ECONOMY, A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE, TAXES OF SMALL BUSINESSES TO PAY FOR THAT AND ENERGY PROPOSAL THAT WE CRIPPLE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND ENDLESS REGULATIONS INCREASING THE COST OF MAKING THINGS IN AMERICA. ON THIS FLOOR DEMOCRATS HAVE REPEATEDLY CONFUSED GROSS PROFIT AND NET PROFIT AND THE STUDENT LOAN DEBATE, THE PERSON BEFORE ME EVEN CONFUSED REVENUE WITH NET PROFIT. HE SAID THEY'RE GOING TAKE REVENUE FROM THE PRIVATE COMPANIES AND USE IT FOR GOVERNMENT PURPOSES. FROM THE PRESIDENT ON DOWN THE PARTY LINE THERE'S BEEN A PHILOSOPHICAL ATTACK ON THE CONCEPT OF PROFIT AND CAPITAL. GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CREATE JOBS, IT REDISTRIBUTES PROFIT. PROFITS CREATE JOBS. CAPITAL CREATES JOBS. THAT IS WHY OUR SYSTEM IS CALLED CAPITALISM. THIS ECONOMY CANNOT RECOVER IF THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR COUNTRY HAS NO BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF HOW OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM WORKS. AND WE WILL NOT HAVE THAT BY DESTROYING -- GROWTH BY DESTROYING THE CAPITALISTIC SYSTEM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:08:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:08:55 PM

    >>

    AMERICAN IS TOO IMPORTANT TO RISK ON ONE GIGANTIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION.…

    AMERICAN IS TOO IMPORTANT TO RISK ON ONE GIGANTIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION. ESPECIALLY ONE BEING WRITTEN IN SECRET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE DEMOCRAT PLAN OR AT LEAST THE LAST TIME ANY OF US SAW IT WAS OVER 1,000 PAGES LONG, CONTAINED HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW TAXES, TAXES ON FAMILIES EARNING AS LITTLE AS $20,000 A YEAR. AND TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES. EVEN IF OUR NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WASN'T 9.8% OR OVER 10% IN MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN, THESE MASSIVE NEW TAXES WOULD CREATE AN UNDUE BURDEN ON FAMILIES AND EMPLOYERS. TO RAISE TAXES WHILE THESE AMERICANS ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS IS IRRESPONSIBLE. AND TO WHAT END DO DEMOCRATS RAISE THESE TAXES? WHAT DO WE GET FOR THESE TAX INCREASES? THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE PLAN INCREASES GO INTO AFFECT IMMEDIATELY, DEMOCRATS DELAY THEIR SO-CALLED REFORM FOR YEARS TO COME. THIS PLAN IS LITERALLY IMMEDIATE PAIN FOR NO GAIN. AGAIN, THE HEALTH CARE OF EVERY AMERICAN IS TOO IMPORTANT TO RISK ON THIS SECRETIVE -- SECRETLY NEGOTIATED THOUSAND-PAGE BILL.

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  • 03:10:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:10:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:10:18 PM

    >>

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 03:11:19 PM

    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:11:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:11:26 PM

    >>

    THREE MILLION AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS SINCE THE DEMOCRATIC STIMULUS…

    THREE MILLION AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS SINCE THE DEMOCRATIC STIMULUS PLAN PASSED. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO CREATE FOUR MILLION JOBS. NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 8% WHEN THE STIMULUS PASSED AND NOW IT'S APPROACHING 10%. IN FLORIDA, IN MY DISTRICT, IT'S OVER 11% AND EVEN IN ST. LOUISIA COUNTY CAN EXCEEDS 15% UNEMPLOYMENT. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR PARTISAN BICKERING BUT RATHER PARTISAN SOLUTIONS. THAT'S WHY I'VE JOINED WITH JOHN BOCCIERI FROM OHIO TO INTRODUCE A BILL TO GET AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. THIS WEEK WE'RE INTRODUCING THE BACK TO WORK TAX CREDIT ACT, A COMMONSENSE BILL TO EXPAND THE CURRENT WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT TO THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED. THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW. MY NEIGHBORS IN FLORIDA AND ALL OVER AMERICA DESERVE REAL SOLUTIONS FROM WASHINGTON, NOT JUST TALK AND FURTHER INACTION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:12:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

  • 03:12:24 PM

    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:12:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:12:32 PM

    MR. BARTON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I HAD A VERY EMOTIONAL MEETING IN MY OFFICE,…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I HAD A VERY EMOTIONAL MEETING IN MY OFFICE, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HOME HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY WERE THERE, LAMENTING THE FACT THAT TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE CUT FROM HOME HEALTH CARE IN THIS BILL THAT WE MAY HAVE TO VOTE ON. EMOTIONAL FOR ME BECAUSE I THOUGHT OF MY MOTHER WHO DURING THE LAST MONTHS OF HER LIFE WOULD HAVE LIKED NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE HOME, HER FAMILY WANTED HER THERE. SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPIER AND PROBABLY LIVED LONGER BUT SHE HAD TO BE IN AN INSTITUTION. THE TOUGHEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE WAS WHEN I WOULD GO THERE TO VISIT HER AND SHE'D SAY, I WANT TO GO HOME. PLEASE, WE'VE GOT TO GET IT RIGHT. THIS BILL DOESN'T GET IT RIGHT. LET'S GET IT RIGHT BEFORE WE FINISH IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:13:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

  • 03:13:24 PM

    >>

    FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 03:13:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:13:31 PM

    MR. SHIMKUS

    MR. SPEAKER. GIVEN ONE MINUTE, WHAT SHOULD I TALK ABOUT? SHOULD I MENTION…

    MR. SPEAKER. GIVEN ONE MINUTE, WHAT SHOULD I TALK ABOUT? SHOULD I MENTION HOW FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS WILL BE USED TO FUND ABORTION? SHOULD I HIGHLIGHT THE FACT THAT TAX DOLLARS WILL GO TO FUND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SINCE THERE'S NO VERIFICATION? SHOULD I TALK ABOUT THE THOUTS -- THOUSANDS OF SENIORS IN MY DISTRICT THAT WILL LOSE THEIR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE ACCOUNTS? I SHOULD BUT I WILL PRIMARILY MENTION THAT WHAT THE REAL PLAN HERE IS AND THAT IS TO USE THE PUBLIC OPTION TO ENACT A ONE-PAYER SYSTEM. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, ASK CHAIRMAN FRANK, CONGRESSWOMAN SCHAKOWSKY, THE HEAD OF THE DEMOCRAT NATIONAL COMMITTEE, HOWARD DEAN, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHO HAS ALWAYS HAD THAT AS THEIR STATED OBJECTIVE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:14:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA RISE? WITHOUT…

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 03:14:27 PM

    MRS. CAPITO

    HIGHLIGHT THE CONCERN MY CONSTITUENTS CONTINUE TO RAISE ON THE ONGOING…

    HIGHLIGHT THE CONCERN MY CONSTITUENTS CONTINUE TO RAISE ON THE ONGOING HEALTH CARE DEBATE. RATHER THAN LISTEN TO ME, LET'S LISTEN TO THEM IN THEIR OWN WORDS FROM A WOMAN IN NITRO, QUOTE, WHILE AGREE CHANGES ARE NEEDED IN TODAY'S SYSTEMS, I DON'T BELIEVE A NEW GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM IS THE RIGHT SOLUTION. THE GOVERNMENT PLAN WILL SHIFT COSTS TO EMPLOYERS WHICH COULD FORCE MORE AND MORE BUSINESSES TO STOP OFFERING BENEFITS TO THEIR WORKERS. I LIKE MY CURRENT COVERAGE AND DON'T WANT TO BE FORCED ON A GOVERNMENT-RUN PROGRAM. OR A GENTLEMAN, QUOTE, PLEASE PROTECT PATIENT FREEDOM AND EXPAND OUR HEALTH CARE OPTIONS WITH REAL REFORM, FOCUSED ON PATIENTS, NOT POLITICS. OR ANOTHER QUOTE FROM WEST VIRGINIA, QUOTE, I SEE MY COUNTRY BEING SPENT INTO DESTRUCTION AND MY DAUGHTER AND GRANDSON'S FUTURE BEING THROWN AWAY. WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO DO? WE'RE WATCHING WITH GREAT INTEREST TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE GREAT HEALTH CARE PLAN WHICH WE CAN'T AFFORD. YES, WE WANT HEALTH CARE REFORM BUT WE WANT A THOUGHTFUL, BIPARTISAN APPROACH THAT WILL RESULT IN SOLID REFORM.

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    MR. ROGERS

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE HOUSE…

    ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE HOUSE VOTED ON TWO RESOLUTIONS, CONGRATULATING SPORTS TEAMS FOR WINNING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. TODAY, WE'RE CONSIDERING FOUR NONCONTROVERSIAL SUSPENSIONS, JUST FOUR, AND ONE OF THEM MARKING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF CONFUCIUS. CONGRESS JUST DOESN'T GET IT. WE SHOULD BE WORKING ON REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT LOWERS COST AND EXPANDS ACCESS TO ALL, SUCH AS REAL LIABILITY REFORM WHICH IS NOT ON THE TABLE. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TO MAKE AMERICA MORE ENERGY INDEPENDENT AND LOWER COSTS FOR ALL. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TO REIN IN FEDERAL SPENDING AND ADDRESSING THE $60 BILLION IN MEDICARE AND MEDICAID FRAUD THAT WE SAW ON "60 MINUTES" ON SUNDAY. INSTEAD, WE'RE CONGRATULATING SPORTS TEAMS AND MARKING THE BIRTH-DAYS OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHERS. I HOPE INSIDE COLLEAGUES WILL GET DOWN TO REAL REFORM SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN START TRUSTING CONGRESS AGAIN. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. LATHAM

    I THANK THE SPEAKER . MR. SPEAKER, AS MILLIONS GO WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER . MR. SPEAKER, AS MILLIONS GO WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE AND COSTS SKYROCKET, I STRONGLY BELIEVE WE NEED COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT ALL AMERICANS -- AMERICAN FAMILIES CAN HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE, BUT THE PLAN SHOULD NOT BE FINANCE BY RAIDING THE MEDICARE PROGRAM AND SHIFTING COSTS ON THE BACKS OF OUR SENIORS. SENIORS ARE BEING ASKED TO SHOULDER THE BURDEN WHILE GETTING VIRTUALLY NONE OF THE BENEFITS. H.R. 3200 CUTS MEDICARE BY A TOTAL OF $500 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THIS INCLUDES CUTS TO HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES, LIFE-SAVING IMAGING SERVICES AND HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THE BILL CUTS PAYMENTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS BY $172 BILLION, WHICH ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O., WILL FORCE MORE THAN THREE MILLION SENIORS OUT OF PLANS THAT CAN NO LONGER OPERATE. MORE THAN 61,000 IOWA SENIORS AND NEARLY 20% OF MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES NATIONWIDE ARE IN THAT PLAN WHICH ROLLS DRUG AND HEALTH COVERAGE INTO ONE PLAN AND NEGOTIATING WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.

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    MR. LATHAM

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. STEARNS

    TO PAY FOR A FWOFT-RUN HEALTH CARE PLAN, THE DEMOCRATS PLAN TO CUT…

    TO PAY FOR A FWOFT-RUN HEALTH CARE PLAN, THE DEMOCRATS PLAN TO CUT MEDICARE. THEY CALL IT A SAVINGS, BUT IT IS CUTTING ESSENTIAL PROGRAM AND SERVICES THAT ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR OUR SENIORS. I'M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED OF $117 BILLION CUTS IN THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM. IN MY DISTRICT, THERE ARE OVER 20,000 SENIORS THAT ARE ENROLLED IN MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. YOU CANNOT EXPECT THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF COVERAGE AFTER YOU CUT THIS PROGRAM BY $117 BILLION. HASN'T THAT BEEN THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE ALL THIS TIME? IF YOU LIKE YOUR INSURANCE YOU CAN KEEP YOUR INSURANCE. MY CONSTITUENTS WANTS TO KEEP THEIR INSURANCE COVERAGE THROUGH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. BUT CUTTING $117 BILLION WILL CAUSE PROVIDERS TO SIMPLY EXIT THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PRACTICE. -- PROGRAM, REDUCING OPTIONS FOR OUR SENIORS AND PREVENTING THEM FROM KEEPING THE OPTIONS OF THEIR CHOICE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. BRADY

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MR. MCKEON

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. AUSTRIA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. INCLUDED IN THE DEMOCRATS HEALTH PLAN ARE MASSIVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. INCLUDED IN THE DEMOCRATS HEALTH PLAN ARE MASSIVE CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE THAT COULD RESULT IN THE LOSS OF HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS OF SENIORS. IN MY STATE OF OHIO, THIS ISN'T GOOD. CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WILL HAVE AN EXCEPTIONALLY HARMFUL IMPACT OF SENIORS IN AREAS I REPRESENT IN OHIO, RURAL AREAS, FORCING MANY SENIORS INTO A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. AND IT WILL INCREASE SENIORS' MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PREMIUMS BY 20% OVER THE NEXT DECADE. IT'S TIME THAT CONGRESS LISTENS TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, LISTENS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HAVE AN OPEN AND BIPARTISAN DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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    MR. DUNCAN

    I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND…

    I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. DUNCAN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE?

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. LUCAS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE NOT EVEN CONSULTED WITH THIS.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE NOT EVEN CONSULTED WITH THIS. WHEN I WAS HOME IN AUGUST, PHYSICIANS, PATIENTS, DOCTORS, PROVIDERS WERE NOT INFORMED. THE STAKE HOLDERS WERE NOT EVEN TOLD ABOUT THE OBAMA HEALTH CARE PLAN BEFORE IT CAME OUT. THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING RIGHT NOW. OUR ECONOMY IS NOT DOING TOO WELL. AND PEOPLE ARE LOSING JOBS. AND THE $800 BILLION TAX INCREASE ON SMALL BUSINESS IS NOT THE WAY TO REFORM OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IT'S THE WRONG APPROACH. REPUBLICANS HAVE A BETTER WAY. WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE A CHOICE, AND ONE THING THE REPUBLICANS WANT, WE PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS TO GET COVERAGE. WE WANT HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE TO -- PREMIUMS TO GO DOWN. WE DON'T WANT THE BUREAUCRATS DON'T GET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DOCTOR -- PATIENT-DOCTOR RELATIONSHIP, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS PLAN DOES. 31 BUREAUCRACIES ARE IN PLACE, BUREAUCRACIES AND STPWHRARS AND THESE PEOPLE BETWEEN YOU, THE PATIENT AND THE DOCTOR, AND THAT'S THE -- CZARS AND THESE PEOPLE BETWEEN YOU, THE PATIENT AND THE DOCTOR. WE NEED ONE THAT HAS AN OPTION -- TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR TRR. AND WE ALSO NEED ONE THAT DOESN'T TAX SMALL BUSINESS, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW WHEN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING AND THE ECONOMY'S NOT DOING THAT WELL.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    YESTERDAY THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ANNOUNCED HIS DECISION TO PUSH HEALTH…

    YESTERDAY THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ANNOUNCED HIS DECISION TO PUSH HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION WITH THE PUBLIC OPTION BETTER KNOWN AS GOVERNMENT CONTROL. HE SAID, QUOTE, WE SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS IN CONSULTATION WITH SENATORS, END QUOTE. WHAT THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DID NOT SAY IS THAT THESE NEGOTIATIONS TOOK PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH THE MEDIA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHUT OUT. RECENT POLLS SHOW THAT WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THE FACTS, THEY OPPOSE THE DEMOCRATS' PROPOSALS BY A WIDE MARGIN. DURING HIS CAMPAIGN, THEN SENATOR OBAMA PROMISED THAT HE WOULD, QUOTE, HAVE ALL THE NEGOTIATIONS AROUND THE BIG TAINL AND TELEVISED ON C-SPAN TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO STAY INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS, END QUOTE. DEMOCRATIC LEADERS HAVE TAILED -- FAILED TO BE OPEN AND CANDID WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE DECISIONMAKING PROCESS. THE PUBLIC DESERVES TO HAVE ALL OF THE FACTS REGARDING A HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT WOULD RAISE PREMIUMS AND CUT BENEFITS.

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FRANK --

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    MR. FLAKE

    THERE'S MUCH WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION BEING…

    THERE'S MUCH WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION BEING DEVELOPED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS SOMEWHERE HERE IN THE CAPITOL BUT WE DO KNOW THE PROMISES BEING MADE WON'T ADD A DIME TO THE DEFICIT, JUST DON'T HOLD WATER. ANY CHARACTERIZATION OF THIS LEGISLATION AS BEING DEFICIT-NEUTRAL IS BASED ON AN ASSUMPTION THAT WE'LL OBTAIN SIGNIFICANT SAVE FRGS MEDICARE, THAT WE'LL SOMEHOW, OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, SUMMON UP THE COURAGE TO TELL SENIORS THAT THE BENEFITS THEY'RE CURRENTLY RECEIVING ARE ARE TOO LAVISH AND THEY'LL NEED TO SACRIFICE SOME OF THEIR CURRENT COVERAGE TO PAY FOR THOSE WHO CURRENTLY DON'T HAVE COVERAGE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS TYPE OF COURAGE DOESN'T RESIDE WITH THIS CONGRESS. WE RECENTLY PASSED LEGISLATION TO SHIELD HIGH-INCOME SENIORS FROM A SLIGHT INCREASE IN MEDICARE PART D PREMIUMS. IF BEHAVE TO SHIELD SENIORS WHO MAKE MORE THAN $170,000 ANNUALLY FROM PAYING ANOTHER $20 MONTHLY, HOW ARE WE GOING TO FIND $500 BILLION IN SAVINGS FROM MEDICARE OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS? IT SIMPLY DOESN'T ADD UP. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE? WITHOUT…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE IN THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE IN THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY ARE ASKING, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? THEY'VE WATCHED AS THIS CONGRESS HAS PASSED BAILOUTS FOR A.I.G., FOR G.M., FOR CHRYSLER, THEY WATCHED AS THIS CONGRESS PASSED A HUGE BAILOUT FOR WALL STREET AND THEN FOLLOWED UP WITH A STIMULUS BILL THAT HAD VERY LITTLE THOUGHT IN PROVIDING JOBS FOR OUR CITIZENS. THEY'RE NOT TOO BIG TO FAIL SO THEY'RE NOT GETTING HELP? THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE NATIONALLY IS ABOUT 9.8%. IN MOST OF MY DISTRICT IT'S AT LEAST A COUPLE POINTS HIGHER THAN THAT. PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING. PEOPLE WANT TO UNDERSTAND, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL AND WHEN ARE WE GOING TO END THAT -- UNDER THAT WE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO THE REAL PEOPLE? THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THEIR CONNECTION TO THE REAL WORLD, NOT PEOPLE WHO ARE CONNECTED TO WALL STREET, NOT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GETTING MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR BONUSES AFTER THEY'VE RUN COMPANIES INTO THE GROUND BUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST TRYING TO MAKE AMERICA GO. THANK YOU.

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  • 03:34:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE IN MEDICINE IS DO NO HARM AND THE RULE HERE IN THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE IN MEDICINE IS DO NO HARM AND THE RULE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE TO BUILD ON THE SUCCESS OF SOME OF OUR STATES. ONE OF THE REPUBLICANS FOR MEDICAL CARE REFORM, FIRST THE MEDICAL RIGHTS ACT THAT SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD MAKE NO LAW INTERFERING WITH DECISIONS YOU'VE MADE WITH YOUR DOCTOR. SECONDLY NO, REFORM IS SERIOUS UNLESS IT HAS LAWSUIT REFORM IN THE UNITED STATES. AND, THIRD, YOU SHOULD BE GIVEN A RIGHT AS AN AMERICAN TO BUY COVERAGE FROM ANY STATE IN THE UNION IF YOU FIND A PLAN THAT IS LESS EXPENSIVE OR MORE FLEXIBLE FOR YOURSELF OR FOR YOUR BUSINESS. WE SHOULD AVOID THE MISTAKES OF SOME STATES AND REPEAT THE SUCCESSES OF OTHERS. THE SMOKING HOLE OF HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE UNITED STATES IS THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, NO LAWSUIT REFORM, INCREDIBLE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN, IT COSTS $5,500 A PATIENT TO INSURE SOMEONE IN NEW JERSEY. THE BEST STATE IN THE COUNTRY, CALIFORNIA WHERE THEY'VE CUT THEIR COSTS TO HALF OF THE NEW JERSEY RATE BUT THEY HAVE ROCKING ROLL LAWSUIT REFORM IN THEIR STATE. WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS NOT PASS THE BILL THAT'S COMING UP NEXT WEEK, A $400 BILLION TAX INCREASE --

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    MR. KIRK

    CUT TO MEDICARE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    QUITE A BIT OF TALK RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THE H1N1 VIRUS. BUT I…

    QUITE A BIT OF TALK RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THE H1N1 VIRUS. BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT AMNESIA IN WASHINGTON. YOU MIGHT RECALL ON SEPTEMBER 12, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS FROM EVERY STATE, EVERY LOCALITY, COMMUNITY, CONVERGED UPON WASHINGTON AND THEY LEFT US SOME MESSAGES AND SOMETIMES THE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON HAVE FORGOTTEN THOSE MESSAGES. ONE THEY LEFT IN A PETITION TO ME AND THE CONGRESS AND LET ME READ FROM IT, SERVE US HONORABLY AND RESPONSIBLY, DEMAND NO MORE -- THEY DEMAND NO MORE TAXES, STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY, EXERCISE OUR FREEDOMS. WILL YOU NOT TAKE THEM AWAY. HALT THE DISMANTLING OF AMERICA. FIRST SAY NO TO CAP AND TRADE, SECOND, SAY NO TO GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. THEY HAVE, UNFORTUNATELY, AMNESIA AROUND HERE BUT I JUST WANTED TO BRING FORWARD THE PETITION THE PEOPLE BROUGHT ME FROM NORTHCENTRAL AND ALL OF FLORIDA PETITIONING THEIR GOVERNMENT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. MICA

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? GO ADDRESS THE…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? GO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    YOU. THIS IS AN INTERESTING DEBATE HAD ABOUT HEALTH CARE. THE INTERESTING…

    YOU. THIS IS AN INTERESTING DEBATE HAD ABOUT HEALTH CARE. THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT IT IS CONGRESS COULD FIX IT. WE COULD INCREASE AFFORDABILITY, WE COULD MAKE IT SO THERE AREN'T ANY MORE FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. WE COULD MAKE IT SO THERE'S MORE ACCESS, TO IT'S CHEAPER, THERE'S MORE TAX INCENTIVES FOR HEALTH CARE BUT WE AREN'T DOING THAT. WHAT WE HAVE WITH HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY IS A LEAKY FAUCET AND THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WANT TO TEAR DOWN THAT ENTIRE HOUSE FOR THAT ONE LEAKY FAUCET. WE COULD FIX THE FAUCET AND DO WITHOUT A 1,200 PAGE BILL THAT'S SO COMPLEX THAT 90% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN'T UNDERSTAND IT. WE COULD FIX THIS PROBLEM, WE COULD FIX HEALTH CARE, WE COULD DO IT RESPONSIBLY AND WE CAN DO IT GRADUALLY. UNFORTUNATELY IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO BE VOTING TO TEAR DOWN THE ENTIRE HOUSE. I SAY WE JUST FIX THAT LEAKY FAUCET. REFORM HEALTH INSURANCE IN THIS COUNTRY AND FIX THINGS ONE THING AT A TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE THERE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8…

    ARE THERE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. MOTION TO INSTRUCT ON H.R. 2996 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS, MOTION TO SUSPEND ON H.R. 2489 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS AND MOTION TO SUSPEND ON H.RES. 854 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE . REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT ON H.R. 2996 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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    THE CLERK

    TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES OFFERED BY MR. SIMPSON OF IDAHO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 267. THE NAYS ARE 147. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 267. THE NAYS ARE 147. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GUAM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2489 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 175, H.R. 2489, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE A COMPREHENSIVE NATIONAL…

    NUMBER 175, H.R. 2489, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE A COMPREHENSIVE NATIONAL COOPERATIVE GEOSPATIAL IMAGERY MAPPING PROGRAM THROUGH THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY TO PROMOTE USE OF THE PROGRAM FOR EDUCATION, WORK FORCE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT, AND APPLIED RESEARCH AND TO SUPPORT FEDERAL, STATE, TRIBAL, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 379. THE NAYS ARE 33. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 379. THE NAYS ARE 33. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM PUERTO RICO, MR. PIERLUISI, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.RES. 854, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THE 120TH ANNIVERSAROF ITS FOUNDING AS AN INSTITUTION…

    STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THE 120TH ANNIVERSAROF ITS FOUNDING AS AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION? MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING DE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 41 THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 41 THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    THE CLERK

    OF VIRGINIA, MOLLOHAN, HINCHEY, OVLEV, PRICE OF NORTH CAROLINA,…

    OF VIRGINIA, MOLLOHAN, HINCHEY, OVLEV, PRICE OF NORTH CAROLINA, LATOURETTE, COLE AND LEWIS OF CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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    THE CLERK

    OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT, 50…

    OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT, 50 U.S.C. 1622-D, PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS PRIOR TO THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS PROVISIONS, I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER FOR PUBLICATION THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE SUDAN EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND NOVEMBER 3, 2009. THE CRISIS CONSTITUTED BY THE ACTIONS AND POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN THAT LED TO THE DECLARATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13067 OF NOVEMBER 3, 1997, AND THE EXPANSION OF THAT EMERGENCY IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13400 OF APRIL 26, 2006, WITH RESPECT TO WHICH ADDITIONAL STEPS WERE TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13412 OF OCTOBER 13, 2006, HAS NOT BEEN RESOLVED. THESE ACTIONS AND POLICIES ARE HOSTILE TO U.S. INTERESTS AND POSE A CONTINUING, UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEREFORE, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED WITH RESPECT TO SUDAN AND MAINTAIN IN FORCE THE SANCTIONS AGAINST SUDAN TO RESPOND TO THIS THREAT. SIGNED, BARACK OBAMA, THE WHITE HOUSE, OCTOBER 27, 2009. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO GRANT A FEDERAL CHARTER TO THE…

    TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO GRANT A FEDERAL CHARTER TO THE MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

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    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY STATEMENT APPEAR IN THE RECORD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE?

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NAME BE REMOVED AS CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 1298.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO RESOLUTION, H.RES. 838 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    838, RESOLUTION WELCOMING TO THE UNITED STATES AND WASHINGTON, D.C., HIS…

    838, RESOLUTION WELCOMING TO THE UNITED STATES AND WASHINGTON, D.C., HIS ALL HOLINESS BARTHOLOMEW, ARCHBISHOP OF KONSTANTIN NOPELE, NEW ROME, ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ON UPCOMING TRIP. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CARNAHAN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CARNAHAN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD MYSELF…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. IF THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD SUSPEND. IF MEMBERS COULD TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR AND TO THE CLOAKROOM, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA, A…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA, A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, AND A LEADING VOICE IN THE CONGRESS ON ISSUES CONCERNING THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION. WE ARE ALL PLEASED TO WELCOME THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH, BARTHOLOMEW, THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF NEARLY 300 MILLION ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD. ELECTED AS THE 270TH ARCHBISHOP OF THE HISTORIC THROWN OF CONSTANTINOPLE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS BEEN A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE, AND INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. KNOWN AS THE BRIDGE BUILDER AND THE PATRIARCH OF PEACE, ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS PROVIDED HOPE TO THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED UNDER COMMUNIST OPPRESSION AND TRAVELED THROUGHOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD ADVOCATE FOR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING. SITTING AT THE CROSSROADS BETWEEN EAST AND WEST, THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH HIMSELF IS A TESTAMENT TO HALF A MILLENNIUM OF CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM COEXISTENCE. IN FACT, ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS STRIVED TO COMMUNICATE HIS MESSAGE OF TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING DIRECTLY TO MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD. ANOTHER IMPORTANT THEME OF ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS BEEN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. WHICH HAS EARNED HIM THE TITLE OF THE GREEN PATRIARCH. IT IS FITTING, THEN, THAT THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BEGAN HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES IN NEW ORLEANS AND CONVENED A SIMPODSE YUM ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THIS MARKS THE EIGHTH ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPOSIUM ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS HELD SINCE 1995. IN 2002, AT THE ASIATIC SEA SYMPOSIUM, POPE JOHN PAUL II AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW SIGNED HISTORIC JOINT DECLARATION UNDERLYING SPIRITUAL DUTY OF CARING FOR GOD'S CREATION IN THE INTEREST OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. MADAM SPEAKER, WHILE I'M PLEASED WE HAVE COME HERE TODAY AND EXPRESSED OUR STRONG SUPPORT FOR ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW AND HIS LEADERSHIP ON MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES, WE MUST ALSO REMEMBER THAT THE PATRIARCH IN ITSELF OPERATES UNDER NUMEROUS ONEROUS RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY, THE COUNTRY WHERE THE PATRIARCH IS LOCATED. THE PAYTRY ARCTIC PROPERTY RIGHTS, ITS FREEDOM TO OPEN RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS AND OTHER ISSUES OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM MUST BE PROPERLY ADDRESSED BY THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT. INDEED, THE VERY FUTURE OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IS IN ENDANGERED BY THE TURKISH REQUIREMENT THAT THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BE A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN OF TURKEY. AS THE GREEK ORTHODOX POPULATION OF TURKEY HAS DWINDLED TO LESS THAN 3,000 PERSONS, THE POOL OF POTENTIAL FUTURE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHS HAS DRIED UP. THIS ARCHAIC REQUIREMENT THAT THE PATRIARCH BE A NATURAL BORN TURKISH CITIZEN WAS BORN IN THE DIFFICULT POST-WORLD WAR I ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THE MODERN REPUBLIC OF TURKEY WAS CREATED. IT IS CERTAINLY UNWORTHY OF THE SELF-CONFIDENT REGIONAL POWER TURKEY HAS BECOME AND WE CALL ON TURKEY TO END THIS REQUIREMENT AND END IT NOW BEFORE IT STRANGLES THE PATRIARCHIC. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WELCOMING HIS ALL HOLINESS, PARAGRAPH THOL NEW, ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE NEW ROME, ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IN HONORING ALL HE HAS DONE TO PROMOTE PEACE, RELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING, AND FROKES OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO DO LIKEWISE. MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 04:38:11 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I AM SO PLEASED AND HONORED TO YIELD SUCH TIME…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I AM SO PLEASED AND HONORED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, AN ESTEEMED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE AUTHOR OF THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MIGHT CONSUME.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    YOU SO VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY WITH GREAT PRIDE…

    YOU SO VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY WITH GREAT PRIDE TO OFFER HOUSE RESOLUTION 838 AS AMENDED WHICH WELCOMES HIS ALL HOLINESS BARTHOLOMEW, ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE, NEW ROME, ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH AS HE VISITS THE UNITED STATES. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIR, MR. BERMAN, AND RANKING MEMBER, MY GOOD FRND, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR WORKING WITH ME TO MOVE THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, THIS RESOLUTION, TO THE HOUSE FLOOR EXPEDITIOUSLY. CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF -- AND DEMONSTRATES THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW'S RELEVANCE IN THE WORLD AS A SPIRITUAL LEADER, THE LEADER OF NEARLY 300 MILLION ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD, AND MILLIONS OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. I WAS BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN RAISED IN A GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH. AS A CHILD I SERVED AS AN ALTAR BOY IN FLORIDA AS DO THREE OF MY SONS FADE. ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW IS THE 273RD SUCCESSOR OF THE FOUNDER OF THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH, SAINT ANDREW THE APOSTLE. MADAM SPEAKER, ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW MUST ENSURE THAT THE FAITH AND THE HOLY SEE ENDURES. THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IS A SPIRITUAL HOME OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST AND SECOND LARGEST CHRISTIAN CHURCH LOCATED IN ISTANBUL TURKEY. ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS A RECORD OF REACHING OUT AND WORKING FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION AMONG ALL FAITHS AND FOSTERED DIALOGUE AMONG CHRISTIANS, JEW, AND MUSLIMS. HIS ALL HOLINESS CONVENED AN ECUMENICAL MEETING WHICH PRODUCED THE FIRST CONDEMNATION BY MUSLIM LEADERS OF THE 9/11 ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES AS AN ANTI-RELIGIOUS ACT. AN ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT HAS YET TO BE REPEATED BY ANY OTHER WORLDER OR RELIGIOUS LEADER. INDEED, HIS ALL HOLINESS WAS THE SECOND LIVING PERSON IN U.S. HISTORY ALLOWED TO BE HONORED IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL ROTUNDA AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, THE HIGHEST CONGRESSIONAL HONOR PREVIOUSLY BESTOWED ON SUCH HISTORIC FIGURES AS GEORGE WASHINGTON, POPE JOHN PAUL II, AND WINSTON CHURCHILL. ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW WAS HONORED BY "TIME" MAGAZINE IN SELECTION OF HIS ALL HOLINESS AS NUMBER 11 AMONG 2008'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. HE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED IN THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD AS A LEADER IN THE QUEST FOR WORLD PEACE, GREATER RELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING, AND RESPECT FOR THE EARTH'S ENVIRONMENT. THIS RESOLUTION ALSO RECOGNIZES THE NEED FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND PROPERTY RIGHTS TO BE GRANTED TO THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHIC AS WELL AS THE NEED FOR THE THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL TO BE REOPENED BOTH OF WHICH DESERVE OUR FULL SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW'S VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES AND HIS WORK ON BEHALF OF WORLD PEACE, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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  • 04:42:13 PM

    MR. CARNAHAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. SPACE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. SPACE

    OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 838, WELCOMING TO THE UNITED STATES HIS ALL HOLINESS…

    OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 838, WELCOMING TO THE UNITED STATES HIS ALL HOLINESS ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW. ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE, NEW ROME. THIS VISIT OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IS A SIGNIFICANT OCCASION FOR ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS, GREEK AMERICANS, AND ALL AMERICANS GENERALLY. AS A GREEK AMERICAN AND AS AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN MYSELF I'M HUMBLED BY THE VISIT OF THE LEADER OF MY CHURCH WHO IS RENOWNED FOR HIS WORK ON PEACE AND RELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING AND TOLERANCE AROUND THE WORLD. PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS ALSO DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF BY WORKING DILIGENTLY TO BRING ATTENTION TO OUR ENVIRONMENT, CALLING HIS FOLLOWERS TO TAKE HEED OF THEIR PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL IMPACT ON THIS EARTH. ALL OF US HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO LIVE OUR LIVES AND RAISE OUR FAMILIES IN A NATION WHERE WE ARE FREE TO WORSHIP, WE CAN SEEK THE SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE OF OUR CHURCH LEADERS WITHOUT FEAR. TOO MANY PLACES IN THE WORLD THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MISSOURI FOR HIS REFERENCE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY AND WOULD BY THESE REMARKS APPEAL UPON THE STATE OF TURKEY TO EMBRACE A SENSE OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE THAT HAS REGRETTABLY BEEN MISSING. AS ONE OF MILLIONS, IN FACT OVER 300 MILLION WHO FOLLOW THE ORTHODOX FAITH, I LOOK TO ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW FOR SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE AND LEADERSHIP AND IT FILLS ME WITH GREAT PRIDE TO WELCOME HIS HOLINESS TO THE UNITED STATES. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION. I'M HONORED TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR. AS A MEMBER OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH, AS A GREEK AMERICAN, AS A PROUD MEMBER OF THIS CONGRESS I STRONGLY URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 04:44:36 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 04:44:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME SHE MIGHT CONSUME.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO RISE IN SUPPORT…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION PUT FORTH BY MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS. I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. AND THIS RESOLUTION WELCOMES THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ON HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES COMING UP THIS NOVEMBER. PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW IS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER FOR OVER 300 MILLION ORTHODOX BELIEVERS AROUND THE WORLD, MILLIONS OF WHOM LIVE RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. . THE PATRIARCH HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATIONAL ADVOCATE FOR PEACE AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE. IN FACT, THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IN IS TAN BALANCE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1453 WHEN THE MUSLIM RULER AND PATRIARCH AT THAT TIME SIGNED AN ACCORD OF THE CONTINUATION OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN WHICH BECAME A PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM COUNTRY. TODAY, PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW CONTINUES TO REACH OUT TO LEADERS OF VARIOUS RELIGIOUS FAITHS TO ENCOURAGE DIALOGUE AND UNDERSTANDING. IN FACT, FOLLOWING THE HORRENDOUS ATTACKS ON OUR COUNTRY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW CONVENED AN INTERFAITH CONFERENCE WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CHRISTIAN, JEWISH AND MUSLIM RELIGIONS. A CONFERENCE THAT RESULTED IN THE FIRST CONDEMNATION BY MUSLIM LEADERS OF THOSE TERRORIST ATTACKS. PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS ALSO BEEN A GLOBAL LEADER IN EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT. HE HAS SPONSORED SYMPOSIA WITH INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS ON INITIATIVES TO PROTECT OUR CLEAN OCEANS AND PROTECT OUR RIVERS. DESPITE HIS MANY CONTRIBUTIONS AND THE COMMITMENT TO PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING, THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH CONTINUES TO HAVE RESTRICTIONS ON THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT. THE RIGHT TO OWN APPROPRIATE AND ITS RIGHT TO DETERMINE FOR ITSELF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PATRIARCHAL SUCCESSION MUST END. THE CLOSING OF THE THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL HALKI MUST BE REVERSED. SUCH ACTIONS RESTRICT THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS OF MILLIONS OF ORTHODOX BELIEVERS AND THREATEN THE FUTURE OF THE PETRI ARCATE ITSELF. -- PATRIARCHATE ITSELF. I'M PLEASED THIS RESOLUTION STATES THE NEED OF LIFTING OF THESE BUREAUCRATIC RESTRICTIONS ON THE ECUMENICAL PATERY ARKATE AND -- PATRIARCHATE AND ON HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES, WE CALL ON THE TOUCHISH GOVERNMENT TO END THEM. MADAM SPEAKER, I -- ON THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT TO END THEM. MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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  • 04:47:56 PM

    MR. CARNEY

    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR.…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. SARBANES

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 838. IT'S INDEED A PRIVILEGE TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN WELCOMING TO THE UNITED STATES AND HONORING HIS ALL HOLINESS ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW, ARCHBISHOP OF CONS AND NEW ROME. AND -- OF CONTS AND NEW ROME. -- CONSTAN CITY NOPELE AND NEW ROME. ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS IS THE SECOND LARGEST CHRISTIAN DENOMINATION IN THE WORLD, ESTIMATING SOME 300 MILLION. THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH HAS CHALLENGED ALL OF US TO HIS UNPAIR LELLED WORK OF INTERFAITH DIALOGUE, TO RESPECT EACH OTHER'S FAITH AND CULTURE. HE IS A TRUE MESSENGER OF PEACE AND JUSTICE. EACH DAY THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH REMINDS US THROUGH HIS GOOD DEEDS AND GOOD WORDS THAT WE MUST REACH BEYOND THE VALUE OF MATERIAL GOODS AND LOOK AT ONE ANOTHER AS THE BREATHEREN OF A SINGLE FAMILY. THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ARISES FROM THE FACT THAT HE IS A SUCCESSOR OF THE APOSTLE ANDREW WHO ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH IN ROME WHILE HIS BROTHER, PETER, ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH IN ROME. UNFORTUNATELY, WHILE THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE IN ISTANBUL IS MORE THAN 1,700 YEARS IN EXISTENCE, THE LIFE IS IN TURMOIL WHICH IS -- THE PLAGUE OF THIS ANCIENT AND NOBLE RELIGIOUS CENTER EXEMPLIFIES THE ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM THAT SO MANY PEOPLE OF SO MANY FAITHS CONTINUE TO ENDURE. THE UNITED STATES MUST CALL UPON ITS ALLY, TURKEY, TO RESTORE FULL RIGHTS OF THE PATRIARCHATE. I'M PARTICULARLY DRAWN TO THE PATRIARCH'S EFFORTS TO PROMOMENT ENVIRONMENTALISM. HE'S BEEN CALLED THE GREEN PATRIARCH FOR HIS POWERFUL COMMITMENT TO RESTORING OUR PLANET. HE INITIATED A JOINT DECLARATION THAT IT IS MAN'S DUTY TO PROTECT THE EARTH. SIGNED BY HIMSELF AND POPE JOHN PAUL, THE SPIRITUAL LEADERS ONE OUT OF NEARLY FIVE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. THE MORAL FORCE OF HIS MESSAGE IS UNASAILABLE. HUMANKIND MUST ENSURE THAT EXISTS IN A WORLD WHERE THERE IS FRESH AIR TO BREATHE, CLEAN WATER TO DRINK AND PURE SOIL FROM WHICH TO HARVEST OUR FOOD. FROM THE IF HE NORA, THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH HAS INSPIRED MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS, JEWS, MUSLIMS AND PEOPLE OF ALL FAITH FOR HIS CALL UPON HUMANITY TO HONOR ITS RESPONSIBILITY AS THE STEWARD OF THE EARTH'S NATURAL BOUNTY. WE ARE SO PRIVILEGED TO HAVE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW IN THE UNITED STATES AND HAVE HIM ACHIEVE A MORE PEACEFUL AND HARMONIOUS WORLD. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME ON THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION,…

    SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME ON THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CARNEY

    MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 838, AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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    MR. CARNEY

    MADAM SPEAKER, I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    MR. CARNEY

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO RESOLUTION…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO RESOLUTION S.CON.RES. 45.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 45, CONRURNT RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE…

    SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 45, CONRURNT RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN TO ALLOW JOSHUA FATTAL, SHANE BAUER, AND SARAH SHOURD TO REUNITE WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CARNAHAN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CARNAHAN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S.CON.RES. 45, A RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE…

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S.CON.RES. 45, A RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN TO ALLOW THE AMERICAN PRISONERS, JOSHUA FATTAL, SHANE BAUER AND SARAH SHOURD TO REUNITE WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. MADAM SPEAKER, ON JULY 31, 2009, THESE THREE AMERICAN HIKERS WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY IRANIAN OFFICIALS NEAR NORTHERN IRAQ. THEY WERE SEIZED BY THE IRANIANS SAY THEY HAD CROSSED INTO IRANIAN TERRITORY WHILE ON A HIKE IN A RURAL REGION NEAR THE IRAQ-IRAN BORDER. THE THREE HIKERS CERTAINLY HAD NO MALICIOUS OR DEVIOUS INTENTIONS. THE AREA THEY WERE HIKING THROUGH, PART OF IRAQI KURDISTAN IS MOUNTAINOUS BUT NOT OBSCURE. IN FACT, IT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH TOURISTS. IF THE THREE AMERICANS DID INDEED CROSS INTO THE IRANIAN TERRITORY, THEY ALMOST CERTAINLY DID SO UNKNOWINGLY AND UNINTENTIONALLY. AT THE TIME OF THEIR CAPTURE, 31-YEAR-OLD SARAH SHOURD WAS TEACHING ENGLISH IN DEMASCUS, SYRIA, WHERE SHE WAS LIVING WITH HER BOYFRIEND, SHANE BAUER, A WRITER AND PHOTO JOURNALIST. THEIR FRIEND AND FELLOW UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY, ALUMMIST, JOSHUA FATTAL WAS TRAVELING WITH THEM IN IRAQI KURDISTAN. THEY ARE HIKE TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE. THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN TO PROVIDE THESE THREE INNOCENT YOUNG AMERICANS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY, AT MINIMUM, TO SPEAK TO THEIR FAMILIES BY PHONE. IT ENCOURAGES THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN TO FREE THEM SO THEY CAN BE REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. OF COURSE, JOSHUA, SHANE AND SARAH ARE NOT THE ONLY AMERICANS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN IRAQ. THE SCHOLAR, AN URBAN PLANNER WITH A DOCTORATE FROM THE COLUMBIA OF UNIVERSITY WAS ARRESTED IN JULY AND SENTENCED LAST WEEK TO 15 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR INVOLVEMENT IN THE PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS THAT FOLLOWED THE JULY 12 ELECTIONS. ANOTHER IRANIAN AMERICAN, 71-YEAR-OLD RIZA, HAS BEEN EMPRISONED SINCE MAY, 2008, WITHOUT A TRIAL OR FORMAL CHARGES. IN APRIL, THIS BODY PASSED HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 36 REGARDING THE CASE OF THE FORMER F.B.I. AGENT ROBERT LEVINSTON, WHO HAS BEEN MISSING IN IRAN SINCE 2007. AS THE UNITED STATES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ENGAGE IRAN ON ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM, WE MUST NOT FORGET THE PLIGHT OF THESE INNOCENT AMERICANS. I COMMEND UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE WILLIAM BURNES FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE WITH HIS IRANIAN COUNTERPART AT THE OCTOBER 1 GENEVA MEETING. I ENCOURAGE HIM TO CONTINUE TO DO SO. AT ALL SUBSEQUENT MEETINGS WITH IRANIAN OFFICIALS UNTIL OUR FELLOW CITIZENS ARE FREE. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL THIS PAST SATURDAY SAID IT WELL. ENTITLED "MORE IRANIAN INJUSTICE." THE EDITORIAL CALLED FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE IMPRISONED AMERICANS AND WENT ON TO SAY, QUOTE, IRAN MAY SIT AT THE NEGOTIATION TABLES WITH THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER WORLD POWERS, BUT THEY CONTINUE WITH THESE HUMAN RIGHT ABUSES. MADAM SPEAKER, I COMMEND SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER, AND OUR COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, ALLYSON SCHWARTZ. THIS DESERVES OUR DEEP APPRECIATION, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MADAM SPEAKER, WE ARE PASSIONATELY -- WE CARE PASSIONATELY ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS, AND IT IS IN THAT SPIRIT THAT I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. ON JULY 31 OF THIS YEAR, THE IRANIAN REGIME…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. ON JULY 31 OF THIS YEAR, THE IRANIAN REGIME DETAINED THREE U.S. CITIZENS, JOSHUA FATTAL, SHANE BAUER AND SARAH SHOURD WHO WERE HIKING IN NORTHERN IRAQ AND ALLEGEDLY STRAYED ACROSS THE BORDER BY ACCIDENT. ALMOST THREE FULL MONTHS LATER, IRAN STILL HOLDS THEM CAPTIVE. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS CASE SHOULD ALERT US ONCE AGAIN TO THE TRUE NATURE OF THE IRANIAN REGIME. ALMOST 30 YEARS AGO ON NOVEMBER 4, 1979, THIS REGIME TOOK 53 AMERICAN HOSTAGES AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN TEHRAN AND HELD THEM FOR 444 DAYS. THREE DECADES LATER, THIS IS THE REGIME THAT CONTINUES TO HOLD AMERICAN CITIZENS HOSTAGE. THIS IS THE REGIME THAT REMAINS THE LARMEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE -- LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, FROM BEIRUT TO BUENOS ARIES. THIS IS THE REGIME THAT CONTINUES TO SUPPORT IRAQI AND AFGHAN VIOLENT ISLAMIC GROUPS, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF AMERICANS. THIS IS THE REGIME THAT OPENLY SEEKS TO WIPE OUT OUR ALLY, THE DEMOCRATIC JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL, OFF THE MAP. AND ASKS ACCORDINGLY. AND THIS IS A REGIME THAT CONTINUES TO RELENTLESSLY PURSUE UNCONVENTIONAL WEAPONS AND THE MISSILES TO CARRY THEM. USING CONVENTIONAL MEANS, IRAN HAS INFLICTED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE ON U.S. CITIZENS, ON OUR INTERESTS AND ON OUR ALLIES DURING THE 30-YEAR WAR AGAINST AMERICA. I STRONGLY SUPPORT SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 45, WHICH DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT IRAN CONTINUES TO HOLD U.S. CITIZENS HOSTAGE. THE REGIME MUST RELEASE THESE YOUNG AMERICANS IMMEDIATELY AND UNCONDITIONALLY. AND THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER RESPONSIBLE NATIONS MUST FULLY RECOGNIZE THE NATURE OF THE REGIME AND THE NEED TO APPLY EVERY FORM OF ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PRESSURE IN OUR ARSENAL. NOW, NOT LATER, TO COMPEL THE REGIME TO ABANDON ITS DANGEROUS COURSE. MADAM SPEAKER, WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MS. SCHWARTZ

    YOU. AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS RESOLUTION. AND I…

    YOU. AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS RESOLUTION. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THREE YOUNG AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO HAVE BEEN DETAINED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN FOR NEARLY THREE MONTHS NOW. ON JULY 31, 2009, JOSHUA FATTAL AND SHANE BAUER AND SARAH SHOURD WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR HIKING IN IRAQI KURDISTAN. IT IS A PEACEFUL REGION OF NORTHERN IRAQ THAT'S BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR AS A HIKING DESTINATION FOR MANY WESTERNERS. DURING THE HIKE IT SEEMS THEY ACCIDENTALLY CROSSED AN UNMARKED BORDER INTO IRAQ. AS A RESULT, THESE THREE YOUNG GRADUATES HAVE SINCE BEEN DETAINED IN TEHRAN. WHILE SWISS DIPLOMATS WERE FINALLY PERMITTED ACCESS TO JOSH AND SARAH AND SHANE ON SEPTEMBER 29, THE THREE HAVE STILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH THEIR FAMILIES. IN THE SPONSOR'S ACTION I HAVE SPONSORED IN THE HOUSE AND SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER HAVE SPEARHEADED IN THE SENATE THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 45 WHICH ENCOURAGES THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN TO ALLOW JOSH, SHANE AND SARAH TO COMMUNICATE BY TELEWITH THEIR FAMILIES IN THE -- TELEPHONE WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES. IT ALSO MAYBE MORE IMPORTANTLY ENCOURAGES THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN TO ALLOW THEM TO REUNITE WITH THEIR FAMILIES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THIS RESOLUTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY THE SENATE ON OCTOBER 6. . THEY DID NOT COMMIT ANY MALICIOUS ACT. THEY WERE THREE YOUNG AMERICANS WHO HAVE TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD SEEKING TO LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT SOCIETIES AND CULTURES. UNFORTUNATELY THEY MADE A SINGLE MISTAKE. THEY GOT LOST. FOR THAT THEY HAVE BEEN HELD FOR NEARLY THREE MONTHS WITH ALMOST NO CONTACT WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD. AS A MOTHER I CAN WELL IMAGINE THE PAIN AND FRUSTRATION THE FAMILIES OF THREE YOUNG ADULTS FEEL AS THEY WAIT HOPING, DOING ALL THEY CAN BUT WITH LITTLE POWER TO COMPEL ACTION BY IRAN TO FREE THEIR CHILDREN. I KNOW ESPECIALLY THROUGH MY CONVERSATION WAS MRS. FATTAL HOW IMPORTANT THIS RESOLUTION IS TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. I URGE THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN TO REUNITE JOSH, SARAH, AND SHANE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND THE STRONG BUT COMPASSIONATE ACTION THAT IT CONTAINS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    PLEASED NOW TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE D.D. MS. LEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    PLEASED NOW TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE D.D. MS. LEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. LEE

