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Health Care Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SCALISE. Madam Speaker, the American people continue to say in every opportunity that they can that they don't want a government takeover of health care. And all they get from the tone-deaf liberals that are running Congress is this latest attempt to ram the bill through. And now this latest proposal is the Slaughter solution where they're even going to try to run it through without an actual vote.

Now, maybe some of them have been around so long that they forget what Article I, section 7 of the Constitution says, but it actually takes a vote here in this House for any bill to pass. And I hope their bill doesn't pass, because we need health care reform. We need to lower the cost of health care, which their bill doesn't do. We need to address preexisting conditions. But we don't want a government takeover of health care.

If you listen to the American people, what they're saying very loudly and clearly is scrap this bill. Let's go back to the table and start over again.

Now, Speaker Pelosi and her liberal lieutenants might run Congress, but the American people run this country, and their voices will be heard.

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