NEW DIRECTION FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT AND THE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY CONSERVATION TAX ACT OF 2007 -- (Senate - April 09, 2008)
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Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, I thank my colleague from South Dakota, Senator Thune, for his leadership this week and his remarks on this vital topic. As he said, a number of us have joined to forge and promote and advance this discussion; specifically, of course, Senator Thune, Senator Burr of North Carolina, Senator DeMint of South Carolina, Senator Coburn of Oklahoma, Senator Isakson of Georgia, Senator Martinez of Florida, and myself.
As Senator Thune said, what we want to do is advance this debate and lay out the conservative model for dramatic, bold health care reform so we advance this debate and move toward that sort of needed reform.
Senator Thune is right. There is huge consensus in America that our health care delivery system is broken. It needs dramatic action, emergency care, if you will. But for so long here in Washington, that was only heard one way, that somehow we needed to react with a bigger government program and a big government response.
I think now the American people are more aware that we have a critical
choice, and Senator Thune has helped lay out that choice today. Is it big Government and a government program or is it more of a system dominated by private insurance, individual choice, empowering the patient, doctor-patient relationship, and that mantra Senator Thune mentioned?
Of course, I agree with him and thank him for advancing this debate. We are going to continue this debate over the next several weeks. I know in the very near future Senator Isakson will be taking the floor and going to other venues to begin talking about a closely related subject, which is the choice between forced enrollment in certain programs versus maximum individual choice.
I thank Senator Thune for his remarks and leadership and look forward to those further remarks of Senator Isakson and others as we advance this critical debate toward dramatic, bold health care reform.
I yield the floor.