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, HAVING NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME I YIELD BACK THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, HAVING NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 45. SO MANY AS…

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 45. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE --

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  • 05:05:52 PM

    MR. CARNAHAN

    I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO RESOLUTION H.RES.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO RESOLUTION H.RES. 784.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    784, RESOLUTION HONORING THE 2560TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF CONFUCIUS…

    784, RESOLUTION HONORING THE 2560TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF CONFUCIUS AND RECOGNIZING HIS VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO PHILOSOPHY, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL THOUGHTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CARNAHAN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CARNAHAN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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  • 05:06:59 PM

    MR. CARNAHAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    BIRTH OF CONFUCIUS OVER 2,000 YEARS AGO AND RECOGNIZES HIS CONTRIBUTIONS…

    BIRTH OF CONFUCIUS OVER 2,000 YEARS AGO AND RECOGNIZES HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION. ACCORDING TO CHINESE TRADITION, CONFUCIUS WAS BORN IN 551 B.C. TO A POOR BUT NOBLE FAMILY. HE BECAME A HIGH LEVEL GOVERNMENT MINISTER BUT LATER RESIGNED HIS POSITION AFTER BECOMING DISILLUSIONED WITH THE MISBEHAVIOR AND CORRUPTION OF THE RULERS IN FEUDAL CHINA. HE THEN EMBARKED ON A LONG JOURNEY THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOMS THAT MADE UP CHINA WITH A DEVOTED GRUP OF STUDENTS EXPOSING HIS POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY IF I -- PHILOSOPHY. HE RETURNED HOME AND COMPILED HIS WISDOM INTO A SET OF TEXT THAT WOULD BECOME KNOWN AS THE CONFEW SHUN CLASSICS. AFTER HIS DEATH HE WOULD SERVE AS THE SPIRITUAL ANCESTOR OF LATER TEACHERS, HISTORIANS, PHILOSOPHER, WHOSE LIVES AND WORKS FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN CHINESE INTELLECTUAL HISTORY. INDEED, HE WOULD BECOME NOT ONLY CHINA'S PRE-EMINENT PHILOSOPHER BUT ALSO INFLUENTIAL THINKERS AS WELL. HIS BIRTH WAS NOT ONLY CELEBRATED IN CHINA LATE LAST MONTH BUT THROUGHOUT ASIA, INCLUDING SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN, AND TAIWAN. HE TAUGHT RESPECT FOR ONE'S ELDERS AND UNDERSTANDING ONE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO OTHERS WITHIN THE EXISTING SOCIAL STRUCTURE. HE BELIEVED THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SHOULD BE CHOSEN FOR THEIR HAVE YOU TWO AND ABILITY NOT BIRTH. CONFUCIUS BELIEVED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE GOVERNMENT WAS THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE. AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY HE THOUGHT A RULE WHO ARE WAS NOT RIGHTEOUS AND HUMANE WOULD FORFEIT, QUOTE, THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN, UNQUOTE. AND THUS LOSE THE RIGHT TO GOVERN. CONFUCIUS' TEACHING DEVELOPED INTO SAYS TELL OF PHILOSOPHY WHICH WOULD HAVE PROFOUND IMPACT ON THE THOUGHT AND LIFE OF EAST ASIA. SOME HAVE COMPARED HIS INFLUENCE WITH THAT OF SOCRATES IN THE WEST. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 05:09:34 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THIS TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THIS TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE 2560TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF THAT SAGE OF CHINESE CULTURE, THE PHILOSOPHER, CONFUCIUS. CONFUCIUS IS NOT ONLY REVERED IN HIS NATIVE CHINA BUT ALSO IN TAIWAN, KOREA, JAPAN, AND VIETNAM. CONFUCIUS IS BEST REMEMBERED FOR HIS PROMOTION OF SOCIAL HARMONY AND HIS EMPHASIS ON THE VIRTUES OF EDUCATION. HIS TEACHINGS HAVE LONG PROVIDED AN ETHICAL GUIDE POST FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LIVING THROUGHOUT EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA. CONFUCIUS IS ANOTHER PHILOSOPHER WHO TAUGHT US THE GOLDEN RULE, DO NOT DO TO OTHERS WHAT YOU DO NOT WANT DONE TO YOURSELF. CONFUCIUS ALSO TAUGHT THAT THE PATH TO BOTH VIRTUE AND SUCCESS IS LED THROUGH THE DISCIPLINE OF STUDY. HIS FAMOUS SAYING THAT A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP ENCOURAGED HIS DISCIPLES NEVER TO GIVE UP, NO MATTER WHAT THE HARDSHIP. INSPIRED BY HIM THOUSANDS OF CHINESE, TAIWANESE, KOREAN, JAPANESE, AND VIETNAMESE SCHOLARS AND SCIENTISTS HAVE MADE ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD'S POOL OF KNOWLEDGE. YOUNG AMERICAN SCHOLARS DRAWN FROM THESE ASIAN COMMUNITIES INFLUE WEDNESDAYED BY CUNE CON FUREBISM HAVE MADE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MOSAIC OF AMERICAN LIFE IN THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE, LAW, MEDICINE, ENGINEERING, MUSIC, AND ART. SO IT IS FITTING TODAY TO PASS THIS RESOLUTION HONORING THE BIRTHDAY OF A MAN WHO HAS BEEN CALLED CHINA'S GREATEST TEACHER. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:11:51 PM

    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK IT APPROPRIATE THAT YOU…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK IT APPROPRIATE THAT YOU BE IN THE CHAIR TODAY BECAUSE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, IN YOUR DISTRICT I BELIEVE, WE HAVE A STATUE THAT HAS BEEN ERECTED IN HONOR OF CONFUCIUS. SO I COME TODAY AND I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I THANK THE LEADERSHIP FOR ALLOWING THIS RESOLUTION TO COME TO THE FLOOR. I THANK THE HONORABLE HOWARD BERMAN, THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, FOR ALLOWING THE RESOLUTION TO PASS THE COMMITTEE. I THANK THE HONORABLE ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN FOR ALLOWING US TO WORK WITH HER AND TO MANAGE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR. I THANK THE HONORABLE RUSS CARNAHAN FOR ACTING AS DEMOCRATIC MANAGER OF THE AMENDMENT. THIS RESOLUTION HONORS THE 2 560TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF CONFUCIUS, RECOGNIZING HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO PHILOSOPHY AND TO SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT. THIS RESOLUTION IS A REFLECTION OF THE DIVERSITY THAT WE CELEBRATE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE ARE 46.9 MILLION HISPANICS AND LATINOS, 37.6 MILLION AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 16 MILLION FOREIGN BORN NATURALIZED CITIZENS, 14 MILLION ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS. WE SPEAK 337 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES. IN MY DISTRICT WE HAVE AND WE ARE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, LATINO, VIETNAMESE, INDIAN, PAKISTANI, CHINESE, NIGERIAN, SOMALI, ETHIOPIAN, SUDANESE, TURKISH, GHANAIAN, AND TAIWANESE, AND THERE ARE PROBABLY SOME I MISSED AND I BEG AND APOLOGIZE TO ANY CONSTITUENT THAT WAS NOT PROPERLY MENTIONED. ON SEPTEMBER 26 IN OUR DISTRICT AS I INDICATED EARLIER, THERE WAS THIS YEAR A BRONZE STATUE OF CONFUCIUS WAS DEDICATED IN HERMAN PARK IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. I'M HONORED TO TELL YOU THAT TODAY ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR WE HONORED HIS ALL HOLINESS, BARTHOLOMEW, ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE, AND I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE HOUSE. IT IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR US TO HONOR PERSONS WHO WERE NOT AMERICANS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICA AND TO GLOBAL SOCIETY. WE HAVE HONORED MANY AMERICANS, INCLUDING TONY BLAIR, PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, NICHLAS SARKOZY, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE, HER MADGE INDUSTRY QUEEN BEA TRICKS OF THE NETHERLANDS, AND THE HONORABLE DESMOND TUTU AND NELSON MANDELA. WE HAVE HONORED EVENTS. WE HAVE HONORED WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE RELIGIOUS AND HISTORIC EVENT THAT IS THE FESTIVAL DEWALLY WHICH WAS PRESENTED TO THIS HOUSE IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR. AND I'M PROUD TO SAY TODAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO HONOR CONFUCIUS, AN ASIAN TEACHER, SCHOLAR, AND PHILOSOPHER. CONFUCIUS WAS BORN IN 551 B.C., WAS ONE OF THE GREAT THINKERS OF HIS TIME AND ALL TIME. HE WAS A TEACHER OF PROSPERITY AND A PREACHER OF PEACE. HE DEVELOPED CONFUREBESISM A PHILOSOPHY THAT HAS DEEPLY INFLUENCED THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT OF COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING CHINA, KOREA, JAPAN, TAIWAN, AND VIETNAM TO NAME A FEW. HE EMPHASIZED THAT PERSONAL INTROSPECTION, SELF-CULTIVATION, RETRO-- RESPECT OF SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS, PERSONAL AND GOVERNMENTAL MORALITY, JUSTICE AS SINCERITY REFLECT A MORAL FIBER OF THE GREATEST AND HIGHEST DEGREE. HE PREACHED THAT POLITICIANS MUST ALWAYS REPRESENT TRUTH AND MORALITY. HE TAUGHT THE PHILOSOPHY OF RECIPROCITY, NEVER IMPOSE UPON OTHERS WHAT YOU WOULD NOT CHOOSE FOR YOURSELF. HE TAUGHT THE SILVER RULE WHICH COMPLEMENTS THE GOLDEN RULE, DO NOT DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD NOT HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU. HE TAUGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF SHAME IN AN ORDERLY SOCIETY BY INDICATING IF PEOPLE BE LED BY LAWS AND UNIFORMITY SOUGHT TO BE GIVEN BY PUNISHMENT, THEY WILL TRY TO AVOID PUNISHMENT BUT HAVE NO SENSE OF SHAME. HOWEVER IF THEY BE LED BY VIRTUE, IF THEY BE LED BY VIRTUE AND UNIFORMITY IS SOUGHT TO BE GIVEN THEM BY RULES OF PROPRIETY, THEY WILL HAVE A SENSE OF SHAME AND MOREOVER WILL BECOME GOOD. . PUNISHMENT PRECEDES BAD TO PROMOTE GOOD. HE REMINDED ALL THAT WHEN YOU HAVE FAULTS, DO NOT FEAR TO ABANDON THEM. IN DIFFERENT WORDS, WHAT HE SAID WAS, IT IS VIRTUOUS TO KNOW ONE'S FAULT AND TO CHANGE. HE EXPLAINED THAT SELF-RESPECT BEGETS SELF-RESPECT WHEN HE MADE THIS QUOTE, RESPECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS WILL RESPECT YOU. AND I BELIEVE THE GREATEST QUOTE WHICH EPITOMIZES --

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  • 05:17:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. GREEN

    US WITH A GREAT DEGREE OF SIMPLICITY A QUOTE THAT I BELIEVE IS ONE OF HIS…

    US WITH A GREAT DEGREE OF SIMPLICITY A QUOTE THAT I BELIEVE IS ONE OF HIS GREATEST WHEN HE ARTICULATED TO UNDERSTAND NOTHING IS TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING. I AM HONORED TO PRESENT THIS RESOLUTION TODAY. I BELIEVE THAT THE DIVERSITY THAT WE CELEBRATE IN THIS COUNTRY, THE DIVERSITY THAT I HAVE IN MY DISTRICT WHICH IS 36% AFRICAN-AMERICAN, 31% ANGELO, 21% HISPANIC, 12% ASIAN, I BELIEVE MY CONSTITUENTS ARE HONORED TO HAVE PERSONS OF ASIAN ANCESTRY WHO HONOR AND CELEBRATE CONFUCIUS. BUT I THINK THAT AS A PHILOSOPHER WHO HAS TRANSCENDED TIME HE IS SOMEONE THAT WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I BEG THAT MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, COMPARABLE TO MANY OTHERS THAT WE'VE HAD ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME, AND I YIELD…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 784. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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  • 05:18:48 PM

    MR. CARNAHAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, ON THAT I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON SENATE BILL 832.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. GERLACH OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR TODAY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS GRANTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE QUESTION IS GRANTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 05:20:05 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO REQUEST MY TIME FOR THE FIVE-MINUTE SPECIAL…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO REQUEST MY TIME FOR THE FIVE-MINUTE SPECIAL ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WE ARE NOT AT THAT POINT YET. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WE ARE NOT AT THAT POINT YET. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:20:20 PM

    MR. POE

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS…

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE, REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MYSELF, MR. POE, FOR NOVEMBER 3. MR. JONES FOR NOVEMBER 3. MR. FORTENBERRY FOR TODAY. MR. CARTER FOR OCTOBER 28. AND MR. DEAL FOR OCTOBER 28.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES, TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS, AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MR. CUMMINGS OF MARYLAND FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. MILLER OF CALIFORNIA FOR FIVE MINUTES. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON FOR FIVE MINUTES. MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO, FIVE MINUTES. AND MR. GRAYSON OF FLORIDA FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:21:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. ARE THERE ANY ONE-MINUTES? UNDER THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. ARE THERE ANY ONE-MINUTES? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, AND UNDER A PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. MR. POE OF TEXAS. CUMMINGS OF MARYLAND. MR. POE FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:21:58 PM

    MR. POE

    HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED.

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    MR. POE

    WILL PLAY TRICK-OR-TREAT ON SENIOR CITIZENS. WHEN THEY PEAK THROUGH THE…

    WILL PLAY TRICK-OR-TREAT ON SENIOR CITIZENS. WHEN THEY PEAK THROUGH THE PEEPHOLE, THEY WILL BE DRESSED AS OIL SALESMAN BECAUSE THEY ARE CUTTING MEDICARE PARTS A, B, C AND D. THEY ARE TRYING TO SELL THEM ON MEDICARE PART E, BUT IT DOESN'T COVER ONE SENIOR CITIZEN, NOT ONE. JUST CALL IT HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE BECAUSE IT'S REALLY SCARY. WHAT'S IN THIS HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE BILL? WELL, JUST LOOK AT THE LATEST AND GREATEST SENATE BILL. YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE BILL THAT'S BEING DRAFTED IN THE DARK CORNERS, IN THE DUNGEONS OF THE CAPITOL WHERE THE LIGHT OF TRANSPARENCY AND TRUTH NEVER REACHES. THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS THE HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE WILL DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS -- IT WILL CUT MEDICARE PART A FOR HOSPITALS BY $128 BILLION. IT WILL CUT MEDICARE PART B FOR DOCTOR REIMBURSEMENT, $130 BILLION. IT WILL ROB MEDICARE PART C, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE OF $133 BILLION. WE'RE NOT TRUE YET. AND, YES, MEDICARE PART D FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IS CUT $20 BILLION. THE TOTAL $411 BILLION CUT FROM SENIORS AND MEDICARE. THAT'S ENOUGH TO SCARE EVERYBODY. THIS NEW MEDICARE PART E TAKES HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS OUT OF MEDICARE, BUT IT DOESN'T COVER THE SENIORS. IN THIS NEW MEDICARE PART E, THE E STANDS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE. INCLUDING THOSE IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. I KNOW, THEY KEEP TALKING ABOUT SAYING THAT ILLEGALS WILL NOT BE COVERED, BUT WHEN ATTEMPTS WERE MADE TO REQUIRE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP TO SIGN UP FOR HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE HANDOUTS, THE AMENDMENTS WERE VOTED DOWN. THE BILL ALSO RAISES $424 BILLION IN NEW TAXES. NOW, WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT WHEN THE COUNTRY'S IN A RECESSION? THE COUNTRY IS BROKE. WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. WELL, HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE WILL COST $1 TRILLION, AND THEY HAVE TO GET THE MONEY FROM SOMEWHERE. WE CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER 100-PAGE, $1 TRILLION BILL. OUR SENIORS ARE GOING TO PAY FOR MORE THAN HALF OF THE TAB OUT OF MEDICARE. AND NOT ONE SINGLE SENIOR WILL GET MORE COVERAGE OUT OF THIS HEALTH CARE BILL. NOW, HERE'S WHERE IT REALLY GETS DICEY. THE NEW HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL STILL RATION HEALTH CARE SERVICES BASED ON AGE. IF YOU NEED A PACEMAKER, WELL, THE SNAKE OIL SALESMAN IS GOING TO LOOK AT YOUR AGE, AND SURVIVELT RATES. IF THEY THINK YOUR HEALTH CARE BILLS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE, WELL, THEY'LL HAND OUT PAIN PILLS INSTEAD OF PAYING FOR THAT PACEMAKER. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE THEY RUN THEIR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IN EUROPE THEY HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THESE LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS. THE SO-CALLED PUBLIC OPTION WILL BE COSTLY. YOU THINK HEALTH CARE IS EXPENSIVE NOW. JUST WAIT UNTIL IT'S FREE. THERE ARE COMMONSENSE HEALTH CARE REFORMS THAT WE CAN AGREE ON. WE DON'T NEED GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER THE WHOLE SYSTEM TO FIX WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM. THAT'S LIKE PULLING ALL OF YOUR TEETH WHEN YOU HAVE A TOOTH AIRCRAFT. HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE WILL BE ANOTHER $1 TRILLION, 1,000-PAGE BILL. IT WILL RAISE MEDICARE AND OTHER PREMIUMS, RAISE TAXES AND SLASH MEDICARE COVERAGE FOR SENIORS. THIS IS NOT REFORM. THAT'S ABUSE. BUT THAT'S HALLOWEEN HEALTH CARE AND IT'S COMING TO YOUR DOOR. TRICK-OR-TREAT, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 05:25:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. CUMMINGS FROM MARYLAND. MR. JONES FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. CUMMINGS FROM MARYLAND. MR. JONES FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:25:57 PM

    MR. JONES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT I WANT TO READ A FEW…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT I WANT TO READ A FEW PARAGRAPHS FROM AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY ANDREW. IT WAS IN THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE IN MAY OF THIS YEAR. AND IT'S CALLED, THE TITLE IS " TO DIE FOR MYSTIQUE." AND ONE OF THE MOST THOUGHTFUL VIETNAM ACCOUNTS WRITTEN BY THE MOST SENIOR OFFICERS ONCE OBSERVED, WITH RESPECT TO VIETNAM, OUR LEADERS SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD NOT STAND STILL FOR A PRO TRACTED WAR OF -- EXCUSE ME -- NATURE WITH NO FORESEEABLE END TO THE UNITED STATES COMMITMENT. GENERAL PALMER FURTHER WROTE, THEREBY DISTILLED, THE CENTRAL LESSON OF VIETNAM TO EMBARK UPON AN OPEN-ENDED WAR LIKING CLEARLY DEFINED AND ACHIEVABLE OBJECTIVES WAS TO FOREFIT SUPPORT, THEREBY HAVING DISASTER. THE IMPLICATIONS WERE CLEAR AND NEVER AGAIN. I FURTHER READ FROM THE ARTICLE, "TO DIE FOR MYSTIQUE," TO CITE GENERAL PALMER'S FORMULATION TO CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY AT PRESENT DUE -- DO APPEAR WILLING TO STAND STILL. WHERE THERE ARE MANY EXPLANATIONS FOR WHY AMERICANS HAVE DISENGAGED FROM THE LONE WAR, THE MOST IMPORTANT IN MY VIEW IS THAT SO FEW OF US HAVE ANY INTERMEDIATE PERSONAL STAKE IN THE CONFLICT. AGAIN, THAT WAS FROM THE BOOK WRITTEN BY GENERAL BRUCE PALMER. MR. SPEAKER, I FURTHER READ FROM THIS ARTICLE, AND THIS IS TO CLOSE. THE PRESIDENT WHO VOWS TO CHANGE THE WAY WASHINGTON WORKS HAS NOT YET BEEN IN THE IMAGINATION NEEDED TO CONCEIVE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE PROJECT THAT HIS PREDECESSORS BEGAN. THE URGENT NEED IS TO DEMYTHIFY THAT PROJECT WHICH WAS FROM THE OUTSET A MISGUIDED ONE, JUST AS IT WAS IN THE 1960'S, WE POSSESSED NEITHER THE WISDOM NOR THE MEANS NEEDED TO HELP SOUTHEAST ASIA. TODAY WE DON'T HAVE THE MEANS TO DEFEAT THE MIDDLE EAST. TO PERSIST IN EFFORTS TO DO SO AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION APPEARS INTENT ON DOING IN AFGHANISTAN WILL SIMPLY REPLICATE ON AN EVEN JEATH GREATER SCALE MISTAKE LIKE THOSE THAT BRUCE PALMER AND JOHN KERRY ONCE RIGHTLY DECRIED. MR. SPEAKER, I READ THIS FOR THIS REASON. I WANT TO FIRST SAY TO THE PRESIDENT, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME AND THANK YOU FOR BEING VERY CAREFUL IN MAKING YOUR DECISION AS TO WHAT OUR FUTURE PLANS ARE FOR AFGHANISTAN. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO READ THIS BECAUSE ANDREW KNOWS BETTER THAN ANYONE. HE FOUGHT IN VIETNAM FOR THIS COUNTRY. HE LATER BECAME A PROFESSOR AT WEST POINT. AND DURING THE IRAQ WAR, HE BURIED HIS SON, A LIEUTENANT, WHO WAS A GRADUATE OF WEST POINT WHO WAS KILLED FOR THIS COUNTRY. SO I THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL AS WE MOVE FORWARD, AND I WANT TO AGAIN SAY TO THE PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE YOUR TIME, MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION FOR THIS COUNTRY. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING CAMP LEJEUNE MARINE BASE IN MY DISTRICT. I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW A LOT OF MARINES, BOTH ACTIVE DUTY AND RETIRED. I RECENTLY SPOKE TO A GENERAL THAT I CANNOT NAME BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE HIS PERMISSION, BUT IF I DID HE WOULD BE WELL-KNOWN TO THE MARINE CORPS. HE SAID TO ME THREE WEEKS AGO, PLEASE TELL YOUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO MOVE VERY CAREFULLY, TO HAVE A FULL UNDERSTOOD PLAN AND A DEFINED PLAN AS TO WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO ACCOMPLISH IN AFGHANISTAN. AGAIN, THIS GENERAL FOUGHT IN VIETNAM FOR THIS COUNTRY. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL CLOSE AS I ALWAYS DO BY ASKING GOD TO PLEASE BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS THE FAMILIES OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. AND I WILL ASK GOD TO BLESS THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT WE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT. AND I WILL ASK GOD TO GIVE WISDOM, STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SO THAT HE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF GOD. AND THREE TIMES I WILL ASK, GOD, PLEASE, GOD, PLEASE, GOD, PLEASE CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 05:30:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. MILLER OF CALIFORNIA. MS. ROS-LEHTINEN OF FLORIDA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I AM SO PROUD TO REPRESENT ONE OF THE MOST…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I AM SO PROUD TO REPRESENT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, THE MOST DIVERSE REGIONS IN OUR COUNTRY, SOUTH FLORIDA. SADLY, THOUGH, OUR LOCAL PARADISE, WELL-KNOWN FOR ITS SUNNY WEATHER, ITS WORLD CLASS BEACHES, ITS ARTISTIC STYLE ALSO IS ONE OF THE AREA'S HARDEST HIT BY THE HIV-AIDS EPIDEMIC. WE ARE CONTINUALLY CONFRONTED WITH THE CHALLENGE OF PROVIDING ADEQUATE AND TIMELY TREATMENT TO THOSE IMPACTED BY THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM HIV-AIDS IN SOUTH FLORIDA HAS INCREASED IMMENSELY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. WE HAVE OVER 32,000 PEOPLE CURRENTLY DIAGNOSED IN MY HOME COUNTY OF MIAMI-DADE AND IT RANKS SECOND AMONG LARGE METROPOLITAN AREAS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH AIDS. ON TOP OF THIS FLORIDA RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION IN THE NUMBER OF AIDS CASES. THESE INDIVIDUALS NEED OUR INSISTENCE IN FIGHTING THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. THERE ARE WONDERFUL PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO MITIGATE THE TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF HIV-AIDS, ONE OF THE MOST IN-- INKNOW STRAFE AND MOST EFFECTIVE IS THE RYAN WHITE HIV-AIDS TREATMENT PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM FUNDS HIV-AIDS TREATMENT FOR LOW-INCOME, UNINSURED, AND UNDERINSURED PEOPLE. RYAN WHITE PROVIDES FUNDING TO CITIES, TO STATES, AS WELL AS DIRECTLY TO SELECT CLINICS AND CARE PROVIDERS FOR CORE MEDICAL AND SUPPORT SERVICES. IN 2009, MY HOME STATE OF FLORIDA RECEIVED OVER $209 MILLION IN FUNDING THROUGH LIIAN WHITE TO ASSIST COUNTLESS LOW-INCOME AMERICANS LIVING WITH HIV-AIDS. THIS LIFESAVING PROGRAM WAS SET TO EXPIRE THIS MONTH. THANKFULLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS AMAZING PROGRAM WAS GRANTED A THREE-YEAR EXTENSION THROUGH THE RYAN WHITE HIV-AIDS TREATMENT EXTENSION ACT, AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THIS. WITH A STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT , THIS BILL WAS OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED. I VOTED FOR AND THE HOUSE PASSED THIS LEGISLATION AND WE SHOULD ALL BE BE PROUD OF THAT. PASSAGE ASSURES THE CONTINUITY OF THIS VITAL PROGRAM. IT WILL ALLOW US TO HELP STATES, COMMUNITIES, AND FAMILIES COPE WITH THE IMPACT OF HIV-AIDS EPIDEMIC WHILE CREATING A SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR THOSE DEALING WITH THE DISEASE. I AM CONSTANTLY WORKING TO IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND THE AVAILABILITY OF CARE FOR PERSONS WITH HIV-AIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR SUPPORT SYSTEMS. IT IS MY MISSION TO PROMOTE AWARENESS AND EDUCATION SO THAT EACH DAY WE CAN HELP ASSURE THAT FEWER PEOPLE WILL BE AFFLICTED WITH THIS DISEASE. I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE IMPACT THAT THIS DISEASE HAS HAD ON SO MANY INDIVIDUAL LIVES AND FAMILIES IN MY COMMUNITY, AND I KNOW THAT EXTENDING THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM IS NOT JUST A PRIORITY BUT A NECESSITY. THE RYAN WHITE PROGRAM IS THE LARGEST FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAM IN THE UNITED STATES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV-AIDS. IT HAS BEEN THE LARGEST SUPPLIER OF SERVICES FOR THOSE LIVING WITH HIV-AIDS IN THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS A PAYER OF LAST RESORT, THE RYAN WHITE ACT OFFERS A METHOD OF PAYMENT FOR TREATMENT UNLIKE MEDICARE OR MEDICAID. IN THE UNITED STATES, OVER 500,000 PEOPLE A YEAR BENEFIT FROM THE RYAN WHITE PROGRAM. I KNOW THAT THROUGH THE EXTENSION OF RYAN WHITE WE CAN INDEED WE WILL SAVE AND IMPROVE THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND THROUGHOUT OUR GREAT COUNTRY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

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  • 05:35:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. MR. MORAN OF KANSAS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR.…

    MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. MR. MORAN OF KANSAS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. MORAN OF KANSAS FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:35:12 PM

    MR. MORAN

    THANK YOU. OUR COUNTRY FACES MANY SERIOUS CHALLENGES, BUT IT'S SOMETIMES…

    THANK YOU. OUR COUNTRY FACES MANY SERIOUS CHALLENGES, BUT IT'S SOMETIMES USEFUL TO KNOW THAT GOOD THINGS ARE STILL HAPPENING OUT THERE IN THE REAL WORLD, OUT THERE ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, AND MOSTLY AWAY FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE TONIGHT THE HANOVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING QUALITY EDUCATION. LOCATED IN THE COMMUNITY OF HANOVER IN NORTHERN KANSAS, THE SCHOOL SERVES ABOUT 175 STUDENTS FROM THE SURROUNDING RURAL AREA. THOUGH HANOVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE SMALL BY MOST STANDARDS, THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE GREAT. THE STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS AT HANOVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION. THIS EXCELLENCE IS EVIDENT BY THE RECOGNITIONS THEY HAVE RECEIVED. FOR THE PAST THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL HAS RECEIVED THE KANSAS GOVERNOR'S ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN TO THE TOP 5% OF SCHOOLS IN KANSAS THAT MEET THE HIGHANS STANDARDS ON KANSAS ASSESSMENTS. ONLY FIVE OTHER SCHOOLS IN OUR STATE HAVE RECEIVED THIS AWARD THREE YEARS IN A ROW. NOT ONLY HAS HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL BEEN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF KANSAS, IT HAS ALSO BEEN HONORED NATIONALLY FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN CITED BY "U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT" AS ONE OF THE TOP SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY. HAVING A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION MEANS MORE THAN WHAT CAN JUST BE LEARNED IN THE CLASSROOM. STUDENTS AT HANOVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE ALSO EXCELLED IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. DURING THE 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR, HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL BECAME STATE CHAMPIONS NOT IN ONE BUT TWO SPORTING EVENTS. LAST NOVEMBER THE HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM TOOK FIRST PLACE AT STATE IN THE EIGHT-MAN DIVISION. AND AFTER PLACING SECOND AT LAST YEAR'S STATE TOURNAMENT, THIS YEAR HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM PLACED FIRST IN THE 1-A DIVISION. THE TEAMS FINISHED WITH A PERFECT RECORD WINNING ALL 28 GAMES. THE SUCCESS OF HANOVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS SERVES AS A MODEL FOR OTHER SCHOOLS IN OUR STATE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT SUCCESS COULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE STRONG SUPPORT OF THE HANOVER COMMUNITY. SMALL TOWN VALUES AND STRONG COMMUNITY TIES HAVE PRODUCED GENERATIONS EVER SUCCESSFUL GRADUATES. I COMMEND THE HANOVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THEIR SUCK'S AND ACHIEVING THEIR MISSION. -- SUCCESS AND ACHIEVING THEIR MISSION. THAT IS TO DEVELOPING LIFELONG LEARNERS AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS. MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, BOARD OF EDUCATION, AND THE COMMUNITY AND I'M HONORED TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THIS OUTSTANDING SCHOOL IN THE STATE OF KANSAS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:37:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. MR. BURTON OF INDIANA. MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. MR.…

    MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. MR. BURTON OF INDIANA. MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. MR. GOHMERT OF TEXAS. MR. GRAYSON OF FLORIDA. MR. MCHENRY OF NORTH CAROLINA. MS. FOX OF NORTH CAROLINA. -- MS. FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA. MR. PAULSEN OF MINNESOTA. MR. FORTENBERRY OF NEVADA. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. GINGREY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 05:38:40 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU. I THANK MY LEADERSHIP ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU. I THANK MY LEADERSHIP ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE FOR ALLOWING ME TO CONTROL THE TIME DURING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR THIS EVENING. AND SURPRISE, SURPRISE WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM, MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES. WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN ON THE FRONT BURNER FOR THE ENTIRE SEVEN, EIGHT MONTHS, NINE MONTHS OF THIS 111TH CONGRESS AND IT'S CERTAINLY BEEN A PRIORITY OF THE PRESIDENT, THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID SO ON MANY OCCASIONS. IN FACT PRESIDENT OBAMA INDICATED THAT REFORMING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF HIS ADMINISTRATION. FIRST AND FOREMOST IT'S A THING THAT HE IS WILLING TO SPIN POLITICAL CAPITAL, WHATEVER IT TAKES, TO HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM AND TO HAVE IT BEFORE THE END OF THIS FIRST YEAR OF HIS FIRST TERM. I CERTAINLY CONCEDE, THE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER, HAS FOLLOWED THROUGH ON THAT PLEDGE. I PERSONALLY FEEL THAT HE'S MADE A MISTAKE ON THAT. I DON'T THINK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT FIXING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO THE EXTENT THAT WE LITERALLY WOULD THROW OUT EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE GOT AND LET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ESSENTIALLY TAKE OVER LOCK, STOCK, AND BARREL OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR SOMETHING LIKE 16% OF OUR TOTAL ECONOMY AT A TIME WHEN OUR ECONOMY IS LITERALLY, FIGURATIVELY IN THE TANK. WE ARE SITTING HERE WITH 10.5% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. 50 -- 15 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. IT'S EVEN AFFECTED MY OWN FAMILY. VERY, VERY PERSONALLY ONE OF MY FOUR CHILDREN. THEY SAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WHEN THE -- WHEN YOUR NEIGHBORS LOSE THEIR JOB, IT'S A RECESSION. BUT WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR JOB, ALL OF A SUDDEN IT'S A DEPRESSION. AND I KNOW THAT FEELING RIGHT NOW AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY KNOW THAT FEELING. WHEN WE ADJOURNED FOR THE AUGUST RECESS, THE DISTRICT WORK PERIOD, THAT'S TRADITIONAL IN THIS CONGRESS, ALL MEMBERS GO BACK HOME, THEY MAY SQUEEZE IN A LITTLE FAMILY VACATION, BUT YOU GOT ABOUT A MONTH OF AUGUST, BEEN TRADITIONAL FOR PROBABLY 100 YEARS THE CONGRESS HAS DONE THAT, AND WE GOT AN EARFUL, DID WE NOT, MR. SPEAKER, DURING THOSE FOUR TO FIVE WEEKS, THESE TOWN HALL MEETINGS THAT MEMBERS HAD ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND BY A FACTOR OF 10 THE ATTENDANCE HAD INCREASED THAT MUCH ON A TYPICAL TOWN HALL MEETING IN MY 11TH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA IN THE NINE COUNTIES I REPRESENT, AND WE WOULD ALWAYS TRY TO HAVE OUR TOWN HALL MEETINGS AT A TIME THAT WAS MOST CONVENIENT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, IT WOULD BE EASY FOR THEM TO GET TO A SENIOR SENT EARN TRY NOT TO SCHEDULE IT DURING SUPPER TIME OR DURING PRIME TIME TV EVENING S. YOU MIGHT GET 50 PEOPLE ON A GOOD NIGHT, MAYBE 75 PEOPLE. WHEN THEY WERE REALLY GINNED UP ABOUT SOMETHING. IN MY CASE IN THE 11TH OF GEORGIA WE WERE GETTING 750 PEOPLE, 1,100, 1,500, ONE INSTANCE 2,000 IN SOME OF THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS WE HAD. AND THAT WAS -- WE WERE SEEING THE SAME THING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHETHER THEY WERE REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS OR DEMOCRAT DISTRICTS. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT THESE PEOPLE, THESE CONSTITUENTS WERE SAYING, MANY OF THEM OF COURSE WERE SENIORS, THEY ARE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT THE ECONOMY OF COURSE, BECAUSE THEY ARE ON A FIXED INCOME. MY MOM IS ONE OF THOSE, GOD BLESS MY MOM, HELEN BEGAN NONE -- GANNON GINGREY, ORIGINALLY FROM MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, BUT LIVED IN THE SOUTH MOST OF HER LIFE. SHE'S 91 YEARS OLD NOW ON A FIXED INCOME. RELIES ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND MEDICARE PART B AND PART D. SHE'S DOING -- SHE'S NOT GOING TO GET A COLA THIS YEAR, BUT THESE FOLKS SHOWED UP AT THESE TOWN HALL MEETINGS TELLING US WE DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR SOME NEW GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FROM A TO Z THAT'S GOING TO BE PAID FOR ON OUR BACKS. WHAT THEY WERE REFERRING TO, OF COURSE, IS MOSTLY THE CUTS, THE DEEP CUTS THAT THE BILLS IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE PROPOSED TO TAKE OUT OF THE HIDE OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. I'M GOING TO BE JOINED, MR. SPEAKER, BY A NUMBER OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. IN FACT, TONIGHT THE PARTICIPANTS IN OUR HOUR ARE GOING TO BER FOR THE MOST PART THE DOCTORS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. WE HAVE A CAUCUS, A GROUP THAT WE CALL THE G.O.P. DOCTORS CAUCUS. THERE ARE ABOUT 15 OF US IN THAT GROUP. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF M.D. PHYSICIANS, WE HAVE A DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, WE HAVE A DOCTOR OF OPTOMETRY, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF DENTAL DOCTORS, AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE SPENT BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS, SOME OF US NOW HAVE BEEN HERE EIGHT, 10, 15 YEARS EVEN, BUT BEFORE COMING HERE OUR DAY JOB, IF YOU WILL, OUR PROFESSION WAS DELIVERING HEALTH CARE. WE WERE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. AND WE KEEP OUR LICENSES ACTIVE. I THINK MOST OF US DO. WE KEEP UP WITH MEDICAL ISSUES AND REALIZING OF COURSE THAT CONGRESS IS NOT NECESSARILY FOREVER, PARTICULARLY YOUNGER ONES WHO MAY WANT TO GO BACK AND GO BACK INTO THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. SO THOSE DOCTORS WILL BE WITH ME TONIGHT. WHEN I TOTALED UP, I ASKED, MR. SPEAKER, I ASKED MY COLLEAGUES, HOW LONG DID YOU PRACTICE? SOME OF THEM ARE OB/GYN DOCTORS, ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS, GASTROENTEROLOGIST HAS A GENERAL FAMILY PRACTICE. ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF GENERALIST AND IN THE AGGREGATE WE ARE PROBABLY HAVE ABOUT 400 YEARS OF CLINICAL EXPERIENCE. THAT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT OUR AGE, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE ARE -- AS AN EXAMPLE I SPENT 31 YEARS FROM THE DAY I GRADUATE INTERESTED MEDICAL SCHOOL PRACTICING MEDICINE. . OR WHILE I WAS TRAINING DURING MEYER INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCE -- DURING MY INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY AND SPENT 20 YEARS AS AN OB-GYN IN MY HOMETOWN -- MY HOMETOWN IS MARIETTA, GEORGIA, BUT IN COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA. WE WE FEEL LIKE WE HAVE A LOT TO BRING TO THE TABLE. IT'S SO DISAPPOINTING WE GET TO DO THESE THINGS AT NIGHT. MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME AND I WILL YIELD TO THEM WHEN THEY ARRIVE BECAUSE THIS IS OUR ONLY OPPORTUNITY. IT'S A SHAME WE ARE IN THE MINORITY. GOD FORBID THAT IT HAPPENS TO THE OTHER SIDE ONE OF THESE DAYS AND THEY'LL UNDERSTAND THE FEELING, BUT WHEN YOU GOT THAT KNOWLEDGE OF A PARTICULAR PROFESSION, YOU WOULD THINK, WOULDN'T YOU, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, THE LEADERSHIP, THE MINORITY SIDE, BOTH CHAMBERS, THEY WOULD OPEN THEIR ARMS AND SAY, FOR GOODNESS SAKE, COME BEHIND THIS GREEN DOOR WHERE WE ARE TRYING TO WORK OUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS HEALTH REFORM BILL AND TELL US A LITTLE BIT OF HOW IT WAS WHEN YOU WERE SEEING PATIENTS AND PRACTICING AND WHAT WERE THE THINGS THAT WOULD UPSET PEOPLE ABOUT INSURANCE, HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES AND DENIAL OF COVERAGE OR NOT BEING ABLE TO GET INSURANCE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS? AND, DOCTOR, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS CAUSING THE 10%, 12% RATE OF INFLATION IN THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR, WHY IS THAT? COULD IT BE THIS -- I HEARD SOME PEOPLE SAY MAYBE IT'S MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ISSUE AND DOCTORS ORDERING A LOT OF DEFENSIVE UNNECESSARY THINGS BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID IF THEY'RE DRAGGED INTO A COURT OF LAW SOMEONE WOULD SAY, WELL, YOU KNOW, WE GOT PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY, I GOT THIS EXPERT WITNESS HERE FROM CALIFORNIA AND THEY'LL SAY, WELL, LOOKING AT THE CHART I SEE WHERE, DOCTOR, YOU DIDN'T ORDER A PHISAPHOSPHATE LEVEL ON THIS PATIENT AND SAY, OH, YOU'RE GUILTY OF MALPRACTICE. SO DOCTORS ORDER EVERYTHING. PATIENTS COMING TO THE HOSPITAL IS OK ONE DAY AND BECOMES ANIMESA THE NEXT BECAUSE OF ALL THE TESTING THEY DO. I BRING THIS UP, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE WE SHOULD BE PARTICIPATING. AND WE SHOULD BE DOING IT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, AND IF WE WOULD, IF WE HAD DONE IT AND IT'S STILL NOT TOO LATE, MY COLLEAGUES. IT'S STILL NOT TOO LATE. IT'S NOT SOUP YET. WE HAVE YET TO VOTE ON THESE BILLS THAT HAVE COME THROUGH COMMITTEE ON THE HOUSE SIDE, HAVE COME THROUGH THE COMMITTEES ON THE SENATE SIDE. THEY HAVEN'T REACHED THE FLOOR OF EITHER CHAMBER. SO THERE IS PLENTY OF TIME TO AMEND, TO START OVER, AND WE DON'T NEED TO RUSH IT ANY MORE THAN WE NEED TO RUSH THE DECISION TO SEND THE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN. THE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER, MADE IT VERY CLEAR AS DID HIS ADVISORS AND THIS ADMINISTRATION, WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T, YOU SHOULDN'T KNEE JERK NOW. I KNOW WHAT THE GENERAL SAID. I KNOW WE KNOW WHAT HE SAID HIS NEEDS ARE. WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT IT. IT'S BETTER TO GET IT RIGHT THAN DO IT QUICKLY. WELL, I WISH THEY'D TAKE THE SAME ATTITUDE TOWARD REFORMING 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY. AND I THINK WE COULD DO THAT. THERE IS NO RUSH. I TELL YOU WHERE THERE'S A RUSH, THOUGH, MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S A RUSH IN PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. AND STEMMING THIS TIDE OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND ALL THESE JOBS JUST DISAPPEARING. AND NOW 15 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY OUT OF WORK, THAT SHOULD BE THE PRESIDENT'S PRIORITY. BUT ANYWAY WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THESE ISSUES TONIGHT AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THOUGHTS THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE. AND AS I SEE THEM BEGIN TO JOIN ME, I'M GOING TO TRY TO GO IN ORDER OF THOSE THAT WALKED ON THE FLOOR. AND THE FIRST PERSON THAT I'M GOING TO CALL ON IS OUR FORMER MAJORITY WHIP, MINORITY WHIP, SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A PART OF LEADERSHIP WITH DISTINCTION ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND I'M SPEAKING OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, ROY BLUNT. I YIELD TO MR. BLUNT.

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  • 05:50:57 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING AND I APPRECIATE THE…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING AND I APPRECIATE THE DOCTORS LETTING ME JOIN THEM HERE FOR A FEW MINUTES. MOST OF OUR DOCTORS IN THE HOUSE, REPUBLICAN DOCTORS IN THE HOUSE HAVE BEEN ON THE HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS GROUP THAT WE WORKED HARD ON ALL YEAR TO HAVE ALTERNATIVES, ALTERNATIVES TO GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE, ALTERNATIVES TO CREATING -- THAT CREATE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE, HEALTH COVERAGE FOR PEOPLE, EVEN PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. WHEN I JOINED THE DOCTORS ON THE FLOOR ONE DAY LAST WEEK, THERE WERE 15 BILLS STACKED UP IN NOTEBOOKS BEHIND ON THE DIESS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT TALKED ABOUT THE 15 THINGS THAT REPUBLICANS WOULD LIKE TO DO. AND WE DON'T THINK THEY -- THERE NEEDS TO BE A 1,500-PAGE BILL. ALLOWING PEOPLE TO STAY ON THEIR PARENT'S PLAN UNTIL THEY WERE OLDER THAN THEY HAVE TO LEAVE THE PLAN TODAY. MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM. MORE COMPETITION IN THE SYSTEM. ASSOCIATED HEALTH PLANS. ALL OF THOSE THINGS COULD HAPPEN INDIVIDUALLY, BE GREAT IF ALL 11 BILLS THAT I PERSONALLY CO-SPONSORED WOULD PASS AND NONE OF THEM CONFLICT WITH THE OTHERS. AND WE THINK THAT'S THE WAY TO MOVE FORWARD. BUT OUR DOCTORS ARE CONSISTENTLY OUR BEST LEADERS ON THIS ISSUE BECAUSE THEY KNOW OF ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT COME UP IN HEALTH CARE, ALL THE CHALLENGES THAT COME UP IN HEALTH CARE, THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE SOMEONE COME BETWEEN THE DOCTOR AND THE PATIENT. I KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED BY SAYING IN THE CANADIAN SYSTEM IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A PROCEDURE DONE YOU HAVE TO GET PERMISSION FROM THE GOVERNMENT. NOW, OFTEN THAT'S BEEN INTERPRETED TO MEAN THAT WE'RE SAYING YOU COULDN'T POSSIBLY HAVE THAT PROCEDURE DONE. WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS NOT THAT. WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THAT SOMEBODY BESIDES YOUR DOCTOR DECIDES WHETHER YOU GET THAT PROCEDURE DONE OR NOT. AND A WELL-READ "WALL STREET JOURNAL" ARTICLE BACK IN THE SPRING TALKED ABOUT THE 57-YEAR-OLD CANADIAN THAT EVEN WANTED TO PAY FOR HIS OWN HIP REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE AND WASN'T ALLOWED TO DO IT. DOESN'T MEAN YOU COULDN'T GET A HIP REPLACEMENT. JUST MEANS HE COULDN'T GET ONE. JUST MEANS SOME BUREAUCRAT SAID HE COULDN'T GET ONE. WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING IN THE NEXT DAYS BECAUSE OF THE APPARENT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS NEGOTIATION, WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING, AGAIN, ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE PLAN. THE GOVERNMENT OPTION, WOULD-BE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE COMPETITOR. AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT COMPETE FAIRLY. IT WOULD DRIVE THE OTHER COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS. AND NOW THE NEW WRINKLES, WELL, THE STATES COULD OPT OUT. NOW, I WAS NEVER IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE BUT I WORKED IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING THAT HAD A LOT OF LEGISLATORS IN IT. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WERE IN THE LEGISLATURE AND THEY KNOW AND I KNOW AND THE MAJORITY KNOWS THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT-RUN OPTION IS CHEAPER, AND THAT'S -- IT WILL BE BECAUSE THEY, LIKE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, DON'T HAVE TO PAY THE WHOLE BILL, IF IT'S CHEAPER, THERE'S NO LEGISLATURE THAT'S GOING TO OPT OUT AND SAY PEOPLE IN THIS STATE ARE GOING TO BECOME THE EXAMPLE OF STANDING AGAINST GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE IN THIS STATE THAT CHEAPER COMPETITOR UNTIL THE OTHER COMPETITORS GO AWAY. THAT'S JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. IT'S -- THIS IDEA THAT SOMEHOW THAT IS ANY KIND OF A COMPROMISE DOESN'T STAND ANY SCRUTINY. AND THEN THE OTHER BIG ISSUE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE THIS ISSUE OF WHY SENIORS AND PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN TOLD THEIR ENTIRE WORKING CAREER SINCE 1965 AND ANYBODY WHO STARTED WORK AFTER 1965 HAS HAD MEDICARE, MEDICARE DEDUCTION FROM THEIR PAYCHECK EVERY SINGLE PAYCHECK NOW TO BE TOLD WE ARE GOING TO CUT MEDICARE BENEFITS BY HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS TO PAY FOR THIS NEW GOVERNMENT PLAN. IF SENIORS FIGURE THIS OUT IN THE NEXT 10 DAYS, THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN. IF SENIORS UNDERSTAND HOW THIS PLAN WOULD THEER RECEIPTCALLY BE PAID, THIS -- THEORETICALLY BE PAID, THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN. WHETHER IT'S THE ELIMINATION OF MEDICARE ADVANTAGE FOR A WHOLE LOT OF SENIORS, ONE OUT OF FOUR, OR WHETHER IT'S FINDING $300 BILLION IN CUTS IN MEDICARE TO PAY A MAJORITY OF THE COST, THAT $500 BILLION MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND CUTS IN MEDICARE TO PAY ADVANTAGE -- MAJORITY OF THE COST, NOW, EVERYBODY WHO WILL WALK ON THIS FLOOR FOR FINDING ANY LEGITIMATE SAVINGS IN MEDICARE BUT, MY FRIENDS, IF WE WERE GOING TO FIND SAVINGS IN MEDICARE WE SHOULD USE THEM TO SAVE MEDICARE. EVERYBODY ALSO THAT WALKS ONTO THIS FLOOR KNOWS THAT MEDICARE IS SUPPOSEDLY IN SIGNIFICANT TROUBLE BEGINNING AS EARLY AS 2017. SO WHILE YOU TAKE SAVINGS FROM A PROGRAM ALREADY IN BIG TROUBLE AND SAY, WE'LL USE THESE SAVINGS TO PAY FOR SOME NEW PROGRAM, WON'T MAKE SENSE TO SENIORS OR ANYBODY WHO REALLY FRANKLY DOESN'T LIKE THE IDEA THAT THEY PAID INTO THIS PROGRAM OUT OF EVERY SINGLE PAYCHECK THEY'VE EVER HAD AND THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOT GOING TO ALLOW THAT PROGRAM TO BE SOLVENT IN ORDER TO START DOWN ANOTHER ROAD OF MORE HEALTH CARE. AGAIN --

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  • 05:56:43 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD FOR JUST A SECOND?

