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Cole Floor Speech on Pelosi's Health Care Bill

November 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) made the following remarks on the House floor today regarding H.R. 3962, new health care legislation introduced by House Democrats late last week. 

"Mr. COLE: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak against the Democratic proposed health care plan.  Frankly it's hard to understand who my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are listening to.  Certainly it's not to my constituents.  Their concerns, like those of millions of Americans, have been ignored as this bill has been written.  The same provision that caused the concerns and fears that I heard in August town hall meetings are still in the 'new' bill."

"Overwhelmingly the American people have said 'no' to government-run health insurance, but it's still in the bill.  Also in the 'new' bill are the same higher taxes for employers and individuals that will kill jobs.  These are the very employers and individuals suffering from double-digit unemployment in many states today."

"Maybe after several months, Mr. Speaker, some found it easy to forget what they heard in August, but I haven't.  This new bill is just more of the same - more backroom-brokered deals deciding the fate of millions of Americans.  Mr. Speaker, the only noticeable change in this bill is the addition of an extra 1,000 pages or so.  Americans deserve real health care reform and hopefully they'll get it."