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House Proceeding 10-28-09 on Oct 28th, 2009 :: 0:59:40 to 1:11:10
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Chris Murphy

0:59:29 to 0:59:50( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: mr. westmoreland of georgia. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy f janua 6, 2009, the gentleman from conne murphy, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. murphy: much, mr. speaker.

Chris Murphy

0:59:40 to 1:11:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

0:59:51 to 1:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: i'm on the floor this afternoon to talk about the final stages of our push to complete been a very long journeyo bring health care to the millions of americans who don't have it, to lower the cost of

Chris Murphy

1:00:12 to 1:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: care for the millions of small businesses and families that can't afford it. and to start finally doing sothing about the great burden to taxpayers in this entire economy of the cost that outpaces all of our competitive neighbors across the globe by a two-ld margin. we'll hopefully be joined on the floor by some other members

Chris Murphy

1:00:36 to 1:00:57( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: who are just as interested in reform this afternoon, but let me start out by really saying this -- this should be a bipartisan issue. health care reform, which touches individuals no matter whether they are a republican or democrat, whether they're a

Chris Murphy

1:00:58 to 1:01:19( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: liberal or a conservative, should be a bipartisan issue. we should be sitting here working together to try to pass reform because when it comes down to it there is i think broad bipartisan agreement both in this house and out in the public about what the problems are out there. we too many people that are

Chris Murphy

1:01:20 to 1:01:41( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: playing by the rules, doing everything we ask, getting the job, being employed, putting food on the table for their family and their kids, but they can't get health care insurance. five out of six of the uninsured in this country are part of a family that have at least one full-time worker. we agree that it doesn't make sense that there are so many

Chris Murphy

1:01:42 to 1:02:02( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: people who are doing everything we can and simply can't afford to have health care insurance. we also agree that it doesn't make too much sense that doctors have seen a lot of the joy be taken out of the practice of medicine as they spend more and more of their time filling out paperwork, hiring claims managers and

Chris Murphy

1:02:03 to 1:02:24( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: fighting with insurance companies. we need to get physicians back to the practice of medicine and get the practice of medicine we agree that the cost of our current system cannot be sustained. whether it's for an individual business that's seen his

Chris Murphy

1:02:25 to 1:02:45( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: insurance premiums increase by 120% over the past 10 years or whether it's the family that makes up that small business or that large business who have seen their share of health insurance costs increase by a similar we all should agree that the

Chris Murphy

1:02:46 to 1:03:06( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: current trajectory of costs for this government is unsustainable as well. that the reason that medicare is on path toward bankruptcy is not just because you have an enormous amot of individuals, the baby boomer generation, entering in age, it is also because we

Chris Murphy

1:03:07 to 1:03:29( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: constructed a system which pays far too often for volume of care that has nothing to do with quality of care. and we are paying for a lot of medicine out there, billions of dollars worth of medicine, that isn't adding any actual value to the health care that people get. i bet if we got together a random sample of republican and

Chris Murphy

1:03:30 to 1:03:52( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: democrat members of congress or republican and democrat voters or liberal and conservative voters, i bet there wouldn't be too much disagreement. that we as a society and as a government should step up to the plate and do something about the fact that we got too many people playing by the rules that don't have insurance, that we have too many businesses that are bearing the cost of an unsustainably high system, that we have too

Chris Murphy

1:03:53 to 1:04:14( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: many physicians that are spending too much time on arguing for reimbursement and not on providing car government is spending too much money on medicine that doesn't add value. the difference, though, is our commitment to doing something about the problem. that's where the rubber hits the

Chris Murphy

1:04:15 to 1:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: road. it is one thing to go out into the public as an elected official and say that you understand the people's problems, that you feel their pain when it comes to health care. it is another thing to have the courage to come down to this house floor and put your vote and put your advocacy where your mouth is.

Chris Murphy

1:04:36 to 1:04:56( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: that's the problem that we have in the house of representatives right now. is that it is only one side sustainable transformational reform to our health care system which provides answers to those businesses, those families a those taxpayers who know in

Chris Murphy

1:04:57 to 1:05:17( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: their hearts that the status quo is unsustainable and it is unfortunately the republican minority here in the house of representatives and in the senate which has decided to be the party of no. which has decided to stand in the way of health re now, i want to take my republican friends at their

Chris Murphy

1:05:18 to 1:05:40( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: word. i want to believe them when they say that they are for reform as well. but the been about 135 days since the republican leadership anno to put a plan with real words and texts and ideas behind it so

Chris Murphy

1:05:41 to 1:06:01( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: the people out there to compare -- could compare the proposal for health care reform that's been proposed by president obama and the proposal put before the american people by the republican minority. 133 days later, over four months later, since this declaration was made, and we're waiting.