  • 05:56:47 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    YES.

  • 05:56:48 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS. AND I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN WOULD…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS. AND I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN WOULD AGREE WITH ME IT'S REALLY DISINGENIOUS TO TAKE $500 BILLION OUT OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND THEN AT THE SAME TIME TELL SENIORS THAT, OH, BY THE WAY, NEXT YEAR YOU'RE GOING TO GET TO PAY $110 A MONTH FOR YOUR MEDICARE PART B I THINK IS $98 A MONTH, $98.50 AND RAISE IT TO $110 AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE GOING TO CUT $500 BILLION OUT OF THE PROGRAM. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 05:57:23 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. ONE OUT OF FOUR SENIORS ON MEDICARE ADVANTAGE,…

    YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. ONE OUT OF FOUR SENIORS ON MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, THAT WOULD GO AWAY UNDER ANY PROPOSAL OUT THERE RIGHT NOW. AND THE ADMINISTRATION APPARENTLY TOLD THE PROVIDERS OF THOSE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS THAT THEY COULDN'T TELL PEOPLE THAT THERE WAS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE PLAN. NOW, AFTER A LOT OF APPROPRIATE OUTRAGE ABOUT THAT ADMINISTRATION DECISION, THAT GAG ORDER TO THESE PLANS, APPARENTLY NOW THEY'RE GOING TO SAY, OK, YOU CAN TELL THEM THE TRUTH. WHAT A STEP FORWARD THAT IS. YOU CAN TELL PEOPLE ON MEDICARE THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS, AND IF PEOPLE ON MEDICARE FIND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THAT AND THEY FIGURE OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THE OTHER WAY TO PAY FOR THIS NEW GOVERNMENT PROGRAM AND THEY START CALLING MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, THIS WILL NOT GO FORWARD AND WE'LL BE BACK TO WHERE MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA SAID WE SHOULD BE WHERE WE START OVER, WE WORK TOGETHER, WE DO THE THINGS THAT WILL FIX WHAT'S BROKEN IN THE SYSTEM BUT WE ALSO ENSURE WE KEEP WHAT'S WORKING. AND MORE IS WORKING IN HEALTH CARE THAN IS BROKEN, AND IF WE'RE NOT CAREFUL ABOUT THIS, WE'LL ELIMINATE WHAT'S REALLY WORKING AND WE'LL ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE THE THINGS THAT ARE BROKEN. AND NONE OF US HERE ON THE FLOOR AT THIS MINUTE WANT TO DO THAT. AND HOPEFULLY NONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES WILL EITHER AND WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER IN NEW WAYS AND, AGAIN, I THANK THE DOCTORS FOR THE INCREDIBLE CREDIBILITY AND KNOWLEDGE BASE THAT THEY BRING TO THIS DISCUSSION. AND I KNOW THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS DEBATE BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE YEAR. IF IT DOESN'T -- IF POSSIBLE, IF IT TAKES UNTIL NEXT YEAR, THIS IS 1/6 OF THE ECONOMY. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO EVERY FAMILY, PEOPLE AND YOUR FAMILY BEING WELL AND WE OUGHT TO TAKE THE TIME IT NEEDS TO DO THIS RIGHT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:59:22 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI. AND I WANT TO THANK THE…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI. AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK IN LEADING LEADER BOEHNER'S TASK FORCE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. AND MY DOCTOR COLLEAGUES WITH ME TONIGHT WHO WERE PART OF THAT SMALL GROUP OF ABOUT 15, AND WE WORKED ON COMING UP WITH MEANINGFUL REFORM, ISSUES IN AN INCREMENTAL WAY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. AND I THINK WE HAD A GOOD PLAN THAT WE SUBMITTED TO THE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE'RE STILL WAITING TO HEAR BACK FROM HIM ON THAT, UNFORTUNATELY. BEFORE I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA, I THANK MY TWO GOOD FRIENDS FROM LOUISIANA, I'M GOING TO START WITH DR. CASSIDY, THE GASTROENTEROLOGIST FROM BATON ROUGE. BEFORE I YIELD TO HIM, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY ONE THING. I HAVE THIS ONE POSTER. DR. MURPHY MAY HAVE SOME OTHER POSTERS WHEN HE ARRIVES, BUT WE HAVE A SECOND OPINION. THE G.O.P. DOCTORS CAUCUS, THE REPUBLICAN MINORITY, 178 OF US, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A SECOND OPINION, AND THAT SECOND OPINION IS NO GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. AND WE LISTENED TO OUR CONSTITUENTS DURING THE AUGUST RECESS, AND THAT'S WHAT THEY TOLD US LOUD AND CLEAR. YOU -- SOMEBODY MAY DIG UP SOME ABC-"WASHINGTON POST" POLL THAT PEOPLE SAY THEY WANT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE, I SUGGEST, MR. SPEAKER, THAT ALL OF THE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE GO BACK AND CHECK WITH YOUR CONSTITUENTS LIKE I DID LAST NIGHT DURING A TELETOWN HALL MEETING WHEN ALL THE SENIORS WERE ON THE PHONE AND SAID, GOODNESS GRACIOUS, CONGRESSMAN, WE DON'T NEED THAT. I WILL MAKE THIS POINT AND THEN YIELD TO DR. CAZZDY. THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH -- CASSIDY. THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH IN ADDITIONING OF TEETH AND RINGING OF HANDS AND -- NASHING OF TEETH AND RINGING OF HAND AND PULLING OF HAIR, MR. SPEAKER, THE LAST FEW MONTHS SAYING, HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS THING? IT'S GOING TO COST A MINIMUM OF $1 TRILLION AND THEN PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID, WELL, NO, WE'RE GOING TO LIMIT THE EXPENDITURE TO $900 BILLION, BUT WE'RE GOING TO PAY FOR IT ALL, I WON'T SIGN A BILL THAT ADDS ONE DIME TO THE DEFICIT. SO YOU FIGURE OUT, WELL, WE'RE GOING TO TAX HERE, WE'RE GOING TO TAX THERE. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE $500 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI JUST TALKED ABOUT, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, WE'RE GOING TO GUT THAT PROGRAM AND, HEY, WE'VE COME UP WITH $900 BILLION AND WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. WHAT IN THE WORLD, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED? I WANT TO USE THIS ANALOGY. IT WOULD BE LIKE A FAMILY 25 OR 30 YEARS AGO SCRIMPING AND SAVING AND CUTTING DOWN ON FOOD AND CLOTHING AND FAMILY VACATION AND COLLEGE EDUCATION FOR THE CHILDREN TO SAVE UP ENOUGH MONEY AND YOU FINALLY SAVE UP ENOUGH MONEY AND YOU BUY AN EDSEL. MY COLLEAGUES, I HOPE YOU ALL REMEMBER THE EDSEL. I'M NOT KNOCKING FORD MOTOR COMPANY BUT I THINK MOST OF YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER IT. YOU SAVED UP ENOUGH MONEY, YEAH, YOU'VE SACRIFICED AND BOUGHT AN EDSEL AND THAT'S WHAT IT SEEMS TO ME, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT THE SPEAKER, SPEAKER PELOSI, AND THE LEADER, LEADER REID, AND THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADVISORS, MANY OF THEM PULLED OVER FROM THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT US TO DO, THEY WANT TO US BUY AN EDSEL. I DON'T CARE WHETHER IT'S PAID FOR OR NOT. IT'S A BAD DEAL WITH THAT I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA, DR. CASSIDY.

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  • 06:03:12 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    THANK YOU, DR. GINGREY. I THINK CONGRESSMAN BLUNT MAKES A GREAT POINT AND…

    THANK YOU, DR. GINGREY. I THINK CONGRESSMAN BLUNT MAKES A GREAT POINT AND ONE OF THEM IS THAT WE WANT REFORM BUT WE WANT REFORM THAT WORKS. NOW, ACTUALLY, I WANT TO COMPLIMENT PRESIDENT OBAMA BECAUSE OF THE THREE THINGS WE WANT IN REFORM ARE TO CONTROL COST SO THAT WE CAN INCREASE ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE, I THINK HE'S NAILED IT. MY CONCERN IS THAT THE APPROACH TO ACHIEVING THESE WILL NOT WORK. AND I'M ALSO CONCERNED THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PROPOSALS BEFORE US ATTEMPT TO ACHIEVE THAT THROUGH GIMMICKRY. THEY'RE USING GIMMICKS TO TRY AND CONVINCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEY'RE ACHIEVING THE APPROPRIATE GOAL THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS LAID OUT THAT DOES NOT ADD TO OUR DEFICIT. I WAS STRUCK TODAY THAT THE -- ON THE SENATE SIDE THEY'RE SAYING THAT STATES CAN OPT OUT OF THE PUBLIC OPTION. I'M WONDER, YOU CAN OPT OUT OF THE TAXES THAT WILL -- I'M WONDERING, YOU CAN OPT OUT OF THE TAXES, CAN YOU OPT OUT OF THE DEBT, CAN YOU OPT OUT OF LOSING THE JOBS THAT THE IN CREASED TAXES AND THE INCREASED NATIONAL DEBT WILL INEVITABLY LEAD TO? NO. ALL YOU CAN OPT OUT OF IS THE BENEFIT THAT'S OFFERED, YOU CANNOT OPT OUT OF THE HIGH COST THAT GOES INTO PROVIDING THIS MARGINAL BENEFIT. I'M ALSO STRUCK THAT THERE IS THIS TAX THAT THEY'RE CREATING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ON SOME SIMILAR CRITICISMS IT'S TRULY BIPARTISAN. THE BILL BEFORE THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE THAT MR. REID SAYS THAT WE CAN OPT OUT OF IS FUNDED BY ABOUT $350 BILLION IN TAXES AND IF I MAY QUOTE SPEAKER PELOSI, SHE SAYS THAT THE SAVINGS, THESE TAXES, IF WILL YOU, COME OFF THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. AND SO I THINK WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN CRITICISM OF THE BILL THAT'S BEFORE THE SENATE RIGHT NOW. I THINK WE WOULD AGREE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WITH SPEAKER PELOSI, THAT THE SAVINGS, THE QUOTE-UNQUOTE SAVINGS IN THOSE BILLS, THAT $350 BILLION, COMES OFF THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, INDEED ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION, FAMILIES EARNING LESS THAN $200,000 PAY 87% OF THESE TAXES. THAT'S REMARKABLE. DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IT WAS STATED THAT IF YOU EARN LESS THAN $250,000, YOUR TAXES WILL NOT GO UP. AND YET NOW THROUGH THESE VARIOUS ACCOUNTING GIMMICKS, WE'RE SEEING THAT INDEED 87% OF THESE NEW TAXES WILL COME OFF OF THOSE WHO EARNED LESS THAN $200,000. THERE'S OTHER GIMMICKS IN THIS AS WELL. IT IS PUSHING THE COST OF AN EXPANSION OF MEDICAID AND FOR THOSE WATCHING WHO DON'T WORRY ABOUT -- I USED IT TO WORK IN A HOSPITAL FOR THE UNINSURED. FOR 20 YEARS I'VE SPENT MY LIFE TRYING TO BRING HEALTH CARE TO THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE INSURANCE. MEDICAID IS THE SAFETY NET INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT IS PARTLY FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND PARTLY BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT. NOW, IN THIS PLAN BEFORE BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, BOTH PLANS, THEY'RE GOING TO EXPAND MEDICAID. IN THE SENATE PLAN, THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE THE STATE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THE EXPANSION. THAT'S REALLY GREAT. IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE SAVING MONEY ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL BUT ALL WE'RE DOING IS SHOSKING THAT COST UPON A TAX -- SHOVING THAT COST UPON A TAXPAYER, IT'S JUST THROUGH THE STATE INCOME TAX OR PROPERTY TAX OR SALES TAX, NOT THROUGH THE FEDERAL TAX. THAT'S A GIMMICK. IF YOU WANT TO SAVE THE TAXPAYER -- SAY THE TAXPAYER IS PAYING FOR IT, ABSOLUTELY, SHE'S PAYING FOR IT. SO THIS IS GOING TO LEAD TO INCREASED TAXES, BUT IT WILL BE THROUGH THE STATE TAX CODE, NOT THE FEDERAL. THERE'S A SLEIGHT OF HAND THAT IS BEING PASSED OFF AS FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. NOW ON THE OTHER HAND, IF WE'RE GOING TO OPPOSE -- WE AGREE ON THE GOALS. WE WANT TO HAVE QUALITY HEALTH CARE ACCEPTABLE TO ALL AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. BUT WE CAN SEE THAT THIS KIND OF BARGAIN BEING OFFERED BY THE DEMOCRATIC PROPOSALS IS REALLY NOT CONTROLLING COST AT ALL. IT IS REALLY SHIFTING THEM ONTO TAXPAYERS OR IT IS USING TAXES UPON THE MIDDLE CLASS TO FUND. I'D LIKE TO SAY THEY'RE USING NEW TAX DOLLARS IN THE OLD WINE SKIN OF AN OLD HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM. AND JUST AS WE KNOW HE THAT NEW WINE AND OLD WINE SKINS WILL NOT WORK, SO WE KNOW THAT THESE NEW TAXES, THESE SAVENGINGS OFF THE BACK OF THE MIDDLE CLASS -- SAVINGS OFF THE BACK OF THE MIDDLE CLASS AS SPEAKER PELOSI SAYS WILL NOT WORK IN THE OLD WINE SKIN OF AN OLD DELIVERY SYSTEM. REPUBLICANS ON THE OTHER HAND, I THINK WE TRULY WANT A TRANSFORMATION OF HOW HEALTH CARE IS DELIVERED. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL I'VE SIGNED ONTO, I THINK SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE, H.R. 3400, IS WONDERFUL IN THE SENSE THAT IT EXPANDS, IT EMPOWERS PATIENTS TO MAKE COST-CONSCIOUS DECISIONS. IF I MAY YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM SHREVEPORT, HE'S GOT THIS GREAT ANECDOTE OF HOW HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS IN HIS BUSINESS WORKED NOT ONLY TO HOLD DOWN COSTS BUT HOW BY EMPOWERING HIS EMPLOYEES, ALSO IMPROVED THEIR HEALTH. I MAY YIELD.

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  • 06:08:34 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    IF YOU WILL YIELD BACK TO ME AND I'LL YIELD TO OUR GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    IF YOU WILL YIELD BACK TO ME AND I'LL YIELD TO OUR GOOD FRIEND FROM SHREVEPORT AND THAT, OF COURSE, IS OUR FAMILY PRACTICE DOCTOR WHO SPENT MANY YEARS AND HE'LL TELL US ABOUT THAT, SEEING LOTS OF PATIENTS IN SOUTH LOUISIANA, DR. JOHN FLEMING. I DO YIELD TO DR. FLEMING AT THIS TIME.

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  • 06:08:54 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN TODAY AND THANK YOU, DR. GINGREY, FOR HAVING THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN TODAY AND THANK YOU, DR. GINGREY, FOR HAVING THIS HOUR. YOU'VE SHOWED TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS AND EVEN BEFORE THAT, OF COURSE, BUT PARTICULARLY IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS IN BEING WILLING TO CONTROL TIME FOR US TO HAVE THESE DISCUSSIONS AND OF COURSE DR. CAZZDY, MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA -- DR. CASSIDY, MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA, WHO HAS BEEN DEEPLY INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE, A GREAT TEAM, THE G.O.P. DOCTORS CAUCUS. I WILL GET TO THAT ANECDOTE IN JUST A MOMENT. I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT ONE, BUT LET ME STAY WITH THE SUBJECT JUST FOR A MOMENT ABOUT THE GIMMICKRY. BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S ESSENTIAL TO OUR DISCUSSION AND I'LL DEVELOP IT IN A -- DEVELOP IT VERY CAREFULLY BUT QUICKLY AND ALSO POINT OUT THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE MACROECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE THAT EVERYONE MUST UNDERSTAND. AND THAT IS THIS, CURRENTLY MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, WHICH ARE THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS, DO NOT PAY FOR THE SERVICE THAT THEY ARE PROVIDING. LET ME REPEAT THAT. THESE PROGRAMS, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, DO NOT PAY, AT LEAST COMPLETELY, ALL OF THE SERVICES THAT ARE PROVIDED. THEY ACTUALLY -- BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT REQUIRES AND FORCES DOCTORS, IF YOU WILL, HOSPITALS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, TO PROVIDE CARE FOR LESS THAN 100% REIMBURSEMENT, PHYSICIANS, NURSES, HOSPITALS, HOME HEALTH AGENCIES AND SO FORTH ACTUALLY HAVE TO SETTLE FOR LESS. SO HOW IS IT THAT WE CAN STAY IN BUSINESS, WE IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, AND GET BY ON LESS? THE ANSWER IS THAT THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET, A MUCH BIGGER MARKET, SUBSIDIZES TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT $1,700 TO $2,100 PER YEAR PER FAMILY. IF IT WEREN'T FOR THAT SUBSIDY, IT WOULD COLLAPSE. YET AND STILL MEDICARE IS SCHEDULED TO RUN OUT OF MONEY BY 2017. NOW HOW LONG IS 2017? THIS IS 2009. THAT'S ABOUT EIGHT YEARS THAT WE'RE GOING TO RUN COMPLETELY OUT OF MONEY, NOBODY IN WASHINGTON IS ADVANCING ANY SOLUTIONS TO THAT. ALL RIGHT. WHERE DOES THE GIMMICKRY BEGIN? REMEMBER THE TIME PERIOD OF 1997 TO 2003, CONGRESS DECIDED IN ITS INFINITE WISDOM THAT MEDICARE WILL BE SUBJECT TO A LIMITATION ON THE BUDGETARY INCREASES FROM YEAR TO YEAR. WE CALL THAT SUSTAINED GROWTH RATE, S.G.R., FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS RECOGNIZED EVEN IN THE FIRST YEAR THAT SUCH CUTS WOULD BLOCK ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE BY PATIENTS, IT'S NEVER BEEN ENFORCED. SO IT'S BEEN A BOOK KEEPING GIMMICKRY THAT NOW IS CREATED -- THAT NOW HAS CREATED A DIFFERENCE OF ABOUT $250 BILLION AND GROWING AND EVEN THE OTHER DAY THE SENATE ATTEMPTED TO RESOLVE THIS --

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  • 06:12:04 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR JUST ONE SECOND? MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANTED A…

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR JUST ONE SECOND? MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANTED A CLARIFICATION. THAT LIMITATION, BASED ON THAT FORMULA, DR. FLEMING, APPLIES TO THE DOCTORS, DOESN'T IT? ALL THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. THIS IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THE HOSPITALS. THEY'RE REIMBURSED ON A DIFFERENT SYSTEM.

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  • 06:12:25 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    CORRECT. IT'S JUST PHYSICIANS ONLY. IT SIMPLY SAYS, ALTHOUGH IT'S ACTUALLY…

    CORRECT. IT'S JUST PHYSICIANS ONLY. IT SIMPLY SAYS, ALTHOUGH IT'S ACTUALLY PART B WHICH IS MAINLY PHYSICIANS, IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT IF YOU GUYS CAN'T KEEP YOUR BILLING AND YOUR COSTS AND EVERYTHING DOWN IN TOTALITY, WE'LL JUST ACROSS -- CUT ACROSS THE BOARD. WELL, THAT'S AN YOU IMPRACTICAL SOLUTION, IT COULDN'T WORK. NOW WE HAVE A $250 BILLION GAP THAT'S NOT BEING PAID FOR. THE SENATE THE OTHER DAY TRIED TO ADDRESS THAT AND FAILED TO BE ABLE TO BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT WOULD BE UNDER THE BUDGET. OK, LET'S ADVANCE, FAST FORWARD TO THIS BILL HERE TODAY. RIGHT NOW THIS PLAN FOR APPROXIMATELY $500 BILLION THAT WILL BE CUT FROM MEDICARE, $160 OF THAT BILLION WOULD BE A DIRECT CUT OUT OF MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, THE MORE GENEROUS PRIVATE SYSTEM THAT IS FUNDED BY MEDICARE DOLLARS. IF THAT HAPPENS THEN THOSE WHO ARE ON MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, SUCH AS HUMANA GOLD, WILL HAVE TO GO BACK INTO THE REGULAR MEDICARE SYSTEM AND THEY WILL HAVE TO PURCHASE GAP INSURANCE THAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO PURCHASE BEFORE. AGAIN, SENIORS TAKING ON THE ADDED BURDEN. ON TOP OF THAT IS ANOTHER $350 BILLION TO $3 -- $300 BILLION TO $350 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE ON THE BASIS OF SOME FUTURE SAVINGS, SOME FUTURE EFFICIENCIES THAT NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE OUT. SO WHERE ARE WE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER? BASICALLY $250 BILLION OF DOCTOR CUTS WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN CUT AND WILL NEVER BE CUT AND GROWING, THAT IS GOING TO END UP IN THE BUDGET AT SOME POINT. ANOTHER PART OF THE DEFICIT. ANOTHER $350 BILLION WHICH EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM HAS KNOWN WILL NEVER BE PAID FOR BUT YET SOMEHOW IT'S BEING BOOKED BY THE C.P.O. AS SOME SAVINGS. IT'S JUST CONTINUOUS GIMMICKRY. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THIS BILL WILL EVER BE PAID FOR IS GIMMICKS WHICH REALLY MEANS IT'S GOING TO END UP BEING TAXPAYERS AND PREMIUM HOLDERS. AND THEN TO GO BACK AND KIND OF SUMMARIZE MY POINT HERE, AS DR. CASSIDY POINTS OUT, THE ONLY WAY THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EFFICIENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN TERMS OF COST IS THE DECISION MAKING HAS TO BE IN THE EXAMINE ROOM BETWEEN THE DOCTOR AND THE PATIENT. ONE OF THE BEST METHODS TO DO THAT WAS A PLAN STARTED IN 2003 OR SO, HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. ALL THIS DOES IS ALLOW THE EMPLOYER AND THE GOVERNMENT COULD DO THIS TOO FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, TO PUT MONEY IN THE BANK, IT COULD BE USED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PATIENT TO BUY MEDICATIONS OR WHATEVER AND IT'S HIS MONEY OR HER MONEY TO USE EFFICIENTLY AND JUST AN EXAMPLE OF HOW IT WORKS, WE IMPLEMENTED THIS WITH MY OWN PRIVATE HEALTH PLAN WITH MY COMPANIES A FEW YEARS AGO AND INSTEAD OF OUR RATES GOING UP AN AVERAGE OF 15% PER YEAR, THEY'RE GOING UP AN AVERAGE OF 3% PER YEAR AND I WAS GIVING THIS DISCUSSION TO MY EMPLOYEES AND -- ONE DAY, AND ONE OF MY EMPLOYEES PIPED UP AND SAID, WELL, LOOK, IF WE GO TO THIS HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT IDEA, THAT'S GOING TO MEAN THAT I'M GOING TO HAVE TO PAY OUT OF MY HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT, $100 OR $150 A MONTH FOR INHALERS. I SAID, WELL, LET ME SUGGEST TO YOU THIS, WHY DON'T YOU STOP SMOKING, YOU'LL SAVE MONEY FROM TO THE TOBACCO, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO STOP YOUR INHALERS AND THEN YOU'LL JUST BE BANKING ALL THIS EXTRA MONEY WHICH WILL END UP REMOVING ANYDY DUCTBLE YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE IN THE -- ANY DEDUCTIBLE YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE. SHE CAME UP TO ME AND SAID, I STOPPED SMOKING, I GOT EXTRA MONEY EVERY WEEK. SO WITH THAT I YIELD BACK BUT I THINK I WANTED TO PULL TOGETHER SOME OF THESE POINTS, POINTS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE GIMMICKRY AND HOW WE'RE GOING THE WRONG DIRECTION BY EXPANDING GOVERNMENT CONTROL, IT'S GOING TO EXPAND COSTS. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD BE -- LOOK INWARDLY AND BRING IT DOWN TO THE DOCTOR-PATIENT LEVEL WHERE THE DECISIONS CAN REALLY BE MADE EFFICIENTLY.

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  • 06:16:24 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    I WOULD YIELD.

  • 06:18:54 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    YIELD.

  • 06:18:56 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    SOMETHING COMES UP, UNTIL IT AFFECTS US IMMEDIATELY IN DAY-TO-DAY LIFE.…

    SOMETHING COMES UP, UNTIL IT AFFECTS US IMMEDIATELY IN DAY-TO-DAY LIFE. THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF SYSTEMS LIKE SAFEWAY, THEY IMPLEMENT A FINANCIAL IMPACT, BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE, THAT ENCOURAGES HEALTHY BEHAVIOR BEFORE YOU GET TO A POINT WHERE YOU GO, YOU KNOW WHAT, I HAVE TO HAVE HEART STENTS OR BY PASS SURGERY, NOW I'M GOING TO MAKE CHANGES. WHY NOT MAKE THE CHANGES FIVE YEARS IN ADVANCE. LOOK AT THE MONEY YOU SAVE AND THE HEALTH AS A RESULT OF THAT.

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  • 06:19:43 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BACK. GIVING THE INCENTIVE WHEN IT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BACK. GIVING THE INCENTIVE WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS, NOT WHEN IT'S TOO LATE. WITH THAT, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM BATON ROUGE, MR. CASSIDY.

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  • 06:19:58 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    TO DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM SHREVEPORT, HE'S FROM NORTH LOUISIANA,…

    TO DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM SHREVEPORT, HE'S FROM NORTH LOUISIANA, NOT SOUTH, BUT THE POINT IS, THESE GIMMICKS ONLY PAY-FOR ON PAPER. SO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE MAKES AN ASSESSMENT, DOES IT CONTROL COSTS, THESE GIMMICKS ONLY CONTROL IT ON PAPER. ULTIMATELY, THIS WILL BE PAID FOR NOT BY GIMMICKS BUT BY TAXPAYERS OR BY DEBT. ULTIMATELY THAT DEBT WILL COME FROM TAXPAYERS, AGAIN. THAT'S WHY I THINK SPEAKER PELOSI SAYS OF THE -- THAT THE SAVINGS IN THE BILLS BEFORE THE SENATE SIDE, THE DEMOCRATIC BILLS BEFORE THE SENATE, WILL COME OFF THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE TAXES WILL CONTINUE TO BE PAID FOR BY THE MIDDLE CLASS. I HAVE LEARNED IN MY PRACTICE, BECAUSE I'VE WORKED IN A PUBLIC HOSPITAL, I'VE WORKED IN A GOVERNMENT-RUN HOSPITAL WHERE THE NURSES, DOCTORS, MED TECHS, DO THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST TO DO -- TO GIVE HEALTH CARE TO THOSE WHO WOULD NOT HAVE IT. A TRUE SAFETY NET HOSPITAL. BUT WHEN THERE IS NO MONEY, THE LINES LENGTHEN AND SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE. NOW IT TURNS OUT, EITHER WE'RE GOING TO RAISE TAXES, WE'RE GOING TO BORROW EMONEY OR THEIR LINES ARE GOING TO GROW. OUR REFORM GOALS OF CONTROLLING COSTS AND THEREBY INCREASING ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE WILL NOT BE ACHIEVED. ON THE OTHER HAND, LET ME AMPLIFY ON YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE ACCOUNT. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION HAS A STUDY. YOU CAN GO TO KFF.ORG, I BELIEVE THAT'S IT, THEY LOOK AT A FAMILY OF FOUR WITH A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND A WRAPAROUND CATASTROPHIC POLICY VERSUS A FAMILY OF FOUR WITH THE TRADITIONAL INSURANCE POLICY. THEY FOUND THE COST OF THE PATIENT EMPOWERING HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT WITH THE WRAPAROUND CATASTROPHIC POLICY WAS 30% CHEAPER THAN THE TRADITIONAL INSURANCE POLICY. AND THAT 27% OF FOLKS WHO HAD THE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT WITH THE CATASTROPHIC POLICY WERE PREVIOUSLY UNINSURED AND THAT THESE FOLKS WHO NOW HAVE INSURANCE ACCESS PREVENTABLE SERVICES AS FREQUENTLY AS A FAMILY WITH A TRADITIONAL POLICY. WE ACHIEVED THE GOALS. BY EMPOWERING PATIENTS WE, FOE THOKE -- THE FOLKS BUYING THOSE POLICIES, LOWER THEIR COSTS. BY LOWERING THEIR COSTS, FOLKS WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY UNINSURED NOW HAVE ACCESS TO INSURANCE, AND ONCE HAVING ACCESS TO INSURANCE, ARE ACCESSING THE PRIMARY AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES AS FREQUENTLY AS THOSE WHO ARE PAYING 30% MORE FOR THEIR INSURANCE. THE GOALS OF INSURANCE HAVE GOT TO BE THAT. NOW AGAIN, I'LL GO BACK TO THE ANALOGY I USED EARLIER, CONGRESSMAN GINGREY. WE CAN EITHER PUT THE NEW FINANCING, THE NEW TAX DOLLARS, IN THE OLD WINESKIN OF A TOP-DOWN GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED, BUREAUCRATIC HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM OR WE CAN USE NEW WINESKINS. I THINK THE NEW WINESKINS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WANT TO USE ARE PATIENT EMPOWERING. HOW DO WE EMPOWER PATIENTS TO MAKE THE DECISION THAT'S GOOD NOT ONLY FOR THEIR HEALTH BUT ALSO FOR THEIR POCKETBOOK. BY SO DOING, YOU LOWER COSTS. PEOPLE PREVIOUSLY UNINSURED CAN NOW AFFORD IT AND THEN ARE ABLE TO ACCESS PRIMARY AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES AS PRACTICING PHYSICIANS, AS A GUY WHO'S BEEN WORKING ON A SAFETY NET FOR SOME TIME, THAT'S A WINESKIN FOR US.

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  • 06:23:33 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    THE GENTLEMAN, OBVIOUSLY THE GENTLEMAN HAS BEEN READING THE GOOD BOOK AND…

    THE GENTLEMAN, OBVIOUSLY THE GENTLEMAN HAS BEEN READING THE GOOD BOOK AND SOMEWHERE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, I KNOW ABOUT THOSE WINESKINS AS WELL. I REALLY APPRECIATE HIS ANALOGY AND GREAT INSIGHTS ON HEALTH CARE REFORM. WE'VE BEEN JOINED BY ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE G.O.P. DOCTOR'S CAUCUS. I YIELD TO HIM MOMENTARILY. BUT MR. SPEAKER, I DID WANT TO, AS WE HEARD FROM OUR COLLEAGUES IN LOUISIANA, NORTH LOUISIANA, I'LL GET THAT STRAIGHT ONE OF THESE DAYS, SHREVEPORT IS NOT NEW ORLEANS. BUT THEY BROUGHT OUT SOME EXCELLENT POINTS. THERE WAS SOME COMMENTARY ABOUT HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THINK MOST OF OUR COLLEAGUES, SURELY UNDERSTAND THAT PROGRAM NOW AND MAYBE MANY OF THEM, I BET MANY OF THEM, I KNOW A LOT OF THE DOCTORS, THAT'S THE INSURANCE PLAN THAT THEY HAD WHEN THEY WERE IN PRACTICE AND DR. BURGESS MAY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT IN A MINUTE WHEN I YIELD TO HIM, BUT A HIGH DEDUCTIBLE, IN OTHER WORDS, YOU HAVE TO -- YOU DON'T GET FIRST DOLLAR COVERAGE ON YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE. YOU HAVE MORE OUT OF POCKET EXPENSE, BUT YOUR MONTHLY PREMIUM IS MUCH LOWER THAN YOUR STANDARD FIRST DOLLAR COVERAGE TYPE POLICY. I MEAN, IT MIGHT BE AS -- LESS EXPENSIVE BY A FACTOR OF FOUR. AND YOU CAN PUT MONEY, YOUR EMPLOYER CAN DO THAT, YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF, FAMILY MEMBERS CAN DO IT, AND GET A TAX BREAK FROM DOING THAT. BUT UP TO THE LIMIT OF YOUR DEDUCTIBLE, EVERY YEAR, YOU CAN FUND THESE PLANS AND FOR THE OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES WHETHER IT'S AN ANNUAL PHYSICAL OR A -- OR, LORD KNOWS, IF SOMEBODY HAS TO BREAK THEIR ANKLE PLAYING SOCCER OR SOMETHING, YOU PAY FOR THAT OUT OF THIS HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. AT THE END OF THE YEAR, YOU HAVEN'T SPENT ALL THAT MONEY AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET INTO THE CATASTROPHIC COVERAGE, THEN THAT ROLLS OVER TO THE NEXT YEAR AND IF YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOU EXERCISE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, WHICH DOES INCLUDE EXERCISE, MAYBE AT THE END OF 20 YEARS A YOUNG AMERICAN -- A YOUNG PERSON HAS AN ACCOUNT THAT'S ACCUMULATED, ENJOYED THE MIRACLE OF COMPOUNDING, AND THEY MAY HAVE $125,000 IN AN ACCOUNT BY THE TIME THEY ARE 65 AND THEY'RE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICARE. THESE ARE GREAT PROGRAMS AND I PERSONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM EXPANDED. IN FACT, I WOULD, MR. SPEAKER, SUGGEST THAT WE CAN MAKE SOME CHANGES IN THE LAW IN REGARD TO COBRA, WHERE IF A PERSON LOSES THEIR JOB, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO STAY ON THE COMPANY GROUP HEALTH PLAN, EXCEPT THEY HAVE TO PAY ALL OF THE PREMIUM PLUS 2% ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AND THEY CAN DO THAT FOR 18 MONTHS WHILE THEY'RE TRYING TO GET ANOTHER JOB AND TRYING TO GET OTHER COVERAGE. MOST PEOPLE WHEN THEY'RE OUT OF A JOB, THEY CAN'T AFFORD THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THOSE PREMIUMS. SO WHY NOT LET THEM, DURING THAT 18-MONTH PERIOD, SWITCH OTHER TO ONE OF THESE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS THAT HAS A HIGH DEDUCTIBLE AND A LOW MONTHLY PREMIUM? THIS IS AN INCREMENTAL THING THAT COULD BE DONE AND THAT MEMBERS OF OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE SUGGESTED. JUST AS WE HAVE A NUMBER OF OTHER INCREMENTAL THINGS LIKE EQUALIZING THE TAX TREATMENT, SETTING UP STATE-ADMINISTERED HIGH-RISK POOLS, ABSOLUTELY GIVING GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES TO THOSE WHO CAN'T AFOFFERED THEIR LOW-INCOME, BUT NOT LOW ENOUGH TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID OR SOME OTHER SAFETY NET PROGRAM. LET PEOPLE BUY INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES. I LIVE IN GEORGIA, WHY CAN'T I SHOP ON THE INTERNET FOR A POLICY THAT'S OFFERED IN FLORIDA, SOUTH CAROLINA, ALABAMA, MY NEIGHBORING STATES THAT FITS MY NEEDS BETTER AND IS MORE COST EFFECTIVE, LESS EXPENSIVE, SOMETHING I CAN AFFORD? WE HAVE DONE ALL THESE THINGS, MADE THESE SUGGESTIONS, AND YES ALSO ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF COMPREHENSIVE BILLS. SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT HAVE WRITTEN AND INTRODUCED COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT WOULD BE CHEAPER THAN WHAT THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO DO WITH H.R. 3200, WITH THE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, WITH WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, THE BILL THAT MR. REID, SENATOR REID, THE MAJORITY LEADER, IS ABOUT TO PUT ON THE SENATE FLOOR. BUT I WOULD SAY THAT PROBABLY MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD TELL YOU, IN ALL HONESTY, WE HAVE BETTER BILLS AND THEY'RE LESS EXPENSIVE. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT WE DON'T EVEN RECOMMEND WE PASS THOSE RIGHT NOW WHEN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS OVER 10%. AND THE ECONOMY IS IN THE TANK AND PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. 15 MILLION HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS. WE MIGHT WANT TO DO IT NEXT YEAR OR THE YEAR AFTER THAT. EVENTUALLY WE'LL DO IT, PROBABLY BETTER IN AN INCREMENTAL WAY. BUT IT IS NOT THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO REFORM, TOTALLY REFORM OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THROW OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATH WATER, SPEND $1.5 TRILLION, AND HAVE THE ECONOMY GET WORSE AND MORE AND MORE PEOPLE LOSE THEIR JOBS. THIS IS NOT THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD TO MY ON GIN COLLEAGUE AND CLASSMATE -- TO MY OB/GYN COLLEAGUE AND CLASSMATE, SOMEONE I'M PROUD TO SERVE WITH ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MICHAEL BURGESS, AN OB/GYN DOCTOR FROM THE DALLAS -FORTH AREA, A GREAT MEMBER, AND I YIELD TIME TO DR. BURGESS.

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  • 06:29:38 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    TO COME OVER AND TALK ABOUT H.S.A.'S, BUT HAVING INITIATED THE…

    TO COME OVER AND TALK ABOUT H.S.A.'S, BUT HAVING INITIATED THE CONVERSATION, I WANT TO MENTION THAT THE H.S.A. IS A WAY TO FACE -- SAVE SIGNIFICANTLY ON THE PREMIUM. I HAVE AN H.S.A., IT COSTS ME HALF OF WHAT P.P.O. INSURANCE COSTS LAST YEAR. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IN ADDITION TO AN INSURANCE CARD, I HAVE A DEBIT CARD THAT IS SOMETHING I CAN USE TO PAY FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES THAT OCCUR THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND AS DR. GINGREY POINTED OUT THAT MONEY DOES ROLL OVER AT THE END OF THE YEAR, IT DOES NOT GO AWAY IF IT'S NOT USED AT THE END OF THE YEAR. EARLIER TODAY WE HAD MANY PEOPLE COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND SPEAK ON THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE REFORM. AROUND ONE THEY HAVE CRITICISMS THAT WAS LEVELED AT REPUBLICANS THAT WE WERE DOING NOTHING BUT OBSTRUCTING THE PROCESS AND WE HAD NO IDEAS OF OUR OWN. I FELT ONLY GATED TO TOUCH ON THAT POINT FOR A MOMENT. LET'S BE HONEST, WE DO NOT HAVE THE NUMBERS OR THE ORGANIZATION, THERE IS NO WAY THAT THE REPUBLICANS OF THIS BODY CAN OBSTRUCT ANYTHING THE DEMOCRATS WISH TO DO. THEY HAVE A 40-SEAT MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF WAYS TO GETTING TO 218 AND IT IS UP TO THEM TO DO IT. TRUE, THEY DON'T HAVE MUCH REPUBLICAN SUPPORT BUT TELL ME, IF YOU HAVE AN EXCESS OF 40 VOTES AND YOU CAN'T PASS YOUR OWN BILL, IT TELLS THAT YOU SOMETHING MAY BE WRONG WITH THE BILL. NOT SOMETHING WRONG WITH REPUBLICANS, SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE BILL THE DEMOCRATS HAVE CRAFTED. MORE TO THE POINT, WHAT MAKES A BILL BIPARTISAN? IT'S BECAUSE YOU PICK OFF A COUPLE OF REPUBLICANS ON THE FINAL VOTE AND CAN RECORD A COUPLE OF REPUBLICAN YEAS IN THE FINAL TALLY AS THE VOTE IS PASSED? NO. WHAT MAKES A BILL BIPARTISAN IS INVITING THE MINORITY PARTY IN AT THE BEGINNING AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO HAVE THEIR IDEAS AS WELL AS THE IDEAS FOR THE MAJORITY. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT DIDN'T HAPPEN THROUGH THIS DISCUSSION. IN NOVEMBER I RESCHEDULED A TRANSITION TEAM, TOLD THEM I DIDN'T LEAVE A 25-YEAR MEDICAL PRACTICE TO SIT ON THE SIDELINES, NEVER HEARD BACK. I REACHED OUT TO THE CHAIRMAN OF MY COMMITTEE, THE COMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE, ANDRYITY RATED THAT I DIDN'T GIVE UP A CREE -- AND REITERATED THAT I DIDN'T GIVE UP A CAREER TO SIT ON THE SIDELINES. NO RESPONSE FROM THE COMMITTEE. THERE WAS AMPLE OPPORTUNITY EARLY IN THE YEAR TO BRING MEMBERS OF THE MINORITY PARTY IN AND GET THEIR IDEAS ON PAPER, ON RECORD, MAYBE THERE WAS ROOM FOR TRAINING, WHO KNOWS? THE PROBLEM IS, WE NEVER TRIED. AND THEN HERE, TOO, I'M SORRY, FIVE WEEKS AGO ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAME TO SPOKE TO US, THIS IS THE SAME PRESIDENT WHO SAID HE WOULD MEET WITH HUGO CHAVEZ AND AHMADINEJAD WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS -- HE WON'T MEET WITH CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS. THIS IS THE SAME INDIVIDUAL WHO AS A CANDIDATE IN 2004 SAID THERE'S NOT JUST BLUE STATES AND RED STATES, THERE'S THE UNITED STATES. THIS INDIVIDUAL WAS ELEVATED IN THE EYES OF THE NATION AS SOMEONE WHO COULD RISE BEYOND PARTISANSHIP. AND YET WE SEE A CITY TODAY THAT IS ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY IMMOBILE BECAUSE OF PARTISANSHIP. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THEY'VE GOT THE VOTES. THEY'VE GOT THE VOTES ON THEIR SIDE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND IN THE SENATE. THEY HAVE A 60-VOTE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE. THERE IS NOTHING THEY CAN'T PASS IF THEY WANT TO. PLEASE, DO NOT ATTRIBUTE THE LACK OF PASSAGE OF THIS BILL TO REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTION. AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO TAKE CREDIT FOR IT, BUT THE FACT IS WE DON'T HAVE THE NUMBERS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A GREAT DEAL OF CREDIT BECAUSE DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST THEY SPOKE UP AND GAVE MANY MEMBERS PAUSE AND CAUSED THEM TO REFLECT ON WHERE WE WERE GOING WITH THIS BILL. UNFORTUNATELY TODAY IT'S ALMOST AS IF AUGUST DID NOT HAPPEN BECAUSE WE'RE GOING FULL SPEED AHEAD WITH THE DIRECTION OF THE -- THEY INTENDED TO GO IN THE FIRST PLACE, NEVER MIND WHAT WE SAW AND HEARD IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST. I KNOW THE TIME IS TIGHT. I'LL YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:33:42 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING BACK AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING BACK AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS COMMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE BEEN JOINED AND I'M GOING TO YIELD THE REMAINING TIME THAT WE HAVE, I WISH WE HAD MORE, WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN IT GOES FAST, BUT MY CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE G.O.P. DOCTORS CAUCUS, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, DR. TIM MURPHY, MY CLASSMATE, PRESIDENT OF OUR CLASS, FROM PENNSYLVANIA, IS GOING TO TAKE THE REST OF THE TIME. DR. MURPHY SERVED WITH ME OR I SHOULD SAY I SERVED WITH HIM ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND I'M PROUD TO YIELD TIME AND THE CONCLUDING REMARKS TO DR. TIM MURPHY.

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  • 06:34:24 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    I APPRECIATE THAT. THE BIG QUESTION BECOMES ARE WE GOING TO REDUCE THE…

    I APPRECIATE THAT. THE BIG QUESTION BECOMES ARE WE GOING TO REDUCE THE COST OF HEALTH CARE OR INCREASE IT? THE PRESIDENT SAID OUR HEALTH CARE IS TOO COSTLY. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. THAT'S BEEN OUR PASSION TO REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND I STILL WANT TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT AND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO MAKE THAT WORK BUT THERE'S A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS HERE. IF YOU'RE ON MEDICARE, IF YOU'RE SICK OR YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, UNDER THE PLANS BEING PROPOSED, YOU MAY PAY MORE. LET'S REVIEW THAT REAL QUICKLY. FIRST OF ALL, WITH $500 BILLION CUT FROM MEDICARE, LESS THE HOSPITALS, LESS THE SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES, $5 BILLION CUT FROM INPATIENT REHAB FACILITIES, $56 BILLION FROM HOME HEALTH CARE, LESS PAYMENTS OF DOCTORS, DRUG PROGRAMS AND PART D AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WHICH HAS LOOT OF PREVENTATIVE SERVICES, THERE'S A LOT OF CUTS. WHEN YOU'RE TAKING AWAY PREVENTATIVE SERVICES AND MONEY FROM THE PROGRAMS WE KNOW SAVE MONEY SUCH AS DISEASE MANAGEMENT, AND THAT'S IMPORTANT, YOU'RE GOING TO END UP WITH HIGHER COSTS. SECOND THING, THE PROPOSAL THAT'S BEING KICKED AROUND THE SENATE NOW IS INCREASED TAXES ON ALL THESE MEDICAL DEVICES. HEART MONITORS, HEART VALVE ROTATERS, PACE MAKERS, ARTIFICIAL HEARTS. I HOPE YOU DON'T HAVE A HEART ATTACK BECAUSE IT WILL COST YOU MORE. HOSPITAL BEDS, ARTIFICIAL HIPS, A NUMBER OF THINGS, WHEEL CHAIRS, VENTILATORSERS, ALL WILL BE TAXED, INCLUDING THE -- VENTILATORS, ALL WILL BE TAXED, INCLUDING THE INSURANCE PLAN. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS, IT YOU GET TAXED IF YOU DO HAVE IT AND TAXED IF YOU DON'T. IF YOUR EMPLOYER OFFERS INSURANCE THEY MAY HAVE TAXES IF THEY DO OFFER IT AND TAXES IF THEY DON'T. IF STATES HAVE AN OPT-OUT PROVISION WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A PROVISION IN THEIR STATE WHERE THEY WILL HAVE THIS HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN RUN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THEY MAY STILL PAY THE TAXES AND THAT BECOMES TAXATION WITHOUT HOSPITALIZATION. LOOK, LEASE A LOT WE CAN DO TO FIX THIS SYSTEM. THERE'S A LOT WE CAN DO TO REFORM MEDICARE. THERE'S SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH THE MEDICARE SYSTEM AND NOT JUST THE FRAUD AND ABUSE, I BELIEVE CONGRESS WILL WORK ON THAT, BUT IT'S JUST HOW THINGS ARE RUN THERE AND WE NEED A MORE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT SYSTEM TO MAKE CHANGES IN HOW WE OPERATE WITH MEDICARE. WHY DOES IT TAKE MONTHS TO GET A POWER WHEELCHAIR FOR SOMEONE? WHY DO YOU NEED SUCH EXPENSIVE PROCEDURES TO GET A CRUTCH? WHY DO WE HAVE SO MANY THINGS THAT COST SO MUCH MONEY BECAUSE THEY'RE DONE INFECTIVELY, INEFFICIENTLY? LET'S CHANGE THAT. LET'S MAKE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WORK BETTER FOR PEOPLE. SHOULDN'T WE START OFF BY MAKING THE GOVERNMENT RUN IT BETTER? LET'S CUT THE WASTE, LET THEM IMPROVE THE QUALITY, LET PEOPLE BUY ACROSS STATE LINES AS SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID. 77% OF PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT SAID THEY WANTED THAT. LET PEOPLE JOIN GROUPS, LET'S MAKE INSURANCE PERMANENT BECAUSE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE BEGGING CONGRESS TO WORK TOGETHER WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CAN'T ALL BE WRONG AND LET'S NOT DISMISS AMERICANS BEING FRIVOLOUS WITH ALL THAT. AND WITH THAT, DR. GINGREY, I YIELD BACK TO YOU AND FOR THE REMAINDER OF OUR TIME HERE. LET'S CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER AS A CONGRESS AND NATION TO FIX THIS PROBLEM NOT JUST FINANCE THE PROBLEM.

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  • 06:37:24 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I FAILED TO MENTION, DR. MURPHY ALSO IS AN AUTHOR, HAS…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I FAILED TO MENTION, DR. MURPHY ALSO IS AN AUTHOR, HAS WRITTEN A NUMBER OF BOOKS ON CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND HE KNOWS OF WHAT HE SPEAKS. I THINK THE THEME TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, IS TO TRY TO PRESENT MEMBERS WHO ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE ON THE SUBJECT MATTER. YOU KNOW, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE LAW, IF WE WERE TALKING ABOUT NATIONAL DEFENSE, BECAUSE YOU KNOW, PEOPLE LIKE JOE SESTAK AND COLONEL JOHN KLINE ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, YOU LISTEN TO THOSE FOLKS AND I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES WILL LISTEN THAT -- UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO THIS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO HELP IMPART KNOWLEDGE. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER AND WE HOPE AND PRAY EVERY DAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE US ALL WISDOM AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS AND WE'LL REFORM THE HEALTH CARE IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T DESTROY WHAT REALLY IS THE BEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:38:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

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  • 06:38:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MINT COINS IN RECOGNITION AND…

    REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MINT COINS IN RECOGNITION AND CELEBRATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR IN 186 -- MEDAL OF HONOR. IN 1961 -- IN 1861, THE MEDAL WHICH CAN BE BESTOWED UPON AN INDIVIDUAL OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, TO HONOR THE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN RECIPIENTS OF THE MILITARY MEDAL OF HONOR AND PROMOTE WAY IR-- AWARENESS OF WHAT IT REPRESENTS AND HOW ORDINARY AMERICANS CAN CHALLENGE FATE AND CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY.

