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House Proceeding 07-21-09 on Jul 21st, 2009 :: 0:54:50 to 0:58:15
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Steve Scalise

0:54:47 to 0:55:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: that we create this kind of legislation to recognize diabetes awareness for all americans because it impacts all of us. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from louisiana. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. it's important that we continue working to find cause -- the causes and the treatments,

Steve Scalise

0:54:50 to 0:58:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve Scalise

Steve Scalise

0:55:09 to 0:55:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: education and make sure that we are researching properly to find cures for diseases like diabetes. the broader question of health care reform, i think my friend from georgia did a really good job of talking about the challenges and the concerns that so many of us over on this side have of this proposal that's before us, not here in this bill but being debated

Steve Scalise

0:55:31 to 0:55:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: here in this congress in these coming weeks, this week, last week. this proposal of a government takeover of our health care system. i think it shows that while approach this in a bipartisan fashion where there are many areas of health care reform that many of us agree need to be made to improve outcomes, to improve access, to focus on

Steve Scalise

0:55:52 to 0:56:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: that narrow group of people who don't have access to care. i think the real danger is going down the road of a government takeover where government literally is interfering in the relationship of a doctor and a patient. as this bill would do, the bill that's been filed by the administration, by some of the

Steve Scalise

0:56:14 to 0:56:34( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: members of this democratic leadership. i think there are some great problems. we need to look at the neighbors that's gone down the same road. look at canada. canada has a government-run health care system. many people with the means from canada cop to america to get good care. the same thing in england. there was a tragic story in government-run system.

Steve Scalise

0:56:35 to 0:56:55( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: just yesterday there was a young man, a 22-year-old who died because he was not allowed to get a liver transplant. the government system. and i quote. he did not qualy for a donor liver under strict n.h.s. rules. his own mother said these rules are really unfair. they have a government-run system that's very similar to

Steve Scalise

0:56:56 to 0:57:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: the proposal that's being pushed by the president to have this government takeover of health care. we actually had an amendment in committee last night in the energy and commerce committee that would have prohibited a government-run system from being able to have a bureaucrat interfere in the relationship between a patient and their doctor. our amendment was defeated.

Steve Scalise

0:57:17 to 0:57:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: it clearly shows that a government-run system would have a doctor-patient relationship to be interfered with by a government bureaucrat here in washington. that's not health care reform. that's rationing of health care. so we need to hopefully go back to the table and have a true bipartisan debate because there are many proposals on the table, bills that have been

Steve Scalise

0:57:38 to 0:57:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: filed. i'm a co-sponsor of a number of them. it addresses some of the problems that exist in health care to allow companies to pull together so they can get the same power of a small business that a large business does. dedon't need to rely on their employer's plan if they don't like their employer's plan.

Steve Scalise

0:58:00 to 0:58:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: and open up the issues of waste, fraud and abuse. that's what we're concerned about. i think it's important that we raise awareness in education for diseases like diabetes. and i do want to thank the gentleman with a good arm from california for his leadership on this issue because he has i

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