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House Proceeding 10-28-09 on Oct 28th, 2009 :: 1:54:55 to 1:58:00
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John Sarbanes

1:54:52 to 1:55:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: with people who say do nothing, is disastrous for families and potentially ruinous for this government. mr. sarbanes. mr. sarbanes: you know, in august when we had all this noise and commotion that was going on, the other side began to predict the demise of the health reform effort.

John Sarbanes

1:54:55 to 1:58:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Sarbanes

John Sarbanes

1:55:14 to 1:55:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: but then september came and october came and a funny thing happened on the way to that demise. and that is that people started asking the public again, what do you think, and discovered that they weren't about to let go of this thing, that they've waited too long to see these reforms.

John Sarbanes

1:55:35 to 1:55:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: if you look at what's in the health reform proposal that we have developed in the various the house, it's almost a checklist of all the things that need to be done to address decades of grievances on the part of the american people. i mean, it's all there.

John Sarbanes

1:55:57 to 1:56:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: strengthening medicare, dealing with the problem of those who have no in are underinsured, creating beate system, focusing on our health work force and making su we get people in the pipeline, improving e health system in this country which we understand oh, so well today we have got to strengthen.

John Sarbanes

1:56:19 to 1:56:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: when we look at the h-1-n-1 outbreak and the infrastructure we need to put in place. these are all things that for decades people have been calling about. we'vnever been able to achieve the reform. and finally now it's within our grasp, and when we were that close to it and the storyline began, the narrative started to be put out there that this isn't going to happen, that's

John Sarbanes

1:56:41 to 1:57:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: when the silent majority, the quiet majority out there american people said, no, no, wait a second. we are not giving up on this thing. we've come too far to turn back. and that's why you see, as was mentioned by our colleague, you see in every single survey that's conducted now that the american people want us to act. only 20% of americans when

John Sarbanes

1:57:03 to 1:57:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: asked say that the congress should not act on health care reform. only 20% say we should just leave things the way they are because they know that it's time to be liberated from the current system and to embark on a system that people, that keeps people healthy, that doesn'confront

John Sarbanes

1:57:25 to 1:57:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: them at that moment when they least should be thinking about whether they can pay, whether it will bankrupt them, at that moment when they get sick and need the care, that's when they should be able to rely on it. so many americans can't do it. so when i hear the discussion of, let's hit the reset button, let's start over again, the american people don't want to

John Sarbanes

1:57:46 to 1:58:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: start this process over. we started back in january of this year with hearings, and we did hearings in three committees in the house and two committees in the senate. and we gave the public a chance to understand what was in this

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