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  • 06:39:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR.…

    ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KAGEN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 06:39:27 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I FEEL VERY FLATTERED THAT YOU…

    WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I FEEL VERY FLATTERED THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED ME WITH SUFFICIENT TIME TO EXPLAIN SOME OF THE PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IN HELPING TO SOLVE OUR CRISIS IN HEALTH CARE ACROSS AMERICA. BY WAY OF BACKGROUND MY NAME IS STEVE KAGEN. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I RAN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE IN 2006 AND I WAS ELECTED AND RE-ELECTED IN 2008. I GREW UP IN APPLETON, WISCONSIN, WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, STUDIED BIOLOGY, WENT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL, I WENT BACK TO APPLETON WITH MY WIFE TO RAISE A FAMILY IN 1981, PRACTICING ALLERGY, ASTHMA AND IMMUNEOLOGY. AND OVER THE YEARS, WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING TO MY PATIENTS IS THEY'VE BEEN HAVING MORE AND MORE DIFFICULTY PAYING FOR THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY FRIENDS I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH IS THEY HAD MORE AND MORE DIFFICULTY RUNNING THEIR BUSINESSES AND HAVING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. THE HEALTH CARE COSTS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE SIMPLY GONE THROUGH THE ROOF. IT'S BECOMING MORE AND MORE IMPOSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO PAY FOR NOT ONLY THEIR MEDICALLY NECESSARY AND LIFE-SAVING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BUT ALSO THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THAT THEY SO DEALER NEED. IT'S NOT JUST DIFFICULT FOR FAMILIES, IT'S DIFFICULT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, IT'S DIFFICULT FOR LARGE BUSINESSES. RECENTLY I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM A LARGE EMPLOYER IN GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN, HOME OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONS A LONG TIME AGO, GREEN BAY PACKERS. AND THIS VERY LARGE EMPLOYER, C.E.O., SAID, KAGEN, KEEP THE PUBLIC OPTION ON THE TABLE. I JUST GOT MY QUOTE FROM BLUE CROSS AND THEY'RE JACKING IT UP BY 29% IN 2010. PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF WE DON'T ADDRESS THIS CRISIS AND BEGIN TO SOLVE IT IMMEDIATELY IN 2010 THEY'LL EITHER HAVE A JOB WITH NO HEALTH CARE COVERAGE OR NO JOB AT ALL AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE COVERAGE YOU CAN GET. I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE PERSONAL STORIES AND COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST WISCONSIN AND I TRUST THEY'RE VERY MUCH THE SAME THEY MIGHT BE ALL OVER THIS GREAT LAND. NED WRITES FROM DUNBAR, WISCONSIN, THE PART D DOUGHNUT HOLE NEEDS TO BE ELIMINATED HOLE, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. YOU'RE RIGHT AND WE'RE WORKING HARD ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE AND I'M SURE THE REPUBLICANS WILL GO ALONG WITH THE IDEA OF CLOSING THE DONUT HOLE IN MEDICARE PART D. MEDICARE PART D AFTER ALL WAS A PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN WRITTEN BY AND FOR THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. WHICH WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A WINDFALL PROFIT OF BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR BIG PHRMA. IT WASN'T INTENDED TO HELP MY PARENTS, IT WASN'T INTENDED TO HELP THE -- PATIENTS, IT WASN'T INTENDED TO HELP THE SENIOR CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN WISCONSIN, IT WAS WRITTEN BY AND FOR BIG PHRMA AND THEY'RE THE ONES WHO HAD THE WINDFALL PROFIT. INSTEAD NEEDS HELP NOW BECAUSE HE NEEDED -- NED NEEDS HELP NOW BECAUSE HE NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO GO TO THE PHARMACY AND PAY FOR HIS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WITHOUT HAVING TO GO TO THE BANK BEFORE DOING SO. JACK WRITES, I NEED HELP WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THE MOST IMPORTANT TO VERY MANY SENIORS ON LIMITED INCOMES. IN THESE ECONOMIC TIMES, THOSE WHO ARE MOST AT RISK ARE THOSE LIVING ON FIXED INCOMES. NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT RECEIVE A COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT BUT ALSO BECAUSE THEY HAVE FIXED INCOMES. THEY'RE NOT GETTING THE INTEREST PAYMENTS THEY WERE BEFORE ON THEIR INVESTMENTS. SO IT IS FOR NED, IT IS FOR JACK, FOR EVERYBODY WHO'S LIVING ON A FIXED INCOME, THAT WE MUST WRITE A BILL HERE IN THE HOUSE THAT WILL GUARANTEE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND WE HAVE TO DO IT SOON. ELEANOR FROM GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN, WRITES, QUOTE, DRUG PRICES RISE. SINCE PART D ONE OF MY HUSBAND'S DRUGS IN DECEMBER, 2005, WAS $144. IN JANUARY, 2007, $189. $A 45 RISE IN 14 MONTHS IS TOO MUCH. THEY NEED HELP NOW WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. AND WE INTEND TO PROVIDE IT IN THE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE WRITING. DEB FROM FLORENCE, WISCONSIN, WRITES, I HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. WE CANNOT AFFORD IT. WELL, WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PRICES ARE DRIVEN DOWN. ORDINARY PEOPLE, BOTH SENIORS AND HARDWORKING FAMILIES, STUDENTS ALIKE, EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THERE'S A CRISIS IN AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. HERE'S A NOTE FROM CARL FROM GREEN LEAF, WISCONSIN. I HAVE A PACEMAKER AND FEEL BETTER THAN I HAD A YEAR AGO. I DON'T KNOW WHY I HAD TO PAY $1,725 EVERY THREE MONTHS FOR INSURANCE WITH A $3,500 DEDUCTIBLE. ONE OF THE GAMES THAT'S BEING PLAYED BY THE HEALTH INSURANCE CORPORATIONS WHICH ARE PRETTY MUCH WALL STREET-RUN, IS TO INCREASE THE PREMIUMS AND ALSO INCREASE THE DEDUCTIBLES. WHAT ENDS UP HAPPENING IS THE PATIENT IS PAYING FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE WITH THEIR DEDUCTIBLE AND THEN THEY'RE PAYING FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE CORPORATION'S PROFITS AS WELL. SHEILA FROM WEYAUWEGA, WISCONSIN, FAMILY BUSINESSES NEED AFFORDABLE INSURANCE FOR HEALTH CARE. I THINK SHE'S WRITE. IT GOES ON. PAT FROM GREEN BAY, HEALTH CARE ISSUES ARE CRITICAL. WE NEED TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO HELP THE HE WILL ELDERLY AND THE UNINSURABLE. ONE OF THE IDEAS ON THE SENATE SIDE IS TO CREATE A HIGH-RISK POOL. IN OTHER WORDS, TO ALLOW FOR SOME DISCRIMINATION WHERE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD BE CHERRY PICKING YOU OUT IF YOU WERE AN EXPENSIVE DATE, IF YOU HAD HEALTH CARE ISSUES AND COST A LOT TO CARE FOR. IN MY VIEW, THAT'S AN ACT OF DISCRIMINATION. ONE OF THE GREATEST IDEAS IN THE DEMOCRAT BILL MOVING THROUGH THE HOUSE IS THE IDEA THAT WE'LL BRING AN END TO DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE. NO LONGER WILL A HEALTH INSURANCE CORPORATION BE ALLOWED TO CHERRY PICK YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR FAMILY OUT OF THE RISK POOL. NO LONGER WILL THEY BE ALLOWED TO SAY NO TO YOU BECAUSE OF A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION OR BECAUSE OF THE WAY YOU WERE BORN. AND TO FAMILIES LIKE THE WENDELL FAMILY HERE NEXT TO ME THEY NEED ACCESS TO THAT AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE NOW. AND LIKE MANY, MANY FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS -- HECK, THESE DAYS, WHO DOESN'T? WE HAVE TO BRING AN END TO DISCRIMINATION. PRESIDENT OBAMA AGREE THE SENATE AGREES, AND SO DOES THE HOUSE. BUT TO CREATE A TOXIC RISK POOL SO TO SPEAK, OF PATIENTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, I FEEL IS A PRONG DIRECTION. I HOPE THE SENATE -- IS A WRONG DIRECTION. I HOPE THE SENATE TURNS IT AROUND. WE CANNOT ALLOW FOR DISCRIMINATION DUE TO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONING. ONE PROBLEM IN PRACTICING MEDICINE TODAY IS THAT MEDICARE MAY NOT COVER ALL THE OVERHEAD COSTS OF CARING FOR PATIENTS, EVEN WHEN YOU PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY CARE. I'M GOING TO USE MY GREAT STATE OF WISCONSIN AS AN EXAMPLE. A STATE WHERE WE HAVE COVERED NEARLY 97% TO 98% OF EVERY CITIZEN WITHIN THE STATE. BY ONE FORM OF COVERAGE OR ANOTHER. ACCORDING TO STUDIES IN QUALITY CARE, WISCONSIN RANKS NUMBER TWO IN THE NATION. THE FIRST BEING THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. OUR NEIGHBOR. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO WHERE WE RANK WITH THE RATES PAID TO HEALTH PLANS TO PROVIDE COVERAGE, THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE MONTHLY PAYMENT RATES IN WISCONSIN ARE NUMBER 44 IN THE COUNTRY. IN OTHER WORDS, WE'RE PAYING ON AVERAGE $765. STATES LIKE FLORIDA, LOUISIANA, NEW YORK, AND TEXAS ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY, WHERE FLORIDA, THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAMS ARE TAKING $1,013 IS AN AVERAGE MONTHLY PAYMENT. THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS WE HAVE AVAILABLE IN NORTHEAST WISCONSIN ARE WONDERFUL. THEY'RE AFFORDABLE, THEY'RE GREAT, THEY SHOULD BE MEASURED IN TERMS OF THE QUALITY OF THEIR SERVICE AND IF THEY DON'T MEASURE UP, THEY SHOULD BE ELIMINATED. WE HAVE TO SEEK OUT AND ROOT OUT AND ELIMINATE ALL WASTEFUL PRACTICES AND SPENDING IN HEALTH CARE. BEGINNING WITH OUR HOSPITALS AND ALSO WITHIN THE MEDICARE SYSTEM. I HEARD MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE MAKE THE CASE THAT THERE WAS SOME CUTTING COMING UP IN MEDICARE. WELL, I'D SAY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE YOUR TAX DOLLARS GO FURTHER. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO INVEST OUR TAX DOLLARS AND GET THE HIGHEST QUALITY CARE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT NORTHEAST WISCONSIN KNOWS A GREAT DEAL ABOUT. WE HAVE A HEALTH CARE FACILITY CALLED THETA CARE AND THE THETA CARE CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE VALUE HAS BEEN ABLE TO DRIVE DUN THE COST FOR CARING FOR PATIENTS AT A HOSPITAL BY 25%. BY LOWERING THE COST AT THE SAME TIME, THEY'VE ALSO IMPROVED THE QUALITY. HIGHER QUALITY CARE AT A LOWER PRICE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE REPLICATE AID CROSS THE COUNTRY AND IF IT WERE, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO SAVE IN EVERY YEAR, $40 BILLION OF SAVINGS. NOW THIS IS NOT A CUT TO MEDICARE. THIS IS ABOUT MAKING YOUR TAX DOLLARS STRETCH AND GO FURTHER. HIGHER QUALITY CARE AT A LOWER PRICE. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU'D WANT. NOW, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE TOTAL MEDICARE PATIENT SPENDING AT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS? WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, NEW YORK, PER PATIENT, IS SPENDING ABOUT $9,564, WISCONSIN, $6,978. WOW. ABOUT A 30% INCREASE. I WAS VERY PROUD TO WORK WITH OTHER MEMBERS IN THE MIDWEST FROM THE STATE OF NEBRASKA OVER TO OHIO TO BRING ABOUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE THAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS A MEDICARE PAYMENT DISCREPANCY A DISPARITY, AN UNFAIRNESS. SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW BUT IF YOU RETIRE FROM THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA, OR ANYWHERE IN THE UPPER MIDWEST, INCLUDING THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, IN THE NORTHWEST, YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO AND IT'LL BE THE SAME AMOUNT IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON OR THE STATE OF WISCONSIN WHEN YOU RETIRE, LET'S SAY, FOR EXAMPLE, TO ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, TEXAS, OR EVEN INTO FLORIDA. BUT THE SAME CANNOT BE SAID ABOUT MEDICARE. YOUR MEDICARE TAX DOLLARS THAT YOU'VE BEEN PAYING IN FOR YOUR ENTIRE WORKING LIFE MAY NOT FOLLOW YOU WHEN YOU MOVE OUT OF THE UPPER MIDWEST OR THE NORTHWEST. SO WE'VE REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO BEGIN TO ADDRESS THIS PAYMENT DISPARITY WITH MEDICARE AND AT THE SAME TIME WE TOOK UP THE CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR MEDICAL SERVICES WITH YOUR HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS? WITH MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, WHAT WE'RE SEEKING TO DO IS MAKE CERTAIN WE REWARD PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS FOR HIGHER QUALITY CARE AND THE VALUE OF THAT CARE THAT THEY'RE OFFERING AND DELIVERING AND WE INTEND TO MEASURE IT. WE INTEND TO CHANGE THE PAYMENT MECHANISM AWAY FROM THE VOLUME OF TESTS AND CARE THAT YOU'RE R.V.ING AND MORE TOWARD RE-- THAT YOU'RE RECEIVING AND MORE TOWARD RECEIVING VALUE. I THINK PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL WELCOME THIS IDEA OF MOVING UP. WELL, THERE'S ANOTHER TOPIC THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. WHEN I, AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUSINESS OWNERS' CAUCUS, HAD A LISTING SESSION WITH EMPLOYERS AND THE REPRESENTATIVE HERE WHO CAME TO WASHINGTON WHO REPRESENT THEM, GROUPS SUCH AS THE SMALL BUSINESS MAJORITY AND THE FRANCHISE OWNERS OF AMERICA AND OTHERS, THEY HAD SOME VERY SIMPLE REQUESTS. THEY ASKED US FOR IMMEDIATE RESULTS WHERE WE WOULD LOWER THE COST OF CARE. LOWER COSTS HAVE TO BE GOTTEN IMMEDIATELY OR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WHY? BECAUSE THE BUSINESSES CAN'T SURVIVE WITH THEIR CURRENT OVERHEADS. THE SINGLE GREATEST COMPONENT OF THEIR OVERHEAD IS THE COST OF HEALTH CARE. THEY WANT TO SEE CONGRESS HELP THEM DRIVE IT DOWN. ONE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTH CARE PRICING. IMAGINE THIS. YOU GO TO THE GROCERY STORE, YOU PUT THE FOOD YOU'RE LOOKING TO BUY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY IN THE CART, YOU GO TO THE CHECKOUT, THEY BAG IT UP AND GO HOME. YOU.NET SEE THE PRICE, YOU DON'T PAY THERE. THEN LATER, A MONTH OR SO LATER, THEY SEND YOU THE BILL. THAT WOULD BE UNIMAGINABLE IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN HEALTH CARE. BECAUSE YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW THE PRICE WHEN YOU GO TO THE HOSPITAL, TO THE DOCTOR. YOU DON'T KNOW THE PRICE AND THE PRICE REALLY IS WHATEVER THEY CAN GET. NOW, ONE PICTURE HERE TO TAKE A LOOK AT. I'LL HOLD IT IN FRONT OF THE LINDELL FAMILY. THIS IS A POSTER, I TOOK A PICTURE AT A GROCERY STORE, IT'S GOT BAYER ASPIRIN, GENERIC ASPIRIN, AND FLAVORED ASPIRIN AS WELL. FOR 20% LESS YOU CAN BUY THE GENERIC ASPIRIN. THE PRICE IS OPENLY DISCLOSED AND IF I TAKE THIS OFF THE COUNTER AND SO DO YOU, WHEN WE GET TO THE CASH REGISTER WE PAY THE SAME OPENLY DISCLOSED PRICE. I THINK IT'S TIME THAT WE NEED TO HAVE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT PRICING THROUGHOUT THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY. THAT WAY, YOU'LL KNOW THE PRICE OF A PILL BEFORE YOU SWALLOW IT AND I'M SURE YOU'D AGREE WITH THAT. WE DON'T HAVE THAT YET BUT WE'RE WORKING HARD TO GET IT. NOW IMMEDIATE RESULTS IN 2010, THAT'S A DIFFICULT CHALLENGE. JOINING ME HERE ON THE FLOOR IS MR. MURPHY. I YIELD TO YOU SOME TIME OF THIS FINE HOUR TO HELP REASSURE PEOPLE ACROSS AMERICA THAT WE'VE BEEN STUDYING THIS PROBLEM FOR A NUMBER OF DECADES AND WE'RE BEGINNING TO TAKE ACTION ON THEIR BEHALF.

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  • 06:54:20 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR CONVENING US HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I THINK…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR CONVENING US HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I THINK THAT TRANSITION IS IMPORTANT. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE BACK IN OUR DISTRICTS AND PEOPLE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO SAY, YOU'RE MOVING TOO FAST. YOU KNOW, SLOW IT DOWN. YOU KNOW. WHY CAN'T -- WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN YEAR? WHY DON'T WE WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR OR THE YEAR AFTER THAT OR MAYBE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW OR MAYBE DO A LITTLE PIECE NOW AND 10 YEARS FROM NOW, CHECK IT OUT, MAKE A DIFFERENT ADJUSTMENT. YOUR POINT IS EXACTLY RIGHT. WE'VE BEEN DEBATING THIS FOR 50 YEARS. WE HAVE BEEN ON A JOURNEY TO TRY TO MAKE GOOD ON OUR PROMISE AT THE MOST ABSOLUTE AND MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD TO THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN WAKE UP EVERY DAY AND GO TO BED EVERY NIGHT SICK BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD A DOCTOR, NOT BECAUSE THEY AREN'T TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY. WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR A VERY LONG TIME. WE'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF TALKING. YOU CAN GO BACK TO PROBABLY EVERY CAMPAIGN WAGE NERD LAST 50, 60 YEARS, SINCE THIS CONCEPT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED BY HARR RY TRUMAN. -- BY HAIRY TRUMAN. -- BY HEIRRY TRUMAN. THIS SPECIFIC -- BY HARRY TRUMAN. THIS SPECIFIC DEBATE HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR COMING UP ON 12 MONTHS NOW. IF WE, AS MANY OF US HOPE, GET A BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THIS YEAR, WE WILL HAVE STARTED THIS IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, DEBATED IT IN PUBLIC, DEBATED IT IN FIVE COMMITTEES IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE, AND COUNTLESS THOUSANDS OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY AND WE'RE GOING TO END UP WITH WHAT I THINK IS GOING TO BE A PRETTY SOUND PRODUCT. AND IT'S BECAUSE WE TOOK TIME. IT'S BECAUSE WE DIDN'T RUSH IT THROUGH IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE THISOUS HOUSE DESTIDE STEP BACK FROM AN ORIGINAL SELF-IMPOSED DEADLINE OF PASSING IT BY THE AUGUST BREAK. WE DID STEP BACK AND TAKE THE TIME TO GET THIS RIGHT. BUT OUR CONSTITUENTS CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER. I'M ALWAYS AFRAID OF LEGISLATING BY ANECDOTE, MR. KAGEN. WE SHOULD BE LEGISLATING HERE BASED ON FACTS AND DATA AND STATISTICS, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD PASS REFORM, BOTH THE DATA AND THE ANECDOTES ARE ON OUR SIDE. SO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT THE REAL FACTS THAT UNDERLIE THE NECESSITY FOR CHANGE. THE FACT THAT THIS CHART PLAINLY ILLUSTRATES, THE FACT THAT HEALTH CARE COSTS ARE BANKRUPTING THIS NATION, COMPRISE ARING 5.2% OF OUR ECONOMY IN 1960, TO 2009, WHEN HEALTH CARE COSTS COMPRISE ALMOST 18% OF OUR ECONOMY. PREDICTED TO GO UP OVER THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS TO 20%. ONE IN EVERY $5 SOON TO BE SPENT ON HEALTH CARE COSTS A COST INTERNALIZED BY EVERY BUSINESS AND MANUFACTURER THAT'S TRYING TO COMPETE AND SELL PRODUCTS THROUGHOUT THOUGH GLOBE. THE FACTS ARE ON OUR SIDE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE NEED TO CONTROL HEALTH CARE COSTS SO IT DOESN'T CRIP UNTIL ECONOMY. WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY WHO HAVE SEEN JUST OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS A 119% INCREASE IN THE PREMIUMS THAT THEY PAY FOR HEALTH CARE. AND THE WORKER CONTRIBUTION THAT WORKERS SPECIFICALLY MAKE HAS GONE UP 117% DURING THAT SAME TIME. A 10-YEAR, 119% INCREASE IN HEALTH CARE COSTS. THE FACTS ARE ON OUR SIDE. BUT SO ARE THE ANECDOTES THIS MORNING I CAME DOWN TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, MAYBE MR. KAGEN DID, BECAUSE WE SAW A LINEUP OF DOZENS OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO GIVE ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. WE HAVE THE ABILITY ON MORNINGS LIKE THIS TO GIVE UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WEREN'T HERE TO DELIVER -- WERE HERE TO DELIVER A MESSAGE, STOP HEALTH CARE REFORM, DON'T PASS IT, WE WANT TO PRESERVE ESSENTIALLY THE STATUS QUO. I KNOW SOME OF OUR FRIENDS GET UP AND TALK ABOUT CROSS-STATE PURCHASING AND TORT REFORM, WHICH ARE LAUDABLE GOALS BUT THEY DON'T SOLVE THE PROBLEMS, THEY ARE WORKING LARGELY AROUND THE MARGINS OF THE PROBLEMS IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE MESSAGE WAS LOUD AND CLEAR, STHOP HEALTH CARE BILL FROM HAPPENING. THE HOPE I THINK FOR SOME ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE IS THAT BY DOING THAT WE CAN -- THEY CAN PROVIDE A WORLD OF HURT TO THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. SO I CAME DOWN AND INTERRUPTED THAT LONG TRAIN OF REPUBLICAN MEMBERS SAYING TO STOP HEALTH CARE REFORM BY TELLING A STORY I'LL SHARE WITH YOU, MR. KAGEN, AGAIN TONIGHT. AND ONE OF THE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS I HAD BACK IN MY DISTRICT A GENTLEMAN WHO LIVES IN NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT, CAME AND TOLD A SIMPLE STORY. HE HAD GOTTEN A JOB AT THE CARNIVAL ICE CREAM FACTORY IN MY DISTRICT, ONE OF THE, FRANKLY, SUCCESS STORIES OF NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT, A NEW COMPANY LOCATED SEVERAL HUNDRED JOBS IN AN OLD, ABANDONED FACTORY FOOTPRINT. AND GOT SICK, UNFORTUNATELY. HE WAS A GOOD WORKER, BUT HE GOT SICK. HE GOT REALLY SICK HE GOT CANCER. GALLBLADDER CANCER. AND THAT CAUSED HIM TO MISS ENOUGH DAYS OF WORK THAT HE GOT LAID OFF HE GOT FIRED. HE'S NOW COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND HE IS DEVOTING ALMOST EVERY DIME OF THOSE CHECKS TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE COSTS. HE HAS LOST HIS JOB BECAUSE OF THIS CANCER, HE IS NOW HAVING TROUBLE PAYING FOR FOOD BECAUSE OF HIS CANCER. . HE CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER AND ALL THE TALK I HEAR FROM CONSERVATIVE TALK SHOW HOSTS AND REPUBLICANS DEFENDING FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, WHAT KIND OF FREEDOM DOES THAT GUY HAVE? WHAT KIND OF LIBERTY DOES HE HAVE EVERY DAY WHEN HE WAKES UP, HAVING CONTRACTED A POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING DISEASE THAT HAS TAKEN AWAY THE ABILITY TO MAKE A LIVING AND SUCKS A DIME OUT OF HIS POCKET, WHAT KIND OF FREEDOM IS THAT? WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT PRESERVING FREEDOM AND LIBERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ABILITY TO WAKE UP EVERY DAY AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET CARE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY WHEN YOU GET SICK. THAT'S FREEDOM. THAT'S FREEDOM. AND SO I REJECT THE NOTION THAT THIS HAS GONE TOO FAST AND THAT WE HAVEN'T TAKEN OUR TIME. I REJECT THE NOTION THAT PEOPLE OUT THERE, THE FAMILY YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY AND THE GENTLEMAN I'M TALKING ABOUT IN MY DISTRICT CAN WAIT ANY LONGER FOR THIS CONGRESS TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT THIS CURRENT SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK FOR ALL OF THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE BEING RUN INTO BANKRUPTCY DUE TO THE INCREDIBLE EXPANSION OF HEALTH CARE COSTS, DUE TO THE FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE HAD 120% ESCALATION IN THEIR COSTS AND THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE GOTTEN SICK AND LOST THEIR JOBS AND CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH CARE, MR. KAGEN.

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  • 07:02:09 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    HAS A HUMAN HEART, HAS FEELINGS ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED. I WENT INTO…

    HAS A HUMAN HEART, HAS FEELINGS ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED. I WENT INTO HEALTH CARE, INTO MEDICINE AND BECAME A PHYSICIAN BECAUSE I WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE OUT. WHAT GOOD IS IT TO BE A DOCTOR IF YOU WRITE A PRESCRIPTION THAT PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR? WHAT GOOD IS IT IF PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD THE TESTS THAT THEY REQUIRE. WE HAVE THE RIGHT FOCUS AND IDEAS. WE HAVE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO OBJECT TO CHANGE. NO. NO. NO. NO, YOU CAN'T DO THIS AND THAT. AND THEY'RE TRYING TO CREATE A GREAT DEAL OF FEAR. AND IT'S EASY TO SCARE PEOPLE AND FRIGHTEN PEOPLE WHEN YOU HAND THEM THE WRONG INFORMATION, WHEN YOU THREATEN THEIR LIVELIHOODS AND THEIR LIVES AND THAT'S WHAT THIS IS. IF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE CARE THAT THEY NEED, THEIR LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS ARE AT RISK. IN NORTHEAST WISCONSIN, THE GREATEST CAUSE OF BANKRUPTCY IS HEALTH CARE COSTS, PEOPLE WHO CAN'T MAKE THEIR PAYMENTS. SO WE HAVE THE RIGHT IDEA OF FIXING THINGS AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. WE INTEND TO CLOSE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE BY CLOSING IT BY 50% IF WE CAN. THAT IS A STEP IN THE POSITIVE DIRECTION. WE INTEND TO DO THINGS FOR PEOPLE, RATHER THAN THE WALL STREET-RUN CORPORATIONS, WHO TODAY, ARE CONTROLLING OUR HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY. I CAN TELL YOU AS A DOCTOR, IN THE ROOM WITH ME WAS THE PATIENT AND THEIR FAMILY AND THAT INVISIBLE HAND, THAT INVISIBLE PERSON IN THE ROOM WAS THE HEALTH INSURANCE CORPORATION WHO WOULD BE TELLING MY PATIENTS WHERE TO GET THEIR TESTS AND WHAT TESTS THEY CAN HAVE AND HOW MUCH THEY WILL BE PAYING FOR IT. IT'S TIME TO MOVE THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY OUT OF OUR EXAMINATION ROOMS AND THE FOCUS OF THE DEMOCRATS HERE IN THE HOUSE IS TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THAT HAPPENS, TO GUARANTEE THAT YOU HAVE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS. IT'S BETWEEN THE PATIENT AND THE DOCTOR AND THE PATIENT'S FAMILY. IN THE HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE PUTTING TOGETHER, THE WINNERS, FIRST OF ALL, WILL BE MEDICARE PATIENTS, BECAUSE WITH OUR LEGISLATION, WITH THE EFFORTS WE ARE ABOUT TO MAKE, THERE WILL BE NO DEDUCTIBLES AND NO OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES FOR PREVENTION SERVICES. THE OTHER WINNERS, THE BIGGEST WINNERS IN THIS LEGISLATION IN MY VIEW AS A BUSINESS OWNER IS SMALL BUSINESSES, BECAUSE SMALL BUSINESSES CAN'T AFFORD TO CONTINUE TO PAY 30% MORE PER YEAR. THEY'LL HAVE IT AS A BIG WIN, BECAUSE WE'RE GO TO GO POOL SMALL BUSINESSES TOGETHER IN LARGE RISK POOLS, LARGE BUYING GROUPS TO LEVERAGE DOWN THE PRICES FOR THEM, JUST LIKE THE BIG BUSINESSES GET DISCOUNTS, TODAY, THE NUMBERS ARE ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE. IF YOU'RE IN SMALL BUSINESS AND PAYING ANYWHERE FROM 18% MORE THAN A LARGE BUSINESS OR 60% MORE, EVEN THOUGH YOU LIVE AND WORK AND RECREATE IN THE SAME LOCATION. ANOTHER BIG WINNER IS PEOPLE WHO HAVE COVERAGE NOW. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP IT AND HOPEFULLY AT A LOWER COSTS. WE WANT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO COMPETE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. TODAY, THEY ARE EXEMPT FROM THE ANTITRUST LAWS THAT ALLOWS THEM TO TALK ABOUT WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO SELL AND COMPETE OR NOT AND CONSPIRE ABOUT PRICES. WE WANT TO ELIMINATE THAT. WHETHER THAT GETS IN THE BILL IS YET TO BE DETERMINED. IF YOU DON'T HAVE COVERAGE NOW, COVERAGE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH SOME CREDITS. WE ARE GOING TO HELP THOSE, A HELPING HAND UP. IN MY STATE OF WISCONSIN, WITH THE GEOGRAPHICAL DISPARITYIES WHERE A DOCTOR MIGHT GET PAID $40 AND THE SAME SERVICE MIGHT BE COMPENSATED IN FLORIDA FOR $200. SO WISCONSIN HOSPITALS AND PHYSICIANS, I HAVE SOME GREAT NEWS FOR YOU, YOU ARE GOING TO GET AN INCREASE IN COMPENSATION FOR YOUR SERVICES THROUGH MEDICARE VERY SHORTLY. OVERALL, THE BIG WINNER WILL BE OUR ECONOMY, BECAUSE WHEN YOU DRIVE DOWN THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY, YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIRE MORE PEOPLE, TO INVEST NOT INTO THE WALL STREET-RUN HEALTH INSURANCE CORPORATION, BUT TO INVEST IN YOUR BUSINESS, ACQUIRE THE EQUIPMENT YOU NEED AND HIRE MORE PEOPLE SO WE CAN WORK OUR WAY THROUGH THIS RECESSION AND I YIELD.

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  • 07:06:40 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    REPRESENTING, WE HAVE AN ORGANIZATION OF THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES WHO…

    REPRESENTING, WE HAVE AN ORGANIZATION OF THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES WHO HAVE JOINED TOGETHER TO MAKE THE PUSH THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, MR. KAGEN, BECAUSE THEY HAVE FIGURED OUT THAT THE STATUS QUO DOESN'T WORK FOR THEM. IT IS RUN BY ONE GENTLEMAN WHO RUNS A SMALL COMPANY WHO DOESN'T PROVIDE SMALL BENEFITS BECAUSE HE LOOKED AND SURVEYED THE LANDSCAPE OF INSURANCE OPTIONS AND REALIZED THERE WAS NO WAY HE COULD AFFORD IT, THAT FOR THE MARGINS HE WAS MAKING ON HIS MAINTAINANCE BUSINESS AND THE SMALL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES THAT HE HAD THAT OFFERED HIM NO BARGAINING LEMPLING FOR EMPLOYEES, HE COULDN'T BUY INSURANCE FOR HIS EMPLOYEES AND HE WANTED TO. HE HAS HAD REAL TRAGIC AND PERSONAL STORIES THAT HE HAS HAD TO STRUGGLE WITH WITH RESPECT TO HEALTH CARE CONCERNS SO HE KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HAVE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE AND HOW HEALTH CARE COSTS CAN BANKRUPT YOU. WHEN HE FOUND OUT THAT HE COULDN'T AFFORD IT AND KEEP THE BUSINESS UP AND RUNNING, HE WOULD AT LEAST HAVE THESE EMPLOYEES HAVE A WAGE RATHER THAN -- HE STARTED AN ORGANIZATION OF SMALL BUSINESSMEN WHO HAVE BOUND TOGETHER IN CONNECTICUT. THEIR NUMBERS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE LATEST COUNT IS AND THEY ARE PUSHING FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM, BOTH AT THE STATE LEVEL AND FEDERAL LEVEL. AND JUST TO UNDERSCORE WHAT YOU SAID IS SO IMPORTANT. IT'S A SIMPLE CONCEPT HERE THAT WHEN YOU HAVE FIVE EMPLOYEES AND YOU ARE NEGOTIATING WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND AN INSURANCE COMPANY IN MANY STATES WHO ALMOST HAS NO COMPETITORS, THEY CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOU. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY THEIR PRICE, THERE IS NO REASON THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU. NEGOTIATING ONLY ON BEHALF OF YOURSELF, YOU HAVE NO LEVERAGE, IF YOU CAN'T PAY, THEY WILL MOVE ONTO THE NEXT PERSON WHO CAN PAY. AND MORE THAN HALF OF THE MARKET, THE BALANCE IS EVEN FURTHER THROWN OFF. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS JUST SIMPLE ECONOMICS. WE ARE SAYING INSTEAD OF JOE, MARY AND SALI AND JOE'S GARAGE AND SALI'S FACTORY ALL NEGOTIATING ON THEIR OWN, LET'S PUT JOE, MARY AND SALLY ALL TOGETHER IN ONE POOL AND PUT THE REST OF THE JOES, MARIES AND SALIS WHO ARE OUT THERE NEGOTIATING TOGETHER AND MAKE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BID AND WE'LL LET THE FIVE OR THE 10 INSURERS WHO GIVE THE BEST PRICE IN AND EVERYBODY ELSE IS OUT. GUESS WHAT? THEY ALL OF A SUDDEN HAVE LEVERAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. AND THEY DO IT WITHIN A MARKETPLACE. IT IS A MARKETPLACE THAT IS STRUCTURED THROUGH --

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  • 07:09:41 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    DO YOU MEAN CAPITALISM?

  • 07:09:44 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    IT IS CAPITALISM, MR. KAGEN. IT IS NOT UNBROKERED OR UNFEATHERED…

    IT IS CAPITALISM, MR. KAGEN. IT IS NOT UNBROKERED OR UNFEATHERED CAPITALISM, BUT CAPITALISM NONETHELESS WHERE PRIVATE HEALTH CARE COMPANIES OFFER THE LOWEST PRICE THAT THEY CAN AND THEY GET BUSINESS IF THEY OFFER THAT. THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN TODAY. WE ARE SIMILAR PLING CHANGING THE RULES OF THE MARKETPLACE TO GIVE A BETTER DEAL TO THE SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO RIGHT NOW ARE GETTING SCREWED IN THE MARKETPLACE. NOW, FRANKLY, I THINK IT ISN'T A DEMOCRATIC IDEA OR LIBERAL IDEA, CONSERVATIVE IDEA OR REPUBLICAN IDEA, BUT FOR SOME REASON, WHEN THE REPUBLICANS RAN THIS PLACE FOR 12 YEARS, THEY DIDN'T COME UP WITH IT. FOR SOME REASON, EVEN THOUGH THEY PROFESS TO BE FOR THE END THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSION, THEY HAD 12 YEARS AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE THAT IDEA, ALTHOUGH THEY PROFESS TO BE FOR THE WAY TO CHANGE MEDICINE SO WE STOP REIMBURSING FOR VOLUME FOR VOLUME SAKE. THEY HAD 12 YEARS TO BE FOR THAT AND DIDN'T DO IT. SO, AGAIN, I DRAW ISSUE WITH A LOT OF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WHO SAY WE HAVE GONE TOO FAST. I DRAW ISSUE WITH MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WHO SAY DON'T DO ANYTHING. AND I DRAW ISSUE WITH SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WHO FOUND RECENT RELIGION ON THIS SUBJECT, BECAUSE THEY HAD A LONG TIME TO IMPLEMENT THESE REFORMS AND IT HAS TAKEN A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE AND THE SENATE TO GET IT DONE, MR. KAGEN.

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  • 07:11:24 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I THINK WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY, IT IS SURE…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I THINK WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY, IT IS SURE HARD TO NEGOTIATE WHEN YOU HAVE A GUN HELD AT YOUR HEAD. HOW DO YOU NEGOTIATE AS A SINGLE PURCHASER AGAINST A LARGE INSURANCE CORPORATION? YOU CAN'T NEGOTIATE IT. IT'S A TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. WE DID SOMETHING IN WISCONSIN WHERE WE CREATED A PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM FOR SENIOR CITIZENS IN LOW-INCOME SITUATIONS. I THINK IT'S THE BEST PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN IN AMERICA. WE'VE GOT ABOUT 103,000 SENIOR CITIZENS IN A BUYING GROUP AND THAT BUYING GROUP LEVERAGED DOWN THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TREMENDOUSLY. IT'S LIFESAVING. IT SAVES TAXES, BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE HEALTHY, YOU DON'T END UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. SO SENIOR CARE SAVES LIVES AND TAX DOLLARS AND THE SAME KIND OF CONCEPT THAT WE DID WITH THE S CHIP, STATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN FOR CHILDREN IN LOW-INCOME SITUATIONS. LET'S NOT MIX THE METAP HMPOMP R. SENIOR CARE AND SCHIP IS NOT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. PRIVATE DOCTORS, PRIVATE HOSPITALS, PRIVATE DRUG COMPANIES WHO PROVIDE THE CARE AND GET PAID THROUGH A GOVERNMENT SYSTEM. IT'S VERY FAIR. IT'S A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. SENIOR CARE IS A WONDERFUL MODEL, A PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM THAT WORKS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS WHO ARE IN LOWER INCOME SITUATIONS. I THINK A BUYING GROUP IS A GOOD IDEA. WHO DO YOU THINK WOULD STAND AGAINST HAVING LARGE RISK POOLS AND LOWERING THE COSTS OF INSURANCE COVERAGE? MY GUESS IS GOING TO BE THE WALL STREET INSURANCE CORPORATIONS FOR ONE. I THINK THEY WOULD BE AGAINST THAT, DON'T YOU?

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  • 07:13:19 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    ADD TO THAT LIST, MR. KAGEN, SOME OF THE OTHER INDUSTRIES THAT HAVE…

    ADD TO THAT LIST, MR. KAGEN, SOME OF THE OTHER INDUSTRIES THAT HAVE PROFITED OFF OF THE SCATTERING OF PURCHASING POWER, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES HAVE ALSO MADE A KILLING OFF OF OUR CURRENT POLICY, REALLY FOUNDED INITIALLY IN THE MEDICARE PART D BENEFIT THAT REFUSED TO CENTRALIZED PURCHASING POWER, THUS GUARANTEEING SOME PRETTY GENEROUS PROFIT.

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  • 07:13:50 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    DRIVES DOWN THE PRICE IN A COMPETITIVE, OPENLY DISCLOSED SITUATION. WHEN…

    DRIVES DOWN THE PRICE IN A COMPETITIVE, OPENLY DISCLOSED SITUATION. WHEN YOU HAVE A COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE WHERE THE POWER AND THE LEVERAGE AND THE PURCHASING POWER OF PEOPLE BUYING TOGETHER, THAT'S WHEN YOU DRIVE DOWN THE PRICE. I WANT TO BURN THIS POINT INTO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. THE GOVERNMENT, HEY, IF YOU GET SICK, DON'T CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN, CALL YOUR DOCTOR. TODAY YOU ARE CALLING YOUR INSURANCE AGENT TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL OR DOCTOR OF YOUR CHOICE. WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE CHOICES WHERE YOU CALL YOUR DOCTOR. DON'T CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN OR GOVERNOR. EARLIER TODAY, I MET UP WITH SOME OF THE BRAVEST MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR GENERATION AND PREVIOUS GENERATION, WORLD WAR II VETERANS. THEY TOOK THE HONOR FLIGHT WHERE THEY FLEW FROM WISCONSIN THIS MORNING TO SEE THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL THAT THEY HADN'T VISITED BEFORE, OVER 80 OF THEM. YOUNGEST IS 85. THE OLDEST IS 92. WHAT A GREAT HONOR AND PLEASURE IT WAS FOR ME TO GREET THEM AND LISTEN TO SOME OF THEIR STORIES AND TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE. ONE SENIOR CAME UP TO ME, A WORLD WAR II VETERAN AND HE'S MUCH LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY AND HERE'S HIS QUOTE. QUOTE, I DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT INVOLVED IN DECIDING MY HEALTH CARE CHOICES, PERIOD, CLOSED QUOTE. I SAID SIR, I WANT TO THANK YOU AND I'LL SHARE THAT QUOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TONIGHT WITH MY COLLEAGUES SO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL HEAR YOUR VOICE. THAT'S MY JOB AND I'M TRANSMITTING YOUR MESSAGE. I SAID HOW'S THE V.A. TREATING YOU? THAT'S DIFFERENT. IT'S DIFFERENT, HE HAS EARNED HIS BENEFIT AND RECEIVING THE BENEFIT AT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION CLINIC AND HOSPITAL AND IT'S A BENEFIT WELL DESERVED. WE ARE FIGHTING HARD TO MOVE THOSE BENEFITS OUT. BUT YOU SEE, IT ISN'T THAT MUCH BENEFIT. IT IS GOVERNMENT-RUN AND HE'S HAPPY WITH THE SERVICE. I WILL BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT AS A DOCTOR PRACTICING IN THE V.A. HOSPITALS IN THE 1970'S, BEGINNING IN 1973, IT WAS TERRIBLE. IT WAS DISGUSTING. IT WAS TO THE POINT OF BECOMING INHUMANE. OUR SHELVES WERE NOT BEAR, BUT CLOSE TOIT. WE DIDN'T NOT HAVE THE NEWER DRUGS. IT GOSS TO THE POINT AT ONE TIME, I HAD TO KIDNAP A PATIENT AND TAKE HIM SEVERAL BLOCKS AWAY IN CHICAGO TO A REAL HOSPITAL TO GET HIM THE SURGERY HE NEEDED BECAUSE OUR OPERATING ROOM WASN'T OPENED AFTER HOURS. THINGS HAVE CHANGED. THIS CONGRESS, THE 110TH AND 111TH CONGRESS HAVE STEPPED UP FOR OUR VETERANS, THE BIGGEST INCREASE IN THE V.A. FUNDING. WE'RE NOT AT THE TOP YET BUT WE ARE GETTING THERE. THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T GOING TO BE YOUR DOCTOR. WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. . OTHER THINGS PEOPLE TALK ABOUT, KAGEN, ARE YOU PUTTING IN MONEY FOR LEGAL OY AABORTIONS? ARE YOU PUTTING IN MONEY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE ILLEGALLY? THE ANSWER IS NO, AND THE ANSWER IS NO. YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR A GREAT DEAL OF MISINFORMATION BUT IT'S OUR INTENTION TO WORK WITH MEMBERS OF ALL PARTIES TO GUARANTEE THAT YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING TO YOU WHO EARNED IT, LIKE OUR VETERANS, AND TO MAKE SURE THEY GO TO LEGAL CAUSES. I YIELD.

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  • 07:17:37 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    BUT ISN'T THAT ELIMINATION OF WASTEFUL SPENDING?

  • 07:22:11 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    ELIMINATION OF WASTEFUL SPENDING?

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    MR. MURPHY

    YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE. WE'VE GOT TO DO A BETTER JOB…

    YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE. WE'VE GOT TO DO A BETTER JOB OF ROOTING OUT FRAUD IN MEDICARE. BUT NO MATTER HOW TIGHT YOU GET ON FRAUD, IT'S NOT GOING TO GET TO THE END OF BANKRUPTCY. IF YOU ASK ME, MEDICAL PROCEDURES PERFORMED ON ME OR MY FAM LAY HI THAT DON'T ADD VALUE TO MY HEALTH BUT DO ADD REIMBURSEMENTS TO THE DOCTOR AND HOSPITAL THAT I GO TO, THAT'S WASTE. AND WE SHOULDN'T BE PAYING FOR IT.

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  • 07:22:46 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    THERE ARE THREE OTHER WAYS WE CAN SAVE MONEY TO REDUCE THE COST OF HEALTH…

    THERE ARE THREE OTHER WAYS WE CAN SAVE MONEY TO REDUCE THE COST OF HEALTH CARE. THE FIRST IDEA IS NOT A NEW ONE. WE DID IT IN WISCONSIN WITH SENIOR CARE WE NEGOTIATED WITH DEEPER, STEEPER CUTS AND DISCOUNTS FROM PRESCRIPTION DRUG MAKERS. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE WITH PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WITH DEEPER DISCOUNTS FOR ALL OF MEDICARE, FOR ALL OF THE V.A., FOR ALL THE COAST GUARD AND FOR ALL OF US. THE MEN AND WOMEN I SAW TODAY AT THE WORLD WAR II MONUMENT, THEY FOUGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY, NOT FOR THEMSELVES, NOT ONLY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES, THEY FOUGHT FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. SO WHY CAN'T WE ALLOW A VETERAN WHO HAS A DEEP DISCOUNT FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, WHY CAN'T WE GIVE THAT SAME DISCOUNT TO HIS WIFE AND FAMILY? WHAT ABOUT HIS NEIGHBORS? WHAT ABOUT HIS WHOLE TOWN? WHAT ABOUT THE WHOLE COUNTRY? IF WE HAVE A STEEP DISCOUNT WE'RE BENEFITING FROM AS WE INVEST OUR TAX DOLLARS IN THE HEALTH CARE OF OUR VETERANS, THAT SHOULD BE SPREAD OUT TO ALL AMERICANS WHO ARE HERE LEGALLY. LET'S BEGIN TO NEGOTIATE FOR DEEPER DISCOUNTS FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR ALL OF US. THE SEC THING WE MUST DO IS TO ENCOURAGE HOSPITALS TO CUT THEIR OVERHEAD COSTS, DELIVER CARE MORE EFFICIENTLY, MAKE SURE THAT OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE STRETCHED TO THE VERY LIMIT, NOT BY CUTTING QUALITY, BUT BY CUTTING THEIR COST OF CARE. IT HAS BEEN DONE IN A NUMBER OF INSTITUTIONS, ONE OF THEM IN MY DISTRICT, I MENTIONED EARLIER, WHICH IS THE THETA CARE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WE HAVE TO TAKE THAT MODEL AND REPLICATE IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND OVER 10 YEARS, WE'LL SAVE $400 BILLION. THAT'S CALLED ELIMINATION OF WASTEFUL SPENDING. IT'S BECOMING MORE EFFICIENT. WE HAVE TO DO THAT NOT JUST IN THE CORPORATE WORLD AND BUSINESS WORLD BUT IN OUR HOSPITALS. AFTER ALL WE JUST PROVED IN THE SANDS OF IRAQ THAT WE CAN DELIVER WORLD CLASS HEALTH CARE IN A TENT IN THE DESERT. THEN MAYBE WE CAN TO THE SAME BY GETTING SKENNY, GETTING LEANER IN OUR HOSPITAL SYSTEM. SO NEGOTIATING STEEPER DISCOUNTS FROM DRUG COMPANIES, DRIVE DO YOU THINK THE COST OF CARE IN HOSPITALS, AND THE THIRD, THE BIGGEST SAVINGS YET TO COME IS PREVENTION, WHICH IS WHY WE WANT PEOPLE TO GET TO A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR AND MAKE SURE WE DIAGNOSE THINGS EARLY, YOU'RE A CHEAPER DATE, YOUR ILLNESSES ARE BETTER MANAGED THROUGH PREVENTION. THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T DO FOR YOU. THAT'S SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THE PERSONAL CHOICES YOU MAKE IN CONSULTATION WITH YOUR OWN FAMILY AND PERSONAL PHYSICIAN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:25:27 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    POINT IS IMPORTANT BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE LIMITATIONS.…

    POINT IS IMPORTANT BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE LIMITATIONS. PREVENTION IS CRITICAL AND THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF PERSONAL CHOICES WE CAN MAKE AND BE INCENTIVIZED TO MAKE THROUGH THE WAY THE BENEFIT IS STRUCTURED TO TRY TO BE HEALTHIER. BUT AGAIN I COME BACK TO THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST IT, I HEAR OPPONENTS OF HEALTH CARE REFORM SORT OF PUTTING THE BURDEN ON INDIVIDUALS, LIKE IT'S THEIR FAULT. THERE ARE A WILL THE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOTTEN SICK BECAUSE OF CHOICES THEY MADE. BAD EATING HABITS, SMOKING, UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLES, THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO COULD HAVE MADE BETTER CHOICES AND AVOIDED GETTING SICK. BUT THERE ARE MILLIONS MORE WHO GOT SICK THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. AND WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S IMPORTANT -- I'M NOT DISAGREEING WITH MY FRIEND BUT AS IMPORTANT AS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IS IN HEALTH CARE, IT SEEMS TO SOMETIMES BE THE ONLY ANSWER WE HEAR FROM THE OPPONENTS OF HEALTH CARE REFORM. WHY SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT GET INVOLVED IN REMAKING THE INSURANCE MARKETS, WHY SHOULD WE GET INVOLVED IN REMAKING OUR MEDICARE BARGAIN? WHY DON'T WE JUST TELL PEOPLE TO STOP GETTING SICK? THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO CAN MAKE BETTER CHOICES BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE, LIKE THE GENTLEMAN I TALKED ABOUT WHO CONTRACTED GALLBLADDER CANCER, WHO HAD NO FAULT IN THE MATTER. I WANT TO TURN THIS OVER TO OUR COLLEAGUE, IT HAPPENED TO BE AS WE WERE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE PAYMENT OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT ONE OF THE CHAMPIONS OF THAT TRANSFORMATION CAME DOWN TO THE FLOOR.

