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Off and we're not go over to Washington DC where representative Henry -- And congressman -- -- sand saying your name right but we -- -- sort of get -- perspective on how the Democrats are reacting to this week's hearing we heard a little while from Jeff Flock is talking some business owners.
Who's who seem to be largely against did so coming from a -- -- what I'm wondering what your take away is right now on the.
Progress of the hearing so far.
Well first of all let me just talk about the impact of -- health care laws so far has had in my district by district was one of the top.
Ten districts and no -- country to be -- -- more than 35% of people didn't have insurance.
And then if you look at the impact that -- had now it's helped thousands of both individuals.
Seniors and young kids also.
What is support gonna do I think it's sort of not want that to one simple question.
If you don't have insurance think this is the question -- you don't have insurance.
Does that have.
How does that engage or how do you participate.
In the and they healthcare.
Commerce that's as simple question that they have to look at and then from there though these side in in May answer one way.
Then they go to support the -- they don't they're gonna supported another way but keep in mind that -- take one part out.
It won't have made a a triple a -- down to different areas.
Keep in mind also that -- -- for example agree to a lot of cuts.
We believe that there -- really get a lot more insured insured people so it's going to be a real interest being.
Situation that no matter what the airport does.
On -- course is one of the things that they are focusing on today as -- issues ever ability.
If they ruled this mandate this rule that says if you don't buy insurance by 2014 you will pay a penalty if the court finds that's to be unconstitutional.
Then what happens to the rest of -- do you think that could stand without the mandate.
I think it can -- you know the whole question is if David judges so look at -- look at that get rid of the mandate.
The question is -- take outs and other parts.
And or you can do -- go ahead and take the whole question.
I think that can survive we'll be difficult.
But -- -- be up to congress to make some of the changes and certainly I have -- -- let's work with both Democrats and Republicans because health -- Is not a Republican issue is certainly not a Democrat issue.
-- -- it together I still take as an attorney and as you know a lot of the experts said that the if you look at how the judges have ruled on the comments acted and what's necessary what's proper and all that.
Everybody felt a lot of folks felt that it was gonna be upheld.
The last couple days that they got now the experts are saying.
You never know.
I wonder what the take away is that after hearing the way Justice Kennedy.
Formulated his questions yesterday how is the attitude on Capitol Hill shifting port isn't shifting in terms of expectations.
Let you know you're right I mean I think Doug Kennedy is the one that both the conservatives and liberals a look -- -- I think he's gonna be the swing vote and depending what he does of course.
Jeff you know the chief could also go with them.
-- he start off attack in the mandate cannot be any start talking about is -- these are some sort of -- -- principal.
As to how far this thing goes so if he can finally.
That livid that principal then he can't support he will support it but again it goes back to once basic question.
-- you don't have to insurance or health care how would that affect you in the participation.
-- healthcare commerce that's I think that's the basic question that would decide what direction the court is gonna go.
And if the law does get voted down -- Democrats on the hill have a plan what they would do next.
-- you know -- you know police on the house side the Republicans.
Have the majority as you know about.
My colleagues of Republicans I've been talking about repeal repeal repeal I want to those that if you don't like a piece of legislation.
Then provide an -- -- that.
And and then let's take it from there but the way government has been so divided nowadays.
We can't pass a highway bill it's been very -- -- the export import bank for businesses is having difficulties -- you look at the farm -- has been a bipartisan.
A lot of the bipartisan bills that we looked in the past are having difficulty.
-- can imagine health -- a -- health care will be very difficult to pass in the congress at this time.
And congressman I wonder -- like any other Supreme Court case the court here in deciding if this is the right thing to do work as a good thing for government in general to do.
But they're deciding specifically whether this is something that the federal government has -- rights due by the constitution I wonder if it gets voted down.
Do you or any other members.
Of the house there that you know -- -- of the senate for that matter how many plans to try to launch this on a statewide basis.
We Osama I was in the state of Texas that while there would governor bush at that time before he became president and not.
I work with Governor Perry I hope that.
It if they strike this down the say that the federal government can engage this far.
That -- I'm hoping that every state would do something to make sure.
Texas as you know Texas has the largest number of -- so for us and Texas having some sort of health care system.
That's fair to everybody I would be simply that we're going to be looking at very closely.
And then just quickly I wanna touch on the other thing that the court is looking at today which is this Medicare or Medicaid revision rather whether or not the government has the right to essentially -- states into the Medicaid program or threatened to withdraw funds for the program.
Well where you weigh in on the debate.
We necessarily job I was in the state legislature for many years and I and I used to look at what the federal government used to do that.
They used to used to -- the person are we gonna give you -- seven you don't do this we'll take this the way.
They they done that in the past with -- highways.
So I think because it's a larger number I think.
That's what's bringing it to a two point but in the -- -- federal government has done that to state and highways Medicaid and other areas so again.
You know we we need to look for some system to provide especially the people and have.
That that are working but just don't have enough money to cover their their health -- we need to provide some sort of intent.
In some sort of help to make sure they have coverage.
All right representative -- -- from Texas and -- thank you so much congressman thank you so much.
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