tv U.S. House Meets for Legislative Business CSPAN April 26, 2017 5:59pm-6:24pm EDT
health care in america by protecting the formation and operation of health care cooperatives. let's get back to that. i'm trying to suggest that a change, a small change could bring about a revolution in the way health care is delivered to the american people today. let's first admit that our health care system today seems to be run by the insurance companies. yes, insurance companies have more influence than doctors do on the policies that we have on health insurance. that is not something that is -- that we need to put up with much longer if there is an alternative. what that means, however, should mean to american well, need to open up the system of health care, we need to make sure that health care is being looked at multiapproach a
that will come to grips with those challenges, both financial and technical and etc., that we need to open it up, rather than just having such a major influence by those people who are the money changers. the insurance companies. apply amendment would go a long way towards opening up a avenue. and i believe in free enterprise. and i don't mean and unfortunately a lot of people made a mistake and think that free enterprise approaches are simply the approaches that are based on greed and are based on profit motive and other items and other things -- motivations that are available, that's what
free enterprise means, whether it is health care or whatever. free enterprise means more than the profit motive, competition and depreed. and we have excluded this avenue, cooperation. cooperation among free people for the benefit of their families. but that's what we are discussing today to make sure that americans can cooperate together for their own benefits and the benefits of their families. how do they get it. y mom and dad were born on small farms in north dakota. and in north dakota, the farmers may have been given the land by
abraham linchingon who initiated the homestead act but didn't have the money to buy equipment or seed and they formed farmers' collecttives. and they called them farmers collecttives. t they had the iron hand and political control. but the cooperation in the united states was based on eople gathering together voluntarilyly working to create a situation and cooperatetives that would buy the machinery that was necessary for a small farm to succeed. well, that worked. i noticed that when i went to work on the farm when i was younger. and that is totally consistent with free enterprise.
the cooperation of young people to share with each other, the burden of buying that equipment. the amendment i'm proposing in terms of our health care, falls right into that category. the amendment stipulates that no provision in current law or the underlying act, which we are amending, may restrict cooperative rangements between individuals or organizations to jointly cover health care-related expenses. the provision would further stipulate that such cooperative rangements shall not be subject to any of the requirements, bureaucratic rules and regulations that currently apply to the health care industry. in addition, the health care industry companies, i should add.
my amendment would that participation in such a cooperative arrangement shall be deemed as the equivalent as being covered by health insurance. if i might describe what people might understand. the reason why people won't buy health insurance. if they are healthy, that insurance money then goes to the insurance company even though hey haven't used ut it at all. and the insurance companies are very happy to have that money available to speculate on the stock market in order to make a profit. i'm not against profit. but profit and greed are not the driving forces for what most people would hope for and cooperate and not be subject to
greed and profit motive. what i'm talking about, if this would be put into the health care bill, this small provision, making sure that cooperative efforts are covered and are not going to be controlled by the federal government and free to do so without the many restrictions that would be on another company providing health insurance, that these cooperative efforts that --for example, you could have a co-op or an industry or you could have the same as we have now. and i think the pathway has been explored, when it comes to credit unions, where again, people, in a nonprofit situation, are working together in order to accomplish something that benefits all of those people. and we could have a cooperative
effort run by the credit unions and have an app on their telephone line and people would put their money forward, if they didn't get sick, that money would be part of what they have as their pot of money. their account. whore it is. and the account will be returned. those people will then take money out of the account to handle their small medical needs d know if they have a stroff catastrophic condition and that is why everybody is banding together, they will be taken care of in terms of some catastrophic illness. see we have in this proposal is an alternative, a very simple
change in our health care law will permit people to work together and make it profitable for them to to do so and take them away from the corporations that may be thinking more profits rn what their interests are. with that said, i have asked my colleagues to consider that proposal and if those who are reading this tonight or tomorrow in the congressional record, i hope they would call their congressman to say they are interested in seeing that the cooperative alternative to health care is permitted in the bill. the second piece of legislation that i would like to talk about tonight deals with a vitally important issue to the well-being of the american people and that is border security. let me just say, i have been
aware that a massive influx of illegals into our country is a threat and i have known that in the almost 28 years that i have been a member of congress. it is discouraging that we have attempts to try to do something that would draw the line and say we aren't going to have any more illegals coming into our country and that is illegals. i didn't say immigration, and people coming here illegally. the united states permits 1 million illegal immigrants to come into our country every year. that is more than and we are supposed to apologize of having that kind of an open system.
and we are attacked. and what happens when you get out of control illegal immigration? you get jobs for ordinary americans, their work is bid down. and why some people can't get good jobs and paid more in the past, is that we have flooded the market. and the democratic party has been deeply involved with opposing any of the efforts and many republicans have opposed the effort to get control of illegals why? of we might look at motives and a lot of republicans who can have done something on this but didn't want to stem the flow of illegal immigrants because big business wants, they want cheap
labor. that is a betrayal of the american people just as much as it is for the other party to keep the flow of illegal immigrants hoping they will give them a victory at the ballot box and give them political power. it's time to draw the line. and the american people did that. and i'm very proud that the the american people stood up against the a.m. pain. and that was against president donald trump. i heard the other night. even the bankers up in massachusetts and new york, overwhelmingly were giving money to hillary's campaign but donald
frump got a pit ant . the establishment was out to destroy donald trump because donald frump said he was going to stop the flow of illegals and that would be the top priority. wasone of the things we and president just a bunch of rhetoric and how he would build a huge wall. now we all know that. that wasn't around before donald trump. and i don't remember hearing people use that. and donald trump is moving forward, the president of the united states to fulfill his promise. we shouldn't have a situation where politics gets in the way where people loss the election and now trying to stop and interfere with those people who won the election.