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  • 07:27:08 PM

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    YOU WERE GOING TO BLAME THE LAWYERS. I'M GLAD YOU DIDN'T DO THAT. WHEN WE…

    YOU WERE GOING TO BLAME THE LAWYERS. I'M GLAD YOU DIDN'T DO THAT. WHEN WE BRING THIS UP ABOUT REDUCING COSTSMARK PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE BEEN SCREAMING IF WE JUST GOT TORT REFORM, WE COULD REALLY DRIVE DOWN THE COST. I WONDER, MR. BRALEY FROM IOWA, IF YOU COULD ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND OTHER ISSUES WE HAVEN'T YET DISCUSSED.

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  • 07:27:29 PM

    MR. BRALEY

    OF PATIENT SAFETY ON OUR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM AND THE INSTITUTES OF…

    OF PATIENT SAFETY ON OUR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM AND THE INSTITUTES OF MEDICINE, WHICH IS THE FOREMOST AUTHORITY IN TERMS OF INDEPENDENT, NONPARTISAN MEDICAL RESEARCH HAS LOOKED AT THIS IN THREE STUDIES THEY DID IN THE LAST DECADE THERE, PATIENT SAFETY, TREATISE ON "TO ERR IS HUMAN," THEIR PATIENT SAFETY STUDY AND ALSO MED CASE ERRORS. THEY DISCOVERED THAT THE COST OF PREVENTABLE ERRORS ON OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EVERY YEAR IS BETWEEN $17 BILLION AND $28 BILLION OF PREVENTABLE MEDICAL ERRORS THAT IT'S THE ADDED COST OF ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE IMPOSED ON PEOPLE INJURED DUE TO PREVENTABLE MEDICAL ERRORS. IF YOU MULTIPLY THOSE NUMBERS OVER THE LIFE OF THE BILL BEING SCORED BY C.B.O., YOU'RE LOOKING AT AN OPPORTUNITY COST LOSS BY NOT FOCUSING ON PATIENT SAFETY OF SOMEWHERE BETWEEN $170 BILLION AND $180 BILLION. THAT'S WHY PATIENT SAFETY STHOIB PRIMARY FOCUS OF ANY HEALTH CARE REFORM AND THAT'S WHAT THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE CONCLUDED. THAT'S WHY WHEN WE WERE COMING UP WITH THE SOLUTION TO THE ENORMOUS PROBLEM OF OVER-UTILIZATION IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, IT'S A WELL-KNOWN PROBLEM, IT COSTS, ACCORDING TO MEDICAL ECONOMISTS, BETWEEN $500 BILLION AND $700 BILLION A YEAR, THAT WOULD BE $5 TRILLION TO $7 TRILLION OVER THE COURSE OF THE BILL BEING SCORED BY C.B.O. YOU COULD PAY FOR EVERYTHING IN THIS BILL SEVERAL TIMES OVER WITH THOSE SAVINGS.

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  • 07:29:21 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    THIS INTERNAL CONVERSATION ABOUT THE C.B.O., THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET…

    THIS INTERNAL CONVERSATION ABOUT THE C.B.O., THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, FOR THOSE OF YOU LISTENING, THE C.B.O., THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, ONLY COUNTS MONEY THAT GOES INTO AND OUT OF THE UNITED STATES TREASURY. THEY DON'T MEASURE THOSE SAVINGS DO, THEY?

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  • 07:29:40 PM

    MR. BRALEY

    BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT WHAT PORTION OF THOSE…

    BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT WHAT PORTION OF THOSE WOULD BE RELATED TO MEDICARE , MEDICAID PATIENTS, AND THE COST SHIFTING THAT TAKES PLACE WHEN WE ASK OTHER PEOPLE TO CARRY THE BURDEN OF FIXING THOSE PROBLEMS. BUT I WANT TO FOCUS MORE ON WHAT IS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH NEXT TO YOU. WE STAND ON THIS FLOOR EVERY DAY AND TALK ABOUT POLICY. AND OTO A LOT OF PEOPLE, POLICY IS VAGUE. IT'S HARD TO UNDERSTAND, IT'S COMPLEX. BUT YOU, DR. KAGEN HAVE PUT A HUMAN FACE ON HEALTH CARE. AND I WANT TO SPEND JUST A FEW MINUTES TALKING ABOUT THE HUMAN PART OF HEALTH CARE THAT NOBODY SEEMS TO BE TALKING ABOUT. WHEN I WAS AT MY TOWN HALL MEETINGS IN MY DISTRICT THIS SUMMER AND PEOPLE WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE BILL AND WHO WAS GOING TO BENEFIT FROM IT, I WOULD BRING THEM BACK TO THE HUMAN SIDE OF HEALTH CARE. I WOULD TALK ABOUT MY NEPHEW'S 18-MONTH-OLD SON, TUCKER WRIGHT WHO LIVES IN MALCOLM, IOWA. AND TUCKER WAS 18 MONTHS OLD WHEN HE WAS IGEDIGENOSED WITH LIVER CANCER HE HAD 2/3 OF HIS LIVER REMOVED HE FACES A VERY UNCERTAIN MEDICAL FUTURE. THE MEDICAL COSTS, AS YOU KNOW BETTER THAN ANYONE, DR. KAGEN, WERE ASTRONOMICAL FROM THAT SURGERY AND THE FOLLOWUP AND THE CONSTANT MONITORING THAT HAS TO BE DONE ON A YOUNG PATIENT WITH SUCH A SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION. . HIS PARENTS ARE BOTH EMPLOYED AND FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT. THEY HAD HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE, BUT WITH THE LIFETIME CAP ON BENEFITS AND MOST PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES AVAILABLE NOW, HIS PARENTS ARE LOCKED INTO JOBS THAT THEY CANNOT LEAVE BECAUSE IF THEY DO THEY WILL BE DENIED HEALTH CARE FOR HIS FUTURE HEALTH CARE NEEDS, WHICH IS ENORMOUS BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING EXCLUSIONS. AND IT'S MORE THAN THAT. BECAUSE I HAVE ATTENDED FUNDRAISERS FOR THIS ADORABLE LITTLE BOY, BECAUSE EVEN WITH GOOD HEALTH INSURANCE, THEY HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED HEALTH CARE NEEDS. AND YOU HAVE SEEN THAT HUMAN DRAMA PLAY OUT. AND I WOULD LIKE YOU TO TALK ABOUT THE TOLL THAT THAT TAKES ON THE FAMILIES THAT YOU CARED FOR IN WISCONSIN.

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  • 07:32:15 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    A FATHER CUTTING A LAWN. THEY BUSTED THROUGH THE CAP AND THEY COULD LOSE…

    A FATHER CUTTING A LAWN. THEY BUSTED THROUGH THE CAP AND THEY COULD LOSE THEIR HOME AND WE HAD A BAKE SALE TO TRY TO COME UP WITH MONEY FOR BRANDON WHO LOST MOST OF HIS FACE. HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH A LOT OF SURGERY. THE DAYS OF HAVING BAKE SALES TO PAY FOR A CHILD'S HEALTH CARE NEEDS MUST COME TO AN END. AND I YIELD TO MR. KLEIN FROM FLORIDA. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

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  • 07:32:55 PM

    MR. KLEIN

    TO JOIN DR. KAGEN, MR. BRALEY AND MR. MURPHY. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR…

    TO JOIN DR. KAGEN, MR. BRALEY AND MR. MURPHY. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS TOGETHER. DR. KAGEN, I'M FROM FLORIDA AND WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE, GREAT PLACE FOR RETIREES TO COME AND AS YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE RETIRE TO FLORIDA OR RETIRE TO OTHER PLACES AND THEY KNOW THEY'VE GOT MEDICARE. AND MEDICARE WAS SET UP MANY DECADES AGO AND JUST ABOUT EVERY AMERICAN LIKES MEDICARE BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY'VE GOT SECURITY AND GOT THE SECURITY TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO FALL INTO A SITUATION WHEREAS AN OLDER PERSON THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A MEDICAL EXPENSE THAT WILL BE OUT OF CONTROL AND THEY MAY HAVE A NEST EGG. WHEN MEDICARE WAS SET UP, IT WAS SET UP AS A WAY TO COVER HOSPITALIZATION AND SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL COSTS AND IT WAS DOCTORS AND PROVIDERS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. WHAT HAPPENED THAT'S A GOOD THING OVER THE YEARS IS WE'VE GOT SOME TREMENDOUS SCIENTISTS AND MEDICAL RESEARCHERS WHO HAVE COME UP WITH REALLY GOOD PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS THAT KEEP PEOPLE HEALTHY AND ALIVE LONGER, AND THAT'S A GOOD THING. AND WE HAVE TO THANK THE GREAT COMPANIES AND GAIT PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES -- GREAT PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT MAKE THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY THE ENVY IN THE WORLD. HOWEVER, THE DOWNSIDE IS THE COST. AND UNFORTUNATELY, THE COST HAS GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL, OUT OF CONTROL FOR PRIVATE BUSINESSES WHO HAVE TO PAY FOR IT AS PART OF THE MEDICAL PLANS, OUT OF CONTROL FOR MEDICARE AND ANYBODY WHO HAS TO PROVIDE TO BUY THEIR MEDICINES. THERE WAS AN ARGUMENT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, THAT YOU SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO BUY YOUR MEDICINES FROM CANADA. THAT IS ABSURD. THEY ARE MADE IN UNITED STATES AND SOLD IN CANADA. THAT IS BEING FIXED NOW. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS PASSED IS THE PART D PART OF THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN AND CALLED THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO ARE MEDICARE PATIENTS CAN NOW GET A PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN THAT CAN COVER A LOT OF THEIR COSTS AND THAT IS A LIFE SAFER. I TAKE SOME OF THESE PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS. I HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH CHOLESTEROL AND I TAKE LIPITOR. MY FATHER, WHO IS 80 YEARS OLD, A WONDERFUL MAN AND STILL PLAYS TENNIS THREE TIMES A WEEK, BUT HE TAKES LIPITOR. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT KEEP HIM ALIVE. IF HE DIDN'T, HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE HAD A SERIOUS ILLNESS. WHEN THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN WAS CONSTRUCTED, THEY CREATED SOMETHING IN THE MIDDLE CALLED THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO PAY A FEW THOUSANDS DOLLARS OF MEDICAL EXPENSES, AT A CERTAIN POINT, THEY HAVE TO PAY 100 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR. IF YOU HAVE CHRONIC MEDICAL PROBLEMS, ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEY GO TO THE PHARMACY AND THEY HAVE TO PAY $160 FOR THIS AND $640 FOR THAT AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OUT OF THEIR POCKET. THE STORY YOU JUST TOLD ABOUT THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD THEIR SERIOUS ILLNESSES. WHAT ABOUT OUR SENIOR CITIZENS THAT ARE MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT MEDICINE OR FOOD OR A MORTGAGE PAYMENT OR MEDICINE. THAT'S WHERE THIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE. SO, GOOD NEWS. GOOD NEWS. IN THE BILL THAT'S BEING PROPOSED RIGHT NOW, WE WILL REDUCE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO BUY MEDICINE AT A LOWER COST AND ELIMINATE IT EVENTUALLY. IT WILL BE DONE OVER TIME. ORIGINALLY, THE WAY THEY TALKED ABOUT THIS, IT WAS GOING TO START IN 2015 OR 2020. GREAT NEWS, LAST WEEK, THE BILL IS STILL A WORK IN PROCESS, AND I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR THIS AS MY COLLEAGUES, WAS HELPING CLOSE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND WE FOUGHT AND WE JUST GOT AN AGREEMENT IN THE HOUSE THAT JANUARY 1 OF NEXT YEAR, WE WILL START THAT PROCESS OF CLOSING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND REDUCING THOSE OUT-OF-POCKET PRESCRIPTION COSTS FOR OUR SENIORS. AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD, BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I HEARD FROM SO MANY PEOPLE AND I KNOW MY DAD AND HIS COSTS. THIS IS REAL. AND IF WE CAN DO IT AND HAVE A PEACE OF MIND AND QUALITY OF LIFE, THIS IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.

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  • 07:37:38 PM

    MR. BRALEY

    DO YOU PUT A HUMAN FACE ON COMPLEX HEALTH POLICIES. IN OUR DISTRICT, WE…

    DO YOU PUT A HUMAN FACE ON COMPLEX HEALTH POLICIES. IN OUR DISTRICT, WE GOT FEEDBACK ABOUT THE PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE OPTION AND THEY SAID DON'T DO ANYTHING TO DISRUPT OUR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM. I HAD A MEETING WITH A 20-YEAR-OLD, A STUPID AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA AND SHE SAT DOWN TO INTERVIEW ME AND SHE HAD A CLEFT PALLATTE AND SHE SAID SHE WAS GOING TO HAVE HER FINAL SURGERY TO FIX HER CLEFT PALLETTE. AND I SAID WHAT'S TAKEN SO LONG? AND SHE SAID MY MOM AND DAD HAVE BEEN SAVING UP TO GET THIS SURGERY DONE. I SAID WHY ISN'T THIS COVERED UNDER YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE? SHE SAID THIS IS CONSIDERED COSMETIC SURGERY, THINK ABOUT THAT. A YOUNG WOMAN FOR 20 YEARS, BORN WITH A BIRTH DEFECT LIKE CYSTICFY BROSE CYST AND CEREBRAL PALSY, ALL OF WHICH ARE COVERED UNDER A REGULAR HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY AND THIS YOUNG WOMAN HAS BEEN STRUGGLING.

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  • 07:38:58 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    ALREADY HAVE AND AT A PRICE WE CAN AFFORD TO PAY. AND WHAT KIND OF NATION…

    ALREADY HAVE AND AT A PRICE WE CAN AFFORD TO PAY. AND WHAT KIND OF NATION WOULD WE BE IF WE DIDN'T TAKE THIS POSITIVE STEP FORWARD? AND I YIELD BACK OUR TIME.

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  • 07:39:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, FOR 60 MINUTES.

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  • 07:39:31 PM

    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING ME, IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO ADDRESS ME…

    MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING ME, IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO ADDRESS ME ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND I HAVE A CHANCE TO DO SO PERHAPS WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERTISE ON THE SUBJECT MATTER. AND THAT WOULD BE, WHERE DO WE SAVE MONEY WHEN IT COMES TO THE COST OF HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA? I LISTENED TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BRALEY, TALK ABOUT ADDED COSTS IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE. PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, WHEN I FIRST HEARD THAT, I MISUNDERSTOOD HIS POINT. I THOUGHT SURELY, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT DEFENSIVE MEDICINE, BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE, BUT PREVENTIVE MEDICINE. THIS TARGET OF HOW YOU SAVE MONEY IN HEALTH CARE BY WATCHING YOUR DIET AND BEING PHYSICALLY FIT AND GETTING REGULAR CHECKUPS, YES, THAT'S IMPORTANT, BUT DISCUSSION OF COSTS, WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, IT PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE OVERALL COSTS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE LAWSUIT ABUSE IN THE HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. AND SO, I WILL SUBMIT THESE NUMBERS, THAT THE LOWEST NUMBER THAT I FIND IS THAT THE COSTS OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE, MR. SPEAKER, AND THE LIABILITY INSURANCE AND DEFENSIVE MEDICINE THAT DEFINITELY TAKES PLACE SO DOCTORS CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM LAWSUIT ABUSE ADDS UP TO A NUMBER OF SOMETHING LIKE -- LOWEST NUMBER IS 5.5%. THE HEALTH INSURANCE UNDERWRITERS PUT THAT AT 8.5%. THAT IS $203 BILLION AND THAT IS STILL A LOW NUMBER. IF WE TAKE MR. BRALEY'S ANALYSIS AND MULTIPLY IT TIMES 10, THAT COMES INTO $2 TRILLION, THE COST OF THE DEFENSIVE MEDICINE THAT'S TAKING PLACE AND THE FUNDING THAT GOES INTO THE POCKETS OF THE TRIAL LAWYERS. I TALKED TO AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON WHO TOLD ME THAT 95% OF THE TESTS THAT HE RUNS, HE DOES SO, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE UNNECESSARY AND HIS DIAGNOSIS WILL BLY BUT HE HAS TO PROTECT HIMSELF FOR THAT 5% THAT MAY NEED TO BE RIGHT, BUT THE 95% ARE THERE, MONEY THAT'S WASTED AND HE SAID COMPLETELY WASTED IN ORDER TO PROTECT HIM FROM LAWSUITS THAT COME FROM TRIAL LAWYERS. IT'S INTERESTING THAT A TRIAL LAWYER WOULD COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND TALK ABOUT THE VALUE OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, BUT NOT THE COST OF DEFENSIVE MEDICINE, AND THAT'S THE SUBJECT THAT I WILL NEVER HEAR DEFENDED ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE ME TO YIELD, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO TAKE THIS SUBJECT MATTER UP. YOU STILL WANT TO BLAME REPUBLICANS FOR THEIR SOCIALIZED MEDICAL BILL NOT BEING PASSED. THOSE ARE THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE FACTS, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A 78-VOTE ADVANTAGE AND UNLESS THE SPEAKER IS ABLE TO HAVE A 39 VOTES TO TAKE A WALK AND STILL HAVE 218 VOTES TO PASS A SOCIALIZED MEDICINE BILL. NOW, YOU WOULD THINK THAT IF YOU HAD ROUGHLY 80 PEOPLE SWIRLING AROUND THERE THAT THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO TURN YOUR SIGHTS ON THE PEOPLE IN YOUR OWN CAUCUS AND RESOLVE THIS ISSUE INSTEAD OF COMING BACK HERE TO THE FLOOR, AS MR. MURPHY DID, AND ACCUSE REPUBLICANS OF NOT HAVING SOLUTIONS. YES, WE HAVE SOLUTIONS. WE HAVE MANY SOLUTIONS. IN FACT, I HAVE THE HEALTH CARE SOLUTION, NOT FROM THE REPUBLICANS, JUST FROM A LITTLE MORE THAN HALF OF US, THE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE. THIS REPORT WAS PRODUCED BY THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN IS TOM PRICE OF GEORGIA, A MEDICAL DOCTOR AND A REAL NATIONAL VOICE ON HEALTH CARE ALONG WITH MANY OF OUR DOCTORS. AND I LOOKED DOWN THROUGH THE LIST OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED BY MEMBERS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE AND I SEE MY NAME THERE, YES AND I SEE NAMES SUCH AS MR. ISSA OF CALIFORNIA RKTS MR. FORTENBERRY OF NEBRASKA, MR. STEARNS OF FLORIDA, MR. LATTA OF OHIO, MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA, MR. SCALISE OF LOUISIANA, DR. GINGREY OF GEORGIA, MARSHA BLACKBURN OF TENNESSEE. IT GOES ON AND ON, THE MOUNTAIN OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY REPUBLICANS AND IT'S QUITE INTERESTING THAT ANOTHER THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA THIS MORNING, MR. DAVID SCOTT MADE THE ALLEGE THAT REPUBLICANS HAD NO SOLUTIONS. WELL, MR. PRICE FOLLOWED HIM OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE FLOOR AND OFFERED TO GIVE HIM THIS STACK OF REPUBLICAN SOLUTIONS. HE SMILED NICELY, BUT REFUSED TO TAKE IT. WE DON'T ALWAYS GET A NICE SMILE FROM THE OTHER SIDE BUT REFUSE TODD ACCEPT THIS STACK. THIS IS A BILL -- A LIST OF IDEAS, LIST OF PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE SEEN FIT TO PUT INTO LANGUAGE FOR LAW AND INTRODUCE INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD AND SEEK TO GET IT PASSED IN COMMITTEE AND TRY TO OFFER THESE AS HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS, AS AMENDMENTS TO THE OVERALL MARKUP OF H.R. 3200, THE BILL THAT IS THE HOUSE VERSION OF THIS NATIONAL TAKEOVER OF OUR HEALTH CARE OR AT LEAST THE FRAMEWORK TO DO SO, MR. SPEAKER. AND SO, IT IS SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO SEE THROUGH. I CAN EXPRESS FRUSTRATION AND I CAN SPEAK FROM FACTS AND SPEAK FROM A LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE, BEING ENGAGED IN THIS DEBATE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, NEED TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS TRUE, WHAT ISN'T, WHAT'S HONEST AND WHAT IS JUST AND WHAT IS -- I DON'T WANT TO DESCRIBE IT AS DISHONEST BUT DESCRIBE IT AS POLITICAL HYPERBOLE DESIGNED NOT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. . I'LL TAKE US TO THE MEDICARE ISSUE BROUGHT UP BY THE OTHER SIDE. NOW THEIR ARGUMENT IS THAT THERE ARE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE SAVED IN MEDICARE SO THEY ONLY WANT TO CUT MEDICARE BY A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS, $500 BILLION IN CUT TO MEDICARE, AND THEY'LL ARGUE THAT REPUBLICANS WANT TO RAISE THE FEES ON PAYROLL IN ORDER TO FUND MEDICARE IF WE'RE NOT WILLING TO SLASH MEDICARE TO OUR SENIORS BY HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS. I RECALL WATCHING A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AARP ON TELEVISION ONE DAY ARGUING THAT, WELL, THAT HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS TO MEDICARE REALLY ISN'T THAT MUCH MONEY. IT'S A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE OVERALL LAYOUT. HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS. WHAT COULD MAY POSSIBLY BE GETTING TO OFFSET A HALF A TRILLION DOLLAR CUT DIRECTLY TO THEIR MEMBERS. HERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES THESE CUTS COME FROM. $133 -- NOW THE MOST RECENT NUMBER IS $162 BILLION CUT FROM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE IN MY STATE, IOWA. OF COURSE THEY'RE SENIOR CITIZENS AND THEY WANT EXTRA OPTIONS AND THEY'RE WILLING TO INVEST IN MEDICARE ADVANTAGE BUT SINCE THIS IS THE ONLY COMPONENT OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY HAS PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGED IN IT, WHICH KEEPS THE COST DOWN, THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO SCRAP MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. THEY SEEM TO DESPITE FREE ENTERPRISE AND DESPISE ECONOMIC COMPETITION THIS $133 BILLION APAMPTELY HAS GROWN TO A MINUS $162 BILLION OUT OF THE POCKETS OF OUR SENIORS, TAKING AWAY THEIR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, AFTER THEY'VE ALREADY LANDED A SEVERE BLOW ON IT THIS YEAR. HERE'S A MINUS $128.8 BILLION FROM OUR HOSPITALS. I DON'T HAVE ANY HOSPITALS TELLING ME THEY'RE BEING OVERPAID IN MEDICARE. I DON'T EXPECT IF I DID HAVE THEY'D TELL ME THAT. BUT THE NATIONAL NUMBER IS THAT MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT RATES ARE ONLY 80% OF THE COST OF DELIVERING THAT SERVICE. 80% OF THE COST. SOME OF THESE DOCTORS AND NURSES AND HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS ARE IN BUSINESS FOR A PROFIT. I DON'T BEGRUDGE THEM THAT PROFIT. THE MORE PROFIT THEY MAKE, THE MORE COMPETITION IT'S LIKELY TO ATTRACT. SOME HOSPITALS ARE FOR-PROFIT HOSPITALS, SOME ARE NOT. WE CAN'T BEGRUDGE THEM THAT PROFIT. OVER AT MY DESK AT 1131 LONGWORTH, THERE'S A STACK OF FLASH CARDS PRODUCED BY THE UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION SERVICES, THEY'RE LAMINATED CARDS WITH PICTURES ON THEM, THEY'RE THERE SO, LET ME SAY, NATURALIZING AMERICANS WHO SEEK TO PASS A TOAST BECOME AMERICAN CITIZENS CAN STUDY ON THE FLASH CARDS THE THINGS THEY NEED TO KNOW. FOR EXAMPLE, WHO IS THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY, GEORGE WASHINGTON. QUESTION ON THE FRONT SIDE, GEORGE WASHINGTON ON THE BACK SIDE. WHO SAVED THE UNION IN THE CIVIL WAR. FRONT QUESTION. BACK, ANSWER, ABE LINCOLN. FLIP THE CARD OVER, WHAT'S THE ANSWER, FREE ENTERPRISE-CAPITALISM. THAT'S THE SIMPLEST NO BRAINER QUESTION FOR THE ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES. IT'S THEIR IF WE REQUIRE ANYONE WHO IS NATURALIZED, WANT IT IS BECOME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY HAVE TO KNOW , AND YET WE HAVE PEOPLE CONSTANTLY ASSAULTING THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. WE HAVE SEEN THE NATIONALIZATION OF 1/3 OF OUR PRIVATE SECTOR WITHIN THE LAST YEAR. 1/3, ACCORDING TO "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" THIS HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, 1/6 OF OUR OVERALL ECONOMY. PERHAPS ANOTHER 18%, YOU ADD THOSE TOGETHER, WERE VERY -- WE'RE VERY CLOSE TO, IF NOT EXCEEDING, OVER HALF OF OUR ECONOMY BEING NATIONALIZED. MEANING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF MANAGEMENT AND RUNNING THE SHOW AND CALLING THE SHOTS AND FREEDOM DISAPPEARING, ALL OF THAT, WITHIN, WHAT, A YEAR OR A YEAR AND A COUPLE OF MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER? IT IS APPALLING TO THINK WE'VE HAD AN ALL-OUT FRONTAL ASSAULT ON FREE ENTERPRISE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME WE'RE TESTING IMMIGRANTS WHO WANT TO BECOME AMERICANS TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS NATION IS FOR FREE ENTERPRISE, THAT'S THE BASIS OF OUR ECONOMY. IT'S APPALLING, IT'S IRONIC, IT'S DISINGENUOUS TO TAKE THIS ATTACK AGAINST THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IN AMERICA TO KNOCK ALL OF THAT OUT WHICH THEY PROPOSED TO DO IN H.R. 3200 AND GO AFTER OUR HOSPITALS AND DING THEM FOR $128.8 BILLION WHEN MANY OF THE HOSPITALS AND MANY OF THE HOSPITALS I REPRESENT ARE TAKING A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF MEDICARE PATIENTS AND EVERY TIME THEY TAKE A PATIENT THEY KNOW THEY'RE LOSING MONEY AND IT HAS TO BE PICKED UP SOMEWHERE ELSE OR THEY CAN'T KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN, SO IT REQUIRES COST SHIFTING. THAT'S WHERE WE GET THE MEDICAL COSTS THAT SEEM OUT OF LINE. THEN YOU CAN GO ON DOWN THROUGH THE LINE, CUTTING HOME HEALTH CARE BY $56 BILLION. CUTTING MEDICARE COMMISSION $22.2 BILLION. MEDICARE IMPROVEMENT FUND BY $22.3 BILLION. PART D, $19.8 BILLION. WE'LL BE DOWN TO ASPIRINS IN NO TIME. SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES $14.6 BILLION. CUT PART B SCHEDULES, EXCEPT PHYSICIANS SERVICES, $23.1 BILLION. C.M.S. INNOVATION CENTER, HOSPICES, ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS, $800 MILLION OUT OF THE POWER WHEELCHAIRS, THAT MUST BE MCCASKILL'S OUT OF MISSOURI, AND COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS, MEDIGAP $100 MILLION. THIS STACK HERE TAKES US UP THERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $500 BILLION CUT OUT OF MEDICARE. WHAT DO WE HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE, WE'RE ALWAYS GOING AFTER WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE. I HEARD THERE'LL ALWAYS BE ABUSE, I HEARD A GENTLEMAN SAY. BUT WE'RE GOING AFTER THE WASTE AND FRAUD. IF THEY KNOW WHERE THE WASTE AND FRAUD IS, TELL ME. TELL ME, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT IS IT THAT'S GOING ON IN MEDICARE IN MY STATE, AT MY HOSPITALS, AT THE CLINICS IN MY DISTRICT, THAT ARE THAT IS WASTE, FRAUD, OR ABUSE, WHEN THEY'RE RECEIVING ON THE NATIONAL AVERAGE 80% OF THE COST OF DELIVERING THAT SERVICE? I DON'T HAVE ANYBODY IN MY DISTRICT MAKING MONEY OFF MEDICARE BUT IOWA IS THE LOWEST REIMBURSEMENT STATE IN THE UNION. THAT'S THE BIGGEST REASON WHY. SO WE HAVE THE LOWEST REIMBURSEMENT RATES IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE WROTE THAT BILL IN 2003. AND IOWA GOT A LITTLE BETTER OFF THEY CLIMBED A LITTLE BIT OFF OUT OF THAT 50TH IN THE NATION FOR REIMBURSEMENT RATES, THEY CLOSED THE GAP A LITTLE BUT NEVER GOT UP TO 49TH. AND WHO WAS NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION AT THE TIME IN REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR THEIR SIT ZENS? LOUISIANA WHO GOT THE MOST PER CAPITAL TA OUT OF THE ENTIRE -- PER CAPITA OUT OF THE ENTIRE COMPONENT OF THAT? LOUISIANA. WE LOOK ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND I HAVE DEMOCRAT AFTER DEMOCRAT WHO SAYS, THERE'S WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE IN MY MEDICARE. MAYBE IT IS IN YOURS, IT'S NOT IN MINE. BUT YOU WANT TO CUT MINE, NOT YOURS. YOU'LL DEFEND THOSE REIMBURSEMENTS TO YOUR DISTRICTS, YOU WON'T LET THEM CUT THOSE RATES. YOU HAVE A PACKAGE I SUPPORT, I WORK WITH SOME PEOPLE ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY DESERVE MORE OF THE CREDIT THAN I CAN TAKE IN THIS, THOUGH I DID WRITE SOME LANGUAGE IN THE 2003 BILL THAT ALLOWED FOR CONSIDERATION FOR COST AND QUALITY, BUT THIS IS SUPPOSEDLY A COMPONENT OF A NEGOTIATION THAT WE'LL GET AND THAT NUMBER IS SOMETHING LIKE $8 BILLION THAT WOULD BE ROLLED BACK IN TO HELP COMPENSATE COST AND QUALITY BUT IT'S PRETTY VAGUE. YOU CAN'T GET YOUR FINGERS ON IT. WE DON'T KNOW IF IT'S COST OR QUALITY OR DEMOCKFI AND GEOGRAPHY. THAT'S THE QUESTION. IF IT'S DEMOCKFI AND GEOGRAPHY, THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS USUALLY WANT TO DO. I SUSPECT THAT THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE RATES SO THAT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THEIR CHOSEN AREAS, THAT MEET THEIR DEMOGRAPHICS, WILL GET A HIGHER REIMBURSEMENT RATE. I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THAT MEANS THEY'LL TARGET MINORITIES AND INNER CITIES. I THINK THAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN REGARDLESS OF HA WHAT THEIR ETHNICITY AND NATIONAL ORIGIN IS AND REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY LIVE. IF YOU TAKE THAT OFF THE ABLE, AND I'D LIKE TO, BECAUSE IT PITS AMERICANS AGAINST AMERICANS AND CAUSES SOME TO FOCUS ON SKIN COLOR AND NOT THE CONTENT OF OUR CHARACTER, BUT IF WE CAN TAKE THAT OFF THE TABLE, THAT'S STILL GEOGRAPHY. IT'S GOING TO STILL TAKE AWAY OUR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND THEY WILL DECREASE AND GAIN THEMSELVES AN ADVANTAGE TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS WITHOUT REGARD TO JUSTICE AND EQUITY. JUSTICE AND EQUITY WOULD LOOK AT THIS AND CONCLUDE THAT STATES WITH THE LOWEST REIMBURSEMENT RATES SHOULD GET THE GREAT ETC. BUMP UP. BUT EVEN IF THAT'S NOT THE CASE, WHAT IF IT WOULD BE THE STATES AND LOCALES AND THE METROPOLITAN SERVICE AREAS THAT HAD THE BEST COST AND QUALITY RATIOS IN AMERICA? WHO RANKS NUMBER ONE IN COST AND QUALITY? AND SHOULDN'T WE REWARD THE PEOPLE PRODUCING THE BEST PRODUCTERS IN BEST VALUE? NOW MY STATE WILL RANK IN THE TOP FIVE IN EVERY BROAD HEALTH CARE RESULTS ANALYSIS THAT COMES OUT. EVERY OBJECTIVE, BROAD, HEALTH CARE RESULTS ANALYSIS THAT COMES OUT. IOWA WILL BE IN THE TOP FIVE. SOMETIMES THEY'RE NUMBER ONE IN SOME CATEGORY, SOMETIMES IT MOVES ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. BUT THEY'LL BE IN THE TOP FIVE IN QUALITY, BECAUSE OF THE RESULTS THEY GET, BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE PUT THEIR HITTERS AND SOULS AND BACKS AND HANDS INTO THIS AND GET A GOOD RESULT SYSTEM OF THAT'S THE QUALITY. BUT THEY'RE REWARDED WITH THE LOWEST REIMBURSEMENT RATE IN THE NATION. SO THEY GET A LOW COST, BECAUSE THEY AREN'T BEING PAID FOR THE SERVICE THEY'RE PROVIDING. THEY PRODUCE THE HIGH QUALITY ANYWAY. I'M SAYING, WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THE BEST COST AND QUALITY COMBINATION IN AMERICA, REWARD THOSE, AND IF YOU WANT TO GO OUT AND FIND A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS IN SAVINGS IN MEDICARE, DON'T COME TO MY STATE, DON'T COME TO MY DISTRICT. WE'RE PRODUCING THE BEST COMBINATION OF COST AND QUALITY IN AMERICA. GO TO THOSE PLACES THEN WHERE MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT RATES ARE HIGH AND RESULTS ARE HE AND ADVISE THEM THEY HAVE TO GET THEIR STANDARDS UP BUT THEY'LL REDUCE THEIR REIMBURSEMENT RATE IF THAT'S YOUR DETERMINATION TO TAKE A HALF TRILLION DOLLARS OUT OF THIS. THIS IS THE CHART, THIS IS THE REALITY AND TO CUT MEDICARE AND ARGUE THAT THERE'S WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE EVERYWHERE, SLASH IT ACROSS THE BOARD AND STARVE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DOING THE BEST FOR THE BEST GOOD FOR THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DOLLAR, DOLLARS, ARE UNJUST. AND THERE'S NO EQUITY THERE FOR ANYBODY INVOLVED, NOT THE THE PROVIDERS, NOT THE PRACTITIONERS, NOT THE PATIENTS, NOT THE SENIOR CITIZENS IN THIS DISTRICT WHICH I REPRESENT, WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE MOST SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN AMERICA. THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF IOWA, IOWA ITSELF, HAS THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE OTHER THE AGE OF 85 AND THEN 99 COUNTIES IN IOWA, 32 OF THEM IN MY DISTRICT, AND IN THAT 32 COUNTY DISTRICT, WE HAVE 10 OF THE 12 MOST SENIOR COUNTIES IN IOWA. SO 10 OF THE 12 MOST SENIOR COUNTIES IN IOWA AND THE MOST SENIOR STATE IN THE NATION. RESULTS IN I BELIEVE THE MOST SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN AMERICA. WE'RE LOOKING AT A HALF TRILLION DOLLAR CUT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO PAY FOR THEIR MULTI-- FOR THE $1 TRILLION TO $2 TRILLION BILL. THIS TAKES US TO THIS CONCLUSION THAT WAS DRAWN BY PRESIDENT OBAMA WHILE IN DEBATE WITH HILLARY CLINTON IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY PROCESS LAST YEAR IN 2008. AND I THINK IT WAS A GIVEN THAT GOING INTO THIS PRESIDENTIAL CONTEST ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE, HILLARY CLINTON CLEARLY OWNED THE FIELD AS FAR AS KNOWING HER HEALTH CARE ISSUES. AND HERE'S A POINT AS TO WHY I SAY THAT, MR. SPEAKER. SHE PRODUCED THIS MORE AMERICA -- FOR AMERICA, WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH HER HUSBAND, BILL CLINTON WHO CAME TO THIS FLOOR AND SPOKE FROM THIS WELL TO PLEAD WITH AND ENTREAT A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS, AND THE GALLERIES FULL TO ADOPT HIS CONCEPTS AND WRITE INTO LAW A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE ACT THAT WOULD COMPLETELY TAKE OVER, AT THAT TIME, 1/7TH OF THE U.S. ECONOMY. HILLARY CLINTON WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THAT, SHE HELD MEETINGS AND PUT TOGETHER A BILL, SOME WERE CLOSED DOOR MEETINGS. THAT SOUNDS A BIT FAMILIAR THESE DAYS. AND I REMEMBER MY FRUSTRATION WITH THE DOOR BEING CLOSED, WITH HILLY -- HILLARY CLINTON AND A TABLE FULL OF PEOPLE SLIDING PAPER AROUND AND ARGUING ABOUT THE DESTINY OF AMERICA. I'VE ALWAYS HAD AN AVERSION ABOUT TURNING PEOPLE LOOSE TO GO MAKE DECISIONS FOR AMERICANS OR IOWANS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. I RECALL A POLICY THAT NEEDED TO BE HANDLED WHEN I WAS IN THE IOWA SENATE AND SO THEY APPOINTED SIX DEMOCRATS AND SIX REPUBLICANS THE 12 APOSTLES I CALLED THEM, AND THEY PUT THEMSELVES INTO A ROOM AND CLOSED THE DOOR AND SWORE AND OATH THEY WOULDN'T TALK ABOUT THE PRODUCT THEY WERE WORKING ON UNTIL THEY ALL AGREED TO COME TO A CONCLUSION AND SIGN OFF ON THIS DOCUMENT. AND THEN THAT'S WHAT THEY DID. ONE OF MY CLOSE FRIENDS WAS IN THAT ROOM AND WOULD NOT -- AND I DIDN'T PRY VERY HARD BECAUSE I RESPECTED HIS INTEGRITY, BUT WOULD NOT UTTER A WORD OF WHAT WAS GOING ON INSIDE THAT ROOM. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE DO THAT? WHEN THEY MEET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WHEN THEY MEET IN SECRET, WHEN THEY APPOINT THEMS AS THE PEOPLE THAT ARE THE, SHALL I SAY, THE SOLE REPOSITORY OF WISDOM INSIDE THE ROOM WHEN THEY CLOSE THE DOOR. THEY COME OUT AND ONCE THEY REACH A CONSENSUS INSIDE THE ROOM TAKE PRODUCE A DOCUMENT OR PHILOSOPHY AND ALL SIGN OFF IT, EITHER IN INK OR VERBALLY AND THEY GO OUT AND STAND TOGETHER BEHIND THE MICROPHONES AND THEN THEY SAY, WE HAVE PRODUCED THE BEST PRODUCT POSSIBLE. WE'VE HAD THE RIGHT BRAINS IN THE ROOM. I'M OPTIMISTIC ABOUT WHAT WE'VE DONE. THIS IS THE RIGHT THING FOR AMERICA OR IOWA OR WHATEVER GROUP IT IS THAT THEY'RE SEEKING TO IMPOSE THIS POLICY ON. . AND IT WON'T BE ABLE TO FUNCTION PROPERLY AND IT REMINDS ME OF SECRETARY OF TREASURY PAULSEN ON SEPTEMBER 19 WHEN HE CAME TO THIS HILL AND ASKED CONGRESS TO WRITE HIM A CHECK FOR $700 BILLION AND HIS RESPONSE TO US AND HIS PRESENTATION TO US WAS, I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THIS FOR 13 MONTHS AND YOU HAVE ONLY BEEN LOOKING AT FOR 24 HOURS. DON'T TRY TO AMEND THIS. YOU WILL DESTROY THE OVERALL PRODUCT. THIS IS A PERFECTLY BALANCED VEHICLE. WELL, IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TO BALANCE A VEHICLE WHEN IT HAPPENS TO BE, NOT A BLANCHING CHECK, BUT A CHECK FOR $700 BILLION SIGNED BY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND BOARD -- BORROWED BY THE CHINESE TO BE PAID BY OUR GRANDCHILDREN YET TO BE BORN. AND I HAD TO WRITE ABOUT SOME THINGS. THAT'S WHAT CAME IN THE $700 BILLION. "WALL STREET JOURNAL" CAME OUT TODAY WITH SOME REGRET THAT THEY SUPPORT THAT HAD $700 BILLION AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PLUG PULLED AND THE MONEY PAID BACK TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AND NO MORE DOLED OUT TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. THAT IS A RUSH TO JUDGMENT. RIGHT NOW BEHIND THE CLOSED DOORS, WE HAVE NEGOTIATIONS TAKING PLACE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, PEOPLE NEGOTIATING AT DIFFERENT STAGES WITH DOORS CLOSED, MAYBE THREE SENATORS ON THE SENATE SIDE, FEW MORE HOUSE MEMBERS, MAYBE. BUT HERE IS THE IRONY. AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THESE THINGS THAT ARE IRONIC, BUT HERE IS THE IRONY. AS PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS CAMPAIGNING -- AND I'LL HAVE TO CIRCLE BACK TO THE HEIRAL ARRY -- HILLARY ISSUE IN A MOMENT, BUT HE SAID HE WILL HAVE UNCONDITIONAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN. THAT IS OBAMA SITTING DOWN WITH AHMADINEJAD AND MAYBE ASKING THEM IF THEY WOULD BE NICE PEOPLE AND SHUT DOWN THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS OPERATIONS. NOW, ASIDE FROM HOW THAT MAKES THE UNITED STATES LOOK AND HOW IT REWARDS PEOPLE FOR THREATENING ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES, ASIDE FROM THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS IRONIC TO ME THAT THE PRESIDENT IS MEETING WITH PEOPLE LIKE HARRY REID AND NANCY PELOSI, A HANDFUL OF DEMOCRATS AND THEY'RE CRAFTING LEGISLATION BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND HE IS NOT WILLING TO SIT DOWN WITH PEOPLE LIKE MITCH MCCONNELL, JOHN BOEHNER AND ERIC CANTOR. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THAT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD ANNOUNCE HE IS WILLING TO DO BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS, UNCONDITIONAL WITH IRAN, AHMADINEJAD, HE IS THE THERE BOSS THERE. HE WON AN ELECTION. THE RESULTS SUPPORTED BY THE WHITE HOUSE. SIT DOWN WITH AHMADINEJAD POTENTIALLY OR THE MULLAHS OR THE LEADERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. AND I WAS ABOUT TO MAKE THE CASE THAT DURING THE CAMPAIGN, HILLARY CLINTON MADE THE ARGUMENT ON HER VERSION OF HEALTH CARE -- IT WASN'T EXACTLY THIS, SHE HAD SOMEAL TERRATIONS AND WE KNOW THE SHAPE OF THIS BODY WON'T BE THE SAME, BUT THIS IS THE 15-YEAR-OLD FLOW CHART OF HILLARYCARE AND THIS IS WHAT DROVE PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKING POSITIONS ON HEALTH CARE THAT HE IS NOW SEEKING TO SUSTAIN IN THE SAME WAY HE IS SEEKING TO CLOSE GITMO ON JANUARY 22, NEXT YEAR. IT IS AN IMPOSING DARK CLOUD, A HASTEY EXECUTIVE ORDER, A POLICY AND HEALTH CARE THAT WAS HAMMERED OUT IN THE FACE OF SKILLFUL DEBATE ON THE PART OF HILLARY CLINTON. THIS IS HER PLAN, THIS IS FROM THE "NEW YORK TIMES" BACK IN 1993, 1994, SHORTLY BEFORE SENATOR PHIL GRAHAM STOOD ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND SAID THIS PLAN PASSES OVER MY DEAD COLD POLITICAL BODY. PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WAS WRONG AND THAT THIS HEALTH CARE BILL COULDN'T BE KILLED. THERE WERE MANY OF US WHO LINED UP TO KILL THIS. BUT HE WAS A MAN THAT WAS IN THE LEAD. HE WAS ONE OF THE GENERALS FIGHTING THIS WAR TO END THE EFFORT OF TAKING OVER 1/7 OF OUR ECONOMY AND HE INSPIRED PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE, PEOPLE IN THE SENATE AND PEOPLE ALL ACROSS AMERICA WITH HIS BELIEF AND CONVICTION THAT THIS COULD BE KILLED. AND SO THIS SCARY FLOW CHART THAT SCARED THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF ME. AND I ENDED UP WITH A CHART AND I THINK IT IS IN MY ARCHIVES, BUT I HUNG IT IN THE WALL OF ANY CONSTRUCTION OFFICE AND STAYED ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE 1990'S. WHEN I WONDERED ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND HOW TO KEEP A CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS OPERATING DID YOU DUE TO THE BURDEN OF GOVERNMENT, I WOULD LIKE AT THAT CHART AND WOULD SEE IT HAD BEEN BURIED BY THE LEADERSHIP OF PHIL GRAHAM AND OTHERS AND BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IT GAVE ME GREAT HEART THAT THE COMMON SENSE AT THE CORE AND HEART AND SOUL AND CONVICTION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PREVAILED OVER THIS SCARY FLOW CHART, WHICH IS A COMPLETE TAKEOVER OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND EACH ONE OF THESE BOXES BECOME, ALMOST ALL OF THEM ARE FUTURE -- WOULD HAVE BEEN OUR PROPOSED ORGANIZATIONS, PROPOSED AGENCIES. NOW WE HAVE A NEW FLOW CHART, NOT THE 1993-1994 VERSION, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE 15 YEARS LATER THE 2009 VERSION. AND THIS IS, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU OBSERVE THIS, WE HAVE THE WHITE BOXES ARE EXISTING ENTITIES OUT THERE. HERE IS PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITY, PRIVATE INSURERS, HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS THEY PRODUCE. GO AROUND AND SEE WHAT EXISTS HERE. OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS. OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH IS THERE. BUT THERE ARE AT LEAST 31 NEW AGENCIES AND NOW MORE CAREFUL INSPECTION, GROWS THIS UP TO MORE THAN 50 NEW AGENCIES CREATED BY H.R. 3200. THIS IS A SCARY PROPOSITION. HILLARYCARE, SCARY IN BLACK AND WHITE, SCARING US INTO PUBLIC LIFE, DIDN'T SCARE ME OUT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR, BECAUSE THIS WAS KILLED, KILLED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT IT HELPED ME TO COME INTO PUBLIC LIFE AND IF IT HAD NOT BEEN PROPOSED TO THE AMERICAN LIFE IF I COULD BE STACK HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS HERE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THIS IS A SCARY PROPOSITION, THIS TAKEOVER OF 1/6 OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND TAKEOVER OF A GOOD SHARE OF OUR FREEDOM, THE FREEDOM TO BUY THE HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY OF OUR COMMOICE. THE FREEDOM TO MOVE TO ANOTHER STATE IF WE DON'T LIKE THE ACCOMMODATIONS AND REGULATIONS THAT WE HAVE. THE FREEDOM TO GO WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE IF WE CHOOSE TO DO SO. THE FREEDOM TO TAKE OUR RISKS AND BE ABLE TO ACCEPT THE PROFITS THAT COME FROM THAT AND PAY THE PRICE. WE TAKE THE RISK. HERE'S THE TWO PREMISES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS HUNG HIS HAT ON AS A MEANS OF COUNTERACTING THE VERY ACTIVE AND INFORMED HEALTH CARE APPROACH IN THE PRIMARY THAT HILLARY CLINTON MOUNTED. HE WAS FORCED TO TAKE A POSITION ON HEALTH CARE. HERE ARE THE CONCLUSIONS HE DREW. ONE IS, WE SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY ON HEALTH CARE. WE HAVE TO FIX THAT. THE OTHER ONE WAS, WE HAVE TOO MANY UNINSURED. WE HAVE TO FIX THAT. SO SOMEHOW THEY HAVE COME ALONG AND GOTTEN AWAY FROM THE IDEA THAT YOU KNOW, THERE ARE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. AND IT SEEMS TO BE THE POINT THAT THEY'D LIKE TO MAKE IS THE POINT YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO HEAR OF IN WESTERN EUROPE THAN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND THAT IS AN ARGUMENT THAT PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY, THE POLICY. I MEAN EVERYBODY HAS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. IT MAY NOT BE THE BEST AND MAY GO INTO A PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC. I KNOW SOME AWFULLY GOOD PRACTITIONERS THERE THAT HAVE COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO WORKING IN THAT ENVIRONMENT AND I SEE HIGH QUALITY CARE WHEN I SEE THOSE IN MY DISTRICT. MAYBE THEY GO INTO A PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC AND GOES TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND RUNS UP CAST COSTS, BUT EVERYBODY HAS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. WHETHER THEY HAVE A DIME, OR $1 MILLION OR NEGATIVE NET WORTH, THEY HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THAT'S NOT THE ISSUE. THEY MAKE A NEW ISSUE WHICH IS TOO MANY UNINSURED. I WANT TO MAKE THE OTHER POINT AND THAT IS EASIER TO MAKE AND THAT IS PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS PREMISE THAT HAD WE SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY ON HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. YOU CAN ARGUE THAT AND DEBATE IT. WE ARE UP TO 16% OF OUR G.D.P. IS SPENT ON HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. THEY SHOW THAT 9.5% OF G.D.P. IS SPENT ON HEALTH CARE IN OTHER COUNTRIES. SOME ABOVE, SOME BELOW THAT NUMBER. THIS IS IN THE EYE OF THE BE HOLDER, THOSE RECEIVING THE HEALTH CARE FOR LIFESAVING PROCEDURES, THEY WILL TELL YOU IT WAS WORTH THE PRICE. I WON'T BELABOR THAT BECAUSE WE GET INTO ANECDOTES. IF PRESIDENT OBAMA IS RIGHT AND I'M NOT CONCEDING THAT POINT, BUT IF HE IS RIGHT, FOR THE SAKE OF CONJECTURE, I WOULD MAKE THIS POINT. HIS SOLUTION IS SPEND MORE, SPEND $1 TRILLION TO $2 TRILLION MORE ON HEALTH CARE AND SOMEHOW IT FIXES THE PROBLEM OF SPENDING TOO MUCH. AND IT IS JUST -- AS YOU HEARD THE WORDS FROM ONE OF THE GENTLEMEN WHO SPOKE, IT IS COUNTERINTUETIVE, HARD TO RATIONALIZE. IT IS I WILL LOGAL TO MAKE A POINT AND TAKE A DRIVE TO THE PRESIDENCY AND IMPOSE UPON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THE PELOSI MAJORITY HERE, HARRY REID MAJORITY DOWN THAT HALLWAY, $1 TRILLION TO $2 TRILLION HEALTH CARE PLAN BECAUSE WE SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY AND NOW WE'LL SPEND $1 TRILLION TO $2 TRILLION MORE. I FEEL LIKE A CAT CHASING A BALL OF STRING HERE, ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S MOVING TARGETS NOW IS, IT'S GOT TO BE UNDER $1 TRILLION. WRITE ME A BILL THAT DOES THAT, BECAUSE WE CAN'T TAKE THE POLITICAL HIT THAT IS OVER $1 TRILLION. THEY BROUGHT THE DOCTORS' FIX TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE AND IT WAS $247 BILLION TO FIX THE ADJUSTMENT RATES FOR OUR DOCTORS THAT ARE UNDERPAID IN SOME OF THESE CASES. AND IT FAILED ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE AND 13 DEMOCRATS VOTED WITH REPUBLICANS. HOW CAN THIS BE? THAT WAS THE WAY TO TAKE THAT $247 BILLION OUT OF THIS GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE BILL SO THAT THE BILL DIDN'T GO OVER $1 TRILLION. IF THEY WERE TO PASS THAT, THE DOCTORS' FIX WOULDN'T BE A PART OF IT AND WOULDN'T HAVE TO PUT IN THERE AND KEEP IT ALL UNDER THE $1 TRILLION CATEGORY. WE ARE HERE WITH AARP MAKING A PUBLIC STATEMENT THAT HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS IS A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE OVERALL OUTLAYS AND TAKE A HIT AND WATCH THEIR MEMBERSHIP BE -- HAVE THEIR REIMBURSEMENTS REDUCED IN THE CATEGORY THAT I SHOWED ON THIS CHART EARLIER BY $500 BILLION AND STILL THEIR HEARTS ARE COLD. HOW CAN THEY DO THAT? AARP. I HAD A CHART HERE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT SHOWS ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHY RA -- AARP MIGHT DO THAT. THERE IS A SECTION THAT WOULD EXEMPT MEDIGAP POLICIES MIGHT REDUCE. AARP INSURANCE WHICH THEY SELL AND THEY COLLECT A GOOD DEAL OF PREMIUMS ON IT, THE LION'S SHARE OF THE PROFITS THAT AARP MAKES CONTINUES TO DENY MEDIGAP CLAIMS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITIONS. THERE IS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION CLAUSE WRITTEN INTO MEDIGAP POLICIES AND H.R. 3200 WOULD PRESERVE THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION COMPONENT FOR AARP. I PRESUME THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY AARP CAN WATCH HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS BE CUT OUT OF MEDICARE AS LONG AS THEY PRESERVE THEIR MEDIGAP COMPONENT OF THE BUSINESS. THAT IS THE EASIEST ONE TO UNDERSTAND. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SPEND MORE, $1 TRILLION, TO $2 TRILLION MORE. THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE, HARRY REID, SOUGHT TO BLUR THAT AND EXEMPT THE DOCTORS' FIX SO THEY CAN KEEP THEIR -- I'LL ALL IT A SOCIALIZED MEDICINE BILL AND THE $247 BILLION PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT DEALT WITH THE DOCTORS' FIX LEGISLATION WAS SHOT DOWN IN THE SENATE AND COULD NOT RECEIVE A MAJORITY VOTE. . SO WHAT WE HAVE IS -- LET ME GET THE OTHER PART OF THE PRESIDENT'S POSITION, IT'S ILLUSTRATED, MR. SPEAKER. HERE'S THE POSITION OF THE PRESIDENT. IF WE SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY, THEREFORE WE'LL SPEND MORE, NOT LOGICAL, BECAUSE HE'S NOT LOGICAL. HERE'S ANOTHER ONE. WE HAVE 47 MILLION UNINSURED IN AMERICA. TOO MANY UNINSURED. SO THUS WE MUST INSURE THEM ALL. BECAUSE PEOPLE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE BELIEVE THAT HAVING YOUR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY IS SOMEHOW INTUITIVELY WITHDRAWN FROM THE CONSTITUTION AS A RIGHT THAT COMES DOWN FROM GOD, FLOWS THROUGH THE DECLARATION, SHOWS UP SOMEWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION, MAYBE THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND NOW THEY CAN DIVINE THAT AND HAND THAT OVER TO EVERYBODY IN AMERICA, LEGAL AND ILLEGAL, NO MATTER WHO ARE YOU, IF YOU'RE A HUMAN BEING AND I WOULDN'T BE THE ONLY -- I KNOW THAT THERE ARE A GOOD NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE ACTUALLY ENDORSED LEGISLATION THAT SAY THAT EVERY HUMAN BEING IN AMERICA, EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA, WOULD BE THE LANGUAGE, HAS A RIGHT TO THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE, TO RECEIVE IT FROM -- FOR FREE AND THAT HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS WILL BE SALARIED EMPLOYEES WORKING FOR THE GOVERNMENT. THAT WOULD BE A 1981 BILL THAT I HAPPENED TO READ THE OTHER DAY, INTRODUCED BY JOHN CONYERS. JOHN CONYERS IS STILL HERE. STILL PUSHING THE SAME KIND OF ISSUE. THIS IS THE 47 MILLION, MR. SPEAKER. 47 MILLION UNINSURED. NOW, THAT'S THE HIGHEST NUMBER THAT ANYBODY DEFENDS. WE IT CAN TAKE THIS DOWN TO 39 MILLION. BUT HERE'S HOW DO YOU THE MATH. IN THESE TWO CATEGORIES RIGHT HERE ARE ILLEGAL ALYENTS AND IMMIGRANTS -- ALIENS AND IMMIGRANTS. THAT COMES TO 10.2 MILLION. THEY'RE NOT PART OF THE 47 MILLION. THEY'RE NOT PART OF THE PEOPLE THAT I THINK WE OUGHT TO IMPOSE UPON TAXPAYERS TO FUND THEIR INSURANCE. I WANT TO TAKE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND IMMIGRANTS OUT OF THIS EQUATION OF THOSE WHO WOULD BE HANDED A GIFT-WRAPPED HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY. I WANT TO SUBTRACT FROM THAT LAST THE AMERICANS THAT HAVE THE MEANS TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN INSURANCE. THOSE AMERICANS MAKING OVER $75,000 A YEAR CAN FIND A WAY TO WRITE A CHECK FOR THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS. THEY DON'T, NINE OF THEM, MAKING OVER $75,000 A YEAR DON'T. HERE'S 9.7 MILLION, THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM BUT NOT ENROLLED. MOSTLY MEDICAID. THEY DON'T BOTHER TO SIGN UP. WHY WOULD THEY SIGN UP FOR ANOTHER PROGRAM IF WE HAND THEM A SILVER PLATTER HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY? 9.7 MILLION. THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYER-SPONSORED INSURANCE BUT NOT ENROLLED, SIX MILLION. THEY TOLD THEIR EMPLOYER THEY DON'T WANT IT OR THEY DON'T BOTHER TO SIGN UP. NOW, ALL OF THESE PEOPLE THAT I'VE DESCRIBED ARE THE PEOPLE THAT I DON'T BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO HAND THEM A SILVER PLATTERED, GIFT-WRAPPED INSURANCE POLICY BUT THOSE THAT ARE LEFT WE DO HAVE SOME COMPASSION FOR. THOSE ARE THE AMERICANS WITHOUT AFFORDABLE OPTIONS, THAT'S 12.1 MILLION PEOPLE, AMERICANS WITHOUT AFFORDABLE OPTIONS. NOW, RIGHT BEFORE I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, I WANT TO SHOW WHAT YOU IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF AMERICA. THIS IS 47 MILLION, THIS IS 47 MILLION IN AMERICA'S POPULATION. HERE WE ARE, 84% WITH HEALTH INSURANCE, THIS IS 306 MILLION AMERICANS IN THIS CIRCLE AND THESE FOLKS IN THESE CATEGORIES HERE ARE THE ONCE THAT I SAY I DON'T WANT TO INSURE AND AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO INSURE, ILLEGALS AND THOSE WITH MONEY AND THOSE WHO ALREADY QUALIFY, ETC. BUT THIS RED SLIVER HERE, THIS TINY PIECE OF THE PIE, THAT'S 12.11 MILLION PEOPLE, THAT'S LESS THAN 4% OF THE OVERALL U.S. POPULATION, AMERICANS WITHOUT AFFORDABLE OPTIONS. NOW, IT WOULD BE NICE TO HELP THESE PEOPLE. I'M OPEN TO DOING SOME OF THOSE THINGS AND WEEK OF GOT PROPOSALS HERE TO DO THAT. BUT THE REAL BOTTOM LINE IS, DEMOCRATS AND THE PRESIDENT, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, ARE PUTTING TOGETHER A POLICY THAT THEY WANT TO RAM DOWN OUR THROATS THAT WILL MAYBE REDUCE THIS 4% NUMBER DOWN TO 2% BUT THE PRICE WOULD BE TO TRANSFORM COMPLETELY, 100% OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY IN AMERICA AND START DOWN THE PATH OF COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION OF 100% OF THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM IN AMERICA. IT'S THE BEST HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD, IT'S THE BEST HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE A WHOLE LIST OF FIXES, SOME OF WHICH WE PASSED OUT OF THIS HOUSE AND WERE BLOCKED BY THE TRIAL LAWYERS OF THE SENATE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS BUT IT WAS REPUBLICANS THAT PRESERVE YOUR FREE ENTERPRISE, REPUBLICANS THAT PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM, MR. SPEAKER, AND IT'S REPUBLICANS THAT WILL REDUCE THESE COSTS IN OUR HEALTH CARE AND REDUCE THIS NUMBER OF 4% SLIGHTLY, NOT A BIG AMOUNT, MAYBE BY A PERCENT OR SO OR 2%, ALL OF THIS COMING OUT OF THE LIST HERE OF THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE AND A LIST OF THE 10 THINGS THAT I CARRY AROUND IN MY POCKET THAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS THAT I PROPOSE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE MOST TENACIOUS, RESILIENT AND PERHAPS ENTERTAINING MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, THAT IS FROM TEXAS, IS EAST TEXAS, I SHOULD SAY, IS HERE TONIGHT AND WHENEVER I SEE CONGRESSMAN GOHMERT ON THE FLOOR, I WANT TO HEAR WHAT'S ON HIS MIND. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM EAST TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, THE JUDGE.

