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House Proceeding 03-20-10 on Mar 20th, 2010 :: 3:33:00 to 3:35:55
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Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:32:58 to 3:33:19( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: that is one of the major reforms. this is an insurance reform of extraordinary importance. let me call upon our colleague from texas and i yield to the colleague from texas. ms. jackson lee: let me thank the distinguished the gentleman from california and thank him for both the background that he brings to the united states

Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:33:00 to 3:35:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sheila Jackson-Lee

Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:33:20 to 3:33:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: congress as an insurance commissioner for his state and distinguished the gentleman from new york made valid points. we have lived with this for now almost 10 years. i rember trying to reform the bankruptcy code to protect people from things like alimony

Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:33:42 to 3:34:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: payments or women being denied the ability to receive alimony payments because credit card companies wanted to stand in front of the alimony payments and take first line. so we have seen people being destroyed by a number of ways. and we do know that by catastrophic ilnesses. they are destroyed.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:34:04 to 3:34:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: i want to focus on two or three points. one the big sign of 45 thousand americans dying every year. we should not be so insensitive to life that 45,000 people dying does not impact our coleagues on the other side of the aisle. we have been saying this over and over again. 45,000 people.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:34:26 to 3:34:47( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: that means someone is dying as we speak because they did not have health insurance or that they were denied. i want to remind our colleagues of some horrible stories. i remember that of a young girl who had leukemia and it was on national television. and i remember -- i think the

Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:34:48 to 3:35:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: company was cigna where the family went to the insurance company and beged for this young girl to be able to have this very special blood procedure. and they were turned away and turned away and turned away until finally public embarrassment, the news media and the family went again.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:35:09 to 3:35:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: the tragedy is when the company approved the right of this young gi, 1 years old, it was too late. the doctors could not perform the procedure. and so we have seen any number of instances where because of lack of insurance, lack of insurance, we have not been able to save a life.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:35:30 to 3:35:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: what about the recommendation of goldman sachs that said just a week ago, if you want to make a buck, the best place t put your money is the nation's insurers. you'll never have to worry about them going out of business, you'll never have to worry about them trying to save you any dollars and you'll always know and count on them raising the premiums over and

Sheila Jackson-Lee

3:35:53 to 3:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: over again, what did they say,

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