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Relating to the House Procedures Contained in Section 803 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003

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RELATING TO THE HOUSE PROCEDURES CONTAINED IN SECTION 803 OF THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG, IMPROVEMENT, AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2003 -- (House of Representatives - July 24, 2008)

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Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, you know, it is so interesting serving on the Health Subcommittee at Energy and Commerce, and one of the things that we look at and are very concerned about, 11 years from now the Medicare trust fund could go bankrupt. That's what we hear from the trustees. Health care spending is going to be 20 percent of the GDP as we go through the next 10 years.

And here we had a trigger, something that is a nugget of good government that is put into an entitlement bill. And look at what is happening? This is what you're wanting to take away. It is put there to look at the long-term solvency of this problem. And that is one of the things that we hear from our constituents every day. They have their money that they have earned, that they are putting in every month so that Medicare will be there for them when they retire.

And what do they get from you all? You're not wanting to come in and address this issue. You want to pull the trigger back.

I think it is irresponsible. I do think it is an abdication of our responsibility, and I would encourage those here to oppose that resolution.

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