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Health Care

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WEINER. Ladies and gentlemen, I have a viewer's guide for what's going to be going on on this side of the aisle this morning and this afternoon. What essentially it comes down to is my Republican friends don't want you, the American people, to have what they have.

They say they don't want any government-run health care, but 55 of them have Medicare. You don't see them sending that back. They say that they don't want the plan that we have, which would create more choices for the American people. Well, they don't want you to have what they have. Go to the Web site for the Federal Employees Health Benefit plan and see what a great plan they have, but they don't want you to have more choice.

Frankly, I don't know what it is they do want. They said 131 days ago they were going to have a plan. You hear that sound? That's the sound of their plan. They don't seem to have one. I have heard us talk about all this stuff going on behind closed doors. My friends, there are five committees, five bills. You can read them. I know it's a lot of words, but you can see exactly what the plan is. Listen to the American people. Give them what you in Congress have, a public option, like Medicare; and choices, like the insurance plan you have.

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