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House Proceeding 10-26-09 on Oct 26th, 2009 :: 2:33:00 to 2:44:05
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Steve King

2:32:56 to 2:33:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the don't know where they're going to go to find food for the table. -- table. let's rev up this economy. we can do that with our positive solutions and le in our debate. i hand it back to the gentleman from iowa, representative steve king. mr. king: embarrassingly, modestly thanking the gentlelady

Steve King

2:33:00 to 2:44:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve King

Steve King

2:33:17 to 2:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: from minnesota for that delivery that covered so much territory and laid out so many facts. i'd like to take this back to a speaker, and that is this, that -- why did we start down this path? what has been the object snive what washe objective back here when it was hillarycare? and what is the objective here

Steve King

2:33:41 to 2:34:01( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: when it is the color-coded jelly bean chart we have from the ways and means committee? the objective was two things. here are the problems they wanted to address. the problems being, this is the president's position, health care costs too much money in america, is premise number one. and premise number two was, we have too many uninsured in

Steve King

2:34:02 to 2:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: america. all right, let's take first the subject of health care costs too much in america. well, it costs around 14.5% of our gross domestic product. some numbers go higher, maybe 16%, maybe more. and the most consistent data we see are about the average for

Steve King

2:34:23 to 2:34:43( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the industrialized world is 9.5% of the g.d.p. well, we get the best results and so it isn't too expensive when you need it to save the life of a loved one and we produce more than anybody else also and once that's indexed back to the overall average,

Steve King

2:34:44 to 2:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: gross domestic product of the american people, that adjusts that number a little bit. but, be that as it may, madam speaker, do we spend too muc money? that's debatable. maybe we do, maybe we don't. but the solution is not, as the president proposes, to throw $1 trillion or $2 trillion at the problem. if you have a problem with spending too much money, it would go without saying that the

Steve King

2:35:06 to 2:35:27( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: solution is to spend less money, not more. so i'll submit that they premised the analysis on spending too much money for health care. that supposedly is worth while to transform the entire health insurance industry and the health care delivery system in america because they allege we're spending too much money. they have a point on the money

Steve King

2:35:28 to 2:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that's being spent. we can discuss that. we can save a lot of that just within the lawsuit abuse reform. but american people know if you're spending too much money, the solution is not to spend more. that should have never got an pass. as soon as a statement like that was uttered it should have been cut off at the beginning, cut

Steve King

2:35:50 to 2:36:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: off at the pass, to so to speak. so i hope to dispatch that erroneous idea. if we spend too much money on health care, if that's the president's position, then let him propose a policy that spends less, not more. and then the second premise is, we have too many americans that are uninsured. well, everybody in america has

Steve King

2:36:14 to 2:36:35( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: access to health care. somehow we have traveled down this road where a physician has been take -- a position has been taken that everyone in america has a right to first-class, high-quality health care. if we decide to do that then we should have an open, legitimate debate about it, it's not a

Steve King

2:36:36 to 2:36:58( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: right, it's a benefit that congress has agreed to make sure is available for humanitarian reass. we spend billions overseas in humanitarian aid and we spend billions in this country to provide health care to anybody that shows up because we don't want to turn someone away and have them get sicker or die.

Steve King

2:36:59 to 2:37:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that's the policy in america but it's not a right. our rights are i numerated pretty clearly in -- im-- innumerated pretty clearly in the bill of rights. freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

Steve King

2:37:21 to 2:37:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: those -- the freedom from want and freedom from fear are not rights, they never were rights and they never can be turned into rights because if they do, can you imine freedom from want? well, if we lose all of our wants we lose all of our desires to make the world a better place. we lose our desire to make our life a better life and that of

Steve King

2:37:43 to 2:38:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: our family. if you don't want for anything you sit around and whatever you need shows up, who's going to provide that? our entire economy would collapse around that kind of thing. freedom from fear. fear of what? freedom from fear of want perhaps. but those two were erroneous components of f.d.r.'s

Steve King

2:38:04 to 2:38:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: philosophy but they are today somehow in the minds of right now the majority of the united states congress, it looks like the majority of the united states senate, and i don't believe the majority of th american people. but even though everyone in this country has a right to care, excuse me, even though everybody in this country has access to health care, no one has a right to it.

