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House Proceeding 07-30-09 on Jul 30th, 2009 :: 0:53:30 to 0:59:30
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Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:53:28 to 0:53:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: care reform, any reform must include freedom for individuals and their doctors to me their own personal health decisions. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell. mr. pascrell: address e house

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:53:30 to 0:59:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Jr.Pascrell

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:53:50 to 0:54:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: for five minutes. this is a golden opportunity after what you just heard, we wanted to dispel misinformation. i don't know what plan the gentleman just spoke before me is referring to. so this is what's been propagated from the other side about health care system

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:54:14 to 0:54:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: envisioned in america's affordable health choices act. i have heard many of my colleagues across the aisle claim that the democrats' health care proposal will result in rationing and loss of choice. tonight let me address that, because if it did, i would not support it, nor would my fellow democrats.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:54:35 to 0:54:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: i have heard anecdote after anecdote from the other side about a man here, a woman there who that had to wait for care in canada and england and i do empathize with their stories, but let's be clear, our health care plan absolutely does not envision a canadian-yle system.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:54:57 to 0:55:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: we're americans. we proposed an american system with choice and competion. we're not socializing medicine and we're not rationing care. stir fear and slow down efforts to bring real reform to our system. with that said, i want to share

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:55:19 to 0:55:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: with you a story not from canada, not from england, not from mars, but from right here in the united states, month claire, new jersey, my district. jody, one of my constituents, has been self-employed for 20 years as a dietish and.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:55:41 to 0:56:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: and when she got divorced he had to pay for cobra coverage. after a year and a half of timely payments, her plan notified her that our insurance was canceled because the automatic withdrawal from her bank a late. i want to be on the side of those who are going to support

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:56:02 to 0:56:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: folks like this and not on the side of those who will perpetrate the support of insurance companies, and that's what we're talking about here over the next several months. that's what we'll continue to talk about. there's no appeal avaible, so

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:56:24 to 0:56:45( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: jody was not notified until six weeks after she lost coverage and was not eligible for hipaa relating to pre-existing conditions. when she found insurance on e individual market, all of her pre-existing conditions were excluded for a year. read the bill.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:56:46 to 0:57:06( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: when she needed blood work because she was having unplainable weight gain, the insurance company denied coverage for her tests because of a pre-existing thyroid condition, even though she never experienced these conditions before. read our bill. when she had pain in her foot,

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:57:07 to 0:57:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: the insurance company denied coverage for a doctor visit because she had been to the doctor nine months prior for a wart. but what is different about this story from the stories brought to us from the other side of the aisle is that we have the numbers that prove that jody is not alone when she was denied care that she needed.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:57:30 to 0:57:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: if you want to talk about rationing, then let's talk about these numbers. 53% of americans cut back on their health care in the last year because of costs. between january, 2000 and this year, five million families filedor bankruptcy because of medical bills. about 1/3 of the uninsured have

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:57:52 to 0:58:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: a chronic disease and six times less likely to receive care for health care than an insured. read the bill. 25 million americans are underinsured, which means that at least 25 million americans face premiums, co-pays and deductibles that they can hardly

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:58:13 to 0:58:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: afford. for these people, price stands between them and the care they need and the treatments their doctors prescribe. another 46 million are uninsured with no protection whatsoever from these costs. as many as 22,000 americans die each year because they don't have health insurance. read the bill. that's rationing, my friends.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:58:35 to 0:58:55( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: that's rationing. as costs continue to rise, these numbers will grow and grow. so please don't preach to us about rationing. plans offered by the other side fail to reduce the number of uninsured, fail to rein in health care costs and erode provider coverage.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:58:56 to 0:59:17( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: the one mode of insurance that has kept us from slipping, our bill will expand access to health care, rein in health c costs and needless rationing in this country. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas, mr.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:59:18 to 0:59:30( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: moran. >> mr. yarmuth: request pergets to speak out of turn -- request permission to speak out of turn. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.

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