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House Proceeding on Feb 24th, 2010 :: 1:24:10 to 1:27:30
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Bob Goodlatte

1:24:06 to 1:24:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: should say, is doing things. i now would like to yield three minutes to my colleague from virginia, mr. goodlatte. the speaker pro tempore: the gentman is recognized for three minutes. mr. goodlatte: i'd like to thank the gentlewoman from north carolina for yielding me this time. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore:

Bob Goodlatte

1:24:10 to 1:27:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte

1:24:27 to 1:24:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i believe in enforcing our nation's antitrust laws. and this bill has been improved since judiciary committee consideration. however this legislation is still flawed and in my opinion is meant to distract attention away from the fact that the majority is not worng on the real issue the american people

Bob Goodlatte

1:24:48 to 1:25:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: want us to address. americans want policies that will reduce premiums and increase t quality of health care services in the u.s. unfortunately, it is questionable whether this bill will accomplish these goals. i am also very disappointed in the rule for this bill which was closed from the beginning and blocks well-intentioned amendments offered by

Bob Goodlatte

1:25:10 to 1:25:30( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: republicans to me the bill better. specifically an amendment was offered by representative dan lungren, a fellow member of the judiciary committee, to allow small health insurance companies to continue to be able to share historic lost data so that they can compete with big insurance companies. under the text of the current bill, this type of sharing would be illegal, which would

Bob Goodlatte

1:25:31 to 1:25:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: hinder new and smaller companies from entering the market, competing with the big guys, and offering lower premiums. the shocking thing is this amendment was actually adopted in the judiciary committee on a bipartisanasis. the provision was then stripped by the majority in this new bill. so stifling this amendment

Bob Goodlatte

1:25:52 to 1:26:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: today represents the second time the majority has blocked representative lungren's amendment which had bipartisan support and which would have likely reduced health care premiums for citizens. . instead of bringing flawed legislation to the floor we need to work together to allow citizens to take their health insurance across state lines if

Bob Goodlatte

1:26:14 to 1:26:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: they move, legislation to help those with pre-existing conditions find affordable coverage, and legislation to curb frivolous lawsuits against doctors which drive up health insurance premiums and provide increased cost due to defensive medicine. the american medical liability system is broken. according to one study, 40% of

Bob Goodlatte

1:26:35 to 1:26:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: claims are meritless, either no injury or no error occurred. attorneys' fees and administrative costs amount to 40% of the compensation fade to plaintiffs. completely meritless claims which are nonetheless successful one in four times quat for a quarter of the total administrative costs.

Bob Goodlatte

1:26:57 to 1:27:17( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: defensive medicine is quidely practiced and costly -- widely practiced and costly. skyrocketed insurance rates have distorted -- costly and unnecessary tests have become routine as doctors try to protect themselves from lawsuits. according to a 2008 survey conducted by the massachusetts medical society, 83% of

Bob Goodlatte

1:27:18 to 1:27:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: physicians reported they practice defensive medicine. another study in pennsylvania put the figure at 93%. while estimates veryy, the pacific research institute put the cost of defensive medicine

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