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House Proceeding 07-14-09 on Jul 14th, 2009 :: 1:49:45 to 1:54:25
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Chris Murphy

1:49:41 to 1:50:01( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: who has been very much engaged in the development of the legislation that was introduced today, the gentleman from kentucky who is a member of the energy and commerce committee, so i yield to mr. murphy from kentucky. mr. murphy: thank you very much. my friend tim ryan back wearing a path in a familiar spot on the house floor, speaking truth to

Chris Murphy

1:49:45 to 1:54:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

1:50:02 to 1:50:25( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: the american people. listen, we're talking about -- what we're talking about is this invisible care system that we kind of pretend doesn't exist. you know, we didn't get to 17% of our gross domestic product by accident. we did that by ignoring se fundamental problems in our health care system.

Chris Murphy

1:50:26 to 1:50:46( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: just, you know, boxed our ears and shut ouryes and tried to sort of wish this problem away. well, you know, every employee has started to feel this crunch, right? the percentage of their income that is devoted to health care has inched up and inched up every single year. but a lot of the cost they d

Chris Murphy

1:50:47 to 1:51:07( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: see. because employers out there are eating it and are paying these 12% or 12% or 15% increases they're getting every year and instead of passing the cost of that in its entirety over to the as big a wage increase as they might have that year.

Chris Murphy

1:51:08 to 1:51:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: or maybe they don't give any wage increase. folks one day a month. these health care costs that companies are taking on are causing wages to remain flat. right? that's what we've seen over the last 10 years. g.d.p. in this country is growing, i mean, we're making

Chris Murphy

1:51:29 to 1:51:49( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: more stuff if you look at the 10-year window. obviously in the last two years that has not been the case. but over the last 10 years g.d.p. is growing but we just are staying right here. there are a lot of reasons for that. some people up at the real high end of the income spectrum are, you know, pretty fat and happy but a lot of that is because all of the extra money that

Chris Murphy

1:51:50 to 1:52:10( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: companies are making are going to pay health care rather than going to their employees. so that's one way in which the costs of our health care system are sometimes invisible. because employees just assume that they don't get wage increases because their company didn't make as many widgets that year or didn't sell as many pieces of product line.

Chris Murphy

1:52:11 to 1:52:31( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: no, a lot of the reason is that they sold more this year, they just took all that extra profit and paid for health care. second thing is what you guys i'm sure hav already today. it that, you know, goat a system of universal health care in this country, it's just the wors inhumane, most encon shenble system of health care in the world.

Chris Murphy

1:52:32 to 1:52:52( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: we basically say to people, we will guarantee you health care, our federal law guarantees health care, but only when you get so disastrously sick that you show up to the emergency room. a woman in connecticut came and testified before one o state legislative committees and she told a real simple story and i've told it on this floor before. ha insurance, worked for a living,

Chris Murphy

1:52:53 to 1:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: did everything she was supposed to, just didn't have insurance. she knew she had some sort of infection so she knew what she was going to have to pay for it. she was going to the doctor, probably pay $100 for that visit and get an antibiotics or some medication. that was going to be a couple more hundred dollars. she didn't have it. she knew she didn't have it. so she decided to just live with the pain. finally one night it was

Chris Murphy

1:53:15 to 1:53:35( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: unbearable. she had to go to the emergency room. so she showed up to the emergency room and it was too late. that foot was infected so badly it had to be amputated. that's a terrible, terrible outcome for that woman. changes her life for the rest of her time. but it cost the system the thousands of dollars that that surgery and all of that

Chris Murphy

1:53:36 to 1:53:57( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: follow-up care required, first the couple hundred bucks we could have gotten in preventive care up we're paying for that. you never met that woman and you never see the thousands like her who end up showing up in the emergency rooms with cris care thatould have been prevented. that's more invisible costs but it's all there. one last point, mr. ryan, mr. yarmuth, people are going to

Chris Murphy

1:53:58 to 1:54:20( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: sort of hear the cost of these bills when they come out, right? they're going to see that the cost of the bill from the house is, you the cost of the bill in the senate is x plus y billion dollars. he's what you have to do. you have to look at that cost versus the cost of doing nothing. and every credible survey, every

Chris Murphy

1:54:21 to 1:54:26( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: credible examination is going to tell you this, that the cost of the bill that we produce is

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