“Factory warranty” call interrupts congress

I was digging around for more info on this story and came across a transcript of a congressional hearing that was actually interrupted by the very calls this blog is tracking. Can you believe that? Here’s what happened on March 10 during a subcommittee hearing on “making health care work for American families,” featuring Rep. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ).congress2

— REP. SARBANES: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you all for being here.

…So if you could speak to that just a little bit more and maybe comment on the notion of having the design of the insurance be driven by the kind of providers that we’re trying to bring, you know, if we build it they will come kind of concept, because I could make the argument that we should choose the insurance model based on

— TELEPHONE OPERATOR: This is the second notice that the factory warranty on your vehicle may have expired and should be reactivated to protect you against the cost of repairs.

REP. SARBANES: I don’t know what that is. I’m going to talk through this, okay? We should pick the insurance model based on wanting to get more primary care providers in that. So what will incentivize them to do that? If you want to wait until that stops you can.

REP. PALLONE: I’m sorry. I don’t know exactly what’s going on.

REP. SARBANES: There we go.

REP. PALLONE: Hold on. Does somebody have their phone on or — I guess it’s over.

REP. SARBANES: I think it stopped, yeah.

REP. PALLONE: All right. We’ll continue.

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