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House Proceeding 03-18-10 on Mar 18th, 2010 :: 1:20:45 to 1:25:30
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Jackie Speier

1:20:42 to 1:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: older women face for quality, affordable health care. thank you and i yield back. the speaker p tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from california, ms. speier, is now recognized for five minutes. ms. speier: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i also want to thank congresswoman woolsey for

Jackie Speier

1:20:45 to 1:25:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jackie Speier

Jackie Speier

1:21:03 to 1:21:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: her impassioned and principled leadership. not only on this issue but so many issues facing americans. to loosely par phrase judy collins, -- paraphrase judy collins, we have looked at health insurance reform from both sides now, from insurance companies and consumers from wall street and families from republicans and democrats.

Jackie Speier

1:21:25 to 1:21:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: but there has been something missing from the debate. this evening i would like to ask the question, what's a woman worth? just how important is it to make sure that quality, affordable health care is available to the grandmothers, the mothers, the daughters and sisters who are

Jackie Speier

1:21:47 to 1:22:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: responsible for 80% of families' health care decisions, 64% of family budgets, who represent 79% of the health care providers in this country? what is a woman worth? is a worth worth as much as a wam -- is a woman worth as much as a man? one would think so. less, of course, one was considering our current health care system. a system where women pay higher

Jackie Speier

1:22:08 to 1:22:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: health care costs than men. now, believe it or not, in 60% of the most popular health care plans in this country, a 40-year-old woman who has never smoked will pay more for health insurance than a 40-year-old man who has smoked. a lower percentage of working

Jackie Speier

1:22:31 to 1:22:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: women receive employer-based health care. a system where health situations that affect only women such asthma ternlt care and mammograms are less likely to be covered than common male procedures. in fact, 90% of individual policies available to 30-year-old women don't cover maternity care.

Jackie Speier

1:22:53 to 1:23:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: now, believe it or not that is true. 90% of the health insurance policies in this country are available to women of 30 years of age don't cover maternity care. now, think about this. this chamber is filled with members who claim to be prfamily. and yet defend the system where women have to pay out-of-pocket

Jackie Speier

1:23:15 to 1:23:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: to have a baby. many more women are denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions than men. why are they denied? they're denied because they are women. if you are the one in three women in america who has had a c-section that becomes a pre-existing condition and

Jackie Speier

1:23:37 to 1:23:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: you're not going to get health insurance again. if being one in eight of the american women who are diagnosed with breast cancer that becomes a pre-existing contion and god help it if you have to go into the individual market and get health insurance because you just won't. or even being the one in four american mothers, daughters and

Jackie Speier

1:23:58 to 1:24:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: sisters who are victims of domestic violence. imagine having been declined health insurance because your spouse or significant other has beaten you and they do it again and because that significant other or spouse may do it again you can't get health insurance. as a result of these and other factors, women are more likely

Jackie Speier

1:24:20 to 1:24:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: to be uninsured or underinsured and more than half of the women have delayed or skipped need medical care due to the high cost of treatment. so i ask again, what is a woman worth? is a woman worth the health care system that encourages preventive care by eliminating co-pays for recommended services such as mammograms and maternity care?

Jackie Speier

1:24:42 to 1:25:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: is a woman worth a health care system that bans annual and lifetime caps? is a woman worth the health care system that prohibits insurers from charging us more than men? is a woman worth a health care system that covers maternity services? , outlaws preexisting conditions and dropping patients to become

Jackie Speier

1:25:03 to 1:25:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: ill and limits out-of-pocket expenses to prevent the 62% of bankruptcies caused by medical bills? i think women are worth that and much, much more. as a matter of fact, women are worth their elected officials showing some backbone to stand up to the multimillion-dollar misinformation campaigns to do

Jackie Speier

1:25:26 to 1:25:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jackie Speier: what's right and reform a health care system that is unfair, inefficient and unavailable to

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