How a Bill Doesn't Become a Law

  • Aired:  10/31/11
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Wyatt Cenac reports on the death of H.R. 3472, a bill providing health insurance premium discounts for exercising. (4:27)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW

LAST WEEK REPRESENTATIVE ERIC

CANTOR ANNOUNCED THAT IN 2012

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WILL BE IN SESSION A SCANT 109

DAYS.

BUT HOW WILL THEY ACCOMPLISH

NOTHING IN SUCH A SHORT TIME?

(LAUGHTER)

OUR OWN WYATT CENAC HAS SOME OF

THE ANSWERS.

>> WE ALL KNOW THE STORY ABOUT

HOW MY FRIEND BECAME A LAW.

♪ I'M JUST A LAW... ♪

>> SHUT UP!

GO AWAY.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BILLS THAT

END UP OVER THERE?

WHAT'S THEIR STORY?

(ECHOING)

FORMER DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMAN

KATHY DOLL KEMPER WITNESSED THE

DEATH OF HER BILL FIRSTHAND.

H.R. 3472 IS A BILL I AUTHORED

THAT PROVIDES INCENTIVES FOR

PEOPLE TO HELP ENCOURAGE THEM TO

MAKE HEALTHIER LIFE-STYLE

CHOICES.

>> Reporter: BASICALLY, IF YOU

EXERCISE YOU GET A REDUCTION ON

YOUR HEALTH CARE PREMIUM.

DEMOCRATS LIKED IT AS

PREVENTATIVE CARE.

REPUBLICANS LIKED ITS LOW COST.

AND REPRESENTATIVE AARON SCHECK

LIKED IT BECAUSE "JESUS!

LOOK AT THOSE YABS!

THEY SHOULD REFUND HIS WHOLE

PREMIUM!"

BUT THE BILL NEVER MADE IT OUT

OF COMMITTEE.

>> IT ENDED UP BEING VERY

CONTROVERSIAL AND WITHIN A WEEK

THE BILL WAS PRETTY MUCH DEAD.

>> IT WAS A STORY THAT WAS ALL

TOO FAMILIAR.

SO A WEEK'S TIME THE BILL GETS

KILLED BY SPECIAL INTEREST

GROUPS?

THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY?

THE FAST FOOD INDUSTRY?

>> THE BILL WAS OPPOSED BY

OUTSIDE INTEREST GROUPS SUCH AS

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY,

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION,

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION.

>> WHAT THE (BLEEP)?

AND SHOCKINGLY, THESE

ORGANIZATIONS WERE ALL WORKING

TOGETHER TO KILL THE BILL.

>> THE FLURRY OF ACTIVITY OVER A

WEEK TO TEN DAYS WAS VERY

INTENSE.

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION,

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

AND OTHER SIMILAR TYPE GROUPS.

THEY SAID THEY'RE NOT IN FAVOR

OF THIS LEGISLATION.

>> FOR EACH HOUR OF REGULAR,

VIGOROUS EXERCISE, YOU COULD

GAIN TWO HOURS OF LIFE

EXPECTANCY.

>> THE PEOPLE WHO ENCOURAGED

THAT ARE THE SAME ONES WHO

OPPOSED THIS BILL?

>> THEIR ARGUMENT WAS THAT SOME

OF THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT

CAN'T MAKE LIFE-STYLE CHANGES TO

HAVE A HEALTHIER LIFE.

WHETHER THEY CAN'T CHANGE THEIR

DIET OR THEY CAN'T CHANGE THEIR

EXERCISE LEVEL.

>> AND I'VE WATCHED ENOUGH

EPISODES OF "BIGGEST LOSER" TO

KNOW THAT ANYONE CAN BE HEALTHY.

>> PUKE OR DIE!

KEEP WALKING!

>> SHE SHOULD HAVE ASKED FOR THE

HELP OF LOBBYISTS LIKE SCOTT.

>> YOU HAVE TO SHOW THEM WHY THE

LEGISLATION IS IN THEIR

SELF-INTEREST.

SOMETIMES THAT'S A FINANCIAL

CALCULATION.

AS GENERAL PROPOSITION, GIVE

EVERYBODY A TASTE OF THE

BUSINESS IS A GOOD IDEA.

>> SO IT'S LIKE THAT MAFIA?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> PRETEND I'M THE AMERICAN

HEART ASSOCIATION WHAT DID SHE

NEED TO SAY?

>> YOU'RE A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH

CHARITY, YOU'RE ALL ABOUT GOOD

HABITS AND WELLNESS AND

EXERCISE.

THAT'S WHAT MY LEGISLATION IS

ABOUT.

WORK WITH ME ON IT AND WE'LL GET

THIS THING PASSED.

>> GET THE (BLEEP) OUT OF MY

OFFICE!

YES, WITHOUT MANDATES, GIVEBACKS

OR RIDERS TO THESE GROUPS, H.R.

342 WAS DEAD ON ARRIVAL.

WE TRIED TO CONTACT THE AMERICAN

CANCER SOCIETY BUT THEY TURNED

US DOUBT.

>> THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

CONTACT MED KNOWING I WAS COMING

ON THIS SHOW WONDERING WHETHER I

WAS REALLY GOING TO GO THROUGH

WITH IT AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT

THIS.

THEY WERE TRYING TO CONVINCE ME

NOT TO DO THIS INTERVIEW.

>> HOLY CRAP.

THAT'S LIKE SOME "60 MINUTES"

(BLEEP).

I'M LIKE THE NEW ED BRADLEY!

EAT A (BLEEP), SCOTT PELLEY!

AFTER THIS LEGISLATION FELL

THROUGH IN 2009, DOLL KEMPER

LOST HER SEAT AND IT'S NO

WONDER.

SHE LEARNED A LESSON NO ONE ELSE

SHOULD HAVE TO LEARN: DENTS ME

WITH BIG CANCER.

SOMETHING I REALIZED THE NEXT

MORNING.

TUMORS!

(SCREAMING)

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