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House Proceeding 05-21-09 on May 21st, 2009 :: 2:29:45 to 2:32:15
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Jim McDermott

2:29:41 to 2:30:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: there will be people who say this is nothing but socialized medicine. what do you say to this? i yield mr. mcdermott: first of all if the american people are offered a plan from the united states congress that as the president hasaid, you have insurance you can stay right where you are.

Jim McDermott

2:29:45 to 2:32:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Jim McDermott

2:30:03 to 2:30:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: if you're satisfied with it, don't worry, you're not going to be made to do anything. we are going to offer you a choice of a public option. if you don't like what you're in now and you want to move

Jim McDermott

2:30:25 to 2:30:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: over to the government program, you can do it. now that is not socialism. do the same thing. that's saying if you want to stay where you are, fine. but if you -- if we put together a good public option and it looks better to you, it's your free choice.

Jim McDermott

2:30:46 to 2:31:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: mr. ellison: should americans not be afraid of some of these temples that are tossed around? is there nothing to feefer is that what you're saying? mr. mcdermott: you're going to see a big campaign of fear mongering, trying to make people afraid by using all kinds of words. and the fact is, they are simply deceptive in the worst

Jim McDermott

2:31:07 to 2:31:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: sort of way because when people are vulnerable and they're sick and say, you don't want that, they're going to use all kinds of -- they did it --n 1993, there were some ads called harry and louise. they're sitting at the kitchen table, harry says to louise you

Jim McDermott

2:31:28 to 2:31:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: know that plan that mrs. clinton has put together going to take away your health care. well that was simply to scare people. and people, since they weren't sure, they decided they didn't like her plan. we could have had a change in this country 15 years ago. now we get a second chance this

Jim McDermott

2:31:49 to 2:32:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: time the people are in much worse shape than they were then. business wants it, labor unions want it. even doctors today who were sort of against mrs. clintos plan are say you know, you can't deal with insurance companies, you've got a whole bunch of different people this time who are say, we need a public option that can make the

Jim McDermott

2:32:10 to 2:32:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: system fairer and work for everybody in the country.

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