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House Proceeding 03-19-10 on Mar 19th, 2010 :: 2:27:05 to 2:36:40
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Robert E. Andrews

2:27:01 to 2:27:23( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: great state of new jersey, who has been in the middle of all the gos on behalf of our leadership and who chairs the committee on the education committee that handles these issues, rob andrews. i yield to my friend. mr. for yielding, i thank him for being here night after night talking about what's real in p this bill, doing a great job

Robert E. Andrews

2:27:05 to 2:36:40( Edit History Discussion )
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Robert E. Andrews

2:27:24 to 2:27:45( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: on it, i thank him for his friendship, i'd like to thank and congratulate mr. boccieri for his courageous decision to vote in favor of this bill on behalf of families he talked about. and to my friend from ohio, i'd like to thank someone you usually don't hear about being thanked, that's millions of americans who contacted us to oppose this bill.

Robert E. Andrews

2:27:46 to 2:28:08( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: i heard from my constituents who oppose in this bill and i've heard about the reasons they oppose this bill and they're worried. they're very worried. and they should be. because if the things they've been told that are in this bill were true not onlyould i be worried about it but i wouldn't vote for it. our constituents are not simply

Robert E. Andrews

2:28:09 to 2:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: entitled to know where their representatives stand, they're entitled to know where their representatives stand on the facts that are actually before us. and i want to take a few minutes tonight to talk about the things that i've heard from my neighbors and constituents that worry them and then lay out the facts. i've heard from my senior

Robert E. Andrews

2:28:30 to 2:28:51( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: citizen constituents that they don't want any cuts in their medicare benefits. the fact is, this bill does not cut anyone's medicare benefits. the opposite is true. for those seniors enrolled in the medicare part d prescription drug program, the amount of

Robert E. Andrews

2:28:52 to 2:29:13( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: their prescriptions that medicare pays for goes up, the amount of drugs that they pay for goes down and eventually by the end of this process 75%, at least, of all prescription costs will be paid by medicare and only 25% by the senior. it's the closure of the so-called doughnutole, it is

Robert E. Andrews

2:29:14 to 2:29:34( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: one of the main reasons that the aarp is supporting this bill. when a senior goes to the family doctor or the ob-gyn for an annual checkup, when this becomes law that senior won't pay any co-pay. medicare will pay the entire cost of that visit. those are the only changes in

Robert E. Andrews

2:29:35 to 2:29:56( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: medicare that affect people's benefits, the benefits increase. we've heard the outrageous statement that americans who are elderly or disabled will be denied health care because there will be death panels in the bill. the answer can be found in

Robert E. Andrews

2:29:57 to 2:30:17( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: section 1302 of the underlying text that we'll be considering on sunday. that text directs the secretary of health and human services, and i quote, to ensure that health benefits established as essential not be subject to denial to individuals against their wishes on the basis of the individual's age or expected

Robert E. Andrews

2:30:18 to 2:30:39( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: length of life or the individual's present or predictedisability. that's the fact that's in the bill. we've heard people say that they do not want to be forced to join a government health plan or any other health plan. they don't want to wait in a health clinic like the british do, they say they do. they don't want to be in the

Robert E. Andrews

2:30:40 to 2:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: canadian system and they are not. the fact is that section 1312 of the text that we'll consider on sunday says the following, nothing in this title shall be construed to restrict the choice of a qualified individual, at's anyone, to enroll or not

Robert E. Andrews

2:31:01 to 2:31:23( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: to enroll in a qualified health plan or to participate in the exchange. it goes on to say, nothing in this title shall be construed to compel an individual to enroll in a qualifying health plan. nothing. that's what the bill says. we've heard many americans with good conscience say they do not wish to see their tax dollars

Robert E. Andrews

2:31:24 to 2:31:46( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: pay for abortion services. my friend, mr. ryan, who is staunchly pro-life and has stood to that position irrespective of the political consequences has eloquently described what the bill says. for those who wish to read it for themselves, go to section 10,104 and read it. it says that no public funds may

Robert E. Andrews

2:31:47 to 2:32:11( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: be used to pay for an abortion for anyone. i hear constituents say quite understandably they do not want undocumented people to receive health care benefits or subsidies under this bill. what are sometimes referred to as illegal aliens. neither do the authors of the bill.

