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House Proceeding 11-06-09 on Nov 6th, 2009 :: 4:45:05 to 5:02:30
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Trent Franks

4:45:01 to 4:45:21( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: that came under social security in 1935 and medicare in 1965. to this point -- taken us a while to get to this the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. under the speaker's announced policy january 6, 2009, the gentleman from arizona, mr.

Trent Franks

4:45:05 to 5:02:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Trent Franks

Trent Franks

4:45:22 to 4:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: franks, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. the gentleman is recognized. mr. franks: thank you, sir. mr. speaker, i have some prepared remarks tonight about the pelosi health care reform bill but you know what i'd like to do here in the beginning is just to talk about some things

Trent Franks

4:45:44 to 4:46:04( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: that republicans believe in. i have plenty of criticism about ms. pelosi's bill and i will definitely make that known in a few moments. but sometimes i think it's incumbent upon all of us in this place rather than just saying what we're against, to say what we're really for. republicans have believed since

Trent Franks

4:46:05 to 4:46:26( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: the beginning of the party that no matter w one was that they had the right to be free, the right to live, the right to pursue their dreams. this is someing that we felt was the essence of america from the very beginning in fact, the republican party was born out of the commitment of a group of

Trent Franks

4:46:27 to 4:46:50( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: people that believed that africa beings deserving of the same protection that all other human beings had, even though the supreme court of the united states had said that, you know, e dread scott, a sla, was not a human being or not a full person under the constitution. and of course you know there

Trent Franks

4:46:51 to 4:47:13( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: were some -- was some unpleasantness. we had a great civil war in this country but the commitment on the part of republicans it to restore equaprotection to all people regardless of their station in life sustained them in that cruiseble of that horrible civil war. and i hope that republicans will maintain their commitment to that no matter what happens.

Trent Franks

4:47:14 to 4:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: and we've been debating a great deal on trying to make equal access f country. republicans believe in that with all of our hearts. i've often heard in this chamber that one of the republican ideas, they've challenged us and said that we really don't ha anything that we believe in, that we're just the party of no.

Trent Franks

4:47:37 to 4:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: and that's such a tragic injustice because there are about 40 bills that have been introduced into this house by republicans saying that what we wanted to do with health care reform and we have not had the opportunity for any of those bills to be presented on this floor and often times even our amendments are not allowed.

Trent Franks

4:47:59 to 4:48:22( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: mr. speaker, for a moment let's just ask ourselves, what has given erica the most powerful economic engine and force productivity in the face of human history? it has been that thing called freedom. that thing that allows each person to pursue to the greatest extent possible what they believe to be true and good,

Trent Franks

4:48:23 to 4:48:47( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: whether it be in the area of their own self-interest or an area of trying to help other people or an area of trying to make a better world, that we believe freedom created innovation, it created a sense of almost dreaming about what could be and that innovation, i think, is probably the most

Trent Franks

4:48:48 to 4:49:11( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: importt difference in the affect of the republican and democrat version of health care reform. republicans believe that when health care is in private hands that even the pro-- providers of health care, sometimes because they want to make money, sometimes because they want to help others, but the providers of health care are always seeking new ways and better ways to do things.

Trent Franks

4:49:12 to 4:49:32( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: new innovation, ways to come up with new, less expensive but more effective procedures. and i think that we all delude ourselves if we believe that can accomplish making affo health care available to everyone if we don't focus on this thing called innovation.

Trent Franks

4:49:33 to 4:49:53( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: if i could deviate and give an example, mr. speaker, there was a time in america where the government controlled our telephone company. it was true that our telephone company at that time, we called it, it was a but it was almost entirely controlled and regulated by government. and of course you know you had

Trent Franks

4:49:54 to 4:50:14( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: one old clunker telephone and you had to dial the number and sometimes the operator would get smart with you if you asked her what time it was. it was a government-run system with all of the attending bureaucratic night mayors and the equivalent today -- nightmares and the equivalent today would be about $3.10 a minute for long distance.

Trent Franks

4:50:15 to 4:50:37( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: it was a real disaster. it was nice just to have a phone system. but the reity is, we never really saw a great deal of innovation. but then when i was just a young man in the legislature, we decided that maybe it was time to break this thing up and give it to the private sector and see if they couldn't do something better with it.

