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House Proceeding 11-07-09 on Nov 7th, 2009 :: 1:07:45 to 1:09:25
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Cliff Stearns

1:07:41 to 1:08:01( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: district. it will also improve employer-based coverage for 217,000 residents in our district. h.r. 3962 will give individuals the ability to access quality, affordable health insurance. they will no longer be denied coverage or pre-existing conditions and their coverage cannot be the bill ensures no more

Cliff Stearns

1:07:45 to 1:09:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Cliff Stearns

Cliff Stearns

1:08:02 to 1:08:22( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: co-pays. no more nearly caps for what insurance companies will cover and providing premium subsidies for those who need it. this is not government medicine. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent full statement be placed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman mr. barton: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield one minute to one of the distinguished ranking

Cliff Stearns

1:08:23 to 1:08:44( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: members of the energy and commerce committee, mr stearns of florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized without objection, so ordered. mr. stearns: i thank my i rise against this bill. the congressional budget office has said that tort reform will save the federal government $54 billion. instead we get a bill today that

Cliff Stearns

1:08:45 to 1:09:05( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: makes a mockery of tort reform. the democrats add a provision that is clearly, clearly will increase higher costs for medicare, for health care and make it harder to recruit doctors. the new language explicitly prevents states who accept these grant funds from capping noneconomic damages or attorneys fees even if it is current law.

Cliff Stearns

1:09:06 to 1:09:25( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: so said another way, the secretary of health and human services can give such sums as he deems necessary to that do not cap attorneys fees or said another way, the bill un dos all state tort reform. this bill violates states' rights, undermines their efforts

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