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House Proceeding 06-09-09 on Jun 9th, 2009 :: 2:40:50 to 2:46:54
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Chris Murphy

2:40:45 to 2:41:07( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. murp much, madam speaker. i thank you and the speaker of the house for allowing the 30-something working group, which has been empowered by the speaker's office to come to the house floor every so often and

Chris Murphy

2:40:50 to 2:46:54( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

2:41:08 to 2:41:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: share with our colleagues in the house some of the burning questions of our constituents out there, especially those that affect younger individuals and younger families. and to talk about how this house, under new leadership, with a new face in the white house, is rising to answer those questions and meet those challenges.

Chris Murphy

2:41:29 to 2:41:49( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: we'll put is poster up at the end of the hour as well but we are always eager to hear feedback from people who want to know more about the 30omething working group. madam speaker, thanks to members of your class, we have

Chris Murphy

2:41:50 to 2:42:10( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: a number of new members of the 30-something group and they've been coming down to join us in these hours, i'm glad to have mr. altmire with us and hopefully some guest this is eveng, as we try to focus our disc issue of just incredible importance to our constituents, that is the issue of health care for all americans.

Chris Murphy

2:42:11 to 2:42:32( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: we sit at a moment of great economic per rill for this country and the -- per ill for the -- and the -- perle for this country and the people we represent. hardly a day goes by when we're not talking to a factory oer or shop worker or small

Chris Murphy

2:42:33 to 2:42:54( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: businessman about the difficulty they face in this economy. it's getting harder and harder to keep businesses open, it's getting harder and harder to hold on to your job and for the now 89 1/2% of americans that are out of work, it's getting hard to find a way back into the workforce. for those of us who believe that now is the time to pass,

Chris Murphy

2:42:55 to 2:43:15( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: not incremental health care reform, but major, structural health care reform, we support that, not just because we think it's a moral imperative, as the richest nation in the world that we shouldn't be the outlier in the global health care system by whiche still stand as the only couldn't rip in the industrialized world

Chris Murphy

2:43:16 to 2:43:37( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: that has such a high percentage of our citizens without access to our health care system. not just that as the country which claims to be the leader of the free world we still sit in a country where children go to bed at night sick because their parents can't afford a doctor but because we believe

Chris Murphy

2:43:38 to 2:43:58( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: it's part and parcel of how we start to get this economy back on firm footing again. for families out there that have seen their wages remain flat over the last five years and have seen the percentage of their income dedicated to health care costs grow exponentially, they didn't figure out this economy was in trouble last fall when the banks collapsed.

Chris Murphy

2:43:59 to 2:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: they knew it long ago. for our auto companies that have been struggling for a very long time to compete competitively on a global stage, chen $1,500 of every car they sell is attributable to health care costs, $1,500 more

Chris Murphy

2:44:20 to 2:44:40( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: than their competitors in japan or germany, they knew that the health care system was dragging this economy down long before last fall. and for small and medium sized businesses across -- across this country who have seen their premiums dedicated to

Chris Murphy

2:44:41 to 2:45:02( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: keeping their employees insured grow by 10% or 12% or 14% a year, far outpacing the similar increase in revenues coming into their coffers, they knew health care was weighing this economy down long before the newspapers discovered that this economy was in crisis and in trouble last fall. if we really want to emerge

Chris Murphy

2:45:03 to 2:45:25( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: from this recession stronger than ever if we really wanto be competitive in the global stage if we really want to economy lying in the hundreds of thousands of two and five and 10 and 20 person businesses of our districts, we've got to fix health care this year.

Chris Murphy

2:45:26 to 2:45:46( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: we can't just do it with a band-aid here or there, pardon the pun. we've got to do it with real re lowers the cost of care and expands access to more people. i happen to think it should be a right as a matter of being a citizen of the united states you should get health care. i recognize that the only way

Chris Murphy

2:45:47 to 2:46:07( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: you do that is by lowering the cost of care across the board. we spend twice as much as all of our other industrialized nations on health care, essentially, maybe a little less than twice as much, for a system that still leaves 50ing million people uninsured -- still leaves 50 million people

Chris Murphy

2:46:08 to 2:46:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: uninsure. we can get access to everybody out there as long as we start spending less or start controlling the rate of growth. i think we're going to talk about all of these things tonight as the 30-somethings come to the floor, that we're going to talk about health care as health care reform as a

Chris Murphy

2:46:29 to 2:46:49( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: moral imperative, a matter of consciencefish this nation, we're going to talk about it as an e the perspective of getting care to people who don't have it today and trying to lower the cost of care so all of us, whether or not we have it or don't have it, don't continue to pay for a system that far too often provides very expensive care without having

Chris Murphy

2:46:50 to 2:46:54( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: accompanying results. so i'm glad to be here on the

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