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House Proceeding 02-24-10 on Feb 24th, 2010 :: 2:28:30 to 2:30:20
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Lamar S. Smith

2:28:21 to 2:28:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: there objection to the request? mr. defazio: no. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas is recognized for five minutes in support of his motion. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i support this motion to recommit on h.r. 4626, the health care industry fair commission act. as stated in my earlier comments, this legislatio little if anything.

Lamar S. Smith

2:28:30 to 2:30:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar S. Smith

2:28:43 to 2:29:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: however, if you're going to do nothing, you might as well do it better. this motion corrects three drafting errors that create problems with the bill. first it adds a definition for health insurers that was aent from the base bill. if we are going to eliminate mccarran-ferguson for subinsurers, we should clarify

Lamar S. Smith

2:29:06 to 2:29:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: who those insurers are. second, this has a data provision that mr. lungren added. it is necessary to ensure that small and medium health insurers can in fact compete in the marketplace. third the motion to recommit includes language that protects the activities of state insurance commissions.

Lamar S. Smith

2:29:27 to 2:29:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: the majority say this will be protected by the state doctrine. but if congress is going to repeal a 65-year-old law, should we make it clear that we don't want this to undermine state insurance commissions? finally, the motion to recommit includes a g.a.o. study on the impact of this legislation on competition in the health insurance market.

Lamar S. Smith

2:29:48 to 2:30:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: specifically the g.a.o. must report on whether or not this legislation has enhanced competition resulting in lower prices and new competitors in the market. let's put political rhetoric aside and see what the bill really does. we shouldn't be afraid of the truth. in short this motion to recommit includes definitions and clarifications that the majority

Lamar S. Smith

2:30:10 to 2:30:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: has already included in earlier versions of thislegislation that either were reported federally by the judiciary committee or were passed by the full house. this isn't much of a bill but

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