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House Proceeding 03-18-10 on Mar 18th, 2010 :: 0:40:55 to 0:45:10
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Barbara Lee

0:40:53 to 0:41:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: a thing of the past. let's pass the bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from californi mrs. davis, yields back. the gentleman from kansas, mr. moran. the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. kaptur. for what purpose does the

Barbara Lee

0:40:55 to 0:45:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

0:41:14 to 0:41:34( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: gentlewoman from california rise? >> to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection; the gentlewoman from california, ms. lee is recognized for five minutes. ms. lee: as wstand now on the cusp of history, we have really never been this close to assuring quality, affordable health care for all americans. while health care reform is essential for everyone, women

Barbara Lee

0:41:35 to 0:41:56( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: are in particularly dire need for major changes to our health care system. too many women are locked out of the health care system because they faced discriminatory insurance practices and cannot afford the necessary care for themselves and their children. in 40 states and in the district of columbia, insurance

Barbara Lee

0:41:57 to 0:42:17( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: is allowed to consider gender, mind you, when setting rates in the individual markets this permits insurers to charge women more than men for the exact same coverage. additionally, businesses with predominantly female work forces can end up paying significantly more for their coverage than predominantly

Barbara Lee

0:42:18 to 0:42:38( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: male businesses. in the past two years, nearly seven million americans have lost health care coverage. this is not acceptable. while we all know the current health care reform bill has some flaws, unfortunately, it does not have a publicption or expansion of medicare or

Barbara Lee

0:42:39 to 0:42:59( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: single payer option, it offers vitally important advances for women's health. the bill makes insurance coverage more affordable and extends to many services women need. family preem yums will continue to skyrocket, leave manager and more american women and families unable to have health care.

Barbara Lee

0:43:00 to 0:43:20( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: the health care system is failing american women. we owe it to each and every american woman to pass this health care bill. when i pass this -- when vote for this bill, i'll be thinking of my mother, who nearly died giving birth to me. i'll think of my sister,

Barbara Lee

0:43:21 to 0:43:42( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: mildred, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. i'll be think og of the women denied coverage because domestic violence is considers a -- considered a pre-existing condition. i'll think of my friends who died prematurely because they did not have access to preventive health care.

Barbara Lee

0:43:43 to 0:44:03( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: and mr. speaker, when i cast my vote, i'll be thinking about my granddaughters, because when we cast this vote, we're going to ensure that my granddaughters and my grandsons live longer and healthier lives. so if we do nothing, the health care system will continue to work better for insurance companies than it does for the american people. that's why the president has

Barbara Lee

0:44:04 to 0:44:24( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: put forward a plan that will give american families and small business owners more control over their own health care by giving them more consumer protections and shifting power away from the insurance companies. if we pass health care insurance reform, we also will know that families and businesses will have control of their health care.

Barbara Lee

0:44:25 to 0:44:45( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: the insurance industry will be prohibited, finally from continuing its worst practices like the -- like denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. and we'll cut the deficit by up to $1 trillion over the next two decades. $1 trillion. as the president said this past week, if not us, then who?

Barbara Lee

0:44:46 to 0:45:07( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: if not now, then when? now is the time. i urge my colleagues to support this health care reform legislation for our women, for our families, for our children, for all americans. this is a major first step in setting a strong foundation, where finally health care becomes a basic human right for

Barbara Lee

0:45:08 to 0:45:10( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: all rather than a privilege for the few, which it has been in

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