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House Proceeding 03-19-10 on Mar 19th, 2010 :: 0:54:55 to 1:00:50
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Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:54:52 to 0:55:12( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: and let's work on creating jobs and opportunities and come up with a lasting solution for health care reform. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from louisiana. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i have the great privilege of

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:54:55 to 1:00:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Charles W. Jr.Boustany

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:55:13 to 0:55:33( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: practicing medicine for 20 years in louisiana. i was a heart surgeon, did open heart surgery, took care of many patients during very difficult times in their lives. and i got to see the wonderful innovation and technology that we were able to use to save so

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:55:34 to 0:55:55( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: many lives during that time. as we face aunday vote, here we are, friday night, i have to say i'm deeply saddened because i really feel for what is going to happen to health care in the united states if this bill passes. i've heard from many americans across the country, giving them

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:55:56 to 0:56:17( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: my status as a physician in congress, many, many americans from all over the country contacted me and have basically rejected this bill. they are concerned. they're concerned because they will see their premiums rise. let me explain. the senate democrat bill would increase health insurance

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:56:18 to 0:56:39( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: premiums for families up to 13% by 2016. what does this mean? for an individual with the lowest cost basic plan, it would cost $300 many in 2016 than if congress did nothing at all. how about for a family in families are struggling right now. far family, you've got the

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:56:40 to 0:57:00( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: lowest cost basic plan, it would cost $2,100 more in 2016 than if congress did nothing at all. premiums are going to rise. we don't need an expensive bill to start bringing health care premiums down. all the -- all it would take is competition and choice. things republicans have

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:57:01 to 0:57:22( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: promoted, we've written bills to expand health savings accounts, we would allow folks to buy insurance across state lines, create transparency, allow small businesses to pool together to get greater purchasing power, just like unions and large corporations do. that wouldn't cost trillions of dollars to do let's just do this.

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:57:23 to 0:57:43( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: it's easy. what's going to hapn with this plan? well, it raids the medicare program by a half a trillion dollars. and uses that money to create a whole new entitlement, just like it basically raises taxes by over a half a trillion dollars to create this new entitlement program. what happens with these taxes?

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:57:44 to 0:58:05( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: these are taxes on businesses and families. these are taxes on innovation in health care and so the united states may end up losing its innovative edge if we allow this to go forward. if you're looking for what's happened over the past 50 years in health care, folks, doctors, nurses have come from all over

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:58:06 to 0:58:26( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: the world to train in the united states because of our advanced education in health care and in medicine and our advanced technology. patients come from all over the world because of this great innovation, this great ability to save lives. and if we tax this, well, we'll lose that competitive edge. there's no question about it. so what happens with this big

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:58:27 to 0:58:47( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: massive entitlement that's going to be expanded? well, $434 billion will be used to expand medicaid coverage. now, as a physician i know that medicaid is a deeply flawed program. there's serious problems with this. first of all, it's breaking states' budgets.

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:58:48 to 0:59:10( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: secondly, it's a strain on the federal budget. but what does this really mean for families? well, families who have medicaid right now are having a vry difficult time getting access to a doctor because the medicaid reimbursements don't even come close in many instances to meeting the cost and so doctors are not seeing these tients until late in their conditions,

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:59:11 to 0:59:31( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: they're having to go to the emergency room when care is -- where care is much more expensive, they're sicker and it's the wrong way to do this. it's not fair for these individuals, these families who are having to do this. so what does this bill do? it expands medicaid. well, i have a problem with this. i think there's a better way to do it. we can expand coverage, meaningful coverage, by

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:59:32 to 0:59:54( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: increasing competion as i mentioned earlier so that folks can afford health care insurance. the last thing we want to do is drive up the cost of health surance and that's what this bill does. the other thing this bill does is it increases taxes across the board. i mentioned new taxes on innovation, on pharmaceuticals, on the vice -- devices that

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

0:59:55 to 1:00:15( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: surgeons use in hospitals, your knee replacement, your hip replacement, this is going to hurt innovation, as i mentioned. but there are new taxes across the board on businesses. we're going to see new medicare taxes, $210 billion in new medicare taxes, new taxes on health care benefits. new taxes on employers and an individual mandate --

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

1:00:16 to 1:00:36( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: the speaker pro tempore: time's expired. mr. boustany: an individual mandate that's going to have the i.r.s. in everybody's business. mr. speaker, we have a duty to do health care reform but we have an obligation to get this right. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.

Charles W. Jr.Boustany

1:00:37 to 1:00:53( Edit History Discussion )

Charles W. Jr.Boustany: mr. rogers from michigan. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i requt unanimous consent to claim the gentleman's time and address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from georgia is recognized for five

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