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House Proceeding 11-06-09 on Nov 6th, 2009 :: 4:00:10 to 4:14:50
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Diane E. Watson

4:00:07 to 4:00:27( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: find insurance, those will all go away. so if -- either of you. i yield ms. castor: i would like to yield to ms. watson f california. while and been listening closely to this debate. i'll yield to my good friend

Diane E. Watson

4:00:10 to 4:14:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Diane E. Watson

Diane E. Watson

4:00:28 to 4:00:48( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: from california. ms. watson: thank you. mr. speaker, i have been here about an hour and a half. i have heard the affordable health care for america act denigrated, demonized.

Diane E. Watson

4:00:49 to 4:01:10( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: i heard the most discrimination -- description of our speaker, of our president, and i have heard them call this socialistic, but what i never heard from all those who are

Diane E. Watson

4:01:11 to 4:01:31( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: opposed, including the medical doctors, was a sense and feeling for protecting the health of americans. all i heard was them describing the number of pages. they even gave us the number of times that shall was used.

Diane E. Watson

4:01:32 to 4:01:52( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: they talked about this heavy load that they would throw out and abandon. but i never heard them throw in for the amecan people. there was insensitive about what they were saying. i never felt the depth of concern about protecting

Diane E. Watson

4:01:53 to 4:02:13( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: americans' health. i heard misstatements. i even heard lies. and let me explain to you where i was able to pick up on the misconceptions. they talked about taxing,

Diane E. Watson

4:02:14 to 4:02:35( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: increasing taxes. theytalked about small businesses going out of business. they talked about the death -- debt on their children and grandchildreand those yet unborn. let me try to

Diane E. Watson

4:02:36 to 4:02:58( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the mythical misstatements that were used while i sat here in the last hour and a half. will the bill raise get this, for the average individual the bill would not, would not raise taxes.

Diane E. Watson

4:02:59 to 4:03:19( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: if you are an individual who makes more than $500,000, that's half a million dollars, or a couple who makes more than $1 million, you would be taxed 2.5%. that's not the average family's income.

Diane E. Watson

4:03:20 to 4:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: $500,000 to half a m dollars and a mall dollars is exactly what it is. that's not what the average family makes. it will be taxed, yes, 2.5%. if you make more $250,000 and you do not purchase insurance, then you would have to pay a tax

Diane E. Watson

4:03:43 to 4:04:03( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: of 2.5%. medicare part d, prescription drug doughnut hole, this hole is created when a patient's prescription drug cost exceeds a yearly limit.

Diane E. Watson

4:04:04 to 4:04:25( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: this includes those whose prescription drug cost more than the initial benefit of $2,700. catastrophic coverage begins after the beneficiary has paid

Diane E. Watson

4:04:26 to 4:04:46( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: $4,350 for medications. over time the bill creates a 50% discount for a prescription drug bought in the doughnut hole will this bill increase health care costs? no. this bill is designed to reduce

Diane E. Watson

4:04:47 to 4:05:08( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: health care costs. the house bill is designed with the public option. now what does the word option mean? it means you have a choice. option means your choice, your

Diane E. Watson

4:05:09 to 4:05:31( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: decision. so the house bill is designed with the public option which will compete with private insurers in the exchange and reduce health insurance premiums. though the program is government

Diane E. Watson

4:05:32 to 4:05:52( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: run, it will be self-sufficient and not require the initial start-up. i heard over and over again that government will get between you and your provider. that is so untrue. and people talk about government. these are the people who work

Diane E. Watson

4:05:53 to 4:06:13( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: for governme and who are paid by government and how do the get their pay? because some taxpayer paid tir taxes and that's how we all get paid if you're so against government, why did you run to be part of it? because every minute you're here you're using taxpayers' monny, that's your salary.

Diane E. Watson

4:06:14 to 4:06:36( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: so if you don't believe in government, you ought not to be part of it. it was so erational, i was steamed while i was listening but i held my cool. private insurance -- private insurers unhappy with the public choice, public option, and are therefore attempting to

Diane E. Watson

4:06:37 to 4:06:57( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: disqualify now, you cannot tell me that the 10,000 people who are out there yesterday demonstrating just woke up and said we need to go to washington, d.c. and demonstrate. it was an organized effort, my friends.

