I thank my friend for yielding.
There are nearly 15 million unemployed people in America, and I think most of them and those who are employed would tell us that what they want the Congress to be doing is finding ways to work together so that businesses and entrepreneurs can create jobs for the American people.
Here we are again arguing about the health care bill or another piece of it. And this legislation has behind it the novel idea that if children get immunizations and well visits and get to see a nurse or a doctor when they are not feeling well, that somehow is not a wise use of the public's money.
Now, let's put aside for the moment the idea of whether it is right or wrong to deny health care coverage for children in school--I think it is very wrong--and let's look at the balance sheet. Which is more expensive: a child who is hospitalized with pneumonia or 25 or 30 children who get a checkup? Which is more expensive: the outbreak of a flu that affects the entire school or the entire town or the early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics of a kid with the flu?
Common sense says that primary care for children saves money for everyone. Common sense says that
children without insurance can most easily be reached in the school where, hopefully, they already are. Voluntary participation by children in a school with their parents' consent makes perfect sense.
This legislation makes no sense to consider it now; it makes even less sense to pass it. I would urge a ``no'' vote on this legislation and urge the House to get back to the business of working together to help entrepreneurs create jobs for the American people.