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 Health care and health insurance affect and are distributed through interstate commerce, Claims payments flow through interstate commerce. That gives Congress the power to legislate a coverage requirement using its commerce powers. 
— Max Baucus saying Congress had authority to impose a health insurance mandate under its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce and to tax and spend for the general welfare / December 23, 2009
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 I don't think Congress has ever required Americans to buy a product or service, such as health insurance, under penalty of law, I doubt Congress has the power to do that. Under this bill, if an American chooses not to buy minimal essential health coverage, he or she will face rapidly increasing taxes - up to $750 or 2 percent of taxable income, whichever is greater, by the year 2016. 
— John Ensign on the new health care bill / December 23, 2009
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 Today we are taking another step toward passing a bill that has not seen light of day for very long, We hope that there is still a chance that this bill will not become law. 
— Kay Bailey Hutchison hopes health care bill will not become a law / December 22, 2009
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 Health care reform is not a matter of if. Health care reform is now a matter of when. 
— Robert Gibbs on the health care bill / December 22, 2009
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 The finish line is in sight, We're not the first to attempt such reforms but we will be the first to succeed. 
— Max Baucus on the health care bill / December 22, 2009

 We don't feel that the core elements to help the American people have been compromised in any significant way, Do these pieces of legislation have exactly everything I want? Of course not. But they have the things that are necessary to reduce costs for businesses, families and the government. 
— Barack Obama on the health care bill / December 22, 2009
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 Nowhere has there been a bigger gap between the perceptions of compromise and the realities of compromise than in the health-care bill, Every single criteria for reform I put forward is in this bill. 
— Barack Obama on the health care bill / December 22, 2009
 Make no mistake: If the people who wrote this bill were proud of it, they wouldn't be forcing this vote in the dead of night, Mark my words: This legislation will reshape our nation," he said. "And Americans have already issued their verdict. They don't want it. They don't like this bill, and they don't like lawmakers playing games with their health care to secure the votes they need to pass it. 
— Mitch McConnell on the health care bill / December 21, 2009
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 By standing up to the special interests who prevented reform for decades and who are furiously lobbying against it now, the Senate has moved us closer to reform that makes a tremendous difference for families, for seniors, for businesses and for the country as a whole, 
— Barack Obama on the health care bill / December 21, 2009
 I'm very disappointed by this bill. ... It does a lot of good stuff, though, If the goal of health care reform is, and should be, getting people covered and bringing costs down, I think that the Senate bill is an effective first step, because we're going to have incremental progress. 
— Martha Coakley on the health care bill / December 21, 2009
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