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House Proceeding 09-22-09 on Sep 22nd, 2009 :: 3:27:10 to 3:36:35
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Virginia Foxx

3:27:06 to 3:27:27( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: thing that his party has done. isn't that the truth? ms. foxx: it is absolutely the truth. in fact, in the cap and trade bill that they call it, we call it cap and tax, what it will do will make us more dependent, it stops the u of coal in this country, we have much more coal

Virginia Foxx

3:27:10 to 3:36:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Virginia Foxx

3:27:28 to 3:27:50( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: resources available to us than saudi arabia has oil resources, and we know that. but they seem to hate coal and want to do everything that they possibly can to diminish the use of it. there are no plans for creating nuclear energy, increase nuclear energy, and yet we know if we're going to maintain our standard

Virginia Foxx

3:27:51 to 3:28:12( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: of living in this country, we need to be building in the next 30 years 30 to 50 nuclear power plants. we also know that france has gotten 85% of their electricity since world war ii from nuclear power and they've never had one tiny problem as a result of that.

Virginia Foxx

3:28:13 to 3:28:34( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: but the radical environmentalists in this country seem determined to create blackouts in this country. they don't want coal, they don't want us to drill for oil, they don't want nuclear, they're even protesting now putting in solar panels out in the mo halvey desert, they don't want wind

Virginia Foxx

3:28:35 to 3:28:55( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: farms. that's not -- solar and wind are not the solutions to our energy needs and we know that. president obama said he would double the use of alternative solar, and yet president bush did that in the last 18 months of his administration.

Virginia Foxx

3:28:56 to 3:29:16( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: we went from 1.5% to 3%. well the president in four years -- president bush did that in 18 months. president obama has said that he would double it during his first term. well, going from 3% to 6%, given how the technology's growing, isn't a very big leap.

Virginia Foxx

3:29:17 to 3:29:38( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: but we also know that we can only absorb in our current electric grid, only 10% of solar and wind. beyond 10% we put our wonderful system of energy in great jeopardy. because we simply don't have the grid to handle it and we can

Virginia Foxx

3:29:39 to 3:30:01( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: handle up to 10%, as i understand it, from listening to the experts, but even that, for us to absorb 10% of wind and solar, which are undependable, that's the main reason that we can't absorb more than 10%, would take $3 trillion to redo our grid.

Virginia Foxx

3:30:02 to 3:30:23( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: they never say anything about that cost. and to be able to put in cap and tax would be enormously expensive to the average american consumer. we know that it's probably going to increase energy costs between $1,700 and $3,000 for the average american family.

Virginia Foxx

3:30:24 to 3:30:45( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: they never mention that when they're talking about what they want to do in terms of alternative energy. and i think it's very important again that we call the attention of the american people to that bill. i'm sorry i forget to write down the number of the bill, but if people again would pay some

Virginia Foxx

3:30:46 to 3:31:06( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: attention to that bill and read it as they have 3200, h.r. 3200, i think they'd find tt we are telling the truth about it and that rather than it expanding domestic energy sources, it's going to contract domestic energy sources because of all the rules and regulations and

Virginia Foxx

3:31:07 to 3:31:28( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the cost of them. and i think it's a cruel hoax being put out to the american people, along with what they have been saying about health care also. and i want to switchback to that subject because you're such an -- well, you're an expert in both of these areas, but you're

Virginia Foxx

3:31:29 to 3:31:49( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: really such an expert in the health care area, i want to take itdown, though, to, i think, a conversation that everybody can understand. when was growing up in western north carolina in the 1950's, my family was extraordinarily poor. i mean, dirt poor, as we used to say.

Virginia Foxx

3:31:50 to 3:32:10( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and yet we cou care. i had chronic asthma and allergies and often had health care treatment. and myamily could pay for that. the costs were very low. and i began to think a few years ago, now, what has happened since i was a child living out

Virginia Foxx

3:32:11 to 3:32:32( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: in the country, very rural area, the poorest county in north carolina, and yet we had a small hospital, we had doctors there who would treat us and we could pay cash and meet our obligations, what's happened since that time, the 1960's, the mid 1960's, medicare was

Virginia Foxx

3:32:33 to 3:32:53( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: created, medicaid was created, government policies encouraged companies to provide health insurance for their employees because they could tax deduct it, but individuals could not. so the rules changed dramatically. i know also that we have wonderful technology, we have many, many more specialists in our country and our health care

Virginia Foxx

3:32:54 to 3:33:16( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: has gotten better and better in this country. and i get really furious when i hear these statistics from our colleagues that want to say that we are 35th in the level of heal well why is it that everody comes to our country to get health care? and why is it that our average

Virginia Foxx

3:33:17 to 3:33:37( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: life span is now 80 years old and people are living such vibrant lives right up almost until death, most people are? its because we've created government-run health care in medicare and medicaid and in the other areas that you talked about and thir party payer.

Virginia Foxx

3:33:38 to 3:33:59( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: we have taken away the sense of responsibility from americans for how much things cost and everybody thinks, well, if insurance is going to pay for it, it's not costing me anything, i'll utilize it to the full. but i make the analogy, we all have to buy car insurance because as we drive our cars, there's the chance we will harm someone else.

Virginia Foxx

3:34:00 to 3:34:21( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and so we all have to have liability insurance. but our car insurance does not pay to chan tires on the car and yet week of come to accept that. same thing with homeowners insurance. we buy homeowners insurance because it's the practical thing to do but if our roof gets a leak i

Virginia Foxx

3:34:22 to 3:34:43( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: into the insurance company, we fix the roof b we don't fix the roof pretty soon the ceiling's going to be leaking, then the floor's going to be damaged. so we assume that responsibility for our cars and our homes and yet over the years, this insidious growth of government and third party

Virginia Foxx

3:34:44 to 3:35:06( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: insurance have taken away the sense of responsibility that we have for taking care of our own bodies and taking care of our own health. and the more we involve the government, the worse it's going to be. . we need to follow the principles you outlined and i think you did

Virginia Foxx

3:35:07 to 3:35:27( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: a beautiful job. we keep hearing republicans have no alternatives. our alternatives fit exactly the principles that you outlined. and i want to say -- i just want to mention a couple of bills here, h.r. 2520, the patients choice act, by mr. ryan from wisconsin.

Virginia Foxx

3:35:28 to 3:35:48( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the patients choice act would transform health care in america by strengthening the relationship between the patient and the doctor by using choices and competition rather than rationing and restrictions and seeks affordable health care for all americans.

Virginia Foxx

3:35:49 to 3:36:09( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and there's the bill that you introduced, which i don't think you have spoken of, but it's h.r. 3400. we want people understand the difference. the empowering patients first act, to increase patients' control over their health care decisions by offering more choices and the highest quality

Virginia Foxx

3:36:10 to 3:36:31( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: available. we have comprehensive bills out there that do what needs to be done. but the speaker refuses to pay attention to those. as you said, the president refuses to pay attention to them. they are determined to control every aspect of our lives and

Virginia Foxx

3:36:32 to 3:36:35( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: taking over health care gives them the wonderful opportunity to do that.

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