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House Proceeding 11-06-09 on Nov 6th, 2009 :: 3:44:50 to 3:50:55
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Kathy Castor

3:44:39 to 3:45:00( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: mr. frelinghuysen. the gentleman from georgia, mr. westmoreland. the gentleman from tennessee, mr. wamp. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the gentlewoman from florida, ms. castor is recognized for 60

Kathy Castor

3:44:50 to 3:50:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Kathy Castor

Kathy Castor

3:45:01 to 3:45:21( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: minutes as the designee of the majority leader. ms. castor: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i might consume. mr. speaker, the house of representatives is poised for a very historic milestone this evening. we are on the cusp of beginning debate on the affordable health

Kathy Castor

3:45:22 to 3:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: care for america act. democrats are going to deliver what american families and businesses have been asking for when it comes to their health. one, meaningful, stable, and secure health insurance, two, improved medicare for our seniors, and three, vital consumer protections.

Kathy Castor

3:45:44 to 3:46:05( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: for families with health insurance, health reform will provide covere you can count on. all americans will have affordable options even if they change their jobs or if their employer does not offer health insurance. we're going to get into a few of the important consumer protections tonight with a few of my colleagues.

Kathy Castor

3:46:06 to 3:46:27( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: but under this revised bill, families will not have to worry about insurance companies canceling their coverage because someone in the family gets sick or is diagnosed with cancer or another illness. health insurance companies will no longer be able to bar you from health insurance because you have cancer that's in remission. or you've had a heart ailment.

Kathy Castor

3:46:28 to 3:46:48( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: we're going to ensure that our neighbors are not forced to go bankrupt when a serious illness strikes. what is insurance for, after all? it must be meaningful for american families. you have to to the admit, american families have been doing everything right. they've been paying co-payments

Kathy Castor

3:46:49 to 3:47:10( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: and premiums, even as the cost has risen astrono, ma'amcally. what our health reform bill says, that in returning these american families must have coverage that's meaningful, stable, and secure. now, we reach this historic milestone, reflecting back upon

Kathy Castor

3:47:11 to 3:47:32( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: other important milestones in american history. it was january, 1935, when president roosevelt sent his economic security bill to capitol hill. at that time, the congress took that economic security bill and renamed it the social security act and after many months of

Kathy Castor

3:47:33 to 3:47:53( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: heated debate, in april of 1935, the congress adopted the social security act. president roosevelt signed that bill into law at a ceremony in the white house cabinet room. after president roosevelt, it was president truman who sought to build upon social security and providing that important stability and security to

Kathy Castor

3:47:54 to 3:48:14( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: american families by launching the health care initiative. unfortunately, it staaled under president truman and we've been in that stalling pattern for decades after. with the exception of 1965. witthe adoption of medicare in 1965.

Kathy Castor

3:48:15 to 3:48:35( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: the house took up consideration of the medicare bill and president johnson signed that bill into law at a special ceremony in independence, missouri, in 1965. and president johnson, at that time, over the objection

Kathy Castor

3:48:36 to 3:48:57( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: some aides, insisted that the ceremony happen in independence, missouri, and that president truman, who launched the national health care debate, be in attendance. at that sign, president johnson said, no longer will older americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine.

Kathy Castor

3:48:58 to 3:49:20( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: no longer will illness crush and destroy savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime. so that they may enjoy dignity in their later years. well, mr. speaker, with our corresponding health reform act that follows upon social security and medicare, no

Kathy Castor

3:49:21 to 3:49:42( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: destroy american families. they are entitled to dignity as well. now during those debates, mr. speaker, there was a lot of opposition. great opposition from the republican party. the republicans' record on social security and medicare in america are not outstanding.

Kathy Castor

3:49:43 to 3:50:05( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: they opposed medicare from the beginning. the -- in 1965, the g.o.p. said that medicare was brazen socialism. and they've kept up that mana year after year. they've tried to undermine medicare, republicans have voted against protecting and strengthening medicare since it was adopted.

Kathy Castor

3:50:06 to 3:50:26( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: they have sought to privatize social security and medicare. they have consistently wanted to move seniors into private markets. and just this spring, house republicans offered a budget that would eventually lead to the end of medicare programs as it is presently known. if we had listened to republicans, american seniors, during the economic downturn,

Kathy Castor

3:50:27 to 3:50:48( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: would have seen their lifetime savings nearly disappear. so here we stand again on the cusp of a historic milestone to follow upon the legacy of social security and medicare, the foundational values of the democratic party, the popular initiatives that provide great security and stability to all

Kathy Castor

3:50:49 to 3:50:55( Edit History Discussion )

Kathy Castor: american families, and we're going to deliver, again, for americans -- america's families.

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