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-- -- Waxman's quacks and are -- really is cooked and Missouri Republican congressman Roy Blunt says it ain't right.
That if it is not good enough for congress then there's wanted healthcare program is not good enough for NN should not be good enough.
Were you very good at -- congress and what -- negatives.
Well -- I have actually two amendments in the committee that were right on target -- I'm not sure I'm trying to get some of the the the the goose analogies I can't quite get in the works I'll tell you that we last night -- I tried to offer an amendment.
Were every elected federal official that would be the members of the house members of the senate.
The president and vice president would have to take the public plan because everybody here knows that you have the public plan within a very short period of time.
You're gonna be your only gonna have one plan and they all know that we know that we know the government's not going to be a fair competitor.
And they'd like -- didn't -- announces.
As good defenders of the status quo which were not at all we want more choices not fewer choices.
But the chairman would let us vote on that amendment and our committee.
Even though three or four other committees and figured out how to take a vote on that amendment and again that meant was every federally elected official.
-- have to take the public plan throughout was one.
And then today they narrowly defeated another amendment of mine.
Which would have made the federal employees benefit plan available.
To everybody in the country that didn't have a plan that they could participate.
So that goes right back to to senator Barack Obama's statement he made over and over again during the campaign.
Every American should have access to a plan like he -- he said.
He didn't point out about three things about his playing one was every federal employee had access to the same choice of plans.
-- two was they did get to choose and they didn't get to pay depending on whether you wanted.
The most expensive for the least expensive -- somewhere in the middle and three didn't point out that the one thing federal employees don't have access to.
Is a government run plan.
Well above anybody arsenal if anybody knows they don't want a government run plan it's a bunch of government employees but you know kind of -- I tried to give the benefit of the doubt on this decision in this -- and rejecting your men and -- But -- the one on on on.
Just not going along or forcibly going along with the public plan.
Here was where I tried to give the benefit and it was a stretch but I was drinking a lot of yesterday's show and it was -- so -- one was.
This is the type of freedom we want to let you know if you like to plan your ring you stay in the plan your -- if you don't you can move.
And that they were exercising that freedom.
And that that's the beauty of whatever they're cooking up -- be.
Well you know interest -- chairman -- you know I'd vote for this if we could figure out how to make it available on our committee that we just can't quite figure it out.
So I'm not sure what message the chairman was trying to send the message I was trying to send is in the very near future everybody would only have.
One plan and that would be the public plan so we might as well get in there at the start and try it out.
Remember that ABC episode that I'm not sure you call it.
A news program but it was something that the president was asked if there was a government plan would you -- that your family would be on the government.
And and he said something like very truthfully no I'd want my family to have the best possible health care available.
Nobody thinks if you have a government provider that that's going to be as good as having more choices and access for everybody.
Regardless of -- -- Realizing what this president said I caught editor of congress or the president time -- that.
It is it is a mistaken notion that what ultimately will be provided will not give you choices.
And that folks like you are in injecting fear out there that this is somehow going to be.
Sort of like a Soviet -- Bol.
I know -- -- -- -- when I'm sort of -- fear in anyone's heads here we're just trying to tell you what we think this is gonna do.
But truth be known -- we don't know yet right I mean it did the way this is going what are we gonna get what do you think we're gonna get.
The one thing the one thing we do know is I'm not sure we get -- thing and you could have gotten a lot.
This is an area where many members of congress -- and and and I'm particularly in that group.
Wanted more choices wanted more coverage wanted more competition.
Producing lower prices all of those things would have happened.
And the real bottom line here is any in any analyst I believe this really looked at this.
Believes that there is a government competitor eventually the other competitors won't be able to continue in the business.
And in fact there's even language in the bill that says.
After the first five years if your plan you -- today hasn't complied with this new definition -- every plan has to look like.
You have to go to the government plan or after the first five years if you had been buying an individual policy you have to go to the government plan.
But most importantly that government plan just simply doesn't pay taxes it doesn't have to pay a mindset of the health and -- It is it's just like put everybody else out of this -- -- -- apologists are running tight on time here but that's our.
We know where Republicans got to stand almost in unison on this particular issue.
There -- those blue wild cards are going to be those blue dog Democrats a 5052 however many there are.
Congressman -- was able to get -- of them.
Over to his point of view when it kinds of his cooperatives to -- care.
Where today stand now do you suspect that.
The -- will work out that.
Overwhelming majority of blue dogs will still go along with whatever the rest of the Democrats put out.
I'm on my guess is that what happens is they get a bill out of committee today with the help of the blue dogs on the committee.
And then people look at this house energy committee bill in the other bills as they come together on the house side.
For six weeks and and my guess is people are extremely concerned.
Over August about what that what the specifics.
This bill says how -- eliminates the likelihood that they'll be able to keep what they have now -- I think numbers are gonna come back here after Labor Day.
And we're gonna have to start all over again.
Congressman always good having you thank you for joining us and in -- and you know in indulging my Goosen.
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