Steve King

2:38:25 to 2:38:45( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: they're trying to argue that everybody has a right now to a health insurance policy of their very own. now, society that gets to that point and what that does to a society. but th america are uninsured. so, madam speaker, here are the real numbers.

Steve King

2:38:46 to 2:39:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: those in america that are uninsured. this will pie chart shows the chart of 306 million americans and 84% in this blue, those are those that are insured, that have a policy through their employer, they take care of personally, whatever it might be, but they're insured.

Steve King

2:39:07 to 2:39:29( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: then these little slides show the other categories. one would think we're trying to address americans -- uninsured americans without affordable options. well, here's the list of those americans that are in this 47 million uninsured. well, that's the number we constantly see, 47 million. in yellow, illegal immigrants, about 5.2 million in black are the lisle immigrants that are

Steve King

2:39:30 to 2:39:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: barred by law from a five-year bar, so you end up with 10.2 million of those and then you have individuals earning more than $75,000 a year without health insurance that didn't bother to write a check for their premium, presumably they could manage that with the money that they're making. that's about six million. and then you have the insurance -- those that are eligible for

Steve King

2:39:52 to 2:40:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: government programs, that's in green, that's 9.7 million. then you have those -- let's see, coverage or eligible under the employer but didn't sign up or opt it out, that's 2% here, that number is actually six million and those that are -- the other category, eligible for

Steve King

2:40:14 to 2:40:34( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: government programs, 9.7 million. so we get down to this number, when you subtract from the 47 million, all these categories that i've listed, those that are -- that would be covered under their employer if they'd just sign up, those that are insurance-eligible for government programs that don't bother to sign up, those that earn more than $75,000, those

Steve King

2:40:35 to 2:40:55( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that are immigrants that are legal and illegal that are disqualified for one reason or another, you add that up and subtract it from 47 million, you get to this red. that would be the list of americans without affordable options. that's -- that represents 12.1 million americans, less than 4%

Steve King

2:40:56 to 2:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of america's population and that less than 4% or the peo -- presumably the president and the majority party and in fact the minority party would like to encourage that they get insured. now, but they would upset and transform and overhaul 100% of the health insurance for america and 100% of the health care

Steve King

2:41:17 to 2:41:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: delivery system in america for the purposes of reducing this 4% 2%, maybe, on a good day. that's what's going on here. so i believe socrates said if you start with a flawed premise, you end up with a flawed conclusion. if he didn't say that, einstein

Steve King

2:41:38 to 2:42:00( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: did or some other person. you don't have to be start to figure out that if you the wrong formula in you're going to get the wrong results out. garbage in, garbage out. we have, madam speaker, we have garbage here. the idea that first we spend too much money on health care and being able to spend -- spending more, $1 trillion to $2 trillion more is the solution, that's garbage.

Steve King

2:42:01 to 2:42:22( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the garbage underneath, certainly there's truth to spending too much moy on health care in america. let's debate that. let's debate how we address it. we don't address it by spending more money. we address it by ending the lawsuit abuse that takes place in this country. we've got to reform that, we pass that out of the house here in 2005, it came out of e

Steve King

2:42:23 to 2:42:43( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: judiciary committee where i and mr. gohmert sit and we passed that here on the floor and it was --imited the noneconomic damages to $250,000. that was the policy. it was modeled after california at the time. since then texas has adopted it and doctors that were leaving texas turned around and came

Steve King

2:42:44 to 2:43:04( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: back because now they can practice in texas without a penalty. so, just the tort reform component of this would save at least $54 billion, but i'm suggesting the numbers i'm looking at show that lawsuit abuse costs in the neighborhood of $203 billion a year. over a 10-year span where these

Steve King

2:43:05 to 2:43:26( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: bills are estimated, that wou the trial lawyers and some of the plaintiffs and also goes to the people that are doing the tests, the unnecessary tests, and that are part of the defensive medicine that takes place. so, if health care costs too much money, madam speaker, the first solution would be to

Steve King

2:43:27 to 2:43:48( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: address lawsuit abuse. that's number one. we should be able to agree on that but there's not one word in any of these bills about the reform of lawsuits that could be between -- between the $54 billion in savings that was identified by dr. burgess a little earlier on up to what i

Steve King

2:43:49 to 2:44:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: say is $203 billion a year, probably more, $2 trillion over the life of the bill, not $1 is going to be saved. there are will be more spent because of it. second piece, the medicare reform. in conclusion, madam speaker, i

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