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House Proceeding 06-04-09 on Jun 5th, 2009 :: 1:36:35 to 1:40:45
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Janice D. Schakowsky

1:36:31 to 1:36:52( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: american business less competitive globally? would you like to respond to this question? ms. schakowsky: if you think about the cost of an automobile, which a lot of people do think about and you know, we certainly want to encourage people to buy american cars, but there is now

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:36:35 to 1:40:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Janice D. Schakowsky

1:36:53 to 1:37:14( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: more cost for health care than there is for steel in that car. that's how much it is. now, when you want to sell your cars around the world and be competitive and you're competing against countries where they system and they control their

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:37:15 to 1:37:35( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: costs of health care, then it's pretty hard to do when employers are facing these double-digit, rising costs in health insurance every year for their employees, those employers who are good enough to provide it or they have negotiated with their workers to provide health care benefits.

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:37:36 to 1:37:56( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: so clearly, we have to find a way to get these health care costs under control. and one of the best ways to do that is to have an efficient and quality public plan. and that's one of the reasons why it's so important, not just the quality that's going to be

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:37:57 to 1:38:18( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: great, but the cost effectiveness. and you've got a chart about the administrative costs of health care. and what we know is that all of these blic plans that we have, medicare, medicaid, veterans administration, the administrative costs are very low compared to the private

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:38:19 to 1:38:42( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: insurance companies. and as a progressive, i want to end as a community organizer, still having that mindset, one of the things that we do as progressives is engage grassroots support. and that's one of the great things about our website, too, they can talk directly to us. let's face it.

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:38:43 to 1:39:03( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: as we push for a comprehensive health care for all americans, the people who are profitting from the system as it is are going to be out there pushing against us. mainly, we're going to find that the insurance industry is fighting tooth and nail about having to compete against a public plan.

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:39:04 to 1:39:25( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: they're out there now and saying it's unfair and not right that they should have to compete. come on. they have had the market to themselves for all of these years and here we are right now with a crisis in our country in health care, when --. when people think about the

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:39:26 to 1:39:46( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: economy, lots of times they think about health care. when they lose their jobs, what are they thinking about? health care. if they had an employer plan, they don't have it now. so what we have to do is organize. we have to mobilize. we have to have people out there demanding the kind of plan

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:39:47 to 1:40:07( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: that's going to help their family, that makes sure that they can get the preventive care they need, can take their kids to the doctor, they don't have to go to an emergency room and wait until the last minute until there's a real serious illness before they get any kind of help.

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:40:08 to 1:40:28( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: so that progressive caucus can do is to go out and help mobilize people around the country around a plan and around a plan that does have a robust public health insurance option in it, because

Janice D. Schakowsky

1:40:29 to 1:40:45( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: without that, you better believe that we're going to see the lobbyist from the insurance companies, probably from the pharmaceutical companies, like on the medicare part d. and so, we want to create a

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