Providing for Consideration of H.R. 712, Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1155, Searching for and Cutting Regulations That Are…by Representative John J. Duncan Jr.
Posted on 2016-01-06
DUNCAN of Tennessee. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this rule
and the bills that this rule brings to the floor, and I thank the
gentleman from Georgia for yielding me this time. I primarily want to
talk for a couple moments, though, about health care.
In the mid 1990s, I went to a reception, and the doctor who delivered me came and brought my records. I asked him how much he charged back then. He said he charged $60 for 9 months of care and the delivery, if they could afford it.
I recently read an article by a woman who wrote that you have to be over 50 now to remember a time when health care was affordable. And it used to be affordable, Mr. Speaker, for almost everybody. But then the Federal Government got into it.
Several years ago, I asked the administrator of a hospital in Knoxville how much medical costs would go down if you could get the government out of health care. His estimate was that it would come down 50 percent overnight and another 50 percent over the next 6 months so that costs would then be only about 25 percent of what they are now.
When the Federal Government got so heavily into health care, costs just exploded. A few people in companies got filthy rich, but almost everyone else got screwed. Now only a few billionaires can afford the costs of a major illness.
We need to make health care affordable again. We can't do that by making it even more bureaucratic than it already is.
The bill this rule brings to the floor is an attempt to give patients more control over their healthcare dollars and give the Federal Government less control and to stop making a very few rich off of the system because they know how to work the system. It is an effort to help bring down some of these ridiculous and exorbitant costs.
We can't get the government out of health care entirely. But thank goodness we don't pay for other necessities, like food, clothing, and housing, like we do for medical care. Thank goodness there is still primarily a free market for other necessities. If we paid for food the same way we pay for medical care, we would see crazy prices for steaks and other types of food. Or if we paid for cars the same way we paid for medical care, most people wouldn't have even been able to afford a Yugo.
We need to move in a new direction, a less bureaucratic direction, and a more affordable direction. This bill is an important first step in that better direction.