Robert E. Andrews

2:32:12 to 2:32:32( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: so if you go to section 1312-f, a qualified individual is defined and a qualified individual is someone who is a u.s. citizen or who is here legally on a green card or other legal document. that's what the bill says. we hear that the bill will destroy small businesses across

Robert E. Andrews

2:32:33 to 2:32:54( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: the country. small businesses do create three out of every four new private sector jobs in this country. the bill does have a substantial affect on small business. here's what it isn't and here's what it is. what it isn't is a crushing mandate on small businesses

Robert E. Andrews

2:32:55 to 2:33:15( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: because section 1304of the bill says, if a business has 50 or fewer full time employees the business is required to do nothing, no mandate, no requirement, no tax, nothing, the person who is running a gas station, a barber shop, a small firm, nothing.

Robert E. Andrews

2:33:16 to 2:33:38( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: what the bill does say about small business is this, that the samdeal that general electric or a huge company could get, so can the small business by joing a purchasing exchange set up in each state and it says that the smallest of businesses

Robert E. Andrews

2:33:39 to 2:34:03( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: will get a tax cut effective immediately this year for insuring their employees voluntarily. if you have 50 or fewer employees are you not required to do anything and you probably qualify for a tax cut as a result of hiring more people. and, finally, we hear that this bill will dramatically increase

Robert E. Andrews

2:34:04 to 2:34:24( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: the country's deficit and debt. and as a father of two daughters who are 15 and 17 i worry about a lot of things unrelated to politics, but i also do worry about the debt because they are going to have to pay it off. i think the american people need to know a fact about the debt

Robert E. Andrews

2:34:25 to 2:34:46( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: before they consider this bill. the debt is everyone's fault. i've served here, had the privilege of serving quite a long time, both parties share blame, i share my share of responsibility, but we need to know this, 70% of the national debt was run up during the administrations of president reagan, the first president bush

Robert E. Andrews

2:34:47 to 2:35:09( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: and the second president bush. seven out of -- $7 out of every $10 of debt came from them. now, what does this bill do the to the national debt and deficit? you should not believe the democratic party or the republican party or any political person in this -- on this issue. i would invite, madam speaker,

Robert E. Andrews

2:35:10 to 2:35:31( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: our constituents, mr. speaker, excuse me, this has been a long day, mr. speaker, i apologize. he probably wishes he were watching the orangemen play tonight anyway. so, mr. speaker, for those who wonder what this does to the national deficit and debt, look at the accounting by the in neutral -- by the neutral

Robert E. Andrews

2:35:32 to 2:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: nonpartisan score keeper, the congressional budget office, which for a long time around here has been recognized as the gold stander in authority. this is what they say. they say that if this bill becomes law, the defici will be reduced by $138 billion over the next 10 years and in the second 10 years it will be reduced by

Robert E. Andrews

2:35:56 to 2:36:17( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: $1.2 trillion. everyone in this congress is entitled to his or her own opinion but the american people are entitled to the facts. everyone's entitled to his or her opinion but not everyone is entitled to his or her facts. the facts are this is what's in the bill, the things that people have been told about this bill

Robert E. Andrews

2:36:18 to 2:36:38( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: are not true and, mr. speaker, i would invite those who wonder to go to the internet to read the bill, to draw their own conclusions and then, frankly, evaluate the criticisms of people who will continue to mislead about this bill. we're fortunate that people of good faith have made legitimate criticisms about this bill, we

Robert E. Andrews

2:36:39 to 2:36:41( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: tried to listen and improve the

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