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-- like when representative Alan -- congressman thank you so much for coming on pure.
People should know a bit about your background in terms of your latest foray into health care that.
You're sick child you mother -- hospitals four times a week without health coverage you'll you don't think you'd be alive today -- You're a master's thesis on the importance of gerontology.
And he started a group two -- research how to help.
Seniors and for 22 years served as an officer of the alliance for aging so healthcare -- that something that you just took on as a congressperson.
Here quite a background on this.
That's the first thing we've for an America thought of it.
-- kept every time my -- told me look whatever happens you elect to make sure you have your health and I think that's true for a lot of other people.
Every Jewish mother says that is kind of -- so think.
I think it's a mothers like but she's right the mothers are right about that and you know introduced.
If you're HR bill bill HR 4789.
And that gives -- tell us about this so what what this exactly does.
It's a three and a half page bill which you could see.
At a web site -- and I have -- out and what it does is it opens up Medicare to anybody who can pay for.
And that -- simple enough in fact it is only a four page bill.
Yeah I think we should go that way I think people more comfortable with that -- 2000 pitched battles.
How does this relate to the current bill before.
In us being discussed.
Well the problem we have now is that because of this reconciliation process that the Senate bill doesn't have a public option and the reconciliation and amendment that we're going to be voting on doesn't have a public option and at least at this point.
And yet there's 41 senators and counting -- say that they want the public option.
So what my bill does is if we get this built the -- And that will give the senators the chance to go to public option it will also competitive -- tell in the public exactly who favors the public option -- was sold out to the insurance company.
This is separate -- from.
The bill that's currently being -- -- Right my my hope is that will vote on the Senate bill will on the reconciliation amendment and won't vote on HR 478 on the public option that's what we're calling it.
We witness to an infection the public option -- And the Medicare you can pay for.
You have a fifty co sponsors and one of Dennis Kucinich is one of them because you know he's been.
Speaking about I was gonna vote against this filth because it doesn't have a and the current bill because -- public.
He is he is one of them and in fact not only do we have Dennis joining it's been I'm really happy about that but we also by committee chairman already.
Utah Conyers -- Barney Frank.
-- scared that pound and -- on their old joined this bill in 72 hours we have.
But the -- -- fifth but because sponsors.
-- any Republican support -- this probably well what do you think well let's hope that.
And and unfortunately not are you in favor of the current bill would you vote will you vote but you yes vote.
Yeah on the -- -- Yes but I I think that we need to vote on -- public option and here's why the Senate bill.
Establishes the public mandate that means that people -- expected to find their way to health insurance somehow or other.
And unfortunately that -- -- at the tender mercies of the private insurance company it's.
And I think a lot of people feel the way do they just don't trust insurance companies and they need capital turn that.
And just give us an alternative what could be simpler than buying into Medicare and paying the cost that would.
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