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House Proceeding 03-20-10 on Mar 20th, 2010 :: 5:30:40 to 5:40:45
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Louie Gohmert

5:30:37 to 5:30:57( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: yesterday on the floor, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, when you're having fun, time really flies and even when you're not having fun it flies. thank you so much and we'll look forward to tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the chair recognizes the gentleman om texas, mr. gohmert, for 60

Louie Gohmert

5:30:40 to 5:40:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

5:30:58 to 5:31:20( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: minutes. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. and i do appreciate that very much. is an honor any time to come speak, have the privilege of speaking on the house floor. it's been a long day, it's been a long week.

Louie Gohmert

5:31:21 to 5:31:46( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: i fear there will be longer days, weeks and years in the future if tomorrow this bill passes. because some of us have seen socialized medicine firsthand. as an exchange student in the soviet union i've seen it back in 1973. i know where this allgoes.

Louie Gohmert

5:31:47 to 5:32:08( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: i've seen where this plays out. and i know that my friends on the other side of the aisle believe their motivation is the highest and best. i understand that. i understand our friends that are pushing for government control of health care honestly

Louie Gohmert

5:32:09 to 5:32:29( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: believe the country will be better off if they can only get all health care, health insurance under the control of the federal government, then everyone is better off. i know they believe that and i believe -- i know they believe they're acting in everyone's

Louie Gohmert

5:32:30 to 5:32:53( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: best interest and -- in pushing for this. but that's not the basis for the founding of this country and for anyone that's read the 5,000-year leap, i mean, i was a history major, i pride myself on being a bit of a historian. and that book gave me an interesting perspective because

Louie Gohmert

5:32:54 to 5:33:17( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: for nearly 5,000 years when settlers came to a new area and settled down there, they came with basically the same tools, they tried to grow crops, live off the land and for 5,000 years there wasn't a whole lot of change.

Louie Gohmert

5:33:21 to 5:33:41( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: . and then there came this experiment, like the pilgrims who came from holland to america, people who came to get away from persecution as christians and they came here. and after that first orrible winter when the pilgrims decided to try a new idea and give

Louie Gohmert

5:33:42 to 5:34:04( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: everybody private property and you live off what you grow and you can trade or sell what you have lef, this private property concept began to grow and flourish and free enterprise took over. and just in the short years, relatively speaking, this country advanced far mre than

Louie Gohmert

5:34:05 to 5:34:26( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: the whole human race did in 5,000 years, just in a couple ndred years. and it was when the entrepreneurial spirit was given a chance to just grow and flourish. because you see what happens when the government takes over health care.

Louie Gohmert

5:34:27 to 5:34:47( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: in those countries, they meant well. they thought would be so much better. we give people government-control-type choice. and then you come back to the statistics, we have been told so often, ge, canada, europe and england, their health care is so

Louie Gohmert

5:34:48 to 5:35:09( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: much better than ours, but you compare cancer rates. if you got cancer, you want to be in the united states, because your ods of survival are s much better. why? because there's been liberty. there's been an entrepreneurial spirit. there has been more ability to take off and develop new things

Louie Gohmert

5:35:10 to 5:35:32( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: with more research and development right he in this country because of the basis on which we were founded. my dad had prostate cancer back in the 19 on's and thank god he's still here and lost my mother in 1991.

Louie Gohmert

5:35:33 to 5:35:54( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: but if you lok at prostate cancer in america, 92% chance of survival from prostate cancer. if my dad had prostate cancer, found in england, got a 50-50 chance of living. i know what i would want my father to live.

Louie Gohmert

5:35:55 to 5:36:15( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: now, there have been some horor stories that make al of us mad. you know, the example of the lady who was denied coverage when the insurance company knew they should have hadcoverage anshould have provided it. and they even had their own internal doctor say yes, she

Louie Gohmert

5:36:16 to 5:36:37( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: should be provided the coverage and they refused to provide coverage and lost her baby and went to the supreme court and they said no because the federal government passed erisa and under that law, you can't sue for denial of coverage. there's a provision in here and

Louie Gohmert

5:36:38 to 5:36:59( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: i'm wondering if that's part of the deal that talked some of the insurance companies to buy into this monstrosity. i wonder. but there are conference that will be covered under erisa that may not have been covered under reriesa otherwise. those are cases they file in state district court.

Louie Gohmert

5:37:00 to 5:37:21( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: the lawyer files for removal. they go to federal court and get dismissed. you can't sue them under erisa for denial of coverage. maybe that was one of the bargaining points. i have seen some of the things that got some of the pharmaceutical companies to sign

Louie Gohmert

5:37:22 to 5:37:42( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: on because they could force people to buy brand names. but it has been an extraordinary day. my friend refered to perhaps 20,000, but ctually when you look at the area that was filed with people today, normally, i have heard the park estimates that that area when it's ful at

Louie Gohmert

5:37:43 to 5:38:03( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: least 80,000 people and it appeared to me to be that way and people were still coming, others going, amazing day. people want their liberty. they don't want the government to control their health care records. they don't want the i.r.s. to be the extension of the government

Louie Gohmert

5:38:04 to 5:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: of the health care that's going to tell them what they can and can't do. and the big news of the week was when we learned that c.b.o. said it was going to cost $10 billion to hire 17,00 new i.r.s. agents because those are the agents that are going to monitor everyone to make sure you're

Louie Gohmert

5:38:26 to 5:38:46( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: doing exactly what the government and this monstrous bill is teling them what to do. i don't want this. and when you lok at the survival rates, cancer, heart disease, it's better here. you have a heart problem, you go have heart surgery and they

Louie Gohmert

5:38:47 to 5:39:08( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: can't turn you down because you don't have insurance. i had a gentleman in east texas from canada tell me his father died because he lived in canada and under the canadian system, when he was found to need a bypass, they put him on a list where he stayed for two years

Louie Gohmert

5:39:09 to 5:39:32( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: because the canadian system had bureaucrats, under their bil, that moved people in front of him on the list and he died waiting to get his bypass. you don't wait two years to get a bypass. there have en abuses. we can fix those. i have a health care bill that i

Louie Gohmert

5:39:33 to 5:39:54( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: filed and i've got this amended version. i have been trying to get my health care bill scored since last summer. and i think so much as newt gingrich, he said man, you ought to get that scored, that ought to score well and change the

Louie Gohmert

5:39:55 to 5:40:15( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: whole debate on the health care reform. it puts the surance companies out from between us and our doctors. it tells seniors you can have your medicare and medicaid if you want them, or it's going to be cheaper for the government, we will give you $3,50 in your

Louie Gohmert

5:40:16 to 5:40:36( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: own debit card account and we will buy you private insurance to cover everything above that. there are all kinds of good ideas. i see friends on the floor here that have brought some fantastic ideas. no one has done more in working to reform health care than dr. michael burgess over here.

Louie Gohmert

5:40:37 to 5:40:47( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: but those ideas have been shut out. i would like to recognize my friend from georgia, a member of

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