Trent Franks

4:50:38 to 4:50:58( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: and what happened was profound. we created a system that would serve everyone. in other words, we told those companies that if y to provide you have to provide it to the senior citizens up in the mountains or something like that that couldn't be able to compete in the regular process, we have to make sure that they're taken care of and they were. but something else very

Trent Franks

4:50:59 to 4:51:21( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: wonderful happened, mr. speaker. when we turned the telephone companies and broke it up and said, now we're going to let ivate sector come up with innovations that they could, and we're going to see if they can provide a better mousetrap for the country, if they can provide better telephone service at a cheaper price and look what happened, mr. speaker.

Trent Franks

4:51:22 to 4:51:42( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: look what happened. today we have cell phones almost every -- cell phones, almost everyone does. you can pull up the library of congress on your cell phone. it's astonishing. the blackberries that we carry around here can send messages anywhere on earth and we can even pull up our website, boy,

Trent Franks

4:51:43 to 4:52:03( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: i'll tell you for those who are narcissists, that's a great little item. and it's just an amazing thing what has happened and guess what else has happened, mr. speaker? today long dis three cents a minutend sometimes it's less than that. it's getting to the point where a lot of the companies are just offering a system that you can say, well, you have unlimited dialing and phone and voice and

Trent Franks

4:52:04 to 4:52:26( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: text now that you can use all you want for $50 a month. isn't that ama

Trent Franks

4:52:27 to 4:52:47( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: but that was because innovation novation country would be so amazingly transformed when we put it in private hands? it was true that some of the people that were in that area were motivated to profit. some of them made money, some of them lost money. some of them went broke.

Trent Franks

4:52:48 to 4:53:08( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: it was a typical free enterprise situation, all the chaos and the attending realities went along with that. people went broke, people made money. but the end result was the american people were served in a wonderful way and today we have the most magnificent communicion systems in the world and almost everyone takes

Trent Franks

4:53:09 to 4:53:29( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: part in that. the poorest of the poor have a better life because we do regulate it -- deregulated the telephone companies and it had this magnificent affect all over america and now we are able to do things that we never could have done before. but it

Trent Franks

4:53:30 to 4:53:51( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: government has something, the motivation is stifled. the things that would create a better system are somehow su what is the incentive for innovation in a government-run system? if you're a bureaucrat, you have a certain amount of money and you're tasked with the job of

Trent Franks

4:53:52 to 4:54:12( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: delivering the service in your mission plan and it's not an evil or a bad system. it just doesn't work very well, mr. speaker. because the bureaucrat kind of has two tions. he's not in charge or she's not in charge of innovation, he's in charge of the delivery system

Trent Franks

4:54:13 to 4:54:33( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: that government doesn't do it very well. and he has to make a -- kind of a calculation, well, we've got so much money and we want to make these services available and sooner or later he return -- he or she runs out of money from their budget and they have to make some very hard choices and

Trent Franks

4:54:34 to 4:54:54( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: when that occurs, rationing or somehow distributing it in a way that's more amenable to the budget that they have and it's just a very difficult situation and i'm sorry that bureaucrats have that difficulty. it's a difficult thing to be a bureaucrat.

Trent Franks

4:54:55 to 4:55:16( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: and i kind of feel sorry for them. but i don't want to make more of them, mr. speaker. i don't want us to lose sight of the greatness of america and forget that it's not too late to make a better world. but we cannot give up our freedom and expect somehow that socialist policies will do the

Trent Franks

4:55:17 to 4:55:39( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: same thing for the family of man as this thing called freedom has done for america. . socialism and enterprise don't belong in the same sentence.

Trent Franks

4:55:40 to 4:56:02( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: any time you turn it over to a socialist bureaucratic system -- again system is being charitable, what happens is that all of the ways to improve the system are diminished or completely eradicated. mr. speaker, i think it's important that we don't lose sight of what made us a productive country.

