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House Proceeding 11-06-09 on Nov 6th, 2009 :: 2:45:00 to 2:49:45
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Peter A. DeFazio

2:44:56 to 2:45:19( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: the problems that we have rather than expecting government to take care of us all. and that's just the way it is. ack. the speaker pro tempore: mr. towns of new york. without objection, the ntleman is recognized.

Peter A. DeFazio

2:45:00 to 2:49:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Peter A. DeFazio

Peter A. DeFazio

2:45:20 to 2:45:40( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: for five minutes. fazzfazz the democratic health care -- heal of long standing problems with health insurance and health care in america. the health insurance industry is exempt from anti-tru laws in the united states. that means they can and they do get together and collude, they collude to drive up your

Peter A. DeFazio

2:45:41 to 2:46:01( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: premiums, they collude to curtail your coverage, they divide uthe world and determine where each of them might or might not sell policy so there isn't competition in any way. that's all legal. they're exempt. the democratic bill, with my amendment, repeals that privilege to this industry, they'll have to play under the same rules as every other

Peter A. DeFazio

2:46:02 to 2:46:22( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: business in america. that will lower premiums beten 10% and 25% according to the consumer union. that's one step in the democratic bill. the republicans wouldn't touch that with a 100-foot pool. the insurance industry is so generous at campaign time. they want to give new loopholes to the industry. the democratic bill outlaws denying you coverage because you

Peter A. DeFazio

2:46:23 to 2:46:43( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: were once sick, pre-existing the democratic plan denies canceling your policy when you've been pa for years because you got sick. that's called rescission by the industry. no more. no lifetime caps which are hidden in the small print. people find out when they get a seriou illness, outlawed by the decratic bill.

Peter A. DeFazio

2:46:44 to 2:47:09( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: and also the democratic bill will put annual caps on people's spending. no one will ever again lose their house in america because they los health insurance and they got sick. yeah, the hospital still has to take them but they'll take your house. that won't happen if the democratic bill is adopted. the republicans willeal with

Peter A. DeFazio

2:47:12 to 2:47:32( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: none of those abuses and we're going to begin to fill in the doughnut hole which they created for the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry and seniors' health benefits. we're going to help small businesses buy plans wh tax credits. it's not perfect, it can be improved as we go through the process but it's a good star

Peter A. DeFazio

2:47:33 to 2:47:55( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: reing in the costs of an out of control health care system. the republicans' alternative, as i said, they continue the anti-trust exemption and the price fixing by the the insurance industry. they allow them to continue to deny you coverage because you were once sick, they allow you, they allow the insurance industry to do rescissions and cancel your policy when you got sick, even though you've been

Peter A. DeFazio

2:47:56 to 2:48:16( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: paying of course, allow, you know, individual coverage will not have those limits on -- will not be limited, so we'll still have bankruptcies and people losing their houses. but wait, it gets better. they have something called the new national plan. that's the key to what they're doing here. you can buy a national policy

Peter A. DeFazio

2:48:17 to 2:48:37( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: and it will be cheaper and, oh, well wait a minute, here's the small print, your national policy will only be subject to the rules in the state in which it is written. not where you live. if you got a problem, you'll have to file with the insurance commissioner in that state. now that's probably not too good because we have some states that basically don't regulate the

Peter A. DeFazio

2:48:38 to 2:48:59( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: industry at all. but it gets better. the republicans are so creative. they have created a 51st state called the north islands. now, some might remember the northern mariana islands because of the convicted republican scandals around him, the sweatshops, sex scandals, all that stuff.

Peter A. DeFazio

2:49:00 to 2:49:20( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: that's where your new national plan will be made, in the northern mariana islands. so if you buy a policy in my home state of oregon want to file a complaint, you'll be calling the insurance commissioner in the northern mariana islands and perhaps when he gets out of jail that might even be jake abramoff. what a great deal.

Peter A. DeFazio

2:49:21 to 2:49:41( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: i mean, it would be a joke. if they weren't serious about it. this is something the industry wanted, they wanted a new loophole to better abuse consumers and the republicans wanted to deliver it to them. it can't be serious. so, i would say to my colleagues, you can thr with the insur which they seem to think is

Peter A. DeFazio

2:49:42 to 2:49:46( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: totally benign and always there for the american people or you can throw in on the side of

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