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tv   Interview with Representative Roger Marshall  CSPAN  January 14, 2017 3:42pm-3:52pm EST

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>> yes. most probably they will go to the white house, spend a half-hour there, then go together. reporter: ok. >> that is a great moment. reporter: thank you. >> thank you to all of you. >> watch the presidential inauguration live on friday on c-span,, or listen on the free radio app. representative roger marshall recently spoke to c-span for a profile interview. the congressman, a doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, talked about what health care is an important issue. congressman roger marshall of kansas, this week, the first few days on the job. you have garnered attention, you and your son. [laughter] reporter: did you know he was
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going to do that?/ rep. marshall: no. his mother would have had a fit. reporter: you tweeted that he is grounded. how long and what will he be doing during that time? needsarshall: if anybody help with snow shoveling, he will be there. we are still negotiating the week of his term. he is asking for a presidential pardon, we will see how it goes. reporter: what were you thinking when you saw that? rep. marshall: i was clueless. i thought he was sneezing. i had no idea, then i saw him mention the word. he was dabbin. we learned a new term. reporter: that is right. rep. marshall: tell us why you decided that reporter: tell us why you decided to run. rep. marshall: always a lot of reasons. we had our first grandchild a couple of years ago and i had a conversation about what his next
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in life. if we were convinced we were not leaving the country better than what we found it. our children and grandchildren would not have the same opportunities. the free market of no matter where you were born, that you can make it in america. i thought that we were drowning in regulations from the government and taxation policies. and frankly, the military was not a strong as i was comfortable with. national security was becoming an issue in kansas. we are in the middle of the country and housewives there told me that they were fearful for national security and in this conversation my wife said, would you like to fix things? it is time to go to washington. so here we are. reporter: you had what you called a surprise victory in the primary ballot against the former congressman, why did you find it surprising? rep. marshall: you are taking on a six-year incumbent, a person that controls the system, the
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party, and he had been a professional politician for 12-14 years in the state house. so a rookie in politics, media and he had -- me. and so we knew we were taking on a big beast with a lot of money behind him. reporter: and he was never the local experience, what were you doing -- political expense, what were you doing? rep. marshall: i was an obstetrician and gynecologist. reporter: what about that experience leads you to believe that -- or what can you take from that to be a member of congress? rep. marshall: the most important clinical scale is the ability to listen. physicians can listen. and if you listen to a patient long enough, they will tell you what is wrong and usually they will tell you how to fix it. i think in that same mindset, we have traveled 30,000 miles in my district my we have been to 100
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different communities, the county visit, and listening and listening. i think the people most affected by the problems usually have the best solution. so i think all those solutions and take health care my think i've listened to people with health care issues from people who like the affordable care act, a handful of them with pre-existing conditions, and this was a hope for them. so i know how to pay attention on how to replace it and a much better idea on what to replace it with. reporter: what would you keep? what do you think should be kept? rep. marshall: i think we're comfortable keeping kids on the family plans until 26. and we have to help people with pre-existing conditions. i think we must supply high risk -- which most states have and the federal government will need to fund those to keep people with health care costs down and do not have a $4000 deductible
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policy like they do bring out the aca. reporter: what is your district like? he said he traveled around, tell the viewers what it is like. rep. marshall: one of the largest in the country, in -- and almost as big as south dakota. it is the leading producer of wheat, the third leading producer of cattle, with the largest heard -- herd in the state. and oil is also important. and we have solar energy. it is a diverse place. there are more solar panels in kansas man florida. and we are known for energy booming. we are an exporter of energy and we are growing. reporter: those industries, where they supportive of your run? rep. marshall: very supportive. i will start with agriculture. the kansas form bureau and
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livestock association and other groups, corn and wheat, these people, all these people helped us. and with the agricultural community. and with wind energy, they were supportive. i think we had probably 90% of the organizations across the state supporting us. reporter: and you are on health care associations. in cap about health care and what you -- and you talked about health care and what you want to do. on other policies, what kind of legislation are you looking at? rep. marshall: we want to get on the agricultural committee. kansas is an ag state and we want a voice on the ag committee. i hope to influence health care through the positions here. priceyan listens and dr. is a very good friend, we certainly support him as the secretary, one of the nicest man i've ever met. and dr.listening to him
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price and i have been throwing ideas off of each other for almost a year and every question i have, he has a great answer. and i want to reassure the american public we are not pushing anybody off of the cliffs, we are not going to pull the rug out from under you. policy,ike your aca great, keep it. we think if we let the free market forces move ahead, we will have a better and more affordable insurance policy. for it, there are simple things we can do. transparent prices, i think if we had transparent prices it would drive the cost down. expand savings accounts, make it like an ira and let anybody have access to it. and let insurance go across state lines. to help those people who need help. those are real some blood samples that we are not pushing anybody off of the cliff -- some simple examples and we are not pushing anybody off the cliff.
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-- we decided many decades ago that i would be pro-life. was in mytaking -- i last day in office and i was speaking to a mother that was pregnant, maybe five months along, she had not felt the baby move yet. i could hear the baby moving and there was a sister beside the mother and when she talked, the baby would move more. and i do not know how anybody and itbort a human being was part of our clinic to help pregnant women that do not want to have an abortion, single mothers, and help with the adoption process and make sure that women had free, quality health care and access to the hospitals and social services, working with catholic social services, which do a tremendous job in my community. we are committed to that and my staff is committed to pro-life. reporter: talk about your
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family. rep. marshall: my wife and i have been married for 33 years. the most pitiful woman i have ever met -- beautiful woman i've ever met. she has given me a daughter, the mother of my grandson. three wonderful boys. are thematt and --, three boys. victor finished his mba. matt is a senior in university. cal, he is a 17-year-old senior in high school, all-state football player, straight a student, taking calculus and chemistry and a leader on the field and off of the field. proud of all of them. reporter: how will you balance life here and life with your family? rep. marshall: that is a great question. the president elect has a very challenging schedule for us and he expects us to work


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