When you take a look at this, it’s really
deeper than the deficits or the budget gimmicks or the actuarial analysis. There really is a difference between us. And we’ve been talking about how much we agree on different issues, but there really is a difference between us. And it’s basically this: we don’t think
the government should be in control of all of this. We want people to be in control. And that, at the end of the day, is the big difference. Now, we’ve offered lots of ideas all last
year, all this year. Because we agree the status quo is unsustainable. It’s got to get fixed. It’s bankrupting families. It’s bankrupting our government. It’s hurting families with pre-existing conditions. We all want to fix this. But we don’t think that this is the answer
to the solution. And all of the analysis we get proves that
point. Now, I’ll just simply say this. And I respectfully disagree with the vice
president about what the American people are or are not saying or whether we’re qualified to speak on their behalf. So…we are all representatives of the American people. We all do town hall meetings. We all talk to our constituents. And I’ve got to tell you, the American people are engaged. And if you think they want a government takeover of health care, I would respectfully submit you’re not listening to them. So what we simply want to do is start over, work on a clean-sheeted paper, move through these issues, step by step, and fix them,
and bring down health care costs and not raise them. And that’s basically the point.