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House Proceeding 05-18-09 on May 18th, 2009 :: 0:44:15 to 0:52:10
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Barbara Lee

0:44:11 to 0:44:32( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: reform and i would like to ask unanimous consent to insert a copy of those principals -- principles for the record this evening. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. lee: let me thank and recognize congresswoman johnson who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the health care debate. as a registered nurse, she has been very involved in health

Barbara Lee

0:44:15 to 0:52:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Barbara Lee

0:44:33 to 0:44:55( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: care reform for many, many years. and also, she has a statement tonight that i would like to ask unanimous consent to insert into the record because she has a very clear perspective on what needs to be done in health care reform. and i have her statement. the speaker pro tempore: without

Barbara Lee

0:44:56 to 0:45:17( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: objection.. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. lee: let me say as one who supports single payer universal health care, i also believe that health care must be and should be a fundamental human right. but i also know that whatever

Barbara Lee

0:45:18 to 0:45:38( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: reform health care reform -- whatever form health care reform take, we must have a public option similar to that of medicare. 47 million people lack health insurance in america. though racial and ethnic minorities account for about one third of the united s population, they account for more than half of the

Barbara Lee

0:45:39 to 0:46:01( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: uninsured. in my district alone in alameda county and throughout the country, there are very profound inequities in health insurance coverage between various racial and ethnic groups. among nonelderly adults, latinos are five times as

Barbara Lee

0:46:02 to 0:46:22( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: likely as white to be uninsured, asians and pacific islanders are also less likely. and because medical costs are steadily rising, medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy. in today's economic climate, the unemployment numbers in my

Barbara Lee

0:46:23 to 0:46:44( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: own state of california reaching over 11% that means that millions more are falling into bankruptcy every day. that means that millions more are losing their health care coverage. and of course, african-americans, latinos, native americans and asian-pacific islanders are

Barbara Lee

0:46:45 to 0:47:06( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: disproportionately affect the statistics are irrefutable. african-american women are four times as likely to die during childbirth than white women from pregnancy complications. nearly half ofhose living with h.i.v. and aids in the united states are african-americans and the aids rate is nearly 10 times that of whites.

Barbara Lee

0:47:07 to 0:47:28( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: a recent study by the c.d.c. found that nearly one in two young african-american girls is infected with one of the four more common sexually transmated infections, as opposed to one in four among the general population. african-americans are two time more likely to have diabetes than whites. african-americans are nearly 3.5 times more likely than

Barbara Lee

0:47:29 to 0:47:49( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: whites to have an amputation as a result of their diabetes. african-american men with colon cancer are more than 40% less likely than white men with the same condition to receive major diagnostic and treatment procedures. while medical science has made a lot of advances over the last 10 years, the gains made by the

Barbara Lee

0:47:50 to 0:48:10( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: discovery of new drugs and treatments has not passed on to all segments of the population. going back to my district in alameda county, california, we had an average rate of 2,032

Barbara Lee

0:48:11 to 0:48:32( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: people die of heart disease. african-american men and women had higher rates of mortality rates than any other group, 286 per 100,000 for african-american men and 199 per 100,000 per african-american women. twhile overall mortality rate has declined by 7% since 1998,

Barbara Lee

0:48:33 to 0:48:53( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: the gap, mind you, the gap between african-americans and the overall county rate has grown dramatically. in 1990 to 1991, the african-american rate was 16%. 16% higher than the county rate. in 2002 to 2003, it was 50% higher.

Barbara Lee

0:48:54 to 0:49:15( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: something is seriously wrong. the story is the same with cancer and diabetes. these statistics are not only in my district, they're reflected throughout the country and all of our congressional black caucus, congressional hispanic caucus and con gegsral asian pacific islanders' districts. this is a serious, serious

Barbara Lee

0:49:16 to 0:49:37( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: health care crisis that warrants a clarion call immediately. our nation has failed. has failed to guarantee what is often federally funded health research which fully benefits everyone across the nation. that's why we're here tonight, mr. speaker to speak with clarity, with one voice, to

Barbara Lee

0:49:38 to 0:49:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: demand health care reform now. and to demand an end to the factors that perpetrate racial and ethnic health disparities in this country. we can't do one without the other. i'm sure congresswoman christensen will review the accountability act, it will

Barbara Lee

0:49:59 to 0:50:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: bolster efforts to ensure culturally and linguistcally appropriate health care and remove language and cultural barriers to health care. it will improve workforce diversity. it will ensure accountability and it will improve health care

Barbara Lee

0:50:20 to 0:50:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: services in general. this is the health equity accountability act he's worked so hard on for seven years. it will help put our country back on track to eliminating health disparities in our country. i must applaud again

Barbara Lee

0:50:41 to 0:51:03( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: congresswoman christensen and her staff. i look forward to its introduction in the next few weeks. let me just say, we know the profit motive has driven the health care industry. it should not be an industry. it's an industry that has rewarded and provided profits

Barbara Lee

0:51:04 to 0:51:25( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: for the wealthy and for the insurance industry yet it's been unfortunately not there for the people it's intended to serve. wee insisting a public health option similar to medicare be part of any health care reform

Barbara Lee

0:51:26 to 0:51:50( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: packe and the closing health care disparities be part of any health care reform effort. these are central principals that we are -- principles we are making sure our perspective incorporates as it relates to whatever health care bill comes out. quite frankly, we can't have

Barbara Lee

0:51:51 to 0:52:10( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: some of the same old business. thank you again congresswoman fudge and let me just say we're sounding the alarm once again that members of the congressional black caucus are not going to stand for a health care bill which our community

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