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Mr. LEWIS of California. I very much appreciate my colleague yielding.
Madam Speaker, I think the entire public knows that America has had in place for a long time one of the finest health care delivery systems in the world. It's the envy of many.
That is not to say that it's perfect. That's not to say that we don't have major challenges like preexisting conditions and like questions of portability. But, indeed, if the people who put in place a health care plan last year had had their way, they absolutely would have taken the next step; that is, to have a centralized, government-run health care system. That's the pattern of their future.
At this moment, Great Britain, which had such a thing in place for some time, is attempting to back off of their system and have more relationships between physicians and their patients. Indeed, they are doing that because their system does not work.
It's very important that we not allow the former majority to take their next step; that is, to have government-run health care. With that, yesterday, we passed a repeal that will take us to conference with the Senate, and, in turn, today we are beginning the process of reexamining where we have been to make certain that we put in place health care that is positive for all Americans, not health care that's run by the IRS.
Madam Speaker, our health care system is the envy of much of the world. That does not mean it is perfect.
There is no question we must resolve major challenges such as pre-existing conditions, portability and cost. But we can deal with these by breaking down barriers between States, liability reform and tax incentives. We certainly do not need IRS-enforced mandates.
Despite the loud and clear protests of the American people, the Democrat leadership of the House and Senate rammed through a job-destroying health care act last year. It created a large and costly new government bureaucracy that gets between doctors and patients. The law includes hundreds of new burdensome taxes, regulations, and mandates on businesses and individuals.
There is no doubt in my mind that supporters of this massive bill would have passed a government-run single payer system if they could have gotten away with it. What they did pass was a first step towards total government run healthcare. The same kind of healthcare system that Great Britain is trying to abandon, because it doesn't work.
We must stop America from going down the path of a government-run, single-payer healthcare system.
Yesterday the House acted on our promise to repeal Obamacare, and today we must vote to start the process of replacing it with common sense, affordable solutions.
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