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House Proceeding 03-21-10 on Mar 21st, 2010 :: 0:19:50 to 0:22:50
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James P. McGovern

0:19:42 to 0:20:03( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: we have the opportunity to enact real, meaningful health insurance reform that will improve the lives of millions of our fellow citizens. we can end the most abusive practices of the insurance companies. we can provide coverage to millions of hardworking families. we can bring down the cost of health care for families and small businesses. we can close the doughnut hole

James P. McGovern

0:19:50 to 0:22:50( Edit History Discussion )
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James P. McGovern

0:20:04 to 0:20:24( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: in medicare and extend the solvency of that vital program and pass the biggest deficit reduction package in 25 years. all we need is the courage to do what is right. today it is especially meaningful for those of us from massachusetts. as we all know seven months ooling our friend and mentor ted kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer.

James P. McGovern

0:20:25 to 0:20:45( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: when he passed away, i said that while no one could ever fill his shoes, we can and we must follow in his footsteps and that is exactly what we are doing today. we have already taken important steps in massachusetts to deal with the health care issue. and i'm proud to say that my congressional district has the highest rate of coverage over the -- 97% of any district in

James P. McGovern

0:20:46 to 0:21:07( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: the country. people back home often ask me why do we need to pass a federal bill when we already have insurance here in our state? i would like to talk for a moment about what reform means for massachusetts. 75,000 additional middle class people will receive help to pay for their premiums. nearly 180,000 of our seniors will receive a 50% discount on

James P. McGovern

0:21:08 to 0:21:28( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: their prescription drugs. 70,000 small businesses. the innovators, job creators will receive credit to cover the costs. our community health centers, hospitals, medical research centers all will receive support to continue their great work. and we will no longer be forced to subsidize through higher premiums and higher medicare, medicaid costs the

James P. McGovern

0:21:29 to 0:21:49( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: uncompensated care of people in our states who do not have health insurance. if we want to create jobs, then passing this bill is absolutely essential. a few weeks ago i talked to a small business owner in my district. business has picked up lately. he wanted to hire another employee. but then he got his health insurance bill and realized he couldn't afford it. he'll just have to work harder

James P. McGovern

0:21:50 to 0:22:10( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: and spend less time with his family. that's who this debate is all about. that's why today is so important. i regret the fact that my republican friends are not standing with us. i regret the fact they deliberately try to obstruct this process. you know what? the republicans opposed social security, they opposed medicare, they were on the wrong side of history then. they are on the wrong side

James P. McGovern

0:22:11 to 0:22:31( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: history today. senator kennedy said that providing access to health care is, and i quote, a fundamental principle of justice and the character of our country. as usual he was right andoday in this house the work goes on and the cause endures. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york

James P. McGovern

0:22:32 to 0:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from california. mr. dreier: at this time i'm happy to yield two minutes to my very, very hardworking rules committee colleague, the gentleman from moi, mr. diaz-balart. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for two minutes. . diaz-balart: tha you. mr. speaker, i truly hope this massive bill is not passed by the house today. if it does become law, it will constitu a decisive step in

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