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House Proceeding 03-16-10 on Mar 16th, 2010 :: 8:57:20 to 9:11:59
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Jim Gerlach

8:57:17 to 8:57:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Gerlach: pass our agenda and you lok and see what happened with the stimulus package.

James Jordan

8:57:20 to 9:11:59( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Jordan

James Jordan

8:57:22 to 8:57:45( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: the economy is starting to open up, trying to straighten up wall street. but we know we can't move forward until we get health care costs under control. we know small businesses are never really going to be able to grow at the pace nd the capacity that they need to grow to with this health care anchor

James Jordan

8:57:46 to 8:58:08( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: hanging around their neck. i believe that and many of us on this side of the aisle believe that the government has a moral mission, a mision, a moral mission to protect its citizens, whether it be terrorists or criminals on the street. there's a moral mission to the

James Jordan

8:58:09 to 8:58:30( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: government to protect people and that doesn't stop at the borders or that just doesn't stop with the isues of crime. that responsibility hits every aspect of our society. and if e have an industry that is hurting people, then we have

James Jordan

8:58:31 to 8:58:52( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: a responsibility to step in and push back that industry and say enough is enough. you're hurting people. and in our country, the government has a moal mision to stop that from happening. that's what this debate is all about. yes, the role and the

James Jordan

8:58:53 to 8:59:13( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: responsibility of government. and the government is not allowed to just completely step aside while industry abuses happen and happen and happen. and that's what this debate is about. that's what this bill of rights health care bil of rights is

James Jordan

8:59:14 to 8:59:36( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: all about. and our friends on the other side, you know, they say, we're for this stuff. they say, we're for it. you pull it out, we're for it. well, that's interesting. because we had some votes over the last day or so in committee. this is the house budget committee, that is starting to pass the legislation that's

James Jordan

8:59:37 to 8:59:57( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: going to be needed, here we go. protecting medicare for american seniors and closing the prescription drug doughnut hole. 15 republicans voted against it. closing the doughnut hole, you talk to them, we are for it. protecting americans from

James Jordan

8:59:58 to 9:00:18( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: insurance caps and baning anual and lifetime limits on health care coverage. 15 republicans voted no. we don't want to do that. holding health insurance companies accountable, 15 republicans voting no. bringing down the cost of health

James Jordan

9:00:19 to 9:00:41( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: insurance for everyone and providing tax credits to small businesses. all of them voted no. every republican on the budget committee voted no for putting tax -- giving tax credits to

James Jordan

9:00:42 to 9:01:03( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: small business people. i mean, this is the equivalent of our friends on the other side who all voted against the stimulus pack and then they g back to their districts when money's coming in and they say, this bridge, this road, this money is going to create jobs in our district. but you voted no against the stimulus package. don't tell anybody. that's the kind of thing that's been going on in washington,

James Jordan

9:01:04 to 9:01:24( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: that's called the old potomac two step. the old potomac two step. so we have these provisions in this bill that when you pull them out and you explain them to the american people, have anywhere from 57% to 73%, this is what the american people have been crying out for and when this bill passes we're going to

James Jordan

9:01:25 to 9:01:45( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: have a lot to campan on and run on. but our friends on the other side like to talk a little bit about pollerizing issues. so one of the most recent polarizing issues that they have tried to pull out is the issue of abortion. and trying to say that this is

James Jordan

9:01:46 to 9:02:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: going to publicly fund abortions. well, we have a letter here from i believe 25 or so of the top pro-life citizens in our country, joel hunter, senior pastor, northland church, i believe he was the head of the

James Jordan

9:02:07 to 9:02:29( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: focus of the family at one point, jim wallace from a magazine, a lot of evangelical and catholics, the former society general secretary of the -- associate general secretary of the conference of the catholic bishops saying that this senate health bill upholds abortion funding restrictions.

James Jordan

9:02:30 to 9:02:53( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: the catholic health association, 600 catholic hospitals. i went to catholic school for 12 years. i know where the catholic church and the catholic hospitals stand on the issue of public funding for abortion. and believe me, believe me, i had a lot of nuns and a lot of priests and a lot of brothers

James Jordan

9:02:54 to 9:03:15( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: going to our lady of mount carmel and i will tell you that those nuns and those administrators who run catholic hospitals, 600 of them, would not support this legislation if they believed that there was public funding for abortion.

James Jordan

9:03:16 to 9:03:38( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: and i think the head of the catholic hospitals said tha, we're all pro-life but they believe that the language in the senate bill, some of the language that we kicked around here early on in the house version, will sufficiently prevent public funds for being

James Jordan

9:03:39 to 9:04:00( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: used for abortions. that's 600 catholic hospitals saying that, that's not me saying that, that's not the joel hunter and the variety of others who are professors of christian formation and discipline -- designbleship, pents could tal, leadership

James Jordan

9:04:01 to 9:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: institute, loyalty university, university of dayton, due cane, these are some of the leaders, jim wallace from sow journalers d -- sojourners, catholic alliance for the common good, on and on and on but our friends on the other side, because i know, i was getting cause in my office today, -- calls in my office

James Jordan

9:04:22 to 9:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: today, getting people all hopped up on the abortion issue. let's look at the facts, let's look what's in this bill and we're going to have that debate and just like the discussions in august about death panels and we're going to -- they were going to kill people's grandparents and all that nonsense that we heard in august, where did that go?

