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system and tell me about their own. we gave people who came to the dinner the chance to write their stories right then and there, and one after stories came. mr. president, if anyone believes we can afford to wait to fix the health care system,

Bill Nelson

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Bill Nelson: own. we gave people who came to the dinner the chance to write their stories right then and there, and one after

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Speech By: Sheldon Whitehouse

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: stories came. mr. president, if anyone believes we can afford to wait to fix the health care system, that this is not an urgent, cris-level problem for the people of this country, i urge them to listen to what these rhode islanders had to say. sandra from smithfield wrote:

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that this is not an urgent, cris-level problem for the people of this country, i urge them to listen to what these rhode islanders had to say. sandra from smithfield wrote: "as of this month, i will no longer be treating my rheumatoid arthritis. the treatment costs almost $6,000 every six weeks.

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: "as of this month, i will no longer be treating my rheumatoid arthritis. the treatment costs almost $6,000 every six weeks. the kicker is that i have help from the drug company to pay for the drug portion but that is only half the cost of administering the infusions.

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the kicker is that i have help from the drug company to pay for the drug portion but that is only half the cost of administering the infusions. i do not have $3,000 this mont month. i am begging for universal health care. i am 52 years old. i worry every day when the

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: i do not have $3,000 this mont month. i am begging for universal health care. i am 52 years old. i worry every day when the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis will put me in a afford to treat my disease. please fight for universal health care. please help."

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crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis will put me in a afford to treat my disease. please fight for universal health care. please help." david from warwick stood up at the dinner and explained that he began receiving social security and medicare three years ago. each year since, he wrote later

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: david from warwick stood up at the dinner and explained that he began receiving social security and medicare three years ago. each year since, he wrote later "the amount i get has gone down because the social security cost-of-living raise has not kept up with the rising cost of my medical coverage. this year, i had to cut my coverage.

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"the amount i get has gone down because the social security cost-of-living raise has not kept up with the rising cost of my medical coverage. this year, i had to cut my coverage. my copays are now more than i can afford." brandy is a young woman johnston, rhode island, who has struggled with juvenile diabetes

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: my copays are now more than i can afford." brandy is a young woman johnston, rhode island, who has struggled with juvenile diabetes since age 11. she wrote: "although i have done everything humanly possible to control my diabetes, i still am not able to achieve sugar control.

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since age 11. she wrote: "although i have done everything humanly possible to control my diabetes, i still am not able to achieve sugar control. my diabe best hope for my health is continuous blood glee coast monitoring censors that would accommodate my insulin pump. through many requests and many

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: my diabe best hope for my health is continuous blood glee coast monitoring censors that would accommodate my insulin pump. through many requests and many letters to blue cross, i have still been denied these lifesaving censors that i desperately need." many, the dinner shared stories of

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letters to blue cross, i have still been denied these lifesaving censors that i desperately need." many, the dinner shared stories of their frustration with the medicare part-d prescription drug plan. francis in cranston wrote -- "humana changed its premium from

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: their frustration with the medicare part-d prescription drug plan. francis in cranston wrote -- "humana changed its premium from $29 to $39.95 per month, and at the same time, the fill a prescriion went from $25 to $40 when i complained that i would

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$29 to $39.95 per month, and at the same time, the fill a prescriion went from $25 to $40 when i complained that i would leave for another medicare part-d provider, th said i'd have to wait until next november november." he have fret warwick and his wife saw their part-d premiums go up by 40% without notice and

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: leave for another medicare part-d provider, th said i'd have to wait until next november november." he have fret warwick and his wife saw their part-d premiums go up by 40% without notice and they had to pay a three-month penalty when they finally decided to switch plans. now, he said, "my new provider,

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they had to pay a three-month penalty when they finally decided to switch plans. now, he said, "my new provider, first health, wants to charge my wife another $350 per month. i'm appealing, but why should the provider get the extra money money? it is already costing her more to have this plan."

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: first health, wants to charge my wife another $350 per month. i'm appealing, but why should the provider get the extra money money? it is already costing her more to have this plan." robert, also from warwick, was flatly frustrated with the whole part-d process. he said: "we have to simplify the medicare part-d plans.

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robert, also from warwick, was flatly frustrated with the whole part-d process. he said: "we have to simplify the medicare part-d plans. there too many choices and too many plans and too many cards. they should jt all be the same same." the health care stories went on. from carolyn in warwick: "all my doctors are dropping out of my insurance plans.

