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House Proceeding 06-09-09 on Jun 9th, 2009 :: 3:07:15 to 3:11:30
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Chris Murphy

3:07:12 to 3:07:35( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: congressman altmire, for taking this fight up and bringing us together to address this portant issue. mr. murphy: ms. baldwin. i'm always amazed how articulate your constituents are. it really is amazing to hear the stories firsthand because as mr.

Chris Murphy

3:07:15 to 3:11:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

3:07:36 to 3:07:56( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: constituents mentioned, there is an entire industry out there dedicated to trying to stop people from getting care. and that's what you get when you build in the type of profit motivation that we have and the pressure on shareholder retur we treat health care and the economy around it just like we treat basically every other industry out there.

Chris Murphy

3:07:57 to 3:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: i think there are a lot of us here that believe that there is something fundamentally different abo the auto industry or the cereal industry or widget industry. and when the consequences of somebody not being able to get that product is life or death, that maybe we should have some different rules that govern it and maybe there's no problem

Chris Murphy

3:08:18 to 3:08:38( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: with having some incentive built in for innovation and success and all the rest, but there should be be a limit to that and there should be some constraints on the system. . i thank you for joining us and hope you stick around for a little while.

Chris Murphy

3:08:39 to 3:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: mr. altmire, you're talking about the three pedestals here of access and costs and quality. i think it's just important for us to talk for a second about this country that the more money you spend, the better care you're going to get, right? what we have found as we sort

Chris Murphy

3:09:01 to 3:09:21( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: of surveyed one particular segment of the country to the next is that that isn't necessarily the case. that spending more money and having more health care doesn't necessarily deliver better health care. there's great surveys from dartmouth university and others that show if you can better coordinate care, if you can get

Chris Murphy

3:09:22 to 3:09:42( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: physicians talking to each other if you can get primary care doctors doing more work up front, if you can spend more money on preventive heth care, as you talked about, you can get better health care out there one of the things when we talk about controlling costs is to have a decrease rather than

Chris Murphy

3:09:43 to 3:10:03( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: an increase in utilization. i think it'll be a big central part of our discussion here about how we do that. i think a very -- i think there are very interesting ideas about how to encourage doctors to work together, but a subject we talked about on the house floor, which is fundamental to this discussion is giving the

Chris Murphy

3:10:04 to 3:10:24( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: physicians and hospitals the tools to do that. the only way to get doctors talking to each other about complicated patients, the winal you can try to really empower the consumer themselves to take more ownership over their own health care is to make sure physicians or providers to track those patients through the sorm as a consumer of

Chris Murphy

3:10:25 to 3:10:45( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: health care yourself to track your care as you move through the system. and technology is really the key to that. and we have already take an great step forward on that issue through the stimulus bill. $19 billion in the stimulus bill, dedicated to building out

Chris Murphy

3:10:46 to 3:11:06( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: the world's best, most connected, most highly technologically advanced health care system, so that as an individual walks into the emergency room, that that treating physician can immediately figure out what his medical history is, what tests he's already had, what's been ruled in been ruled out relative to the illness they

Chris Murphy

3:11:07 to 3:11:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: present with. we can save billions of dollars just by having better information in the system and i'm so glad that our president had the foresight to see those savings down the line by investing money in the stimulus bill to get that technology out as quickly as possible so that it can be a platform for those savings.

Chris Murphy

3:11:29 to 3:11:31( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: there are going to be a thousand different ways we talk

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