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House Proceeding 02-25-09 on Feb 25th, 2009 :: 1:51:45 to 1:54:50
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Paul Braun, Jr.

1:51:29 to 1:51:49( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: but if we move in the direction of what i'm believing if you read between the lines of the speech last night, we're talking about a single happen payer system like canada and the bill that we passed already has a language in it saying the government c ration your health care and i don't think that makes for good quality health care.

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:51:45 to 1:54:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Paul Braun, Jr.

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:51:50 to 1:52:10( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: yield to the gentleman. mr. broun: as a physician, let me tell you, it's not going to. government regulation is what's driven up the cost of health care marketedly. when i was practicing medicine down in rural south georgia, as a good example, congress passed the clinical laboratory improvement act. i had a small automated lay-up

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:52:11 to 1:52:32( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: with quality control because i as a physician wanted to make sure that any lab tests i did was accurate. we spent a lot of time, energy and money making sure that those tests were accurate. they shut down my lab. if somebody came in to see me with a red sore throat had, white patches on the throat, running a fever, aching all over, i would do a c.b.c., a

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:52:33 to 1:52:55( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: complete blood count, to see if they had a bacterial infection that needed antibioti or if they had a viral infection. both clinical pictures could be exactly the same. even allergies will present with the same clinical picture. even the fever. so i would do this simple blood test, i charged $12 for the test. they shut my lab down.

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:52:56 to 1:53:17( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: i had to send my patients over to the local hospital and they charged $75. i could do the test in five minutes, it would take two to three hours to get the results from the local hospital. now what did that do across the whole of the spectrum of health care? it marketedly drove the cost of shureps and all he marketedly were elevated

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:53:18 to 1:53:38( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: because of that. and congress not long ago passed hipa. i call all these things critters. if you see a critter coming down the pike you better hold onto your wallet because it's going to take a big bite out of it. hipa h industry billions. billions of dollars and hasn't paid for the first aspirin to treat the headaches that it's created.

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:53:39 to 1:54:01( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: so if we get the regulatory burden off of health care and we let the doctor-patient retionship be how health care are made, but this porkulous bill is a giant push toward socialized medicine here in america, too. so it gives me great concern for me and for my colleagues,

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:54:02 to 1:54:22( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: my physician colleagues, but it even gives me more concern for our patients. it's been said around here that if you think medicine is expensive now, wait until it's free and provided for by the government. we're going to have terrible qual quality not going to have the innovation, we're not going to be developing the new drugs and procedures that we're doing

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:54:23 to 1:54:44( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: today under the free enterprise system. and it's going to be disastrous. mr. akin: reclaiming my time. i really appreciate you. as a medical doctor, you've seen first hand example of -- firsthand example. and the morey areas we get into just like the soviet union when we get into food and clothing

Paul Braun, Jr.

1:54:45 to 1:54:50( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: and housing and education, the more the government getting its nose into all those areas and the size of the government

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