Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


DIANE SAWYER: But it's subsidized.

MIKE LEE: My understanding is that they've calculated out the-- the price of it, and it's-- it's-- it's calculated out to be your per capita show--

SCOTT TIPTON: You know, actually, though, Diane, going back to Obamacare, that's part of the problem with Obamacare. It was originally that affordability and accessibility. Where was the accessibility for-- people in my district? It's not there. That's the problem that we've really got to be dealing with and focusing on.

FRANK GUINTA: I mean, affordability. I don't think anyone in America feels that the cost of health insurance has decreased since this bill--

MALE VOICE: It's having the opposite effect.

FRANK GUINTA: --been signed into law.

FRANK GUINTA: It-- it-- exactly. Health insurance premiums are increasing.

DIANE SAWYER: Premiums have--

VICKY HUNTZLER: Laid people off.

PAUL GOSAR: And-- and-- and the body of-- we didn't even talk about. And where-- where is the tort reform. Where is the-- the oversight there. Where was the creativity in the insurance industry to market individual plans. Where was that-- that-- that aspect?

DIANE SAWYER: And again, forgive me for switching topics here, but Afghanistan. I want to make sure that we talk about it, because there will be votes coming up to continue funding the war in Afghanistan. I know, Senator, you've-- you've expressed reservation. Any of you thinking it is time -- whether it is-- $5 billion every month. $5 billion a month for the war in Afghanistan. Are you all going to continue funding the war at the current level?

MARLIN STUTZMAN: You know, I've had three deaths in my district just in the past couple of months, and I've attended two of those funerals. And I tell you, it's tough. But I-- I tell you the-- walking away from them, I hear the family say, but you know what, just don't let 'em die for-- for naught.

And I-- I-- I've not been to Afghanistan. I've not had full briefings, but I do think that we do need to take a real valu-- evaluation, have the adult conversation, and say, you know, are we being-- are we successful here or not. Or do we have to step back and-- and reevaluate. And I think that's-- that time for that conversation.

MICHAEL GRIMM: And for the mission. The reality is, what is the overall mission? I personally feel-- as someone that has served in combat in the Middle East that if we're going to stick to certain timelines, as the President has put forward-- then we should bring our boys home now, because they cannot succeed under those conditions. The reality because of a myriad of-- of challenges in Afghanistan from the terrain to the corruption of the government, and the lack of infrastructure and so on, that's nation building.

If we really want to make a long-term difference in Afghanistan, and give the people of Afghanistan a difference rather to work for a warlord and grow poppy, or to have a life-- independent of that, then we have to do nation building. And for that, we need an international force that's bigger than what the United States can do. And if we're not committed to doing that, then we should bring our boys home.

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