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Health Care

Floor Speech

Location: Washington D.C.

Mr. ROSKAM. Mr. Speaker, if you are from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, today you woke up and you looked at the Chicago Tribune and you read an article that said your property taxes are going to go up 20 percent. If you turned on the radio, you probably heard folks talking in Chicagoland about unemployment at 10.5 percent in Illinois, a number that we have not seen since the early 1980s. If you have been listening to the debate in Washington, D.C., in the past couple of weeks, you have been hearing about this crushing debt that is coming on you, your children, and your grandchildren.

I went this afternoon to the Bureau of the Public Debt in downtown Washington and watched within a twinkling of an eye $44 billion that was borrowed on a 2-year note. That type of attitude and the attitude of spending and spending and spending is becoming weary for the folks that I represent in the Sixth District of Illinois.

It's time for this Congress to discipline itself and come up with a health care plan that meets people's needs but doesn't break the bank.

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