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House Proceeding on Mar 3rd, 2009 :: 0:11:25 to 0:16:40
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Frank Jr.Pallone

0:11:23 to 0:11:44( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: spending costs along to future generations. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gelewoman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i wanted to talk about health care reform and start out by mentioning that in

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:11:25 to 0:16:40( Edit History Discussion )
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Frank Jr.Pallone

0:11:45 to 0:12:06( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: my opinion in the last month or so since president barack obama has taken office, more has been done under his auspices in terms of health care reform than it has been done in the last 10 years. and i would especially mention the schip, children's health care expansion and those health initiatives, those health care reform initiatives that are in

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:12:07 to 0:12:27( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: the economic recovery package. they are sig reasons. first of all, if you look at the schip or the children's health care initiative, we have on the books or we had before this initiative for about 10 years a program that allowed working parents who did not receive health care on the job through their employer that

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:12:28 to 0:12:49( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: they would be able to receive it through the state. those were people who were working and were not poor enough for medicaid but if they went out and tried to buy private insurance for their children essentially was not able to because the private market is too expensive. so about 12 years ago democrats and republicans on a bipartisan basis got together and set up

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:12:50 to 0:13:10( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: the schip children's health initiative. the federal government giving the states money to cover these kids in certain categories, maybe 200% of poverty or in some cases even as high as 300% of poverty. it worked. about seven million children who did not have health insurance were covered. we decided as democrats and we

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:13:11 to 0:13:31( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: tried to get some republicans and actually did get some republicans to support us that we needed to expand it by another four millionr five million kids who were eligible for the program were not receiving the benefits because the states did not have money or could not reach them througho their outreach programs. so one of the things that was

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:13:32 to 0:13:52( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: done by this new congress was to pass an schip bill, an schip expansion bill. actually, it had a 2/3 majority vote here in the house of representatives, over 40 republicans joined with democrats and president obama signed the bill just a few weeks ago. . we know it's going to expand a

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:13:53 to 0:14:14( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: lot for health insurance for kids who don't have it. people who have health insurance then they go to the doctor more frequently, they get preventive care, they don't go to an emergency room, they don't get sicker which ultimately causes the federal government and state government more money. let me talk about the economic recovery package. in the economic recovery package there are a number of health care reform initiatives.

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:14:15 to 0:14:37( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: first of all there's money that goes back to the states, about $80 billion to $90 billion to help them enroll people on medicaid. because of the recession, because more people now do not have a job and therefore lose their health insurance, the medicaid rules have expanded. but states can afford to expand the medicaid rules and in many cases we are already

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:14:38 to 0:14:59( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: starting to limit who could -- who would be eligible for medicaid. now the federal government is giving the states essentially about $80 billion to $90 billion to help them defray that cost so anyone who is eligible for medicaid would be able to receive it. in addition to that, if you were employed and you lost your job,

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:15:00 to 0:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: we have a system now called cobra, which is an acronym where the -- if you do lose your job, you can pay the full cost of the health insurance that your employer was providing you and continue to have your existing health insurance that you had on the job for another 18 months. but the problem is you have to

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:15:22 to 0:15:42( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: pay out of pocket 100%. actually 102% because of the administrative costs because your anymore. when the economic recovery package, we may -- the federal government now pays 65% of the cost of cobra, which makes it a lot more affordable for those who are eligible for cobra. but beyond that, there are major

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:15:43 to 0:16:06( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: reforms in the economic recovery package in health care in many significant ways. not just the money. for example, there is a major initiative on preventive care. there is a major initiative on wellness to basically teach people about staying healthy so they don't get sick and cost the system a lot of money.

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:16:07 to 0:16:28( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: there's also $20 billion for health information technology so that hospitals and doctors can upgrade their systems and rather than using paper, have all their records done electronically. this savings the system mon -- saves the system money. what president obama is trying to do in the economic recovery package is basically lay the groundwork, if you will, for doing health care differently.

Frank Jr.Pallone

0:16:29 to 0:16:40( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Jr.Pallone: if the emphasis is on prevention, if the emphasis is on wellness, if it's on new technologies that bring costs down because you can do things more effectively, then not only do you have less mistakes and a

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