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Congressman Marion Berry shares thoughts on health care reform

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"This is one of the most massive pieces of legislation in the history of the country," said Congressman Marion Berry.

Congressman Marion Berry says it's also one of the most contentious pieces of legislation too.  He says political lines are clearly drawn.

"I'm in hopes that we can not have tax increases on anyone and we can do the things that don't cost us more money than we can afford.  We've got to do that too because the country is broke," said Berry,

Berry says if the Senate passes the bill on Thursday--some House and Senate members will further discuss things they agree and disagree on.

"The difficult parts will be when we start trying to get the final draft," said Berry.

Berry says there are some significant differences between the House and Senate bill--namely there's no public option plan in the Senate bill passed Monday morning.  Berry says he's fine with or without the public option in the bill.

"The one thing that we don't want is a public option that forces everybody into the same plan.   If you do that, you run the risk of putting control of the health care system in the hands of very few people," said Berry.

Berry says there are many things in a bill that don't become law.  He says there's not a lot to get excited about until discussion between House and Senate members begin to work out the details.

 "I don't think you're going to see a final vote on this bill anytime before early February," said Berry.

Berry says until there is a final vote on a bill, work will continue.

"You're not going to get to keep it because it's going to change and it's going to get worse if we don't have some kind of legislative provision that keeps that from happening," said Berry.          

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