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House Proceeding 07-16-09 on Jul 16th, 2009 :: 1:08:10 to 1:12:50
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Hank Johnson

1:08:06 to 1:08:27( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: now, $1.4 million a day. why would they do such a thing unless they thought this was a reasonable cost of doing business? does the congressman have any views? i yield to the gentleman. mr. johnson: thank you, congressman ellison. i want to also recognize my great freshman cleague when we came in, now we're all sophomores, ms. donna edwards,

Hank Johnson

1:08:10 to 1:12:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Hank Johnson

1:08:28 to 1:08:49( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: who's been a real champion on this, as you have, mr. ellison. and mr. speaker, i just want to respond, it is a civil rights issue. it's just not racial. it is a matter of demographics.

Hank Johnson

1:08:50 to 1:09:12( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: it's a matter of who has insurance and who does not. and you'll find, looking at it, you'll find that most poor peop and most at this point, i would venture to argue, middle class people have no health insurance coverage.

Hank Johnson

1:09:13 to 1:09:34( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: so the question is, after spending $780 billion in a wall street bailout, do we have the will to handle, to address this civil rights issue that is so

Hank Johnson

1:09:35 to 1:09:55( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: fundamental to our country? to me, it's mind-boggling. we just heard reports of goldman sachs hitting the jackpot for $3 billion in profits over the last quarter. of the taxpayers' money. and people want to know, well, how much does this health care plan cost?

Hank Johnson

1:09:56 to 1:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: i'm going to tell you, it's going to cost us a whole lot more if we do nothing. like my colleagues on the other side, we do nothing, it's going to cost us a whole lot more. you know why? because health care costs will continue to skyrocket through the roof.

Hank Johnson

1:10:19 to 1:10:39( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: in005, a study by the families u.s.a. and the center for american progress showed that the cost of treating uninsured added $330 to the average individual plan in georgia and $900 for the average family plan.

Hank Johnson

1:10:40 to 1:11:03( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: that's close to $1,000, mr. speaker. every year. and high costs are what blocks access to health care because people don't have the insurance coverage to be able to become healthy individuals and certainly for our economy, mr.

Hank Johnson

1:11:04 to 1:11:24( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: speaker, we can't have a majority of the people in this country sick with some kind of chronic illness that if left untreated will kill them. and that if there was preventive measures to keep

Hank Johnson

1:11:25 to 1:11:46( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: those chronic diseases from happening, or if there were some treatment regimens to address and arrest these chronic diseases, then you would find the american people would be ready to -- our children would be ready to go

Hank Johnson

1:11:47 to 1:12:08( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: to schooand learn and become great individuals who carry our economy into the 21st century. that's simply one of the items that we're addressing here. we ought to just continue -- if we are to continue to do business as usual, tax cuts for

Hank Johnson

1:12:09 to 1:12:30( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: the rich and famous and wealthy, as is vad -- advocated by my friends on the other side, are we going to continue do to the do that? we see where that has left us. we see where we are now. we're in a bad situation. and so we've got to take some

Hank Johnson

1:12:31 to 1:12:52( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: important steps to address it and people didn't -- the same folks who supported the wall street bailout, now they're talking against our investing in the lives of people in this country who should be in a position to save us money by

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