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-- now in congress' court when it comes to Health Care Reform.
The president making a huge push to get a bill passed in -- heated.
And sometimes emotional speech to a joint session of congress last night the president talked about what he wants to see accomplished.
More security and stability for those who have insurance coverage.
And for those who don't he also wants to cut health care costs all for the price of 900 billion dollars over the next decade.
The president challenging lawmakers to get back on track and reach a consensus.
On -- health care plan.
The time for bickering is all the time for -- Now it.
Events like you.
Could hear the bit about the time -- the live.
Joining me -- reaction to the president's speech or two lawmakers who were front and center last night Republican congresswoman Shelley Moore camped out.
Of West Virginia and democratic congressman Joseph stack of Pennsylvania welcome to you to -- I know it's been a late night tell you I appreciate you waking up so early with us.
-- congressman compete -- let me start with you how did the president do last night did you reach across the aisle.
Well I think he's certainly put that issue front and center as it should be and I think he.
Where we have common agreement and so I think.
He -- down the gauntlet to his leadership in congress and I hope that we do find those common grounds and pass the health reform that I think we all agree we need.
You know comes and says that you and I talked a lot about this a lot people view this is the hail Mary pass for the president there was a lot of sports analogies -- lead up to this.
Did he accomplish what -- needed to accomplish to get Health Care Reform passed.
I think he took a great step towards it in two ways one is I think he reached out to a skeptical and understandably.
And laid out the facts and tried to dispel rumors time will tell but I think it was successful on that.
Second he finally stepped up to the plate and truly showed his leadership in putting his imprint upon what he really wanted to do.
With some deet -- in this health care bill.
I think he did reach out to the other side by speaking about issues of tort reform.
We reached out the other side and talked about some taxes user fees on high end types of insurance policies.
The issue here is can there'd be enough give on both sides that we actually take care of the American.
Though he or she doesn't lose -- health care plan will find out if the tightens and congress will step up to their -- plate and make that happen in the days to come.
The congressman -- -- what can -- from this it became crystal clear.
Your health care should not be impacted if you are happy with your health care.
But when the president said he would not sign a bill that would add a dime to the deficit.
A lot of people look to that and said.
Is that we how many is it possible.
Didn't -- justifiably.
Walk through how we're going to afford Health Care Reform.
Well not to my satisfaction I think if you look at 900 billion dollars and everybody's going to keep their own health care you're gonna have.
Other like mammograms and and other things at no additional cost there's going to be no taxes raised on the middle.
It just it does defies a little bit I'm not sure -- -- being here and so I guess the devil's in the details.
I have -- some skepticism as well as to whether the cost savings.
That he put forward last night are actually going to and even mention this in his speech are actually going to be able to carry the burden of that cost.
And so I think these are things that we need to look at as I've found traveling through.
My district over the last several weeks that people are very skeptical of the spending in Washington -- the coupled with all the spending that we've done over the last seven months.
And this heaping another 900 billion dollars on to the American public is I think.
I think he has a ways to go here and I'm not sure that it all adds up I'm -- you put up.
Get decision because I want to play something for that to you last night I think you guys know this better than we do but I I hit rewind about five times.
-- my television last night to watch this I was outraged.
-- -- -- to take a look and get your reaction.
I'm proposing would not apply to those who -- here -- That was congressman Wilson he was heckling the president calling him a liar.
And I want to first of all tell you that the president -- the White House.
Says that the president has accepted.
Congressman Wilson's apology and he went out last night comes and says stack and said it was completely inappropriate and that he should apologize -- nations issued an apology.
Immediately after but what is your response to that was appropriate and especially in a joint session of congress.
No it wasn't appropriate in Jo apologized.
And I hope we now just move on I will say this however.
And when I served for President Clinton is director of defense policy came to recognize that there's the president and the presidency.
There is that congress so congressional office and a congress man or woman.
And -- -- besmirched.
The person you besmirched I think the office.
Perhaps this episode will have us all step back a moment in America.
And even in our town -- -- many of us have been called liars to sit back and say you know.
We ourselves -- public face and you better job of serving as public service but second.
Is due respect needs to be given to those offices -- those who occupy it because they are trying to do their best.
My take on it though is Jo apologized let's move on.
Congressman could be -- you -- great.
Well I agree I mean -- himself knows that that it was very inappropriate for him to.
Do something like that and quite frankly is out of character Joseph Wilson is a very soft spoken.
Member of congress and I'm sure is very regretful.
But again very inappropriate.
I think to the president mentioned this in his speech and it's something that we.
We don't do enough but we are very I think we need to work toward stability in the house we need to treat each other -- respectfully.
And it's no wonder that we go out to town hall meetings and and people call us names when we do the same thing on the floor of the House of Representatives.
And I think we all need to take account of our behavior but certainly for Joseph Wilson to.
I have an outburst like that last night was very inappropriate -- -- very regretful but I agree.
With congressman says that let's just move on from this he's apologized the president I'm sure we'll accept his apology.
You know what -- what it suggests as you both -- is tensions are very high and people are very terrorists particularly those who are worried about Medicare.
Do you believe.
And both of you as we wrap up here that the president did what he needed to do in terms of his communication and clarity to the American people.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- he did but that doesn't mean tomorrow we don't have to keep up.
Of why this bill actually helps people Medicare -- -- -- the Medicare.
-- the donut hole so you don't have to pay 3000 dollars out of your own pocket how -- make sure that for preventive care there's no co payments.
But we have to make sure and to your other point what you think -- brought up understandable skepticism.
The president has to keep true to his word that presently we found the revenues and the efficiencies to pay for this but there must be in this bill.
Exact requirements that if those savings are not -- we will find them without adding to the national debt I think that will help every one -- Let's hope that's possible congressman DeVito had a -- to do with the American people.
Lot -- like address seniors because the president did specifically selling his in his speech last night and there is a 500 billion dollar.
Medicare cut in this bill.
Basically shelving the Medicare Advantage plan where I have thousands of West Virginia seniors who were on this plan.
And I think that you know wringing out waste fraud and abuse from Medicare certainly something we need to do.
I think seniors are understandably concerned.
They've they've their retirements are not what they thought now they're looking at Medicare.
Being shifted and so I think this is an area that needs a lot of work and -- Medicare is a program that serves a lot of our seniors.
And that they want to have the peace of mind that it's gonna be there for them did the president give them that.
Certainly he made an effort to do that but again we have as as Joseph said we need to keep re emphasizing this.
All right come as little as you know and congressman says stack and -- guys very much very reasoned conversation and we appreciate it are we won in.
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