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House Proceeding on Mar 18th, 2010 :: 1:31:55 to 1:34:30
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James P. McGovern

1:31:54 to 1:32:15( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: the republican plan will -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentwoman's time has expired. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: thank you, madam speaker. my friends on the other side of the aisle would have you believe that there won't be a vote on health care in the next few days. nothing could be further from the truth. my friends on the other side of the aisle are very good at making things up. let me be clear.

James P. McGovern

1:31:55 to 1:34:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James P. McGovern

James P. McGovern

1:32:16 to 1:32:36( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: this house will vote to move the senate bill forward. the process will work. the president will have a bill to sign and the senate will have a set of corrections and improvements to the bill. much of what we have done here in this congress. we will have corrections and improvements to the bill that president obama will sign into

James P. McGovern

1:32:37 to 1:32:58( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: law. so this idea that the house will not vote on the health care bill is simply not true. so i guess it's a good smokescreen but it's not true. madam speaker, the republicans are using the previous question to use the fact that they prefer to leave 32 million people uninsured because that's what will happen if we do

James P. McGovern

1:32:59 to 1:33:20( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: nothing, and that they're happy of having skyrocketing health insurance premiums and health care costs drive our country into further economic distress. no one in this chamber, no member of congress has to worry about their health insurance. why can't the american people, why can't the american people have the same plan and the same choices and the same assurances as us?

James P. McGovern

1:33:21 to 1:33:41( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: why did my republican friends think that somehow, you know, we should have some sort of special privilege? you know, if it's good enough for us, the american people ought to have the same thing. and that's what this bill would do. for political purposes, republicans have been against this important reform from the start. remember, it was senator jim demint, rapp, who said that republicans must oppose this

James P. McGovern

1:33:42 to 1:34:02( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: plan at all costs and that its defeat will be president obama, quote, waterloo, end of quote. the debate we are going to have is simple. you are going to be on the side of the patients or on the side of big insurance companies. you are going to be on the side of the insurance companies who don't want to discriminate them because of pre-existing

James P. McGovern

1:34:03 to 1:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: conditions or on the side of the status quo and the special interests. let me close with one example. eight states including north carolina and the district of combia do not have laws that specifically bar insurance companies from using domestic violence as a pre-existing condition to deny health coverage. let's just think about that. in 2010 in the united states of

James P. McGovern

1:34:24 to 1:34:31( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: america, a woman could be denied health care because she's gotten beat up by a husband or a boyfriend. that's wrong.

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