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  • 08:21:47 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN, MY DEAR FRIEND FROM IOWA, YIELDING. IT IS…

    AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN, MY DEAR FRIEND FROM IOWA, YIELDING. IT IS INTERESTING WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PEOPLE THAT DO NOT HAVE COVERAGE AND AS MY FRIEND FROM IOWA KNOWS, EARLIER TODAY THERE WERE A GREAT MANY ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES GIVEN BY REPUBLICANS, NUMEROUS ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES GIVEN BY DEMOCRATS AND A DEMOCRAT THAT I HAPPEN TO LIKE A GREAT DEAL, HE'S ALWAYS BEEN THE MOST GRACIOUS TO ME, BUT HE GAVE A ONE-MINUTE IN WHICH HE POINTED OUT THAT HE HAD A FRIEND WHO HAD CALLED THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE THINKING -- SEEKING HELP WITH A MEDICAL PROBLEM AND THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE ASKED THE QUESTION, DO YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE? AND HE RESPONDED THAT HE DID NOT AND THEY SAID, WELL, WE WILL SEE YOU BUT YOU'LL NEED TO BRING $250 TO PAY FOR THE VISIT AND TREATMENT. TO WHICH HE RESPONDED, AS I RECALL, LOOK, I'M NOT FROM THIS COUNTRY, I DON'T HAVE $250. AND THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE RESPONDED, WELL, THEN YOU'LL NEED TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. SO, THIS INDIVIDUAL IS GOING TO GET HEALTH CARE, HE'S GOING TO HAVE IT PROVIDED AND OBVIOUSLY SOMEHOW THIS PERSON GOT INTO IN THIS COUNTRY AND DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS LEGALLY HERE OR ILLEGALLY HERE, BUT -- AND MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE, MY DEMOCRATIC FRIEND, SAID THAT IS WHY WE'VE GOT TO HAVE THIS UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE BILL. THAT'S WHY WE'VE GOT TO PASS THIS. SO PEOPLE LIKE HIS FRIEND COULD HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND BE COVERED AND NOT HAVE TO GO TO THE E.R. TO GET APPARENTLY HIS FREE CARE. WELL, THAT I THINK REALLY POINTS OUT A DISTINCT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE APPROACHES OF THE TWO PARTIES. THAT IS WHY EVEN THOUGH THE DEMOCRATS HAVE ABOUT 40 VOTES MORE THAN THEY NEED TO PASS ANY BILL THEY WANT TO, THEY STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE VOTES THEY NEED BECAUSE OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS HAVE INDICATED THEY CAN'T SUPPORT THE BILL THAT'S BEEN PRESENTED BEFORE THEM. YET THEY TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BLAME REPUBLICANS. WELL, WE'RE NOT ONBOARD AND WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE COME INTO THIS COUNTRY AND LET'S SAY GIVE THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT, HERE LEGALLY, UP COME TO THIS COUNTRY AND IMMEDIATELY DEMAND FREE HEALTH CARE? I MEAN, THAT'S INCREDIBLE. THAT SOMEBODY WOULD HAVE THAT KIND OF DEMAND. I KNOW THAT IN CHINA JUST RECENTLY SOMEONE FROM THE UNITED STATES WAS OVER THERE AND REQUIRED A TEST AND THEY WERE REQUIRED TO PAY THE MONEY UP FRONT BEFORE THEY COULD GET THEIR TESTING. THAT GOES ON. CHINA, FOR EXAMPLE, AND EUROPE HAVE BEEN CHASTISING THE UNITED STATES FOR SQUANDERING MONEY. IMAGINE THAT. BUT HERE YOU HAVE THE DEMOCRATIC POSITION THAT SOMEBODY FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT'S VISITING HERE, NOT A CITIZEN, MAYBE HERE LEGALLY OR ILLEGALLY, SHOULD BE ABLE TO CALL UP AND DEMAND THAT ANY DOCTOR IN THE COUNTRY HE WANTED TO SEE SHOULD BE FORCED IT TO SEE HIM EVEN THOUGH HE CAN'T PAY FOR IT IS AMAZING TO ME. BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT THE CIVIL WAR WAS FOUGHT AND WON TO SHOW, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE CONSTITUTION DID NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO BECOME -- OR BE MADE SLAVES AND THAT'S WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSION IF YOU ALLOWED THAT KIND OF THING. IF BY GOLLY THE HEAVY-HANDED GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO DEMAND THAT YOU, DOCTOR, YOU WHO WENT THROUGH SO MANY YEARS OF TRAINING AND EDUCATION, ALL THOSE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, WORKING AS AN INTERN AND AS A RESIDENT, THAT YOU WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE FREE HEALTH CARE TO SOMEONE WHO JUST COMES INTO THIS COUNTRY AND I WAS RECENTLY WITH A GROUP THAT WENT OVER TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND WE FLEW ON COMMERCIAL AIRLINE AND THAT IS A LONG FLIGHT AND ONE OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL FRIENDS SAID THAT THE LADY NEXT TO HIM SEEMED WELL TO DO AND THAT SHE HAD COMMENTED THAT DURING THE LONG FRIGHT FLIGHT HER HUSBAND WORKED WITH HAMAS -- FLIGHT HER HUSBAND WORKED WITH HAMAS. WE RECOGNIZE HAMAS AS BEING A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. HERE SHE'S VERY CAVALIER, WELL, HE WORKS FOR HAMAS. THEN DURING THE COURSE OF THE TRIP, SHE ALSO VOLUNTEERED THAT HER SEASONAL IS WITH HAMAS -- HER SON-IN-LAW IS WITH HAMAS AND EVENTUALLY THEY WERE ABOUT TO HAVE THEIR SECOND GRANDCHILD AND WITH THIS GRANDCHILD THEY WERE GOING TO DO AS WAS DONE WITH THE FIRST, THIS DAUGHTER THAT WAS PREGNANT WAS GOING TO FLY OVER TO THE UNITED STATES RIGHT BEFORE THE BABY WAS DUE, END OF AUGUST, HAVE THE BABY AND THEN SHE POINTED OUT THAT THEIR FAMILY LIKED THE OPTION OF HAVING AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THEIR FAMILY BECAUSE THAT'S WHY THEY CALL THEM ANCHOR BABIES, THEY MAY ALLOW THEM, HER HUSBAND WITH HAMAS, HER SON-IN-LAW WITH HAMAS, TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES AS AN EXCUSE BECAUSE THEY'RE RAISING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. THEY GET A VISA, COME OVER HERE TO HAVE THE BABY AND AS SHE POINTED OUT TO A FILLOW MEMBER OF CONGRESS, NOT KNOWING WHO HE IS, AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THE BEST THING ABOUT IT IS SHE'LL FLY HOME WITH OUR NEW GRANDBABY AND SHE WON'T HAVE TO PAY A DIME. THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON. THAT'S WHAT OUR FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE WAS POINTING OUT EARLIER TODAY, THAT HE THINKS SHOULD GO ON. THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME INTO THIS COUNTRY AND DEMAND FREE HEALTH CARE FROM WHOMEVER. BUT MOST OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE TAKE THE POSITION THAT THIS COUNTRY IS SUCH A BLESSING AND THROUGH THIS COUNTRY WE'VE BEEN THE MOST PHILANTHROPIC COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD IN TIMES OF CRISIS. AND WE'RE WILLING TO DO SO IN TIMES OF CRISIS. BUT IF WE TAKE ON THE HEALTH CARE EXPENSE OF THE WHOLE WORLD, MUCH AS WE'RE DOING WITH PHARMACEUTICAL COSTS, WE SEEM TO BE SUBSIDIZING THE WORLD'S PHARMACEUTICAL COSTS, BUT IF WE DO THAT WITH ALL HEALTH CARE COSTS, FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO COME IN, GET FREE HEALTH CARE, ANY TIME THEY WANT, WE WILL BANKRUPT THIS NATION. THIS BLESSING THAT WE'VE BEEN HANDED WILL NOT BE AROUND TO BE PASSED ON TO OUR DESCENDENTS. AND, YOU KNOW, WE'VE HEARD OVER AND OVER AND I GET SO TIRED OF HEARING IT BECAUSE IT'S SO UNTRUE, THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE NO SOLUTION. THIS IS A BILL THAT I FILED, IT'S A HEALTH CARE SOLUTION THAT I THINK TRUMPS ANYTHING THAT I'VE HEARD ANY OF THE DEMOCRATS POINT OUT AND SINCE WE NOW KNOW FROM THE SECRETARY THAT THE PRESIDENT, EVEN THOUGH HE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT MY BILL, MY PLAN, ACTUALLY HE DOES NOT HAVE ANY BILL. HE'S TALKING ABOUT A SET OF PRINCIPLES. THAT WAS QUITE A REVELATION. BUT, ANYWAY, IN MY BILL, SECTION 301 SAYS THAT NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ON OFFICE IS DEFINED IN SECTION 101-A OF THE IMMIGRATION NATIONALITY ACT, MAY NOT ISSUE OR RENEW AN IMMIGRANT VISA TO AN ALIEN UNLESS THE ALIEN PRESENTS EVIDENCE WHICH MAY BE IN THE FORM OF SPONSORING EMPLOYER OR INDIVIDUAL IN THE UNITED STATES IN WHOSE HOUSEHOLD THE ALIEN INTENDS TO RESIDE WHO WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THE REQUISITE COVERAGE THAT THE ALIEN AND THE ALIEN'S SPOUSE AND CHILDREN WHO ARE ACCOMPANYING OR FOLLOWING TO JOIN THE ALIEN WILL BE COVERED BY HIGH DEDUCTIBLE HEALTH CARE PLAN AS DEFINED IN SECTION 223 AND WILL BE AN ACCOUNT BENEFICIARY OF THE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT UNDER SUCH SECTION AFTER THE ALIEN'S ADMISSION TO THE UNITED STATES AS AN IMMIGRANT OR THE DURATION OF THE ALIEN'S RESIDENCE IN THE UNITED STATES OR BE SUBJECT TO REMOVAL. IN OTHER WORDS, THE LONG SHORT OF THIS IS, UNDER MY BILL, WE WELCOME IMMIGRANTS COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY, WELCOME THEM. IT'S MADE THIS COUNTRY STRONG, BUT SINCE IT'S A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY THAT WE NOT LET NONAMERICAN CITIZENS BANKRUPT THIS COUNTRY, THEN IN THE FUTURE, IF THEY ALLOWED MY BILL TO COME TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE, THEN ANYONE WANTING TO COME IN WILL HAVE TO PROVE THAT THEY WILL BE COVERED, THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE NEEDED WILL BE COVERED, -- NEEDS WILL BE COVERED, THEY'LL BE MET BEFORE THEY GET A VISA AND IF THAT HEALTH INSURANCE EXPIRES BEFORE THEIR VISA DOES, THEY ARE SUBJECT TO REMOVAL FROM THE COUNTRY. . . I KNOW MY FRIEND FROM IOWA WAS WITH ME WHEN WE WENT TO ENGLAND TO TALK ABOUT IMMIGRATION OVER THERE. AND WE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND IT WAS A BIPARTISAN TRIP. THERE WERE PEOPLE FROM BOTH PARTIES WHO WERE THERE. BUT A LADY WITH THE IMMIGRATION -- WELL, SHE POINTED OUT BEFORE YOU CAN RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THEY REQUIRE THAT YOU BE THERE PAYING INTO THEIR SYSTEM FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS BEFORE YOU CAN GET A DIME. AND ONE OF OUR FRIENDS FROM THE OTHER PARTY WAS OUTRAGED, BUT THAT'S DISCRIMINATION BASED ON NATIONAL ORIGIN. YOU SHOULDN'T BE FORCING THEM TO PAY IN BEFORE THEY CAN RECEIVE. THAT DOESN'T SEEM FAIR. AND SHE VERY CALMLY AND WITH THAT BEAUTIFUL ENGLISH ACCENT POINTED OUT, WELL IN THIS COUNTRY WE THINK IT'S FAIR THAT BEFORE YOU RECEIVE BENEFITS, YOU HELP PAY INTO THE BENEFITS POOL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:32:32 PM

    MR. KING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I RECALL THAT CONVERSATION. AND JUST…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I RECALL THAT CONVERSATION. AND JUST TO GIVE A BALANCED VIEW OF THIS. THE LADY WAS WITH THE U.S. -- EXCUSE ME, THE BRITISH EMBASSY AND PART OF THAT DISCUSSION AND DEBATE THAT THAT I ENGAGED IN WITH HER AND SHE BELIEVED THERE WAS MORE FREEDOM IN CHINA THAN THERE IS IN THE UNITED STATES AND WHY WOULD YOU COME TO THAT CONCLUSION WAS MY QUESTION AND HER ANSWER WAS BECAUSE THEY HAVE FREE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IN CHINA. I DON'T KNOW THAT IT IS FREE IN CHINA. WE KNOW WHAT OUR RIGHTS ARE. WE ESTABLISH THOSE RIGHTS AND RESTING OUR FREEDOM UNDER THE BRITISH CROWN. WE RECEIVED A LOT OF THE UNDERLYING PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM. AND YET, THEY ARE DELINEATED IN OUR CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS AND FOUNDATION FOR THEM IS IN THE DECLARATION, RIGHTS THAT COME FROM GOD. WE SEE RIGHTS DIFFERENTLY THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD. IT'S HARD TO TALK ABOUT FREEDOM WITH PEOPLE WHO SPEAK ENGLISH WHO HAVE A DIFFERENT DEFINITION OF THE WORD FREEDOM. THEY HAVE FREEDOM IN CHINA BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE TO EARN THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY, I WOULD SAY THERE IS LESS FREEDOM IN CHINA BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE TO. WE GET TO STRUGGLE HERE AND TRY. THE PEOPLE THAT EX SELL AND TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY -- JIMMY CARTER -- I DON'T KNOW IF HE LIVED BY IT AND HE ONCE SAID CAMPAIGNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, HE SAID I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE THAT WORK SHOULD LIVE BETTER THAN THOSE WHO DON'T. I THOUGHT THOSE WORDS MADE A LOT OF SENSE AND I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 08:34:30 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND INTERESTING HEADLINES IN THE NEWS THIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND INTERESTING HEADLINES IN THE NEWS THIS EVENING, FOR EXAMPLE, ONE ARTICLE SAYS, HEADLINE, REID TARGETS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH INSURANCE. ANOTHER SAYS, SNOWE, TALKING ABOUT SENATOR SNOWE, REJECTS REID PUBLIC OPTION PLAN. ANOTHER SAYS, DEMOCRATIC SENATOR LINCOLN, PUBLIC OPTION, A NONSTARTER. ANOTHER HEADLINE, LEIBERMAN BACKS G.O.P. FILIBUSTER OF PUBLIC OPTION. ANOTHER ONE, REID TARGETS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER. AND THESE CAN'T BE TOO GOOD A NEWS. ONE, THIS ARTICLE FROM MONDAY SAYS IN AN APPEARANCE AT A FLORIDA SENIOR CENTER DURING THE DAY, SPEAKER PELOSI SUGGESTED A NEW NAME FOR THE SAME APPROACH TO EASE THE OPPOSITION, TALKING ABOUT PUBLIC OPTION. SHE SUGGESTED, QUOTE, THE CONSUMER OPTION, UNQUOTE. REPRESENTATIVE DEBEE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, DEMOCRAT FROM FLORIDA, USED THE TERM QUOTE, COMPETITIVE OPTION, UNQUOTE. CRITICS SAY THE APPROACH AMOUNTS TO A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF THE INSURANCE AGENCY, WHICH I TEND TO AGREE. THIS QUOTES SENATOR SNOWE OF MAINE, THE ONLY REPUBLICAN TO VOTE WITH DEMOCRATS THIS YEAR ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING SHE WAS DISAPPOINTED IN THE APPROACH THAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER HAD CHOSEN. IT CAN'T BE TOO GOOD OF NEWS FOR BRINGING -- RAM, INC. THIS BILL DOWN THE AMERICANS' THROAT AND FORCING PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE WHO COME INTO THIS COUNTRY AND DEMAND FREE HEALTH CARE. WE HAVE A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION ACROSS THE AISLE AS TO HOW THAT SHOULD BE HANDLED. BUT I ALSO DO KNOW THAT WE HAVE FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE THAT SIMPLY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THAT WILL RESTORE OUR COUNTRY'SAL -- ABILITY TO AVOID BANKRUPTCY.

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  • 08:37:04 PM

    MR. KING

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I KNOW THAT WE ARE VERY NEAR THE END OF THIS. AND THE…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I KNOW THAT WE ARE VERY NEAR THE END OF THIS. AND THE POINT, MADAM SPEAKER, I DIDN'T DO A REAR VIEW MIRROR CHECK EARLIER, MADAM SPEAKER, THE POINT I WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE YOU WITH IS THIS, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REJECTED A POLICY THAT WAS BEING DRIVEN THROUGH THE HOUSE AND SENATE, A POLICY DRIVEN BY THE PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND CALLED COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, I CALLED IT COMPREHENSIVE AMNESTY. THEY JAMMED THE TELEPHONE LINES AND THEY KILLED THAT BILL. THIS BILL, THIS BAD BILL AFFECTS MORE AMERICANS AND DOES NOT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, HAS ONLY DEMOCRAT SUPPORT AND THEY'RE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN RISE UP, MADAM SPEAKER, AND JAM THE TELEPHONE LINES AND STALL UP THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND DO SO IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AS WELL. THEY CAN CONVEY THIS MESSAGE TO KILL THIS BAD BILL SO WE CAN START OVER WITH REAL SOLUTIONS, AMONG THEM THE LIST I HAVE, TORT REFORM, BUY INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES, PORTABILITY, FULL DEDUCTIBILITY, HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, TRANSPARENCY IN BILLING, ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS, PRESERVE CATASTROPHIC INSURANCE, EXTEND COBRA, THAT IS THE TOP 10. HERE'S WHAT I WOULD REJECT. IF WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO OPT OUT AS HARRY REID SAID YESTERDAY, I'LL OPT OUT OF ABORTIONS, FUNDING ILLEGAL ALIENS AND LAWSUIT ABUSE THAT IS COSTING US BILLIONS, TAX INCREASES AND MEDICAID CUTS AND MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO KILL THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:38:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE CHAIR…

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR 60 MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    HER COURTESIES IN YIELDING TO ME. AND EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR HAVING…

