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House Proceeding 06-04-09 on Jun 5th, 2009 :: 1:20:25 to 1:26:10
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Janice D. Schakowsky

1:20:21 to 1:20:42( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: schakowsky has been a dedicated adv years, not just in congress, but before that when she was a social worker. ms. schakowsky: i was a community organizer. mr. ellison: this public option, congresswoman schakowsky, any views you would like to share before you launch into any

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:20:25 to 1:26:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Janice D. Schakowsky

1:20:43 to 1:21:03( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: prepared remarks? . ms. schakowsky: i've had people come into my office day in and day out saying they can't get the health care they need, they have a child or disability or a spouse who lost his job and his

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:21:04 to 1:21:25( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: health care and also, people come in and say, you know, i'm 63 years old, i hope i can live another two years so i can get medicare, a government-provided health care for seniors and persons with disabilities. and we know that medare is

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:21:26 to 1:21:48( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: one of the most successful programs we have had, something that passed in 1965 and lifted the burden of health care costs off of the most vulnerable people, our elderly and persons with disabilities. this is something that i think many young people are jealous of, wish they had, this

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:21:49 to 1:22:12( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: government provide health care program that is really a universal program for people over 65 and persons with disabilities. well, now we have an opportunity, something i've been working and waiting for all of my adult life, that we're going to have a health care program for all americans. what is it going to look like?

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:22:13 to 1:22:33( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: it's going to give americans a choice. if they like what they have, they can keep it. nobody has to worry about anything being taken away from them that they like. but if they don't want to go back to a private insurance company and want something that we know is reliable, because we've done it with medicare,

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:22:34 to 1:22:54( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: and the veterans administration, they can choose a public health insurance option. the good news about that is not only will it be there to provide the package of benefits that they want, but it's also going to be something that's really going to save money and make the private insurance industry have to compete with

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:22:55 to 1:23:15( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: that and make them even better. let me read from a better -- letter that the president of the united states, barack obama, from my home state, a former community organizer, wrote, sent yesterday to the chairman of the senate finance committee, max bachus, and the chairman of the senate health,

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:23:16 to 1:23:37( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: education, labor and pensions committee, senator edward kennedy. he wrote, quote, i strongly believe that americans should have the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans. this will give them a better range of choices, make the health care market more competitive, and keep insurance companies honest. and the other thing he could

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:23:38 to 1:23:58( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: have said is that it's also going to save us money by helping to reduce the costs all around for health care. in fact, there's been estimates that over 10 years, about $3 trillion can be saved because there will be this choice of this health care option.

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:23:59 to 1:24:21( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: and it is about time that the united states joined the rest of the industrial world and said, yes, our people are going to get the health care they need. that it's going to be a right, not just a privilege for those who can afford it. let me just tell a couple of stories before i yield back, quick ones. the other day, a friend of mine

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:24:22 to 1:24:42( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: proudly showed me a picture of her daughter who just had a baby in the hospital, a darling picture of mother and baby and mom holding the baby in one arm and a cell phone in the other. isn't that adorable, she must be calling friendsnd family telling about the birth of this beautiful baby.

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:24:43 to 1:25:04( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: and my friend said, oh, no, she was on the phone with her insurance company right after the birth of the baby, to make sure you know, there are a lots of insurance policies, private insurance policy, that don't cover maternity care. people sometimes aren't aware of that until they have the other is, i met a farmer

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:25:05 to 1:25:27( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: about a month ago, who told me he and his family had a $10,000 deductible policy. now this man is included when we count who is insured in the united states of america. but this family isn't insured for most things. unless something horrible happens, a terrible,

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:25:28 to 1:25:48( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: catastrophic accident on the farm, for ever they are absolutely uninsured -- uninsured, paying out of pocket costs. so congresswoman hirono, you talked about think 47 million uninsured, over half of all americans last year reported

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:25:49 to 1:26:09( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: that they had to forego -- forgo or postpone some health procedure or prescription drug they need sosmed we know it goes way beyond those who are uninsured into most americans and now i got a new report today, 60% of all personal bankruptcies are due to health

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:26:10 to 1:26:12( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: costs and 75% of those people

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