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Public Statements

Health Care

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, D.C.

Health Care

Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, I have looked at the revised Democrat health care bill. It raises taxes. It raises premiums. It cuts Medicare. It costs $1 trillion. It puts a myriad of bureaucrats in between the patient and the doctor. Call me thick, but I don't get it. Why are they doing this?

We need targeted reforms. Americans have said loudly, I don't want to give up my health care. I want you to help the people who have fallen through the cracks, but let me keep mine because my program is working. And they're not being selfish; they're using common sense. If the kitchen sink is leaking, you don't take a wrecking ball to the entire kitchen. You fix the sink.

We need targeted health care that doesn't cut Medicare and doesn't raise taxes and doesn't cause premium increases. The Republican Party has offered many of these, and some of them are signed by Democrats. We can put together a targeted, bipartisan alternative, and we need to do it.

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