    HER COURTESIES IN YIELDING TO ME. AND EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES. LISTENING TO MY GOOD FRIENDS WHO HAVE SPENT THE LAST HOUR GIVING US THE REASON WHY -- AND USUALLY IN THAT QUESTION, THERE IS A SENSE OF HOPELESSNESS AND FRUSTRATION, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OF THE ANSWER WHY NOT. AFTER 60 OR SO YEARS SINCE THE 1930'S, 1940'S, 1950'S AND 1960'S, WHEN AMERICA HAS ATTEMPTED TO TRAVEL ON THE JOURNEY OF HEALTH CARE REFORM, WHY NOT IN 2009? AND FRANKLY, I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN. AND AS I LISTEN TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN GRAYSON FROM A FEW DAYS AGO ON THIS VERY FLOOR AND HE ASKED INDIVIDUALS WHO TRAGICALLY WHO LOST LOVED ONES BECAUSE OF THE TRAGEDY, THE INEQUALITY OF LACK OF HEALTH COVERAGE, HEALTH CARE INSURANCE, I JOIN HIM AND I ASKED THAT THAT THOSE WHO ARE SICK TODAY IN AMERICA AND WANT TO BE HEARD, THAT THEY ARE SICK AND GETTING SICKER BECAUSE OF NO HEALTH CARE INSURANCE. I'D LIKE YOU TO WRITE IN ON MY WEBSITE, UNITED STATES CONGRESS, CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE, LET US HEAR FROM YOU. AS WE HAVE LOST TRAGICALLY THOSE AS WE HAVE LOST TRAGICALLY THOSE WHO HAVE PAST, THOSE COUNTLESS FAMILIES RESPONDING TO A CALL, FOR THEM TO EXPRESS THEIR SADNESS AND PROVIDE US WITH THAT INFORMATION. I KNOW THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE NOW SUFFERING WITH THEIR SICKNESS ALONE BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. SO TODAY, I RISE TO THE FLOOR TO GIVE SORT OF A SUMMARY OF A HEARING THAT WAS HELD TODAY IN JUDICIARY THAT ALLOWED INDIVIDUALS TO COME TO THAT ROOM AND FOR MEMBERS TO LISTEN TO THEM ON THEIR STORIES ABOUT THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE SICK. YES, SOME DID DIE, BUT THEY SPOKE OF THEIR SICKNESS. AND I'M DELIGHTED, BUT SADDENED THAT THOSE STORIES HAD TO BE TOLD. BUT THE ROOM HAD DOCTORS, PATIENTS COMING TOGETHER AROUND THE QUESTION OF WHY NOT AND IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN. THE CONGRESS PERSONS CAME AS FAR AWAY FROM OHIO AND TEXAS, WASHINGTON, D.C., THEY CAME FROM MICHIGAN AND ARIZONA AND NEW YORK TO LISTEN TO THESE VARIOUS AMERICANS COMING FROM FAR AWAY PLACES, AS FAR AWAY AS CALIFORNIA, TO TALK ABOUT THE TRAGEDY OF SICKNESS AND BEING ALONE. LET ME FIRST OF ALL START WITH THE OBVIOUS QUESTION OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AMERICA BECOMES SICK. WELL, RIGHT NOW, WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC OF H1N1. IT HAS RISEN TO THE LEVEL OF NATIONAL HEADLINES. THE PRESIDENT HAS DECLARED A NATIONAL EMERGENCY. IN FACT, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ARE BEING WRITTEN THAT ONE IN FIVE CHILDREN WILL BECOME INFECTED WITH INFLUENZA-TYPE ILLNESS. WE KNOW OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING IMPACTED NEGATIVELY. IN MY OWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THIS PAST MONDAY, I HELD A HEARING WITH LEAD RS FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR AND PRIVATE HEALTH SECTOR, THE HARRIS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE CITY OF HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT, OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS, COMMUNITY CITIZENS AND LEADERS, WHO INDICATED THAT AS WE WORK WITH OUR GOVERNMENT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, HERE'S HOW YOU CAN DO BETTER. BUT AS I WAS LISTENING TO THEIR TESTIMONY, I COULD JUST THINK OF SICK PEOPLE, IN THIS CASE, SICK WITH H1N1. WHAT WOULD MY COLLEAGUES SAY IF THIS TURNED INTO THE RAGING PANDEMIC WHERE LINES AND LINES OF PEOPLE, PEOPLE LANGUISH ISSUING IN THEIR APARTMENTS AND HOMES AND COULD NOT ACCESS DOCTORS. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, WE WERE FOUNDED AFTER 9/11, THE TRAGEDY OF UNPREPAREDNESS IN SOME CIRCLES, IT WAS DEFINED AS THIS NATION NOT BEING PREPARED. IF, FOR EXAMPLE, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ADDRESS THIS QUESTION, OUR PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS, OUR PUBLIC HEALTH CORPS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FEMA AND OTHERS ARE DOING WHAT THEY COULD DO, BUT THEY WERE OVERCOME BY THE FACT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE, THAT THOSE WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BE CARED FOR WERE HESITANT TO GO TO A DOCTOR, ONE, THEY DID NOT HAVE ACCESS AND MAYBE THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE RESOURCES, MAYBE THEY DIDN'T HAVE FEDERALLY QUALIFIED CLINICS, WHICH IS IN H.R. 3200 OR DENIED COVERAGE BECAUSE THEY HAD A PRE-EXISTING DISEASE, THEY WERE ON VARIOUS OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE SEEN A DOCTOR. MAYBE SHE SHOULD HAVE SEEN A DOCTOR THE FIRST TIME AND KEEP OTHERS FROM BEING INFECTED AND STOP THE CONTAGIOUSNESS OF WHAT THEY HAD. HEALTH CARE BECOMES PART OF A NATIONAL CRISIS. AND I LISTENED SOME CHALLENGE ABOUT THE RIGHT TO HEALTH CARE. THE BILL OF RIGHTS EMBRACES THAT, BECAUSE THE 5TH AMENDMENT ADDRESSES THE QUESTION OF DUE PROCESS AND ONE DOESN'T HAVE DUE PROCESS IF YOUR NEIGHBOR CAN HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND SAVE HIS CHILDREN FROM THE SCURGE OF H1N1 OR NOT LOSING THEIR LIVES BECAUSE THEY HAVE VULNERABILITIES AS A CHILD AND YOU CANNOT. . MADAM SPEAKER, EVERYTHING IS INTERTWINED. IT IS AN ACTION AND A REACTION. LISTEN TO THE HEARINGS, I MADE SEVERAL REMARKS. THIS IS THE CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING WHERE MEMBERS OF OUR DELEGATION JOINED US AND THEY LISTENED TO THE IDEA OR TO THE FACT THAT H1N1 IS MORE WIDESPREAD NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. HEALTH AUTHORITIES SAY ALMOST 100 CHILDREN HAVE DIED FROM THE FLU AND 46 STATES NOW HAVE WIDESPREAD FLU ACTIVITY. MORE THAN 5,000 PEOPLE HAVE REPORTEDLY DIED FROM SWINE FLU SINCE IT EMERGED THIS YEAR AND DEVELOPED INTO A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAID FRIDAY, SINCE MORE COUNTRIES HAVE STOPPED COUNTING INDIVIDUAL SWINE FLU CASES, THE FIGURE IS CONSIDERED AN UNDERESTIMATE. THE FLU HAS INFECTED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND KILLED NEARLY 100 CHILDREN IN THE U.S. THE CHIEF OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION SAID FRIDAY THAT OVER 1,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED AS A RESULT, WITH 46 STATES REPORTING AGAIN WIDESPREAD H1N1 ACTIVITY. WHAT HAPPENS AS THIS IS COMPOUNDED BY THE MILLIONS WHO ARE UNINSURED? SPECIFICALLY IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, THERE WERE TWO SWINE FLU DEATHS CONFIRMED ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, THAT BROUGHT THE H1N1 DEATH TOLL IN HOUSTON UP TO 15. THE 15-COUNT DEATH TOLL INCLUDES RESIDENTS OF MANY DIFFERENT AREAS SURROUNDING HARRIS COUNTY. THE STATE REPORTED ONE NEW INFLUENZA ASSOCIATED PEDIATRIC DEATH LAST WEEK. WHAT DO WE SAY TO THAT CHILD'S PARENTS? I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THEY DID NOT HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE, BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THERE WILL BE THOSE INFECTED THAT DO NOT. THE CHILD THAT DIED WAS AN 11-YEAR-OLD WITH SIGNIFICANT UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. THE CHILD WAS NOT VACCINATED FOR INFLUENZA FOR THE CURRENT SEASON. NOT H1N1 BUT THE REGULAR FLU SHOT. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THAT THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SOME DIFFICULTY IN THAT CHILD RECEIVING THAT FLU SHOT. SO MANY ARE IN THAT PREDICAMENT. SO MANY DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO DOCTORS AND CLINICS AND HEALTH INSURANCE OR A VIGOROUS ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION. WHICH WOULD HELP THE MILLIONS OF THOSE WHO NOW LANGUISH, WHO MAY BE WORKING BUT DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACCESS HEALTH INSURANCE. SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND MY CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN JOHN CONYERS, FOR CO-HOSTING AND GRANTING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACT ON MY IDEA AND THAT WAS FOR THIS CONGRESS TO LISTEN TO THE SICK AND WOE DID WE LISTEN TO THE SICK TODAY, FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M., LISTENED TO PEOPLE'S STORIES. SO I SHARE WITH YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I ADD IN THE BACKDROP WHAT AMERICA WILL DO. THIS SURGE, THIS PANDEMIC OF H1N1 BEGINS TO FILTER INTO EVERY CRANNY, EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY AND FIND THE UNINSURED. THOSE WHO COULD NOT EARLIER GET A FLU SHOT. THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A PHYSICIAN TO DETERMINE WHAT THEY HAVE. NO DOCTOR TO GIVE THEM TAM FLUE. NO PLACE TO GO -- TAMIFLU. NO PLACE TO GO. NOT BECAUSE OUR VERY FINE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT BE HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH LOCAL AND STATE AUTHORITIES TO PROVIDE OFFSITE PLACES FOR THE H1N1 VACCINATION TO TAKE PLACE, AS WE GET THE DOSES AND AS THEY ARE BEING PRODUCED, BUT WHO KNOWS OF THOSE WHO WILL GO UNATTENDED BECAUSE OF THEIR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OR LACK OF INFORMATION OR LACK OF ABILITY TO ACCESS A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL? MAYBE THEY WILL CROWD UP INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. AND MAKE IT A NATIONAL AND UNENDING CRISIS. IN THE HEARING TODAY WE MENTIONED THE VIETNAM WAR, THAT TRAGICALLY LOST 50,000 OF OUR BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS TREASURE OF THE UNITED STATES. WE ACKNOWLEDGED THEIR SACRIFICE, WE EXPRESSED HOW MUCH HORROR HAD BEEN EXPRESSED FOR THE LOSS OF LIFE, ALTHOUGH APPLAUDING AND RECOGNIZING THEIR SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY AND NEVER FORGETTING IT. BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, AS WE STAND HERE TODAY, WE'RE LOSING 45,000 AMERICANS EVERY SINGLE YEAR, A WAR, A WAR THAT DOES NOT SEEM TO HAVE A PEACE TABLE WHERE WE CAN SIT DOWN AND RESOLVE THIS CONFLICT, OF THOSE WITH NO INSURANCE, BECAUSE WE ARE STUCK, IF YOU WILL AND PEOPLE ARE NOT LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE . TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3200, WITH A VIGOROUS PUBLIC OPTION, A BILL THAT ELIMINATES THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, THAT PROVIDES FOR OPPORTUNITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO BE COVERED, THAT PROVIDES FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE, THAT CLOSES PRESCRIPTION PART D, THE HORRIBLE DONUT HOLE, THE NO -- THAT NO SENIOR EVER WANTED TO HEAR ABOUT THAT PROTECTS MEDICARE AND EXPANDS MEDICAID AND OPENS THE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL AMERICANS. MADAM SPEAKER, THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL," AS FAR AS I KNOW, HAS NEVER BEEN A PAPER OF GREAT LIBERALISM. THEY TELL IT LIKE IT IS. HOWEVER, MANY PEOPLE MIGHT NOT BELIEVE THESE NUMBERS. "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL"-NBC POLL OF TODAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009, NEARLY 3/4 OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IT IS EXTREMELY OR QUITE IMPORTANT TO GIVE AMERICANS A CHOICE BETWEEN A GOVERNMENT-RUN CARE PLAN AND A PRIVATE PLAN IN ANY FINAL HEALTH CARE BILL ACCORDING TO THE LATEST "WALL STREET JOURNAL" AND NBC NEWS POLL. SOME 73% SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT TO DO SO. 45% CALLED IT EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND 27% SAID IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT. WHAT MORE DO WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE NEED TO PUT THAT KIND OF BILL ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE? AND THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE NEED TO VOTE TO ENSURE THAT THE SICK ARE RESPONDED TO. THE SICK THAT WORK, THE SICK THAT PAY TAXES, THE SICK THAT HAVE CHILDREN, THE SICK THAT OWN HOMES BEFORE, OF COURSE, CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS CAUSES THEM TO GO INTO FORECLOSURE. THE STRENGTH OF THE SUPPORT CONTINUES, OF COURSE, TO COME FROM MANY DEMOCRATS AROUND THE NATION BUT LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE THE FACTS THAT MORE THAN ONE IN THREE REPUBLICANS, 34%, WANT A PUBLIC OPTION. AND VIEW IT AS IT BEING EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. AS DID 39% OF INDEPENDENTS, 40% ALMOST OF INDEPENDENTS WANT A PUBLIC OPTION. NOW SOME ARE ARGUING FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT ISSUES. I LIKEWISE WILL BE ADVOCATING TO KEEP ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL OPEN, PHYSICIAN-OWNED HOSPITALS HAVE A MERITORIOUS ROLE IN THIS NATION. THEY TAKE CARE OF THE SICKEST OF THE SICK. BUT AS WE DO THAT, THE QUESTION HE BECOMES, WHY NOT IN TAKING CARE OF THE SICK? SO LET ME BEGIN RECOUNTING SOME OF THE STORIES THAT WERE TOLD TO US FROM 9:00 A.M. TODAY, OCTOBER 27, IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ROOM, UNTIL 2:00 P.M. IT'S CERTAINLY AN APPROPRIATE FORUM, A PLACE OF JUSTICE, WHERE PEOPLE'S RIGHTS ARE JUDGED AS WE WORK THROUGH LEGISLATIVE ISSUES, MAKING SURE THAT EVERY PERSON HAS A VOICE. SO I LISTEN TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES SPEAK ABOUT THE LIVES AND TIMES OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING WHO HIMSELF UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE WAS A NECESSITY OF THIS NATION TO SPEAK FOR THE VULNERABLE IN HIS LEADERSHIP OF THE POOR PEOPLE'S MARCH. AND HIS OWN YOU'LL JI ON APRIL 3, 19 -- JEWEL JI ON APRIL -- EULOGY ON APRIL 3, KNOWING THAT HE MIGHT NOT GET THERE WITH US, BUT THAT WE AS A NATION, AS A PEOPLE, COULD FIND THE KIND OF PROMISED LAND THAT WOULD EXPLODE AND PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH EQUALITY FOR ALL. I'M VERY GLAD TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HEAR FROM THE GENERAL BOARD OF CHURCHES SOCIETY, THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, THE SECRETARY CAME TO THIS HEARING TODAY TO SPEAK OF THE COMMITMENT OF HIS CHURCH BODY, RECOGNIZING THEIR ROLE IN 35 CONGREGATIONS AROUND THE UNITED STATES. HE SAID, THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR PEWS WHO HAVE FALLEN THROUGH THE CRACKS AND OUR BROKEN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO AFFORD INSURANCE AND THEY'RE INELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID. WE ASK THE QUESTION AGAIN, WHY NOT? AND HE SPOKE TO US ABOUT BARBARA, AN ATTORNEY, HER HUSBAND AND HER CHILDREN WERE COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH HER LAW FIRM. SHE DEVELOPED CANCER, RECEIVED NEEDED TREATMENT AND FORTUNATELY THE CANCER WENT INTO REMISSION. A FEW YEARS LATER, HOWEVER, THE CANCER CAME BACK AND THE FAMILY WAS SLATED TO BE DROPPED FROM THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. SOUND FAMILIAR? PRE-EXISTING DISEASE. BARBARA FACED A DECISION NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO FACE. WHETHER OR NOT TO DIVORCE HER HUSBAND SO THAT HE AND THEIR CHILDREN COULD RECEIVE HEALTH INSURANCE. THE QUESTION IS, IS THIS OUR AMERICA? SO WE CAN LISTEN TO A LONG LIST OF NOES, A LONG LIST OF PROPOSALS OF WHAT BILLS MANY MAY HAVE AND I HAVE THE GREATEST RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUES. OBVIOUSLY WHEN WE DROP LEGISLATION WE'RE SINCERE ABOUT IT -- GRADUATE UP LEGISLATION WE'RE SINCERE ABOUT IT. BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, THERE WILL BE MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE VERY GOOD IDEAS THAT I'M SURE MANY OF OUR MEMBERS HAVE. I LOOK FORWARD TO AN ONGOING DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE. BUT WE ASK THE QUESTION, WHY NOT? IN THE MIDDLE OF A SURGE OF THE PANDEMIC OF H1N1, THE SWINE FLU, COUNTLESS PERSONS IN THEIR HOMES RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK, MAYBE EVEN SUFFERING, DOCTORING THEMSELVES, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO ACCESS TO A PHYSICIAN. THE BOARD OF THE CHURCH AND SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND JAMES WINKLER, THE GENERAL SECRETARY, ADDED THIS TO OUR TESTIMONY TODAY OR HIS TESTIMONY, MICHAEL, A COLLEGE STUDENT, WAS HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER AND SPENT THREE DAYS IN A TRAUMA HOSPITAL. FIVE MONTHS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT, HE WAS DROPPED FROM HIS PARENT' HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE HE TURNED 25 YEARS OF AGE. THE VERY SAME POPULATION OF 18 TO 25 THAT A VIGOROUS PUBLIC OPTION WILL HELP. HOW MANY PARENTS ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW KNOWING THAT THEIR CHILD IS GOING TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE OR EVEN KNOWING THAT THEIR COLLEGE'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN IS NOT ENOUGH? YOUR CHILD COULD BE ON A VIGVOUSE PUBLIC OPTION. HE WAS INGEL I BELIEVE FOR MEDICAID BECAUSE HE ALSO HELD DOWN A JOB WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE TO ASSIST IN HIS COLLEGE EXPENSES. DURING THE THREE-DAY HOSPITAL STAY HE ACCUMULATED $97,000 IN EXPENSES AND IS NOW IN THE MIDST OF A LONG, DIFFICULT REHABILITATION, INCLUDING MAJOR DENTAL RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY. HIS MOTHER MANAGED TO CONVINCE HER EMPLOYERS TO ADD COBRA BENEFITS FOR THIS YOUNG MAN AND AN -- AT AN ADDED COST OF OVER $1,000 PER MONTH TO WHAT HE IS ALREADY PAYING, WHAT SHE IS ALREADY PAYING FOR THE REST OF HER FAMILY. NOW THE FAMILY FACES FINANCIAL RUIN BECAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT. THESE ARE TRAGIC STORIES THAT WE HEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND JAMES WINKLER PROCEEDED TO SAY, THE GROWING COST OF HEALTH CARE MEANS THAT MANY OF OUR CLERGY AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE INADEQUATE HEALTH CARE AND THAT MANY OF OUR LOCAL CHURCHES HAVE HAD TO RESORT TO PART TIME PASTORIAL LEADERSHIP, MANY OF OUR LAY EMPLOYEES GO WITHOUT HEALTH BENEFITS BECAUSE OF THE HIGH COSTS. MADAM SPEAKER, THE STORIES OF THE SICK, THOSE THAT LIVED, THAT ARE BEGGING THIS CONGRESS TO PROVIDE A VIGOROUS AND ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION. OUR SPEAKERS WERE MANY. BUT I AM GRATEFUL THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO SHARE THEIR TESTIMONY. WHAT ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCER, ONE WOULD THINK SHE WOULD HAVE THE WORLD IN THE PALM OF HER HAND. WHAT AN EXOTIC LIFE. BUT NATALIE KNOW HE WILL WAS WILLING TO COME TO THIS PLACE AND EXPRESS THE PAIN OF WHAT SHE HAS SEEN IN HER FILMING OF NEW ORLEANS AND THE SURVIVORS OF HURRICANE KATRINA BUT ALSO TO TELL HER STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED PERSONALLY TO HER. NATALIE, A JOURNALIST WITH NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY, SHE'S ALSO AN INDEPENDENT FILM MAKER AND AS SHE SITS PROUDLY BECAUSE SHE LIVES, BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR. SHE'S A NATIVE OF MOBIL, ALABAMA, AND WAS KNEW WELL OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. SINCE AUGUST OF 2007 SHE, WORKING WITH A MEDIA COMPANY, HAD BEEN CO-PRODUCING "REINVENTING PARADISE," A HEART WRENCHING DOCUMENTARY OF THE GULF RESIDENTS WHO SUFFERED UNIMAGINABLE HARDSHIPS. AS SHE WAS IN THE MIDST OF DOING THIS, SHE BECAME DEVASTATINGLY SICK WITH THE DISEASE OF CANCER RM -- CANCER. BREAST CANCER. BUT AS SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT HER OWN STORY SHE TOLD US AGAIN ABOUT THE PEOPLE SUFFERING IN NEW ORLEANS AND THE AREA. PEOPLE WHO WITH GREAT STRENGTH OF SPIRIT AND INSPIRING SELF-DETERMINATION ARE STRUGGLING TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES, HOMES, AND COMMUNITIES. THEY ARE ALSO FACED WITH PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND HAVE LITTLE OR NO ACCESS TO CARE. NO ACCESS TO CARE. AND EVEN IN A VIDEO SHE SHOWED IN THAT ROOM, AN E.M.S. WORKER BEGAN CRYING BECAUSE OF THE MANY PEOPLE SHE HAD TO PICK UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES. THEY WERE IN CRISIS AND THERE WERE NO HEALTH FACILITIES WERE THEM -- FOR THEM TO GO TO. SHE TOLD THIS STORY AND SHE BEGAN TO TELL HER FIGHT AS WELL. AND HER FIGHT WAS THAT SHE, TOO, TOOK ILL, AND WAS ENORMOUSLY ILL WITH CANCER. HER STORY WAS ONE OF COURAGE, BUT IT WAS DEVASTATING. IN THE MIDDLE OF DOING HER MOVIE, "REINVENTING PARADISE," SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE THREE BREAST CANCER. SHE WAS SUDDENLY HEARING SURGEONS RECOMMEND AN IMMEDIATE MASTECTOMY. AT THE TIME I HAD PRIVATE INSURANCE WITH ALABAMA'S SINGLE DOMINANT CARRIER AND A COMFORTABLE APARTMENT IN MOBIL. AND LET ME FOR A MOMENT, MADAM SPEAKER, HIGHLIGHT THAT. WHAT THE ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION WILL DO WILL PROVIDE THE COMPETITIVE THEAGE WE DON'T HAVE, WILL IN FACT SAVE AMERICANS $110 BILLION. CAN I SIMPLY ASK THE QUESTION, WHY NOT? WHY WOULD WE REJECT THAT UNDERLYING PREMISE THAT IF A VIGOROUS, ROBUST OPTION IS DOCUMENTED BY C.B.O. THAT IT WILL SAVE $110 BILLION, AND IT WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR PREMIUMS TO GO DOWN AND IN STATES WHERE THERE IS ONLY ONE OR TWO INSURERS, YOU HAVE A COMPETITIVE ELEMENT. YOU WON'T CLOSE THEM DOWN, NO WAY. SO MUCH OF OUR HEALTH INSURANCE IS BASED ON EMPLOYER-BASED INSURANCE. BUT YOU'LL GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY, YOU WILL GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR LOW-COST INSURANCE AND YOU WOULD HAVE ANSWERED THE QUESTION THAT NOELLE IS SPEAKING TO US NOW, THIS IS HER VOICE. SOON I WAS UNDERGOING MULTIPLE SURGERIES, SEVERAL COURSES OF CHEMOTHERAPY, RADIATION, EXPERIENCING PAIN I CANNOT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE. I KNOW THERE ARE CANCER SURVIVORS WHO LIVE TODAY BECAUSE OF THAT REGIMEN BUT I KNOW THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING ALONE, SOME MAY BE RECENTLY GETTING THE NEWS, WONDERING HOW THEY'LL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THEIR HEALTH CARE. LET US HEAR YOUR STORY. I LOST MY HAIR, MY APARTMENT, AND FOUND MYSELF MARGINALIZED. MY INSURANCE WAS CANCELED. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN SAY, YOUR INSURANCE WAS CANCELED. IN A PUBLIC OPTION, NO PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WILL KEEP YOU FROM HAVING INSURANCE. HER TESTIMONY IS THANKFULLY, IT WAS CAN ESELLED AFTER COVERING MY FIRST YEAR OR SO OF TREATMENT. BUT MY MEDICAL BILLS BEGAN COMING UP. SHE BEGAN CRAWLING BACK TO LIFE WITH HE THEP-ORE FRIENDS. SHE RECENTLY MOVED TO PENNSYLVANIA WHERE SHE WAS ABLE TO RECEIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY AND COMPLETE HER HEALING BECAUSE OF THE PUBLIC MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS IN PLACE. CAN YOU IMAGINE? SHE HAD TO CRAWL HER BAYWAY BACK TO A STATE TO ALLOW HER TO FINISH HER HEALTH CARE. WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, WHY NOT? IT IS SIMPLY THAT WE MUST PASS H.R. 3200 FOR THE SICK, THE SICKER, AND THE SICKEST. I WANT TO MAKE MENTION NOW OF SOME OF THE DOCTORS THAT CAME, BECAUSE I WILL TELL SOME OF THEIR STORIES. BUT I WANTED TO HAVE A POSTER THAT THEY ACTUALLY BROUGHT, THEY WANTED US TO READ OFF THESE NAMES. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS, THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGIST THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIAN THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, THE ME -- THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN MEDICAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION, THE DOCTORS FOR AMERICA, THE NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL PHYSICIANS ALLIANCE, AND SEIU, THE COMMOFE INTERNS AND RESIDENCES. DOCTORS COUNCIL AND NATIONAL DOCTORS ALLIANCE. THEY WANTED US TO KNOW THAT ALL THESE MEMBERS STAND FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM. AND THE BIG LANGUAGE, THE LARGE PRINT SAYS, DID YOU KNOW -- HALF A MILLION DOCTORS SUPPORT HEALTH CARE REFORM. DID YOU KNOW THAT THEY SUPPORT HEALTH CARE REFORM? MANY OF THESE DOCTORS WERE PRESENT WITH US IN THIS HEARING. REMEMBER, THIS WAS A HEARING FOR THE SICK, THE SICKEST, AND THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAD SUFFERED. AND DOCTORS CAME TO SHARE WITH US STORIES AND SO, AS MANY AS I CAN SHARE WITH YOU TONIGHT, I WILL DO SO. WHAT ABOUT JOAN S. HOSLOFF, WHOSE SON ERIC LOST HIS BATTLE BECAUSE OF LACK OF ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. JOAN CRIED WITH US IN THAT HEARING, JOAN WAS COMFORTED BY THE OTHER WITNESSES. BUT HER SON, ERIC, WHO HAD A STRONG CONSTITUTION, BOUNCED BACK FROM OTHER ILLNESSES, HAD PREVIOUS BOUTS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE, BUT WAS RECOVERING AND HAD RECOVERED AND WAS LEADING HIS LIFE AS A LAWYER WHO HANDLED PRO BONO CASES. HE WAS AN ADVOCATE FOR THOSE WHO COULD NOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. AND HE WAS WORKING ON BEHALF OF THOSE PEOPLE. AROUND OCTOBER 15, 2006, HE WAS VISITING IN PHILADELPHIA, FROM ATLANTA, AND THE FAMILY NOTICED AFTER A BRUNCH AND A HAPPY TIME HE HAD A BAD COLD. THEY SUGGESTED HE GO TO A DOCTOR WHEN YOU GET HOME, YOUR COUGH SOUNDS TERRIBLE. OCCASIONALLY, HE WENT TO THE E.R. AT AN ATLANTA PUBLIC HOSPITAL. THEY PRESCRIBED AN ANTIBIOTIC AND SENT HIM HOME. REMEMBER, HE DIDN'T HAVE A DOCTOR HE WENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THIS HAS BEEN THE PLIGHT OF AMERICANS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, THEIR DOCTOR IS AN EMERGENCY ROOM. THOSE DOCTORS ARE OVERWHELMED. I'VE GONE SOMETIMES WITH MY MOM, WHO IS NOT ERIC'S AGE, BUT IS 83. I KNOW FULL WELL BY BEING IN EMERGENCY ROOMS OFTEN THAT WHAT YOU SEE IS AN OLDER SYSTEM SO HE WENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THAT WAS HIS DOCTOR. AND THEY SENT HIM HOME HE TOOK THE MEDICINE HE DIDN'T GET BETTER RM HIS MOTHER SPOKE TO HIM AFTER THE FIRST TRIP TO THE E.R. AND HEARD HIM STILL COUGHING. ON NOVEMBER 18 HE RETURNED TO THE E.R., NOT TO A DOCTOR OR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER, WHICH H.R. 3200 WILL PROVIDE ENHANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS AND AS WELL THEIR SPECIALISTS AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SUCH AS NURSES AND NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND OTHERS WHO WILL HELP IN THE MEDICAL SYSTEM. HE RETURNED TO THE E.R., WAS GIVEN A PAINKILLER BECAUSE HE COMPLAINED OF SEVERE HEAD AND NECK PAIN. IT HAD CODEINE IN IT. HIS MOTHER SAID I CAN'T IMAGINE GIVING CODEINE MEDICATION TO A RECOVERING SUBSTANCE ABUSER AND I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTORS DIDN'T WANT TO FIND THE REASON FOR HIS HEAD AND NECK PAIN. I DON'T KNOW IF ERIC TOOK THE MEDICATION THEY GAVE HIM. THE NEXT NIGHT HE BECAME VIOLENTLY ILL AND THREW UP. REMEMBER, THIS PERSON IS WALKING AROUND, NOT SEEING ANY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN, NOT UNDER A CONSTANT CARE, NO INSURANCE, HIS ROOMMATES CALLED HIS WIFE TO PICK UP THEIR DAUGHTER, SHE WANTED TO TAKE ERIC TO THE HOSPITAL, HE SAID HE JUST WANTED TO SLEEP. HE FELL INTO A COMA AND HIS HOUSE MATES TOOK CARE OF HIM AND NOTIFIED THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, THEY CALLED 911, HE WAS TAKE TON THE SAME EMERGENCY ROOM HE'D BEEN TO PREVIOUSLY, HE NEVER REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS. NO DOCTOR, NO HEALTH INSURANCE. AND OF COURSE IF HE HAD A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MENINGITIS AND BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA. THESE ARE STORIES OF AMERICANS WHO DIDN'T DESERVE TO DIE, WHO WANTED TO LIVE A FULL LIFE, WHO WERE MAKING GOOD ON THEIR LIFE AND WANTED TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN. THIS IS THE PICTURE OF ERIC AS HIS MOTHER WANTED US TO SEE, VIBRANT, HAPPY, SERVING THOSE INDIGENT CLIENTS THAT HE WANTED TO SERVE, PROVIDING THEM WITH JUSTICE. WHAT ABOUT DR. REBECCA G, ANOTHER ACCIDENT VICTIM, HIT BROADSIDE, BOTH SHE AND HER HUSBAND, BY AN S.U.V. WHILE THEY WERE RIDING ON A MOTORCYCLE. SHE SAYS IN THE HEARING ROOM SHE WAS LUCKY. SHE'S THE DAUGHTER OF A UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT AND SHE HAD ACCESS TO THE BEST MEDICAL CARE AND SERVICES IN THE COUNTRY BUT AS A PHYSICIAN, AND I TOLD HER SHE WAS A MIRACLE, SHE'S PRACTICING OB/GYN NOW, AFTER THAT TERRIBLE, TRAGIC ACCIDENT AND HER HUSBAND DID LOSE HIS LIFE BUT SHE ADMITTED THEY DID NOT HAVE NURNS. HE DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE. AND SHE IS WHERE SHE IS TODAY BECAUSE OF THE POSITION HER FATHER HAD AND THE WILLINGNESS OF THEIR CARE TO BE AT-COST OR NOT CHARGED. IN MY REHABILITATION CENTER, I SPOKE TO A YOUNG WOMAN WHOSE HUSBAND GOT INTO A CAR ACCIDENT -- THIS IS HER TALKING ABOUT WHEN SHE WAS BEING REHABILITATED. SHE HAD STAYED AT HOME AND HE WORKED SEVERAL JOBS. NOT ONLY WILL SHE HAVE TO DEAL WITH HIM NOT BEING THE SAME, SHE WILL HAVE TO PUT ALL THEIR MONEY TOWARD MEDICAL BILLS. THAT FAMILY, SHE WAS TRYING TO SAY TO US, WAS UNLIKE HER BECAUSE SHE HAD RESOURCES THROUGH HER FATHER, EVEN THOUGH AS A MARRIED COUPLE THEY HAD NO HEALTH INSURANCE THAT WOULD HAVE COVERED HER ILLNESS, SHE WAS IN THE FACILITY WITH A YOUNG WOMAN WITH CHILDREN WHOSE HUSBAND WAS SEVERELY MENTALLY DAMAGED AND THAT PERSON WAS GOING TO HAVE TO PAY. THAT WAS A SICK HUSBAND OR SICK FAMILY MEMBER AND THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY AND PAY AND PAY AND PAY BECAUSE THEY HAD NO INSURANCE. WE LISTENED TO THE SICK. BUT THEY WERE NOT WORN OUT. THEY WERE NOT HATEFUL. THEY WERE NOT ANGRY. THEY WERE HURT. AND THEY WERE PLEADING FOR US TO DO SOMETHING FOR THEM. THEY WERE PLEADING FOR H.R. 3200. THEY WERE PLEADING AND PLEADING AND PLEADING. AND ASKING US TO CARE. AND ASKING FOR A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION TO BRING DOWN PREMIUM COSTS IN INSURANCE PREMIUMS THAT EMPLOYERS AND OTHERS PROVIDE. THEY WERE ASKING US TO CARE ABOUT HAVING INSURANCE FOR 18 TO 30-YEAR-OLDS WHO ARE IN THE PRIME OF THEIR LIFE BUT WHO ALSO AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR CAREERS OR THEY ARE IN COLLEGE, THEY'RE ASKING US TO CARE ABOUT HARDWORKING FAMILIES WHO BECAUSE OF THE EXPENSES OF THE DAY DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR INSURANCE. AND SO, I ASK NOT WHY, BUT I ASK THE QUESTION, WHY NOT? OR WHAT ABOUT THE STORY OF A YOUNG DOCTOR, SO HIGHLY CREDENTIALED, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, FACULTY APPOINTMENT. FELLOWSHIP AT N.I.H., INTERNSHIP AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY. LONG BEFORE EARNING -- BEFORE HE EARNED A MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH AT HARVARD AND A UNIVERSITY -- A MEDICAL DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO. SHE GREW UP AS THE CHILD OF A SINGLE PARENT IN DETROIT, MMP. SHE SAW THE DISEASES THAT CAME ABOUT THROUGH INEQUITY AND DISPARITIES IN HEALTH CARE. SHE SAW FAMILY MEMBERS NOT HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. AND THIS YOUNG GIRL, NOW A DOCTOR, HAD A DREAM. SHE WANTED TO SERVE THOSE PEOPLE. SHE WANTED TO SERVE YOU AND YOU AND YOU. THAT ARE NOW SITTING IN AMERICA WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE. SHE WANTED TO BE YOUR DOCTOR. YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN. BUT YET, IN THE SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE, SHE COULD NOT FIND A WAY TO SERVE THE POOR. TO SERVE INDIVIDUALS THAT DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND IN THIS INSTANCE, ACCESS BECAUSE THERE WERE PROBABLY NO FEDERALLY QUALIFIED COMMUNITY HELICOPTER CLINICS, NOT ENOUGH. THESE INDIVIDUALS DID NOT EITHER ENROLL OR QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID. THESE INDIVIDUALS DIDN'T HAVE H.R. 3200 OR HEALTH CARE REFORM TO PROVIDE A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION. SHE COULDN'T FIND A WAY SYSTEM OF IN HER OWN WORDS, DR. ANTHONY SAID SHE BOYCOTTED AND IS BOYCOTTING AMERICA'S MEDICAL SYSTEM TODAY. SHE BOYCOTTED HOSPITAL CARE. SHE LEFT THE HOSPITAL TREATMENT SYSTEM BECAUSE SHE COULD NOT TREAT PATIENTS BECAUSE THERE WERE THESE OVERSIGHT BOARDS THAT WOULD STOP HER FROM TREATING PEOPLE WHO DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE. THEY COULD BE IN THE HOSPITAL, BUT THEY WOULD BE SENT HOME AND SHE WOULD FEEL EMPTY BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE THEM WITH CARE. SHE TOLD US ABOUT PATIENTS LIKE HER AUNT CHRIS WHO COULDN'T AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE AND THEREFORE WENT WITHOUT PREVENTIVE SCREENING AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH INVASIVE CERVICAL CANCER. SHE SAID SHE WOULD NEVER FORGET WAITING FOR MONTHS TO GET HER APPOINTMENT AT COOK COUNTY OR STANDING AT THE HOSPITAL PHARMACY WAITING IN LINE, WRAPPED AROUND THE CORNER, JUST TO DROP OFF A PRESCRIPTION FOR A MEDICATION. SAT SAD HE WILL HER AUNT DIED -- SADLY HER AUNT DIED. LEAVING HIS WIFE WITH THE MEDICAL BILLS OR PATIENTS LIKE HER WHO WERE DENIED HEALTH INSURANCE FROM PRIVATE INSURERS WHEN SHE WAS UNEMPLOYED. SO SHE BOYCOTTED THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BECAUSE SHE IN HER OWN BOARDS -- WORDS SAID THAT SHE WAS DISGUSTED AND DISHEARTENED BY THE REALITY THAT 90% OF THE PATIENTS I CHOOSE TO SERVE AS A DOCTOR, MY FAMILY AND COMMUNITY, COULD NOT GET AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE ME IF THEIR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT. SHE HAD DIFFICULTY SLEEPING AT NIGHT. AND THEN SHE TELLS THE STORY, THIS DOCTOR TELLS THE STORY OF HAVING BOYCOTTED THE SYSTEM AND BECOMING UNEMPLOYED. SHE JOINED THE 47 MILLION UNINSURED WHEN SHE FIRST MOVED TO DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. COBRA WAS OFFERED BUT SHE WAS UNEMPLOYED AND SHE OWED $217,000 IN MEDICAL SCHOOL LOANS AND SIMPLY COULD NOT AFFORD IT. THE PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES DENIED HER APPLICATION FOR PRIVATE INSURANCE, INCLUDING AETNA AND KAISER. SHE ASSUMED -- I ASSUMED -- SHE ASSUMED HER PREMIUMS WOULD BE HIGHER DUE TO HER HEIGHT AND WEIGHT RATIO BUT I NEVER IMAGINED I'D BE FLAT-OUT DENIED. LETMY SAY THAT SO I CAN GET IT RIGHT. SHE ACCEPTED THE FACT SHAH SHE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO PAY VERY HIGH PREMIUMS. SHE WAS WILLING TO ACCEPT THAT. SHE'S ALREADY GOT $217,000 IN MEDICAL EXPENSES. SHE THOUGHT MAYBE HER PHYSIQUE WOULD CAUSE HER TO HAVE INCREASED PAYMENTS. BUT YOU CAN IMAGINE THIS DEGREE CREDENTIAL DOCTOR COULDN'T GET HEALTH INSURANCE AT ALL? SHE WAS DENIED. MADAM SPEAKER, THE LOSS OF HEALTH INSURANCE IS NOT A RESPECTER OF AGE, IT IS NOT A RESPECTER OF YOUR ECONOMIC STATUS, IT'S NOT A RESPECTIVE REGION, IT'S NOT A RESPECTER OF RACIAL DISPARITIES. OR WHAT RACE YOU ARE. IT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFENDER. IT WILL ATTACK THOSE WHO SUFFER DISPARITIES BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR HISPANIC OR ASIAN OR IF YOU ARE OLDER OR IF YOU ARE YOUNGER OR IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING DISEASE OR IF YOU'VE LOST YOUR JOB. IT IS NOT A RESPECTER OF ANYONE IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE BEEN WEALTHY AND FALLEN UPON HARD TIMES AND LOST EVERYTHING, IF YOUR HOME HAS BEEN FORECLOSED. YOU WILL FALL INTO THE TRAP OF HAVING NO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE UNDER THIS PRESENT SYSTEM. I DON'T BELIEVE WE CAN TOLERATE THIS KIND OF SYSTEM ANYMORE. WHAT ABOUT THE STORY OF A YOUNG PHYSICIAN WHO WANTS TO ENSURE THAT HE DOES WHAT HIS LIFE DREAM WAS, DR. ALEX PLUM -- BLUM WHO IS A PHYSICIAN, A PEDIATRIC PHYSICIAN, WHO IS CONFIRMED -- CONCERNED ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT HE TREATS THE SICK CHILDREN THAT ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW WHOSE PARENTS DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND THERE MAY NOT BE ENROLLED IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE'S PROGRAM BECAUSE IT HAS NOT BEEN EXPANDED AS WE PLAN TO DO IN THIS LEGISLATION, H.R. 3200. LET ME TELL YOU HIS STORY. PERSONALLY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM. SIX YEARS AGO HE SAID WHEN HE WAS A MEDICAL STUDENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., HE SPENT THE SUMMER DOING AN INTERNSHIP AT THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL IN ATLANTA. DON'T WE APPLAUD THAT? A YOUNG DOCTOR GOES DOWN TO BE AN INTERN AT A FEDERAL AGENCY, IT SPEAKS TO THE CALL OF PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SERVE. HE PROBABLY COULD HAVE GOTTEN ANY OTHER KIND OF INTERNSHIP. HE BECAME VERY SICK, HE WENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, WAS TOLD HE WAS AN A-- IN ACUTE KIDNEY FAILURE. THE PROBLEM WAS THAT MY MEDICAL SCHOOL INSURANCE ONLY COVERED ME IF I GOT SICK NEAR WASHINGTON, D.C. NOT ATLANTA. NEAR WASHINGTON, D.C. SO ALL OF YOU PARENTS, LIKE MYSELF, THAT HAVE COLLEGE-AGED CHILDREN, THEY'VE GRADUATED SINCE, WHO TRAVELERED ALL THE WAY AROUND THE WORLD, IN FACT, THEY WANT TO GO WAY AROUND THE WORLD, THEY WANT TO WORK MAYBE DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS AS MY SON DID, WAY AWAY FROM HIS SCHOOL. IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO WORK AT THAT TIME HE WAS IN COLLEGE WITH HURRICANE KATRINA SURVIVORS OR MY DAUGHTER WHO WENT TO THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, WAY AWAY FROM HER SCHOOL, TO BE ABLE TO HELP AND WORK WITH THOSE IN THAT REGION. THIS YOUNG MAN WENT TO THE C.B.C. WHAT PARENT COULD UNDERSTAND THAT HE DID NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE HE HAD TO BE IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA? IT DIDN'T COVER ME IN ATLANTA, HE SAID. I QUALIFIED AS UNDERINSURED. AWARE THAT WE COULD NOT AFFORD OUT OF POCKET PAYMENT FOR A REE NAL DIALYSIS UNIT, MY DAD, HIS DAD, A PHYSICIAN, DROVE ME THROUGH THE NIGHT FROM ATLANTA, WAKING ME EVERY FEW MINUTES TO MAKE SURE I WAS RESPONSIVE. LET ME SEE IF I CAN GET THAT -- HERE YOU ARE DRIVING, TRYING TO GET THROUGH THE DARK OF NIGHT, YOU'VE GOT A CHILD THAT YOU LOVE, SITTING IN THE SEAT GOING IN AND OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE CHECK ON THAT CHILD, RUSHING UP TO GET WITHIN THE GUIDELINES AND BOUNDARIES OF WASHINGTON, D.C., SO THAT YOU CAN GET MEDICAL CARE. UNTIL WE FINALLY REACHED WASHINGTON, D.C., THE NEXT MORNING, EVEN THOSE OF US WHO CHOOSE TO THER THE PROFESSION OF CARING FOR OTHERS ARE NOT IMMUNE TO THE DYSFUNCTIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A POWERFUL STATEMENT THAT HE HIMSELF HAD THIS CONCERN. HE IS, OF COURSE, CONCERNED ABOUT THE 47 MILLION UNINSURED AND THE 87 MILLION UNDERINSURED AMERICANS WHO DESERVE BETTER. HE TRAINED IN PEDIATRIC MEDICINE AT A COUNTY HOSPITAL OUT OF LOS ANGELES. AT THIS COUNTY HOSPITAL HE CARED FOR UNINSURED CHILDREN, THOSE ENROLLED IN SCHIP AND MEDICAID, WHAT HE ENJOYED MOST ABOUT WORKING WITHIN THAT SYSTEM WAS THAT HE PROVIDED HIGH QUALITY CARE TO THOSE WHO NEEDED IT MOST. MY PATIENTS ON MEDICAID AND SCHIP WERE ABLE TO EASILY SEE SUBSPECIALISTS. BUT HE HAS A STORY HERE. LET ME JUST TELL IT TO YOU QUICKLY. HE ONCE CARED FOR A 9-MONTH-OLD BOY WHO HAD A SWOLLEN FACE COVERED IN A RASH AND RAW IN HIS N.E.C. FOLDS. ANY OF WHITE HOUSE HAVE PICKED UP A BOUPSING BABY AND WE KNOW HOW MUCH WE LOVE TO JUST NESTLE AND KISS IT AND JUST THINK OF THIS BABY WITH THIS RASH AND MANY OF US WHO ARE MOMS AND DADS KNOW HOW BABIES CAN GET CHAFED. THIS WAS RAW RASH, AS HE DESCRIBED IT. HOW PAINFUL THAT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR THIS LITTLE 9-MONTH-OLD WHO COULDN'T EXPRESS HIMSELF. HE SAT BEFORE ME AND SCRATCHED HIS ARMS AND FACE UNCONTROLABLY TO THE POINT OF BLEEDING. BECAUSE OF HIS CONSTANT SCRATCHING, HIS SKIN HAS STARTED IT TO HARDEN. HE HAD UNCONTROLLED AND HIS MOTHER SAID HOW SHE HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO PAY FOR A DERMATOLOGIST. THE DERMATOLOGIST ONE AFTERNOON WAS THE SAME DAY TO PREVENT THE PATIENT'S MOTHER FROM RECEIVING A LARGE MEDICAL BILL. I DID WHAT I NORMALLY DO. I GOTTEN TO THE -- ON THE PHONE TO A PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANY AND ASKED THE INSURANCE BUREAUCRATS, AS MY OTHER PARENTS -- PATIENTS HAD TO WAIT FOR ME, I TRIED TO SOLICIT PRE-APPROVAL FOR INSURANCE COMPANY BUT I COULD NOT PLAY THE INSURANCE GATE KEEPER. I TRIED MY HARDEST TO MAKE THIS BUREAUCRAT UNDERSTAND THE CHILD'S BLOODY SCABS, THE MOTHER'S TEARS, BUT TO NO AVAIL. THE DERMATOLOGIST TOOK PITY TO THE CHILD AND DID WHAT PHYSICIANS OFTEN DO, HE SAW THE CHILD FOR FREE. WHAT A TRAGEDY IN THIS NATION. HOW CAN ONE ACCEPT THIS PREDICAMENT? I ASK THE QUESTION WHY NOT? I THANK DR. BLUM FOR GOING THE EXTRA MILE AS SO MANY OF OUR DOCTORS DO, DAY AFTER DAY AND TIME AFTER TIME. I KNOW IT WELL. MY AREA INCLUDES THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER. TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, BAYLOR, METHODIST, ST. LUKE'S AND MANY OTHERS, ST. JOSEPH'S, THE DOCTOR'S HOSPITAL. SO MANY WHERE DOCTORS JUST SAY YES. THEY JUST SAY YES. YOU CAN IMAGINE -- WHAT COULD I HAVE DONE? WHAT DO YOU THINK DR. BLUM COULD HAVE DONE? COULD HE HAVE TAKEN A BLACKBERRY PICTURE, AN IPHONE PICTURE OF THIS 9-MONTH-OLD BABY, COULD HE HAVE SQUEEZED IT THROUGH THE TELEPHONE FOR THIS BUREAUCRAT TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER? A VIGOROUS PUBLIC OPTION HAS TO BE THE ANSWER. FOR THERE TO BE THE KIND OF REALITY THAT WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS KIND OF SYSTEM TO CONTINUE TO TAKE THE LIVES OF THE SICK. THE SICK WHO WANT TO LIVE. THE SICK WHO DESERVE TO LIVE. THIS KIND OF CONDITION IS ONE THAT I BELIEVE CAN BE ENORMOUSLY UNACCEPTABLE. LET ME SHARE WITH YOU SOME ADDITIONAL STORIES THAT I BELIEVE ARE IMPORTANT TO MAKE THE STORY COMPLETE. WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO HAVE AT OUR HEARING TODAY THE WIFE OF SENATOR FULL BRIGHT, HARRIET MAYOR FULL BRIGHT. WHO CAME TO ADVOCATE, SHE DID NOT HAVE TO DO THAT, FOR A VIGOROUS PUBLIC OPTION. SHE COULD HAVE CONTINUED HER PHILANTHROPIC WORK, WE CERTAINLY KNOW OF THE GREAT WORK OF HER HUSBAND, SENATOR JAY WILLIAM FULLBRIGHT AND THE LEGACY HE HAS LEFT. BUT SHE WANTED TO TELL US OF THE CONDITION THAT SHE WAS SUFFERING. SHE HAD EXPERIENCED ANEMIA. THERE WERE A LOT OF DIFFERENT TESTING OF WHAT WAS HER CONDITION. AND FINALLY SHE GOT A DIAGNOSIS, IT INVOLVED CANCER. SHE HAD A DOCTORATE JOHN HOPKINS WHOM SHE LIKED FROM THE START. HE FINALLY TOLD HER THAT EVEN THOUGH THE CHEMO WAS INDEED KILLING THE CANCER, IT WAS ALSO CAUSING SUCH DAMAGE TO MY IMMUNE SYSTEM HE THOUGHT I NEEDED A SECOND OPINION SO HE SUGGESTED THAT SHE GO TO ANOTHER SPECIALIST AT THE CANCER INSTITUTE. SHE SAW ANOTHER DOCTOR AND IN A FEW MONTHS HER LIFE BEGAN TO IMPROVE. THE COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION YOU NOW SEE AND SHE WAS BEFORE US AND SHE LOOKED WONDERFUL CAME SLOWLY BUT IT WAS LIKE A MIRACLE, SHE SAID. I AM NOT AND CANNOT BE CURED BUT I'M IN COMPLETE REMISSION AND SHE WENT ON TO SAY IT CAME ABOUT BECAUSE OF A MEDICAL TEAM EXTENDING AROUND THE WORLD. DOCTORS WHO SHARED RESEARCH FINDINGS SWAPPING PATIENT STORIES IN AN EFFORT TO TREAT US ALL WITH GREATER EFFICIENCY AND PASSION. BRAINSTORMING IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO SPREAD THE WORD SO THAT FUTURE PATIENTS WOULD NOT GO THROUGH A YEAR OF MORE FRUSTRATION. SHE WANTED TO EMPHASIZE TO US BECAUSE SHE HAD HEALTH INSURANCE OF THE KIND THAT WOULD ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN, BUT SHE CAME TO TELL US THAT SHE WAS NOT SATISFIED THAT HER LIFE WAS SAVED, THAT SHE WAS SICK, SICKER AND THE SICKEST PERSON THAT SHE COULD HAVE IMAGINED BUT NOW SHE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY WITH HER GRANDCHILDREN BECAUSE SHE HAD HEALTH INSURANCE BUT SHE TESTIFIED TODAY AS A SICK PERSON FORMERLY, NOW IN REMISSION, THAT SHE WANTS TO SEE A VIGOROUS PUBLIC OPTION. AGAIN, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM THE SICK, THE SICKER AND THE SICKEST BECAUSE THEY ARE IN FACT THE REASON WHY WE NEED TO PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM, H.R. 3200, HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WILL IN FACT PROVIDE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE LIVES. MADAM SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, I MENTIONED EARLIER, 50,000-PLUS OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN DIED IN VIETNAM. HOW MANY WE LOST IN WORLD WAR II AND WORLD WAR I AND OUR OTHER WARS AND OF COURSE THE GULF WAR AND THE IRAQ WAR AND AFGHANISTAN AS WE ARE STILL ON THE FRONT LINES. THOSE ARE ENORMOUS TRAGEDIES AND TREASURES THAT IS LOST. I'M VERY GRATEFUL THAT ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS THAT I HAVE GREAT ADMIRATION FOR THAT WE LOST JUST RECENTLY, DR. MICHAEL DEBAKEY, WHO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF NAMING THE VETERANS HOSPITAL AFTER, WAS THE DOCTOR THAT ESTABLISHED OR CREATED THE M.A.S.H. UNIT. NOW WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY WE'RE SEEING OUR SOLDIERS COME HOME FROM THE BATTLEFIELD, EVEN DIFFERENT FROM VIETNAM. AND EVEN THOUGH WE LOST A HIGH TOLL IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, WE'RE SAVING LIVES BECAUSE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM, THE MILITARY DOCTORS WHO ARE IN THE FIELD TAKING CARE OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN, ALLOWING THEM TO COME HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES, A GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I WANT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAY LIVE TO SERVE IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, OR THE CHILD THAT MAY GROW UP TO JOIN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IF THEY WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND A VIGOROUS PUBLIC OPTION SO THAT 9-MONTH-OLD BABY WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR HIMSELF, LAYING ON THAT TABLE, BLISTERING HIS OWN BODY, UNCONTROLLABLY SCRATCHING, AND KNOWING, NOT KNOWING, JUST BEING A BABY, AN INFANT, THAT SOMEONE WOULD BE SO CALLOUS AS TO REFUSE A TREATMENT THAT COULD HAVE OCCURRED RIGHT THERE, SHORT OF THAT DOCTOR SAYING YES, THAT BABY WOULD HAVE GONE HOME WITH THAT MOM. OR THE ACCIDENT VICTIM, THE STORY I HEARD IN MY OWN COMMUNITY, WHERE A CAR WAS TOTALED WITH THE MOM AND A COUPLE OF HER DAUGHTER'S FRIENDS, AND WHERE ONE CHILD MAY HAVE BEEN REFUSED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL, WAS TOLD NOT TO GO BECAUSE THAT FAMILY MEMBER COULD NOT AFFORD AN INSURANCE, OR THE COST, EXCUSE ME OF THE HOSPITAL OF THE AMBULANCE COSTS TO TAKE THE CHILD TO THE HOSPITAL. IT WAS ULTIMATELY WORKED OUT FOR THE CHILD TO SEE A DOCTOR, BUT I DON'T BLAME THE PARENT OR THE FAMILY MEMBER. YOU'VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS TO THOSE WHO ARE PAYING RENT, PROVIDING FOR THREE AND FOUR CHILDREN WHO ARE BEING THE PARENT WE ASK THEM TO BE, TRYING TO PROVIDE FOR ALL THE CHILDREN. OR MAYBE THE PARENT THAT STOOD UP IN MY TOWN HALL MEETING AND SAID TO ME, WHAT DO WE DO? I HAVE INSURANCE, I WENT TO THE DOCTOR, I TOOK IT THERE AND THE DOCTOR SAID, THIS INSURANCE IS NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT'S WRITTEN ON. WHAT IT SAYS IS IT PROVIDES YOU WITH EMERGENCY CARE MY SON NEEDS A PHYSICAL TO GO INTO SCHOOL. IN ORDER TO START SCHOOL HE NEEDS A PHYSICAL. SO MANY OF US AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN OUR TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON HEALTH CARE REFORM HEARD THOSE STORIES. I TOLD MY STAFF, WE'RE GOING TO GET HER THE CARE SHE NEEDS. WE'RE GOING TO GET THAT SON A PHYSICAL. WE REFERRED HER AND MADE SURE SHE GOT THE VERY NEXT DAY, OR A DAY OR TWO, INTO ONE OF THE FEDERALLY QUALIFIED CLINICS. SHE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT IT, THERE ARE NOT MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY IN HOUSTON. THEY ARE GROWING. WE'RE LOOKING TO INVEST IN ONE WITH REVEREND OGLETREE, WE'RE LOOKING TO WORK WITH OTHER COMMUNITIES TO ENSURE WE HAVE ONE THERE. AND OTHERS ARE PLANNING SUCH CLINICS. OUT OF H.L. 3200, WE'LL FIND THE OPPORTUNITY AND LANGUAGE AND PROVISION -- PROVISION TO ESTABLISH FEDERALLY QUALIFIED COMMUNITY CLINICS. BUT THAT YOUNG MAN WAS ABLE TO GET INTO ONE THAT OUR OFFICE ALOURD PROVIDED HIM ACCESS TO BECAUSE THAT FAMILY DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THAT OPPORTUNITY, THAT HE COULD GET A PHYSICAL AND BE ABLE TO RETURN AT THAT TIME TO SCHOOL. MADAM SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY MORE STORIES WE NEED TO HEAR. THERE ARE SO MANY AND I THE NOAH THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK, WHO ARE DENIED THE ACCESS TO A PHYSICIAN, OR THEMSELVES MAKE THE DECISION THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GO AND GET MEDICAL CARE, THEY'RE GOING TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. THEY MAY TRY TO ASK A PHARMACIST AND GET SOME OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG. AS ONE TESTIFIED IN OUR HEARING AS WELL, ANOTHER FILM PRODUCER WHO WAS WILLING TO SAY IN HER STORY THAT SHE WOUND UP ASKING FRIENDS WHO HAD SIMILAR CONDITIONS, CAN I BORROW YOUR MEDICINE. DIANE, WHO WAS A TV PRODUCER, SHE TOLD US THAT STORY. MANY PEOPLE DO THAT. MADAM SPEAKER, MANY OF THEM, AS WELL, NOT ONLY DO THAT, BUT THEY CUT MARE MEDICINE IN HALF OR DON'T TAKE THEIR MEDICINE. HOW MANY SENIORS DO THAT? SO WE HAVE TO FIX THIS SYSTEM SO THAT THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR SENIORS DOES NOT PLACE THEM -- PRICE THEM OUT OF CARING FOR THEMSELVES AND TAKING THE MEDICINE THEY HAVE. WE MUST FIX THE SYSTEM SO THAT MEDICARE COSTS DOES NOT CAUSE MEDICARE TO NOT BE ABLE TO SERVE ALL OF THE SENIORS AND THOSE THAT NEED IT. AND BY THE WAY, MADAM SPEAKER, WE JUST RECOUNT THE LIVES LOST PRE1965, BEFORE MEDICARE, AND LOOK AT THE LIFE TERM NOW, HOW MUCH IT HAS GROWN. I DID NOT KNOW MY PATERNAL GRANDFATHER, BUT MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD ME HE DIED IN THE 1930'S AT HOME WITH PNEUMONIA, NOT SEE ANYTHING DOCTOR, NOT HAVING ANY INSURANCE. THAT WAS AMERICA DURING THAT TIME. CONGRESS EVEN FROM THAT TIME, THE 1930'S AND 1940'S AND 1950'S AND 1960'S TRIED TO DO HEALTH CARE REFORM. HOW MANY LIVE, COUNTLESS LIVES WERE LOST BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE DID NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE? SO THIS HEARING TODAY WAS A MOMENT IN HISTORY. ONE THAT I WAS SO VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF. WE HEARD FROM DR. LUCY PEREZ A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, WHO ENCYSTED ELOQUENTLY THAT WE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT KIND OF HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT BRINGS DOWN THE PREMIUM AND ALLOWS FOR ACCESS TO ALL AMERICANS. DR. AZIZ, A RENOWNED AND RESPECTED CARDIOLOGIST, HE HAS EXTENSIVE TRAINING IN HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANTS AND WAS A CO-DISTRICTOR OF A HEART TRANSPLANT PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON THIS DOCTOR ADVOCATED FOR A VIGOROUS PUBLIC OPTION BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO USE HIS SKILLS ON THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE THE WEALTHIEST IN AMERICA. HE WANTED TO CURE THE HEART PROBLEMS AND LUNG PROBLEMS THROUGH SURGERY OF THOSE WHO NOW LANGUISH IN THEIR APARTMENT AND HOMES BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE, WHO HAVE NOT SEEN A DOCTOR, WHOSE HEALTH IS DETERIORATING, WHOSE HEART DISEASE IS GROWING AND EXPANDING. I DO WANT TO MAKE MENTION OF THE FACT THAT ERIC, IN HIS DEATH, SHARED HIS LIVER SO THAT SOMEONE ELSE MIGHT LIVE. COULD YOU IMAGINE THAT PERSON WHO NEEDED THAT LIVER NOT HAVING HEALTH INSURANCE? CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT KIND OF CONTINUING CRISIS IN AMERICA? IT IS FORTUNATE NOTE THAT DOCTORS LIKE DR. MURPHY CAME AS WELL TO SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LETTING THE MESSAGE OF DOCTORS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY COME OUT. THE POSTER BOARD I HAD THAT INDICATED THAT DOCTORS -- ALL THESE DOCTORS FROM ALL THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE IN FACT SUPPORTING, THEY ARE SUPPORTING HEALTH CARE REFORM. THE QUESTION IS NOT WHY. THE QUESTION IS, WHY NOT? WE THANK HIM FOR HIS PRESENCE. WE THANK ELIZABETH RILEY, WHO CAME AS A MEDICAL STUDENT AND INDICATED THAT 62,000 MEDICAL STUDENTS ACROSS MY ARE SUPPORTING A VIGOROUS PUBLIC OPTION. I BELIEVE, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT THE STORIES OF THE SICK, AS WE MOURN THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES, ARE POTENT AND POWERFUL. AS WE LISTENED IN THE WANING HOURS OF THIS HEARING AND LISTENED TO MANY, MANY OTHERS, DR. BEN CARSON JOINED IN BY TELEPHONE AND TOLD US THIS GREAT SURGEON, OF THE NEED FOR FULL ACCESS AND THE NEED FOR THE ABILITY TO BE HEARD ON THIS ISSUE. MADAM SPEAKER, I CLOSE BY SIMPLY SAYING IF THE QUESTION IS ASKED, WHY, WE ASK WHY NOT? A VIGOROUS PUBLIC OPTION WILL SAVE LIVES. 