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House Proceeding 11-04-09 on Nov 4th, 2009 :: 0:59:35 to 1:12:20
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Diane E. Watson

0:59:32 to 0:59:52( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: america, it is also fiscally responsible. has said it will reduce e budget deficit over the next 20 years. ms. watson: judy, you were a statewide officer in california. and you dealt with a lot these fiscal issues. and so we are so pleased to have

Diane E. Watson

0:59:35 to 1:12:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Diane E. Watson

0:59:53 to 1:00:16( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: you here. anything can happen in hollywood. and we had a rally out in front of the catholic church on sunset boulevard, blessed sacrament and there was the last school i taught in and we had the

Diane E. Watson

1:00:17 to 1:00:37( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: catholic priest and a jewish rabbi and a muslim minister and we had protestant. and one gentleman came up and said i'm an american citizen. i work four jobs.

Diane E. Watson

1:00:38 to 1:01:00( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: my two-year-old daughter got sick. i did not make enough money to pay for insurance coverage. my daughter died. there wasn't a dry eye, because everyone in the audience could put themselves in that position. there was a real tall gent

Diane E. Watson

1:01:01 to 1:01:22( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: off to my left and he had placard that he kept pushing up and it had the face of our haven't, barack obama barack oba with the hitler kind of moustache, so disrespectful. i'm catholic and i made the sign of the cross, he put that sign

Diane E. Watson

1:01:23 to 1:01:45( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: down and a woman in front of him kind of hid it. i found out he was an actor someone paid him to come. the speaker pro tempore: the chair quill receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house the senate has passed

Diane E. Watson

1:01:46 to 1:02:05( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: with an amendment h.r. 3548 an act to amend the supplemental appropriations act of 2008 to provide for the availability of emergency employment compensation and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is

Diane E. Watson

1:02:14 to 1:02:35( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: recognized. ms. watson: thank you. i would like to kind of give the viewing public some idea how the health reform bill will impact on my district. 48% of the district has

Diane E. Watson

1:02:36 to 1:02:56( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: employer-based coverage. these constituents can keep their own insurance if they like. in my public forum, i had the audience raise their hand if they were insured and most hands went up. how many of you like your insurance?

Diane E. Watson

1:02:57 to 1:03:21( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: most of the hands went down. and i said, if you like it, you keep it. if you don't, you have a marketplace to choose the plan that best fits your family's needs. so the bill that will be in front of us in a few days improves employer-based coverage

Diane E. Watson

1:03:22 to 1:03:47( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: for over 304,000 residents the 33rd congressional district angeles, culver city and hollywood. that pr insurance costs for up to 173 households.

Diane E. Watson

1:03:48 to 1:04:12( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: there are 22 have pre-existing medical conditions that prevent them from obtaining health insurance. the bill insures that they will be able to obtain insurance where they have been den the past.

Diane E. Watson

1:04:13 to 1:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: it will improve medicare for 75,000 beneficiaries, including closing the prescription drug doughnut hole for 6,100 seniors. it provides a tax credit 15,100 small businesses in my

Diane E. Watson

1:04:36 to 1:04:56( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: district that have 25 employees or less and pay an average wage of less than $40,000. it allows businesses to obtain affordable health care coverage by joing

Diane E. Watson

1:04:57 to 1:05:21( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the exchange. it provis coverage to uninsured individuals. and that includes 30% of the district residents between -- below the age of 65.

Diane E. Watson

1:05:22 to 1:05:43( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: and it protects 1,100 vulnerable families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs. it reduces the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and health care providers by $29 million.

Diane E. Watson

1:05:44 to 1:06:06( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: that is the direct impact on my district. in the state of california, there are more tn 20% population that is uninsured. workers at private sector businesses of all sizes are experiencing an increase

Diane E. Watson

1:06:07 to 1:06:27( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: likelihood of being uninsured. although it is most pronounced in businesses with fewer than 10 employees. more than 1/3 of the uninsured have family incomes of more than

Diane E. Watson

1:06:28 to 1:06:50( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: $50,000 per year. 27% of families with incomes between the state of california are uninsured. 70% of u families where the head of the

Diane E. Watson

1:06:51 to 1:07:13( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: household has a year-round, full-time job. mr. speaker, we are so pleased that this house can come up with a piece of legislation that will guarantee our children, our

Diane E. Watson

1:07:14 to 1:07:35( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: seniors full coverage s families won't have to go bankrupt because they had pre-existing conditions. and the poorer the family, the less health care they have had, because they simply can't afford it.

Diane E. Watson

1:07:36 to 1:07:56( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: so, mr. speaker, it's incumbent on us, it should be bipartisan, because i don't understand why people would rant and rave over providing to all americans affordable health insurance. if we're going to be the

Diane E. Watson

1:07:57 to 1:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: strongest country on the globe then we need to assure population. if we choose to go thousands of miles away and fight unnecessary wars -- and we want vi then we have to be sure our military is healthy.

Diane E. Watson

1:08:18 to 1:08:38( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: we have to be sure that our families can sustain themselves while their loved ones are over fighting for this country. if we wantp to ensure a then let's provide the

Diane E. Watson

1:08:39 to 1:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: infrastructure on our land that will help americans be the strongest people on earth. it is an embarrassment. and right now, the international parallel men tear union is meeting here in the visir center and when we went over a

Diane E. Watson

1:09:03 to 1:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: few months ago, they said why is nt -- isn't america at the table with us and we were embarrassed to say we are caught up in a health care debate to provide for all americans. how can we pride ourselves of being the strongest leader and

Diane E. Watson

1:09:24 to 1:09:45( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: we cannot provide health care in an affordable fashion to our citizens? so i want everyone to hear this. a robust option, option says that you can make a choice.

Diane E. Watson

1:09:46 to 1:10:09( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: you can look at a marketplace, a plan that will address your family's needs. you can buy into that plan. it also says that seniors, when they get to that doughnut hole, when they have spent or

Diane E. Watson

1:10:10 to 1:10:30( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: $2,400, $2,500, they aren't going to full fall into that hole, because this bill will help you lift that burden. and so we're going to pull people out of the doughnut hole. we're going to say to you, if you lose your job, your coverage

Diane E. Watson

1:10:31 to 1:10:54( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: will continue. we want to say to you americans, if you fall ill, you don't have to be bankrupt. we want to say to america that we can care about your health. we are willing to put our policies on the line for you.

Diane E. Watson

1:10:55 to 1:11:18( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: do not be confused and do not let the opposition misstate the benefits. . you will receive more health s plan. just know we are providing for you the best health care

Diane E. Watson

1:11:19 to 1:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: insurance and we are keeping it within the budget that our president has set. so i do hope that if you come here to the the offices of your representatives or if you write them, email them or call them,

Diane E. Watson

1:11:41 to 1:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: encourage them to vote for a policy that will insure all americans. we want to be sure strongest, the healthiest, and the happiest nation world. thank you, mr. speaker.

Diane E. Watson

1:12:02 to 1:12:19( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: i yield back the balance o time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the gentleman from missouri, mr. akin, is recognized for 60 minutes as the

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