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Health Care

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HIMES. Mr. Speaker, we are treated this afternoon to a steady stream of people rising, despite what they say, in opposition to fundamental health care reform. This long line of speakers, what do they have in common, apart from their party affiliation? They have really good health care, and they have got jobs guaranteed until January of 2011.

What about the millions of Americans who find themselves without jobs today and who, as they think about what the future holds, also think about and worry about and are terrified by the fact that their child may not be able to see a doctor when that child needs to?

We should talk about tort reform. We should talk about interstate competition of insurance. But only the bill being discussed now, not in secret, only the bill being discussed now provides for the coverage of those many millions of Americans who have lost their job in this recession. That is serious business, and that is what this House should continue to focus on.

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