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House Proceeding 03-20-10 on Mar 20th, 2010 :: 3:44:00 to 3:48:40
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Diane E. Watson

3:43:56 to 3:44:16( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the chairmanship of the california state senate health and welfare committee. representative watson. ms. watson: i just want to say to my colleague an those here on the floor this evening, i am so proud to share this space in this chamber with the likes of you.

Diane E. Watson

3:44:00 to 3:48:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Diane E. Watson

Diane E. Watson

3:44:17 to 3:44:38( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: and particularly you, congressman gamendi. and he was correct in saying that, yes, when he -- when i got into the senate, he relinquished his committee and i held it for 17 years. and i think he probably is

Diane E. Watson

3:44:39 to 3:44:59( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: aware of my feelings at this moment. i have viewed the ugliness of today, congressman garamendi. that is so reminiscent of what i went through when i was on the school board in the 1970's and we had to integrate our schools.

Diane E. Watson

3:45:00 to 3:45:20( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: and was the only person there who was an african-american. and i had to endure the slurs that were heard, it was absolutely ugly. the use of the n-word, spitting, the ranting the distortions, the slurs.

Diane E. Watson

3:45:21 to 3:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: and the deceitful references to our health care reform and i felt it was despicable i didn't think it could happen again here in america. but i'm reminded that hate continues. why should there be ranting and raving when we are trying to

Diane E. Watson

3:45:44 to 3:46:05( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: cover the 38 million americans without health care insurance? and eight million are in our state california. and six million of them are children. and i want to say that the legislation that we are addressing will make health

Diane E. Watson

3:46:06 to 3:46:30( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: care affordable for the middle class. i don't know how many people out there ranting were middle class. but this definitely will help them. it will provide security for our seniors and guarantee access to health insurance for the uninsured. and i just want to very quickly

Diane E. Watson

3:46:31 to 3:46:52( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: mention what it will do for the 33rd congressional district, that is my district in los angeles, culver city, california. it will improve covere for 304,000 residents within health insurance, it will give tax

Diane E. Watson

3:46:53 to 3:47:14( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: credits and other assistance to up to 173,000 families, and 15,100 small businesses to help them afford coverage. it will improve, improve medicare for 75,000

Diane E. Watson

3:47:15 to 3:47:37( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: beneficiaries, including closing that doughnut hole. it will extend coverage to 132,000 uninsured residts. it will guarantee that 22,200 residents with pre-existing

Diane E. Watson

3:47:38 to 3:48:00( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: conditions can obtain coverage and certainly their children, starting when the bills are signed into law. it will protect 1,100 families from bankruptcy. due to unaffordable health care costs. it will allow 66,000 young

Diane E. Watson

3:48:01 to 3:48:22( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: adults to obtain coverage on their parents' forms until they're 26 years old. isn't that exciting? it will provide millions of dollars in new funding for five community health clinics in my district alone.

Diane E. Watson

3:48:23 to 3:48:42( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: and it will reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospita and other health care providers by $16 million annually. and i want to set the record straight.

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