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House Proceeding 09-14-09 on Sep 14th, 2009 :: 0:44:25 to 0:49:50
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Steve Scalise

0:44:22 to 0:44:43( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: need to do it now. dime until that investigation is completed. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana rise? >> permission to address th house for five minutes.

Steve Scalise

0:44:25 to 0:49:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve Scalise

Steve Scalise

0:44:44 to 0:45:04( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. scalise: as we're having a debate on the issue of health care and a lot of different ideas and different things are being passed around, i think it's really important that we look at the real reason why we need to make reforms to our health care system in america. clearly there are problems with

Steve Scalise

0:45:05 to 0:45:27( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: health care, but there are very narrow problems with people who don't have the ability and the access to get health care at an affordable price. what we need to do is focus on fixing the problems in the system that don't work, but at the same time, we need to be very careful not to destroy the things that make medical care in the united states the best medical care in the world.

Steve Scalise

0:45:28 to 0:45:48( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: i think what concerns many of us is this proposal of a government takeover of our health care system where the government would come in all under the guse of competing against private companies. of course, anybody that understands what com really means and looks at the concept of the federal government with taxpayer backing coming in as your competitor

Steve Scalise

0:45:49 to 0:46:10( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: when they write the rules that both of you have to play by, they've got this health care czar that they are creating in their bill, which, by the way, i think it is up to 30 czars now created in this administration. we need to sunset these czars and get rid of these czars and

Steve Scalise

0:46:11 to 0:46:31( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: shouldn't have people with these unbrideled powers that have no accountability to the public and didn't go through the scrutiny that a cabinet secretary or high official would have to go through, testifying before committees and being answerable you have the czars with these powers and they are trying to create a health care czar that

Steve Scalise

0:46:32 to 0:46:55( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: would have are the ability to make major decisions over individual families' health care. it's important to go through and talk about some of these claims that are being made, because there are claims that are ing uncontradi have before us in congress that are supported by this president and this administration.

Steve Scalise

0:46:56 to 0:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: . personally i think that's a very important claim, i think that's one of the sacred parts of health care we should maintain, if people like the health care they have, they should keep it. the problem is, in the bill that president obama supports in the house, the oly bill this administration, speaker pa lowsy, and others are promoting is h.r. 3200.

Steve Scalise

0:47:17 to 0:47:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: in that bill, in fact on page 15 of that bill, they give the power to the health care czar, again an unappointed bureaucrat, person who did not go through any confirmation process, appointed by the president, who is totally unaccountable to congress. this health care czar would have the power to decertify private plans. that's right.

Steve Scalise

0:47:38 to 0:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: that means if you have a health care policy you like, the health re czar in their bill has the powe health care plan. even if you do like it. it's in their bill. we actually try to take that out committee. another claim that's been made a whole lot, it wasade here on this house floor, deals with the issue of illegal immigration.

Steve Scalise

0:47:59 to 0:48:21( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: and do illegal aliensp have access to health care? -- aliens have access to health care? many have claimed illegal aliens wouldn't get health care in their bill. the problem is their bill according to the congressional budget office, the prident's bill allows eight million illegal aliens to have access to his government-run health care plan.

Steve Scalise

0:48:22 to 0:48:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: that testimony was given by the congressional budget office. it's not a republican or democrat that said that. that's the bipartisan group that we actually have to follow who scores these bills, who makes a determination whether or not these statements are accurate. the congressional budget office has said, eight million illegal aliens would have access to this government plan that the president is supporting, h.r.

Steve Scalise

0:48:43 to 0:49:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: 3200. there are a lot of other claims that are similar to those that are just not accurate. one of the ones that's thrown around a lot by the president and others is this strawman, we have to fix health care. if we don't pass his bill, then everybody else is for the status quo. if they don't want his bill. if they don't want the government to take it over.

Steve Scalise

0:49:04 to 0:49:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: that's not true. if you look at the bills out there, there are many bills that myself and others support that are very different approaches than the president and speaker pelosi support. one good one is h.r. 3400. h.r. 3400 has nearly 4 members of congress who are co-sponsors, including four medical doctors. in our bill we actually go and

Steve Scalise

0:49:25 to 0:49:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: address the problems that exist. we address the problems with pre-existing con i don't think it's fair or right that somebody can be denied health care coverage because they are battling a disease like cancer or some other tragic disease that in the current system they are currently discriminated against. we fix that problem in our bill.

Steve Scalise

0:49:47 to 0:49:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: we invoke real competion. it's not for bringing in the government, it's by allowing

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