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House Proceeding 06-04-09 on Jun 5th, 2009 :: 1:44:40 to 1:46:55
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Mazie Hirono

1:44:36 to 1:44:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: what kinds of coalitions do you see at these forums. are these folks you are seeing working together? ms. hirono: this sysm is so broken that you have people from all seeingments, republicans, democrats, doctors, nurses,

Mazie Hirono

1:44:40 to 1:46:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mazie Hirono

Mazie Hirono

1:44:57 to 1:45:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: hospitals, priors, the whole spectrum, small businesses coming in and saying let's fix this and identify the problem. in our country, we like compition. but i don't think anybody could really say that there is competition going on among the private health insurance carriers.

Mazie Hirono

1:45:18 to 1:45:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: it's all very complicated. and january talked about how if you don't read the fine print, you don't know you're not covered. it's all not transparent. that's why the progressive

Mazie Hirono

1:45:40 to 1:46:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: caucus is supporting is transparent and accountable. insurance is traditionally regulated or -- regulated in a manner of speaking, very little regulation occurs, at the state level. and at the state level, i'll use hawaii as an example. the state of hawaii regulates

Mazie Hirono

1:46:01 to 1:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: the rates for automobile insurance because hawaii is a no-fault state. the state regulates the rates for workers' compensation. most states regulate workers' compensation rates. there is no review of the rates

Mazie Hirono

1:46:22 to 1:46:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: that private insurance health care carriers charge. most states don't even require any kind of information from their private insurance carriers. and that is why there is no competition. and this is we want to see -- americans, we like competition, we want to see competion between a transparent,

Mazie Hirono

1:46:43 to 1:46:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: accountable public insurance option and a private option. and believe me, if people like their private carriers, then the option, that's what it is, it's choice.

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