James Jordan

9:04:43 to 9:05:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: it dissipated, it just disappeared because it wasn't the truth. and so it just faded away. and all of these arguments that our friends on the other side are making now are just going to fade away because they do not reflect the facts. what reflects the facts are the things that we're trying to deal with here. now, look at some of the stuff

James Jordan

9:05:07 to 9:05:27( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: that we're trying to address. between 2009 and 2010 monthly prices in the doughnut hole increased by 5% or more for half of the top 10 brand name drugs.

James Jordan

9:05:28 to 9:05:48( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: so increased by 5% or more for monthly prices for these drugs that most of our seniors get. now, from 2006, full negotiated prices for top brand name drugs between 2006 and 2010, and i'll

James Jordan

9:05:49 to 9:06:09( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: just use some of the percentages here, plavix, for example, 25%, lexipro went up 25%, advair, 32%. unbelievable increases in prescription drugs. and we're asking our seniors to

James Jordan

9:06:10 to 9:06:31( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: continue to pay these increases that happen when they fall into the doughnut hole. so, madam speaker, we've got a moral responsibility because so many people are being hurt in our country today and i stand here this week as we stand on

James Jordan

9:06:32 to 9:06:52( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: the brink of passing a significant piece of legislation that is not perfect and i don't think anybody says it is. we're all human here in this chamber and in the senate and the president and his team, we're all human, we're going to make mistakes, it's not going to be perfect.

James Jordan

9:06:53 to 9:07:13( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: but what we are doing is moving forward in a significant way. one of the huge issues we have in this country is that we have millions and millions of americans who don't have health care. so what they do is they show up at the emergency room and have no money, they're not on medicaid, they're not on

James Jordan

9:07:14 to 9:07:34( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: medicare, they don't have private insurance, they're not a veteran, so they go into the emergency room when they get sick. this is what happens. not only is that inhumane and not only i would think we'd have some kind of moral duty as elected officials in the united states to say, you know, that's

James Jordan

9:07:35 to 9:07:55( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: just -- i got a problem with that, that's just not right, what do we do? we got to do something. so, this bill is an attempt for us to do that. to step in and help people, empower them to be able to afford insurance and create a

James Jordan

9:07:56 to 9:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: system where they are able to afford their health insurance and go into this exchange and be able to afford insurance, because some people say, well, i don't want to pay for those people. i got mine and i got my health insurance and i'm cool, i got a job and it's all right. but you're already paying for them because what happens is,

James Jordan

9:08:18 to 9:08:39( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: four or five uninsured go into the hospital, go into the emergency room, costs a lot of money, don't have any way to pay for it and you walk in behind them and you have your insurance card, guess who's paying for their treatment that they didn't pay anything for? you are. and the next guy who walks in with an insurance card and the next person.

James Jordan

9:08:40 to 9:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: these costs all get shifted. so you see these huge increases. so we have a system where we don't prevent anything, we wait until people get deathly sick, go into the emergency room, stay there for a week instead of getting a $20 prescription that would have saved us all a boat load of money. this is not a discussion about whether the government's going

James Jordan

9:09:01 to 9:09:22( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: to run the health care industry or the insurance companies are going to run the health care industry, this is about doctors running the health care industry , this is about making sure doctors don't have to call up the insurance companies and haggle with them over what's cover and what's not covered.

James Jordan

9:09:23 to 9:09:45( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: it's 2010 in america, we're the wealthiest country on the planet and we have the most dysfunctional health care system going. yes, we've got tremendous high end care but if you were setting up a system you wouldn't certainly say to 30 million people in your country, just wait until you get absolutely deathly sick and then show up at the emergency room, we'll take care of you then.

James Jordan

9:09:46 to 9:10:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: that's not how you would set it up. and our friends on the other side love to have this, you know, discussion about we're losing your freedom, you're losing your freedom, you're not losing your freedom. how free are you when you're sick and you can't get anybody to take care of you? how free are you then?

James Jordan

9:10:07 to 9:10:28( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: how free are you when you want leave your job and go get another job but you can't because you have a pre-existing condition or your spouse has a pre-existing condition or your child has a pre-existing condition and you're stuck? that's not our idea of freedom. how free are you if you want to go start a business and create

James Jordan

9:10:29 to 9:10:50( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: wealth and jobs in the united states but you can't because you have a pre-existing condition? how free are you as a small business person if you're just the average small business person, you have 126% increase over the last five or six years? now how free are you to run your

James Jordan

9:10:51 to 9:11:12( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: business the way you see fit? to make the investments that you want to make into capital, into technology, into worker training, into wages for your workers, more into the pension plan for workers, hire more workers.

James Jordan

9:11:13 to 9:11:33( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: how free are you? and these folks that can't afford health care and they get a lot sicker than they would normally have gotten, what kind of quality of life is that? life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, these things mean

James Jordan

9:11:34 to 9:11:54( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: something and when you talk about what the founding fathers meant when they said life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they meant that government has a responsibility, a moral responsibility to protect people's life, liberty and their ability to pursue happiness.

James Jordan

9:11:55 to 9:11:59( Edit History Discussion )

James Jordan: and when we have a system in place now where an industry is

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