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House Proceeding 07-17-09 on Jul 17th, 2009 :: 1:04:05 to 1:08:50
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Steve King

1:03:53 to 1:04:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: mcconnell on the senate side, the average wait time for someone who needs a knee replacement in canada, 340 days. can you imagine, you finally your knee wears out, you're on a cain or crutch or a wheelchair or sitting around the living room, not going back to work and you've been to the doctor and he takes a look at

Steve King

1:04:05 to 1:08:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Steve King

1:04:14 to 1:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: your knee, schedules you for a knee replacement and they look on the calendar and turn the five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 months, 11 months. 11 times they turn the page on the calendar to find the kate to right ithe your name in to

Steve King

1:04:36 to 1:04:57( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: go to 340 days to yet get your knee replacement in canada. we would just leap into the abysof socialized medicine because the president's idea is the government can do it better than the private sector can and we just have to learn to do it better than the canadians, the british or the europeans? how about the average time for hip replacement in canada?

Steve King

1:04:58 to 1:05:18( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: according to mitch mcconnell, 196 days for a hip replacement. your hip that's a little tough to do that always with the cai though it happens. you're on a crutch or two crutches or a cain of orr a wheelchair, gimping around for 196 days. that's, you kn, i don't know if you call that elective surgery.

Steve King

1:05:19 to 1:05:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: i don't think it is. i think at some point the quality of your life and the productivity and the necessity is to get the surgery done. that's rationed health care. i don't know the numbers of how many people diedf something

Steve King

1:05:43 to 1:06:04( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: else when they were waiting to get the knee joint or hip replaced or how many lives were altered because of it or how much was diminished in the quality of life an had to wait in lines. that's just joint replacement. i had a meeting with a doctor who does orthopedic surgery in canada and the united states, goes back and forth across the border. he told of a patient who came in, had torn up his knee and he said torn meniscus and i yore cruciate ligament.

Steve King

1:06:05 to 1:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: a knee wrecked, swollen, badly pa there and he did the examination, he said, fine, we right away and we can fix you, patch up that ligament and the torn mes any cause cust and we'll fix you. in america, that would happen the next day. they might elect to allow the swelling to go down that could happen, but it could happen

Steve King

1:06:27 to 1:06:47( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: also, the surgery could be same day or next day if the surgeon decided that was the best thing for the patient. that would be the criteria, by the way. in canada, he did everything he could to schedule him with the proper surgeon and this man had to wait six months to further examined before they could evaluate whether they

Steve King

1:06:48 to 1:07:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: would schedule him to reir his knee. so they put him in a brace, sent him out of there on crutches and six months later, he showed up at the specialist who examined him and scheduled him for surgery six months later. a torn knee, a year wait, almost a year to the day from

Steve King

1:07:09 to 1:07:29( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the date of the injury to the date of the surgery. ne of course he has the rehab time on that before he's back and limbered up to go back to work. this individual wasn't productive for more than a year. lost more than a year's wages. why? why would we waste this human collateral that we are? the most precious resource we

Steve King

1:07:30 to 1:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: have in this country is our people. we need to become the most planet, one of the jobs that we do here in the house of representives, we should be doing here, to be enhancing the overall average productivity of all of our people in this country and if we do that, of life for everyone in this country.

Steve King

1:07:53 to 1:08:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: . if somebody who was injured who would be allowed to sit in the living room chair and not be going to work when they could be fixed in a short period of time and back into it again, that's what happens in countries that have socialized medicine, national health care, a federal public player plan

Steve King

1:08:14 to 1:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: which has been devised in those countries that i mentioned, but not in the united states, in part because the american people from or 16 years schemeaddic, and they were appalled and animated by it as

Steve King

1:08:36 to 1:08:50( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: i was and they got on the phone and called their congressman, they called their senator, and came to washington. they jammed the offices full of people and they went to the offices of members around the country and they wrote letters into the editor and letters to their members of congress and

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