Chris Murphy

1:06:02 to 1:06:22( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: we're still waiting. now, i don't know why that is. there's some out there that will say that the objective of the republicans is to stop reform from happening for political reasons. that they think that they can do damage to the speaker or to the president by stopping health

Chris Murphy

1:06:23 to 1:06:43( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: care reform from happening. and those critics look back to the years when president clinton tried to address this issue and it was widely understood that then speaker gingrich, then minority leader gingrich had decided that his path to the speakership laid in destroying the president's plans to try to reform our health care system.

Chris Murphy

1:06:44 to 1:07:04( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: i hope that's not the case. i hope there are republican colleagues here, they're not opposing health care bec they see political gain in it. there are some out there who will say that the opponents of health care reform are alied with the --al eyed with the

Chris Murphy

1:07:05 to 1:07:25( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: status quo -- allied with the status quo. and that is certainly the emerg health care industry, that c from a system that transfers the profits that they're making and turns it into help for middle class families,

Chris Murphy

1:07:26 to 1:07:47( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: to stop reform from happening. now i will say think a think a lot of people have been pleasantly surprised that there has not been as much opposition to this debate as maybe one would have expected from the insurance industry and the drug industrynd i frankly congratulate them on making an honest attempt to be part of this process. but as we've seen over the last

Chris Murphy

1:07:48 to 1:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: few weeks, those industries are starting to inch away from the table, potentially staing to prepare to bring the full weight of their money and influence down reform. i hope that my republican colleagues aren't stopping health care reform from happening because of their alliance with some of those industries. but if it's not because they

Chris Murphy

1:08:10 to 1:08:31( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: have something to gain politically, if it's not because the republicans have an alliance with the status quo then we're sort of left at a loss to figure out why, if we agree on the problem, if we agree tt something has to be done, why we can't come together on trying now we are entering the final

Chris Murphy

1:08:32 to 1:08:52( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: stages of this debate but it is not too late for us to be able to come together here and get behind some common solutions to what is undeniably a common problem. so we're going to continue to come down to this floor and call out our republican colleagues

Chris Murphy

1:08:53 to 1:09:13( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: who seem to be out there sayin they're for reform but when comes to the process of reformin nowhere to be found. or leave us waiting for occur over four months to find their bill. and we're going to continue in absence of real alternate

Chris Murphy

1:09:14 to 1:09:35( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: solutions or cooperation from the republicans to press our ideas forward, to talk about how we can bring together this nation around some basic princies of fairness, that insurance companies shouldn't be able to kick you off your insurance when you get sick, that insurance should actually go back to being insurance so that you don't have to be charged five times, 10 times as much just because you have

Chris Murphy

1:09:36 to 1:09:56( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: cancer, that we shou be able to pool together the purchasing power of individuals and small businesses so that they no longer are negotiating with the insurance companies just based on behalf of their one family or their 10 employees, that we can still base reform off of the free market but we can try to

Chris Murphy

1:09:57 to 1:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: structure the free market in way to get a little leg up so all the people getting the short end of the stick in the existing market, small businesses and individuals. and we can reach out a helping hands to those people that i mentioned at the outset who aren't playing by the rules, -- are playing by the rules who are do and help them buy insurance. not by buying it for them, not

Chris Murphy

1:10:19 to 1:10:41( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: by handing them a government-run insurance program, but by helping individuals with tax credits that will partner with our own money to try to buy insu giving them the option to buy into the same type of plan that every member of congress, every veteran, every soldier, every medicare beneficiary has, a

Chris Murphy

1:10:42 to 1:11:02( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: government-sponsored health care insurance plan. we're going to talk about those ideas because those are unifying ideas, it brings together businesses, individuals, families and taxpayers, it to try to get insurance to people who don't have it, to try to lower the cost of insurance for businesses that are being crippled by our current system and to try to put back some

Chris Murphy

1:11:03 to 1:11:11( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: fairness into the insurance markets for american families. and i hope that we're in the final stages. i hope it's not too late to get

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