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House Proceeding 03-23-09 on Mar 23rd, 2009 :: 3:45:10 to 3:48:10
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Tom Price

3:45:08 to 3:45:28( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: at this point, i'm proud to yield to my colleague, the chairman of the republican study committee, dr. tom price. mr. price: i thank my friend from georgia, dr. gingrey for yielding and his leadership in this area and for organizing this hour this evening. mr. speaker, you have heard a lot conversation tonight about health care and about access and about affordability and quality

Tom Price

3:45:10 to 3:48:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Price

Tom Price

3:45:29 to 3:45:49( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: and primary care physicians. i think it's important to talk about the thing that all of those affect and that is patients. patients are what this is all about. and i'm pleased to join my physician colleagues on the republican side of the aisle tonight to talk about patients and the effect of health care and national health care policy on patients. if i think about the eight

Tom Price

3:45:50 to 3:46:10( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: physicians who were here on the floor tonight, we probably have seen half million patients in our professional life and get a sense about what it means to take care of people and make certain that they get well depending on the malady that befalls them.

Tom Price

3:46:11 to 3:46:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: i have five principles on health care, access, affordability and quality and i add innovation and responsiveness. it's imperative that we have a system that has the greatest system of access, affordability, and most innovative system. i would suggest and i know my friend would agree from georgia

Tom Price

3:46:34 to 3:46:54( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: that governmental intervention and increasing involvement doesn't improve any of those things. it doesn't improve access. it doesn't improve affordability. certainly doesn't improve quality, innovation or responsiveness. so what's the solution for the patients across this nation who are maybe watching this evening, mr. speaker, and saying, what

Tom Price

3:46:55 to 3:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: are you going to do? the solution i believe, as i know my colleagues do, is to make sure that patients have ownership of the system. the only way to get the system to move in the direction patients want it to move to have a patient-centered system so patients own and control their own health insurance policy. everybody has health insurance and you can get to that system

Tom Price

3:47:17 to 3:47:38( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: in a way that most of us support, through the tax code, making certain that it makes financial sense, but once they do, how do you make the system move in the direction it ought to move and in the direction patients want it to move, is to allow patients to own and control their own health insurance policy, regardless of who's paying the costs.

Tom Price

3:47:39 to 3:48:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: that is important, because it changes the relationship between the insurance company and the patient. right now, when the patient calls the insurance company and says, you aren't doing what i need to have done or the doctor recommends the insurance company, they say, call somebody that cares, because you aren't controlling the system. when patients own and control the system, then the system moves in the direction that

Tom Price

3:48:01 to 3:48:11( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: patients want it to move. we are working to come up with a product that will allow the american people to look to washington and say, hey, those guys are doing what we think ought to be done.

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