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Sensenbrenner Discusses Health Care on Jay Weber Show

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Washington, November 2, 2009 | Wendy Riemann ((202) 225-5101) | comments
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner spoke with radio host Jay Weber this morning about Speaker Pelosi's 1,990 page health care reform bill. 

Some highlights include:

"The goal of this bill is to cover the 30-46 million Americans that are uninsured, but it doesn't create one new doctor, one new nurse, build one new hospital, have any more diagnostic equipment that is used in modern medicine.  And I don't know how we're going to be able to do that without rationing by delay.... if somebody needs to have a complicated procedure...they're simply going to be told:  well, come on back in a few months, or maybe a year or so.  Health care delayed is very serious and sometimes fatal."  

"The business of government control and taking away individual choices and individual liberties -- there's a thread through everything they have done since January -- it's this bill, it's Cap-and-Tax that the House passed at the end of June, it's the federal government taking over the banks....the auto companies... there's a very little noticed bill that has the federal government take over student loans, so if you need a mortgage or your kid needs a loan to pay for college -- that's gonna end up being blessed by the government, rather than being done through the free market...This health care bill is being brought to you by the same folks that brought us Cash for Clunkers." 

"The real bill that passes the House will be Pelosi's bill of Thursday plus the Manager's Amendment.  So how the process works is going to dictate the outcome of substance.  And there ought to be a lot more attention being put on process, because the process of the big Manager's Amendment worked on Cap-and-Tax and I think she's going to try to make it work again."

"If Pelosi thought she had the votes to pass this, it would have been passed months ago.  She has not had the votes to pass it and that's why this bill has been out there for three months and the opposition is intensified."  

"What I heard over the weekend in Elm Grove was much more intense, and many more people turned out, than turned out at meetings right after Labor Day or during August when the original 1,100 page bill was out there.  This bill is about 800 pages longer than the first version of it."
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