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Doctor's Caucus: Health Care

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. I thank the gentleman from Tennessee for yielding, my physician colleague and cochairman of the House GOP Doctors' Caucus, several of whom are here on the floor in the House on this Special Order hour to discuss the impending train wreck that Dr. Roe referenced.

Mr. Speaker, it is not just Dr. Roe's words, but it is almost a direct quote from the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus. I don't know how many years Senator Baucus has served, but he has been chairing that committee for many years. And, of course, the Senate version of ObamaCare was essentially written by Senator Max Baucus and his senior staff of the Senate Finance Committee.

So of those 2,700 pages in that final bill that we saw President Obama sign as his legacy, ObamaCare, on March 25, 3 years ago, the Senator knew everything that was in that bill. And just last week, there was a hearing on the Senate side, the Senate Finance Committee asked the secretary who is in charge of the rulemaking. You know, after a piece of legislation is passed, Mr. Speaker, then come the rules.

Well, I don't know how high 2,700 pages stack, but the rules stacked 7 feet tall. In fact, Senator Barrasso was doing a Special Order recently or a press interview, and he is 6 feet tall and he's standing next to these rules and regulations that came through the Department of Health and Human Services, led by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and they're 7 feet tall. I don't know whether it was 40,000 pages or 400,000 pages, but it was a big number.

What I'd like to point out to my colleagues before yielding back to my good friend from Tennessee so he can yield to some of the other doctors who are members of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, I want to point out, colleagues and Mr. Speaker, this poster. And I give credit for this poster to Representative Kevin Brady from Texas, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

I was speaking with Congressman Brady a little earlier this morning, and I said, KEVIN, I'm going to use your poster today because we're doing this Special Order because of this impending train wreck--the words of Senator Max Baucus, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, not just Dr. Roe's words--and I said I was trying to count real quickly how many new bureaucracies, agencies--not number of people, mind you, but, literally, new agencies--of the Federal Government, talking about expanding the Federal Government and taking over one-sixth of our economy, which is health care. Pretty soon it'll be a fifth, and pretty soon it'll be a fourth as we continue to go broke.

But KEVIN told me, Representative Brady told me, 159. I didn't have time to count them all. But in the center, of course, my colleagues, you can see the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and today that's Ms. Sebelius. Tomorrow it could be somebody else.

But, I mean, the whole point is it is a train wreck. And this law is going to be fully implemented, Mr. Speaker, on the first day of January 2014. Well, what is that? Here we are, May. That's 7 months away.

And all of these exchanges that you're hearing about, colleagues, that many of the States have said, ``We can't do this; we're not going to do it,'' they're not even close to being set up. And yet people, the general public who doesn't have health insurance, can't get it from their employer or can't afford it, whatever reason, they are supposed to be able, on October the 1st, October the 1st of this year, 2013, to begin signing up for health insurance through those exchanges. But this is why they can't.

This is a train wreck. I mean, these lines are not railroad tracks, but they could be. So I thought I would, colleagues, I would point that out to you. I think you all are aware of it.

The gentleman from Tennessee is generous with his time.

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Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. My colleagues, the IRS is just right up here. That's 15,000 new IRS agents to make sure that the poor people have purchased health insurance or they're going to get taxed. Right?

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