Sheldon Whitehouse

0:57:43 to 0:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: there too many choices and too many plans and too many cards. they should jt all be the same same." the health care stories went on. from carolyn in warwick: "all my doctors are dropping out of my insurance plans. my primary care doctor is going

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my primary care doctor is going to i can't afford to see him any more." from amanda in providence: "my father is a medicare recipient. my family and i live with constant worry that he certain benefits. it is frustrating and painful that it n his last few years

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: to i can't afford to see him any more." from amanda in providence: "my father is a medicare recipient. my family and i live with constant worry that he certain benefits. it is frustrating and painful that it n his last few years with us -- that in his last few years with us, we have to spend so much time worrying about his

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with us -- that in his last few years with us, we have to spend so much time worrying about his health care from joyce in warwick: "i take two medications. the insurance will pay for one medication for 30 days. i'm supposed to take two a day." from maggie in johnston: "i'm self-employed and am unable to

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: health care from joyce in warwick: "i take two medications. the insurance will pay for one medication for 30 days. i'm supposed to take two a day." from maggie in johnston: "i'm self-employed and am unable to afford health i my business partner finally had to drop hers.

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afford health i my business partner finally had to drop hers. it was costing her a thousand dollars a month." from annette in cranston: "i was buying my health insurance for my daughter and myself from blue cross direct. committee no longer afford --

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: it was costing her a thousand dollars a month." from annette in cranston: "i was buying my health insurance for my daughter and myself from blue cross direct. committee no longer afford -- i can no longary ford it so i long -- longer afford it so hi to threat go."

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i can no longary ford it so i long -- longer afford it so hi to threat go." and another: "i so no one speaks for me. please, don't forget th -- don't forget about me who has to pay pocket.

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: and another: "i so no one speaks for me. please, don't forget th -- don't forget about me who has to pay pocket. so i decide it had opt out of koab. a i'm taking a risk being a cancer survivor, but what else

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so i decide it had opt out of koab. a i'm taking a risk being a cancer survivor, but what else can i do? gene in west warwick: "i really don't know what is going to happen."

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: can i do? gene in west warwick: "i really don't know what is going to happen." roberta in son's medications and mine, it is out of reach for me. so in order to keep my son

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roberta in son's medications and mine, it is out of reach for me. so in order to keep my son healthy i go without. last year i fell ill and could not afford to go to the doctor. i have been a nurse for almost 40 years and i have worked myself to the bone healing sick people.

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: healthy i go without. last year i fell ill and could not afford to go to the doctor. i have been a nurse for almost 40 years and i have worked myself to the bone healing sick people. my health is failing and i am afraid i will not see my grandchildren grow up.

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my health is failing and i am afraid i will not see my grandchildren grow up. please help us. and every time someone at the community dinner took the microphone to speak about the complexity and unfairn medical care part-d, heads around the room nodded.

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: please help us. and every time someone at the community dinner took the microphone to speak about the complexity and unfairn medical care part-d, heads around the room nodded. every time someone stood up and called for universal health coverage, this rhode island

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every time someone stood up and called for universal health coverage, this rhode island crowd applauded. every te we heard a story from someone battling their insurance company for the care they need, the were room of recognition and exasperation. there was not a single person there, e

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: crowd applauded. every te we heard a story from someone battling their insurance company for the care they need, the were room of recognition and exasperation. there was not a single person there, e a single person there who thought that health care reform should not be one of congrs's

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a single person there who thought that health care reform should not be one of congrs's top priorities. i'm looking forward to attending president obama's state of the union address tomorrow. i'll be with one of rhode islanders who attended the

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: top priorities. i'm looking forward to attending president obama's state of the union address tomorrow. i'll be with one of rhode islanders who attended the dinner in warwick, lauren goddard, is a medical student with crone's disease facing a

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dinner in warwick, lauren goddard, is a medical student with crone's disease facing a lifetime of health costs. i -- the health insurance can be so difficult for an individual with chronic health care needs. this rhode islanders, lauren, and everyone else who came to

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: lifetime of health costs. i -- the health insurance can be so difficult for an individual with chronic health care needs. this rhode islanders, lauren, and everyone else who came to our dinner in warwick, need us to listen. they need us to hear their stories, and they need us to get it and to do something about it.

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our dinner in warwick, need us to listen. they need us to hear their stories, and they need us to get it and to do something about it. two weeks ago congress took an enormous step toward addressing the overwhelming economic challenges our country faces. we passed the economic recovery legislation that president obama

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: two weeks ago congress took an enormous step toward addressing the overwhelming economic challenges our country faces. we passed the economic recovery legislation that president obama signed last week. this means extra money in people's pockets. new jobs and patched holes in the social safety nets we count on.

