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House Proceeding 10-08-09 on Oct 8th, 2009 :: 1:44:30 to 1:46:10
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Jim McDermott

1:44:26 to 1:44:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: why do we cost so much more than everybody else? it's time for a change. it's absolutely time for a change. i yield back to the the gentleman from washington state. mr. mcdermott: i think that is what is really troublesome about this debate. people on the other side who

Jim McDermott

1:44:30 to 1:46:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Jim McDermott

1:44:47 to 1:45:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: argue that there doesn't need to be change, you say to them, well what are you offering? they say well, let's give tax credits to people so they can buy their own heth insurance. now let's just think about that for a minute. . the average income in country is

Jim McDermott

1:45:08 to 1:45:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: $45,000. if you have to spend, you can easily spend $1,000 a month on a premium, so each month you got to take $1,000 of your $4,000 out and go down and buy your health insurance. now, the republican solution to that is, give them a tax credit. let them wait a whole year until

Jim McDermott

1:45:29 to 1:45:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: the end of the year and then you give them back their money at the end of the year. most people don't have that kind of ability to wait for 12 months to get their money back. rich people can. they can wait for a tax credit someplace down the road.

Jim McDermott

1:45:51 to 1:46:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: but an ordinary people who are living oe paycheck to paycheck to paycheck does not have the ability to spend $1,000 a month on a health care premium and wait 12 months to get credit for it on their income tax. so their proposals sound sometimes like, well, it sounds like they have something in

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