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House Proceeding 03-20-10 on Mar 20th, 2010 :: 2:12:20 to 2:17:15
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Jerry Moran

2:12:17 to 2:12:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: at this point, i would like to yield five minutes to my colleague and friend from kansas, representative moran. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. moran: thank you. every member of the united states house of representatives is privileged to serve the people of their districts. i'm honored to work for the people of kansas.

Jerry Moran

2:12:20 to 2:17:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Jerry Moran

2:12:38 to 2:12:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: a place that's been my home my entire life. tomorrow, it's expected that we will be called to vote on health care reform legislatio while most of the focus here in washington has been on the politics surrounding this vote, back home they care about what this legislation wi mean to them, their families, the businesses ty work in or own, and importantly, what it will

Jerry Moran

2:12:59 to 2:13:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: mean to their children and grandchildren. for a long time, well before the obama administration began talking about health care, i have been arguing that we need to make improvements to our health care delivery system. many folks can't afford the medical costs associated with illness and old age.

Jerry Moran

2:13:20 to 2:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: folks with pre-existing conditions can't change jobs without losing their health insurance and small business owners struggle to provide health coverage to their employees. i would have welcomed the chance to work to see that these problems were addressed. i co-chaired the rural health care coalition a group of more than 150 members of the house of representatives, republicans and democrats, who worked

Jerry Moran

2:13:42 to 2:14:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: continually to see that patients in states like kansas have access to affordable quality health care. i'm extremely disappointed that president obama and speaker pelosi have chosen to go their own way on this issue with no input from those of us who disagre with them on what's best for america. many times in this chamber,

Jerry Moran

2:14:03 to 2:14:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: i've outlined common sense things that we could and should do. medical liability reform to eliminate lawsuit abuse that forces the practice of expensive defensive medicine. allowing the purchase of insurance policies across state lines. creating state high-risk pools to address conditions and

Jerry Moran

2:14:27 to 2:14:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: provide uninsured medicines -- americans access to medicine. implementing health formation technology that upgrades our outdated record systems and streamlines costs, redeuces medical errors, and eliminates redun daunt medical tests asme louing small businesses to pool together to purchase health insurance. these and many more could and should be done.

Jerry Moran

2:14:48 to 2:15:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: while i know there's much to do, almost no of these ideas are contained in the bill that my colleaguesnd i will be voting on tomorrow. i now strongly object to the plan that speaker losi is forcing upon the house. this bill is too big and tries to change too much at once. instead of working to improve our current system, which the majority of americans like,

Jerry Moran

2:15:10 to 2:15:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: this plan will create a massive expansion of government. history demonstrates that government programs are significantly more expensive than estimated. this plan would raise taxes and increase the deficit. it's propped up with budget gimmicks that will greatly expand our deficits. the bill requires 10 years of tax increases and 10 years of

Jerry Moran

2:15:31 to 2:15:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: medicare cuts to pay for only six years so-called benefits. this plan is a plan that the senate passed earlier. it's the same bill america cried out against in september because it was pieced together through vote peddling and back room deals. members who think this plan is good should vote yes. members who don't think this

Jerry Moran

2:15:52 to 2:16:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: plan is good should vote no. but this is much too much of an important issue for the usual deal of politics and cutting the deals in the back room promises. this plan reduces the chances that all americans will have access to quality care. in rural america, our health care delivery system is fragile. as medical professions are

Jerry Moran

2:16:13 to 2:16:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: caring for an agingopulation across a wide geographic area. medicare reimbursement rates determine whether hospital doors stay open and whether doctors and nurses remain in communities. it's likely more hospital doors will close and fewer doctors will remain in kansas. the government's method of control is through price fixing, which leads to scarcity

Jerry Moran

2:16:35 to 2:16:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: of doctors, nurse, and medical innovation and the advancement of medical research. tomorrow's vote will be one of the most important cast in my time in congress. if the bill should pass, i will work hard in an open and public way to repeal what speaker pe pelosi has done in darkness. some have said we need to pass a bill because we have to do something. what i think they really mean

Jerry Moran

2:16:58 to 2:17:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jerry Moran: is we need to pass a bill to do something right. we can overcome the washington knows best attitude. americans rightly are opposing the washington, d.c. approach to changing health care, an approach that tramples upon our constitution, diminishes personal responsibility and reduces freedom of our children

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