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signed last week. this means extra money in people's pockets. new jobs and patched holes in the social safety nets we count on. that will surely help. but it's not enough. for those 200 rhode islanders who joined me in warwick, burdensome health care costs are

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: that will surely help. but it's not enough. for those 200 rhode islanders who joined me in warwick, burdensome health care costs are the forgotten story. families are forced to choose between prescription drugs and food, clothes, or transportation. small

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the forgotten story. families are forced to choose between prescription drugs and food, clothes, or transportation. small hire new health coverage. entrepreneurs just can't take that plunge because they just can't walk away from their health insurance.

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: hire new health coverage. entrepreneurs just can't take that plunge because they just can't walk away from their health insurance. and looking beyond those local family perils and see the $35 trillion unfunded

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and looking beyond those local family perils and see the $35 trillion unfunded liability for medical care that is -- medical wear that is -- medicare that is bearing down on us. unless we take serious and

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: liability for medical care that is -- medical wear that is -- medicare that is bearing down on us. unless we take serious and meaningful reforms right away, this recession will seem like only a small hurdle compared to that moment when $35 trillion in

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meaningful reforms right away, this recession will seem like only a small hurdle compared to that moment when $35 trillion in medicare costs come due. that wave of costs, that tsunmai of costs is coming at us and we

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: medicare costs come due. that wave of costs, that tsunmai of costs is coming at us and we have to prepare. knowing what we know, sharing the responsibilities we do as senators, this is our duty.

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have to prepare. knowing what we know, sharing the responsibilities we do as senators, this is our duty. failure is is dereliction. every one of us shares the goal of making sure that healt insurance coverage reaches all americans. but as i've

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: failure is is dereliction. every one of us shares the goal of making sure that healt insurance coverage reaches all americans. but as i've before, it's not enough just to bring everyone into the boat. the boat itself is sking. it is not enough just bringing

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before, it's not enough just to bring everyone into the boat. the boat itself is sking. it is not enough just bringing everybody into the boat, not with wha we know is coming. what's needed is health care information technology infrastructure so that every

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: everybody into the boat, not with wha we know is coming. what's needed is health care information technology infrastructure so that every american can count on their own secure, electronic health record. improvement in the quality of health care so we maximize the

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american can count on their own secure, electronic health record. improvement in the quality of health care so we maximize the effectiveness an efficiency of -- and resufficiency of -- efficiency of care delivered and reform of how we pay for health care so that the health care we're paying for is the health care we want.

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: effectiveness an efficiency of -- and resufficiency of -- efficiency of care delivered and reform of how we pay for health care so that the health care we're paying for is the health care we want. nothing less will boat. all of this is doable. but we need to start now.

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nothing less will boat. all of this is doable. but we need to start now. we took a good step in president obama's economic recovery legislation with a nearly $20 billion investment in heal information infrastructure. but there is much more to be done and because it is a bit

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: we took a good step in president obama's economic recovery legislation with a nearly $20 billion investment in heal information infrastructure. but there is much more to be done and because it is a bit complex and will take some doing, we cannot dawdle.

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complex and will take some doing, we cannot dawdle. we cannot delay, we cannot shirk that duty. to enact health care reforms that will lower costs by improving theuality of care for all americans, we have to start now. to improve the way we deliver

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: we cannot delay, we cannot shirk that duty. to enact health care reforms that will lower costs by improving theuality of care for all americans, we have to start now. to improve the way we deliver health care to give us a modern, efficient, interactive, trusted health care system, we have to start now.

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health care to give us a modern, efficient, interactive, trusted health care system, we have to start now. to improve the way we deliver health care by spending wisely for disease prevention and better health outcomes, we have to start now. and if we are to sustain health

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: to improve the way we deliver health care by spending wisely for disease prevention and better health outcomes, we have to start now. and if we are to sustain health care coverage for the 46 million americans, nine million of them children who have no health

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care coverage for the 46 million americans, nine million of them children who have no health insurance at all, we have to achieve these reforms and we have to start now that is what the rhode islanders i met on sunday are asking for.

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: insurance at all, we have to achieve these reforms and we have to start now that is what the rhode islanders i met on sunday are asking for. that is what all americans deserve. for god'sake, let us not fail them.

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that is what all americans deserve. for god'sake, let us not fail them. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor and i note sence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the

Sheldon Whitehouse

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Sheldon Whitehouse: thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor and i note sence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the

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