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Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. Speaker, Republicans and Democrats agree on the need for health insurance to cover those who cannot afford it. But this legislation is the wrong way.

The health care bill is built on the shifting sands of higher premiums, increased taxes and reduced benefits. Such a foundation cannot last and will be washed away by the American people in the November election.

A majority of the American people want to choose their own health care plan, not have the government do it for them. Under this bill, many health care decisions will be made by federal employees, not patients and their doctors. The result will be less care at higher cost.

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Mr. Speaker, by a 12-point margin, Americans say the Administration's health care plan is a ``bad idea,'' according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.

And the number of people who call the health plan a ``bad idea'' has reached a new high.

But you won't hear about this from the national media--not even NBC, who conducted the poll. During a report about the survey on NBC's Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams failed to mention this finding.

Other polls show even greater opposition to the Administration's plan. According to Investor's Business Daily, Americans want Congress to ``start fresh'' by 61 percent to 32 percent.

NBC and the national media should give the American people the facts about health care, not hide them.

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