45,000 DIE EVERY SINGLE YEAR. TO THE SICK WHO ARE LISTENING, LET US HEAR FROM YOU BECAUSE WE'LL BE PROPELLED BY THE CAUSE AND THE NECESSITY OF PROVIDING YOU, THE SICK WITH GOOD HEALTH CARE SO THAT YOU MIGHT LIVE. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE ORDERING OF A FIVE-MINUTE SPECIAL ORDER SPEECH IN…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE ORDERING OF A FIVE-MINUTE SPECIAL ORDER SPEECH IN FAVOR OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT IS VACATED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLL SOY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 60 MINUTES.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT IS ALWAYS AN HONOR TO BE HERE ON THIS FLOOR…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT IS ALWAYS AN HONOR TO BE HERE ON THIS FLOOR WHERE SO MUCH HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE AND I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK OF THE COMMENT, THE QUOTE FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON, THE NATURAL COURSE OF THINGS IS FOR LIBERTY TO YIELD AND GOVERNMENT TO GAIN. WHAT WE HAVE BEEN FACED WITH AND WHAT IS BEING NEGOTIATED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, INTERESTING NEGOTIATION, THERE'S NO REPUBLICANS THAT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED ANYWHERE NEAR, DESPITE ALL THE PROMISES OF THE MOST OPEN GOVERNMENT THAT WE WOULD HAVE ONCE POTH BECAUSE MA WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND SPEAKER PELOSI WAS SPEAKER AND HARRY REID WAS THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE, THESE THINGS HAVE SIMPLY NOT MATERIALIZED. I KEEP HEARING PEOPLE, AND I'VE HEARD THEM ON THE BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, SAY WE WANT HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EVERYONE. WHAT I WANT FOR EVERYONE IS HEALTH CARE. HEALTH CARE THAT'S AFFORDABLE. HEALTH CARE THAT'S ACCESSIBLE. HEALTH INSURANCE, YOU KNOW, I GAVE A SPEECH TO HEALTH INSURANCE FOLKS HERE LAST YEAR AND I POINTED OUT, YOU THINK YOU'RE SELLING INSURANCE, BUT THIS IS NOT INSURANCE. YOU'RE SELLING MANAGEMENT BY HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES OF HEALTH CARE. IT'S NOT INSURANCE. LOOK IT UP. INSURANCE IS NOT PAYING A COMPANY TO MANAGE EVERYTHING FOR YOU. INSURANCE IS WHEN YOU PAY A LITTLE PREMIUM A SMALL PREMIUM, SOMETIMES MONTHLY, SOMETIMES QUARTERLY, SOMETIMES FOR A WHOLE YEAR, YOU PAY THAT TO INSURE AGAINST SOME UNFORESEEABLE EVENT OUT THERE IN THE FUTURE. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN EAST TEXAS, THERE WERE PRECIOUS FEW PEOPLE THAT HAD ANY INSURANCE. BUT THE ONES THAT DID THEY PAID A TINY PREMIUM TO INSURE AGAINST SOME CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS OVERTAKING THEM OR SOME TERRIBLE ACCIDENT THAT LEFT THEM IN NEED OF EXPENSIVE HEALTH CARE. AND THAT INSURANCE WOULD COVER THEM. FOR THE REST OF US, IF YOU GOT SICK, YOU KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THE COST WAS AT EACH DOCTOR'S CLINIC, AT THE HOSPITAL, AND YOU ALSO KNEW IF YOU GOT SICK AND HAD TO GO TO THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE WHAT IT WOULD COST, BUT IF IT WAS MORE THAN YOU COULD PAY, THEN THERE WAS USUALLY SOMEONE NEAR THE FRONT COUNTER WHO COULD WORK OUT A MONTHLY PAYMENT FOR YOU TO PAY. BUT AS A PATIENT, YOU HAD CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH CARE. AND I'VE BEEN INTRIGUED, IT IS WITH A BROKEN HEART TO HEAR ALL THE TROUBLING STORIES FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ABOUT TRAGEDIES OF SICKNESS OR ACCIDENTS. BUT I'VE HEARD THE SAME THING, EXCEPT MANY FOLD MORE, ABOUT SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. AND AS A -- AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT IN THE SOVIET UNION IN 1973, I HAD A CHANCE TO SEE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, THE WAY IT GETS AFTER IT HAS EXISTED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. PEOPLE RARELY EVER SAW THE SAME DOCTOR WHEN THEY WENT. THE DOCTORS -- IT WAS NOT THE HONOR TO BE A DOCTOR THERE. COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH WHOM I CAME IN CONTACT AND GOT TO KNOW, IF THEY HAD A PARENT, A FATHER OR MOTHER WHO WAS A DOCTOR, THEY WERE NOT ALL THAT THRILLED TO TELL YOU. THEY WERE TICKLED TO TELL YOU IF THEY HAD A PARENT WHO WAS A -- WHO WAS AN ASSISTANT TO THE ASSISTANT MANAGER OF A FACTORY, BUT NOT SO MUCH DOCTORS. HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, DOCTORS TRADITIONALLY HAVE BEEN PAID WELL AND THAT HAS INSPIRED THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST AMONG US TO ASPIRE TO GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL TO BECOME DOCTORS AND HELP PEOPLE. WHAT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN MISSING FROM HEART RENDING STORY AFTER HEART RENDING STORY ARE ANY GOOD STORIES, ANY GOOD STORIES. SO IF SOMEONE IS VISITING THE UNITED STATES AND THE ONLY EXPOSURE THAT THEY HAVE TO HEARING ABOUT OUR HEALTH CARE IS FROM THE STORIES OF OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, THEY WOULD CERTAINLY WANT TO AVOID U.S. HOSPITALS, U.S. DOCTORS, U.S. CLINICS, BECAUSE OF ALL THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDIES THAT SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY THING THAT OCCURS. WHEN THE FACT IS, THIS COUNTRY PROVIDES A BETTER LEVEL OF CARE THAN ANYWHERE, NOT ONLY IN THE WORLD, BUT IN HISTORY. I'VE HAD DOCTORS WHO WERE HISTORIANS INDICATE THAT BEFORE 1910, NOT EVEN A FULL 100 YEARS AGO, BEFORE 1910, IF YOU WENT TO THE DOCTOR, THE ODDS WERE ABOUT 50-50 THAT YOU WOULD ACTUALLY BE HELPED BY GOING TO THE DOCTOR INSTEAD OF BEING HARMED BY GOING TO THE DOCTOR, AND JUST DOWN THE ROAD OUT HERE, YOU CAN GET TO MOUNT VERNON TO GEORGE WASHINGTON'S HOME, WHERE A BEAUTIFUL PAINTING OVER HERE, SIMILAR TO THE ONE HANGING IN THE WHITE HOUSE, OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, ALL 6'3", THOUGH SOME SAY HE WAS NOT THAT TALL THEY KNOW HE WAS THAT TALL WHEN THEY MEASURED HIM ON THE SLAB AFTER HIS DEATH, BUT HE DIED AT AN AGE THAT WAS UNEXPECTED FOR HIM BECAUSE HE SEEMED TO BE IN SUCH GOOD HEALTH, BUT HE HAD BEEN OUT MARKING TREES THAT WERE GOING TO BE CUT DOWN, HE DIDN'T KNOW HE MIGHT SOMEDAY GET A CARBON CREDIT FOR THEM SO HE HAD MARKED THEM TO BE CUT DOWN AND IT WAS DURING COLD AND DURING THE RAIN AND HE GOT A COLD. HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF HIS WET CLOTHING VERY QUICKLY. HAD DINNER THE NIGHT HE CAME BACK, DIDN'T DO MUCH ABOUT THE COLD BUT BEFORE LONG IT BEGAN TO OVERTAKE HIM AND ONE OF HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD WAS HIS DOCTOR AND I THINK HE WENT THREE TIMES AND THEY COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY KEPT TRAINING -- DRAINING OUT THE BAD BLOOD, AS THEY THOUGHT, OUT OF OUR GREAT FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY, AND HE JUST SEEMED TO NOT BE GETTING BETTER. THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE DAMAGE THEY WERE DOING TO THIS GIANT OF A MAN. BUT WE GET PAST 1910 AND BECAUSE OF THE FREE MARKET SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY, HEALTH CARE HAS BEEN ELEVATED TO A LEVEL NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN THE HISTORY OF MAN KIND. WHAT IS MISSING IN SOME OF THE STORIES THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD ARE SOME OF THE STORIES THAT I PERSONALLY HEARD AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH, SUE CLARK LIVES IN TYLER. SHE CAME, SHE IMMIGRATED FROM ENGLAND, HER MOTHER GOT CANCER LIVING IN ENGLAND AND AS IS NORMALLY THE CASE WITH SOCIALIZED MEDICINE THERE IN CANADA AND SOON TO BE HERE IF THE HEALTH CARE BILL, EITHER THE HOUSE OR THE SENATE IS TALKING ABOUT MAKES ITS WAY AND GETS PASSED, SIGNED INTO LAW, PEOPLE WILL GO ON LISTS THE SAME WHICH HERE. SO WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAYS WE'RE CUTTING $500 BILLION OR SO IN MEDICARE THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DENY COVERAGE TO ANYONE, NOT EVEN DENY TREATMENT, WHAT WE SEE IN THESE OTHER COUNTRIES IS THEY'RE NOT TECHNICALLY DENIED TREATMENT OR CARE, THEY'RE PUT ON A LIST. AND AS IT GOES WITH SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, IN ORDER FOR THE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, NOT TO GO BROKE, PEOPLE END UP DYING ON THE LISTS, WAITING TO GET THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. AND THAT'S WHAT SUE SAID HAPPENED WITH HER MOTHER. THAT BECAUSE HER MOTHER GOT CANCER IN ENGLAND, SHE DIED OF THE CANCER THAT WAS UNNECESSARY HAD SHE BEEN LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES. SUE GOT CANCER HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, SHE DIDN'T GO ON A LIST, SHE IS A SECRETARY AS I RECALL AND SHE SAID SHE DIDN'T GO ON A LIST AND SHE KNOWS SHE'S ALIVE TODAY BECAUSE SHE IMMIGRATED FROM ENGLAND AND GOT AWAY FROM THE SOCIALIZED GOVERNMENT SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, PUBLIC OPTION, OVER THERE IT'S NOT A PUBLIC OPTION, IT'S PUBLIC REQUIREMENT, BUT, ANYWAY, HER MOTHER DIED OF CANCER BECAUSE SHE WAS IN A COUNTRY THAT HAD THE KIND OF HEALTH CARE THAT THOSE ACROSS THE AISLE, MANY OF THEM, THAT IS, NOT ALL OF THEM, ARE ASPIRING TO GIVE US HERE. BUT IN THE SAME TOKEN, I KNOW PERSONALLY OF INCREDIBLE STORIES, OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T HAVE MONEY FOR HEALTH CARE AND DOCTORS PROVIDED IT. DOCTORS WHO ANSWERED THE CALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND CAME RUSHING DOWN TO HELP, EVEN THOUGH THEY KNEW THERE WAS A GOOD CHANCE THEY WOULDN'T GET PAID. OF DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS AND CLINICS PROVIDING FREE CARE AND I COME BACK TO MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, THEY SEEM TO INDICATE, WHEN INDICATED EARLIER TODAY, THE GUY WAS TOLD BECAUSE HE WAS NOT FROM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE $250 TO PAY CASH, HE COULD NOT DEMAND AND REQUIRE THAT THE DOCTOR HE WANTED TO SEE HAD TO SEE HIM. AND MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE WAS UPSET BY THAT. HE WAS TOLD HE'D HAVE TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM TO GET THAT TREATMENT. I'VE ALSO TALKED TO PHYSICIANS WHO SAID, IF THERE WAS ANY WAY TO REQUIRE EVEN A $5 CO-PAY IT WOULD ROOT OUT SO MANY OF THE PEOPLE THAT JUST SHOW UP AT THE EMERGENCY ROOM WITH COLDS, THINGS LIKE, I GET MAYBE BECAUSE OF THE STRESS OR NOT GETTING MORE THAN TWO OR THREE HOURS OF SLEEP SO OFTEN AROUND HERE, WE GET COLDS. I DON'T GO TO THE HOSPITAL. I DON'T GO TO THE DOCTOR. WE GOT GREAT OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICAL SUPPLIES SO YOU CAN GO PICK THEM UP. I DON'T USE INSURANCE. AND FOR THOSE KIND OF THINGS WE JUST GET WHAT YOU NEED. AND I AM FAMILIAR OF WHAT IT COSTS. WHEN I WENT OUT ON MY OWN AS AN ATTORNEY AT THE BIG FIRM I STARTED WITH I WAS DETERMINED NOT TO STEAL ANY CLIENTS AS I KNEW SOME LAWYERS HAD BEEN ACCUSED OF DOING, SO I STARTED OUT WITH NEXT TO NOTHING. THAT FIRST YEAR THAT I WAS ON MY OWN, MY ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME WAS $12,000. WE HAD A DAUGHTER WHO WAS ABOUT 2 AND THE ONLY THING WE COULD AFFORD TO GIVE HER THAT CHRISTMAS WAS A FREE PUPPY DOG THAT MY LATE MOTHER HAD FOUND AND THOUGHT MY DAUGHTER WOULD LOVE AND SHE DID. I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT HAVING TO SCRAPE AND SCRAMP AND BUILD A BUSINESS AND WITHIN THREE YEARS OF GOING OUT ON MY OWN, I ENDED UP PAYING MORE IN INCOME TAX THAN I EVER MADE AT THE BIG FIRM WHERE I WENT TO WORK AFTER I GOT OUT OF THE ARMY SERVICE. SO I KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT SCRIMPING, I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT NOT HAVING THE MONEY TO GIVE YOUR CHILD EVERYTHING YOU WANT. I UNDERSTAND. BUT THE FREE MARKET SYSTEM, WHEN ALLOWED TO WORK PROPERLY, CAN DO AMAZING THINGS. BUT I'M TELLING, MADAM SPEAKER, YOU, I WOULD TELL THE WORLD, I DON'T WANT HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES, I DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT EITHER TO MANAGE MY HEALTH CARE. I WANT TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS AND I WANT EVERYBODY ELSE TO HAVE THAT SAME FREEDOM. I WANT THEM TO HAVE COVERAGE WHERE THEY CAN AFFORD IT AND I WANT THEM TO HAVE THE BEST HEALTH CARE THAT IS AVAILABLE IN IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THAT'S DOABLE. BUT NOT BY SOCIALIZING MEDICINE. YOU HEAR THE STORIES OVER AND OVER. WE HEARD ABOUT A COMPANY IN CANADA THAT IN ORDER TO ATTRACT THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST EMPLOYEES WAS OFFERING THEM THE ADDED PERK THAT IF YOU GET SICK AND NEED SURGERY OR NEED TESTING, WE'LL PUT YOU ON A PLANE AND FLY YOU TO THE UNITED STATES AND GET IT DONE WITHIN 24 HOURS. THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE OFFERING AS PART OF THEIR CONTRACT BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T GET THAT IN CANADA. BUT HERE, IF WE EMULATE THOSE SYSTEMS, YOU GO ON LISTS. AND THE SENIORS, HAVING LIVED FOR SO LONG, THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON. THEY UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT CUTTING MEDICARE $500 BILLION, WHAT THAT MEANS. WHAT THEY'RE EXPECTED TO DO, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GET THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED AT THE END OF THEIR LIFE. IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE AND BASICALLY THEY'LL DIE WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS. IF YOU REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT'S OWN TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THERE WAS A LADY THERE NAMED PAM STERN, HER MOTHER, SHE HAD SAID, APPARENTLY SHE WAS 99, CLOSE TO 100, AND HER OWN DOCTOR SAID HE COULDN'T DO ANY MORE UNLESS SHE GOT A PACEMAKER BUT THAT SEEMED AWFUL OLD TO BE GETTING A PACEMAKER. EVERYONE ELSE SAID, YEAH, SURE, GO FOR IT EXCEPT, ACCORDING TO MS. STERN, THE ARRHYTHMIA SPECIALIST. HE HAD NEVER MET HER MOTHER. WELL, HER DAUGHTER CONTACTED THE ARRHYTHMIA SPECIALIST AND SAID YOU REALLY NEED TO MEET THIS LADY BEFORE YOU MAKE THAT MEDICAL CALL. DON'T JUST DO IT OFF A LIST. YOU REALLY NEED TO MEET HER. AND HE MET HER AND ACCORDING TO PAM THE SPECIALIST SAW HER AND HER WORDS WERE -- AND SAW HER JOY OF LIFE AND HE SAID HE INDEED WAS GOING FORWARD WITH THE PACEMAKER AND IT'S BEEN FIVE OR SIX YEARS SINCE THEN. SHE'S NOW 105 AND DOING WELL, ACCORDING TO PAM. NOW, THE QUESTION SHE ASKED THE PRESIDENT, SHE WANTED TO KNOW UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN WHAT TREATMENT SOMEONE ELDERLY COULD HAVE AND ASKED THIS QUESTION, OUTSIDE THE MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR PROLONGING LIFE FOR SOMEBODY WHO IS ELDERLY, IS THERE ANY CONSIDERATION THAT CAN BE GIVEN FOR A CERTAIN SPIRIT, A CERTAIN JOY OF LIVING, A QUALITY OF LIFE? OR IS IT IT JUST A MEDICAL CUTOFF AT A CERTAIN AGE? AND I WATCHED THE VIDEO AND I TYPED THIS UP SO I COULD HAVE EVERY COMMENT EXACTLY RIGHT, THE PRESIDENT -- PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID, QUOTE, WE'RE SUGGESTING -- WE'RE NOT GOING TO SOLVE EVERY DIFFICULT PROBLEM IN TERMS OF END OF LIFE CURE, MY ENGLISH TEACHER MOTHER TAUGHT EIGHTH GRADE ENGLISH FOR MOST OF HER ADULT LIFE, ACTUALLY TAUGHT ME ENGLISH MY WHOLE LIFE, GOT FRUSTRATED WITH ME QUITE A BIT BY YOU KNOW SHE WOULD OUTLINE THAT SENTENCE AND SAID THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO CLEAN THAT UP JUST AS SHE DID WITH SOME OF MINE. BUT ANYWAY HE APPARENTLY IS TALKING AND THINKING AND TRYING TO COME UP WITH AN ANSWER, BEATING AROUND THE BUSH BUT HE COMES UP AND SAYS, THAT IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE -- WE AS A CULTURE AND AS A SOCIETY STARTING TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS WITHIN OUR OWN FAMILIES AND -- AND FOR OURSELVES. THE PRESIDENT GOES ON AND SAYS, BUT WHAT WE CAN DO IS MAKE SURE THAT AT LEAST SOME OF THE WASTE THAT EXISTS IN THE SYSTEM THAT'S NOT MAKING ANYBODY'S MOM BETTER -- THAT IS LOADING UP ON ADDITIONAL TESTS OR ADDITIONAL DRUGS THAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWS IS NOT NECESSARILY GOING TO IMPROVE CARE, THAT AT LEAST WE CAN LET DOCTORS KNOW AND YOUR MOM KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW WHAT? LADY, THIS ISN'T GOING TO HELP. MAYBE YOU'RE BETTER OFF NOT HAVING THE SURGERY BUT TAKING A PAINKILLER, UNQUOTE. THE PRESIDENT'S ANSWER. HOW IRONIC. SHE HAD JUST EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER HAD LIVED FIVE, SIX YEARS OF VERY JOIFL LIFE AFTER THE PACEMAKER AND -- JOYFUL LIFE AFTER THE PACEMAKER AND HERE'S THE PRESIDENT SAYING, YOU'RE BETTER OFF WITHOUT THE PACEMAKER SURGERY BUT JUST TAKE THE PAINKILLER. THE SENIORS GET THAT. THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS TO THEM. AND THEY DON'T NEED A DEATH PANEL TO READ THEM THE WRITING ON THE WALL THAT COMES FROM THAT KIND OF APPROACH TO HEALTH CARE. I HAD ONE SENIOR SAY SHE'S CONCERNED THAT THEY'RE CUTTING HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR SENIORS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT'S WHERE ALL THE WISDOM -- NOT ALL OF IT, BUT A GREAT DEAL, MOST OF THE WISDOM, RESIDES. THE LONGER YOU'RE AROUND, HOPEFULLY THE GREATER YOUR WISDOM GROWS. I KNOW FROM HAVING BEEN A JUDGE THAT IT IS TRUE, YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE THOSE WHO JUST LIVE. VERY UNFORTUNATE, SOME NEVER GET TO THAT LEARNING PART. BUT WE HAVE SENIORS WHO HAVE LIVED AND LEARNED, THEY'VE SEEN THE THREATS OF FASCISM, THEY'VE SEEN THE THREATS OF COMMUNISM, THE GREATEST GENERATION HAVE PROVIDED US THE PROTECTION AND AFFORDED US THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY THE BLESSINGS WE ENJOY AND NOW WE SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT? MAYBE YOU'RE BETTING OFF TAKING A PAINKILLER? WHAT HAVE WE COME TO? ARE WE SO SELF-ABSORBED THAT WE LOOK AT THE MONEY THAT WE'RE THROWING AROUND FROM THIS BODY -- WE'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE PURSE STRINGS AND HAVE SOME SELF-RESTRAINT AS AN OBLIGATION TO THOSE WHO SENT US HERE AND, YEAH, WE PASS A BILL $77 MILLION ON WILD HORSE HABITAT TO BUY THEM ANOTHER AREA THE SIZE OF WEST VIRGINIA SO THEY CAN ROAM AROUND MORE WHEN WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST THEIR HABITATS? WHY AREN'T WE TAKING CARE OF THEIR NEEDS BY CREATING NEW JOBS AND CREATING THE ABILITY TO AFFORD HEALTH CARE? YOU KNOW, MY HEALTH CARE, MY HEALTH INSURANCE HERE IN CONGRESS, PART OF THE SAME BIG THICK BOOKLET THAT ALL OTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES GET TO HAVE, BUT IT WAS COSTING OVER $1,000 A MONTH. TOO MUCH. SO I ELECTED TO GO WITH A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND IT WENT TO $300 -- ACTUALLY, UNDER $300 A MONTH BUT THE MAJORITY OF THAT GOES INTO MY OWN HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. I'VE HAD SOME DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY. I'VE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY, EVERYBODY IN AMERICA OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE WHAT OUR CONGRESS HAS FOR HEALTH CARE INSURANCE. AND MY ANSWER TO THAT IS, YOU DON'T WANT MY INSURANCE. I'M CHANGING AT THE OF THE YEAR, I DON'T LIKE IT. I'M CHANGING AT THE END THEY HAVE YEAR. WHAT YOU WANT IS NOT THE INSURANCE I'VE GOT NOW, WHAT YOU WANT IS MY CHOICES. I GOT A BIG, THICK BOOK LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE HERE, LIKE THE CLERK THE SUPPORT STAFF AND PERSONNEL, ALL THE EMPLOYEES HAVE THE SAME BOOK. IT'S NOT EXCLUSIVE TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. I DO SUPPORT, I BELIEVE IT'S H.R. 615, JOHN FLEMING CAME UP WITH, A NUMBER OF US HAVE SIGNED ON, I THINK IT'S A GOOD BILL. THAT CONGRESS SHOULDN'T PASS ANY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, CREATED, AT LEAST, WITH LEGISLATION, THAT WE DO NOT PUT OURSELVES ON. SEEMS FAIR TO ME. BUT PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE CHOICES. THAT WOULD BRING ABOUT BETTER HEALTH CARE OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE. BUT YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES RIGHT NOW MANAGING HEALTH CARE. IT'S NOT INSURANCE. THEY'RE JUST TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE. AND IT REMINDED ME THAT GEE, IN SOME WAYS, MADAM SPEAKER, PEOPLE MAY BE INTERESTED IN TAKING THIS IDEA AND ACTUALLY GOING PUBLIC AND TRYING TO SELL THE PUBLIC ON THE IDEA. MAYBE IT WILL WORK. IT SURE WORKED IN HEALTH CARE. THAT IS TO TELL PEOPLE, YOU KNOW WHAT, GASOLINE GOES UP, SOMETIMES IT GOES DOWN, SEEMS LIKE MORE OFTEN GOING UP. SO WHY DON'T WE TELL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, LOOK, WE'LL PROVIDE YOU WHAT WE'LL CALL GASOLINE INSURANCE. YOU UH PAY US A TRACK LOAD OF MONEY EVERY MONTH AND WE'LL GIVE YOU A CO-PAY AND A DEDUCTIBLE AND THEN WE'LL PAY YOUR GASOLINE BILL ABOVE THAT EVERY MONTH. HOW DOES THAT SOUND? THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING WITH HEALTH INSURANCE. AND PAYING AN AWFUL LOT OF MONEY. THE SAME THING IS TRUE WITH MED -- WITH MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. WHEN YOU TAKE THE TOTAL EXPENDITURES FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID IN THE YEAR 2007, WE'RE STILL LOOKING FOR 2008 FULL YEAR NUMBER, DON'T HAVE THEM YET. WE WERE UP APPROACHING $10,000 AVERAGE FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN AMERICA TO PAY FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND YET THE AVERAGE IS $10,000 FOR EVERY -- FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN AMERICA JUST TO PAY FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THAT JUST SEEMS OUTRAGEOUS. THERE'S AN EASIER WAY. I FILED A BILL THAT HAS A THRUTION. -- THAT HAS A SOLUTION. THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS. I WANT HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES TO GET BACK INTO THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE. AND THE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO HAVE A HIGH DEDUCTIBLE POLICY. AND TO PROVIDE TAX INCENTIVES FOR COMPANIES TO PAY IN TO EMPLOYEES' OWN PERSONAL HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. NOT LIKE THE OLD KIND WHERE IF YOU DON'T USE IT BY THE END OF THE YEAR, YOU LOSE IT. NO, IF YOU DON'T USE IT, IT ROLLS OVER TO THE NEXT YEAR AND IT GROWS. STATISTICIANS TELL US YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR 20'S AND 30'S, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM IF THEY DO THAT, WILL HAVE SUCH ACCUMULATED AMOUNTS IN THEIR ACCOUNT WHEN THEY REACH RETIREMENT AGE THEY WON'T NEED OR WANT FEDERAL ASSISTANCE WITH THEIR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS OR PAYMENTS. BECAUSE THEY CAN ADDRESS IT THEMSELVES WITH THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE SAVINGS ACCOUNT. AND WITH THE MONEY THAT THEY'VE STORED UP. WE PROVIDE TAX ADVANTAGES FOR BUSINESSES TO DO THAT. I DO AGREE WITH THOSE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, NOT EVERYBODY AGREES, BUT I THINK WE DO HAVE SOME JOINT AGREEMENT ON THE FACT THAT WE SHOULD HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES WHERE THE INSURANCE COMPANY CAN'T UP AND CANCEL THE INSURANCE POLICY WHEN YOU FIND OUT YOU HAVE SOME DREADED DISEASE. THAT SEEMS GROSELY UNFAIR. I WOULD AGREE THAT WOULD BE FAIR. AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO THAT. WE CAN BE ABOUT MAKING SURE THERE'S A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AND THERE'S FAIRNESS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. THIS BODY WAS NEVER INTENDED TO RUN EVERYONE'S LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT YOU GIVE CONTROL, YOU GIVE THE COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF ALL HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA, THAT CAN'T BE PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNLESS THEY GET IT FROM THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY'RE FORCED TO TAX AMERICANS MORE TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE THEN YOU HAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHOSE ROLL IS SUPPOSED TO BE THAT OF REFEREE, -- WHOSE ROLE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THAT OF REFEREE, NOT ONLY BEING A REFEREE BUT BEING A PLAYER. WE ARE CONSTANTLY, IT SEEMS, ALMOST EVERY DAY, HAVING PEOPLE COME IN WHO ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION OR THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. IT IS SUCH A NIGHTMARE DEALING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHEN THEY ARE THE PLAYER AND THE REFEREE. THERE'S NOBODY ELSE TO GO AROUND. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS IT. WHEREAS IF IT TOOK ITS ROLE FROM OUR ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION, IT WOULD BE THE REFEREE. I HEARD SOMEONE CALL IN TO MY FRIEND SEAN HANNITY'S SHOW, HE WAS BERATING HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES, HE SAID ONE OF YOUR PRECIOUS HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES HAD TO SETTLE A LAWSUIT FOR $3 MILLION. SEE, THAT'S WHY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO BE PROVIDING THE HEALTH INSURANCE OR HEALTH CARE. HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT BECAUSE WHAT THAT SHOWS IS, YOU DON'T WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE BUSINESS OF BEING BOTH THE PLAYER AND THE REFEREE. BECAUSE THEY DON'T PLAY FAIR WHEN THEY'RE THE ONLY PLAYER AND THE REFEREE. THEY TREAT YOU AS SOME OF OUR VETERANS HAVE BEEN TREATED, OR SHOULD I SAY MISTREATED. WHAT YOU WANT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BE THE REFEREE. TO ME, IF THE INSURANCE COMPANY GOT TAGGED FOR $3 MILLION FOR SOME HEINOUS WAY THEY HANDLED SOMEBODY'S SITUATION, THAT MEANS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S DOING ITS JOB. THEY PROVIDED A -- AN ARENA IN THE JUDICIARY SYSTEM WHERE PEOPLE COULD HAVE A RIGHT OF REDRESS. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. BY HAVING SUCH A HEAVY HAMMER AS THE ARENA OF REDRESS, FORCING THE FREE MARKET PLAYERS OUT THERE TO PLAY BY THE RULES, TO BE FAIR, DON'T MISTREAT PEOPLE. WE DO A BETTER JOB WHEN THAT'S WHAT WE CONCENTRATE ON, NOT TELLING AUTOMAVERBINGS HOW TO MAKE CARS OR TAKING CONTROL OF ALL THESE OTHER AREAS THAT WE SEEM TO HAVE TAKEN CONTROL OF IN THE LAST YEAR OR SO. I GO BACK TO THE COMMENT OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, THE NATURAL COURSE OF THINGS IS FOR LIBERTY TO YIELD AND THE GOVERNMENT TO GAIN. OF COURSE IT WAS JOHN ADAMS WHO COMMENTED, IN MY MANY YEARS, I'VE COME TO CONCLUSION THAT ONE USELESS MAN IS A SHAME, TWO IS A LAW FIRM, AND THREE IS A CONGRESS. WHAT A WISE MAN JOHN ADAMS WAS. WITH REGARD TO HEALTH INSURANCE , MY BILL THAT HAS BEEN FILED, WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET C.B.O. SCORING ON. BUT IT MAY BE RECALLED THAT EARLIER THIS YEAR, AFTER C.B.O. CAME OUT WITH A SCORE ON A DEMOCRATIC BILL THAT UPSET THE WHITE HOUSE, THE HEAD OF C.B.O., THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE THAT DOES ALL THE SCORING, THAT PEOPLE CONSTANTLY REFER TO AS THIS UNBIASED SOURCE, THE HEAD WAS CALLED OVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE. CALLED INTO THE WOODSHED AT THE WHITE HOUSE. AND LO AND BEHOLD, AFTER THAT TRIP TO THE WHITE HOUSE, IT'S AMAZING HOW C.B.O. SEEMED TO TRY TO REACH OUT AND HELP THE MAJORITY PARTY. THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. THE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE. AND THE WHITE HOUSE. SO, SENATOR BAUCUS CAN RUSH IN A BILL, RUSH IN SOMETHING THAT'S NOT EVEN A BILL, JUST A PLAN, AND GET THEM TO SCORE IT. I WAS TOLD BACK IN JUNE THAT THEY WOULD NOT SCORE MY HEALTH CARE BILL UNLESS I COULD GET IT INTO THE FORM OF A BILL THAT COULD BE FILED HERE IN THE HOUSE. WELL, I COULDN'T GET MY BILL, I HAD THE PLAN ALL DRAFTED AND WHAT WE WANTED IN IT AND I COULD NOT GET LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO -- LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL TO PUT IT INTO THE FORM THAT'S REQUIRED IN ORDER TO FILE IT NORMALLY. AND SO WE PUSHED AND PUSHED AND I TOLD NEWT GINGRICH ABOUT MY HEALTH CARE PLAN, AND HE SAID, YOU NEED TO GET THAT IN BILL FORM AND GET IT SCORED. THAT SHOULD SCORE. I TRIED AND TRIED AND I WAS TOLD, WELL, YOU'RE IN THE MINORITY PARTY AND BESIDES THAT, YOU'RE NOT ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. SO I GOT THE HIGHEST RANKING REPUBLICAN, JOE BOAR TAN -- JOE BARTON, WHO WAS EXTREMELY HELPFUL, HE MADE THE REQUEST, HE AND HIS OFFICE STARTED PUSHING, TO GET MY PLAN INTO A BILL FORM SO I COULD FILE IT. AND THAT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH. WE GOT OTHER REPUBLICANS AND WE KEPT PUSHING AND PUSHING, TOOK A MONTH, ABOUT A MONTH, BUT WE FINALLY GOT IT INTO BILL FORM SO THAT WE COULD GO ABOUT GETTING IT SCORED BY C.B.O. WE GOT IT FILED ON JULY 31 AND THERE ARE SOME AMENDMENTS THAT WE HAVE PREPARED IN THIS BILL HERE THAT I'M HOLDING THAT WE WILL FILE SHORTLY, BUT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET IT SCORED BY C.B.O. AND WE MADE THE OFFICIAL REQUEST AUGUST 19. WE WERE TOLD BY C.B.O. WHAT WE HAD HEARD FROM LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S OFFICE, WELL, YOU'RE NOT IN THE MAJORITY. WELL, DUH, WE KNEW THAT. I'M SMARTER THAN I LOOK, PERHAPS. BUT THEN WE WERE TOLD, AND YOU'RE NOT ON THE COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION, ENERGY AND COMMERCE, WE GOT, AGAIN, RANKING MEMBER JOE BARTON TO ASSIST AND MAKE THE REQUEST. THAT WAS DONE IN SEPTEMBER. AND THEN WE WERE TOLD LATER, WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU DON'T HAVE ANYBODY FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION, TAX COMMISSION WHO HAS MADE THIS REQUEST. SO WE GOT THE HIGHEST RANKING REPUBLICAN ON THE JOINT COMMISSION TO MAKE THE REQUEST. SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON DOWN IN THE SENATE HAD REQUESTED A SCORING AS A SENATE BILL OR AMENDMENT. SHE HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING C.B.O. TO SCORE THAT. WHAT HAPPENED TO FAIR GOVERNMENT WE WERE GOING TO GET WHEN THIS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TOOK OVER? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FAIRNESS AND OPENNESS AND TREATING BOTH PARTIES ALIKE? WE'VE BEEN SHUT OUT OF ALL NEGOTIATIONS, UNLESS THE PRESIDENT'S ALLOWED SOMEBODY A REPUBLICAN INTO THE WHITE HOUSE TO TALK HEALTH CARE IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, IT'S BEEN MARCH SINCE A REPUBLICAN HAS BEEN ALLOWED IN. WHEN HE STOOD THERE AT THAT SECOND LEVEL DURING THE JOINT SESSION AND SAID HERE, LOOK, IF YOU'VE GOT SOLUTIONS MY DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN, WELL, LOTS OF US HAVE FILED BILLS, LOTS OF OTHER REPUBLICANS HAVE PLANS THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET INTO BILLS BUT THEY CAN'T GET LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S ASSISTANCE, AND I AM STILL PLUGGING TO GET C.B.O.'S ASSISTANCE TO SCORE MY BILL, BUT AMAZINGLY, THEY FALL PREY TO THE GIMMICKRY OF THE BAUCUS BILL OF SAYING, WELL, 10 YEARS OF REVENUE AND FIVE OR SIX YEARS OF COSTS MAY COME CLOSE TO BALANCING OUT AND ONLY COSTING THE COUNTRY JUST UNDER $900 BILLION. BUT AS WE KNOW, THAT'S BEEN BUMPED OVER $1 TRILLION. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OPENNESS AND FAIRNESS? WE HAVE SOLUTIONS. WE HELD THEM UP SO THE PRESIDENT COULD UNMISTAKABLY SEE, WE HAD SOLUTIONS. WE WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO HIM TO SOMEONE DRAFTING THE BILLS, BECAUSE THEY'RE GOOD IDEAS. AND AS I MENTIONED BACK DURING THE DAYS WHEN I WAS ON THE ACTIVE DEE COHN STATUS AT MY CHURCH, SOMETIMES PEOPLE SAID WE OUGHT TO ALL BE OF THE SAME MIND HERE IN THIS BODY. MY COMMENT WAS, UNLESS ONE PERSON HAS 100% LOCK ON GOD'S TRUTH, ALL THE TIME, WE OUGHT TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER. YOU KNOW. IN A DEE COHN BODY YOU NEED TO DO -- IN A DEACON BODY YOU NEED TO DO SO PRAYERFULLY AND SEEKING GOD'S HELP. IN THIS BODY, IT WOULDN'T HURT TO DO THAT EITHER. WE OUGHT TO LISTEN TO SOMEBODY. THERE JUST SEEMS TO BE SUCH AN ATMOSPHERE OF ARROGANCE WHEN SOMEONE WILL SAY, THERE'S NOT ONE SINGLE THING THAT NEARLY HALF OF THE CONGRESS CAN CONTRIBUTE. WE ALL HAVE THE SAME NUMBER, BASICALLY, OF CONSTITUENTS. THERE'S THE SAME NUMBER OF CONSTITUENTS ELECTED SPEAKER PELOSI THAT ELECTED ME FROM MY DISTRICT. BUT IT MEANS THAT JUST UNDER HALF OF THE COUNTRY IS NOW NOT ALLOWED INPUT INTO THE BILLS THAT HAVE BEING PASSED AND PUT TOGETHER IN THIS BODY. . I FIND NEW THINGS THAT WILL MAKE MY BILL BETTER. ONE OF THE THINGS WE DEAL IS THIS ISSUE OF PEOPLE OWNING THEIR OWN POLICY. THAT'S REQUIRED IN MY BILL. THE EMPLOYER WILL HAVE THE TAX ADVANTAGE, THE BUSINESS EXPENSE OF PAYING FOR EMPLOYEES' HEALTH CARE INSURANCE, BUT THAT WILL CHANGE IN THE RESPECT THAT IT WILL NOW BE THE EMPLOYEE'S POLICY. IF THE EMPLOYEE IS FIRED OR THE BUSINESS GOES OUT OF BUSINESS, IT IS STILL THE EMPLOYEE'S POLICY. WE'LL GET RID OF COBRA. WHEN I STARTED RUNNING FOR CONGRESS, MY HEALTH CARE WAS GOING TO GO UP SO MUCH UNDER COBRA, WE COULDN'T ANORTHWARD IT AND WE TOOK THE CASH OUT OF OUR HOME TO MAKE THE RUN FOR CONGRESS. I KNOW SACRIFICE AND CAN'T PROVIDE FOR YOUR CHILDREN IF YOU STAYED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, BUT THAT'S WHAT WE DID. NOW I COME REPRESENTING MY CONSTITUENTS WITH THEIR EXPECTATIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT, SPEAKER PELOSI AND HARRY REID PROMISED THAT WE WOULD HAVE INPUT BUT WE HAVE BEEN SHUT OUT. IT IS AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. BUT FOR SENIORS, SINCE MEDICARE CAME INTO EXISTENCE, SENIORS HAVE NEVER HAD COMPLETE COVERAGE, NOR CONTROL OF THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE. THE GOVERNMENT HAS HAD THAT CONTROL. THEY HAD TO FIND OUT IF THE GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO COVER A PARTICULAR MEDICATION OR A PARTICULAR TREATMENT. YOU HAVE TO FIND OUT FROM THE GOVERNMENT. THE ONLY THING WORSE I CAN IMAGINE IS IF WE HAD A SYSTEM LIKE CARNEDA OR ENGLAND WHERE THE -- CANADA OR ENGLAND WHERE THE GOVERNMENT PUTS YOU ON LISTS. ONE INDIVIDUAL TOLD ME HIS FATHER NEEDED BYPASS SURGERY AND HE WENT ON THE LIST AND WAS TOLD WE DO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS IN THE LISTS BASED ON OUR OWN DETERMINATION. JUST PICTURE SOME GUY LOOKING DOWN THE LIST, I THINK I'LL MOVE THIS GUY UP ON THE LIST AND MOVE THIS ONE DOWN. AND MY DAD NEEDED BYPASS SURGERY AND DIED WAITING ON THE LIST. WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY AND ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. WHEN I SAW THAT ACROSS AMERICA THAT IT WAS CURRENTLY COSTING PERHAPS OVER $10,000, 2007 FROM $8,500 TO $9,200. NEARLY $10,000 TO COVER THE PEOPLE ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. WE WOULD BE BETTER OFF TO SAY TO OUR BELOVED SENIORS, YOU KNOW WHAT? WE CAN DO BETTER IF WE JUST PAY FOR WHAT YOU NEED AND WE PUT CASH MONEY IN YOUR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. IF YOU'RE AN INDIVIDUAL, AND THERE IS $,500, $3,200 IN YOUR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND IT WILL BUY HEALTH INSURANCE TO COVER EVERYTHING OVER THAT. YOU COVER EVERYTHING WITH A DEBIT CARD AND WILL ONLY PAY FOR MEDICAL TREATMENTS, THE THIN YOU IMMEDIATE FOR YOUR HEALTH CARE. AND THEN HEALTH INSURANCE, A PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY WOULD PROVIDE INSURANCE FOR EVERYTHING OVER THAT THAT WAS NOT ELECTIVE. NOT GOING TO PAY FOR LIPOSUCTION, BUT IF IT'S NOT ELECTIVE, THEN IT'S NOT COVERED. SENIORS HAVE ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN DESTINY AND THEY HAVE FULL COVERAGE, SO PEOPLE LIKE SENIORS AND OUR FAMILIES WOULD NOT HAVE TO BUY SUPPLEMENTAL MEDICARE COVERAGE. I KNOW THAT SCARES AARP. THE LOSS OF REVENUE WOULD BE JUST SO TRAUMATIC TO AARP, I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR AARP'S MEMBERS IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO BUY THE SUPPLEMENTAL COVERAGE FROM AARP OR BUY WRAPAROUND COVERAGE FROM SOME OUTSIDE SOURCE AND WE TOOK CARE OF IT AND GAVE THEM WHAT THEY DESERVE FOR HANDING US THE GREATEST COUNTRY WITH THE GREATEST FREEDOMS. WE OWE IT TO THEM. THAT'S WHAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE US. TO THOSE WHO ARE COMING BEHIND, MY HEART BREAKS. WE ARE SPENDING MONEY LIKE IT GROWS ON TREES. OF COURSE WE'RE PRINTING IT LIKE IT GROWS ON TREES. INSTEAD WE'RE CUTTING DOWN MASSIVE FORESTS AND PRINTING IT. CHAIRMAN BERNANKE TOLD US HE WASN'T MONDAY ADVERTISING THE DEBT AND WE FIND OUT IT ANTICIPATES THAT THE RESERVE IS BUYING THE DEBT WITH NEWLY PRINTED MONEY. I WISH WE COULD GET TO BRING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT HAS OVER 300 CO-SPONSORS AND ONLY TAKES 218 TO PASS TO REQUIRE AN AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE, BUT WE CAN'T GET THAT TO THE FLOOR. BUT IN ANY EVENT, WE OWE FUTURE GENERATIONS SO MUCH BETTER THAN WE'RE GIVING THEM. AND I JUST KEEP THINKING ABOUT HOW ABSURD IF A PARENT BOUGHT A BUNCH OF KIDS AND GRAND KIDS INTO A BANK AND SAID I NEED A LOAN BECAUSE I CAN'T STOP SPENDING. IT'S MORE THAN I EARN, BUT I NEED A LOAN SO I CAN JUST KEEP SPENDING. $25 MILLION ON RARE DOGS AND CATS THAT DON'T EVEN LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES, $770 MILLION FOR WILD HORSES, $770 BILLION FOR AN OMNIBUS BILL. A STIMULUS BILL THAT DOESN'T SAVE JOBS. THERE HAS BEEN MILLIONS OF JOBS LOST. $800 BILLION FOR THAT. AND DON'T THINK THAT I EXCLUDED THE TARP BAILOUT, A RIDICULOUS BILL THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN PASSED. SPENDING MONEY LIKE CRAZY. AND CAN YOU IMAGINE PARENTS SAYING, GIVE ME THE LOAN AND SEE ALL MY KIDS AND GRAND KIDS BACK HERE, I'M GOING TO SWEAR THAT WHEN I'M GONE AND QUIT SPENDING, BECAUSE I'M DEAD, THEY'RE GOING TO PAY IT ALL BACK TO YOU. THAT IS WHAT WE'RE DOING. WE OWE THEM SO MUCH BETTER THAN WHAT WE'VE GOT IN THIS COUNTRY AND LEAVING THEM DEBTS THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO PAY OFF AND WILL HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THEIR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN AND THIS SPENDING IN THIS BODY AND I KNOW IT DIDN'T START WITH THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY BUT THEY HAVE KICKED IT IN SINCE TAKING THE MAJORITY AND ESPECIALLY SINCE THE MAJORITY. THEY PROMISED AMERICA THAT THEY WOULD BRING DOWN THE SPENDING AND IT HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS SINCE THEN. WE OWE FUTURE GENERATIONS SO MUCH BETTER. WE ARE TOLD IN THE INITIAL H.R. 3200 IT WAS GOING TO COST $1 TRILLION TO $2 TRILLION AND BAUCUS BILL WAS $2 TRILLION. YOU DIVIDE 119 MILLION HOUSE HOLDS INTO $1.19 TRILLION WHICH IS A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE AND WHAT YOU HAVE IS AN ADDITIONAL $10,000 PER MOUSE HOLD FOR THEIR HEALTH -- HERE HOUSEHOLD FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE BILLS AND WE'LL COVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY. MY BILL DEALS WITH THAT. UNDER MY BILL -- AND BY THE WAY, THIS BILL I HAVE BEFORE ME, IT'S A CHOICE FOR SENIORS. YOU WANT TO KEEP MEDICARE, KEEP IT. BUT I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT WHEN YOU SEE WHAT AN ADVANTAGE IT WOULD BE TO HAVE THE GOVERNMENT GIVE YOU A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND THE GOVERNMENT PAY FOR THE INSURANCE TO COVER EVERYTHING OVER THAT, THAT'S THE WAY PEOPLE WILL WANT TO GO AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO BRING DOWN DRAMATICALLY THE COSTSMENT OF. AND AS THE YOUNG PEOPLE MOVE UP, IT COSTS LESS AND LESS AND WE'LL GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE HEARD IS ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE COME INTO THIS COUNTRY KNOWING THAT THEY'VE GOT A HEALTH CARE PROBLEM, KNOWING THEY MAY NEED HEART SURGERY, COME IN AND SO YOU CAN DO THAT IN THIS COUNTRY. YOU CAN'T NECESSARILY DO THAT IN OTHER COUNTRIES. BUT WE'VE GOT TO REIN THAT IN. THERE IS A SPECIFIC PROVISION THAT SAYS IF YOU WANT TO COME INTO THIS COUNTRY, A MIGRA NMP T WORKER, TRAVEL VISA OR COMING IN FOR SOME EXTENDED STAY AND WORK HERE, YOU HAVE TO SHOW THAT YOU'LL BE COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE, EITHER BY YOUR EMPLOYER, BY THE HOUSEHOLD IN WHICH YOU'RE GOING TO RESIDE THAT YOU WILL BE PART OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. YOU HAVE TO SHOW THAT DOCUMENT THAT OR ELSE YOU DON'T GET A VISA. IT IS A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY THAT WE DON'T GET PEOPLE COMING IN HERE AND BANKRUPTING THE COUNTRY. THE LAW OF THE LAND IS IF YOU ARE ILLEGAL IN THIS COUNTRY AND PRESENT FOR HEALTH CARE, YOU'LL GET IT. WE BELIEVE IN ABIDING BY THE LAW AND SO THAT WOULD BE ADDRESSED. THAT WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF. YOU WILL GET THE HEALTH CARE. BUT BECAUSE IT IS A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY THAT YOU NOT BE ALLOWED TO BANKRUPT OUR COUNTRY, THEN IF YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALLY AND GET FREE HEALTH CARE, THEN YOU WILL BE DEPORTED. AND SINCE WE CAN'T LET YOU KEEP COMING IN TO BANKRUPT THIS COUNTRY, IF YOU COME BACK IN, THEN IT WOULD BE A CRIME. IT'S NOT CONSIDERED A CRIME RIGHT NOW. BUT IF YOU COME IN ILLEGALLY AND GET FREE HEALTH CARE AND GET DEPORTED, THAT IS A CRIME. WE NEED TRANSPARENCY. THESE ARE ALL PART OF THE REPUBLICAN SOLUTIONS AND IT'S IN THIS BILL. TRANSPARENCY, PEOPLE DON'T DON'T KNOW KNOW WHAT IT COSTS FOR HEALTH CARE. SENIORS GET SCARED AND THEY SEE, WOW, THAT COST $30,000, THANK GOODNESS FOR MEDICARE, I ONLY HAVE $10,000 IN THE BANK. GUESS WHAT? IT DIDN'T COST $30,000, PROBABLY DIDN'T COST MORE THAN $3,000 FOR THE CARE. I KNOW THE SPECIFIC INSTANCE WHERE $10,000 IN TWO DAYS OF HOSPITAL CARE, AMBULANCE, DOCTORS' TESTING WAS PAID IN FULL BY HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY FOR $800. AMERICANS OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO THE SAME THING. SHOULDN'T JUST BE BLUE CROSS OR OTHER INSURANCE COMPANY. AMERICANS OUGHT TO GET THE SAME GOOD DEAL THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN GET. AND THEY CAN DO THAT IF THEY HAVE THEIR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND START SAVING. AND EVEN IF SOMEONE IS SELF -EMPLOYED AND PUT IN MONEY OF THEIR OWN, THAT IS PRE-TAX MONEY. THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT WILL HELP US. UNDER THIS BILL, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE YOU THE EXACT COST OF THE TREATMENT OF WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOUR'S GETTING IN THE WAY OF HEALTH CARE FROM THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE THE TREATMENT. THEY ALSO, UNDER MY BILL, WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PROVIDING THAT SERVICE TO ANYONE ELSE CHEAPER, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW HOW MUCH IT IS BECAUSE CHANCES ARE IF A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IS PROVIDING IT CHEAPER TO ONE, THEN THEY WILL WITH A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT OR SOMEONE WITH CASH, THEN THAT PERSON WITH THE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT WOULD TAKE THAT DEBIT CARD DOWN THE ROAD LIKE WE USED TO DO WHEN GROWING UP, USED TO DO BETWEEN DOCTORS. MY PARENTS DIDN'T HAVE MONEY TO WASTE AND WE MIGHT GO TO A DIFFERENT DOCTOR. BUT YOU KNOW IN ADVANCE. YOU OUGHT TO KNOW AND OUGHT TO GET THE SAME DEAL. MADAM SPEAKER, THAT BLUE CROSS GETS. THAT'S IN THIS BILL. ANOTHER THING WOULD BE THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THAT'S IN THIS BILL AND JOHN SHADEGG IS THE ONE THAT TALKED ABOUT IT FOR SO LONG, INSURANCE COMPANIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO CROSS STATE LINES. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING ON THE INTERNET LATELY FOR SOME NEW TERM LIFE INSURANCE AND I'M NOT GIVING OUT MY EMAIL ADDRESS BECAUSE I DON'T WANT ANY MORE OF THE SPASM THAT I KEEP GETTING, BUT YOU CAN GET THAT ON-LINE. AND THERE ARE GOOD RATES ON LIFE INSURANCE AND YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT WITH HEALTH INSURANCE AND GET AS GOOD HEALTH CARE PLANS NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, UNDER H.R. 3200 AND BASICALLY THE BAUCUS BILL AS I UNDERSTAND IT, I HAVEN'T READ IT LIKE I DID 3200, YOU WILL NOT HAVE A LOT OF CHOICES. THERE WILL BE ONE PLAN, ONE ENHANCED PLAN, ONE SUPREME IMPLAN AND MAYBE THAT YOU ARE IN AN AREA OF THE COUNTRY WHERE YOU ONLY HAVE ONE POLICY. TERMS WILL BE DICTATED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT'S NOT CHOICES. YOU MAY HAVE A NUMBER OF COMPANIES THAT OFFER THOSE, BUT IF THERE IS A PUBLIC OPTION, THEN JUST LIKE WITH FLOOD INSURANCE, THE GOVERNMENT WILL PUT PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS AND HAVE ONE CHOICE, AND THAT'S THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ONE PLAN, AND THAT'S WHAT IS DICTATED. MY BILL AVOIDS THAT PROBLEM. . THERE'S LOTS OF SOLUTIONS OUT THERE, BUT I DO WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT, AGAIN, WHEN THEY'RE TOLD THAT YOU CAN KEEP YOUR OWN INSURANCE COMPANY, HERE'S THE HOUSE BILL, 3200, SECTION 102 THE GRANDFATHER HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE MEANS INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS, YOU HAVE TO MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS. THE INSURANCE ISSUER OFFERING SUCH COVERAGE DOES NOT ENROLL ANY INDIVIDUAL IN SUCH COVERAGE AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF Y1. YOU CANNOT ADD A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL TO YOUR POLICY OR IF YOU DO, YOU LOSE THE POLICY. IT'S A RETIREMENT MEDICAL POLICY, ONE MORE PERSON RETIRES AND GOES ON IT, THAT'S GONE, YOU'RE BACK ON THE FEDERAL HERE. AND THE ISSUER DOES IN THE CHANGE TERMS OR CONDITIONS INCLUDING BENEFITS OR COST SHARING. THAT MEANS NOBODY IS GOING TO BE KEEPING THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS. THE OTHER STUFF, EVEN IF YOU TAKE OUT THE PUBLIC OPTION, THIS IS THE KIND OF THINGS YOU CAN FIND IN A 1,000-PAGE BILL, I BET IT'S IN THE BAUCUS SENATE BILL. STUDY AND REPORTS. IT'S SHALL. THE COMMISSIONER, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SECRETARY OF LABOR, SHALL CONDUCT A STUDY OF THE LARGE GROUP INSURED AND IT WILL INCLUDE TYPES OF EMPLOYERS BY KEY CHARACTERISTICS, INCLUDING SIZE, THAT PURCHASE INSURED PRODUCTS VERSUS THOSE THAT SELF-INSURE. SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TYPICAL INSURED AND SELF-INSURED HEALTH PLAN THE FINANCIAL SOLVENCY AND CAPITAL RESERVE LEVELS OF EMPLOYERS THAT SELF-INSURE BY EMPLOYER SIZE. THE RISK OF SELF-INSURED EMPLOYERS NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY OBLIGATIONS OR OTHERWISE BE COME -- OTHERS BECOMING FINANCIALLY INSOLVENT. YOU GET THAT, BE ABLE TO PAY OBLIGATIONS. THAT MEANS WE'RE GOING TO -- WE'VE NEVER BALANCED ANYTHING AROUND HERE FOR VERY LONG. WE'RE GOING TO SEND IN A FEDERAL AGENT TO TELL PEOPLE IN PRIVATE BUSINESS WE THINK YOU'RE NOT MAKING GOOD DECISIONS AND SO WE'RE GOING TO HELP YOU RUN YOUR BUSINESS BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT MAKING GOOD CALLS. THIS OPENS THE DOOR FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO COME IN AND SERVICE PEOPLE IN A WAY THEY DON'T WANT TO BE SERVICED. WE DON'T NEED THE FEDERAL TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. WE JUST DON'T. WE NEED A REFEREE. WE DO NOT NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BE THE PLAYER. THAT'S THE WAY IT ALWAYS WORKS OUT. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE, MADAM SPEAKER, ANYONE IN THIS BODY OR ANYBODY ACROSS AMERICA WHO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN SAYS, BECAUSE HE'S REFERRED TO ITS CONSTANTLY, MY BILL, MY PLAN, THIS BILL THIS PLAN, CONTACT THE WHITE HOUSE IF THEY'D BE INTERESTED AND ASK FOR A COPY OF THE PRESIDENT'S BILL. ANYBODY ON THIS FLOOR COULD DO THAT, ANYBODY ACROSS AMERICA. WHAT YOU'LL FIND IS WHAT WE FINALLY FOUND. PRESIDENT HAS NO BILL. THERE IS NO BILL. THERE IS NO PRESIDENT'S BILL. NOTHING THERE. ALL THOSE CLAIMS ABOUT MY BILL, THIS BILL, MY BILL, IT'S NOT THERE. DOESN'T EXIST. THEY FINALLY ADMITTED IT. SO WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I AM SO HOPEFUL THAT AMERICANS WILL SPEAK OUT AND MAKE SURE THAT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES, THEIR SENATORS, AND THE PRESIDENT KNOW HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT TAKING OVER ANOTHER ASPECT OF THEIR LIVES AND I HOPE AND PRAY THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. BUT WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:35:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR A MOTION.

  • 10:35:55 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I MOVE THAT WE DO NOW ADJOURN.

  • 10:35:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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    A PROCEDURAL MOTION FOR INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPENDING AND FOUR OTHER BILLS…

    A PROCEDURAL MOTION FOR INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SPENDING AND FOUR OTHER BILLS INCLUDING ONE ENCOURAGING ADOPTION. MOST OF THE DAY WAS SPENT TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE, WITH REPUBLICANS

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