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House Proceeding 07-15-09 on Jul 15th, 2009 :: 3:43:00 to 3:46:30
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Chris Murphy

3:42:56 to 3:43:16( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: a better place. with real health care reform, i believe we'll have an opportunity to do just that. thank you and i yield back. mr. murphy: thank you very much, representative spear. thank you for drawing attention to what this reform effort that we're talking about here tonight means, not just to these people that you're talking about that have been denied coverage for

Chris Murphy

3:43:00 to 3:46:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

3:43:17 to 3:43:38( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: pre-existing conditions, but what it means to all the folks who have insurance out there. if i had a dime for every person i've run into that has talked to me about the fact that, you know what, they're not really happy in the job that they're in, they want to go do something else, or that they really have a great idea, a business that has been germinating in their mind and

Chris Murphy

3:44:00 to 3:44:20( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: who have health care today and are trapped, are trapped in their job, are trapped in their place of employment, because they can't dare lose the coverage that they have. now, in the most powerful country in the world, in the beacon of freedom from around this globe, that kind of servitude to your employee, just

Chris Murphy

3:44:21 to 3:44:42( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: because your -- your employer, just because you have insurance that you can't leave, just doesn't seem right. but it also is just absolutely silly economic policy. think all of the innovation that we're stifling. thk of all of the great entrepreneurs who never get to go out and invent, who never get to start that business because they can't leave the insurance that they have.

Chris Murphy

3:44:43 to 3:45:04( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: so, you know, this really is fundamentally about trying to make health care for those that have it more meaningful, more real, but also more flexible. and i thank you for drawing attention to this issue. well, we are blessed to have

Chris Murphy

3:45:05 to 3:45:27( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: with us on the floor representative ryan. we were talking earlier, this is kind of a hybrid health care hour, 30-something hour, and, you know, one of the things we're talking about here, mr. ryan, is that, you know, this is hard, right? this is a big problem. we got one of the most confusing, most complicated health care systems in the world.

Chris Murphy

3:45:28 to 3:45:48( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: and we're going to take on a very complex and con have a looted system at a lot of different angles. so the bill that's going to come out is going to be big. it's going to have a lot of pages to it because in order to tackla really complicated and confusing health care system you have to have the guts to think g. you got to take on all of the various problems that have been created in this system.

Chris Murphy

3:45:49 to 3:46:09( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: whether it be high cost health plans, pre-existing condition exclusions, post claims, underwriting, all of the various tricks of the trade that insurers and others have useto try to make money and exclude people, we got to take on and do things with. but it also makes it really easy for fos who are critical of health care to just sit back and

Chris Murphy

3:46:10 to 3:46:32( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: say, well, you know, what you're proposing isn't any good and we're just going to sit back and criticize rather than propose alternatives. an once again that's playing out on this floor, that the democrats are going to offer real solutions, real opportunities for this country to on health care and we're going

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