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House Proceeding 06-04-09 on Jun 5th, 2009 :: 1:15:45 to 1:19:50
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Mazie Hirono

1:15:42 to 1:16:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: something new and fre so i hand back to -- mr. ellison: who would ms. woolsey: i yield to congresswoman hirono from hawaii. ms. hirono: thank you very much. we are going to be focusing on health care tonight for this hour and i just

Mazie Hirono

1:15:45 to 1:19:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mazie Hirono

Mazie Hirono

1:16:04 to 1:16:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: with all of you a l my b what it's like not to have health care. i came to this country as a immigrant. my mother brought me and my brothers to hawaii, lucky me, and raed us as a single parent. and we didn't have much. and she worked for many years in a job that did not havany

Mazie Hirono

1:16:27 to 1:16:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: benefits, innovation, no health care. and i remember growing up that migratest fear was that my mother would get sick and if she did, she wouldn't be able to go to work and if she didn't go to work there wouldn't be any money for food or rent. today, in our country, over 45

Mazie Hirono

1:16:49 to 1:17:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: million people have no health insurance. i know what that's like. our current system does not serve these millions of people, nor does our current system serve those who have health insurance because of rising costs, which have not kept up with wages. our current system also does not

Mazie Hirono

1:17:15 to 1:17:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: serve our businesses well, where employer-based health insurance premiums have nearly doubled since 2000 and continue to rise. we're spending in this country over $2 trillion annually on health care, with no one happy, certainly the 45 million people without any insurance, certainly not the business community, certainly not those people who

Mazie Hirono

1:17:36 to 1:17:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: literally, many of them, in fact, many individuals who file for bankruptcy in our country do so because of catastrophic health problems and costs. and our current system is spending almost 16% to 18% of the gross domestic product on

Mazie Hirono

1:17:57 to 1:18:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: health insurance. and yet, with this kind of expenditure, are we getting the kind of results you would expect for each of us spending something like $6,000 to $7,000 a year? no. children are likely two times to

Mazie Hirono

1:18:19 to 1:18:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: die as children in spain, portugal or slovania. ms. schakowsky: it's an embarrassment. ms. hirono: as costs go up and up and up, there is no end in sight. frankly, to rely on the private health insurance carriers to resolve this problem which has

Mazie Hirono

1:18:41 to 1:19:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: been with us -- remember when i came here and my mother didn't have health insance, it was a number of decades ago, i won't tell you how many, but the problems remain. and that is why the progressive caucus is very much focused as we focus on reducing costs and maintaing access and choice for our doctors and health care

Mazie Hirono

1:19:03 to 1:19:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: plans and really focusing on affordable, quality health care that we want to have a public option, a public option to give the people of our country a choice as to whether or not if they have their current private carrier insurance and they're happy with it, they can stay with that.

Mazie Hirono

1:19:24 to 1:19:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: but for those who want to have another option, who want to see competition in the health insurance market through a private or a public -- excuse me, a public option, that's what the progressive caucus wants to see. this is why so many people from all across the country are supporting health care reform.

Mazie Hirono

1:19:45 to 1:19:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: it's not just top, down. we have been having forums all across our country, in my own

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