Diane E. Watson

4:06:58 to 4:07:19( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: some people were paid. there were bus that is were paid for to bring people in town. and -- there were buses that were paid for to bring people in town. i said before and i'll say again, why is there so anger and hostility over providing

Diane E. Watson

4:07:20 to 4:07:43( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: all americans? what does that anger portray? why are people so ir rational? why are they -- reasonable about what government is trying to do? this started out covering those who are uncovered, about 38

Diane E. Watson

4:07:44 to 4:08:06( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: and it's grown into as opposition says, a socialistic program to cover ineligible people, to cover those most feared people that are here illegally. i never heard compassion for americans. so there was an organization

Diane E. Watson

4:08:07 to 4:08:28( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: that put that group together to come and shout and show their anger and i'm saying, what is it they are so angry about? they had been told that benefits will be taken away from seniors. nothing could be further from

Diane E. Watson

4:08:29 to 4:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: will the house bill negatively affect small busess? no. the house bill exempts most small businesses from the employee mandate. small businesses with a payroll less than $500,000 are exempt

Diane E. Watson

4:08:52 to 4:09:12( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: small employersith payrolls between $500,000 and $750,000 will have contributions phases from zero percent to 8% required contribution.

Diane E. Watson

4:09:13 to 4:09:37( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: business was payrolls above $750,000 will be required to contribute the full 8% of average salary for their employer. what is the public option? now, remember option means choice. option means decision.

Diane E. Watson

4:09:43 to 4:10:03( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: . it's a government run option. it's like going into a market and having all these plans laid out and you make the choice. if you like your insurance, you keep your insurance. if you don't like your insurance or you want to buy insurance, you come to the marketplace.

Diane E. Watson

4:10:04 to 4:10:25( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: taxpayers will not have to pay for the public option. it is a mechanism with which the government can encourage healthy competition in the health insurance market. also on option

Diane E. Watson

4:10:26 to 4:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: accepting of high-risk individuals. let me tell you what the immediate reforms will include. there will be a ban on lifetime limits. there will be immediate sunshine or light against insurance price gouging.

Diane E. Watson

4:10:48 to 4:11:09( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: it will be transparent. we're creating a review and disclosure process for rate increases. it will prohibit health insurance companies from rescinding existing health insurance policies when a person gets sick.

Diane E. Watson

4:11:10 to 4:11:32( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: there will be limits on preexisting -- pre-existing conditions. insurance companies can only look back 30 days rather than the current six months. complete banned existing condition exclusive occurs in

Diane E. Watson

4:11:33 to 4:11:53( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the exchange will begin in 2013. it will prohibit domestic violence from being included as a pre-existing condition. it will immediately ensure that the medical loss ratio of 85% of a premium health care dollar.

Diane E. Watson

4:11:54 to 4:12:15( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: dependents can remain on their parents' insurance until the end of the 26th year. it will extend cobra coverage running. grants to states for immediate health reform initiatives will start immediately and i want to

Diane E. Watson

4:12:16 to 4:12:36( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: say that again because i've heard people say that states will lose and be burdened. grants to states for immediate health reform initiatives. it improves benefits, re-insurance for early retirees, it creates an immediate fund

Diane E. Watson

4:12:37 to 4:12:59( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: that will finance a temporary program for those who are uninsurable. it creates a voluntary long-term care insurance program, it increases funding for community health centers. it expands primary care, nursing and public health work force by increasing the size of the

Diane E. Watson

4:13:00 to 4:13:22( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: national health service corps. it increases medicaid reimbursements to 100% federal funding. and in 2013 the exchange will be up and running. individual and employee mandates take affect. pre-existing conditions cannot

Diane E. Watson

4:13:23 to 4:13:46( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: be used to refuse health insurance policies. expands medicaid to 150% of poverty. it will open -- it will be open to small employers with 25 or fewer employees. affordable credits issued to

Diane E. Watson

4:13:47 to 4:14:07( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: those below 400% of the federal poverty level. the public option then is operational and the exchange expands to everyone over the next five years until 2018 when all employers will have to meet

Diane E. Watson

4:14:08 to 4:14:29( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the essential benefits package. so, mr. speaker, i conclude by saying, this will be an historical movement for america. we are looking forward to a tremendous change in where we

Diane E. Watson

4:14:30 to 4:14:50( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: place our emphasis. we plan to build a stronger, healthier america. and i would hope that all members of this house will recognize that we are bringing a health care benefit to our

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