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House Proceeding 06-04-09 on Jun 5th, 2009 :: 1:33:25 to 1:35:49
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Mazie Hirono

1:33:21 to 1:33:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: who are struggling, and the progressive caucus is all about fighting with poverty. i thought this was just a poor folks' problem. but this study seems to say something el the debtors were well-educated, jobs.

Mazie Hirono

1:33:25 to 1:35:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mazie Hirono

Mazie Hirono

1:33:44 to 1:34:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: ms. hirono: it points out how broken the welfare system is. people who are work, people who are well-educated, people who have good jobs cannot afford their health care. again, it points out there are things we need to do. i mentioned earlier in my marks i had -- many of us have been having forums, health care forums in our communities. i had one in my community last

Mazie Hirono

1:34:07 to 1:34:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: week on the big island of hawaii. we had representatives from hospitals, from the medical profession, from -- the dean of our medical school. and while this whole health care issue is very complicated, certain common themes came out. first of all, of course, the recognition that the cost is

Mazie Hirono

1:34:28 to 1:34:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: astronomicalno end in sight, and in terms of what can we do, i was really interested to know that there was this focus on prevention, on primary care, these are two areas that our current system does not reward, does not pay attention to. so we've got this topsy-turvy

Mazie Hirono

1:34:51 to 1:35:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: kind of system where we're actually paying a lot of money for quantity, not quality. . so if we focus on health care for a moment, we would be spending a lot more on prevention so people don't have to go for a period -- long

Mazie Hirono

1:35:12 to 1:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: periods of time where they have to go to the emergency room or have to get much more expensive care. so prevention is much more important. but our system does not really pay attention to prevention. also, if we had more emphasis and support for primary care providers, same thing. we probay would save billions

Mazie Hirono

1:35:34 to 1:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: and billions of dollars every year by enabling people to see their primary care providers. and we don't have as many primary care physicians and nurse practioners and others as we need. but if we spent more time on the

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