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House Proceeding 07-16-09 on Jul 16th, 2009 :: 0:29:55 to 0:36:35
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Steve Scalise

0:29:51 to 0:30:11( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: luckily we still have time to get this right. let's work together and make patient care the top priority of our reform. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. defazio. mr. forbes. mr. dreier.

Steve Scalise

0:29:55 to 0:36:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve Scalise

Steve Scalise

0:30:12 to 0:30:32( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: mr. paulson. mr. scalise. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker, i request to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for five minutes.

Steve Scalise

0:30:33 to 0:30:53( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: mr. scalise: today in the energy and commerce committee, we started having hearings on president obama and speaker pelosi's bill, the proposal to create a government takeover of he health care system. i think the components of this bill and some of the things that have been talked about need to be discussed here on this house floor because the bill itself will actually lead

Steve Scalise

0:30:54 to 0:31:14( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: to rationing of health care for americans across this country. the bill will absolutely raise taxes on every american in this country, and every small business in this country. in fact, there are over $580 billion in new taxes in this bill. this bill was just filed earlier this week.

Steve Scalise

0:31:15 to 0:31:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: the congressional budget office hasn't even been able to do a full assessment of it. there was a meeting held yesterday in the energy and commerce committee with the c.b.o. unfortunately, that meeting, the chairman decided that that meeting would be held in secret. he did not allow the media to come in. he didn't allow the public to have access through the

Steve Scalise

0:31:37 to 0:31:58( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: internet or through television to see what the head of the c.b.o. had to say. maybe if somebody support this is government takeover, i can see why they might want to try to hide the public from the details because the details that start to come out are showing the true cost to the american people. and the true dangers of going into this government takeover of our health care system.

Steve Scalise

0:31:59 to 0:32:21( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: i think the people ought to know what those details are. i think when you're talking about a bill this massive a bill that is so enormous, probably one of the biggest transformations of government, and an administration that's had many, many attempts to try to take over our life. this may be the biggest one. they've got a chart we put

Steve Scalise

0:32:22 to 0:32:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: together that shows the organizational structure of this new government takeover. if government is allowed to take over the health care system, based on the bill that president obama and the speaker and our top lieutenantsere in this house and the senate have filed, this is the structure of what government-run health care would look like. so there are a number of points that i think are important to

Steve Scalise

0:32:43 to 0:33:04( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: go through. you hear president obama talking a lot about if you have the health care you like you get to keeit. now that sounds great. i agree with that. the problem is, the bill that president obama and speaker pelosi and others filed takes away your health care and allows a government czar.

Steve Scalise

0:33:05 to 0:33:25( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: unfortunately, they've create sod many czars, the government is running insur and banks right now, running car companies, and the government is not doing a good job of it. now the government wants to run the health care system in this country. if you look at this organizationalhart, you see a lot of federal agencies interfering in the relationship

Steve Scalise

0:33:26 to 0:33:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: between a patient and their dr. these are people saying that government won't tell you when you can go see your doctor. everywhere in this organizational chart and everywhere in their thousand-plus page bill, they're giving this new health care czar the ability and power to interfere between the relationship of a patient and their doctor. if you like a health care plan

Steve Scalise

0:33:47 to 0:34:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: you have, there's actual language in this bill that allows this health care czar that's created, give this is government bureaucrat in washington, the power to tell your company, you like your health care, the government can now take away, literally disqualify, your government's health care plan from being

Steve Scalise

0:34:09 to 0:34:29( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: eligible, and force you onto the government run plan. they have tax th is a cover all different aspects of life. they tax businesses. $583 billion in taxes on working people in this country. there's actual, and this was verified yesterday by the congressional budget office,

Steve Scalise

0:34:30 to 0:34:52( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: $29 billion, with a b, billion dollars in now taxes on uninsured people. now the real irony of that is the real reason that they're bringing this bill, over 300 americans participate in health care today, and there is a numberf uninsured people. some say the number is 45 million, others narrow it down

Steve Scalise

0:34:53 to 0:35:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: when you remove the illegal aliens or people who choose not to get health care, the number has been honed down to about seven million people. that's a number we should address. reformed. there are a lot of bipartisan approaches to reform that system. but you reform something that's broken. you don't blow up the whole system that's working.

Steve Scalise

0:35:14 to 0:35:34( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: in america, we've got probably the best medical care in the world. people who have government-run systems like canada, like england, the citizens that have the means actually come to america to get care. because our system is so even with the flaws. let's address those flaws. you don't set up a system like this.

Steve Scalise

0:35:35 to 0:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: some byzantine system of bureaucrats and czars that are going to tell you which doctor you can see to take over our health care system. so unfortunately, we've got a debate started, hopefully the public gets involved in this, because when you look at the taxes, $29 billion of taxes on uninsured people when the bill was supposed to be designed to

Steve Scalise

0:35:56 to 0:36:17( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: address uninsured. when you look at small businesses, the impact on small businesses, middle class family, they allow taxes on people making less than $50,000. this is a bill that needs important debate. hopefully people will look at details and i can yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the chair lays before the house the physical following

Steve Scalise

0:36:18 to 0:36:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: communications. the speaker pro tempore: to the congress -- the clerk: to the congress of the united states, section 202d of the national emergencies act provides for the termination of a national emergency unless prior to the anniversary of its declaration the president

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