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Self imposed deadline for a health care vote.
Just eight days -- self imposed.
Eight days away the -- stumping Missouri today and pressure mounting that -- point of the liberal left working every room available we call yesterday.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying go ahead pass this we'll tell you what's -- it later take.
You've heard about the controversies within the -- the conscious about the Bill Weir at the items that I don't.
No if you have heard.
That it is of legislation.
For the future.
Not just -- health care for America but -- that a healthier America.
That we have to pass the bill so that you can now find out what is it it.
Away from the bulk of the controversy.
All right so we gear up for that yesterday we will I want to play to get because today mr.
Mike Pence the Republican from Indiana.
Didn't really trust Pelosi take a listen to this.
It is truly astonishing that the speaker of the house said yesterday.
Here in Washington DC.
That we need to pass the bill.
So we can find out what's in it.
Madam speaker the American people know what's in this bill and they don't want it.
That made this offense is watching -- -- yesterday he agrees with us so with so many boats to get in so little time.
Let's get represented Roy Blunt -- his Republican from Missouri home state of where mr.
Obama is right now serve.
Or what about it -- Nancy Pelosi wants feet I guess the no votes for the undecided votes to.
Go ahead pass this thing we'll figure it out of what what advice would you give to -- democratic colleagues.
Most seemed like me that's that's as -- -- -- -- -- you can possibly have.
But they've got themselves in a very bad positions the president in his speech of a few minutes from now we'll -- -- 52 speeches as president on health care.
He thought at the state of the union message fill the quality said it may be my fault people just don't understand this yet.
I think Mike Pence was right people do understand the overall direction that this -- -- country.
And they don't wanna go there doesn't mean they don't want to change the system are there are great ideas that lots of members of congress including me would be for.
To change the system but they don't want to change in this way and they know we can't afford the number one reason.
That people should be concerned about this health care bill is it cost too much.
And there better ways to get more competition make the insurance companies work harder.
I have more transparency and help here there's how many things we could do that wouldn't cost.
Millions and hundreds of billions of dollars.
Right that's exactly what I wanna talk about good segue because the president is out -- you know he was after all we get out they in Missouri.
It's going to be saying -- thinking targeting we talked about this a minute ago.
The insurance companies and saying you know.
If we don't do anything you're gonna see what you thought California with a 40% increase.
In the midwest and I -- -- 6% increase in your health insurance premiums.
Companies act are -- telling us on the show all the time they're getting hit with higher insurance premiums as well they may not -- -- cover as much.
For -- employees.
How do you counter that argument because -- you know a lot of people want to buy into that they're scared.
If you guys don't do something and we're going to be facing a 40% increase in my -- insurance premium come next year.
Well access to coverage does matter the only bill anybody is offered on either the house of the senate floor.
Was the Republican alternative in the house which the Congressional Budget Office said.
Would lower insurance coverage for everybody big group medium sized group small group.
People who -- as individuals because we did equalize the tax treatment -- you were talking about.
Earlier in that -- we did medical liability reform we did associated health plans so that the little restaurant could become part of Missouri restaurant association -- the National Federation of Independent Business we did -- across state lines.
Now the insurance companies don't particularly like buying across state lines and the six times I voted as the house member to send that bill successfully -- the senate.
That it never got on the senate floor.
The insurance companies didn't like that either but more competition.
Making the insurance companies work harder for your business to get it and keep it is the solution here the solution is not.
To eliminate the competition.
By government by government competing or by spending 200.
Billion dollars a year of money that we don't have.
Congressman you mentioned 200 billion dollars and that's a lot of money and we don't want you guys to -- -- and he mentioned the fact that the American public doesn't want what's in this bill but there are.
Senators and congressmen who do want certain things in this bill.
I don't sure the American public want you guys to spend a dying you yourself voted for the bail -- on Wall Street you yourself voted for the 2008 stimulus package.
And you yourself.
We're part of the republic regime -- expanded Medicare Medicaid.
I think the American public is saying enough man we just want you guys get out of the way let me buy health insurance by myself noticed incentives for anybody.
I think the incentives to be fair for everybody and I'm I'm I'm not sure there was ever -- question in there.
But -- the question was like trying to trying to last September to do something to stabilize the economy almost all of the money I've I voted for is back with interest.
I didn't vote for the second half when we start talking about it was bailing out the car companies and everything else but the monies back.
You know there there's no deficit -- the money back there with interest and on and on -- on adding prescription drugs to Medicare.
We also created health savings accounts we created -- welcome to Medicare physical.
And for the first time ever you you organize the system rather than trying to operate -- system it's a lot cheaper than anybody thought and -- yeah.
We're gonna run out of time real quickly got I think everyone needs to know this explain to us the process over the next eight days is obviously gonna pick up opponents say.
And it's a blunt get to Washington right now we're voting how does that happen.
Well she might do that and surely they're not gonna do that till they think they've got the votes -- obviously doing everything they can.
To convince their members that no matter how much you hate the senate bill -- how hard it's going to be to explain that.
You voted for the cornhuskers compromise in Louisiana purchase and -- Medicare Advantage only in parts of Florida.
That you've got to do this I'm not sure they can convince their members to do that based on the fact that some of the problems.
Might be able to be solved by a reconciliation bill but there are lots of ideas out there.
I've I've got twelve bills you can find by looking at Roy Blunt dot gov dot com that would that would help make this system more competitive and better.
There's the question here is not.
Do what the president and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid wanna do or don't do any thing it's do things that makes sense for.
Fixing what's broken but keeping what's working.
In a system that the underlined parts of which are the best -- care delivery.
System in the world all right Pacman might -- we'll leave it there and Missouri thank you very thank you -- --
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