Skip to comments.Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) Delivers Weekly Republican Address On Health Care 8-29-09
Posted on 08/29/2009 2:40:46 PM PDT by seanhackbarth
Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming delivers the weekly Republican address on the loss of Senator Kennedy and the importance of getting health care reform done right.
Sen. Enzi discusses how the Democrats are rushing a health reform bill through congress that will ultimately "raid Medicare", raise costs and increase the deficit.
Sen. Enzi urges lawmakers to listen to what the American people are saying and scrap the Democrats' current plan in order to "enact common sense reform that will actually cut costs."
The above is from Senator Enzi's Web Site.
Full transcript of Senator Enzis address:
Hello, Im Mike Enzi, from the State of Wyoming and the Ranking Member of the Senates Health Committee.
Before I begin my remarks I want to acknowledge the loss of a great leader this week - one whos influenced policy for almost half a century. Senator Ted Kennedy has been a tireless champion on a wide range of important issues and his voice will be missed in the Senate. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time.
I would now like to take a few minutes to speak with you about the current health care reform debate in America. Across the country, people are concerned about the reform bills Democrats have proposed. I heard a lot of frustration and anger as I traveled across my home state this last few weeks. I know my colleagues in the Senate have also heard loud and clear the worries so many Americans have about the changes to their health care being considered.
People in Wyoming and across the country are anxious about what Washington has in mind.
This is big.
This is personal.
This is one of the most important debates of our lifetime.
If Congress and the administration mess this up, each and every one of us will pay for the mistakes, as will generations to come.
We need health care reform - but more importantly, we need to get it right. We need reforms that will actually lower health care costs for working Americans and we need to make sure we do not increase the deficit and add to the record debt were already passing on to our children and grandchildren.
The bills introduced by Congressional Democrats fail to meet these standards.
According to the non-partisan and independent Congressional Budget Office, the House and Senate bills will actually drive up heath care costs. The Congressional Budget Office also says that the Democrats bill will significantly increase our nation's deficit.
Take a minute to think about that.
The Democrats are trying to rush a bill through the process that will actually make our nations finances sicker without saving you money. The American people are growing increasingly concerned about out of control spending in Washington thats leaving us with trillions of dollars of debt.
These bills also raid Medicare. This will result in cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from the elderly to create new government programs. Savings from Medicare should only be used to strengthen Medicare.
The bills would expand comparative effectiveness research that would be used to limit or deny care based on age or disability of patients. Republican amendments in the HELP Committee would have protected Americans by prohibiting the rationing of their health care. The Democrats showed their true intent by voting every amendment down and leaving these unacceptable provisions in the bill. This intrusion of a Washington bureaucrat in the relationship between a doctor and a patient is not the kind of reform that Americans are seeking.
People across America are telling Congress that current health care bills are the wrong approach and that there should be a course correction on health care reform. Theyve said we need to scrap these flawed bills and take the time to develop the real solutions that the American people want and need.
We need to enact common sense reform that will actually cut costs.
More and better choices of competing health plans should be available, so you can find the plan that meets your needs at a price you can afford.
Its important that we help small businesses provide affordable coverage for their workers. One way to do this is to give small businesses the power to band together across the country and use their combined negotiating power to find quality, affordable insurance plans.
We should also reform our current tax system, which drives up costs and makes it difficult for individuals to purchase insurance on their own. Everyone should get a health care tax advantage or no one should.
We need to reform our flawed medical liability system and eliminate junk lawsuits against doctors and hospitals. Unnecessary lawsuits cause extra costs and drive up health care costs.
We need to incentivize healthy lifestyle and push for a greater awareness of the importance of prevention rather than increasing sick care.
And, we need to provide patients with more and better information about the price and quality of their health care services, so they can make the right choices for their families.
America is a country of choices. Were a nation of people who want the ability to choose what will best fit our families needs and it should be that way with health care too. These are the kinds of health care reforms that the American people want to see, and thats the kind of change I hear that people want as I travel across Wyoming. A government monopoly just doesnt serve us best.
I hope the President and the Democratic-controlled Congress will reject the go-it-alone path that they are currently on. If they do, well have a chance to truly work on a real bill that will address those critical issues. Then we can bring about the reform necessary to decrease health care costs and increase access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans.
Good job Senator Enzi!
That means that health care providers have no individual rights. The collective right of the people to receive health care would supersede the provider's individual right to set their fees, their hours or change their occupational status or even decide how to apply their skills and knowledge. A collective right, by practical definition, is a state right because it is a right that is provided by the government to all not protected by the government as something possessed by each person. It is also a state right because it supersedes the individual rights of others when the two come into conflict.
It isn't stated in any of the bills that a patient's rights to care supersedes a provider's right to set fees and hours etc, but it doesn't need to. Rights are always adjudicated in the courts. The legislation simply establishes the foundation for the courts to rule in favor of the patient's collective right to health care.
Weiners view is collectivist, fascist and totalitarian. Collectivist because it is superior to an individual right. Fascist because it is overseen by one entity the Federal government. Totalitarian because the Federal government is the true possessor of this collective right and the administrator and enforcer of it as well.
Congressman Weiner's view is the underlying philosophy of the entire Health Care Reform legislation the House and Senate have put forth. Consider the setting up of community watch dogs to monitor various health parameters of citizens in the Senate version of the bill. Look at pages 382 - 393.
Even the citizens themselves will be subject to state set regulations on their behavior in order to fulfill the human right of universal health care. It isn't the individual's liberty that is being protected by that it is the state's control over its health care system that is being guarded. How much clearer can it be that these bills abrogate the concept of individual rights?
Health Care is a Liberty Issue Conservative Underground - 18 August 2009 - Tim Dunkin
Second Bill of Rights aka FDR's economic bill of rights (An early attempt to embed collective rights into American politics and society.)