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House Proceeding 05-18-09 on May 18th, 2009 :: 0:52:30 to 0:58:05
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Diane E. Watson

0:52:28 to 0:52:48( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: i would like to turn the podium to my colleague from the state of california, the gentlelady from california, diane watson. ms. watson: thank you, ms. fudge. i'm here along with my colleagues to speaabout health care.

Diane E. Watson

0:52:30 to 0:58:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Diane E. Watson

Diane E. Watson

0:52:49 to 0:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the united states is the only industrialized nation not to offe its citizens. currently, there are over 47 million people without health insurance and as a nation we are facing a health care crisis. also, due to the ailing economy the number of uninsured is on the rise.

Diane E. Watson

0:53:15 to 0:53:38( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: as many americans have lost their access to employer based health care, we are aware all americans need access to quality health care. many of us for years have repeatedly called for a nati care cris, especially those of us who are deeply concerned about health care disparities

Diane E. Watson

0:53:39 to 0:53:59( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: in minority communities. we have continually noted how have quality health care. one third of all african-am comprehensive health care. health care is not a minority issue. just this weekend, thousands of

Diane E. Watson

0:54:00 to 0:54:20( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: students graduated from colleges and universities around the country. they walked across the stage to get their diploma in recognition for achievement. they lose their insurance. we are blessed that they remain

Diane E. Watson

0:54:21 to 0:54:43( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: on their parents' plan until they're 25 years old, but this is not the case in many states. can you imagine overnight, thousands of graduates who have been able -- who have not been able to find jobs in the struggling economy have now become uninsured. yes, young people may be the healthiest portion of the

Diane E. Watson

0:54:44 to 0:55:04( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: population, but they too at some point will fall ill. this past weekend's graduations have made me realize how necessary it is to act quickly. that's why i support urine versal health care and h.r. 676. we have twiddled our thumbs

Diane E. Watson

0:55:05 to 0:55:26( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: long enough and now it's time to act as quickly as possible to give all americans the right to quality health care. now i want to talk about another health issue that is very close to my heart, the

Diane E. Watson

0:55:27 to 0:55:47( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: issue of mercury amal gams. dentists have been using them for ye consumers that these -- that these sill jer fillings are more than 50% mercury. a 2006 poll showed that 78% of

Diane E. Watson

0:55:48 to 0:56:09( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: americans people are not aware that mercury is the in silver fillings. congress acted to remove mercury from public schools in the form of thermometers. the environm agency warns the public when mercury levels are h

Diane E. Watson

0:56:10 to 0:56:30( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: certain fish, however the food and drug administration has done nothing to warn consumers of the risk of mercury in their mouth. mercury is a known neurotoxin and can harm the development of fetuses and children.

Diane E. Watson

0:56:31 to 0:56:52( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: mercury vapors from can enter the bloodstream and cross the blood brain barrier. in an expectant mother, mercury can pass through the placenta into the fetus, potentially causing neurological damage. for example, autism in young children has been linked to mercury exposure. in adults, studies are

Diane E. Watson

0:56:53 to 0:57:15( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: beginning to show mercury as the root of neurological diseases such as alzheimer's. i will admit that more studies are needed to strengthen the relationship between mercury and neurological illnesses. the studies that have been done thus far have been woefully shortsighted and have failed to look

Diane E. Watson

0:57:16 to 0:57:37( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: of mercury fillings in children and adults. rather, they have focused on only two of three -- or three years of an individual's life. i support more reserge on the subject. however, i do not support watching more americans becoming ill without the knowledge of potential health risks caused by mercury.

Diane E. Watson

0:57:38 to 0:57:58( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the burden of proof is on the producers of mercury amalgam and on the dentists. if there is a chance that mercury is toxic to consumers' health, the consumer has the right to know. in the coming months, i will be introducing a bill about the effects of mercury amalgam fillings and its potential

Diane E. Watson

0:57:59 to 0:58:05( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: health risks. i hope that you will support me in making consumers more aware

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