Washington Is Not Listening

Floor Speech

By: Ted Poe
By: Ted Poe
Date: March 4, 2010
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. POE of Texas. Madam Speaker, it's deja vu all over again on the health care bill. The people have tried every way they know to have their voices heard. Town halls, tea parties, even special elections. The people don't want Washington bureaucrats making their medical decisions. But Washington's not listening. People don't want the Feds forcing them to buy health insurance or pay a fine, an idea that's unconstitutional. But Washington's not listening. And when the Senate bill fully kicks in, it will cost $2.5 trillion. We don't have the money. Spending on bailouts and stimulus bills, the taxpayers are out of money. We're broke, and we're borrowing billions of dollars from the Chinese.

But Washington's not listening. The massive health care bill now is 2,700 pages long. Churchill once said, ``This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.'' Americans don't want a European-style Nanny State where government makes all our decisions. Government-run health care is unhealthy for Americans, but Washington's not listening.

And that's just the way it is.