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House Proceeding 03-25-10 on Mar 25th, 2010 :: 0:51:10 to 0:53:40
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Joe Barton

0:51:09 to 0:51:29( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Barton: i urge support for this report. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. dreier: thank you very much, mr. speaker. at this time i'm happy to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, the hardworking ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. barton: i thank the gentleman from california and ask unanimous consent, mr. speaker, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. barton: i thank you, mr. speaker.

Joe Barton

0:51:10 to 0:53:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joe Barton

Joe Barton

0:51:30 to 0:51:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Barton: i think it's time for us to take a deep breath, take a time-out and go home and listen, mr. speaker, so i ask the rules committee this evening to not move this package tonight but let us go home for the next two weeks and then come back week after next or week after the two weeks and actually fix what needs to be fixed.

Joe Barton

0:51:52 to 0:52:13( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Barton: i listen to my chairman, mr. waxman of california, talked about the reconciliation package before us fixes the nebraska problem. the way they fix it, mr. speaker, is by giving every other state the same sweet deal that they gave to nebraska but only for four years. after 2014 that deal goes away for nebraska and every other state.

Joe Barton

0:52:14 to 0:52:34( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Barton: i don't think that's much of a fix. no one on the majority side, mr. speaker, has talked about the medicaid trap. when this fully kicks in in 2014, everybody that's eligible for medicaid in the country has to be in medicaid and that's choice, they cannot be in a private sector plan and

Joe Barton

0:52:35 to 0:52:55( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Barton: obviously we all know they don't have the option of not taking the coverage. some of us think that that may be unconstitutional, even if it's not unconstitutional i don't think it's fair to our low income americans to say that the only health insurance plan you can have is medicaid. we talked about pre-existing

Joe Barton

0:52:56 to 0:53:16( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Barton: conditions, mr. speaker, this bill does require that pre-existing conditions be covered, that's a good thing new york city a bad thing. it's not funded. they've only got $5 billion in this bill for four years, only a little over $1 billion a year. you can't cover eight to 10 million americans who have no

Joe Barton

0:53:17 to 0:53:37( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Barton: coverage today for $1.25 billion a year. i call that the pre-existing short sheet. finally this reconciliation package doesn't do anything to prevent the requirement that elective funding of abortion be offered in at least one plan in each state. i really believe that if there was an up or down vote on that

Joe Barton

0:53:38 to 0:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Barton: in this body, that would be voted down.

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