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Health Care Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SCALISE. Well, I want to thank the gentleman from Missouri and all of my colleagues who have been talking tonight.

As we start to see the plan unveiled and, literally, some of the secrecy removed on this plan, I think what most American people are going to see over the next few weeks is the fact that this is nothing short of a government takeover of our health care system, a system that right now provides some of the best medical care in the world because some of those people come from those countries--from those very countries that do have government-run health care and the rationing that exists in those countries--to this country, if they have the means, because we have the best medical care even though it's a system with flaws and even though it's a system that needs some reforms. Though, the reforms that need to be made need to be made while working with all of us, with all of us here--with the doctors who have been presenting these ideas and these good solutions that have been presented--not by a government takeover that literally would ration care for American families and that would add hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes on the backs of small business owners and families across this country. That's what their bill does. That's why we've got a big difference between how we here, who have been talking tonight, would approach this solution versus this government-run takeover of our health care system.

I yield back.


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