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Read It and Weep

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. McDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, wonders never cease. I picked up The Hill this morning, which is a local newspaper that most people read once in a while, and there were the words of one of the best Republican doctors that ever served in the Congress. Bill Frist has said he's encouraging his Republican colleagues to embrace the insurance exchange which is central to President Obama's health care plan. He said:

Originally it was a Republican idea. The State insurance exchanges will offer a menu of private insurance plans to pick and choose from, all with a required set of minimum benefits to those without employer-sponsored health care insurance.

Now, here's a Republican doctor who was the Majority Leader in the Senate. Contrast him to who we have there now. We have 31 times in this body tried to repeal this, and here you have a Republican doctor who was Majority Leader of the Senate saying we ought to do it.

Read it and weep.

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