Trent Franks

4:56:03 to 4:56:23( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: in that sense, what need to realize is that there are ways we can improve the health care system. there are ways that we can fix what's broken without breaking what's working. about 83% of americans believe that the health care stem is working for them. now, there are many people that simply cannot afford health care

Trent Franks

4:56:24 to 4:56:44( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: insurance and they need it and they want it. and republicans have come up with a very simple approach to that, either through tax credits, drafts or vouchers or something along those lines that we can put in the hands of people who can't afford health insurance and let them be

Trent Franks

4:56:45 to 4:57:06( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: empowered to buy their health insurance policy from the private sector that best meets their needs. there is still a raging debate of how we should do it or if she -- we should do it. but that is the safest way we

Trent Franks

4:57:07 to 4:57:29( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: can use the mechanism of government to somehow provide for those that are less fortunate. in the final analysis, it's important that we empower the individuals and not empower government. but if we d it the right way, if we could see innovation occur, mr. speaker, and put this thing back in the way the

Trent Franks

4:57:30 to 4:57:51( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: founding fathers first envisioned it, health care would that everybody would be able to go to their own doctor and say, i have this problem. and you know, i have this new system that can fix it. i will give you an example. it is something that is u

Trent Franks

4:57:52 to 4:58:15( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: and something that is nt finished and something that doesn't work yet, but there is an effort to try to treat cancer in a new way by injecting a substance into the body that disburse -- disperses throughout the body and is able to be

Trent Franks

4:58:16 to 4:58:38( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: disseminated into every cell. we don't have this kind of process or procedure and it's too bad that we don't, but the dream is that this substance would disperse throughout the entire body and the person would be left in a dark environment and that within 24 hours, this

Trent Franks

4:58:39 to 4:59:00( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: system would disperse out of the body or changed in nature to where it would be diminished or dispersed or eliminated and that the only cells that would retain it would be cancer cells. and when this substance is exposed to very bright light, that it turns toxic and kills

Trent Franks

4:59:01 to 4:59:22( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: only the cancer cells. what an incredible idea, what an incredible dream. i ow it's a long ways away and i know there are people that would like to purchase sue something like that. it's not available, but it could be. if we turn the minds of free peopleoose, all kinds of

Trent Franks

4:59:23 to 4:59:45( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: wonderful things could happen. that would cost a few thousands of dollars, not tens or hundreds of this thousands that we have to spend on advanced cancer surgeries and treatments today. it could change everything. but if we don't allow the free market and free people to pursue those kinds of things, they will

Trent Franks

4:59:46 to 5:00:07( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: never occur, because one thing is certain in a government-run plan, there are no pursuits of those kinds of things and that is a great tragedy. republicans believe there are ways we can empower the individual to be able to go out and do things for themselves and even those who can't afford

Trent Franks

5:00:08 to 5:00:28( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: health insurance, that we can empower them to buy it on their own and still maintain this free market freedom that we talk about so often. and i truly believe that things like allowing us to as individuals in america to be able t any insurance company in america, we can't do that.

Trent Franks

5:00:29 to 5:00:50( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: if you're in one state, you can only buy in the stat you're in. there are 14,000 or 1500 exps in this occasion. can you imagine the competition and the ways that they would work. can you imagine how much nicer

Trent Franks

5:00:51 to 5:01:11( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: they would be on the phone? can you imagine that when something went wrong they would try to work with you as much as possible? but unlike a private system like that and a government system, if a bureaucrat makes you mad, tough luck, it doesn't matter to them.

Trent Franks

5:01:12 to 5:01:33( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: there's no incentive for them to be kind to you, beca have one place to come, and they know that. they have a monopoly as it were. and i just think that's one of the republican ideas that could be very helpful. another one is tort reform. a lot of people don't know what the word tort means and i wonder how they came up with that term,

Trent Franks

5:01:34 to 5:01:56( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: but that means that we would try to have some sort of legal reform that would end these frivolous lawsuits that cause medical malpractice insurance to rise through the roof and it would make all the difference in the world. the fact is, just what we can save on stopping frivolous

Trent Franks

5:01:57 to 5:02:18( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: lawsuits, mr. speaker, would buy the 11 million people that we are projecting that don't have health care insurance, that can't afford it, it would buy every one of them a cadillac health insurance policy. and i just tnk it's astonishing that we don't pursue things in that direction. there are so many things that we can do.

Trent Franks

5:02:19 to 5:02:32( Edit History Discussion )

Trent Franks: and republicansave some ideas to do that. and i told you, mr. speaker, that i have about 15 minutes of prepared remarks on ms. pelosi's bill. and i tend to give those.

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