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House Proceeding 03-22-10 on Mar 22nd, 2010 :: 1:11:30 to 1:22:30
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Danny K. Davis

1:11:27 to 1:11:48( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: bill that we passed in the house and the billh and passed last night. thank you, danny, for joining us. . >> thank you for the leadership you have shown the whole time we have been together in congress. as a matter of fact, we came at

Danny K. Davis

1:11:30 to 1:22:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Danny K. Davis

1:11:49 to 1:12:09( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: the same time. and you've been engaged in health activity before getting here and been a leader ever since. as i listened to representative butterfield, i was reminded of the fact that the bible says that where there is no vision, the people perish.

Danny K. Davis

1:12:10 to 1:12:31( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: and i think we've been very fortunate to have a bold, courageous, and visionary president as the leader of this country. as a matter of fact, he was bold enough, brave enough, and visionary enough to say that we

Danny K. Davis

1:12:32 to 1:12:54( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: are going to reform health care delivery. and many people thought tt was a far stretch, that it was a far reach, because people had been trying to do it, had been talking about it, but had not been able to accomplish it.

Danny K. Davis

1:12:55 to 1:13:15( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: and i guess the boys on the street would say, and then along came barack. along came president obama. i know there are thousands and thousands of people who have been engaged in the struggle to

Danny K. Davis

1:13:16 to 1:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: push health care forward and donna, i can imagine that you have been in thousands of hours of discussions over the years with the national medical association, with the american public health association, with the black nurses association, with the national donal

Danny K. Davis

1:13:39 to 1:14:01( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: association, with the national association of social workers. all of these groups, i was thinking of my own experiences in terms of having worked in health care prior to running for public office. having sat on the boards of hospitals, having worked in

Danny K. Davis

1:14:02 to 1:14:22( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: neighborhood clinics, having been president, as a matter of fact, of the national association of community health centers. so that goes back at least 30 years. individuals have been open and all of -- and although the one hour we're doing tonight was --

Danny K. Davis

1:14:23 to 1:14:45( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: tonight was taken out under the us a pises of the congressional black caucus and of your leadership, the last person who called my office just before i came over was not black, was not an african-american. as aatter of fact, he was a nonafrican-american gentleman

Danny K. Davis

1:14:46 to 1:15:07( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: who called the office, and i happened to answer the phone, and he says is this the office of congressman danny davis? and i said, yes it is. he says, well i just want to leave a message for the congressman. i want you to tell him that i actually cried when this bill

Danny K. Davis

1:15:08 to 1:15:28( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: was passed, when that vote was taken. and just want him to know that people in my community and my family and my neighborhood have been waiting for this day. i said, i want to thank you for calling. he said are you the congressman?

Danny K. Davis

1:15:29 to 1:15:50( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: i said, well, yes, i am. i represent a district, i call it the most interesting piece of geography in north america. there's nothing quit like it. it includes the gold coast in chicago, all of downtown

Danny K. Davis

1:15:51 to 1:16:14( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: chicago, the magnificent mile, downtown, chinatown, greek town, old town, new town, brownsville but it also includes pockets of poverty. it includes suburban -- suburban districts, it has 21

Danny K. Davis

1:16:15 to 1:16:39( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: hospitals in it, four medical schools, 92 community health center sites. of course, research institutes. so you can imagine what a deal like this means to the people of my district. for example, it will improve

Danny K. Davis

1:16:40 to 1:17:00( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: coverage for 334,000 of my residents. not 3,000. not 4,000. but 334,000. it will provide tax credits for

Danny K. Davis

1:17:01 to 1:17:21( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: up to 158,000 families. 14,000 small businesses. the doughnut hole, it will remove the doughnut hole ultimately for 76,000 beneficiaries who right now

Danny K. Davis

1:17:22 to 1:17:43( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: have those experiences. it's going to extend coverage to 52,000 -- to 52,500 uninsured individuals who currently go to the county hospital when they have to get health care.

Danny K. Davis

1:17:44 to 1:18:04( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: who experience episodic care. and living in a county where the taxpayers are always crying of course about the heavy burden of having paid for health care for these individuals and so the coverage

Danny K. Davis

1:18:05 to 1:18:29( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: is so impactable, my congressional district also trained an awful lot of medical personnel. as a matter of fact, the university of illinois in chicago, we train more african-american physicians than anybody else in the

Danny K. Davis

1:18:30 to 1:18:51( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: country other than maharry and howard. we train nurses we train hainlaon therapists, we train medical personnel that go all over the world because we have the largest medical center district in the country. and so health care is a big

Danny K. Davis

1:18:52 to 1:19:13( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: piece, a big part, not only of this the service but a big part of the economy. and people who have never, ever before in their lifetime had any health insurance at all now

Danny K. Davis

1:19:14 to 1:19:35( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: can feel safe, comfortable, and secure in having the coverage that they need. this legislation, in my mind, is the most impactful health legislation that we have seen since medicare and medicaid.

Danny K. Davis

1:19:36 to 1:19:58( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: someone was asking me the other day, they said, well, you know, medicare, money we spend, and i said, well, you know there's no point talking to me about medicare. i am confident that both my mother and my father would have

Danny K. Davis

1:19:59 to 1:20:23( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: died sooner had there not been medicare. as a matter of fact, my mother went 150 miles sometimes to get to the hospital so that she could receive dialysis for an ailment that she had. there are people who live all

Danny K. Davis

1:20:24 to 1:20:44( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: over rural america who have had no access to health care at all. there are people in inster -- inster -- inner city america who live close to the medical city d these resources, we have resources, t they have no money. therefore they cannot access

Danny K. Davis

1:20:45 to 1:21:09( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: the resources. and they have to pass by all of these hospitals. they have to pass by all of these resources and know that they cannot access them. i agree with my colleagues who have suggested that this has

Danny K. Davis

1:21:10 to 1:21:30( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: been a magical piece of work. african-americans often wonder where are people placed? it just happened that there were african-americans on all of the committees of jurisdiction, three members on energy and commerce.

Danny K. Davis

1:21:31 to 1:21:52( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: of course, you, don narks representative butterfield, congressman bobby rush. all on energy and commerce. five members of the congressional black caucus on ways and means. and of course much of the time that we were discussing and debating this bill, charles

Danny K. Davis

1:21:53 to 1:22:13( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: rangel was in fact the chair -- the chairman and had a great deal to do. i'll mention that in addition to the health care departments -- components of this legislation are the tremendous increases in education for minority-serving institutions

Danny K. Davis

1:22:14 to 1:22:31( Edit History Discussion )

Danny K. Davis: like historically black colleges a universities, hispanic-serving institutions, tive american institions, institutions for pacific islanders, so comprehensively

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