that's what the democratic process is all about. d the process i'm i'm making and i was honored to be asked into the oval office and give m some good ys on how to handle these proposals, any wall that will be built along our southern border will cost tens of billions of dollars. i made a proposal that i made to him and the leadership here in the house and i hope they do not ignore this. if we are serious about stopping this massive flow, we have to building that wall, if nothing else, symbolism that this is a sovereign count friday and demand that our laws are respected. what i'm proposing is a change
from a currently existing immigration law and that is we bring in 00,000 illegal immigrants. guess what? excuse me, of that one million legal muslim grants that we rmit in, which i applaud and there are 50,000 of them scooming in who are selected. what? they are not selected by a process where you study who is what, who we need, they are selected by a lottery. they are selected by a lottery. they are vetted, all right. but not in any way rationally designed in a way that would help the american people. what i'm suggesting is that
0,000 pep people -- we don't don't want to decrease. 50,000 slot. and eliminate that stupid lottery and don't decide hoist coming in that is left up to chance. and we set up a fund. and the fund is a dedicated fund that whoever puts in a million dollars in that dedicated fund ll do so for immediate residency and u.s. citizenship. . who would love to become u.s. citizens that they will be
guaranteed u.s. citizenship in two years that. would mean a million dollars and perhaps we want to say that individuals could bring in their immediate families for $500,000. the revenue raised for this program could be put in that special account managed by the secretary of homeland security or the purpose of carrying out border security. in otherer words, the president of the united states doesn't have the burden to pay for taxes. he does not have to pass it off on that further generations by increasing the debt. we have a myth odd of this to bring in better quality of people rather than selecting at
random and paying for a wall that will be re-accomplished for the safety of the people of this country and accomplish a mindset, no longer our borders open. no longer who can get over here and take in and give them free jation and free health care and commit he crimes. those days are over and this wall will symbolize that and what i have suggested is having these foreign wealthy people pay for that wall and makes it a real possibility and they can call or write, but they should call, allowing rich foreigners to build the water is the answer. and not let's wait for five years. .
now i'd like to discuss another issue that i have been involved in. i would say, let me just note that on the tax bill i have also asked for an amendment that ould increase the well-being and the -- how do you say -- right now our wealth is becoming few ntralized, in just a hands. what we have now in the united states is, as a vision that the poor are not necessariesly -- are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. there's a problem with this concentration of wealth. the reason we have that concentration of wealth is because there are a few people in our country that own capital. own the companies that produce the wealth. and over the years that has been
focused on fewer and furor hands and -- fewer and fewer hands and the working people are being shut out of a system that is something that they are essential players in. so with that said, is there someone that could get me a glass of water here, please? thank you. my proposal to do this is not -- again, i am certainly not against profit motive. and i'm certainly not against competition. i am certainly for the private sector and not for big bureaucracy. but if we just passed an incentive into our system, and . at incentive would be this pardon me. thank you. when an osing that employer provides stock for his
employees, has to be an equal distribution to all of the employees, those employees don't have to pay income tax on it. if those employees keep that stock for over 10 years, employees don't have to pay capital gains tax on it. so what we've got, if a company is successful and we've got a large increase in the value of that company, it's being shared with the workers in the company. it's not being held up in the 1% of the elite management. what we need to do is to make sure that we deal with this concentration of wealth, because the american people -- that's what it was all about. it was not about having somebody leap. that's what the homestead act was all about. that helped my grandparents. we need a homestead act for people who are working in the various industries in our country and tweaking the system, with a little tax incentive like i'm talking about, this would be
an esop, which are already comm existence -- in existence but have complicated and expensive structures with them, this would be like that on steroids. we would have working people thinking in terms of partnership with their employer. instead of being an adversarial relationship. people are starting -- start-up companies would be able to get the top quality people knowing if their company is successful, the capital gains tax will be skeere -- zero for them who came on board early on. this is another proposal that i'm making and i would hope that people will look at that, again, and ask their congressman to consider congressman rohrabacher bacher's -- congressman rohrabacher's bill. finally i'd like to talk about one last issue that is something that is very controversial, i know, and i have never stepped away from being controversial.
but what we've got here today is a major change in public attitude towards something that has been wrong for a long time. but the public was not aware of it. and i would hope that we do not pass up the chance again of legalizing the medical use of marijuana. the fact is, 44 states have taken restrictions, many restrictions off the use of medical marijuana. i have legislation that says, respect state marijuana laws. this should be left up to the states. this should be left up to the people who decide for themselves whether or not they believe medical marijuana should be available to seniors, to veterans, and to other people. and we should stop paying money to the drug cartels by making sure that this medicine that we now know is possible with marijuana, that -- we don't want to have the source being the drug cartels around the world.
so i would ask my colleagues to join me in supporting the medical marijuana initiative, what i have, which says, whether he respect medical marijuana laws and the united states. -- in the united states. now i would hope that my colleagues get the message. these are four very important issues. these are issues i spent a lot of time on. but i'm doing that because i understand these are fundamental . we have to start doing more -- if we're going to drain the swamp, as the president says, we've got to be working on the fundamentals that are wrong with the system. rather than just trying to create some image of progress, an image of activity here. we can do it. we've got good leadership here in the house. we've got a willingness to cooperate with the other side of the aisle. we've got a president who wants to work with us. congress is here. we're in action. and we've got some great new creative ideas. now the american people are welcome to participate. thank you very much, mr. speaker.